Showing posts from November, 2015

Thursday—Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Feeling grateful 2015

❦ happy thanksgiving!

Good for You, Good for The Home—Excellent Interior Paint!

Sherwin~Williams Ovation Primer+Paint in One in eggshell_BEST paint I've ever used!

freshen up with new paint

scroll over to see the before & after pix

new bed

new rug

new window coverings

mini fridge

swiss white walls & ceiling

vintage framed albums

Tuesday's Cupboard—Broccoli & Cheddar Frittata

Use a bag of precut, cleaned broccoli to make this recipe even easier!

broccoli & cheddar frittata
prep: 10 min/ cook 25 mins/ serves 4 to 6 adapted from Weight Watchers Magazine Nov/Dec 2015

ingredients 11 large fresh eggs1 T. olive oil or butter1 small sweet onion, chopped2 c. chopped cooked broccoli1/2 c. shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheesepinch of kosher salt & cracked black pepper
make it Preheat oven to 400°FPosition rack in middle of ovenHeat oil until shimmering in a 10-inch oven proof skillet over medium heatAdd onion & sauté until tender (3-4 minutes)Mix in broccoli with onionsPour eggs over vegetables, covering evenly.  Cook, gently lifting & pushing cooked edges toward center, allowing liquid eggs to spill through the sides & cook evenly.  Cook for about 4 minutes.Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top & transfer to hot oven.Bake until frittata is golden brown & puffed up, 12 to 15 minutes.Remove from oven.  Center of frittata should be slightly soft, but not …

Saturday Finances—Portfolio One Year Anniversay

I closed my dad's trust one year ago this week!

An Interesting Year

It's hard to believe that it's been a year since I closed my dad's trust. 
I wrote the summary report on November 15, 2014, and finished the final distribution three days later on November 18.
During 2014, I wrote detailed blogs about the mechanics of administering the family trust and all of the challenges that I faced while doing so.  Now, a year later, I can look back and review the results.
As much as 2014 was about nothing but the trust, 2015 has been about anything but!  When the trust closed, it closed for good.  I have had neither the need nor the desire to look back.  
I have learned a lot about financial management!  In the year since my dad's trust closed, I've taken almost every webinar that Fidelity has to offer and discovered that I really like learning about investments, money management, personal finances, global economics, and the stock market.  I am walking in my dad's footsteps…

Tuesday's Cupboard—Roast Chicken & Strawberry Salad

Healthy & easy!

chicken & berry salad
adapted from weight watcher's magazine may/june 2012
prep time:  20 mins cook time:  15 mins serves 2

preheat oven to 425° equipment:  baking sheet, nonstick foil
ingredients 1/2 c. plain dried bread crumbs1 tsp. ground ginger (or a tsp. of jarred minced ginger)2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts1/4 c. rice vinegar1 T. sesame oil1 T. honey1/4 tsp. kosher salt1/4 tsp. red pepper flakescracked black pepper1 10 oz. bag fresh greens2 c. cleaned strawberries, hulled & cut up3 thinly sliced green onions, including fresh green stalks1 pkg. ready-to-eat snow peas
Optional:  Nori Komi Furikake Rice Seasoning (dried chopped seaweed & sesame seeds) or toasted sesame seeds

make it! Line the baking sheet with nonstick foilRinse the chicken breasts; let drain on a paper towelCombine the bread crumbs & ginger; place in a small bowlCoat chicken breasts in bread crumbs & place on baking sheet; sprinkle on cracked black pepperBake in 425°F oven for…

Saturday Finances—Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)

Learning as I go about investments & managing my portfolio

Real Estate Investment Trust
It's fun to say, isn't it (pronounced "reet)?  
A REIT is a type of security that invests in real estate through property or mortgages and often trades on major exchanges like a stock.  (investopedia)
Because it is a trust that manages different types of real estate ventures (e.g. shopping malls, hospitals, apartment complexes, hotels, warehouses, timber land), it is a much more liquid type of investment than buying the actual properties.  You don't have to wait around and hassle with selling properties.  You just sell out of or buy into a REIT. 
A REIT is like a mutual fund for real estate.  
What's a"mutual fund?"A mutual fund is a professionally managed pool of funds designed to meet specific objectives, like generating dividends or growth.  Dividends are good for investors who want to generate income; growth is good for investors who want to build their investme…

Throwback Thursday—Previously Unseen Pix from the Great Depression

From the Yale University interactive database, photogrammar


From 1935 to 1944, the Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) undertook the largest photography project ever sponsored by the federal government.  In order to build support and justify government programs designed to aide the poorest farmers displaced by the Depression, the Historical Section (a division of the Resettlement Administration) set out to document the relief efforts.  

Some of the most iconic images of the Great Depression were shot by photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein, who all helped shape the visual culture of the era.  

Of the 170,000 photos, most have been stored in filing cabinets at the FSA-OWI.  A team of researchers from Yale recently created a web-based interactive platform called, Photogrammar, for organizing & searching this collection.  Most of the photos have not been viewed since they were placed in the gov archives over 70…

Wednesday—Good for You, Good for The Home: Mermaid Tail Blankets

Get the pattern on Etsy for $4.95 USD

mermaid tail blanket
skill level: intermediate
stitches: single crochet half double crochet double crochet hdc2tog slip stitch front loop & back loop
sizes: fit is loose toddler
hook size: "N" (9mm) crochet hook
stitch marker yarn needle measuring tape
get the downloadable pdf pattern on etsy: crochetbyjennifer
$4.95 usd

order a mermaid tail blanket from one of jennifer's recommended etsy vendors


$60 to $150 usd

Tuesday's Cupboard—Amped Up Burgers

Turkey burgers topped with baked Parmesan crisps & fresh mushrooms sautéd in Ponzu sauce — simply delicious!

amped up burgers ❦
adapted from Weight Watcher's Magazine may/june 2012
prep:  20 minutes cooking time:  about 15 minutes serves 4
equipment:  cookie sheet & silpat silicone mat
large nonstick skillet
fine shredder

ingredients 1/3 c. shredded Parmesan cheese1 tsp. all-purpose flour1.25 lbs. lean ground turkey1 small finely shredded zucchini (about 1 cup)2 tsp. grated fresh ginger (or jarred minced ginger)1 tsp. chopped garlic in H2o (or 1 fresh garlic, chopped)1/2 tsp. kosher saltcanola or olive oil1 pkg. precut, pre-cleaned fresh white mushrooms 3 T. Kikkoman Ponzu citrus-seasoned sauce or plain soy sauce4 whole wheat hamburger bunscooking spray (plain or olive oil)optional condiment:  wasabi mayo (1/4 c. best foods mayo + 4 tsp. wasabi paste + 1/4 c. Greek yogurt)optional sides:  cherry tomatoes & 1/2 fresh avocado

make it!
parmesan crisps: preheat oven to 375°fline cookie …


The trees are turning, it's sweater weather, it's november!


my favorite november things
spectacular fall leaves pumpkins winter squash the grandest of holiday dinners polished silver quilts on the beds crackling fireplaces crisp clear nights cozy sweaters  wild turkeys writing christmas cards nanowrimo holiday visits first snow in the mountains hot beverages blockbuster movies holiday wreaths ripe meyer lemons on our tree   nuts in shells Indian corn
tick tock fall back flocks of geese flying south for the winter first winter rain harvested fields hay bales thanksgiving leftovers
countdown to christmas

happy november!