Saturday, April 30, 2011
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Monday, April 25, 2011
Music. Every day music can change the way we feel. It did for me this morning. I started listening to Melissa Etheridge, "If it makes you happy" while putting away another three loads of laundry! Instantly my mood changed and laundry became a little twist here and a little twist there! I definitely have my favorites. Another favorite of mine, a classic is "Stand by me" The song "Stand by me" I love! It reminds me when I was a teenager walking to all my destinations singing this song! Above is the song "Everyday" by Buddy Holly, another song played in the movie, "Stand by me" If you haven't seen this classic, it's great with great songs! Of course all the old classic songs are redone by many different artists with interesting versions these days but regardless songs that uplift any mood! Like this song above.....makes me smile. "Every day seems a little longer.... every way loves a little stronger"...... even our children love these older classic songs. Easy to sing, catchy to swing into and not only can change a mood, make a smile, it uplifts our thoughts. I'm even convinced finding the right songs for the right occasion can change any atmosphere including even a child's dull mood! Like colors, our surroundings ultimately can reflect on how we are. Being a holiday Monday, our children are home helping clean. Most of the time what child wants to clean? Ours do today with music and a little twisting with each toy that's placed on the shelf. Not everything has to resemble work, adding flare like Buddy Holly can lighten a room! If you haven't watched the movie, "Stand by me" Watch alone or with your partner first because its content might not be good for some younger viewers. It's a movie that reminds me of myself somewhat looking for adventure, getting into situations and really connecting with some childhood friends. Children these days are so connected to electronics that without their parents push for the outdoors experience, they won't have memories like these. Like mine. I believe music is important but most importantly the outdoors is something no child should miss! Every day its a getting closer...... going faster then a roller coaster.........Get out, play and experience with your children! Dance, smile and "Don't worry, Be happy!"
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Monday, April 11, 2011
Banana chocolate chip nut bread:
I usually make four batches of bread & muffins. So this recipe is times by 4 to get what's in the picture above.
1, 3/4 flour
1 tbs spoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening or butter/margarine
1 cup mashed banana's
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pecans
I mix all ingredients together then gently add in flour last. Cook in your preheated oven at 350 f in greased bread & muffins pans for 50-60 minutes or until the fork pulls through clean. With Banana Bread you can add anything, coconut and other fruits. Leave out pecans and chocolate chips, experiment.
Fennel seed Rice Crispy squares:
Large bag of Rice Crispies
Large bag of Marshmallows
2 cups Fennel seeds
Well rice crispy squares are the easiest, quickest treat there is! Probably no need to explain. You're probably wondering about the Fennel seeds? These are sugar coated Fennel seeds that taste like liquorish. It makes the rice crispy square delightful actually. This is another easy square you can basically add anything too. (I like to change everything up a bit)
I have a homemade Caesar Salad dressing. It's light and full of garlic!
1/2 cup Bertolli extra light olive oil (It has to be this oil) I buy this oil strictly and only for Caesar dressing.
7-8 squirts of Worcestershire sauce
2 capfuls of lemon juice
8-10 finely chopped garlic cloves
Mix and cover for the day, pour over prepared romaine lettuce with Parmesan cheese. (Bacon bits and croutons if you want) It's the best Caesar Salad dressing I've been using for years!
If you have other recipes, please share. Especially for Banana bread! I love learning as much as cooking!