drink your breakfast

starting today Food on Friday will include foodish stuff and recipes together instead of posting recipes on Saturday, starting now my assistant and I are going to be staying at the beach all weekend…stay cool

hating breakfast is no excuse for not eating it…drink it instead and your day will have a much better start

Summer Sweet Smoothies  4 servings



Process the cranberry juice, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, banana, and figs in a blender until smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately or keep cool in refrigerator

flavored latte 1 serving
  1. Pour milk into a steaming pitcher and heat to 145 degrees F to 165 degrees F (65 to 70 degrees C) using the steaming wand. Measure the flavored syrup into a large coffee mug. Brew espresso, then add to mug. Pour the steamed milk into the mug, using a spoon to hold back the foam. Spoon foam over the top.

pineapple banana smoothie 4 servings



In a blender, combine pineapple juice, bananas, honey and ice. Blend until smooth and drink up

Special Mimosa 15 servings



Stir together apricot nectar, pineapple juice, water, and orange juice concentrate in a large pitcher until combined. Pour in a bottle of sparkling wine just before serving.

emergency websites

during an emergency you’re not going to stop and look at these websites, so do it now… and have a plan







aspirin & sand

sand and aspirin are 2 good things to have in the summer…and they really do go together because if you stay in the sun too long take an aspirin for your sunburn!

use sand for…

Before you put your tea light or tapered candle in a glass hurricane, pour some sand at the bottom and your candle won’t tip over

If you spill a thick liquid, like motor oil or laundry detergent, sprinkle some sand on it. The liquid will form clumps, making it easier to deal with.

Throw some sand into a bucket of paint and mix it in. It is recommend to add anywhere from four to five cups of sand per gallon of paint.

use aspirin for…

Grind up a few pills and add just enough water to make it into a paste, then rub this paste on your sunburn. If that sounds too messy, you can take the aspirin (just make sure you follow the proper dosage information). Aspirin is an anti-inflamatory agent, helping reduce the pain caused by too much sun exposure.

Chlorine can wreak havoc on your hair, dissolve about six to eight aspirin tablets in water. Massage the mixture into your hair, letting it sit for 10 minutes. After that, rinse and shampoo it like usual. The aspirin solution will remove the chlorine residue in your hair.

Boost your plant’s “immune system” by giving them aspirin. Just dissolve a tablet into a gallon of water, then pour into the plant pot (or, on the surrounding soil). This trick also works for cut flowers, too.

Dissolve eight aspirin pills into warm water (about half a cup). Pour this all over the stain and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes, and then put the garment through the wash. If this doesn’t completely remove the stain, repeat the process.

Salicylic acid, which is found in aspirin is good for your skin. You can use the leftover aspirin water solution from the hair cleaner that you made to exfoliate your skin. Bonus: To make a blemish disappear, mash up an aspirin pill with water and then apply directly to the zit. Let sit overnight for clear.


moving in- to do list

Hi Mom- I’m moving into a new apartment soon and I have no clue what to do and where to start!!! help

ok when you don’t know what you don’t know…start anywhere and just keep moving forward…

Get your address changed- stop by your old post office or go online before you move and fill out a form. Let your credit cards and magazines know directly.

Contact the utility companies If you’re moving into a preowned place, get the contact information from the previous homeowner for all of the utility companies they used for the house – this is often a great place to start with that because all of the hook-ups should be in place. In most places, you will need to have the basic services in your name before you move in. The ones you need to contact include electricity, gas, cable, telephone, internet, garbage, sewer, and water.

Have an emergency kit and get the emergency numbers for the area and put them in a place where you can find them easily

Know where the main circuit breaker is- Check it out and make sure you understand the labeling. If it’s a new home and not labeled, label it yourself before moving in too much so that you know which breaker turns off which area.

Know where the water shut-offs are- This includes the main water shut-off and shutting off outside water.

Check the smoke detectors Find all the smoke detectors and test them all and get a fire extinguisher on every floor.

Identify emergency exits-  just make sure everyone knows how to get out in the case of a fire.

Check your street number Make sure it’s easy to see  your house’s street number, especially if you’re expecting a moving truck and/or delivery trucks.

Get your locks changed-  get the locks changed before moving in, then you know you’re the only one with a key to your doors

Update your driver’s license, car registration, and voter registration– try to do  this within a month of the move, check your state’s requirement, it could be sooner

Send out your new contact information- but don’t post it!!!! Keep it private-new places are good targets for hooligans!

smelly mess

Dear Mom- I work in a cubicle and there’s a cubicle next to mine with a common wall. My cubicle mate is a slob and loud! There’s old half eaten food, used cups, papers, food wrappers and old newspapers all over the floor and her desk. She also plays music and talks on the phone loudly. Can I say something about the mess even though it’s all in her cubicle and we really don’t share the same space?

