Saturday, October 30, 2010
That's what I've titled this photo. It is what it is.
Hokaido pumpkin has been "in" lately. You can use the skin, too. So I just cut it up, remove the seeds, boil it, add bouillon or salt and spices, and puree it for soup. They're smaller than regular pumpkin, so it's the right size for a single like me.
Those cute green-and-white ones are called Sweet Dumpling and they are especially tasty. I halved one, removed the seeds, brushed with a little olive oil and sprinkled with thymian, salt and pepper. Baked for 40 minutes and then ate it out of the "shell." It tastes a lot like sweet potato but nuttier. You could also fill them with some kind of vegetable or meat stuffing. They would look real pretty too, as the skin keeps the color even after baking.
Zucchini is an old standby, of course. Not sure about the white one. I liked the name - Pattipan. We'll see how it tastes.
The butternut squash missed the photo op. I made it into lasagne. It was excellent. It was a recipe from a German magazine so I'll have to translate it and post it later.
UPDATE: Here's a link to the lasagne recipe. You'd need to make some modifications if you don't use metric measurements:
Monday, October 11, 2010
---the way up
---the way down
I got back from four days in Switzerland on Friday. We had fabulous weather and I got some walking, jogging or hiking in each day. I ate a LOT, even desserts and sweets which I generally can take or leave. I'm back on track today.
Best of all during the retreat were the worship times and the fellowship with other Americans working for the Lord in Europe. I'm feeling spiritually refreshed but physically very tired, so I'm keeping this short today.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Just for fun, I decided to google that old saying about how it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. I was glad to see that researcher-par-excellence Barbara Mikkelson of Snopes has a lengthy article here: www.snopes.com/science/smile.asp
She even mentions a parody of the adage that points out that
(a) scientists who research such things have way too much time on their hands,
(b) since frowning takes more muscles, then it must also burn more calories!
Maybe SP should add frowning to the fitness tracker as exercise?!
Although they can't agree on the actual number of muscles involved, those who study these things do agree that smiling can have the effect of making the smiler feel happier. Mikkelson says, "Facial expressions do not merely signal what one feels but actually contribute to that feeling." Not that this means we should all go around with phony smiles on our faces. But if slapping on a smile makes the day a little brighter, I'm sure going to give it a try.
The article also points out that people tend to respond in kind to the facial expressions they meet. No surprise there, really. It seems that it's difficult for us humans to smile back when someone frowns at us, or to frown when met with a smiling face. Just try it sometime!
With all that in mind, I decided to rearrange my Spark friends on my Spark page to show those who have a nice, big, smiling head shot for their profile photo. I love you all, dear Spark friends, but it makes me smile to see them smile, and I've been needing some smiles lately.
I hope they make you smile, too, when you visit my page.
Current favorite emoticon:
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