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Adam & Eve Brains

>> Thursday, October 28, 2010

When Erik was about 3 or 4 he came home from church one Sunday and told me he had learned the story about Adam & Eve.

Erik: Mom, Paster Karl said that God took part of Adam and breathed life into it and created Eve.
Mom(Me): Yes, Erik and do you know what part of Adam's body it was? (Rib is the correct answer)
Erik: His brain
Mom (Me): (Silently screaming laughter to myself) Yes, Erik that is correct

However, I learned yesterday that the left frontal lobe of the brain are activated when making moral judgments. Cats have very small frontal lobes so they tend not to be compassionate. Women appear to access this part of the brain (not the cat's, their own) more than men, specially during childbearing years. (However, female brains become more like male brains after menopause).

I am witness to this, I have the seen the change in myself as I have grown older.


Holy Wind.....Turkey Chili

>> Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The wind is A-BLOWING today and better yet to quote Holly, "Holy Wind!"

Remember the post, "Going Home"written after Cammie's wedding?
It spoke of turkey chili and homemade bread, mmmmmm, delicious.

I made a batch of turkey chili on Sunday just in time for the Packer vs. Vikings game. It was good then (the chili, not the game) and just as good reheated for supper tonight.

Turkey Chili (Serves 8)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1    14 1/2 oz can diced (sometimes I used crushed) tomatoes
1    10 1/2 oz can black beans, drained
1    10 1/2 oz can kidney beans, drained
1    10 1/2 oz can low sodium chicken broth
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1 or 2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
1/8 tsp cayenne

In a large pot, heat the oil on medium-low
Add the onion and saute until soft (about 3-5 minutes). Add the turkey and brown it (about 5 minutes).

Add the remaining ingredients. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.


Cammie's Lasagna-esque Recipe

>> Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cammie: Are cottage cheese and ricotta the same thing
Mary Ann: Why?
Cammie: Making lasagna and can't find ricotta
Mary Ann: You can use cottage cheese mixed with some parmesan cheese
Cammie: Ok. Thank you... I'm making turkey veggie lasagna with no tomato sauce and no noodles... gunna be delicious!
Mary Ann: Why is it called Lasagna?
Cammie: LOL well instead of noodles, I'm using zucchini squash and eggplant slices and instead of tomato sauce, I'm using pesto... but everything else is the same
Later that day...........
Justin: Is this a recipe you found or are you making it up?
Cammie: ... well... it's kind of a combination of recipes, I found one that has pesto and that sounded good, then I found one with veggies and turkey and that sounded good and I found a no-noodle one and that sounded good!
The next day.........
Mary Ann: If there are no noodles, it's not really lasagna
Cammie: Well it's lasagna-esque!

1 yellow squash, sliced lengthwise
2 zucchini squash, sliced lengthwise
1 baby eggplant, sliced lenghwise
1 lb ground turkey
2 packages fresh basil
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c pine nuts
1/4 c skim milk
1 lb 6 oz container fat free cottage cheese
16 oz shredded mozzerella cheese
shredded parmesan cheese
extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350. Slice vegetables and place in bottom of long glass baking dish, coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until soft. Remove from dish and set aside.

2. Brown turkey, drain and set aside.

3. Place basil, pine nuts, olive oil and skim milk in food processor.  Add a pinch of salt and 1/4 c parm cheese. Set aside.

4. Place a layer of pesto on the bottom of the baking dish (same dish used to bake the veggies), a  layer of veggies and then a layer of ground turkey, then layer with 1/3 cottage cheese, 1/3 mozzerella cheese and sprinkle of parm. cheese.   Repeat this step 2 times, ending with the cheeses on top.

5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown on top and bubbling

6. Let cool for 15 minutes.

This is best cooked the day before and reheated as the consistency sets and is better for serving and tastes just as delicious.


Threes, all over

When my mother-in-law, Chris, was here for the wedding, she complemented my use the groupings of three in decorating. Consciously, I never thought of it, but it is all over my house.  On the dresser, Mirror, lamp,  picture.

 This one is a little spooky, when I took the picture, I have two candlesticks and jar paired together, 3 picture frames, 3 sand dollars, and 3 open safety pins sitting on the dresser.

 There is some comfort in the mosaic, glazed pot and plant, because one of my golfballs is back in the corner. Whew!

 On MaiWyn painting, 1 bench, and 1 chinese fern. Three up top1 picture, 2 shelves. One plant, 1 lamp and one dog!!!!  Hah!

One bamboo shade, two curtain panels, One Cornice board, two solar shades.

Three stools, (but for good reason) I now have three kids, Cammie, Justin and Erik

Don says I have stepped out of the box, a four light fixture in the bathroom.
Thank God, I'm going to make some more coffee.


Whats the meaning of things?........

