Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
The Fray, "Over My Head", 3:56
How to Save a Life
Today's stats: 54 minutes, 3 miles, 312 calories
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
2 tablespoons olive oil...2 medium onions, chopped...2 pounds carrots, chopped...2 sweet potatoes (1 1/4 pounds total), peeled and chopped...1 2" piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped (2 tablespoons)...2 cans 14.5 ounce each reduced sodium chicken broth...4 cups water...coarse salt and pepper...2-3 teaspoons sugar...2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice...1/4 cup heavy cream (optional)
In a large 5 quart saucepan, heat oil over medium; add onions and cook, stirring occasionally until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, sweet pototatoes, ginger, broth and 4 cups water. Season with salt and pepper.
Bring to boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Use an immersion blender or puree mixture in batches in a blender until smooth. Add sugar and lemon juice to taste. Heat over medium and add cream if desired.
From Everyday Food, #39, January/February 2007
I have also seen this at Super Target and HEB, but the Costco-sized 40 ounces is a better deal. How they came up with "Mountain Medley" is beyond me. Cranberries, raisins, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds and 7 whole grains. Yummy, but what is mountain-y? This is one time when you eat the portion size (1/2 cup), it truly does fill you up. That 220 calorie 1/2 cup gives you 25% of your fiber and 300 mg of Omega 3 in addition to 6g protein and only 12g of sugar.
Friday, September 21, 2007
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350 if you are not doing the slice and bake. Combine flour, cocoa and baking soda in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Combine brown sugar and the next five ingredients in a medium bowl, beat with a mixer at high speed for 2 minutes. Beat in egg white. Add flour mixture, beat at low speed until well-blended. (For slice and bake-coat hands lightly with cooking spray. Shape dough into a 6 inch log. Wrap log in plastic wrap, freeze for 1 hour or until firm. Cut log into 24 1/4 inch slices). Place by rounded teaspoonfuls 1 inch apart on baking sheets lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove, let cool on wire rack.
Makes 24 cookies
Each - 76 calories (22% from fat), 1.8g fat (sat 1.1mg, mono 0.5g, poly 0.1g), protein 1.2g, carb 13.7g, fiber 0.2g, chol 4mg, iron 0.7mg, sodium 33mg, calcium 8mg.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Mommy Millionaire - How I turned my kitchen table idea into a million dollars and how you can, too! Kim Lavine, 2007. ISBN: 0-312-35457-6 Library Call No. 658.11
An educational and peek-behind-the-business-curtain read! Step-by-step, she goes into all the financial details and dilemmas involved with launching a business, with lots of excellent how-to advice. This isn't for craft shows, this is for hitting the big-time. You'll also realize why so many things are made in China. Very well-written, it will give you a new understanding and appreciation for those entrepreneurs who overcome the obstacles and succeed. Check out her websites, Green Daisy and Mommy Millionaire for more updates and inspiration.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
This dark green suede with micro gold metallic dots scattered about in the markdown bin. I bought what was left, a little over 2 yards. It shouted, "Easy Christmas!" to me. And even if it doesn't all get sewn this Christmas, it or what's left will puddle about my tree this year. I'm still burnt out from the skirt I made for my sister two years ago.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
In Target's "See Spot Save" area -- one of the current themes is scrapbooking. I found this box of 3/8" wide satin woven ribbons for $1 . One yard each of the three spools, for a touch of embellishing fun. They have more colors, styles and widths, too. Be sure to also check out the 2/$1 gift bags - in shades of pink/red, green and blue designs, you could easily use them later for the holidays.
This recipe is from Betty Crocker's Bread Machine Cookbook, 1995. ISBN: 0-02-860367-2
Billboard #1's: The 80's
Today's stats: 37 minutes, 2.25 miles, 263 calories
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Customizing Cool Clothes - From Dull to Divine in 30 Projects by Kate Haxell 2006 ISBN: 1-59668-015-6 (paperback), Library Call No. 746.
Great book for embellishing RTW or your own sewn clothes -- Jeans, jacket, pants, skirt, sweaters, shirts. Gorgeous photography and close ups of steps along the way. Even if you don't use the entire presentation, there's enough to use in small doses. I especially liked the idea of replacing buttons with wooden toggle buttons and leather string. Great designs for beading and ribbon (even tearing and raveling silk duppioni into strips for the bohemian skirt) embellishment.
Buy or Borrow? As I was going through it again for the review, it seemed familiar and I thought I had bought this already. After double-checking my bookcase, and my mind, I realized it was actually the second time I checked it out from the Library. Perhaps a sign to put it on the To Buy list.