Monday, April 23, 2018

Yellow Warbler

Top of the morning to you. What an inspiration to love life, to have joy in each every day, in each and every moment. A yellow warbler is singing to his heart's content. I was so enamored with this photo I decided to post it here. Unfortunately pinterest photos don't always note the photographer. Sometimes I long to be a songbird; they seem not to have a care in the world. I am sure they do have cares, dealing with drought, lack of food, having to take care of their young in adverse situations. Yet birds find time to sing for the sake of singing. Birds seem to sing for the pure joy of singing.

Happy Monday to you all, let's make a pact to sing like a warbler today, this week, and from now on. I make these posts because I, of all people, need to constantly keep the idea to sing fresh in my mind. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Old Gumlog Road

We've had some sunny days lately, thank goodness,
 the skies above are about what we had all winter.
I am so glad it's warmed up. It's been a long, cold season. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gadgets and Ideas

I came across some ideas and gadgets you might find interesting. Thought these soup bowls were unique. They wouldn't stack in a cabinet very well though. Maybe not so practical.

I especially liked the idea of putting essential oil on the inside of a toilet paper roll to keep your bathroom smelling fresh. Everytime you take out a new roll add a few more drops. Click this link for 15 more ideas. 

Now do you know how to get rid of squirrels? Yes, they look cute but they can be quite destructive. A squirrel actually ate a hole in one of the plastic gas cans Gary keeps outside for the fuel for our mower. We're worried the gas leaking out could start a fire. Our neighbors feed the squirrels. How to diplomatically tell them not to do that. These squirrels are getting more and more brazen. One didn't even run away when I came out of the door, even when I clapped my hands. Ugh. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cranberry Beans with Chorizo & Poblanos

Red Mill cranberry beans are an heirloom been and slightly expensive compared to the usual packaged beans. When I read all the vitamins they contain I decided to splurge. The bag contains about 4 cups of beans and was over $6. I used half the beans for this recipe and it made a large batch which we'll have for several days. I'll serve them over rice. Then I still have half of the beans for another time.

Folate, iron, potassium, and magnesium were 20% and calcium was 2%. Not bad for a lowly bean. Isn't folate the mineral pregnant women are always lacking? It must be good for you. I think heritage food products actually contain more vitamins and minerals then the usual items we consume in mass. I'm going to try and incorporate more of these foods in my diet.

The beans are speckled a cranberry color but they fade during soaking and cooking. They are soft and nutty flavored. Next time I think I'll try some other heritage beans, orca beans, I spied on the shelf. Ok I just checked the label on the Red Mill site and the orca beans have even more nutrition. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.