I wanted to make something different for dinner and since a friend had recently given me a recipe book from the Ponzi Vineyards, I thought I'd try stuffed grape leaves. My son and husband weren't too excited and asked that I make a "back-up" meal. So, I did. Stuffed cabbage rolls.
I bought the grape leaves at a Greek Deli on Burnside and then cooked some rice and hamburger. I rolled the grape leaves up tight and steamed the cabbage to make it tender.
Then I rolled the filling into the cabbage leaves and baked them both at 350 degrees for about one half hour. I served the rolls over rice. To tell the truth, I liked the cabbage rolls better because the grape leaves were sooooooo tough. They were very chewy - which I'm sure is great for fiber and all but I don't like to work that hard for my food :(
Have you ever tried either stuffed grape leaves or stuffed cabbage rolls? Which one was your favorite?
Okay so we've all talked a little trash at least once or twice in our lives. But have you ever worn it?
Well people in Portland, Oregon are not afraid to try something new, or maybe I should say old, and Oregonians are known for being progressive--at least when it comes to being green. So, I guess it's no surprise that here, in P.O., people have figured out a way to combine the two: old and green--by having trashion shows here in town. So, if you're not afraid to do more than talk a little trash, maybe you'll want to become a model and wear some.
Check out the Junk to Funk Trashion Show Event Page. This is their fifth year. And, they're planning an anniversary celebration but it looks like they can use a few volunteers to help get this party going.
If you want to do some good and be green, you'll check out these pages. I think it's a wonderful way to raise some money and awareness at the same time.
So, have a wonderful weekend and kick around the idea of joining in this green cause. I'm sure we can all come up with a few ways to help Protect the Planet.
There are weird similarities between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960. Both were shot in the back of the head in the presence of their wives. Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theatre. Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln, made by Ford Both wives lost their children while living in the White House. Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy. Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908. Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.' Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln' made by 'Ford.' Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse. Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater. Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials. - OMG Facts.
Thursday was a rainy day in Portland. It reminded me of comfort food and Mama.
In a family with nine kids, I grew up without having a lot of fancy food or expensive things but somehow Mom always managed to make meals fun. She used cheap staples to feed a humongous family and somehow we always thought we were getting a feast. One of the things I remember most is homemade French fries. They are so easy to make and so cheap anyone can afford them.
For pennies you can enjoy some of the best tasting food in the world. All you need to do is slice up some potatoes - don't even peel them - they're better with the peels on. Heat some cheap oil - not olive oil, it's too expensive for this - on low to medium heat. CAREFULLY place your potato slices into the hot oil and cook for a couple of minutes until the fries are golden brown. Then lift them out and place them on a flat platter - making sure you have paper towels laid down to absorb the excess oil. Drizzle with salt and WAH-LAH you've got a yummified side dish
Heck, you might even end up eating so many you'll consider this the entire meal - I know I did but somehow I forced down a cheeseburger too. YIKES - time to go for a run.
I love Mary Engelbreit (ME) and it's amazing what one little charger can do to make a plate pop on the table. I try to fancify my desserts with a little sprig of mint from the yard and a couple of pretty cherries - ME taught me that.
This is my Hawaiian Cloudburst dessert. It's a Pineapple Mousse and it is yummy for the tummy on a hot day. And it never hurts to use fruit to display a tasty treat.
I have a ton of books I want to read. A leaning tower of pisa to say the least. I have more than one stack - actually bookshelves full.
My latest acquisition is Beautiful Creatures and I'm anxious to get going on it. But I have lots of others that this will be bumping to make it to the top of my list.
How 'bout you? Do you have a TBR that is causing you anxiety...? If only I could figure out a way to do more in a day. If I could just give up that one luxury of life I've been unwilling to go without - you know the one - sleep.
Anyway, I'd better get to my stack and start reading 'cuz I'm still in the middle of about three books right now.
