Thursday, May 30, 2013


I like this quote from the book, Boundaries:

“The first thing you need to learn is that the person who is angry at you for setting boundaries is the one with the problem...Maintaining your boundaries is good for other people; it will help them learn what their families of origin did not teach them: to respect other people.

“Do not let anger be a cue for you to do something. People without boundaries respond automatically to the anger of others. They rescue, seek approval, or get angry themselves. There is great power in inactivity. Do not let an out-of-control person be the cue for you to change your course. Just allow him to be angry and decide for yourself what you need to do.” (p.248)
Not acting is sometimes the hardest thing to do, yet I've seen it work over and over again. Stare down a room of rowdy kids without saying anything and they'll quiet down on their own. I need to practice inaction!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chopped (in my) Kitchen

I love playing Chopped at home! It's fun to experiment and create new variations of dishes based on what you have on hand at home.

Recently, I've discovered that you can make different versions of "pesto" and "hummus" by tweaking the ingredients. Two of my recent faves are mint-teriyaki pesto and black bean hummus. Here's how I made them:

Mint-Teriyaki Pesto
  • Mint leaves
  • Pumpkin seeds (roasted with or without salt)
  • Olive oil (just enough)
  • A little honey
  • A little Soy sauce
  • veggies of choice (I blended in a few leftover raw carrots and broccoli)

    Put everything into a chopping or blending device, blend, adjust to taste.

Black Bean Hummus

  • Black Beans (and some leftover water from cooking them)
  • Peanut butter
  • Raw Garlic * I used four cloves

    Blend, baby, blend. The ratio of black beans to peanut butter was probably around 4 to 1.
Well, that's all for chopped *in my* kitchen. :)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

And my computer crashed.

Won't boot up.

Doesn't like me anymore.

Maybe I said too many snide comments about Microsoft in its "earshot."

Why? Computer, Why?????

That said, I have a handy-dandy "live" Linux image on a USB stick. Pop it into the computer and you can retrieve your important files off the hard drive and get going again.

Only this time, after I backed up our important "stuff," I can't even boot in after installing a new operating system on said computer.

What to do?

I'm stumped now. Still running off live usb disk and feeling defeated.