Saturday, May 31, 2014

If I could be a Mutant

The first time I really thought about mutants was when I saw the movie The Fly as a child. It was the original version, and it freaked me out.  Big time! And it may be one of the reasons I dislike bugs so much. So obviously I didn’t want anything to do with mutations for ages. Then came the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles they were funny and kind of cool. And then I realized a lot of other superheroes had mutations, so mutations didn’t have to be like the ones in The Fly.



So one day when I was bored, I started thinking about if I could have three mutations what would those mutations be?

1.       Cat Ears does this surprise anyone? I love cats, and cat ears are so cute! But I would also love to be able to hear as well as cats.


 

2.       The evil side me would want a mutation where I have a constant scent of roses about me. Just so I could always say no matter what happened to me that I came out smelling like a rose.

3.       And the gene that the elves in Lord of the Rings have that makes them unable to become ill, because well nobody likes being sick.


So if you could pick three mutations the wilder the better what would they be?

Friday, May 30, 2014

If I Had A Million Dollars

If I had a million dollars these are some of the things I would get for my dad for father’s day this year.

First my dad has a sweet tooth. Big time! So I would get him a subscription to Taste for Sweets. You’re asking what is this? It’s a subscription box program that sends a box of sweet treats from around the world each month.  Everything looks pretty tasty. And imagine being able to try different things each month.  A monthly subscription is only $16.00 a month, but you can receive 25% off by using the codeTASTEFORSWEETS25 when you order, and if you want a onetime gift you can purchase that for $17.00. Use the codeGIFTOFSNACKS25 to receive 25% off the regular price. These prices include shipping. Make sure to check it out.





My dad is the best dad ever, and I really like artwork that uses license plates so this is another thing I would get him. Best Dad Ever Lisence Plate Sign by Uniquely Yours Elite.


Because my dad is practical, and he likes things that smell good he will need a candle. Blue Starling Candle Company has an Iced OrchidCandle that has a floral scent with a hint of peppermint.  It’s a great scent.

And my dad absolutely loves blackberry jam. Yeah, a case of blackberry jam from Peligraphics.




And because my dad likes baseball, I’d get him tickets to a Cubs vs. Cardinals game.

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What would you get your dad if you had a million dollars?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

DIY Kawaii Cloud Decoration

I love kawaii items, and I really wanted something simple for the wall. So I came up with this cute, inexpensive and easy DIY kawaii cloud decoration.

This is what you need.

3 pieces of Cardboard
Scissors
Modge Podge
Paint Brushes
Paint

First draw a cloud on one of the pieces of cardboard. Cut it out. Trace the cloud on the other two pieces of cardboard. And cut each one out.


Next glue all three of the pieces of cardboard together. This makes the cloud seem just a little less flat.

Next paint the cloud sky blue. Once the paint dries draw two oval eyes on the clouds, and a smiley face.



And now you have a kawaii cloud decoration.

Cute Cloud Project

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

So why do I write pirate-based adventure stories?

I'm lucky today to author Helen Hollick as a guest. Helen is an independent author who writes ficiton with a historical base. So you can check out why she decided to write books about pirates. Make sure you check out her books and her website. You won't be disappointed with what you find.



So why do I write pirate-based adventure stories?
By Helen Hollick

I ‘fell’ for my protagonist, Captain Jesamiah Acorne, the moment I met him on a drizzly October afternoon, on a deserted beach in Dorset, England.
I was deep in thought about an idea I’d had for a pirate-based novel. I had the title, Sea Witch – also the name of my hero’s ship. I had my hero’s ‘girl’; a midwife, healer, and a white witch - Tiola Oldstagh (an anagram of ‘all that is good’). I even had most of my plot. What I didn’t have was my main character.

I looked up, and there he was, standing a few yards away from me his black hair blowing in the wind, dressed in full pirate regalia complete with pistol and cutlass. He had a gold earring shaped like an acorn dangling from his ear. He looked at me, nodded, touched one finger to his hat.
“Hello Jesamiah Acorne,” I said.

Four Voyages later, with the fifth in the series half completed, I am still hooked on him. I describe him as a blend of Jack Sparrow and Indiana Jones, with a touch of Hornblower and Jack Aubrey but with an added dash of James Bond and Sean Bean’s sexy portrayal of Richard Sharpe. Jesamiah is, to use a well-worn phrase, the fictional love of my life.

