Monday, October 20, 2014

Zucchini Salsa

Be warned, this is not a typical post.

I'm not a chef, a fitness guru, or a health nut, I'm simply on a journey to be a healthier version of the me I already love.  This takes me on some very fun experiences that involve food.  Today it was Zucchini Salsa.  I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Servings  - 2  WW Points Plus Per Serving = 3

1 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup medium apple chopped
1/4 c. chopped bell pepper
1 oz. Hormel mini pepperonis chopped
1 1/2 tbsp. Kraft Tuscan Italian Dressing

Combine zucchini, apple, bell pepper, and pepperonis in a small bowl that can be closed with a lid.  Drizzle dressing over the mixture.  Close with lid and shake until well mixed.  Chill for best results. Serve with crackers or my favorite, veggie chips.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top 12 On-line Dating Profile Pictures

I am not ashamed to say that I have tried on-line dating.  During this journey, I discovered several picture types that guys have on their profiles.  The typical pictures are as follows:

Top 12 On-line Dating Profile Pictures

12. Selfie in a foreign place.

11. Selfie in another foreign place (probably doing mission work.)

10.  Selfie in a famous United States city.

9. Selfie with your kids(with a caption that says "Hanging with my son" but a profile that says "I don't have children at home.")

8.  Selfie with or in your vehicle.

7.  Selfie with your dog(or neighbor's dog if you don't have one)

6.  Selfie doing something athletic(marathon, biking, fishing, etc.)

5.  Selfie at a sporting event(probably with a beer in hand)

4.  Serious selfie in your bathroom mirror.

3.  Picture with your ex that you have cropped out(just plop it in paint and erase her)

2.  Selfie with a niece or nephew.

And the NUMBER ONE most often found picture on a profile...

1.  Picture that has been scanned in and is at least 3 years old (preferably Olan Mills family portrait circa 1996, but Prom pictures work too, because we both know that since you are 30 you look the same as when you were 17-18.)

Anyone else have a type of picture that shows up a lot?  Feel free to comment and share!

On a side note, I tried on-line dating, I was skeptical (Catfish anyone?).  But I was pleasantly surprised when almost 6 months ago I was matched with a man that makes my heart smile every day.  He challenges me both intellectually and spiritually.  I started to think it wouldn't happen.  I'm not advertising for any specific site.  But answer me this, how do you know it'll end badly for you, just because it didn't work out for someone else?  If nothing else, I knew I'd walk away with a few laughs.  Luckily, I walked away with a best friend as well :).

Meet the Meat

I know, I know, it has been a very long time since I posted.  Well I'll make up for that today, hopefully.  By some ADD bunny trail chasing moment, where we were discussing expository text, and a graphic of the food chain, the class and I got caught up on the discussion of steak fingers.  This is not funny, yet sad, very sad.
Me: Well what are we having for lunch?
Students in unison: Steak fingers!
Me: Okay, and where do steak fingers come from?
Students stare into space blankly.
One brave student volunteers.
Student: The cafeteria.
Me: Well yes, where does the cafeteria get them from?
Another student: Sonic!
Me: Not quite.
Another student: Wal-Mart!
Me: Okay, what animal would we get steak fingers from?
Students stare into space blankly, yet again.
Another brave student volunteers.
Student: Pigs!
Me: Where do hamburgers come from?
Student: Sonic!
Student: McDonald's!
Me: What animal?
Student: Pigs?
Me: Hamburgers come from cows.  Steak fingers come from cows.  Lots of things we have come from cows!
Student: Chicken nuggets?
Student: No, those come from Sonic.
Me: CHICKENS.  Chicken nuggets come from CHICKENS!
Me: What about bacon?
Students: PIGS!
Me: YES! What about eggs?
Students: PIGS!
Me: Chickens.  Eggs come from chickens.

At this point I stopped the class, found a video on cows and the things they give us, and sat back in amazement.  When they found out cows gave us yogurt, ice cream, and what we need for cheeses, they were beyond amazed.  When they found out leather belts and boots came from cows, their mouths dropped.  Did we stray from the lesson? Yes.  Did we still learn? Yes. 
How does a child make it to the age of 9 and 10 and NOT know where what we eat comes from?