Tuesday, January 27, 2009

There are only two ways

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is ad though everything is a miracle."
- Albert Einstein

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This is my simple religion

"This is my simple religion.
There is no need for temples;
no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple;
the philosophy is kindness."
- his holiness the 14th dalai lama

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Invented dinners!

I wasn't sure what to make for dinner tonight. Our cupboards aren't bare, (I'm a stockpiler- we buy in bulk and on sale...) but we are getting down to the last of the obvious meals now, without a lot of extra cash to spend at the grocery store this month. Honestly, some of our best meals come of such circumstances. I guess it's the whole necessity is the mother of invention-- and when money is tight- the inventing takes place in the kitchen.
So, looked around to see what I could piece together. I grabbed some tube pasta, & the last of a bag of frozen stir fry vegetables from costco. This was probably about a pound of mixed veggies but these were broken small bits- --- brocolli, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, mini corn, water chestnuts... I always have olive oil & garlic... So I figured this would work nicely! I heated the water, tossed in the pasta which I cooked for half the cooking time then I added the veggies to the pasta water for another 5 minutes. Meanwhile I crushed a bunch of garlic and added it to some hot olive oil. After the pasta was cooked- I drained it and tossed it all in a bowl with the garlic olive oil. This was awesome! Another easy, delicious dish that will become a frequently repeated meal around here! :)

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

What's on the menu?, 1/3/2009, 10:00 am

Tonight I'm making spaghetti squash. I always get nostalgic when I bake it- and the funny thing is that it isn't from any particular recipe--- in fact every time I do make it I wing it- but still spaghetti squash reminds me of my grandma & grandpa- one year they were surprisedv when this strange squash started growing in their garden- they hadn't specifically planted it- had never even heard of it actually- at the time I took that little tidbit for granted- probably even thought them a little foolish or something!
Now, however, I enjoy the knowledge that that little tidbit gives me- and that is the knowledge that my granpatents were winging it too- they had an amazing garden-- in which I'm sure was planted my inspiration and desire to have one of my own. And mysterious things just grew in it. And they cooked up these mysterious veggies and ate them! And I can still see the grin on my grandpa face when he talked about growing stuff- or how my grandma described the strange stringy squash--- imagine- spaghetti in a squash!
Anyway- I don't know how it will all taste , but I always enjoy the nostalga that I dish up along with it!
:) Jenni

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