So why write about pirates?
There is no easy answer, but I think it is because pirate stories, be they novels or movies, are pure escapism. Johnny Depp’s creation of Jack Sparrow (at least for the first movie, the other three were not so good) re-kindled that spark of interest in nautical adventure where belief is suspended in favour of a darn good sailor’s yarn of a tale. I wanted to savour a novel that was like the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. I found many good children’s and young adult stories, but nothing for adults with a more ‘mature’ content. So I wrote my own, wrote the story I wanted to read.

In reality pirates were (are!) the terrorists of their day. There was nothing romantic about a ship being boarded by dozens of drunken cut-throats, all eager to torture, rape, murder, and destroy the evidence by setting the ship on fire.
But fictional pirates are very different. They are rogues, yes; they would as soon cut your throat as cut your money-pouch from your belt, but there is a rugged charm associated with these scallywags. Pirate tales are a grand adventure romp, usually with barely any historical accuracy whatsoever. You know that the hero will dodge the gallows, find the treasure and get the girl in the end. For my Jesamiah, trouble follows him like a ship’s wake; he gets into serious fights and faces death on several occasions – but you know, as in all fictional dramas, that he will survive.
The fun is in finding out how he manages it.


And that is why I love writing my Sea Witch Voyages: because they are fun to write and fun to read.




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Long Time Coming

Long Time Coming is the new motivational rap song from Marcus Parker. Marcus is a life coach, who hails from Dallas, TX. His desire is to encourage teens to develop a positive life. And one of the ways he does this is through the use of rap. Rap often gets the reputation of being negative and encouraging a less than positive lifestyle. But Marcus’ music is positive.

Long Time Coming encourages individuals to keep believing in themselves. It states that soon everyone will know my name. It encourages the listener to look towards what the future can offer when times are difficult. This is a really great message for people of all ages. And I like how the song reminds the listener to just never give up on their dreams. Sometimes it’s easy to give up, but that will get you nowhere.

The thing I like most about this song is that Marcus never says that life is easy. In fact he points out that life is full of problems, and that he has made mistakes. But in spite of these problems, he never gives up thinking that he will make his mark on the world.


This is a great recording, and I’m so glad that Marcus is making a positive mark on the rap music scene.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Send Kids The World

Have you ever thought that you wanted to donate something to a charity, but thought I don’t have enough money? Have you thought I don’t have time to volunteer? Believe it or not there are some charities that require minimal effort and money to do something positive. Send Kids The World is one of those charities.

So, I know you all are thinking tell me more. Well, Send Kids The World was started by parents of a child who had a child who was diagnosed with leukemia. After their child was diagnosed a friend of their family began sending postcards to the child while he was traveling on business. This brought great joy to the child, and to their family. But it didn’t stop there, the friend asked others to send the little girl postcards. So the little girl was able to travel all over the place through these postcards even though she wasn’t to go physically.

The family decided that they would start a website that provided information on how to send postcards with life threatening illnesses. The website has a list of children with information about their illnesses. So you can choose the child you wish to send a postcard to. Complete the information the site asks for, which is very simple. And the address will appear.

Now, all you have to do is choose a postcard and write a quick note to the child, put a stamp on it, and drop it off in a mailbox. It really is that easy, and it costs less than $5.00. And it’s a great way to get a child involved in sharing with others.

The site does ask that postcards are the only thing that is sent to the child. No cards, no letters, and no presents. That’s not what this program is about. Postcards are easy for a child to hold, and they can be hung on walls near a child’s bed. It also requests that you do not put get well soon on the card, because many of the children don’t.

You can purchase postcards as you travel. Or if you aren’t traveling many artists offer their artwork in a postcard form. These can be purchased at craft fairs, etsy, zibbet, deviant art, or zazzle. There are loads of sites where you can purchase them. Please also make sure you place the correct postage on the cards, there’s nothing worse than a mailman having to ask for additional money from a family that already is struggling with enormous challenges.


See, I told you it’s an easy and inexpensive way to volunteer time. And you’ll make a child’s day a little brighter by doing so. So go on and visit Send Kids The World.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

If I Had A Million Dollars

If I had a million dollars these are a few of the things I want buy right now.