Yes! say something this minute- noise and smelly old food don’t stop at a cubicle partition wall. If you wait it’ll only get worse. In the future set some rules at the beginning. Don’t feel bad about saying something you’re really just asking your cubicle mate to be considerate and respect you, when she has her own office with a door that closes, then she’s the only one with the problem and she can let the garbage pile up.

cooking without an oven recipes

no oven? no problem…

cerviche (no cooking)


  • 2 lbs tilapia fillets or 2 lbs other firm white fish fillets, cubed
  • 8 -10 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeded and chopped (or real Peruvian Aji Amarillo, if you can find it)
  • 8 -12 limes, freshly squeezed and strained to remove pulp, enough to cover fish
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced and rinsed


  • Combine all ingredients except red onion and mix well
  • Place red onion on top and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours before serving
  • Before serving, mix well and serve with lettuce, corn, avocado or other cold salad vegetables on the side

Philly Cheesesteak on the griddle


  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drain
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • salt to taste
  • seasoned salt to taste
  • 1 pound thinly sliced roast beef
  • 4 submarine rolls, halved
  1. Preheat an electric griddle or stovetop griddle over medium-high heat. On one half of the griddle, place the mushrooms, onion and pepper. On the other side, place the roast beef. Cook and stir each group separately, chopping the beef into smaller pieces as it cooks, and seasoning with salt and seasoned salt.
  2. When the vegetables are tender and the beef is hot, place the slices of provolone cheese over the beef to melt. Turn off the griddle. Scoop the cheesy grilled beef into sandwich rolls, and top with the onions and peppers.

Good & simple Cajun Shrimp/Crayfish – Cooking distance: 35 miles!!


  • 1 pound large shrimp or crayfish tails, in shells.
  • 6 small green hot peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • Butter or spread
  • Salt & pepper


Remove seeds from peppers (ouch, they’re hot) and mince with the onion and garlic. Butter the foil, add the shrimp and cover with your spicy mixture. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper, then triple-wrap and place in a medium part of the engine. Start driving…delicious, seasoned, spicy shrimp or crayfish await.

check out solar oven cooking recipes@solarovens.org.

summer cooking without an oven

who knew there were so many ways to cook without an oven?  if you don’t want your hot kitchen to get even hotter this summer you might want to try some of these other ways of cooking…

Instead of an oven…

  • grills and hibachis
  • slow cookers
  • rice cookers
  • toaster ovens
  • microwave


  • lemons and limes
  • waffle Irons and electric griddles
  • hotpots


  • use nothing (there’s no cooking to make tartare, sashimi, sushi, and carpaccio)
  • car engines
  • hot boxes
  • solar ovens


recipes for cooking with some of these tomorrow

healthy websites

probably some of the best and some of the worst websites are about health…

These websites should help you with some reliable information- don’t use the computer as a do it yourself doctor, if you’re not feeling good go to a doctor. Some websites ask you what your symptoms are and no matter what you tell them the diagnosis is always cancer- be very careful…








magic vinegar

Consumer Reports says that white distilled vinegar is one of the best things to have in the house because it does so much work for you…

1. if you’re cooking and you’re out of lemon juice replace 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar

2. if you’re washing wool sweaters before putting them away for the summer put a couple of capfuls of vinegar in the rinse cycle to fluff up your sweaters

3.  fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray it on weeds this summer, but be careful it will kill anything else you spray also

4.  tea and coffee stained cups can be cleaned by swishing 2 tablespoons of vinegar in the cups and then wash as usual

5.  it’s not easy to get greasy sun lotion out of your hair- wash your hair and rinse, then pour 1/4 cup of vinegar over your head and rinse again

6.  before putting your boots away for the summer wipe off salt stains with vinegar on an old sock or t-shirt and rub the stains off the boots

7.  smelly garbage disposals and drains can be deodorized with “vinegar ice cubes”- make ice cubes with vinegar, put them in the disposal or drain and run water until they melt

8.  clean a dishwasher once a month by running a cup of vinegar in an empty dishwasher through an entire cycle

9.  wipe vinegar on an itchy bug bite to stop the itching

10. try wiping white vinegar on sticky price tags or stickers, soak the sticker and let it stay on the sticker for 5 minutes and wipe it away with the sticker

rules for work

I’ve gotten so many questions from new graduates and some of you starting new or summer jobs, so I’m passing along advice from Albert Einstein:

The Three Rules of Work-

1. Out of clutter, find simplicity.

2. From discord, find harmony.

3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.