you’ll find some surprises on these websites…
Ideas & Advice
pomegranates are a delicious mess and really good for you…don’t be afraid of them
Pomegranates for dummies
try pomegranate seeds in salads, drinks, on vanilla ice cream and all by themselves
Dear Asking Mom- I had a job that I really liked, but I need to find a new one and I’m afraid that it isn’t going to be as good as my old one. How do I get over this?
You can’t move on if you keep hanging on to the past. Maybe you’re only remembering the good parts and it wasn’t as good as you think it was and maybe there’s an even better job out there…go get it
you can look for a job tomorrow, it’s ok if all you want to do today is pay your taxes and go back to bed
Dear Mom, It seems like all the people I think are my friends really aren’t. Now I’m afraid to trust people and make new friends because they might not be good friends either. What should I do?
Just because old friendships didn’t turn out to be good friends doesn’t have anything to do with future friendships. Don’t avoid trying to make new friends, maybe you’ve already met all the creeps and the next person is going to be your new best friend!
I’m starving and this recipe looks like it’s delicious, wish someone would make it for me!
Ina Garten’s Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta Recipe
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Place feta and cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until cheeses are mixed. Add ⅓ cup olive oil, lemon juice, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper and process until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Place pine nuts in a dry sauté pan over low heat and cook 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until lightly browned. Set aside.
For the tomato topping, up to an hour before serving, combine shallots, garlic, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Set aside 5 minutes to allow shallots to absorb vinegar. Whisk in remaining ⅓ cup olive oil, 1 tsp. salt, and ½ tsp. pepper. Add tomatoes, stir gently, and set aside 10 minutes. Stir in basil and taste for seasoning.
To assemble crostini, spread each baguette slice with a generous amount of whipped feta. With a slotted spoon, place tomatoes on top. Put crostini on plates and scatter with the reserved toasted pine nuts. Sprinkle with basil and serve.
How long will it last? longer than you think…
OILS- vegetable oil (in cool, dark place) lasts 6 months, nut oils (refrigerate) lasts 3 months
VINEGARS- balsamic and wine vinegars (cool place) lasts 1 year
PASTA and RICE- after opening store in air tight container, lasts 1 year
FLOURS- wheat flours (store in air tight containers) lasts up to 1 year
SPICES- most last about 1 year if stored in airtight containers, away from heat and light
CANNED and BOTTLED- olives, canned black beans, etc. (check expiration dates, must last unopened up to 1 year. After opening refrigerate glass bottles and transfer unused canned goods to airtight containers and refrigerate)
VEGETABLES and FRUIT- put lemons into plastic bags, last up to 2 weeks, garlic and onions last in pantry up to o month
BAKING STUFF- vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, instant yeast- store in air tight containers, away from heat and light. Extracts last for leads, leaveners last about 1 year, check expiration dates.
Hello Ask Mom- I got caught up in a group of “friends” that are not good for me. But, if I stop hanging around with them I’ll be alone and that’s worse. What should I do?
Don’t lower your standards just to have friends.Don’t settle just because you’re afraid that you’ll be lonely, you’re probably better off alone. You’ll find the right friends at the right time, who are the right people, for the right reasons.
Dear Mom, I am starting a new job and I don’t think I’m ready. How can I get over this feeling?
You got the job because you can do it, but you won’t know that until you’ve done it. No one is ever totally ready or comfortable when an opportunity comes along, have confidence in yourself or no one else will…
I don’t have a sweet-tooth, all of my teeth are sweet-teeth…ughhhh
check out the ‘sweet’ section at Thekitchn.com for good sweets, that are not bad for you…the banana recipe below is a good one…