It is that time of year. Relentless heat still pounding down upon us while we are setting up and settling in to the back to school routine. I’m ready for autumn to be here while holding onto the sweet memories of our summer and not wanting to wish time away any faster than it is currently clicking. My oldest is a high school senior and our remaining weekends before he ventures out likely total less than 50.
Shakshuka – a seasonal transition meal
Posted by Tammy on August 25, 2014
There is something about a wrong label that invites us to take a second glance. It can be one of those odd names like the main character in Michael Dorris’ novel Yellow Raft on Blue Water. Her name? Rayona – captured when her birth mother glanced at the rayon zipper on the front of her nightie. It can also be a error in facts like the one in the AZ Republic that described my friend Jim Mapstead as Frank Mapstead yesterday or when a lanky bachelor farmer decided to name a rutabaga after himself but labeled it as the Gilfeather Turnip.
The Veg Goddess herself, Deborah Madison, showing off a Gilfeather Turnip
Posted by Tammy on June 22, 2014
Wherever I looked yesterday and today, I was reminded of something that we were or ought to be celebrating. Yesterday was Flag Day, Juneteenth, National Bourbon Day, Family History Day, and World Blood Donor Day. Today we’re greeted with the World Cup, Magna Carta Day, National Lobster Day and of course, the homage to our male lineage – Father’s Day.
Father Daughter Lecture out by the Chopping Block
Posted by Tammy on June 15, 2014
Another blogging friend to the rescue and I delve into one of my eleven texts required for the CEcD exam. Thank you Inger!
A decade ago, the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) unveiled its first Shoppers Guide™ to Pesticides in Produce. The revolutionary list ranked pesticide residues in common fruits and vegetables, forever changing grocery shopping for pesticide-wary consumers. Now updated annually, the new 2014 list was unveiled last week.
The EWG list provides a ranking of 48 common fruits and vegetables based on volume and variety of pesticide residue. Apples came out the worst — especially concerning if you consider the quantities of apples and apple juice consumed by children–and avocados were rated the best. The worst 12 items on the list are dubbed the “Dirty Dozen™” and the best 15 are designated the “Clean Fifteen™.”
from the EWG website
Posted by Tammy on May 4, 2014
It’s about setting expectations. In the workplace it benefits the one who is expected to do something but it also benefits the one setting the expectation. At home, with the spouse, partner or kids, it works the same way.
Posted by Tammy on March 26, 2014
The word “shrove” is not used often in our home. Ever? It is the past tense of “shrive” which is a religious word meaning to hear a confession, assign penance and be absolved from sin.
Posted by Tammy on March 7, 2014
A quick google defines pulp as popular or sensational writing that is generally regarded as being of poor quality. Hence, Pulp Fiction. This is new information for me. While I saw the movie, I didn’t recognize it as genre of writing. I have however, seen several recent legislative bills that are both sensational and poorly written which would result in creating ill will and reputational disrepair for states that are not cautious. Pulp Legislation.
Posted by Tammy on February 17, 2014
Had my beloved Broncos imbibed on this Asian slaw prior to their play, they may have had a fighting chance.
Radish and Mizuna Salad
Posted by Tammy on February 5, 2014
I’m an ENTP on the Myers Briggs, a Maximizer (amongst other things) on Strengthfinder, a high D on the DISC and orange on the True Colors assessment. It seems every few years, my place of employment develops a fondness for one instrument or another designed to provide insight into our learning styles, tendencies or blind spots.
Posted by Tammy on January 19, 2014