Food

Winter Veggies in Season

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What veggies are in season during the winter months? Here is a list of fruit and veggies you can find more readily available during those cold months.

  1. Kale
  2. Parsnip
  3. Turnip
  4. Spinach
  5. Lettuce
  6. Radish
  7. Brussels Sprouts
  8. Squash
  9. Collard Greens
  10. Dates
  11. Grapefruit
  12. Kiwi
  13. Leeks
  14. Mandarin Oranges
  15. Papaya
  16. Oranges
  17. Pear
  18. Pomegranate
  19. Sweet Potatoes
  20. Tangerines
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Winterizing Your Car Kit

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It’s that time!  Winter is right around the corner. Don’t forget to winterize your car kit.  For me living in a snowy climate it is a must. Roads are treacherous and no one might see you go off the road!  I grew up out in a rural area and driving in the middle of a blizzard was required more than once.  Even now that I live in a suburb I still have this kit.  It has come in handy too!

  1. Ice scraper Kind of a no brainer right? It’s amazing that so many people leave their ice scrapers in their garage.
  2. Food/Drink- If you’re in your car for hours you want to keep hydrated or well fed.
  3. Book- Again, pass the time waiting for a tow truck.
  4. Blanket- If your car won’t start, how will you stay warm to help arrives?
  5. Gloves- Keep large warm gloves in your car.  We all wear gloves that are not warm but practical.  We can hold our phones, our lattes, but how warm will you stay if you have to walk or wait for help?
  6. Matches/Candles- If your stuck at night you can still see and it gives you a sense of comfort.
  7. Kitty Litter- I use this for two things.  One is to keep a little extra weight in the trunk of my car.  The second is to use it for traction if I am stuck in the snow.  I have actually used this several times in recent years.  Our street and driveway are steep.  Sometimes the roads get so slippery we cannot drive up them.  I put a little kitty litter in certain spots.  It helps me drive up the hill.  My husband used to make fun of me for having kitty litter, now he doesn’t!
  8. Hand Warmers- This is just like the gloves.  Keep those fingers and toes toasty!
  9. Extra Clothes- Wearing wet clothes will lower your body temperature.  Not good!
  10. Boots- You may have to walk if your stuck.  Get ones that are warm and have good traction.

There are other things that I include in my winter car kit like a shovel.  I would use the  shovel to dig my car out of a snow bank.  What else do you include in your winter car kit?

 

Self

5 Of My Favorite Blogs.

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As a blogger I love to read blogs!  Who doesn’t right?  There was a time when bloggers could list all their favorite blogs on the side of their own blog on a blogroll.  Unfortunately,  blogging has become a highly competitive industry. Bloggers are guarding their numbers and not wanting people to click on the competition.

Frankly, it’s disappointing.  I don’t only read one magazine, or listen to one podcast.  I’m not only going to read one blog either.  So with that in mind, here are five of my favorite blogs.

  1. http://www.desiretoinspire.net -A great blog for interior design fans.  The bloggers post often and have high quality photos.  Be sure to check out their weekly “Pets on Furniture” feature.
  2. http://www.josenaranja.blogspot.co.uk -Jose keeps and manufactures copies of his impressive journal.  They are a feast for the eyes. I wish I could draw as good as he does.  I love the juxtaposition of all the information on the pages.
  3. http://www.thelondoner.me – This blog is one of the most popular British Lifestyle Blogs out there.  Rosie goes to glamorous places and wears beautiful clothing. I’m envious!  Her photos are also fantastic.
  4.  www.myscandinavianhome.com – I must admit I’m a huge fan of Scandinavian Design.  I love the basic and minimal design with cool accents.  This blog has beautiful apartments and homes that it features.
  5. http://www.lydiaelisemillen.com – Another popular British Fashion/Lifestyle Blog.  Lydia wears beautiful clothing all over London.

Have fun checking these bloggers out!  What blogs do you like?

Family

Top 10 Date Night Ideas

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Sometimes I think I should have called my blog “The Ten List.”  I am always doing lists that have ten items on it!  I hope you don’t get sick of me and my lists!

