“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” ~Ray LeBlond
Good Neighbor Day was the idea of Mrs. Becky Mattson, who started the effort in the 1970’s to make this a National day. In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day.
Do you have good neighbors? Let them know. Are you a good neighbor? Do you even know your neighbors? Next time you see your neighbors, smile and say hello. A small gesture, but it might just be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake…” ~ Francis Bacon, Sr.
“The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.” — Chinese Proverb
We all know unhealthy ingredients slip into salad dressing, but you can make a simple vinaigrette at home. The formula is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. You may use olive oil, but any good vegetable oil will work, even flavored oils. Apple cider vinegar works, but I prefer balsamic or red wine vinegar. Flavored vinegars or citrus juice may be also substituted.
Add desired seasonings to the vinegar in a small bowl. Add oil slowly in a small stream while beating with a wire whisk. Beat until the oil is incorporated into the dressing. This creates an “emulsion” so the dressing does not instantly separate. This may also be done in a blender.
That’s the basic vinaigrette. Jazz it up with mustard, honey, finely chopped garlic or onion, any herbs and spices your heart desires.
“May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down.” — Sara June Parker
“There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.” — Robert Brault
Ever tried a “pepperwich?” Many people are familiar with baked stuffed peppers covered with tomato sauce, but you can also stuff you favorite sandwich filling into a raw pepper shell.
Cut a large green bell pepper in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and as much white pith as you can. I also cut out the stem. Fill up your pepper shells with your favorite filling. I like an eggless egg salad made with chickpeas, but tuna salad is also nice as are sliced sandwich meats, cheese and your favorite condiments. One green pepper makes two servings.
Smiley face optional, but why not?
“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when I know there are footprints on the moon.” — Paul Brandt