Tidbits about words

November 5, 2011 by  
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?”lollipop” is the longest word typed with your right hand.

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Tidbits that you just must know!

October 26, 2011 by  
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“Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand

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Tidbits – Recycle!

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It takes glass one millionyears to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled aninfinite amount of times!

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Toronto…

July 23, 2010 by  
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Probably all of you know by now that I am Canadian and come from a city just outside (about 10 minutes) of Toronto.? I wasn’t able to make it up there last year and it hit me really hard so I was determined to make it up there for my Brother-in-Law’s and sister’s birthday this year… We hung out with dogs and family… Went to the beach on a very hot and hazy day… Swam in Marlene’s pool on a very hot and sunny day… Played at the Ontario Science Center (see how tall and thin we are?)… And we ate, oh did we eat… Recipe to come… Next up is the grand finale!? And what a finale it is…

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Lots of berries? Make Shortcake!

Florida is having a tough time of it strawberry wise this year.? Somehow the market has dropped and the farmers are selling berries at ridiculously low prices to just get rid of them.? Last weekend there was even a UPick in Plant City that was GIVING them away!!! Needless to say we have lots of berries right now.? And that, my friends, is a very, very good thing… ???? Strawberry Shortcake ( Better Homes & Gardens ) Ingredients: 1-1/2 ? cups all-purpose flour 1/4 ? cup sugar 1 ? teaspoon baking powder 1/4 ? teaspoon salt 1/4 ? teaspoon baking soda 1/3 ? cup cold butter 1 ? egg, slightly beaten 1/2 ? cup dairy sour cream 2 ? tablespoons milk 5 ? cups sliced strawberries 3 ? tablespoons sugar 1 ? recipe Whipped Cream Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet; set aside. In a medium bowl combine flour, the 1/4 cup sugar, the baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl combine egg, sour cream, and milk. Add to flour mixture, stirring with a fork just until moistened. 2. Drop dough into 8 mounds onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. 3. Meanwhile, combine 4 cups of the strawberries and the 3 tablespoons sugar. Using a potato masher, mash berries slightly; set aside. To serve, split shortcakes in

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Royal Foodie Joust

? Strawberry Quinoa with Basil and Lime Syrup! It has been a long, long time since I last participated in the Royal Foodie Joust which is held each month by my very dear friend Jenn, The Leftover Queen !? Way too long! The Royal Foodie Joust is a monthly challenge that is hosted by? Jenn-The Left-over Queen . Every month the winner from the previous month is allowed to choose the 3 ingredients that must be used in the up coming challenge. She also gives out prizes for the best overall winner, best photograph, and the most unique interpretation of the ingredients!? Sounds like fun huh?? Click here to join in on the fun, you have until tomorrow at noon, plenty of time!!! The ingredients this month were chosen by LK from Healthy Delicious and they were: Strawberry Whole Grains Basil I immediately knew what I was going to do but I needed to have all of the ingredients on hand and the time to do it.? In other words that stars had to be perfectly aligned for me to pull this off!!!? And the other day they were!!! I have made the cereal part of this many times and usually top it with honey but the basil and lime syrup paired perfectly.? Lori used the basil lime syrup with a fruit salad and that is exactly what I am doing with the extra syrup that I made.? Check out her post here ! basil and lime infused simple syrup! Strawberries Quinoa with Basil and Lime Syrup (Quinoa from Heidi of 101 Cookbooks and Basil and Lime Syrup from Lori of The Recipe Girl ) Strawberry Quinoa Cereal: 1 cup low fat milk 1 cup water 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted* 4 teaspoons Basil and Lime Syrup Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes. Stir in blackberries, transfer to four bowls and top with pecans. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon Basil and Lime Syrup. Basil and Lime Syrup: ???????? ½ cup granulated sugar ???????? ½ cup water ???????? ½ cup (packed) basil leaves ???????? 1 Tbs grated lime rind Combine sugar and ½ cup water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; stir in basil and rind. Cool. Strain sugar

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No Dye Red Velvet Cake? Can it be true?

