Showing posts from May, 2016

Tuesday's Cupboard—Asparagus & Potato Flatbreads

A tasty recipe inspired by Martha Stewart online

I've modified this recipe by adding Mrs. Dash herb seasoning to the potatoes-asparagus mixtures and by using pre-made naan flatbreads instead of frozen pizza dough.  I've adjusted the cooking times to accommodate.  I've also pre-cooked the potatoes.  I like to use crumbled goat cheese instead of the non-crumbled tube variety.

asparagus & potato flatbreads

buy crumbled goat cheese in containersskip the frozen pizza dough; use ready-made naan flatbreads sold in the bread aisle

ingredients 4 naan flatbreads extra-virgin olive oilkosher saltcracked black pepperMrs. Dash salt-free garlic & herb seasoning2 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled & thinly sliced1 lb. large asparagus stalks, trimmed & thinly sliced with a vegetable peeler2 containers crumbled goat cheese (about 1-1/2 cups)
make it!

Asparagus-and-Potato Flatbread | Everyday with Sarah Carey, published on 20 April 2012

Preheat oven to 400°F
Skip making t…

Happy Memorial Day 2016

Remembering their service


Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day

Arlington National Cemetery on Facebook
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Sunday—American Flag 101

It's flag time!

American Flag Etiquette

Parts of the Flag

A.Header—Strong fabric used to reinforce the edge of the flag

B.  Grommet—A reinforced hole in the header used for mounting the flag

C.  Canton, Field or Union—the blue field with stars

D.  Fly End—the edge of the flag opposite the header

E.  Fly—the edge of the flag at the bottom

F.  Hoist—the header edge of the flag that is mounted to the flagpole


When hung horizontally or vertically against a wall or in a window, the flag must be flat with the union (stars) uppermost & to the viewer's left, like this... 

When flown with another flag, the American flag should be placed like this...
The flag should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

When flying cross-staff, the American flag should be positioned like this...
If flown at night, the American flag must be illuminated.

How to Raise & Lower the…

Saturday Finances—5 Easy Ways to Avoid Fraud

Practical recommendations from the FTC

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Fraud
1.Never respond to an online request for personal or financial information—even if it looks like the email was sent from your bank.
This will often show up as a notice from a bank or credit card company informing you of a security breach.  Ignore it.  Don't even open the email.  Instead, go to the bank's website & check for information regarding a security breach.

2.Do not respond to unexpected offers over the phone, especially if you are in the midst of refinancing.  
To find out if the caller is a spammer, use your caller ID, and google the phone number.  It will immediately show up on spam alert websites.
If you have an iPhone (like I do), block the caller by clicking the "i" for information next to the phone number in your "recent calls" phone log.  Scroll down to the bottom of the caller information to block the number.
Contacts > Recent > "i" > scroll down to block

Good 4U, Good 4The Home—20 Good Reasons to Declutter

Inspired by "25 Reasons to Get Rid of It,"by Alexandra Churchill from Martha Stewart Living

"A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it."  ~George Carlin

Goodbye, Clutter... Hello, Tranquility
1.  Clutter-free — A clutter-free environment lowers stress Provides greater control over your environmentMakes a room more comfortable & invitingRaises personal pride & increases self-confidence
A multi-year study published in 2012 by the Center on Everyday Lives of Families at UCLA concluded that living in a cluttered home set up the occupants for physical, emotional & mental harm.  

2. Saves time hunting for your... cell phonekeysreceiptstuff you brought back from vacationiPad, Kindlesunglassesgloves or hatwatchwalletcredit cardumbrella
According to a survey by the Bluetooth tracking company,, Americans lose an average of $5,591 in valuables over a lifetime, enough to keep a family of 4 in the U.S. well fed for four months.

3.  80 percent of what we…

Tuesday's Cupboard—Big Ol' Vegetarian Chili

Adapted from Weight Watcher's Magazine Sept /Oct 2014

Big Ol' Vegetarian Chili
serves 8

ingredients 1 T. canola or olive oil1 large sweet onion, chopped1 poblano pepper, chopped (mildly spicy)1 large red bell pepper, chopped1 14-oz. pkg. extra-firm tofu with most of the liquid squeezed out; sliced & cut into 3/4 inch cubes3 15-oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed2-1/2 c. fresh or frozen corn kernals (3-4 cobs worth)1 15-oz. container fresh mild salsa verde3 14.5-oz. cans Italian-style chopped tomatoes1 14.5-oz. can fire-roasted chopped tomatoes3 T. chili powder3 tsp. cumin3 tsp. dried oregano3 tsp. jarred, chopped garlic in water3 T. red vinegar2 tsp. kosher salt (to taste)2 tsp. cracked black pepper8 large radishes, sliced1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro
Add-ins /Sides: pre-shredded jack cheesetortilla chipsavocadowheat tortillas
make it! Heat oil in large soup pot over medium heat.  Add onion & cook until softened, about 4 minutes.Stir in chopped poblano + red bell pepper …

Monday Movies—JOY

A comedy-drama starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Édgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd & Bradley Cooper

Based on the true story of Joy Mangano,  entrepreneur & inventor of the self-wringing mop

Available to rent on iTunes

• rent • worthy • movies •

Sunday—Tahoe in May

The beautiful Sierras in May_shot on my iPhone4 from the car_edited in Snapseed

Tahoe in May

• keep • tahoe • blue •

Wednesday—Good for You, Good 4The Garden Walls

A bright accent wall can add a beautiful design element to cinderblock walls


• live • boldly • every • day •

Tuesday's Cupboard—Arugula & Goat Cheese Toasts

A great light meal with a side salad or a cup of soup!

Arugula & Goat Cheese Toasts
from Weight Watchers Magazine May/June 2016

ingredients 2 c. arugula1 3.5 oz. container crumbled goat cheese1 5.3 oz. container of plain Greek yogurt1 container of baby heirloom tomatoeswhole wheat sliced bread, toastedshaved Parmesan cheesecracked black pepper

make it!
Put the arugula, the goat cheese & Greek yogurt in a food processor & blend.  Season with kosher salt & cracked black pepper to taste.
Spread arugula-cheese mixture on toast and garnish with bite-sized heirloom baby tomatoes.  Top with shaved Parmesan cheese & cracked black pepper.
• simplify • enjoy • fresh •