Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Over the weekend we made pomegranate mimosas. This cocktail is perfect for entertaining, as it can be prepared ahead of time (I recommend making at least 15 minutes in advance; the flavor improves with a little extra time to mix).
2 cups pomegranate juice, chilled
6 ounces elderflower liqueur
1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled
Mix the pomegranate juice and elderflower liqueur in a pitcher. Add the sparkling wine. Pour into Champagne flutes or wine glasses and serve.
Makes 8 cocktails
The festive red color and the pomegranate flavor make these perfect for the holiday season.
This recipe is from the Park Avenue Potluck Celebrations, a cookbook that benefits The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (via Melissa C. Morris).
Friday, November 27, 2009
We had what was probably our best Thanksgiving ever; the day was relaxed from start to finish. I made what I pretty much always make, and I think all that practice is starting to pay off. A brined turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy (made by my mother in law - I don't like gravy and don't know how to make it), cornbread-sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato souffle and green beans. For dessert, pumpkin pie and apple pie and cinnamon streusel ice cream. Everyone ate a lot of everything. There was play with hockey trading cards, stimulating conversation about travel, politics and aspects of life in China with our Chinese dinner guest. Such abundance: family and food and friends.
The surprise of the day was Cal losing his first tooth. We'd had no indication it was even loose. He bit into a piece of salami and out it came, creating a fair amount of emotional turmoil for him (and, admittedly, for me too - my 'baby' losing his first tooth). He decided to forgo putting it under his pillow - it made him too sad to think about having it taken away. And the thought of a tooth fairy sneaking into his room while he's sleeping was also just too much for him.
I hope your weekend is lovely! xoxo
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Each day my grateful list expands. Last week I was thankful for the evergreens providing much needed color in the drabness of stick season, sunshine passing through cattail fluff, a phone call from my husband inviting me to an impromptu lunch, another day of wearing only a lightweight jacket, and the indoor farmer's market. I am grateful for life, for every little bit of its goodness, and I love how I never know what may be on my list tomorrow. Puddles, chocolate cake, a red fox dashing across the field? We are so lucky to be the recipient of so many days full of wonder and simple pleasures. I try so hard not to forget it.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day. Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium,Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. The phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.."
Monday, November 16, 2009
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The weather the past couple of days in Seattle has been epic. Barreling down rains, torrential hail, wind, apocalyptic thunder and lightning. A couple of nights ago it sounded as if the world was ending. Mercifully, my bout of flu seems to finally be ending; today is the first day I've been without fever in about a week.
As I was rifling through my sweaters this morning to find something to wear, I wondered if there is a good solution for 'pills' on sweaters. Do you know?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Connecting to a Global Tribe
"I believe globalization is forcing our brains to evolve.
I’ve had the privilege to see a lot more of the world than anyone my age could reasonably hope to. A few years ago, on a backpacking trip, I made a video of myself dancing terribly in exotic locations. I put it on my web site. Some friends started passing it around, and soon millions of people had watched it. I was offered sponsorship to continue my accidental vocation, and since then I’ve made two more videos that include 70 countries on all seven continents. A lot of people wanted to dance along with me, so I started inviting them to join in everywhere I went, from Toronto to Tokyo to Timbuktu.
Here’s what I can report back: People want to feel connected to each other. They want to be heard and seen, and they’re curious to hear and see others from places far away. I share that impulse. It’s part of what drives me to travel. But it’s constantly at odds with another impulse, which is to reduce and contain my exposure to a world that’s way too big for me to comprehend.
My brain was designed to inhabit a fairly small social network of maybe a few dozen other primates—a tribe. Beyond that size, I start to get overwhelmed.
And yet here I am in a world of over six billion people, all of whom are now inextricably linked together. I don’t need to travel to influence lives on the other side of the globe. All I have to do is buy a cup of coffee or a tank of gas. My tribe has grown into a single, impossibly vast social network, whether I like it or not. The problem, I believe, isn’t that the world has changed, it’s that my primitive caveman brain hasn’t.
I am fantastic at seeing differences. Everybody is. I can quickly pick out those who look or behave differently, and unless I actively override the tendency, I will perceive them as a threat. That instinct may have once been useful for my tribe but when I travel, it’s a liability.
When I dance with people, I see them smile and laugh and act ridiculous. It makes those differences seem smaller. The world seems simpler, and my caveman brain finds that comforting.
I believe my children will have brains ever so slightly better suited to the vast complexity that surrounds us. They will be more curious, more eager to absorb and to connect.
And I believe when they look into eyes of strangers, what they will see before the differences are the things that are the same."
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
And then there are the things inside that I'm not sure I should notice? Like this Halloween candy found - sorted - under Cal's bed.
Thank you all for your well wishes yesterday and thank you especially Lyndsay for your suggestion to see my doctor about tamiflu. I got a prescription yesterday and am hoping I'll feel better soon.
This morning while Abbott practiced the piano Cal made me this get well card. If you look carefully at the shirt, you'll see I'm depicted as a rock star.
Still not used to seeing the sunset before dinner but the boys like it - to them it feels cozy.
I wish you all a happy Wednesday. xoxo
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Please don't forget to vote!
Monday, November 2, 2009
The sun was out all weekend. And that extra hour of sleep always comes at the right time, doesn't it? The year we got married, the time change happened the day after our wedding.
My sister and nephew ran the NYC marathon yesterday in 4 hours, 10 minutes. I am so proud of them! I wish I could have been there in person to cheer them on. I hope to run it with her someday - it's been eight years since I've run a marathon (if you do the math, Abbott is seven...I haven't ran in one since I got pregnant with him).
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And today is the last day of El Dia de los Muertos. At the boys' school, where Spanish is taught, this holiday is celebrated. The older students cut out the papel picado (top photo below).
I hope your November is off to a good start.