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Salad Du Jour

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Okay Sparkies!!

Just got in from working 3 hours in my veggie garden. Man oh man, do I have PRODUCE!!!

The peas have gone nuts, as have the carrots, lettuces, beets, tomatoes and squashes. Wish you all lived closer.............I would storm you with lots of brand new, just grown and picked, organic veggies.

Tonight's salad is

Cook beets with water and 1/2 C balsamic vinegar until just soft, then immerse them in ice water for 10 minutes. Cover them and refrigerate several hours to make sure they are really cold.

Just before serving, put beets in individual bowls and add some Balsamic Vinegar and crumbled Feta Cheese.

Don't blame ME if your family wants these every night!!!!! emoticon

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TINAJANE76 8/20/2012 9:39AM

    Oooh yummy! I've gotta try this because DH LOVES beets. Thanks for sharing!

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4DOGNIGHT 8/20/2012 7:48AM

    Sounds lovely! My husband hates beets but I would appreciate that salad! emoticon

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BMCOLLEY 8/19/2012 7:14PM

    Now that is the healthy way to go--grow you own and you will know for sure what is in your vegetables. Wish I lived closer to you too.

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An old West Virginia Hillbilly saying:

Friday, August 17, 2012

“You cannot get the water to clear up
until you get the pigs out of the creek.”



If any other of our presidents had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read,
would you think that he is just an ignorant hothead?

If any other of our presidents joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder whose side he was on?

If any other of our presidents had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse,
would you think him an idiot?

If any other of our presidents had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one foreign company had an accident, would you have agreed?

If any other of our presidents had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If any other of our presidents had been the first President to need a Teleprompter
installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If any other of our presidents had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take his First Lady to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had reduced your retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics,
would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it a proud moment for America ?

If any other of our presidents had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had visited Austria and made reference to the
nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If any other of our presidents had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes,would you have approved?

If any other of our presidents had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , wouldn't you have had second thoughts about his capabilities?

If any other of our presidents would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in his home town, would you not have thought he was a self-important, conceited, egotistical jerk?

If any other of our presidents had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, wouldn't you have winced in embarrassment?
(This is what happen when he has NO TelePrompTer!

If any other of our presidents had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If any other of our presidents' administrations had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If any other of our presidents had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If any other of our presidents had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him,
bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have ever approved?

If any other of our presidents had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive?

Can't think of anything?

Don't worry.

He's done all this in 34 months so you don’t have that much time to come up with an answer.

Every statement and action in this writing is factual and directly attributable to
Barrack Hussein Obama.

Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.





ALL IT TAKES FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS.....................


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MNABOY 8/17/2012 8:58PM

    The article/blog is about cleaning up!

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BRAVELUTE 8/17/2012 1:45PM

    I thought this blog was going to be something about getting the unhealthy food out of my fridge and pantry. Even though it wasn't, that's what I'm taking from it. I think I can even apply it to the decluttering project that FlyLady has set for me. In fact it has sparked me to quit working online, and go put on some good music and get busy. So I guess I'll go get the pigs out of my fridge, pantry, and closet so the water will clear up.

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Carlos Conrique's Salad

Friday, August 17, 2012

Carlos Conrique's Salad
Gourmet | May 2001

main ingredients
Lettuce, Fruit, Tortillas, Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Avocado, Leafy Green



dietary considerations

Vegetarian, Healthy, Vegan

Makes 8 servings

active time: 1.25 hrs

total time: 1.25 hrs

The idea for this salad came from Carlos Conrique, who worked at Billy Cross's cooking school in Morelia, a beautiful 16th-century Mexican town
1 cup vegetable oil
6 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut in half, then cut crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips
2 ripe passion fruit or 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 large grapefruit (preferably red)
2 firm-ripe California avocados
1 head red-leaf lettuce, leaves torn (8 to 10 cups)
1 head Boston lettuce, leaves torn (4 to 6 cups)
16 nasturtiumblossoms (optional)

PreparationHeat vegetable oil in a deep 10-inch heavy skillet until hot but not smoking, then fry tortilla strips, about 8 at a time, turning once, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Halve passion fruit crosswise and spoon seeds and pulp into a bowl. Whisk in sugar, lime juice, and salt, then add olive oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.

Cut peel, including all white pith, from grapefruit with a sharp knife and, working over another bowl, cut sections free from membranes. Pour off juices from bowl and whisk 3 tablespoons into dressing.

Quarter avocados lengthwise, then pit and peel. Cut into bite-size pieces.