March 21, 2009 by  
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I get my CSA box on Thursday. Really a perfect day to get it. Yes, I know that I seem to have a love/hate thing going on with my box… This weeks box had some really beautiful looking beets in it. One of them was huge, about the size of my youngest daughters head! It also came with my weekly newsletter. For their newsletter they always feature 2 recipes, come ingredients and a bit of farm news. One of the recipes caught my eye. It was for a Chocolate Beet Cake and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make it. See how moist and delicious it looks? Ummm, nope (see after recipe)! Chocolate Beet Cake (from About.com ) Ingredients: 3 large beets 1 tsp. olive oil 1/2 cup applesauce 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 2 cups mini chocolate chips Preparation: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Trim stems off beets, and wash off dirt. Drizzle olive oil over beets. Wrap loosely in foil and place on a sturdy baking sheet. Roast…

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Potato and Leek Soup

March 16, 2009 by  
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I get a weekly CSA box from Worden Farms . I kind of have a love/hate sort of thing going on with it. I thought I would really love it. Supporting the local, organic and sustainable farmer and all. Well turns out it’s really not the best thing for me. I am not very satisfied with what is being sent to me. Not that I am being ripped off or the produce isn’t great but I am so uninspired by a box full of veggies. I want to be at the market or the farm and be able to touch, see, smell and feel the vegetables. This past week I went so far as to go to their weekly farmers’ market to see what I was missing I walked out of there with about $30 worth of stuff but also totally inspired again!!! Sadly I think next year will be a Farmer’s Market year and no more CSA box for me! Onto the Potato and Leek soup and how it fits into my CSA box story… I have been getting a bunch of potatoes in my box lately and I had been wanting to make soup out of them but I have been waiting to get some leeks to make Potato and Leek Soup so when I went the other day I picked up a beautiful bundle of leeks. I really like simple soups where the true flavors come shining through. T. is of the mindset that everything is better with bacon and could not even fathom the idea that I wanted to make a potato soup without bacon in it. Turns out it was a great recipe and he really loved it. Thanks Alana !!! Took it for lunch today if that means anything! Potato and Leek Soup (Butter is Love) Ingredients: 2 T butter 3 leeks (I used 4 because that’s what I had) 4 medium potatoes (I used a bunch of small red skins) 4 cloves garlic 1 qt. chicken broth I added garlic powder and onion powder salt and pepper to taste milk to desired consistency Directions: Thinly slice leeks to the top of the light green part and put in a bowl of water to …

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Windy Meadows Family Farm-Campbell, Texas

Maggie being a mom at Windy Meadows Family Farm Windy Meadows Family Farm is run by a the friendliest family.  Tucked within the tall pines and peaceful country side, you’ll find Windy Meadows in Campbell, Texas, North of interstate highway 30, off highway 50.  They sell the healthiest chickens and freshest hand picked chicken eggs you will ever eat! From their site: The Mike and Connie Hale Family and their children have raised pastured chicken and grass fed beef and lamb on their 40 acres of  Windy Meadows Family Farm  in North East Texas for nearly twenty years.  Their concerns for food safety for their own children led them to the decision for raise natural meats without added hormones, antibiotics or feed stimulants. They now have a state-inspected poultry processing facility on their farm that produces pastured chicken and sausage for taste-discriminating palates in the Dallas area. Their customers fall into two categories: those who want pastured meats because they are raise in a more responsible manner, and those who simply want the best-tasting chicken.  Some of the chicken raised by Windy Meadows Family Farm grace the tables of some of the finest four-star restaurants in Dallas that are seeking  locally grown and responsibly raised nataural meats.  Their chicken is available at several loctions in the Metroplex, including several buying clubs and farmers markets. I’m fortunate enough to live down the road from their farm.  I drive out on Mondays, I call first, and pick up my usual order (3 whole chickens, 2 dozens eggs, and bag of chicken soup bones).  For everyone living near downtown Dallas, one convenient place to get their pastured meats is from the Texas Meats Supernatural …

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Oven Dried Tomatoes

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I have definitely been blessed this year with an abundance of tomatoes. The tomato plants that I planted in the fall have served me well (that is the tomatoes that great, big, huge mutt hasn’t eaten!) but my CSA has also been sending me some. As an added bonus when I visited Jaden from Steamy Kitchen I left her place with a bag of sweet little juicy tomatoes. Well, all of these tomatoes have been adding up on my counter and I had to do something with them before they rotted. The large ones were processed using my food mill and frozen for sauce and the little ones I had decided to dry them. I knew that sun drying was not going to work out but had heard that you could easily dry them in the oven. I consulted my favorite resource…Twitter! Follow me here ! and Sandy from Eat Real gave me exactly what I was looking for. I washed and dried the tomatoes. Threw out any of them with blemishes. I first did the Roma’s I had. Sliced them and tossed them in olive oil and salt and pepper. Placed them on a baking rack and turned my oven on to 225 degrees. And I cooked them…and cooked them. I checked on them about hourly and turned them over half way through. I think in total they probably cooked for about 3 hrs. The next ones I did were the cherry tomatoes. I halved them tossed them with the olive oil, salt and pepper and threw them in… Almost done… Done: These are so delicious! I am storing them in the fridge right

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