I'd buy this bracelet because that quote from Louisa May Alcott is just fabulous. This is so perfect for all the geek girls, and bookworms I know. 


Polynesian Rose Candle I have one of these and it smells so good. I just want another one. And they offer a money back guarantee if you aren't satisfied with the product. 

Is this the definition of adorable or what? It's a mix and match mini tea set. And it can be personalized for your little girl. Too cute!


Kentucky Nights Soap if it smells half as good as the candle, well then the soap will be awesome. 


Mini Book Necklace. It's just so perfect for the book lover. 



Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Artificial Mirage Book Review

I recently read The Artificial Mirage by T. Warwick. The book takes you to a world that is different than the one we live in. The book begins with Charlie in Vietnam. His life has fallen apart, his company has dissolved, and Lauren, the woman he loves, has disappeared. And the worst thing is he is thrown in a Vietnamese jail. But in his world artificial reality is possible. So when he is released from the jail he spends the last of his money and leaves Vietnam for the Saudi Arabia. There he begins his search for the real Lauren. And the lack of money, along with his desire to find his love drive him into the underworld of Saudi Arabia.



This isn’t a book with a happy ending. But even though the book is about altered reality, it is all about reality.  It’s about how individuals will go to any length to deny what is real in their life. Charlie is so set on recapturing the past he had with Lauren that he misses what is really going on in his life.  Like so many individuals in life, he is so set on this artificial mirage that he stops caring that he is participating in some really risky behavior. The artificial world is a drug to him. And I’m sure it’s no mistake that the author decided that selling drugs and alcohol in Saudi Arabia would be the way that Charlie would make money. And deep down Charlie know this isn’t good for him.

I really enjoyed reading this book. So often with science fiction genre book, it seems as though the world they are set in is several hundred years away. But as you read the book, you realize this world could happen in the near future. We already live in a world where some individuals prefer to communicate through social media. Is it really that far of a jump where individuals would choose an artificial friend to spend time with in place of a relationship with a real person?

I also liked that the book was set in Saudi Arabia. The society in the book is very restrictive, and so it pushes individuals to retreating from reality.  The prohibitions set by the government only encourage the characters in the book to pursue fantasy over the reality they live in.

Overall, this is a good book, and individuals who enjoying reading about what the future could be like will enjoy reading this book. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Photos

So it's Friday, and here is a picture I took this week. Let me know which version of the picture you like best.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Three Secrets to Finding Happiness

I’ve found that a lot of people talk about wanting to be happy, but they often don’t understand individuals who are happy. The most common question a happy person is asked is why are you so happy? And it’s asked in that tone of voice. You know the one, the tone where the asker is implying you might be a little bit crazy because you are happy.

So what is the secret to being happy? The truth is there is more than one secret to being happy. The first secret is you need to decide to be happy. Yep, you heard me; a lot of being happy is up to you. That means when you wake up in the morning look for a reason to be happy during the day. Every day is a new day with new opportunities. If you start the day believing good things are going to happen, they often do. You will find yourself looking for the good instead of the bad.

The second secret is don’t join in when people start complaining. It’s easy to want to be part of the group when everyone starts complaining, but the truth is. You’re only going to end up being unhappy if you join in the complaint session. That doesn’t mean that happy people believe that everything is perfect. Far from it, they just realize that complaining isn’t going to make things better. They realize that there are things they can change and things they can’t. Happy people turn a complaint into a solution by looking for what they can do to make things different.

And lastly, happy people don’t let other people take away their happiness. Like I said earlier there are individuals that don’t understand how you can be happy. These people may try to tell you there is something that is wrong with you because you are happy. They are wrong! They are usually upset because you have something they desperately want, and can’t seem to have. Don’t let them take your happiness away.
So now you know a few secrets to finding happiness. Go out and get it!


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Is Your Cat a Demon Cat?

Yes, she looks so sweet and innocent, but she’s not. My friends refer to her as a demon cat. And while she has a sweet side, there are times when she has a few minor behavior issues. So what is a good pet owner to do?

First, don’t be afraid to use a spray bottle containing water. You can make your little demon cat stop mid action by just grabbing one. They don’t like it, and they will stop being a little demon while you’re watching.

 


Second, keep a can of change around with a lid. For some reason, they don’t like the sound. And they will often stop what you’re doing to see what they are doing wrong.