  1. Comedy Club.  Get on the mailing lists of several local comedy clubs. You will be able to find new comedians for you and your significant other can enjoy.  Go to an open mic night even.
  2. Theater.  My spouse and I are on all the mailing lists of several local theaters.  We always find out about great new plays and events that are not normally promoted.
  3. Go To A Unique Sporting Event. Been to a Curling competition? How about Lawn Bowling? When was the last time you went to a Soccer game?  Check with your local high school or college.  Look for leagues in your area.
  4. A Museum.  Okay, most people know to go to a museum but which museum?  Is there one or two main museums that you always go to?  Look for different, smaller museums and non-traditional displays at other landmarks. You might find a gem.unsplash36
  5. Try A New Workout. Athletic couple? There are so many gyms that now offer a free class to try out the location.  Tried Barre Fitness?  Pilates? Find an area of fitness you haven’t done and go together.
  6. Community Education.  Does your area offer Community Education?  Does the local Y offer classes?  Take one and try it out.  My local Community Education offers a variety of classes in cooking, furniture repair, art and more.  Gain a skill that you don’t have and have fun.
  7. Go Fly a Kite.  When was the last time you used an actual kite?  Were you a kid? There are some great adult style kits that you can pick up.
  8.  Go to a Wine Tasting.  Wine bars or new brew houses often have tasting events you can attend.
  9. Have a Home Spa Night. Who is going to say no to a massage?
  10. Go on a picnic.  Make some new food or order from you favorite gourmet food place.

What is your traditional date night?  How can you change it and make it unique? Tell me in the comments.

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10 Things 2 Declutter

 

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I must admit I love to toss things.  Cleaning and organizing makes me happy. I love to look at an organized closet or pantry.  I find it relaxing.  I hope I’m not the only one!

Here is a quick list of 10 things you want to take a look at throwing away.

  1. Lotions.  Check your sunblock, bug spray, and more.  See if they have gone bad. Can you curtail what you have?
  2.  Colds and Flu meds.  These expire quickly.  With cold and flu season upon us make sure you are not short on meds when you need it.
  3. Perfume. See number 1! Do you have a perfume that you haven’t worn in awhile?  Can those be let go?
  4. Soap. Have some old bars of soap lying around? Time to let them go. This includes handsoap, laundry soap and more.
  5. Travel Sizes.  Travel a lot?  Is your collection of mini lotions the envy of all who see it?  Do you use them? Time to let some go.
  6. Cleaning Products. Do you have six containers of Windex?  Was it on sale?  Time to let some of it go.  Donate it.  Give it to a friend.  Keep the amount manageable.
  7. School Papers.  Have every piece of paper your child has done for the year.  A great solution I have is to have an in basket.  Every time my child brings home papers they go in the bin.  After semester grades are in I go through the bin.  I keep a few papers for the scrapbook and toss the rest.  Grades are in so they don’t need them anymore.
  8. School Supplies.  Do you have six red folders?  Years of buying school supplies for my son means I have several extras.  If the new school year is starting you can reuse some of them.  If you have too many extras see if you can donate them to the school or local kids program.  You get rid of clutter and kids get the supplies they need.
  9. Old Technology. Have three cell phones in your dresser drawer?  Time to recycle them.  Check with your local waste disposal company as to discarding them.  Also several non-profits will take you old donated cell phone and reuse them.
  10. Belts.  Yes, the things that hold up your pants. Our weight changes and we buy new belts.  We keep them long after we discard the pants or dresses the come with.   Time to let them go.

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Food

10 Cooking Terms for October

 

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  1. Acidity- How tart a wine is.
  2.  Body- How heavy or full a wine feels in your mouth.
  3. Jammy-A red wine with a full cooked fruit flavor.
  4. Tennoir -How a growing region effects a wines flavor.
  5. Tekkamaki -Seaweed wrap of Tuna.
  6. Yama -Decorative Garnish.
  7. Odori -Live Sushi topping.
  8. Agani- Tea served at the end.
  9. Confit – Cooked in grease, oil or sugar water.
  10. Chiffonade -French term meaning “made of rags”, refers to thin strips of fresh herbs or lettuce.
Family

5 Manners 4 Kids

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One of my features I have been doing on this blog is a short list of five manners that kids can be taught.  Part of this is in response to raising my own son.  I am always thinking “Am I raising my child right?” or “What have I not done for him?”.  Manners are one of the things that feel are passing by the wayside.  In addition, manners today vary widely from place to place and family to family.

  1. Making eye contact.  This is a hard manner for people who are shy.  My own son “E” is painfully shy.  He has trouble making eye contact.  We always make the effort to remind him.
  2. Using correct grammar.  What I mean by this is saying “I have to” instead of  “I hafta.”
  3. Vocal tone. When they are pre-teens they always have that exasperated tones.
  4. Writing a friendly letter. Just the basics.
  5. A Basic table setting. A little better than dumping the forks and knives in the center!

Sometimes manners are just basic.  Not overly complex but easy to remember. It’s a great place for kids to start.