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Happy New Year December 31, 2012

2012? BUH-bye! Good riddance! I am thrilled to be done with this year and usher in a whole new year. For all I have been through this year – haven’t we all been through so much this year? – I hope 2013 is a kinder and gentler time span. That being said, there is something to say about making real resolutions to help ourselves have a good year.

  1. Be kinder to ourselves. We deserve it. That means letting ourselves off the hook every now and then, not being so hard on ourselves, and taking care of ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually (and stop ignoring spirituality. It does matter.)
  2. Be kinder to others. They deserve it. Just like for ourselves, let others off the hook now and then. I used to live by a motto that you never know what someone is going through. I plan to re-adopt that motto this year.
  3. Take responsibility and stop laying blame. I think we have all learned some lessons about blame this year. Everyone blamed Republicans or Democrats for the state of the nation. People incorrectly blamed an intellectual disability (Asperger’s) for the killings in Connecticut. What really caused all of it? People. It’s time for people to take responsibility for their actions. Maybe if we all practiced #2 (be kinder to others) we can stave off events that make us blame to begin with and make fewer people do the wrong things.
  4. Do something new or learn a new skill. One way we can improve ourselves is by taking initiative. One way you can become who you want to be is by figuring out who you really are. How do you know you’re not into playing an instrument unless you learn to play a song on the piano? You just might discover a few new things about yourself.

At least for me, I think those ideas may help me make a difference in my life and the lives of others. Welcome 2013. Happy New Year and be safe!

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Apple Santa December 23, 2012

Apple SantaThis Christmas will be a little hard without my mother here but I do believe I am doing right in honoring my mother’s memory. It’s been therapeutic maintaining our traditions and keeping the Christmas spirit alive this year. My mother loved Christmas: our traditional Slovak Christmas Eve, Church, presents, family, and the music. She always made Christmas such a special time. I am making sure to keep up the things she loved the most. One thing she did every year was make Apple Santa’s. It’s really easy, fun, adults and children alike love them, and they smell wonderful (not t mention they are edible)!

What you Need:

1 apple
5 toothpicks
5 marshmallows
1/2 black licorice twist
6 whole cloves

How you do it:

1. Remove stem from apple, insert a toothpick a little more than half-way into the top. Place marshmallow on top of toothpick. This makes Santa’s head if you didn’t realize that. Finish his face using three whole cloves placed for the eyes and nose.

2. Cut the 1/2 licorice twist into four equal pieces. On the remaining four toothpicks, place a marshmallow first and then a piece of licorice. Place these toothpicks at the spots for arms and legs.

3. Finally, using a toothpick, score three spots for Santa’s buttons and press in a whole clove. That’s it!

 

December 14, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — hippieonthegrid @ 10:48 am

This sounded absolutely delicious, I had to repost!

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We grew up eating a lot of vegetables, but brussels sprouts were not one of them.

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I recently asked my mom why this was, since now we are all now huge fans of the little cabbages. (On Thanksgiving, for example, we had to hide the roasted veggies (including brussels sprouts) from ourselves when they came out of the oven, for fear that we might nibble away at the whole pan before we got to serve them for dinner.)

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Her reply: “They just weren’t as available 10 years ago as they are today.”

Well, that makes sense, I guess. These days brussels sprouts are everywhere, it seems. This bag of pre-shredded brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s would be a case in point.

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I didn’t intend to take the “lazy” route with this salad, but TJ’s only had this pre-shaved bag, no whole sprouts, and since I had visions of a shaved…

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