Third, use a stern voice. Believe it or not cats do like please the human they are attached to. And they don’t like to be scolded. And they will often stop the behavior the participating in when you are present.

And lastly, praise your little demon cat when she does something right. They appreciate a loving voice, and they will often repeat behaviors to get your affection when they want affection. 

Keep in mind cats really do have a mind of their own, but they will listen to you, just not all the time.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tai Pei Made To Order Asian Meals

I was fortunate to be included in Chatterboxes Tai Pai Made to Order Asian Your Way campaign. I received my packet which included coupons for Tai Pai Made to Order meat, rice, sauce, and vegetables. I was ecstatic.  
frozen foods

I went to Wal-Mart as instructed in the campaign, and used my coupons. I looked through the store, and I found the items in the frozen food section. I picked out crispy pork, garden vegetable rice, Thai style yellow curry sauce, and Thai style vegetables. Everything that I needed to make a Thai good meal.

I got the items home, and read the instructions, which were easy to follow. I fried the pork and vegetables as directed, and I added the sauce. It smelled and looked delicious. I went to prepare the rice. The instructions stated you need to microwave the rice. Oh, I don’t have a microwave. So I prepared the rice in a skillet. It all looks like the picture on the package.


So I got my plate ready, and dug in. And it tasted great. Because the meat, vegetables, and sauce are packaged separately, there was plenty of each in the package. The curry sauce had a little kick to it, but it wasn’t too spicy. Overall, it tasted great!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

What Would You Do If You Found $40,000?

I heard the news today on my way to work, and instead of the regular news about shootings and robberies, it was a story about kindness. It’s a story about honesty. And it’s the type of story I wish I heard more often

It’s the story of three young people who don’t have any money, so they bought a couch at a thrift store. The couch seemed a little lumpy. So they looked inside, and low and behold a dream came true. They found $40,000.00. Imagine that. And they also found a bank statement with a woman’s name on it. These young people actually did the right thing; they hunted down the woman, and gave her back the money. It’s good to hear that there are people who make the right choices in life. And they are getting the credit for doing it.


Watch their story, and let me know what you would do in their situation.



Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Rockin' 45s

It’s Saturday night, and you are looking for something to do. I want to go out and hear some music is what you think. But where do I go, and who will be playing? If you’re lucky and you live in NY, you might be able to catch The Rockin’ 45s.

This is a four piece bar band. So of course their music is to be fun. And they deliver fun music. The Rockin’ 45s are heavily influenced by Jimmy Buffet so you know they have a unique style.



They band has created their own label called Allende Records, and the labels first release is some of their own music. The song Don’t Look At Me is a ballad. This song combines a really pretty melody with a message that isn’t quite as pretty. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. When you hear those pretty melodies you expect to hear a love song, but these guys deliver lyrics that state don’t look at me if you want love. I liked these lyrics. We’ve all had a friend that we enjoy spending time with that we find out in time wants more from us than friendship. It makes things awkward doesn’t it? This song is honest, it tells the person that I can’t give you what you’re looking for.  So the song is a mix of the romantic and anti-romantic. That’s not an easy combination, but they pull it off. 


And like most bar bands they do cover songs, and they take requests. If I’m ever in the New York area, I really want to see this band play. And I am sure that with their experience performing at clubs will assist them in finding talented artists. I really look forward to hearing what their label has to offer. Make sure you visit The Rockin’ 45s website in order to see what is new with them and where you can see them play.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

What Does a Family Look Like?

Have you ever thought about what a family really looks like? I know we all have the traditional idea of what a family is. It consists of a mother, a father, and two children preferably a boy and a girl. But is that what a family really looks like? I don’t believe so.
Of course a family consists of a parent and a child. It might even consist of two parents and more than one child. But a family also is made up of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. In some cases a grandparent acts as a parent. Yes, these people are all part of a family.
But for many individuals family is more than just blood relatives. A family includes the friends we gather along the way. Family includes those friends who will drop what they are doing to pick you up when your car is broke down. It includes the person who will tell you something you really don’t want to hear. And it includes those individuals who act as your cheerleaders in order to achieve your dreams.

