I made this: Mujadarra

This is a simple dish, brown lentils, caramelized onions, brown rice with a little cumin and salt. I ended up putting a spoonful of Tzatziki on top. As I recover from a terrible sickness, this is my 1st homemade healing meal. You can find the recipe on Kayln’s Kitchen. I used long grain brown rice instead of white rice to make it healthier.

Muhadarra

Jasper

Dogs of Love

Dear Jasper,

It was one year ago today that you left us. I can’t believe this much time has passed already. You were a wonderful loving dog who taught us SO much, saw us through some dark times, and showed us what unconditional love looks like.

A few months ago, we met Watson. I think you may know this, because I am pretty sure you sent him to us. He needed a family and we needed him. Words cannot describe how amazing he is. Of course, he can never replace you – but I am pretty sure you knew what you were doing when you chose him. We met many other dogs – but when we saw Watson, we knew he was going to adopt us. Both you and Watson show us the healing power of love – and I am so grateful to have you both in my life.

watson2

Watson

Watson

Watson

 

I made this: Beet Orange Salad with Mint

I love beets. I love oranges. I really love Feta. This salad seemed to be an obvious choice! In my version, I roasted the beets with rosemary, sea salt, pepper, and olive oil. I also added a tiny bit of Shallots to the dressing, and used Pino Grigio vinegar.

Recipe: Beet Orange and Feta salad with mint from Dinner, A Love story. I originally found the recipe on Pinterest.

Beet, Orange, Feta salad with mint from Dinner a Love Story.

Beet, Orange, Feta salad with mint from Dinner a Love Story.

Garden Dreams

This year, winter seems to be hanging on with a very tight grip. I have been dreaming about my garden for months now, using Pinterest to collect ideas. In preparation for Spring’s embrace, I have started some seeds indoors, using my newly erected grow station. I am not very good at this – so hopefully at least some of my seeds will sprout. Things I am growing include:

Penstemon

Penstemon

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob’s ladder

 

Hyacinth Bean Vine

Hyacinth Bean Vine

 

Lavender Hyssop

Lavender Hyssop

Brazilian Verbena

Brazilian Verbena

I am also growing a series of herbs and tomatoes – those deserve a separate post.

 

Focus 2014: Getting rid of email mayhem using Unroll.me

In the spirit of focus and simplification, I want to reduce the distractions, clutter and “noise” in my life. First stop? Email. I have several email addresses. When I created each one, I vowed to keep each clean and uncluttered and have failed horribly! I am spending some time over the weekend cleaning them out, closing a few down, and using Unroll.me to help manage all of my subscriptions, marketing email, etc.

Unroll.me

How it works

Unroll.me scans through your inbox and identifies all of your subscriptions, then neatly lists them for you. You can manage all of them from one place, by unsubscribing, allowing them into your inbox, or adding them to your unroll.me daily digest where they get neatly packaged into one area. This is a lifesaver.