Toss lettuces, grapefruit sections, avocados, and nasturtiums with dressing in a large salad bowl. Add tortilla strips and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

HINT: I purchased the corn tortilla strip chips, and exchanged the passion fruit for mango, kiwi and papaya. Really yummy.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/

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NOTFATCAT 8/19/2012 4:18PM


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TINAJANE76 8/18/2012 8:43AM

    Thanks for sharing. This will be great for the Spirited Underdogs challenge this week!

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MNABOY 8/17/2012 8:56PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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GRANNYSUE9 8/17/2012 8:17PM

    Will have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

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RUFFIT 8/17/2012 12:58PM

    I LOVE salads!! Hugs,

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KAYDE53 8/17/2012 12:53PM

    sounds yummy!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Best one-liner of the weekend:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"If we want to keep our nation's secrets a 'SECRET' then we should store them where President Obama stores his college transcripts and birth certificate."

Gov. Mike Huckabee

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NOTFATCAT 8/16/2012 5:34PM

    HAHAHA. Good one, Gov.

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MNABOY 8/16/2012 9:17AM

    I love it!

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4DOGNIGHT 8/15/2012 12:20PM

    Good one!

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DHA Pruchases 750 Million Rounds of High-Power Ammo

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

it has been reported that the Department of Homeland Security had purchased over half a ton of explosive nitrates that they wished to be delivered by the end of the month. They claimed its use was to train bomb sniffing canines. What’s even more interesting is that DHS has also put in an additional order of 750 million rounds of high-power ammunition.

RT reports,

The DHS has updated a solicitation originally posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website earlier this year, now answering questions from prospective contractors about an inquiry the agency published back in April. All responses to the DHS’ request for hundreds of millions of rounds of high-power ammunition must still be sent in by August 20, but now the federal agency designated to thwart terrorism on the home front has answered some questions about what exactly they are looking for in terms of being able to blow stuff up.

In April, the DHS first published a solicitation “for commercial leaded training ammunition (CLTA) of various calibers for law enforcement officer firearms training courses” to be used at facilities in the states of Georgia, New Mexico, Maryland and South Carolina, as well as other unnamed DHS offices across the country. At the time the DHS demanded hundreds of thousands of test rounds for an array of ammunition types, including 209,000 rounds of #00 buckshot 8-pellet bullets for 12 gauge guns and more than 2 million shots for a .357 Sig Caliber. With their solicitation set to expire in less than a week, though, the DHS has taken it upon themselves to answer questions from contractors interested in their very pricey proposal.

In the latest amendment, published online over the weekend, the DHS answers such pressing questions as, say, “Would a 223 Rem 64Grain soft point round be acceptable?” in response to their initial request for 1.1 million rounds of .223 Rem Caliber 62.64 Grain JHP. (And, if you’re wondering, the official DHS-authored answer is, “Yes, that would be acceptable.”)

Understand that this is in addition to the 450 million .40 hollow points ordered earlier in the year. This means that DHS has order in excess of a billion rounds of ammunition! And this administration was concerned over the Aurora shooter who had only 6.000?

I have no idea what they need all this ammo for. It is not being used in Afghanistan or Iraq. It is being ordered for domestic use. We can speculate all day long about the use. PressTV writes about a study by Peter Tuchin titled “cliodynamics” in which scientists attempt to find meaningful patterns in history. It is possible that this may give us a clue. The article reads:

In the new study, Turchin, who reported his results in the July issue of the Journal of Peace Research, compiled historical data about violent incidents in U.S. history between 1780 and 2010, including riots, terrorism, assassinations and rampages.

The data indicates that a cycle of violence repeats itself every 50 years in America, like a wave that peaks in every other generation.

If Turchin’s model is right, then the current polarization and inequality in American society will come to a head in 2020. “After the last eight years or so, notice how the discourse in our political class has become fragmented. It’s really unprecedented for the last 100 years. So basically by all measures, there are social pressures for instability that are much worse than 50 years ago.” LiveScience

What I’m really wondering is with 24 hour cable news outlets, why is this not being questioned, instead of silly nonsensical news about Miley Cyrus’ stupid haircut.

Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/08/dhs-purc

There is only ONE reason I can come up with for the DHS to have all that ammo. And that is so they can use it against US!!!

Be afraid, America. Be very afraid.

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NOTFATCAT 8/16/2012 5:28PM

    Thanks for sharing this as I had not heard about it.

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MNABOY 8/14/2012 9:57PM

    Maybe DHS is trying to drive the price of ammo up and reduce the supply at the same time? Bad folks will find a weapon to fit their plans.

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