This was a new angle on an old story: Robin Hood. And I enjoyed this fresh perspective. The story takes a while to get going - or so it seemed to me but once it was on its way, it was great.
I loved the costumes - very realistic. When I was growing up, Robin Hood was always squeaky clean and I wondered how he stayed so clean, living in the woods. This show seemed more realistic and I loved that. Plus the acting was great. Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett both did amazing jobs, but so did the entire cast.
All-in-all, I would recommend the movie. But, remember there are a lot of people who die - so no little kids. Still, there was no gratuitous violence. And, no horribly bloody scenes - even though there was a war going on between the French and the English.
Filled with fantastic inspiration from editors, writers, and agents. It was a great way to spend a Saturday.
Christy Webster from Random House opened up the presentations with a talk about Ten Things You Need to Know about Writing and Publishing Beginning Readers. She said that the slots are limited and the requirements are stringent. But she still encouraged writers to perfect their craft.
Kate Sullivan - from Little Brown talked about the structure of a story. We all need to remember to have a Main Conflict, a catalyst and a conclusion to our story. That might sound simple but it's easy to get sidetracked into telling the story. So, like P.J. Peterson explained in his afternoon talk about plot, we need to keep amping up the tension. Michael Stearns from Upstart Literary talked about plot mechanics in the morning and gave a 13 point Powerpoint presentation to help guide us on each step of the way. He said one of the powerful points to remember is pacing. Give the story a clock - or timeline. He says his Powerpoint presentation will be up on his website soon.
I learned a lot and enjoyed the day. So, if you get a chance to see any of these presenters, get going to your local SCBWI conference. You'll have a wonderful time.
It's going to be a beautiful day here in Portland, Oregon. The weather people are forcasting 70 degrees and sunshine. So get out there and go for a walk, enjoy this break from all the rain we usually have and remember to wish Mom's everywhere a Happy Mother's Day.
Okay, I've been accused of spoiling my children - no surprise there. But when I came across these little accessories I thought I don't want to hear how I spoil my kids. There are people out there that spoil their pets more than I've ever spoiled anyone.
Guess what unsult means - put your guess in comments and then come back around 3:00 to see if you were write or wrong. Happy CINCO DE MAYO: (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862!
Have you ever heard of Court Care? It's a program that provides free drop-in child care in the Courthouse. Here, in Portland, the Multnomah Bar Assocation helps by sponsoring this program to provide childcare for children, at no cost to families who must go to court. This program helps limit the trauma of courtroom drama for children and gives parents an option so they don't have to take their children into the courtroom with them, when they can't find childcare.
No child should have to hear testimony during divorce, domestic abuse, and criminal proceedings.
This program is operated by Volunteers of America Oregon for the MBA, and serves 80 to 100 children and their families every month.
There may be a Court Care program in your area. And, it's a great cause to support.
Tonight I spent my evening cooking for Court Care. I baked a couple dozen cupcakes and a couple of cakes which my company will auction off (along with lots of other goodies) at our firm's bake sale to help raise money for Court Care.
JUNE 1st - SCHMOOZE, 9:30 a.m. - noon ? Vancouver - Clark County Children's Writers and Illustrators Our next schmooze is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st at 9:30 a.m. at the Cascade Park Library ? 600 NE 136th Ave. Vancouver, WA. 98664. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Vicki Lindstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org. ?
June 29, 2013 - MAKING YOUR FIRST PAGES SHINE with Chronicle Editor Melissa Manlove - this Rogue Valley Connection workshop is in Ashland. See website: www.scbwior.com/events for more details.
June 8, 2013 - Our FIRST SE PORTLAND schmooze is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th at 10:30 a.m. at the Holgate Library, a branch of the Multnomah County Libraries. This is your chance to Meet and Greet the Co-RAs, ask them questions, and get acquainted with each other. We will meet in the meeting room at the Holgate Library ? 7905 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Carol Bloemen at email@example.com ?
SCBWI - The Great Critique - July 20th at Tabor Space
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