Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Say it aint so

It's so funny that as a child I would make fun of my mother for listening to talk radio. I could not fathom why she did not want to listen to music, especially in the car where I was trapped with her. The irony, of course, is that now that I'm an adult (or at least that's what my biological age keeps showing me) I, too, listen to talk radio. (and music, too) Last night I was watching the local news (which I try to do sparingly because it is so "fear feeding") and discovered that WTIC talk radio is letting Colin McEnroe go. I find Colin to have keen intelligence, sharp wit and candor about topics that most other reporters just spin. I'm am also grateful that he welcomed me onto his radio show as a guest a couple of times. He is surprisingly open about spiritual topics. We discussed the wheel of the year and the changing of the seasons. How we can honor nature and live in harmony with its cycles. How we can honor our loved ones on the other side. In my humble opinion his absence will cause a tremendous imbalance in their programming and I look forward to hearing his perspective again elsewhere.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cool winter activities

Well, The Purple Rose e-newsletter went out last night. It is chock-full of cool stuff, if I do say so myself. As we approach our first full month of Winter, it is important to get ourselves out of the house from time to time. Balanced perfectly, of course, with our need to hibernate. Otherwise, at least for me, that seasonal affective disorder phenomena starts knocking at my door alongside jack frost.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Season is not over

The football season is not over! My new favorite person, chad pennington, actually led my dolphins to the playoffs. It may be a left over christmas miracle. and of course beating his former team, and my archrivals, as a die hard fin fan is a beautiful irony certainly not lost!

The ham was divine with my secret glaze of cloves, brown sugar, honey, oj and mustard. Mom would add pinapple rings, but I forgot them. There was jasmine rice and fresh green beans. The crisp was so good we had it before and after dinner. Some secrets for my fellow gluten/wheat-intolerant readers (or those of you trying to cut down)...use lots of chopped walnuts instead of oats or any other crispy imposter. And if a recipe calls for flour, there is none better than Pamela's gluten-free pancake flour. I use it for all recipes including baking, coating chicken, and of course breakfast. With organic apples and pure maple syrup, the apple crisp is a dessert to be cherished. When my body and my angels showed me how gluten, dairy, soy, and most processed foods did not agree with me anymore (or maybe never really did), dessert was one of the first things I had to let go. But no more~! The best part of dinner was we actually had a son home to eat it with us who could not believe that I was so excited about the ham I was going to talk about it on my blog!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A warm welcome

A new blog to begin the upcoming new year. A warm welcome to those who have joined me. I'm looking forward to a day at home today. I have all the ingredients for a dinner of ham and jasmine rice. As well as an apple crisp for dessert. The apple crisp recipe comes from my new favorite cook book, "Clean Food" where I've learned I can enjoy really good food without any guilt (or getting sick, as I've food allergies). I enjoy cooking more-so when I have the time for it. I'll prepare The Purple Rose e-newsletter this morning until it's time to cook and of course watch the dolphins. Who knew they'd ever come this far again?!