- Put 3 cups All Bran in a dish, add 2 1/2 cups warm water. Soak a few minutes
- Add 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 package brownie mix (I like Hodgskin Mills Millet Brownie mix).
- Drop into mini muffin pans
- bake 20-25 minutes, 350 degrees
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
- boil 1 1/2 pounds large lima beans for 1 hour. Make sure beans are fresh or they will never soften (use a store with a lot of turnover).
- saute 2 medium onions and 1 glove garlic in 1/2 cup olive oil. Add 3 large tomatoes (peeled) 3/4 cup tomato sauce, 3 tabelsppons parsley, 3 tablespoons dill, dash of salt and pepper, 2 cups water. Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add mixture to beans (after draining) in a large baking pot. Bake for 1 hour, 400 degrees.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
- See That Tree?
- Leaf Looking
- Moon Shadows
- Snow Me Some Fun
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness orannoyance when confronted with delay
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
State Park Open House June 5
Free admission to all state parks, forests and trails
MADISON – Enjoying Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation Areas is a bargain any time of year but on the first Sunday of June they are an exceptional value, as entrance to any state park, forest, trail and recreation property is free.
“Open House Day is an opportunity for all residents and visitors to explore some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful natural locations and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreation,” says Dan Schuller, Wisconsin State Parks director.
“This year Gov. Scott Walker has officially proclaimed June 2011 as Great Outdoors Month in Wisconsin to highlight the benefits of outdoor activity and focuses attention on our natural resources, including parks, forests and other public lands and waters. State Parks Open House Day will allow people across the state to take in a full day of Wisconsin’s Great Outdoors hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, or just relaxing.”
On State Park Open House Day, no admission stickers are required on vehicles entering state parks, forests and recreation areas, and trail passes are not required for bicyclists, in-line skaters, or horseback riders using state trails that normally require a trail pass. In addition, Saturday, June 4 is National Trails Day and fees are waived to use all DNR-managed state trailson that day as well.
Reservable campsites in Wisconsin state park and forest campgrounds are generally in high demand for the Memorial Day weekend, but there are often campsites available for the weekend of State Park Open House at many parks and forests. Camping fees do still apply on state park open house day. People can check campsite availability or reserve a site (minimum two nights) through the State Parks Web site [www.wiparks.net].
The event also coincides with Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin, so no fishing license is required to fish at the many lakes and rivers located in state parks and forests. Several parks are sponsoring free fishing activities, along with other special events (click on tab for June and then see June 5).
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Wisconsin State Parks – (608) 266-2181
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
For Mother's Day I received the sweetest gift, one made by my toddler with the assistance of his nanny. They took old baby food jars, washed them, decorated them, and filled them with epson salt and scented oil. What a simple, lovely, and inexpensive way to express gratitude. This is one I'll be likely to repeat and pass along to others.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
- the back of grocery store receipts (that is where I found the buy a pair of shoes and get a free pair of Smart Wool socks at Morgan's Shoes);
- the Bucky Book;
- bottom of register receipts (common at Morgan's Shoes); and
- magazines and coupon packs that arrive in the mail (great for hair cut coupons).
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
- May 19th, 2-6pm;
- May 20th, 10-2; and
- May 21st, 9-1.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
- one bag of lentils;
- bullion cube (veggie or meat, your choice);
- one chopped onion;
- 1 cup chopped carrot;
- 1 cup chopped celery;
- 1 bay leaf;
- dash of cummin; and
- fill to the top with water.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
- We both take the entire day off from work on our children's birthdays and spend the day doing things the kids enjoy, as a family. For people who think this is cheap, think again. When we aren't working, we aren't billing, which is far more expensive than a trip to the mall to get an item had by countless kids;
- Donate money to charity. Each year on our anniversary we donate money to the National Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees. Instead of Christmas gifts we select several charities that represent major events in our life over the past year and make contributions;
- Bake cakes for family and friends birthdays -- homemade beats store bought any day;
- Go hiking. My favorite mother's day ritual is to take a short, local hike following a service at the First Unitarian Society; and
- Serve a meal. We invite others to our home, to share a meal, to share our lives. If people are not able to join us, we take a meal or baked good to them. Food, coffee, conversation -- the lifeblood of good relationships; and not something you can order off of Amazon.com.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
- Mexican Chicken Salad: cut up remaining chicken thigh, tossed with remaining pico and avacado, add a scoop of canola mayo. Ate with whole grain crackers. Filling and satisfying lunch; and
- Pesto Pasta: tossed leftover whole wheat spaghetti with olive oil, microwaved for 30 seconds, added two scoops pesto, dash of parmesan cheese. Ate with a handful of cherry tomatoes from veggies on the counter. A little heavy on the carbs, but very tasty. Had I had more time I would have made salmon patties to balance the carbs with protein, but as usual, I was running short on time.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
- avoid holding events where people feel the need to bring a gift (i.e. we've opted to postpone birthday parties for your kids until they are older, instead we take the day off from work and spend it together as a family; and
- hypermiling (we enjoy pretending that the 2005 Honda Civic is a hybrid);
- turn the heat down a few degrees or set the temp higher before the air conditioning is turned on.
- keep glass jars (spaghetti, mayo, peanut, etc.) for bulk kitchen items (popcorn, flax seed, walnuts, etc.);
- buy neutral clothing items for the kids, maximizing the chance our daughter can wear her older brother's items (translation, Ian recently got a new pair of rain boots....they are classic yellow, a nice option for little sis in a few years);
- discarded work paper is put into a "kids bin" for drawing paper...the back side is blank!
- keep received greeting cards for the kids to cut and paste with next year;
- compost kitchen scraps; and
- use Craigslist to post items you no longer need or want (great for everything from furniture to soildering wick....yes, someone actually claimed that from a post my husband made).
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
- saute one medium onion in olive oil;
- add cummin and chili powder, stir;
- add one can of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, and black beans;
- add one jar of salsa; and
- add handful of fresh spinach.
- simmer for 30 minutes.
- serve with shredded cheese on top.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
- Sunday = Quiche and veggies;
- Monday = Crock pot chicken, brown rice, curried veggies;
- Tuesday = Soup and Bread;
- Wednesday = Leftovers (this is also the night I work late);
- Thursday = Bean dish;
- Friday = Pasta; and
- Saturday = Take-out -- Indian, Chinese or pizza (we usually use a coupon, and always get one more meal out of the leftovers).