So if you look around, you will be able to find family pretty much everywhere you go.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Pictures

So it's Friday,and once again I've decided to share with you some one of the pictures I've taken. Let me know which edit of the picture you like the best.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Geek Nightmare

So I’m playing a video game. I have a great score; it’s my absolute best score ever. And the geek nightmare occurs. The computer freezes up. I scream, No! This is not happening! But it did. In fact it has happened to all of us. There is no way to get that high score back. And at that time I thought of George Constanza from Seinfield. Remember the frogger episode?


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dance of Atoms Music Review

Dance of Atoms is a two man group hailing from Texas. This duo is bringing back a taste of the 80’s new wave sound with a whimsical twist. This summer they will be releasing their first ep, and it is something that contains music that will make you want to dance.



So what makes this group so great in my opinion? Well, first it doesn’t sound like music that is being played on the radio. It’s different. The first song on the ep, Burn Me Up reminded me of a Devo sound. It’s the synthesizers I think. And well if you’ve ever heard a Devo song you know that it has a distinct sound.



I couldn’t decide which song on the recording I liked best. It’s a toss-up between The 80’s, and the band’s version of Another One Bites The Dust. The 80’s is a fun song. It will bring back loads of memories for anyone who grew up in the 80’s. It talks about all the things that were popular during the 80’s. I haven’t thought about swatch watches for years. And then they put their own twist on Another One Bites The Dust. The lyrics and tune are the same, but it uses synthesizers to make it unique.

But while the music is danceable, that doesn’t mean that it is lightweight. These guys have managed to combine dance music with lyrics that have some meaning. They aren’t afraid to be themselves in their music, and I believe that they have created something different than the average band with this release. Their music is available through their website currently, and it will be released on all the major music markets in July.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Avocado Stuffed Tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes will soon be available, and we all love avocado added to pretty much anything. It just makes things taste great. So here’s a simple recipe that combines some really tasty and healthy foods together. It’s easy to fix, and it tastes great.

Here’s what you need

2 to 4 medium sized tomatoes
1 large avocado
1 small can of green chili peppers
1 green onion
2 cloves garlic
Salt
Bacon bits

Here’s what you need to do


First, cut the top off of your tomato, and spoon out the inside. Sprinkle the inside with a pinch of salt. Mash up the avocado in a bowl. Then add the pulp from the inside of your tomatoes, the chili peppers, a chopped green onion, and the garlic. Mix the items together. Then stuff the mixture back into the tomato. Sprinkle the top of the stuffed tomato with bacon bits. Then you’re ready to serve it.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Chic Flicks

Here are three chic flicks I’ve seen recently, and what I think of them.

I went to see a movie with a friend called The Other Woman. This is a movie that I wouldn’t normally have picked on my own, but I have to admit it was a fun movie to watch. The movie is about three women who have been cheated on by the same man. As the women put together a plan to get their revenge, they develop friendships. The movie is humorous, and the part that is so funny, is the lengths these women will go to get even. In the movies everyone is always able to act out all of those crazy ideas everyone has when they have been hurt. That’s what’s so fun about this movie. They do some really crazy things that we all wish we could do.  If you’re looking for a fun chic flick this is for you.



Rockabilly Vampire was not a good movie. But I couldn’t stop watching it. The plot involves a woman, who is in love with the 50’s. And in particular she is in love with Elvis. She meets the man of her dreams. He looks like Elvis. He talks like Elvis. And he acts like Elvis. There’s only one problem he’s a vampire. The plot is weak, and the acting is bad. But I still had fun watching this movie. I love the clothes, and I loved the soundtrack even though it did overpower the movie. If you enjoy b movies that are quirky you might have fun watching this film.


For The Boys starring Bette Midler was a good movie. I mean it has Bette Midler in it so how can you go wrong? It’s the story of a comic duo from the beginning to the end. The story moves from the 1940’s to the present. The story points out how performers were affected during each decade. And of course Bette sings in the movie. But individuals with sensitive ears may not enjoy Bette’s use of profanity during the movie. Bette Midler fans will definitely enjoy this film.

So what chic flicks do you all recommend this week?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Things That Have Made This Week Great

Here are some of the things that have made this week great.

Going to the grocery store and hearing a lady say to another lady $5.00 for velveta that is just wrong.

Visiting a friend who introduced me to his new puppy. It was so much fun to see the puppy, and to have to tell my friend, you do have to leave him alone in the house sometimes even if he is crying. Let’s go get breakfast.

Seeing the neighbor come out of the house with a gun pointed at something, and then having the wonderful feeling of relief when I realized it was a bb gun he was holding.

