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8 May

All right. Today marks the first day of “What to Make Mom for Mother’s Day”. Like I said yesterday, all week I will be giving recipes and directions to food and crafts. You can pick one or all of them for Sunday (which is Mother’s Day). And the best part? You don’t have to use this just for one specific holiday. These will be good for birthdays, christmas, easter, or if you end up in the dog house.

So, to start off easy, let us start with a do-it-yourself body scrub.

Lemon Brown Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coarse brown sugar (to gently exfoliate without drying)

1 cup grapeseed oil* (to moisturize)

1/4 cup grated lemon peel (to invigorate your senses)

Directions:

Mix together and put in a jar. Tie a bow around it and hand over the gift to the lucky woman (or I guess, man?)

See? Super easy. You can find grapeseed oil at any co-op (organic store) or a specialty Indian store.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

15 Mar

This morning I was woken up by nature’s alarm clock…a bird.

Last night I kept my window open thinking that I could get some fresh air while I slept. It was a fantastic idea until 5 am this morning. When a little bird decided to perch on my windowsill and “tweet”.

Now, some birds are very nice to listen to. They sing songs and do some kind of fluttering chirp. The bird that was at my window, it really needs some singing lessons.

Let me try to explain how it sounded. Like an alarm clock that doesn’t have a snooze button. And fortunatly, the sound he made was not a “Beep”. It was not a “Chirp” or a “Tweet”. It was something along the lines of “Twaaacktchrip. Teet.”

I was pretty annoyed at first, I mean who wants to wake up at 5 am? But then I got to thinking…”It is spring.” Even though that bird needed to be taken out, he was enjoying and celebrating the change of season. I mean, today is a fantastic day outside. If I was even remotly similar to Snow White, I would probably start singing too.

Because it really does feel like spring today (at least where I live), how about a recipe for a crisp salad?

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  •  1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  •  1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 quart strawberries – cleaned, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered

Directions:

-In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour.

-In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

*Add avacado for an extra health burst. Instead of sugar you can use 1/4 cup of honey. You can use purple onions or white…and you can even add blueberries and other fruit if you dare.

(This makes 4 servings of salad)

So there you have it. If you didn’t know what to make for lunch today…you certainly do now.

Embracing Your German Heritage

13 Mar

The theme today is German.

German food, german entertainment, and german people.

Why?

It was my dad’s birthday yesterday. My dad takes his German heritage very serious. Some common phrases that he always uses are…

“Eat your sauerkraut.”

“Let’s go to Mater’s (a german restuarant)!”

“Auuuu Shuitz. We’s German. Eat yourrr sauerkraut.”

Now please note that the last phrase he says is done in a very fake German accent. He sounds like a Polish man who got his teeth pulled.

Anyway, to start the day off…why not listen to some German music?

Who knew that that song was also done in German. Learn something new every day.

Now that we got the music out of the way…how about other German stuff?

Opps. Just kidding. Forgive my for my dry sense of humor…but I just couldn’t resist.

Alright. The moment that everyone has been waiting for.

German Food.

Now I debated whether to write about Pretzel Rolls or Kohlsuppe.

But because my dad just loves sauerkraut so much, I’m going to give the recipe for Kohlsuppe.

Kohlsuppe (Cabbage Soup)

Ingredients:

4 Slices Bacon, Thick, Diced

2 Onions, Sliced

1 Turnip, Sliced

2 Carrots, Diced

2 Potatoes, Cubed

1 Head Green Cabbage, shredded

4 c Chicken Stock Or Bouillon

2 c Water

6 Sprigs Parsley

1 Bay Leaf

Directions:

In a 6-quart saucepan or pot, combine all ingredients except salt, pepper and cheese. Simmer partially covered for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Discard the parsley bundle; season to taste. Pour into hot soup bowls and serve.

Happy Birthday to my dad. May he enjoy his music and soup.

Have any of your family members swear to a specific culture or food? What food did you always eat when growing up? How about music?

Leave your interesting and creative comments if you’d like.

 
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