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Friday, June 3, 2022

Wear Orange Weekend...

Hello. I don't know about you, but I am unwilling to accept some things as hopeless. Even that word bugs me. Let us choose to hope more, to do more. Look, nothing in life is perfect, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to make things better.  
Anyway, let me get to the point. I am wearing orange today. 

No excuses - grab a piece of paper, draw an orange "xo" or a heart or write wearorange.org 
If you are curious enough: 
Now, since my steady gig involves gift wrapping, I will wear an orange ribbon today. Tomorrow, on my day off the day gig, I will wear my Plant t-shirt, because by some stroke of fate, the awesome designer switched the logo colors to orange so it would show up better against the super soft faded black vintage look fabric. Maybe this is the cosmic reason why? All I know is, it is time to do something more about this plague of violence that is robbing innocents of many years of their lives, and many more of the freedom to move about this country. 
Wearing orange shows solidarity -- maybe we should keep wearing it until some sensible legislation is passed. 
It's long past time. 

Thursday, March 10, 2022

World Central Kitchen

Without getting into the politics of it all, I am sharing this link for readers who are upset and frustrated about what is happening between Russia and Ukraine right now. We give what we can until we can give more. 

World Central Kitchen: 

https://donate.wck.org/give/393234#!/donation/checkout

Sending best wishes out to everyone. May we all find love and healing, so that we will stop harming ourselves and each other. Be love. 


ox, 

Mari 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake Recipe

 I haven't tried this yet, but a recent request on Nextdoor prompted a search, which yielded two recipes. 

One recipe is from The SF Chronicle - cut and pasted below, and another is a re-creation from the "Sweet" book, which follows at the bottom of this post. 

Reading the article, I found out the original creator of the cake was a man called Ernest Weil, who wrote a book that included the original recipe. This led to the discovery of several new copies of Mr. Weil's book, each at the cost of $300+ and a website that offers a downloadable pdf version for a $25.00 donation to any of the non-profits listed on their website. 


https://www.seriouseats.com/blums-coffee-crunch-cake

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Origin of The Jack O' Lantern, and "What's a Turnip Got to Do With It?"

Did you know why we carve pumpkins for Halloween, and why they are called Jack O' Lanterns?

Well, it turns out that the tradition comes from old Irish folklore about some trickster name Jack, and the original lanterns were carved from a turnip (or a potato, or the nearest root vegetable.) 





When Irish immigrants came to America, they brought the tradition along while rejoicing in the more easily carved indigenous fruit - the pumpkin!

Added bonus, yummy seeds for midnight snacking...


The original jack o' lanterns bear little resemblance to some of the amazing sculptures found these days. (Pumpkin sculpture by Ray Villafane. )



More details can be found by visiting these links: 

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/the-story-of-jack-o-lantern-if-you-knew-the-sufferings-of-that-forsaken-craythur-1.4065773

https://www.britannica.com/story/why-do-we-carve-pumpkins-at-halloween





Related: 

https://www.azcentral.com/picture-gallery/entertainment/2014/10/17/photos-pumpkin-carvings-by-ray-villafane/17457783/

https://www.fatherly.com/play/turnip-jack-o-lantern-halloween/

https://twistedsifter.com/2011/10/10-jaw-dropping-pumpkin-carvings-by-ray-villafane/

https://fruitsandveggies.org/stories/top-10-ways-to-enjoy-turnips/ (scroll down to see the recipes) 

 


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

A Story With Heart

When stories are shared, it is best to be on the side of kindness. If you have a few moments, it's an interesting thread. 


Friday, January 15, 2021

One Person's Rot, Is Another's Feast

Title of this post is a foodie version of the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" only not as alliterate. 

Couple of photos here:   


I took this shot  last week when clearing out the fridge, which stopped working a couple of days prior. Top shot is the "instagram crop" - bottom shot is the full view. The fungus creates beauty in its,destruction, as to exist, it must destroy what is. Such is the cycle of life. It was intended to be part of a delicious eggplant parmigiana dish, but fate had other plans. It will now be bug and bacteria food, then compost, and will become life in another form.

As I cleared out the spoiled foid, I wondered why my husband just let the food rot, leaving it for me to clean out on my two days off from the current day gig, I will never know. I can guess it's because he was raised in the 50's and/or had other things on his mind. I can also guess what those things might have been, but I will not share them. You know, privacy and being considerate. 
Admittedly, it's a fine balance, expressing oneself in this life's current state without at least mentioning the "spouse." 

I won't get into laundry wars. Suffice it to say, if I want to use the dryer, I am courteous enough to lay the clothes that are currently taking up that space in such a way that they will not wrinkle any further. No need for lectures about how a pile of clothes dumped on the couch is no more wrinkled than if it was left in said dryer. 

Rumor has it, the new refrigerator is being delivered today, just after my weekly facetime with my mother. I will keep my expectations low,  as some days she is mostly conscious, some days, not so much. Last week, I showed her some photos of days gone by and there was a moment or two of recognition and verbaluzed joy, as she exclaimed a favorite cousin's name. Mom is most attentive and her smiles are biggest when I sing to her. It is my most meaningful singing gig to date. Like too many, it is volunteer. 

I guess since the "pole tortoise" has been impeached a second time, I can make "Peach Mint Tea Blues" visible again on my Bandcamp account.  

Coffee time! I hope you create your best possible day. 

Ox, 
Mari  

Artist unknown (for now) 
Attribution requested.