Hearing the happiness in my dad’s voice when he told me that he was going to get some extra money, and that he and my mom were looking for rocking chairs that they could put on their balcony.

Driving down the road and noticing the trees have flowered. It looked so beautiful.

What made your week great?


Friday, May 9, 2014

Robin Egg

So I found a robin's egg in the yard. I couldn't find a nest nearby, and I felt kind of bad because of it. So I did what all good bloggers do, I took a picture of it. I loved the blue, green and purple in the picture. Then I began editing it, and these are the photos I came up with from just one shot.


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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Memorial Day Decorations

Memorial Day will be here before we know it, and here are a few things that I found on pinterest to decorate your home.


I liked the simplicity of this, It's right to the point. You can find the instructions on how to make this on sodapop.com.


I used one of blue starling candle companies Kentucky Nights candles because I thought that shade of blue looked very appropriate for memorial day, along with some USA blocks as a decoration. It looks pretty good I think.

I'm not sure who came up with this idea. There was no credit on pinterest. But the water is colored with blue food coloring. It's perfect for a picnic.


This table just looks so patriotic. It's perfect for Memorial Day. I got the picture off of Stane Gable.



And the picture looks like it's from Better Homes and Gardens, but it loos so easy to make. A basket filled with croquet balls, baseballs, grass, and flags. 

So let me know how you're going to decorate your home for Memorial Day.



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dragon’s Curse The Dragon and The Scholar Book Review

I recently received a copy of H. L. Burke’s book Dragon’s Curse the Dragon and The Scholar. The book begins with a dragon looking for information, but why does a dragon need to know about a king? Shannon is a student learning about apothecary, and botany at the academy. And she has an assignment for school. She must go to the castle and treat the king who has been injured by a dragon. And this will be a difficult assignment for Shannon because she speaks her mind. Which as her instructor points out, is not something that goes over well at court.



As the story unfolds, Shannon becomes bored at court, and makes friends with the dragon. But the king doesn’t like dragons, and he has put a price on the dragon’s head. As you can imagine Shannon wants to protect her friend. So she warns him that he must leave. But for some reason the dragon won’t leave. And then she learns that this dragon is much more than a dragon.

This is such a fun book to read. It involves fantasy, intrigue, loyalty, friendship, and love. Shannon is an interesting character, who is intelligent and full of life. And well who isn’t interested in becoming friends with a dragon? I mean wouldn’t you love to have a dragon as a friend? The book is well written, and women and young adult readers who enjoy fantasy stories will enjoy it.


Go on over and check out the website to learn more about the book, and other’s written by H.L. Burke.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Surprise Ingredient

Today, there is a surprise ingredient in the recipe. But first let me tell you a secret. I have a green thumb. It’s no ordinary green thumb either. Now those of you who know me, are saying you do? Yes, I do! I can grow a dandelion like nobody else on the planet. Just ask my neighbors. Short of dumping tons of weed killer on my yard, and killing the entire yard, the dandelions I grow can’t be stopped. My dandelions are guaranteed to be the best home grown greens available.
 
I’ve often wondered why we have such a hatred for these flowers that really are pretty good for us. They are related to sunflowers, and they are high in nutrients. I mean they are kind of a super food. They are super high in vitamin K, vitamin a, calcium, and fiber.

But I’ve always hesitated when it comes to incorporating these greens into my diet. But this is the year for new things. I thought to myself, I’m going to do it. I’m going to make a dandelion salad. But then I thought what if I don’t like the taste? I decided that I would begin using this super healthy weed in place of the lettuce that I would normally add to items. I mean it’s a green isn’t it? And it worked. I like those greens I grew.



Here’s how I incorporated dandelion greens into this recipe.

The Surprise Ingredient


Chicken Burrito
Here’s what you need
Flour tortilla
Shredded chicken
Refried beans
Sliced avocado
Diced tomatoes
Shredded dandelion greens
Chopped onion
Shredded cheese
Wrap all the ingredients in the flour shell, and you have your burrito.


What I found was that I liked the greens. It was an easy and well in my case cheap substitute for head lettuce that I would have bought. So think twice before you wage war on those dandelions. You might be able to save yourself a trip to the store, save some money, and add some nutritional kick to your meal by using them in your recipes.