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Promoting creativity, peace and a positive lifestyle, one thought at a time and having fun along the way.

It’s National Good Neighbor Day


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.

Thought for Today

A picture of a Snow Crystal taken by Wilson Be...
A picture of a Snow Crystal taken by Wilson Bentley, “The Snowflake Man.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“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.

Making Your Own Salad Dressing is Easy

Balsamic vinegar, red and white wine vinegar
Balsamic vinegar, red and white wine vinegar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

A Bread Free Sandwich Idea

Enjoy a nice fresh pepperwich. Smiley Face optional.
Photo copyright 2010 by R.A. Robbins

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?

Thought for Today

Butterfly Gazebo, Mahoney State Park
Image copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins

“Keep love in your heart.  A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”— Oscar Wilde