Month: June 2015

3 Unsung Heroines of The American Revolution

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Molly Pitcher
Molly Pitcher firing cannon at Battle of Monmouth by Percy Moran. Image date: ca. 1911. Note: Scene commemorates the heroic action of a woman who took her husband’s place in the artillery line after he was incapacitated. It is not clear whether the woman known as Molly Pitcher was based on Mary Ludwig Hayes, who was praised for her courage at Monmouth, or Margaret Corbin, who similarly fought at the Battle of Fort Washington.

I am getting ready to celebrate July 4th this weekend.  Planning the menu(I will be posting on that).  Seeing what parades are where.  Looking for a fireworks program.  I started thinking about the holiday its self.  Especially the individuals who were involved in freeing to our country for the ties we had with England.   Reading, I saw a lot written about men, but had to dig down to find our American heroines.  There are a number of women who have contributed, that you would not normally hear about.  Two of them are Phillis Wheatley and Sybil Ludington.  Both amazing women in their own way.

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Oil Based Pie Crust~~The Best Ever!

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Oil Pie Crust
Ready For The Oven!

I love pies.  Freshly baked pies from my oven.  It’s sad that more people don’t bake their own pies.  A big part of the problem is that people tend to think that pie crusts are too difficult to make.  Or they have had bad results.  It’s not their fault.  They are just using the wrong recipe!

I have been using the Betty Crocker Oil Pie Crust since I was a kid.  Perfect results every time.  My crust is so light and flaky.  And with an oil pie crust, you are not getting all the trans fats that are in other crusts.  They have found that its trans fats that cause the most problems with your health.  Are you ready to try?

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My Week In The Blogosphere!

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Beach on Galveston Island
Beautiful Galveston

There has been lots going on in the world this past week.  It’s been pretty quiet in my part of the world though.  My week has been one of working around the house.  Harvesting veggies from my garden.  And of course, spending time in the Blogosphere, looking for cool and neat ideas.  I found a few. Keep Reading!

Chevre Chaud~~Warm Goat Cheese Salad

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Chevre Chaud SaladToday was just one of those days that I couldn’t find time to eat(a doughnut at a meeting doesn’t count).  By the time I was headed for home, I was ravenous.  I called my husband and asked him to make me a salad.   When I got home, there was a plate of Chevre Chaud waiting for me.

My husband spent a lot of time in France in the 1980s for his job.  As a result, he go to eat a lot of meals of his French coworkers.  This salad with warm goat cheese is one he got to love.  He started making it at home.  It’s simplicity in itself.  It’s fast to make.  And we always seem to have goat cheese around.  It’s our go to dish when we are in a hurry to sit down and eat!
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Marriage Equality Is Now The Law Of The Land

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Texas can’t even turn back the clock!

Marriage EqualityI have many friends who are LGBT.  I am so glad that as of today, they have as much a right to be with the one they love as I do with my husband JIm.  It’s about time that compassion, commonsense, and the law won! 

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Wonderful Whole Wheat Pitas

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Eggplant and Tomato HarvestThe tomatoes and eggplants are starting to get ready for harvest.  Every year, the first thing that I make with them is Iman Byaldi.  I’ll be posting the recipe tomorrow.  It’s stuffed eggplant that has baked and is absolutely heavenly.  I always make pita bread to go with this.  Homemade pita is so much better than what you can possibly get at a store.

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Oh Those Hot Dog Days Of Summer~~~What To Do To Weather The Heat!

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AtthebeachToday at lunch, my friends and I started talking about how brutal the weather has been.  I live in Texas and I am sure that everyone has been watching all of the bad weather going on around here.  Especially the flooding in Houston.  We are not the only part of the state with that problem.  We have friends who live in the hill country that are dealing with the effects of flooding right now. We are going to have to deal with another weather issue.  Heat.  The end of June to the beginning of September is a really hot time in Texas.  I am not sure that any part of our state escapes it.  We are not the only people who will be needing to be careful about overheating.  Did you know that the planet just had the hottest May on record?  Well I think that this is going to be an issue all over this year.  I want to be prepared and so I went to Google and found some good information: From webmd, you can find out how to survive this summer.  One of the important things is to prevent heat stroke. 

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10 Signs of Burnout & What You Can Do!

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As a nurse, I have been aware of how easily one can become a victim of burnout.  Nursing is a profession where you are subjected to a lot of stress.  The thing is that anyone can experience burnout.  There are many things that may cause stress in you life or within you.  Your job, illness, poor lifestyle decisions.  Keep Reading!

Jim’s Favorite Vegetarian Dish~~Smoked Tofu and Bean Burritos!

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Smoked Tofu Burritos DinnerOn special days like Father’s Day, I always try to do something special for Jim.  He was such a great dad!  The Smoked Tofu and Beans Burritos is his favorite dish.  One Jim gives a 10.  I got the recipe from the Vegetarian times about 14 years ago when I first became a vegetarian.  It was one of those recipes that helped me stay on the diet.  I hope you all enjoy this!

This makes 8 burritos.  And it should take you about 30 minutes to make.  Something that is good to do on a work night.


7 ounces of smoked tofu, see Note.

2 cups  of refried beans,  see Note.

8 ounces, grated cheddar cheese.

8 whole wheat tortillas

1 1/2 cups of a tomato based salsa, how hot you want it is up to you!

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A Father’s Day Omelet

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I have been really lucky to have two men in my life who were great fathers.  One was my dad.  My brother recently sent me some old photos.  I saw this one and realized that this showed what my dad was all about.  He was a kind and gentle.  He felt like he hit the jackpot when he met my mom and the fell in love and got married.   He thought that my mom was the most beautiful and intelligent woman he had ever met.

And he loved us kids.  He was a factory worker, but felt that he was a big success.  He was able to work and support his family.  Got to spend time with us.  We all knew that my dad loved us. 

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