Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Your own bottle

All over Long Island newspapers and at the local farmer's markets, fresh berries are the talk of the town.

Since my first trip into the liquor store and on a wine tour shortly after I knew that my affinity for a nice glass of wine was something that would not go away.

Here is a great recipe link for wines to make at home: http://www.mnn.com/food/wine/stories/3-diy-wines-you-can-make-at-home

It uses items that you may already have in your fridge!

Good luck:)
I'd like to try making the strawberry wine

Writing Prompts

To get those creative juices flowing here are a few writing prompts
Let yourself be free. Try not to stop yourself. Even for 10 minutes while you are waiting for something else like the laundry or water to boil perhaps. I find it difficult when going on a stream of consciousness, not to stop and say "What is this bologna"? Especially if I have other things I feel I should be doing and even more so if that word is not bologna. But at the end of the day, I treat this as a favor to myself. The "this is something you must do" motivation kicks in, because at the end of the day this is my life. This is what I enjoy.
Also first drafts are never supposed to be "perfect". Only an interesting start.

1. Imagine you are creating a character completely different from you and who is sitting on the subway. Think of the physical qualities of such a person. How does he/she carry himself/herself? What is she/he wearing? Work on this for a few sentences. Then pick a bad habit that this character has. Is this person a fiendish nail biter? How does this bad habit carry into where the character is going from the subway stop.

2. Respond to this : Staring at the elephant in the room.

3. Picture prompt: What do you think of when you see the picture attached?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Making fun?


An important part of growing up is learning how to make your own fun. Often called the "make your own happiness" from the " no one else can make you happy" stream of advice. This I am finding to be true once again because despite hearing this, knowing this, and living this earlier in life it is now how it presents itself in another light that I am learning again. But what I am learning in particular is that you must do it in your own way. You can not make fun the way life someone else. When you were a kid, new toys and games were exhilarating. A good toy after the "new factor" was fun and a bad toy that could no longer make you happy was "boring" or you had outgrown. If you find that you do not have the money to walk into a toy store and buy yourself ( "a quote and unquote grown up")a new toy, then I say it again, make your own fun. Sometimes you have to start with what you knew as a child. Yes, No, Thank you, Please, I'm sorry.
What you knew was what you learned and you spent more time and energy on the how to make yourself happy. This link is a cool craft on how to make your own toy. Your elders told you don't make fun of someone else. But now after all these years you think don't make fun like anyone else either.

Doug TV Theme Song

Despite most things, this song gets the best of me. I 'll find myself humming it at the most inopportune times-
It's fantastic!

Hanging the day out to dry at night

Thursday, July 8, 2010

How to sprout

I use a clean glass jar and soak about 1/2 cup of beans overnight in water. Keep the jar covered in a dark place. I put mine in the cabinet.
For the next few days, rinse the beans and then put back in jar with the beans dry and breathing ( mesh covering)

This is a sprouter I bought at the garden store, but I pretty much convinced that the jar works best as long as you don't keep it sealed.

Rinse and repeat over the next few days and then depending on what you are sprouting you will see a tail to your bean/seed.

I have tried lentils, quinoa, and mung beans.

They're great for salads and main dishes with extra protein:)
Check out this link for more info.


find your place in the sun


At the end of the day, I truly believe we are all striving to find our place in the sun.