Monday, February 01, 2016

endings and beginnings


Reflections on the end of the first month of the new year 2016




Franklin Line heading into the tunnel in Franklin
Franklin Line heading into the tunnel in Franklin

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Lasagna after shoveling

A quick Google search turned up this lasagna recipe and it sounded good. Of course, I made a few modifications along the way but it did come out delicious.


Slow-Cooker Vegetable Lasagna
Yield: 8 servings


  • 4 cups marinara sauce
  • 8 to 9 lasagna noodles (preferably whole wheat)
  • ¾ cup green peas, thawed if frozen
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 3 cups sliced zucchini (from about 3 to 4 small zucchini)
  • 3 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish


Original recipe (and preparation instructions can be found here)
https://www.yahoo.com/food/food-slow-cooker-vegetable-lasagna-134934350.html


just turned on to cook
just turned on to cook

Steve's modifications

  • The noodles were regular lasagna as that was what we had on hand and we need to clear the shelf.
  • I used one summer squash (yellow) along with two zucchini to add a little color variety.
  • I also used a package of the Al Fresco chicken meatballs (tomato and basil). The meatballs I sliced to make the layering easier (less lumpy).

I like this recipe as it was much easier overall. Slicing the zucchini, thawing the peas and meatballs received some forethought so they were ready when I was. Then it was a matter of building the layers in the crock pot turning it on and waiting for it be to be ready.

delicious, some for freezing and some for leftovers this week
delicious, some for freezing and some for leftovers this week

Nothing like a one pot meal that tastes great and is healthy!

Friday, January 15, 2016

6 weeks without a car (audio)

reflections on  six weeks without a car, four real weeks as I spent 8 days in Hong Kong and then a week on vacation between Christmas and New Year's... what was missed or changed in that time? Not much really ... 




amaryllis and paperwhites growing together this time
amaryllis and paperwhites growing together this time

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Happy New Year - 3 word goals for 2016

reflections on the new year and a brief overview of the three word goals for this year




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Following Chris Brogan's practice of 3 word goals, I have turned the page for this new year.


This year, I will use Training, Leverage, Coaching (or TLC for short)


Training

The exercise was successful but I need to do more than just exercise, hence training

Leverage

Working smartly, reusing where possible

Coaching

Something like mentoring but more personal, more targeted

the annual amaryllis plant journey has begun, this is from day 0 (Sunday, Jan 4)
the annual amaryllis plant journey has begun, this is from day 0 (Sunday, Jan 4)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The time between (audio)

Reflections on the time between the holiday's (Christmas and New Year's)



station 7 - one man's footsteps in new snow
station 7 - one man's footsteps in new snow


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The On Being podcast by Krista Tippett   http://www.onbeing.org/


with Paul Muldoon
http://www.onbeing.org/program/paul-muldoon-a-conversation-with-verse/8276

with Martin Sheen
http://www.onbeing.org/program/martin-sheen-spirituality-of-imagination/8257


3 word goals for 2015 and recap for prior years)
http://steves2cents.blogspot.com/2015/01/3-word-goals-mentor-leverage-exercise.html

what will be the 3 word goals for 2016?