Showing posts from March, 2015

Tuesday's Cupboard—Pesto, Ricotta & Tomato Tortilla Pizza

Adapted from Weight Watchers online.  This is one of our favorites!

Pesto, Ricotta & Tomato Tortilla Pizza
Add my 5-star review to this easy supper! Points value:  8-10 Serves 4
Ingredients olive oil PAMwhole wheat tortillas1 container Buitoni reduced-fat pesto with basil1 container part-skim ricotta cheese 1 pkg shredded Italian cheese2 large heirloom tomatoes, cut upgrated Parmesan cheese
Make It! Preheat oven to 450°F.  Lightly spray a large baking sheet with PAM (or use non-stick aluminum foil, or use a non-stick baking sheet)Arrange tortillas on the baking sheetSpread each with 2 T. pestoTop each tortilla with 2 generous tablespoons of ricotta; squish the dollops of ricotta around to distribute more evenlyTop each with chopped tomatoSprinkle each with 2 T. shredded Italian cheeseAdd bacon bits & grated Parmesan, if desiredBake until the edges of the tortillas are crisp & the cheese is bubbly (7 to 10 minutes)Slice each tortilla into 4 wedges before serving; you'll need a …

Monday—National Parks Artist-in- Residence Program

Artists + National Parks = A Natural Connection

Artist-in-Residence Programs Sponsored by the National Park Service

Here is an interesting way to explore the national parks!  As an artist-in-residence.  
The National Park Service has over 50 in-residence programs for visual artists, writers, musicians, performers, and other creatives to capture the unique identity of each park through individual works of art.  
Residencies typically last 2 to 4 weeks, and most include lodging.  Each park has its own schedule and application procedures, so applicants need to work with the individual park websites.
Artists are usually asked to contribute original works of art &/or make park presentations to park visitors.  Check the program requirements for each park. 
Click HERE to access the interactive map
Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado):  Applications are accepted from November 1 through December 31 for the following year.  The 2015 artists have been chosen.  The Grand Canyon (Arizona) is booked thro…

Sunday—Old Friends & New Friends

Make a new friend this week...We did!

Our Tennessee Friends

Have a Fun Week!

The Saturday Trust Final Edition

The end of the road

✓  My Job Is Done

It is time to turn the page on the work that I've been doing since the day that my dad died in November 2013.  

The final trust taxes have been filed, and I will oversee any residual trust business for the next couple of years.  The work of administering the Jones Family Trust has reached a conclusion. 

Click HERE to go to the beginning of my journey as successor trustee.

Losses & Gains
I lost a parent and spent the majority of last year away from my home in California.  I gained quality time with my sister and my mom that probably would not have happened if my dad hadn't died.  

I lost a nagging sense of inadequacy and gained the confidence to tackle any problem, no matter how daunting.  

I lost the need to collect stuff and gained the satisfaction of knowing that possessions are meant to be shared and passed on, not kept until the day I die.

I gave up on trying to control my relationships—and gained clarity.

I let go of a misplaced sense o…

Friday PS Gallery—Layouts

Lesson #14_A Little of This & A Little of That by Kim Klassen_Layouts

Pretty Roses

post-processed in PSCC & Lightroom

Throw-Back Thursday: UNR 1928

My grandmother's first year at the University of Nevada Reno

87 years ago...

Enjoy your week!

Good For You, Good For the Home—Custom Buttons!

I just ordered a 1.25 inch Tecre button maker

My New Gadget FAQs

Q.  Why do I need one of these?
A.  Because I want to make 50 custom buttons for a wedding.

Q.  How much do these things cost?
A.  $263 on Etsy from ButtonBoyInc (about $281 incl shipping)

Interesting factoid:  ButtonBoyInc ships out of Las Vegas

Q.  What are the reviews?
A.  1,516 reviews—all 5 stars!  

Q.  What do you get with this kit?
A.  Supplies for 500 buttons + a 1.25 inch hand-held cutter

Q.  Where will I store it?
A.  In the cupboard with the laminator and the rubber stamp embosser

Q.  How does it work?
A.  Here's a really good video by Maria

Stay tuned for my update after it arrives.

