Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
I'm satisfied with my score on this test. I generally advertise (on my resume only) that I type 70 wpm, so this made me feel pretty good today. :)
Hope you have fun with the test.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Earth Hour 2008 is a global event.
If every American Household turned off the lights for one hour at 8 p.m. local time on March 29th during the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour 2008, they would prevent more than 16,610 tons of carbon dioxide from being released - enough to fill every hot-air balloon at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta seven times.
Please use my link to sign up now and join the world in the dark for Earth Hour - 8 p.m. on 29 March 2008 (your local time). It's just one hour!
Sign up here
Monday, March 17, 2008
So this year, even though SLC makes it a little hard to recycle, I've decided to make a more concentrated effort to go green. Go more green. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day! My current green goals include:
- Reusing plastic grocery bags as garbage bags. (I already do this.) REUSE
- Using cloth bags at the grocery store. REDUCE
- Skipping the produce plastic bags. REDUCE
- Separating and actually recycling my paper, plastic, metal and glass waste. (We already started doing this.) RECYCLE
- Reusing plastic ziploc bags when possible. (Already started this, too.) REUSE
- Buying a bucket and putting it in my shower, then using that water to water plants and flush my toilet. CONSERVE WATER
- Turning off water while brushing my teeth and lathering my hands in soap. CONSERVE WATER
- Turning off lights when I leave a room for more than a few minutes. CONSERVE ENERGY
- Planning my errand-running so that using less gasoline and emitting lower emissions. CONSERVE
Two things I'm hesitant to commit to working on right now are my paper towel usage and the length of my showers. I love paper towels. I hate using dish towels, probably because I'm paranoid of the germs they undoubtedly hold. And I love my showers. I don't take extremely long showers, but they're usually ten minutes. :) Those two opportunities to reduce are for another time. Baby steps, right?
So, I'll keep you updated on my new green goals and share with you websites, tips, and thoughts as I have them! Please feel free to share with me your green tips and anything you find out, too.
So don't forget, Kermit... it's so easy being green. :)
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I am encouraged by the knowledge that Heavenly Father loves me and wants what is best for me. The people He has placed in my life and the experiences I have had always seem to have prepared me for something else in my life, not to mention, have truly enriched my life. Trusting in Him that He will guide my life in such a way that is most beneficial for me keeps me optimistic and positive. Life is good! :)
"Your life is carefully watched over, as was mine. The Lord knows both what He will need you to do and what you will need to know. He is kind and He is all-knowing. So you can with confidence expect that He has prepared opportunities for you to learn in preparation for the service you will give. You will not recognize those opportunities perfectly, as I did not. But when you put the spiritual things first in your life, you will be blessed to feel directed toward certain learning, and you will be motivated to work harder. You will recognize later that your power to serve was increased, and you will be grateful."
(Henry B. Eyring, "Education for Real Life," Ensign, Oct. 2002, 18-19)
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Bake-tastic Butternut Squash Fries! aka Squash Snacks
1 butternut squash
Pam or olive oil (optional)
Yields enough fries for 2 people to snack on.
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Peel and de-seed your butternut squash. If you're unfamiliar with handling these large items, you may have a little trouble at first. They're fairly easy to peel, but you'll need a sharp knife to cut them. Once your orange friend is peeled and sans seeds, slice it in half. Then cut it up into french fry shapes. Place on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Cover lightly with kosher salt (regular salt works, too) and spray with a bit of Pam or lightly brush with a tasty olive oil. Place tray in your pre-heated oven and bake for 40 minutes or so, flipping halfway through baking process. Fries are done when they are starting to brown on the edges and get crispy. Serve with ketchup, or however else you enjoy fries or sweet potato fries!
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons good olive oil
4 cups chopped yellow onions (3 large)
2 tablespoons mild curry powder
5 pounds butternut squash (2 large)
1 1/2 pounds sweet apples, such as McIntosh (4 apples)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups water (I usually prefer to use vegetable broth)
2 cups good apple cider or juice
Warm the butter, olive oil, onions, and curry powder in a large stockpot uncovered over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender. Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.
Peel the squash, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into chunks. Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Cut into chunks.
Add the squash, apples, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. Process the soup through a food mill fitted with a large blade, or puree it coarsely in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. If you don't have either, just use a potato masher and do your best to mash the apples and squash to a smooth, but still chunky consistency.
Pour the soup back into the pot. Add the apple cider or juice and enough water (or vegetable broth) to bring the soup to the consistency you like; it should be slightly sweet and quite thick. Check the salt and pepper and serve hot.