A quote on struggles – November 2006

“Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the
moment it is an impossibility and you go through the
tortures of the damned.

Once you have met it and lived through it you find that
forever after you are freer than you were before.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt, humanitarian

Wordless Wednesday

I came across a great blog idea that is similar to “pictures say 1000 words”, Its called “Wordless Wednesday”. You just create a blog entry on that day with a photo (or many) that basically speak for themselves. Here is my contribution:


Flagstaff Sunset in November 2006

Arugula Chicken & Pasta Recipe and the CSA

CSA Pick up

We are experimenting with different foods now that we have our weekly basket of fresh vegetables and fruits from the Flagstaff CSA. This week we got Arugula (which looks like spinach but tastes zestier), Mustard Greens (these greens really have the spicy mustard taste), yummy Pomegranate, some sweet potatoes, garlic, a salad mixture and some onions. We are really enjoying being a part of the local CSA. It’s nice to know where your food comes from and to be supporting our community farmers.

We learned this summer that some foods may seem weird but they are often very good. We were turned on to lemon cucumbers (they are juicy, great for snacking and yummier that regular cucumbers), we made pickles out
of these really strange spiky cucumbers and we love “cinnamon pickles” (they are cucumbers pickled with pear, cinnamon and some other good things and make for a sweet treat).

The challenge is finding recipes or ways to prepare the foods we have never had before. That was the case this week with the Arugula. I went online and searched for recipes and found a perfect one @ www.recipezarr.com. I didn’t want to reprint the recipe since it is not mine and I didn’t ask for permission to reprint it. If you are interested in trying the recipe visit here: For The Arugula & Chicken with Pasta Recipe.

I did however take pictures throughout the preparation to make your mouth water! The dish turned out really well and I recommend trying it if you have Arugula on hand! Now I just need to find a mustard greens recipe!

Quote on manifesting your beliefs – November 2006

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help you create the fact.”
-William James, 19th Century psychologist

Clean wax drips off your carpet with your iron.

Ever had wax drip onto your carpet clothes or furniture? Today I had a red candle burning in the bedroom while I was off doing stuff in another room. I know, every candle says “do not burn unattended” and what do I do? I left it burning unattended and red wax dripped all the way down my dresser and into a big puddle on my carpet!
Lucky for me I know how to get wax out of material and I thought I would share it with you here!

After a wax disaster it is often best to allow the waxy mess to dry before you attempt to clean it up. If you try to wipe it up it will often smear and become more mashed into the material it has dripped on. On hard surfaces the wax will simply scrape off easier when dry and on material surfaces the wax can be ironed up after it drys.

Here is how to get wax off your carpet, furniture clothes or any other material surface:

Allow the wax mess to dry.
Get some old shirts, scrap cloth or paper towels.Get your iron plugged in and ready.
Place the cloth or paper towel over the dried wax mess.
Put the hot iron on top of the cloth and apply pressure as if you were ironing it.
As the wax heats up it will soak into/ bond to the cloth.
You will need to check the cloth constantly for signs that the wax is soaking through.
When you can see the wax soaking through the cloth you need to apply a new cloth. The more mess the more cloths you will need to remove it.
Be patient, keep changing cloths and ironing till all the mess is gone!

Share your world with us..

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. In one of my yahoo groups they are calling for pictures that “share your world with us”. Here are some of mine! Let me know what you think!

My cats are a huge part of the world around me so here are some of my cutest kitty pictures:

Here is the view from my bedroom window of the Aspen tree.

Nathan has another batch of brew going in the kitchen today (pumpkin porter I think) and I am getting ready to make up my delicious maple pumpkin cheesecake today!

Would you like to share your world with us? If so simply post your own blog entry with pictures that say 1000 words and email me the address to your blog entry so I may link to it from here! Happy posting!

My Hotel Annoyances

This is continuation of my previous post about my hotel stories.
My pet peeve tonight is:
Guests who fling their room keys or papers across the desk at you.

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Home Depot Selling Solar Power to Mainstream America

Well this is the best news I have read today!! The Home Depot has teamed up with BP Solar to provide solar installation service to customers. It is offering its customers the ability to sign-up online for free, in-home consultations. This is making simple living more achievable for Mainstream America. If you want to read more about this great story click here to visit the stories site.

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The message in a bottle brings hope and memories..

Keepsake Message in a Bottle GiftThis was such a heart warming story that I found on digg.com today. Follow the link below to see the video: Josh Baker was a Marine fighting in Iraq. He died in a car crash a few months after his return home, but his family and friends recently found a happy reminder. Steve Hartman reports.

The message in a bottle truly is a keepsake that has the power to preserve memories for a lifetime. Whether it is found in a lake, ocean or simply given as a gift it is a great way to send a heart felt message and it allows others to cherish the memories that accompany message in a bottle forever!

Winter is here!

We got our first snow up on the San Francisco Peaks last week and we have begun to switch to “winter mode”. Nathan just made up a 12 jar batch of homemade apple sauce and will begin his beer brewing shortly. We are always cooking up something in our kitchen whether its fudge, homemade beer, or various canning projects.

I attempted to make a photo journal of the apple sauce process:

Cored & peeled apples Sliced apples cooking
Blended apples redy for cooking Blended apples
More blended apples Canned apple sauce
Our kitty Jack watches the apples cooking..

Our kitty Jack wanted to see what was cooking so Nathan showed him.

Homemade Pickles

Our first batch of homemade pickles.

It has been a busy week of cooking, canning and working! I also just got my brochure and new business cards completed just in time for the holidays!

business cards & brochure