Monday, August 22, 2011
I only wish the pictures that come up were slower to post but they can't be because the tempo of the song is so fast. This is pure genius. I always sang along but now seeing these pics it means a whole lot more.
We Didn't Start The Fire
If you don't do anything else the rest of the day, do yourself a favor now and just watch/listen to this video. Read the stuff first so you can tell what's going on..... It's awesome!
This song and its title was the answer to one question of Final Jeopardy -- only one person got it right. Question was (paraphrased): "What 1980's song do history teachers praise for its educational value?"
I never could understand all the references on Billy Joel's song -- fortunately, with this VIDEO, given the pictures, now I can "see" what my "ears" couldn't.
Apparently, it's Joel's homage to the 40-years of historical headlines since his birth (1949). Wish I could have appreciated the depths of this song when it was released. Twenty years later, I'm in awe of what Joel was able to put into music and lyrics lasting only a few minutes.
Whether you are a Billy Joel fan or not, you probably remember his great song, 'We Didn't Start the Fire.' Here it is, set to pictures... Very, very cool. Had to share this one. It's a neat flashback through the past half century. I never did know the words. Turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy a review of 50 years of history in less than 3 minutes!
Thanks to Billy Joel and some guy from the University of Chicago with a lot of spare time and Google.
Top left gives you full screen....top right lets you pause. Bottom left shows the year. The older you are, the more pictures you will recognize.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE, SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS!
~Your kids are becoming you...and you don't like them...but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good..
Coming home is better!
~When people say you look "Great"... they add "for your age!"
~When you needed the discount, you paid full price.
Now you get discounts on everything... movies, hotels, flights, but you're too tired to use them.
~You forget names.... but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
~The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... especially golf.
~Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
~Your spouse sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he or she does in bed. It's called their "pre-sleep".
~Remember when your mother said, "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"?
Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!
~You used to say, "I hope my kids GET married...
Now, "I hope they STAY married!"
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
~When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem....
were unheard of, and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ...
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
~Your husband/wife has a night out with the guys or gals but is home by 9:00 P.M. Next week it will be 8:30 P.M.
~You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you've read it.
~Notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Now that your spouse has retired ...
you'd give anything if he/she would find a job!
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ...
2 of which you will never wear.
~~~~But old is good in some things:
And best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I had such a busy day yesterday so I made Slurp For Sore Eyes (recipe below) that I blogged about the other day because this is really one of my favorite smoothies. Plus I haven't seen many green smoothies using green grapes. I put the whole smoothie in a big glass jar and brought it with me on my travels.
My 1st stop was physical therapy. I told Sherri I have a surprise for you. Have some of this with me, it is Raw and so healthy. We talk about Raw a lot while she works on me. She looked at the jar and then at me. She is like that looks funky. I said exactly, your kids will love it. They'll think it is cool green slime and when they taste it they will want more.
She took the jar but before she would pour some in a cup she smelled it. I'm like just taste it, go for it. She was shocked because although she could smell the spinach there was no spinach taste. She loved it and wants the recipe so she can make for the kids.
Lots of questions if you can taste the spinach, you can't!
Other kid friendly green smoothies:
Basic Green Smoothie
1/2 cup mango
1/4 cup pineapple
1/2 cup strawberries
2 handfuls spinach
Cold filtered water
Blend all in blender and serve!
You can use coconut water or almond milk in place of water
Frozen fruit works well too and it is already cut up if you're in a hurry.
Basic Green Smoothie Formula:
1. A green (spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, cucumber, celery)
2. A fruit (strawberries, citrus fruits, bananas, mango, pineapple, green apples etc..)
3. A liquid (filtered water, coconut water, almond milk)
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 frozen bananas
2 handfuls chopped kale
2 cups water (or 1 cup water and 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice)
handful of ice
Peach Almond Smoothie:
1 cup frozen peaches
2 frozen bananas
2 handfuls chopped swiss chard
2 T raw almond butter
2 cups water
¼ cup agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla
Peanut Butter Chocolate Green Smoothie
The Laughing Gorilla created by Valya Boutenko
½ head romaine lettuce
2 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
2 oranges, peeled, seeds removed
2 cups water
Yields 2 quarts
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Well no rain today. I have been kind of spoiled with a rainy overcast week last week that kept the temperatures down. Today is full sunshine and as far as I am concerned it is hot out today. So today I am staying cool by having smoothies all day long.
I can't say there is no heat in the kitchen because I am not cooking today because most days I don't cook as I am trying to follow a Raw Diet. But today's food prep is a breeze. Just chop things up for the most part and throw in my blender.
Breakfast was my "Chia Chocolate "Tapioca" Pudding" that I topped with fresh strawberries. The longer you let it sit the chia seeds will turn it into a pudding. If you don't let them soak in the fluids it is a nice smoothie.
I made one of my favorite green smoothies which is my Raw Creamy Cucumber Soup for lunch. I could eat this everyday and be a happy camper.
I also had my Raw Beet Salad with Ginger and Oranges which is a very cool refreshing salad.
Raw Beet Salad with Ginger and Oranges
4 two inch beets, peeled and grated
2 large carrots, grated
2 oranges, zested, 1 peeled and chopped, 1 juiced
1/2 inch ginger root, grated and juiced
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt to your taste
Put the beets and carrots in a salad bowl.
Zest the oranges into a jar or bowl for the dressing.
Peel and chop one of the oranges, and add it to the salad.
Squeeze the juice from the other orange into the jar/bowl.
Grate the ginger and squeeze the juice from the pulp into the jar/bowl as well. Add the olive oil and salt, and shake or whisk to combine.
Pour the dressing over the salad and toss, then leave it to marinate for 30 minutes, or up to a couple of hours.
Serving Size: 4
I just made and am sipping a green smoothie I just added to SparkRecipes while I write this blog. The whole pitcher full has only 245 calories.
2 large tomatoes
1 large cucumber (didn't peel mine)
3 cups of spinach or baby greens mix
1/2 lemon, juice of
1/2 red bell pepper
1 - 2 stalks celery
1/2 cup water
celery salt to taste (I used sea salt)
*you can use a whole half of avocado but you will need to add in the extra calories to your tracker.
Blend the tomato, cucumber and lemon juice first, until the mixture is liquid.
Add in red bell pepper, spinach or baby greens, and avocado progressively, pushing with the celery stalks until the entire mixture is blended.* Add in a half cup of water.
Add in the "celery salt" to taste, or any other favorite seasoning.
* i don't have a Vitamix or Blendtec, I have a Kitchenaide Blender which in my opinion is excellent. I cut into chunks my red pepper, cucumber, and celery before throwing them in.
Serving Size: 1 whole pitcher
I am planning on making a Raw Corn Chowder which is nothing more than 1/4 cup of almonds and 2 ears of raw corn blended with some spices. I'll probably add a pinch of sea salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper. I have my almonds soaking now to be used later. I'm hoping a 1/4 cup of almonds will be sufficient to give me the texture I want.
If I manage to eat all of the above my calorie count for the day will be 1310 calories. 1310 of healthy vitamin/mineral packed nutrients. Can't beat that!
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