After the Shrove

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.

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Feeding Frenzy

I keep a small yellow pad on the kitchen counter where anyone can record ingredients as we use them up in the kitchen; eggs, bread, peanut butter, and the like. With two teenage boys and a third pre-teen, the list has been taking on a life of it’s own.Protein dominant grocery list

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Pulp Legislation

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.

Carrot Pulp

Carrot Pulp

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Fairy Dusters

When I was little, I’d tiptoe up and spy into the center of each tulip blossom hoping to catch a glimpse of Thumbelina before she woke and slid off her throne. I believed in fairies and in elves and in the other magical creatures that made their homes somewhere between the azaleas and the corn flowers in my grandmother’s garden.

Red Fairy by Sott Gustafson

Red Fairy by Sott Gustafson

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At least this Bowl was Super

Had my beloved Broncos imbibed on this Asian slaw prior to their play, they may have had a fighting chance.

Radish and Mizuna Salad

Radish and Mizuna Salad

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For Pete’s Sake

It ran in the family. You see, Charles Seeger was forced to resign from the music department at the University of California, Berkeley because he was an outspoken pacifist during World War I. Frankly, it’s both surprising and warming to recognize that there were war protesters in 1918.

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Pete Seeger’s well known banjo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pavdw/ Paul VanDerWerf creative commons 2.0

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How to Expand Your Thinking

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.

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Top Ten Tips for Emergency Food Preparedness

We’ve all seen the photos of empty grocery store shelves raided by paranoia and self-preservation when an impending doom is near. What about those who aren’t able to get to a store after doom has hit? Cyclones, ice storms, earthquakes, heat waves or disasters of the human kind like the chemical spill that poisoned a West Virginia water supply are seeming to occur with more regularity than I remember in the past.

After the 3/11 earthquake (flickrcc2.0-jacejudith)

After the 3/11 earthquake (flickrcc2.0-jacejudith)

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Chilling Out

With the exception of a couple of holiday parties and a football game, our calendar has been void of activity for the past two weeks. We’ve slept in, gone for walks, seen a movie, made some nice meals and caught up on odds and ends. Whether you refer to it as down time, chilling out, R&R or simply recess, this lack of activity holds a lot of promise as a way to recharge. Want to amp it up even further? Go offline.

Ice Box Pickling

Ice Box Pickling

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How to Hack Happiness in 2014

Google trends shows strong upward movement around the term Happiness. Of course, this is driven by uses of the word such as Quarterback Brett Smith finding happiness in Wyoming but overall, the trend is indicative of a world that is seeking to learn more about happiness and endeavoring to find ways to become and remain happy.

Night School Photo by Director, Piya Jacob

Night Labyrinth

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