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Wine Cork Plant Markers July 31, 2012

I love Pinterest. Of course, I am sure there are plenty of misleading things on there, just like blogs too. But I found this little crafty idea and I did it and am so happy with the results. What a cool idea! I took used wine corks (of which I have many), drilled a hole in the bottom, inserted cheap-o wine stirrers, and wrote the crop name in a Sharpie. Seriously easy and much sturdier than regular plan markers, not to mention economical and environmentally-friendly.

 

Greek Style Pasta July 22, 2012

Greek Style Pasta

Sometimes I want something really simple but not run of the mill. This recipe hits both the important “quick” and “easy” features I am looking for. Definitely season to taste on this one or it can be overpowering!

Greek Style Pasta

Ingredients
1 lb. ground beef or lamb (I don’t eat baby animals so I use beef)
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp. cubed zucchini
2-3 Tbsp. sliced carrot
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes (14-1/2 ounces), undrained
1 can (5-1/2 ounces) V8 or tomato juice
1/2 tsp. instant beef bouillon granules (or 1/2 bouillon cube)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup dry shell macaroni
1 cup frozen green beans
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions
1. In a 12″ non-stick skillet, cook and break up ground beef and onion. When almost browned, add zucchini, carrot, and garlic. Cook until meat is browned. Drain fat.

2. Stir in undrained diced tomatoes, V8, bouillon granules, cinnamon, and garlic powder.

3. Bring to boiling. Add shell pasta and green beans and stir well. Return to boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 7 minutes. Add water, return to boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer another 7 minutes or until pasta and green beans are tender and cooked through. Serve topped with feta. (Not sure what happened with this part of the directions earlier, sorry!)

 

What Vacation Teaches Us July 15, 2012

RelaxationSo I took a week-long vacation last week, a vacation my husband and I have been planning for about 8 months. This vacation has been my light at the end of the tunnel and of course, I am suffering the grief and loss that I usually encounter when vacations are over. I hadn’t realized just how much I really needed this one. A week at the beach was so necessary that I wonder if I hadn’t gone, how crazy would I be right now? I took time for myself and time for my husband and I to be a couple as well as friends instead of the strange, robotic routine animatrons we tend to become at home over time. I also learned something – when left to our devices, without the stress of expectations, we can all get a really good look at who we really are. I realized something, I realized I am very little like that person I “become” in the daily work week. I am much more fun, happy, kind, and active. I like “vacation me” better. I’m also pretty sure other people like “vacation me” better too. I somehow have to try to let “vacation me” become “daily me” and I think I would be happier and healthier. I say it after every vacation though but this one is different (do I say that after every vacation too?) Regardless, vacations happen for a reason and instead of banking vacation time for the money or impression it might make on our superiors, take it. Take vacation, learn who you are, grieve when it’s over, and come home to the routine with a new set of eyes.

 

 
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