Monthly Archives: May 2009

Thoughts on Memorial Day

Freedom Is Not Free
By LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG – Copyright 1981

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Service man saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers’ tears?

How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn’t free.

Happy Memorial Day to all….

Save Some Green at lunch time 4 comments

Sick of brown baggin’ it to work? Need new ideas? Look no further. Kraft Foods has a new “Budget Wise” section on their website featuring creative and affordable meal solutions, including lunch recipes. Some of the great ideas:

Tuscan Turkey Wrap

2 whole wheat tortillas (8 inch)

2 Tbsp. PHILADELPHIA 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese

12 slices OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Shaved Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumbers

1 carrot, shredded

2 Tbsp. KRAFT Finely Shredded Italian* Five Cheese Blend

2 Tbsp. KRAFT Tuscan Hou se Italian Dressing and Marinade

SPREAD tortillas with cream cheese.

TOP with remaining ingredients; roll up.

Turkey Club Sandwich

1 Tbsp. MIRACLE WHIP Dressing

1 tsp. OSCAR MAYER Bacon Pieces

2 slices multi-grain or whole wheat bread

1 lettuce leaf

6 slices OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Shaved Smoked Turkey Breast

2 thin tomato slices
1 Kraft singles

MIX dressing and bacon pieces; spread onto 1 of the bread slices.

COVER with lettuce, tomatoes, turkey and Singles; top with remaining bread slice.

What is a Mother? 2 comments

What is a Mother?

A Mother has so many things to do,
From washing, ironing, cleaning to tying a shoe.
She scrubs, she mends, she cooks and sews,
She bathes the children and washes their clothes.
When they forget
to wash their faces clean,
And their clothes are the muddiest you’ve ever seen,
Who repairs the clothes and scrubs the
m like new?
Of course, that is what a Mother will do.

Who becomes the doctor or the nurse when they are ill,
g a bandage or giving them a pill?
Who becomes a teacher when a
child has homework?
She must never her duty shirk.
Who becomes a detective to find
a toy or a book?
For missing thin
gs she must look and look?
Who becomes a listner to every heartache,
To every accompolishment that a child makes?
Who scolds their children when they are naughty,
Or remind them of God when they are
to haughty?
Who tends her family wi
th love and patience, too?
Of course that is what a
Mother will do


OAMC? You can do it halfway!

So, for those who know me personally, you know I’m big into freezer cooking. I don’t necessarily have the time to cook up 30 days worth of meals in one shot, however. Soo….I do it “halfway.” I’m big on saving money and saving time, so here’s how I do it:

Making bean and cheese burritos? I’ll make a few extra to freeze, sure, but I don’t have time to wrap, roll, bake, and freeze 3 dozen of them. So instead, I’ll make a HUGE batch of beans. I’ll make the burritos we’ll eat that night, plus some extra if I have the time, and we’re good to go. But we have TONS of leftover pureed beans. I simply freeze THOSE. The next time I want to make peanut butter bars with pinto beans, I’ve got it on hand. If I’m trying to stretch that meatloaf a bit further, I don’t have to plan in advance to throw some pureed beans in there. Best of all, when I have some time and want to make a bunch of burritos, the beans are already cooked, processed, and ready to go. I don’t have to plan to cook my dry beans 8 hours in advance anymore. Now, I leave my “freezer” beans unseasoned, because I never know what I’ll need them for. (yeah, I’ve made the mistake of making PB bars with seasoned beans…never again!)Here’s the batch I made the other day. You can see I pureed some, and simply froze others whole.

Applying this idea to all my cooking has really saved time. Why cook 1 lb of taco meat at a time, when you can cook 3-4 lbs in the same time? Here’s what I do with my taco meat:

First, I cook a bunch of it. It doesn’t take much longer than cooking just 1 pound, so it’s bnot a big deal. I just throw it in a bigger pot.

Then, since it’s so much meat, I grind it in the food processor. Makes it so much quicker!

Once its ground nice and good, I throw it back in the pot and add the taco seasoning. (I buy my taco seasoning in bulk at Costco, but you could certainly make your own or buy the smaller packets)

Soon you’ve got a big ole’ batch of taco meat for freezing! It’s SO convenient to take it out, warm it up in the microwave and serve it with tortillas, cheese, lettuce, whatever. You can pre-measure and store it in sizes that you like, or just throw them in whatever freezer and microwave friendly containers you have on hand.

Looking for Free Stuff? Here’s the place to be 4 comments

Those looking for free stuff, look no further. Freecycle (TM) has swept the nation. It started out as a way to keep items out of the landfill, and has grown into more. People use it for economic and ecological purposes. There are freecycle groups worldwide, not just local to me. Check them out!

How does America Feel about the Economy?

Americans Report Economic Concern

“Concerned” or “very concerned” about the effect of the recession on their personal finances 77 %

Saving enough for retirement 49%

Expect to pay off their mortgage before retirement 76%

Own property and either have no mortgage debt or are paying down this debt 67%

Source: February 2009 Opinion Research Corporation survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America (

*So you can see, there are a lot of people concerned, worried about things, but there are also many people that are DOING SOMETHING about it!!! That thrills me to no end:-)