Does Love Like This Really Exist?

This song is the fantasy I hold in my head about the man who loves me. Does this kind of love even exist–or is it simply fantasy? By clinging to this ideal, do I set myself up for repetitive disappointment?

I am such a damn romantic. I melt EVERY time I hear this song. It speaks to me, for me, about me. Oh, I pray that someday, this kind of love will be mine.

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I Love Dumb Luck

Excerpted From Yahoo! Shine By | Healthy Living

Northwestern college sophomore Amanda Peyton wanted to decorate her dorm room wall in 2003. Peyton. . . recalled how she had been browsing a British website when she found a cool print of a girl hugging a bomb. Impulsively, she purchased it for around $100, the most she had ever spent on a wall decoration. When the print arrived in a poster tube, it was signed and hand-numbered by an artist named Banksy.

. . .Though Peyton still asks around, she says she’s not really interested in selling the piece anymore. “It seems like me and Bomb Hugger are going to be together for life and I am pretty happy about it,” she writes, adding that if nothing else, the print is a reminder that some of the best things in life are just dumb luck.

Yahoo! Shine asked the Winston Art Group, the largest independent art advisory and appraisal firm in the U.S. to weigh in on the print. According to an email sent by Kimball Higgs, Director of Art Advisory, based solely on the image provided and not having examined the work in person, the retail value would be around $10,000 to $15,000, maybe higher, depending on the print’s condition. The sale value: Most likely in the $5,000-$7,000 range.

For inspiration and an art education, read the complete article here: http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/-woman-bought-a–100-print-in-2003-that-turned-out-to-be-a-banksy—185705348.html

Peanut Butter, Onion Flakes, Soy Sauce

The larder raid yielded three random ingredients: crunchy peanut butter, dehydrated onion flakes and sushi soy sauce. What on earth am I going to make with these? I’ll find out soon enough.

My food adventure of taking three random selections from my pantry and searching on-line for a recipe that uses the ingredients has been so much fun, I don’t know if I will give it up at month’s end. I am eating better than ever, as far as savory meals and variety are concerned. And I never have to worry about what’s for dinner.

So, what recipe did I find?

Satay sauce! Really? Yes! And a very easy satay sauce to boot! I substituted my dehydrated onion flakes for grated onion, wondering if the flavors would be okay. The answer is yes; the sauce was mild and tasty. I had a liquid hot sauce in the refrigerator. My suggestion to those who like things hot and spicy would be skip the red pepper flakes and substitute liquid hot sauce instead.

I refrigerated the leftover sauce to use again. My guess is the flavors from the pepper flakes will permeate the sauce and spice it up on its second go round. I am thinking of baking chicken over rice and vegetables, then pouring the remaining satay sauce over the combo. Not a bad “second meal.”

Do you have another use for satay sauce? If so, please share. I may go with your suggestion for the “second meal.”

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Satay-Sauce/Detail.aspx?prop31=10

 

 

Food Under Foot

A blog by that name caught my attention recently. I enjoyed looking over the articles about edible items growing in the wild all around us.

Later, I was looking over the hay-making equipment. I’d placed tarps over the machinery as part of its winter storage. Since the weatherman was predicting strong winds, I wanted to be sure the tarps were secure.

Next to the baler, there were two robust dandelions pushing new leaves and yellow blooms skyward. I thought, “Here’s food under foot.”

Satisfied the equipment was fine, I turned back to the dandelions. Picking two handfuls of tender leaves, I carried the harvest to the kitchen, where I rinsed the leaves in salt water to remove insects and debris.

I’ve never eaten dandelion greens. I placed a large portion of cleaned, fresh leaves into the bottom of a CorningWare casserole. In the freezer, I had a portion of a beef roast left over from a recent meal. I pulled it out, unwrapped it, and plunked the the frozen meat onto the bed of leaves in the roasting dish. A few carrots and peppers were frozen to the edges of the roast, residue from the previous baking. I covered the pan and placed it into the oven for an hour. Once reheated, the roast was sliced and plated. The dandelion greens were scooped out, cooked from the heated juices of the meat, and placed on the plate beside the sliced beef. The accents of orange and red from the carrot and red pepper remnants added visual interest, as well as flavor.

That simple meal, which cost me nothing extra, was amazing! The greens tended to the bitter side by themselves, but, paired with the flavorful meat, were yummy.

Now I intend to harvest more greens from the yard to steam and freeze for future use. One caveat: know the source of your dandelions. You do not want to eat greens that have grown in a yard with a history of toxic sprays. The tap root of the dandelion plant grows deep, pulling nutrients from earth where years of rain and worm-action have carried substances placed on the surface long ago.

Is Oil America’s Economic Salvation?

“The Paris-based International Energy Agency is predicting that the U.S. will assume world fuel production supremacy by 2020; it’s eminently possible that our country will become the de facto Saudi Arabia of the next decade,” says The Motley Fool.

I’ve heard that prediction before from Lindsey Williams, a former chaplain to oil executives and oil field workers, who maintains contact with several wealthy oil men who feed him information about future economic plans.

If true, it certainly will be a welcome change to the economic morass in which we currently find ourselves. It is a ray of hope for our nation’s future well-being.

IRS Reads Your E-mail

Tyler Durden's pictureFROM ZEROHEDGE.COM

The IRS May Be Reading Your Emails Right Now

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/13/2013 – 11:49

The idea of IRS agents poking through your email account might sound at the very least creepy, and maybe unconstitutional. But the IRS does have a legal leg to stand on: the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 allows government agencies to in many cases obtain emails older than 180 days without a warrant. In 1986 they decided this?  Who used email in 1986? That’s why an internal 2009 IRS document claimed that “the government may obtain the contents of electronic communication that has been in storage for more than 180 days” without a warrant. Another 2009 file, the IRS Criminal Tax Division’s “Search Warrant Handbook,” showed that the division’s general counsel believed “the Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”