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Saturday, June 28, 2014


Today is our 34th anniversary

Marriage humor...

Two men were talking and one said for their 10th anniversary he took his wife to Hawaii. Said for their 20th he might go back and get her. 

Photobombed by the Little Mermaid
Copenhagen 2014

How many seconds have you been married?  Click HERE to find out!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday's Cupboard—Spring Veggie Tart

The best of spring veggies in this easy & delicious tart!

Adapted from Weight Watchers Magazine_March/April 2014

Tender veggies in a crisp crust = yum!

Spring Veggie Tart


1 14-oz. can artichoke bottoms in water, chopped
2 large leeks, cleaned & sliced 1/4" thick
1/2 lb. baby red potatoes, cleaned & sliced 1/4" thick
1 c. baby carrots, sliced on the diagonal
1 c. grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 frozen deep-dish pie crust, thawed
Olive-oil PAM

Cheese topping:

1 c. lowfat ricotta cheese
1/2 c. grated pecorino cheese
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil (cut into 1/4" ribbons)
3 T. chopped fresh chives

1.  Preheat oven to 425°F.  Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.  Mix artichokes, leeks, potatoes & carrots in a large microwavable bowl.  

3.  Cover with plastic wrap & zap on HIGH for 10 minutes until veggies are tender (stir halfway at 5 minutes).

4.  Stir in tomatoes & kosher salt.

5.  Meanwhile, place the pie crust on the baking sheet & let thaw.  Flatten & crimp a 3/4" edge to contain the filling.  Fill with veggie mixture.

6.  Spray the crust's edges & the filling with a light coat of olive oil PAM.  

7.  Drop tablespoons of cheese mixture evenly around the tart.  

8.  Bake for 25 minutes until crust is golden.  Cool for 10-15 minutes & cut into quarter wedges.  

9.  Serve with chipotle sauce & a handful of fresh, undressed spring greens. 

Bon App├ętit!

Veggie filling

Clean, crisp leeks
Ricotta + Pecorino Cheese filling
Ready to bake on a SILPAT instead of parchment

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday—The Improv Corner: Joyful Noise

It's been a shit storm week so far, but this video reminded me that there are some people out there who still want to share the joy...

From Jimmy Kimmel Live

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Saturday Trust: Selling A Vehicle

Consult this handy checklist when you sell an inherited vehicle

Sold to a neighbor who turned out to be a bad guy 

Seller's Punchlist

Short & sweet, here are a few important things you need to do when you inherit a vehicle and want to sell it.

  • Check your state's DMV website and follow the instructions for transferring a title
  • Check the DMV's recommendations under Inheritance of a Vehicle
  • Remove the plates and surrender them immediately to the DMV.  This prevents the buyer from driving the vehicle before he or she has re-registered it.  How then, does the new owner drive the car to the DMV to get it re-registered?  He or she does not need to drive the vehicle to the DMV to re-register the car.  All they need is the signed-over title, proof of insurance, a smog certificate, and whatever other forms the DMV requires.  
  • Be sure to keep a dated receipt or a bill of sale.  Name the buyer and have him or her sign it.  Include the name of the seller on the receipt.  Specify the amount and the form of payment, i.e. check # or cash.
          Click HERE to download a Bill of Sale document from the Nevada DMV.
  • If the title was not pre-signed by the deceased, sign the title over as successor trustee or executor.  Make sure that the vehicle is designated as an asset of the estate and that you have the authority to sign over the vehicle.  Check with your local DMV to find out if you have to claim the vehicle as your own before you sell it.  This can add at least 40 days or more to your timeline before you can sell the car.  
  • Have the buyer sign and date the title.
  • Let the DMV know immediately that you have sold the car.  This can be done online by filling out either a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability form in California or a Vehicle Resale Notification in Nevada.  In California, the DMV must be notified within 5 days after a car has been sold.   Be aware that your name may not be removed from California DMV records until the new owner submits the title for transfer of ownership.  In Nevada, the new owner has 30 days to re-register the vehicle.
  • Don't cancel the auto insurance before you've surrendered the plates and notified the DMV.  Once the DMV knows that you no longer own the vehicle, go ahead and cancel the policy.
  • Last, but not least...After a loved one dies, it is easy to rush through the important aspects of his or her personal affairs.  When you transact any financial business, do it in a calm, unhurried manner.  If you are distracted or fatigued, delegate the car sale to a trusted and reliable individual who is aware of everything that they need to do in order to complete the legal sale and protect the interests of the estate.  Paper rules when it comes to car sales, so make sure that everything is done properly.

Transfer on Death Beneficiary

Both Nevada and California allow the sole registered owner of a vehicle to bypass the will process and designate an heir who will receive the vehicle after the owner dies.   There is a fee to add, delete or change the beneficiary, and only one beneficiary can be named.   This simplifies and streamlines the process of re-registering a vehicle when it is inherited. The beneficiary keeps a copy and takes it to the DMV to transfer the vehicle into his or her name.

Click HERE to view the Nevada DMV Transfer on Death Application

Lessons Learned

I wish I'd had a list like this when my dad passed away last November.  I made the mistake of trusting the buyer who did not re-register the car.

Never trust the buyer to do the right thing.

Don't assume that the procedures for selling a car are the same in every state.  Nevada requires sellers to remove the plates.  California does not.  Check the DMV website in the state where the car is registered.  

Insurance companies do not automatically contact the DMV when the insurance policy is canceled on a vehicle.

CYA—Assume that the buyer might turn out to be a bad guy or just a well-intentioned ignoramus. Cover Your Ass.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday—Katharine the Great White

Tracking the ocean's apex predators

Hanging with Katharine the Great White Shark

Track your favorite Great White shark with this cool live tracker sponsored by the non-profit oceanic research group, OCEARCH.

Click HERE to see how far my favorite sharky galpal, Katharine, has traveled since she was captured and tagged off of Cape Cod on 19 August 2013.  

Find individual sharks in the pulldown menu by clicking next to ALL SHARKS.  Betsy is another popular favorite who is also currently parked in the Gulf of Mexico.

Named after Katharine Lee Bates, an American songwriter who wrote the words to, America The Beautiful, Katharine the Great White tips the scales at 2,300 pounds and measures over 14 feet.  Katharine's favorite foods are seal kabobs and sushi.

                            #hello  #chompchompchomp  

Kat, as she is known by her friends, spent the winter and early spring off the coasts of Jacksonville, Florida, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach.  To date she has traveled 4,897 miles.  Since then, she has been hugging the Florida coast with a brief stopover at Key West for mango margaritas, then into the Gulf of Mexico where she is currently banging it with Betsy.

It's a great life for a Great White.

Click HERE to get tweets from Katharine, a "misunderstood girl swimming around tryin' to get some fish."

Click HERE to check out the OCEARCH facebook page

For TED fans, here's a neat YouTube video by Chris Neff on the myth of the rogue shark...Enjoy!