Archive | March 2013

Homemade Air Freshener

Boil some orange peels with a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon on medium heat


Olive Oil Candle



Olive Oil
Wire or Paper Clip
Cut the wick a couple inches long. Wrap part of the wire or paper clip wire around one end of the wick. Wrap it tight enough that the wick can’t fall down but no so tight that you can’t move the wick up when you need to.

Bend the wire so it hooks onto the side of the jar.

Add olive oil to the jar

Apple Chips


2 apples cored, sliced thin

Place apple slices on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkle with cinnamon

Heat oven to 275 degrees bake 2 hours

Baked Meatballs

1lb ground beef
2 eggs, beaten with 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup bread crumbs
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
freshy ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup minced fresh basil

Mix all ingredients with hands. Form into golfball sized meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Loaded Spinach Salad

Loaded Spinach Salad


Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

1/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/3 cup buttermilk or nonfat milk
1/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar or white vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

(Refrigerate the extra dressing for up to 1 week.)



8 large eggs (hardboiled)
6 cups baby spinach
4 tablespoons Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
8 ounces of beets (sliced)
1 cup shredded carrots


Make the dressing by whisking mayonnaise, buttermilk (or milk), yogurt, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Add cheese and stir, mashing with a spoon until the cheese is incorporated.

Peel the eggs. Chop into bite size pieces.

Toss spinach and 2 tablespoons of the dressing in a large bowl. Divide between 2 plates. Top with the chopped eggs, beets, and carrots . Drizzle with 2 more tablespoons dressing.

Watching Others

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments. A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband: “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this? ” The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.” And so it is with life… What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look