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A Popular Italian Dish — Fish in Crazy Water

Have you ever heard of the Italian dish called Acqua Pazza or Fish in Crazy Water? While the dish originated from fishermen of the Neapolitan area, who sautéed the catch of the day in seawater together with tomatoes and extra… Continue Reading →

For The Joy Of Animals: Mouse Maid

Apparently Cinderella isn’t the only one with a mouse helper. Handy & compact maybe having a mouse maid will be the next little thing… A mouse has been captured tidying up bits and bobs in a pensioner's shed. Stephen McKears… Continue Reading →

Grain-Free French Bread Worth Sharing

I think every one would agree the best time to eat bread is fresh from the oven. So I generally double this recipe for grain-free french bread.  The first loaf we slather with butter and enjoy as soon as it… Continue Reading →

Downed Power Line PSA — This Might Shock You

We never know what situations we are going to encounter in life.  So, just in case you find yourself around downed power lines that are live — this downed power line PSA from Puget Sound Energy shares some key information… Continue Reading →

A Simple, But Luscious Four-Ingredient Lotion

Dry skin is the bane of winter. But January is the time to try new things. So… If you are tired of using skincare products with a long list of ingredients that you’ve never heard of and have no idea… Continue Reading →

What Are Your Favorite Fall Flavors?

What flavors do you associate with fall? For me, the ones that immediately come to mind are apple, cinnamon, caramel, ginger, cranberry, and pumpkin. Baking with these flavors will make your house smell delicious and give you that warm, comforting… Continue Reading →

Fast Facts on Hurricanes

The month of September is peak hurricane season.  The Atlantic Hurricane season is June 1st  through November 30th.  So as Florence makes her way slowly down the Atlantic coast, it seemed a good time to compile some fast facts on hurricanes…. Continue Reading →

Start With A Good Roasted Chicken Bone Broth

Fall is just about here and, depending on where you live, it may be time to make some soup. To make really good tasting soup, you need a rich tasting broth. I usually start with the remains of a whole… Continue Reading →

Grandma Candy

What better way to get kids eating fruits and veggies than to make them into candy — gluten free and with no sugar!  My grandkids love Grandma Candy especially Shaylee my granddaughter with Celiac Disease. She ate an entire baggie full at… Continue Reading →

Forget Their Shoes — Ask and Listen!

The often quoted standard procedure for gaining empathy and understanding is to imagine ourselves in another person’s shoes. But recent research by Tal Eyal, Mary Steffel, & Nicholas Epley (2018) suggests that stepping into another’s shoes and taking their perspective… Continue Reading →

Would Your Ideal Americans be — Honest, Kind, Strong, and Responsible?

These days, it is kind of hard not to believe the great American divide is all around us. As proof we are bombarded daily with endless examples of a society divided by class, race, gender, politics, finances… And not to… Continue Reading →

Favorite Recipes Where Fresh Basil Shines

Basil is a herb that really shines when it’s fresh. Just think of a homemade marinara sauce with fresh basil and the flavor it imparts to the sauce. Beyond those familiar dishes we most associate with basil (tomato sauce, pizza,… Continue Reading →

FDR’s Words: ” Forests Are The Lungs Of Our Land “

The Dust Bowl was the worst drought in U.S. history, covering more than 75 percent of the country and affecting 27 states severely.  The drought lasted nearly a decade, from 1930-1939. It’s impacts lasted decades longer.  Topsoil from the drought… Continue Reading →

Words: ” No Wealth In The World Can Help Humanity Forward …”

How do we help humanity forward?  When we value the wrong things, then we focus on the wrong things. And, of course, we create the wrong things. Not the things that we most need… As Albert Einstein explained in THE… Continue Reading →

Have You Discovered Rutabagas?

I have. For years I bought and cooked the same vegetables. Now that I am interested in a healthier diet, I have discovered a whole new world and I am willing to try vegetables I have never eaten before. The… Continue Reading →

Pickled Mixed Vegetables For The Holidays

The holidays will be here soon and pickled veggies will add just the right touch when entertaining. Just about any vegetable — and some fruits — can be pickled. All you need is vinegar, water, sugar, salt and some dry… Continue Reading →

Words: “Where Human Beings Grow Human Souls …”

Where do we find our courage, our strength, our resiliency, our compassion… Ursula K. Le Guin explained in her Mills College Commencement address, 1983 (excerpt): “Because you are human beings you are going to meet failure. You are going to meet disappointment,… Continue Reading →

With Only 8.6 Percent Of The Sun …

A total solar eclipse happens about every 18 months, but rarely in the U.S. And, yet, we didn’t join the masses traveling to the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017.  We stayed home.  A place, according to… Continue Reading →

Making Gelato Like A Pro

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. If you have ever visited Italy, you probably ate creamy, delicious gelato and wondered why it tasted better than American made ice cream. What makes Gelato different? Gelato has less fat in… Continue Reading →

Words: “The Bastard Muses … Propaganda, Sentimentality, and Pornography”

In the age of social media when we are overwhelmed by too much information and too many ultra compelling stories from questionable sources with untold or dubious purposes, it’s helpful to remember Cleanth Brooks’ warning about the “Bastard Muses ”… Continue Reading →

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