>> Tuesday, October 19, 2010

  • hobby-latch hook rugs (at 6 years old)
  • pet-German Shepherd dog (Princess)
  • teacher-Kindergarten (Ms. Tiedemann, she seemed really old, probably 30, she wore a silver haired bun)
  • thing I wanted to be when I got older-secretary (remember that was 1968), and then I wanted to be one of the Charlies Angels (see the picture above)
  • friend-Chris Brown (Rochester, MN)
  • fear-sleeping alone in my bedroom
  • lesson-swimming, I didn't get it, I was in Pollywogs for a long time (don't tell my daughter)
  • time I did something to surprise myself-walking the Morgan and the Quarter horse(s) back to the stable by myself after my sister had taken a fall on the horse. I was sure their big hooves were going to crush me
  • date-DON, of course, duh



>> Saturday, October 16, 2010

See that chair in our bedroom? I could not capture the sunlight pouring through the window as well as I wanted to, but that is where I will be this afternoon. Reading and soaking up the sun. Sassy has volunteered to demonstrate.


LWL (Ladies who Lunch) at the Grapevine

>> Friday, October 15, 2010

Yesterday the LWL group got together for supper. It was one of those rare times with everyone there. Trying to think back,  LWL must have began in the summer months of 2005. 
As I look at the faces, Betsy (aka Chocolate Cake) once you have become her friend, you are hooked and keeping coming back for more,like cake, Carolyn -our cheerleader, who sets us straight when we regret our mistakes"there is only one person who ever walked on water, and it isn't anyone in this room; Heidi- who, with a tender heart, speaks every word to edify; Sally-the most resilient and down to earth person, I count on her advice; (me),  Sue- when I call her "girlfriend" instead of Sue.....that just sums it up;  Janet-who waits to talk and when she does, believe me, we listen.....I am thankful for these friendships.


Time after Time

>> Thursday, October 14, 2010

Being a morning person does not mean you get up early. It means you intend to and you like it. I am not a morning person. Once I get out from under the bedcovers, I lose time (I don't know how?), get distracted AND drink too much coffee, which are all equally dangerous.

The first thing I see when the alarm on my blackberry goes off is my dad.  I smile. Dad lives in a nursing home now, but when I was a kid, he was awake at dawn's early light. He worked hard and constantly all day and I believe he always went to bed feeling like he gave it all each day.

The best way to get out of bed  is to let my subconscious take over because I have created a habit. It's like sleepwalking.
My blackberry is set with little Zen calendar reminder chimes (Ring Tone name is BBRelaxed_Melodius).
Even though I am not a morning person, like Dad was/is, I manage.


Shoe Love

>> Wednesday, October 13, 2010

After running Sunday, my feet were achy. I didn't realize how many miles I had put on my shoes. I bought new shoes from last night.   I'm so excited. Cammie is going to be jealous!.


Looking good isn't as important as seeing well

>> Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Last week while Don was in Califonia my electricity was out in the evening (close to bedtime).
I had the a/c adaptor with an electrical outlet end in the Pathfinder connected to an extension cord that ran into the house, hooked to my TV. I'm sure my neighbors were wondering why I had power and they didn't.

I went out periodically and started the Nissan so my battery didn't go dead. 
You know what? It is REALLY a nuisance not being able to see anything. 

I keep binoculars at the kitchen window with my Bird Book, I love watching the colors of the different birds and the differences between the males and females, and their silly habits. I love looking at everyday objects framed by nature. It's a sense-ful relating.  LOVE THAT!  Wonder literally expands vision (as opposed to  fear, which constricts it)  according to the work of Barbara Frederickson

Lastly, I saw a bumper sticker today that said, "If an eye for eye were true, we'd all be blind".  Hmmmm I better be good.


Living for the weekend

>> Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I don't know what's up this week but 2-3 times a day at work I have caught myself in a long heavy sigh.

Noisy long sighs. I haven't caught myself doing that for years. BUT......NOW, what a wonderful weekend.

Pumpkin Festival in Egg Harbor (Door County), sunsets, and spending time with good friends.
Play Nine card game. The memories! Turn your card over Joan.


Home Again

>> Monday, October 4, 2010

It is good to have Don home. He arrived home at 8:30 tonight and we have been talking ever since. He really enjoyed his time visiting with his Mom and with the entire family. We reflected how one can be gone for a year or two or three and yet reunite, catchup and it feels the same.



>> Sunday, October 3, 2010

This entry in my blog is for my girlfriends. The junk we buy and KEEP. Our men must watch us and think we are insatiable. No wonder the cosmetic industry is not failing in this economy. We are as vain as the Queen in Snow White.

I went through my cosmetics, pitched and tossed all the partial and out of date bottles in both bathrooms, found an organizer to keep it contained so I sent you a finished picture, narrowed it down to my basic 4 products in pocket 3.

1st Pocket (zipped closed) concealer, mascara, eyeliner, eyebrow shaper,eyeshadow
2nd pocket - foundation brush, liner brush
3rd pocket-L'Bri Perfect Finish Oil free foundation & MY 4 DAILY PRODUCTS: L'Bri Gentle Cleansing Lotion, L'Bri Gentle Freshener/Toner, L'Bri Maxmum Skin Renewal Complex, L'Bri Oil-Free Moisture Lotion
4th pocket: Bronzer power and powder brush

I can grab and go if I need to take the organizer to the Y or on an overnighter. The things in bold are what I use everday morning on a work day ( I only use Pocket #3 on Sat & Sun)

Pocket # 3 is the only thing I use on Evenings (minus the foundation)



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