Tuesday's Cupboard—Blackened Mahi Mahi with Radish & Cucumber Salad

So good!  Lots of chopping, but worth it 

Adapted from Weight Watchers Recipes Online, 2015_423 ratings of 4.5 stars (out of 5 stars)

Blackened Mahi Mahi with Radish & Cucumber
Ingredients Olive-oil PAM1-1/2 lbs. defrosted mahi mahi boneless, skinless filets (also good with tilapia or albacore tuna)3 T. blackening spice rub5 medium red radishes, cleaned, sliced in half & chopped into 1/2" pieces1/2 of a Japanese cucumber, chopped into 1/2" pieces1 medium red & 1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped into 1/2" pieces3 medium green onions (about 1/2 cup)2 T. cilantro, cleaned & roughly chopped1 avocado, chopped2 T. lime juice1 tsp. olive oil1/4 to 1/2 tsp. kosher salt to taste 1/4 tsp. cracked black pepper1/2 tsp. Italian herb mix
Make It! Spray a large nonstick skillet with PAM.  Coat fish with blackening spice rub & sauté on medium heat until fish flakes with a fork, about 4 minutes per side.  Serve fish alongside salad on the plate.The Salad Slice each radish …

Monday—National Puppy Day!

A celebration of National Puppy Day_23 March 2015

Best Friends Forever

Have a Great Week!

Good for You, Good for The Home—One Drawer Challenge

Clean out one drawer this week!

Principles of Organization
Vision:  What do you want to see in the drawer?  Hair brushes, stationery, etc.Function:  What kind of drawer is it?  Is it a bathroom vanity drawer, a coffee table drawer, a kitchen drawer?Zones:  Like things with like.  Personal belongings, for instance, live in a person's bedroom.  Rubber bands are office supplies & should be stored in the study or office.  Hair clips go in the vanity /bathroom area.  Tools go in the garage or in the utility drawer.  Limits:  Put a limit on your supplies.  If you have too many socks, jeans, shoes or envelopes, it's time to thin out your supply.Expiration:  Get rid of anything that is expired.  Hotel soaps from a year ago, use them or throw them away.  Share:  Let someone else enjoy your treasures.

Principles of Sorting
Keep, Give, Throw Away:  Before you start, set up boxes or bags for each.If in doubt, say no:  It's okay to keep things that you like!Is this a personal memento t…

Sunday Eagle Cam—We Have Chicks!

Liberty and Freedom, the Pennsylvania Bald eagles, have 2 chicks!

Hungry Little Guys!
Click HERE for the nest cam

The Saturday Trust—Tips from The Pros

Here are some great articles by professional estate planners & trust attorneys

Be Prepared
It's been 4 months since I closed my dad's trust.  The big job is done (i.e. the final distribution of assets), and as we cycle through another tax year, there is a little bit of paperwork left in order to finish off the current trust taxes.  Fortunately, we have a trust tax accountant who is handling that.  

To the Successor Trustee:  Under the category of—Doing Things Right—hire an experienced tax accountant who specializes in filing trust taxes.  This will save you a lot of time & worry later on.

Since my dad passed away in November 2013, I've been writing about my personal experiences from the POV of someone who had never administered a trust or created a trust of my own.  Now, it's time to listen to the experts. 

To the Successor Trustee:  Have the contact info for the trust attorney (the attorney who drew up the original trust).  You'll need to contact the attorney a…

Friday Photoshop Gallery—Replacing Skies

Changing out sky backgrounds in Photoshop CC

The Sky's The Limit!





Have a creative week!

Throwback Thursday—Grand Canyon Summer 1928

Pix from Pearle's collection

A Trip to the Grand Canyon_Summer of '28

Have an adventurous weekend!

Tuesday—St. Patrick's Day Special

Where are the leprechauns?
In my yard...

i think they may be everywhere