Monday, February 25, 2008

Water, Water, Water...

It didn't occur to me until I had all the graphics imported and lined up for this post that much of the content below includes something about WATER. Hmmm...maybe it is because I got a new water filter for the kitchen?

Last night was Travel Channel night. That means a hot date with Anthony Bourdain in Ghana and "Living with the Mek Tribe" a documentary about 2 guys (one explorer, one travel journalist) who sought out an indigenous tribe in West Papua, New Guinea and have been living among them for months. So, um, yes, roasted guinea pigs (*sniff* *whimper*) and penis gourds were de rigueur. I also watched "Manon of the Spring" with my eldest for her French class. T'was a fun evening. And, yes, I hate the Oscars. Hate. Them. Tears, blathering on and on..."I'd like to thank...yadda, yadda, yadda". Pwetty dresses, sure, but a phenomenal waste of time. I would rather watch Tony sip 98 proof liquor made from tubers and spit. Which I did. Gee, that would sell here in Good Ol' Ameeericka, Non? Not so Very Cool.

But this is:

Your Daily Dose of Cool Things:

Um, yeah. This makes me feel mighty lucky...
Forty-year-old son accused of tazing mom at party
The guy shocked his mother in the leg, causing her to fall and hit her head on the garage floor. The woman told police she wanted to press charges against her son because she was "tired of being abused." (Sun Sentinel)


Your Daily Dose of Wonderful Design:

Circular Communites

Check THIS out!!! Individually Designable Vases!!

Your Daily Dose of Inspiring Words:

Image by Me

"When a human being truly realizes that there is an absence of truth and happiness in his life, an absence of peace, then a fire comes from within. A real fire to find peace burns for that person from the heart, not from the head. That person starts to search.

Look for the thirst. It is the thirst within that propels us in the right direction. That is what we need-the rediscovery of the passion for joy. Let that be the driving force.

When this life feels full, when this breath is not being thrown away, kindness begins to manifest. Kindness is the outpouring of a heart filled with joy. That is when peace comes into our lives. That is when we begin to find the resolution to our problems. It is not that our problems are resolved, but that we find within a simplicity that is magnificent."

Prem Rawat Responds to Questions about Peace (Special thanks to Megan In Providence, RI for sending me this quote!)

Your Daily Dose of Wicked-Good Food:

Blue Cheese and Walnut Ravioli with Shallots and Dried Cranberries
(serves two as an appetizer of three each)

Won Ton wrappers
2 oz crumbly blue cheese
handful of walnuts
three shallots
oilive oil
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Whip up the cheese and nuts in a blender or food processor until it resembles a coarse meal. Moisten the edges of the won ton wrappers and place a spoonful of the cheese/nut mix in the center. Crimp and press edges. I use a cookie cutter to make them pretty (also cuts down on the carbohydrates!). Steam the raviolis. I use a plate on an inverted cup in a wok with water in the bottom. They take about 5 minutes. During this time, slice shallots and cook them in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss in a few walnut pieces for texture and protein. Add the dried cranberries and toss all together. Plate the ravioli on top of the shallot mixture. Serve with white wine, a sauvignon blanc or fume blanc is great. Champagne is even better!