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Coffee Coffee Coffeeeeeeeeee!!!!

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Hey Guys and Dolls,

Let’s talk about java! It’s a warm delicious,chocolaty yumminess that gives you a boost of energy and helps to kick start our day. It is quite lovely in the morning and is the first thing most of us want to wake up to. Some of us can’t start our day without it.

I’m not a big fan of the mass packaged coffees,I think they taste like sludge and lets face it who wants to drink sludge? (Not me! Yum? No! Yuck!!!)

I’m also not a big fan of Starbucks coffee. I know what your thinking “crazy lady , Starbucks coffee is awesome!” We will have to agree to disagree on this one. I do however love their mini vanilla scones and black ice tea so no need to tar and feather me. 😉 If you can find amazing coffee locally or purchase an inexpensive moka pot, you can make much better tasting brew. (Promise!)

The best cup of coffee I ever had was at the Salt lake Roasting Company Coffee Shop, it was from a small plantation on slopes of Mount Barú in Western Panama named La Esmeralda. My mouth dropped to the floor when the Lady helping us quoted the price. It was 45 dollars a pound!!! (Gasp)  Needless to say, I was a bit crushed, as that is astronomically out of my budget for coffee. Money doesn’t grow on trees….

Coffee can be an amazing  magical experience if you do it right…….

To make an exquisite cup off coffee, I recommend whole coffee beans and a coffee grinder, trust me it makes a difference.

The great thing about picking your own beans is you can often buy it in bulk and get small amounts of different coffees from every part of the world. Find what you love!

My current favorite is an organic Peruvian coffee. The taste is sweet and chocolaty and has a banana aftertaste.  (Although that could just be me, as my husband always tells me,I’m loony!) Also it’s acidity is low, I’m not a big fan of coffee that has a lot of acid, it upsets my stomach.

For espresso style coffee, I recommend a Moka coffee pot, it makes coffee/espresso by passing hot water, pressurized by steam, through tightly packed ground coffee. I love, love my Moka pot. When I want to have an espresso or a latte, this is what I use. They also look amazing in your kitchen and come in a variety of different styles. The Bialetti man with the mustache and tuxedo always makes me smile. My husband is a burly bearded grizzly bear and when he drinks espresso it is quite a silly sight. He likes it straight and the espresso cups are like tiny tea cups and he always drinks it with his pinkie finger up, just like a proper gentleman. Since he is a mountain man I can’t help but laugh. FYI ladies a man who can make you laugh, makes life amazingly enjoyable, if you can find that, I suggest you put a ring on it!!! 🙂

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A couple things about the Moka pots, if it’s new it will have to be seasoned, you need to make a couple pots of espresso before it can make great espresso, I do not recommend you drink the first couple of pots it will taste like metal and sludge. Yum? No! Never ever wash it, just rinse it with hot water after each use to keep it clean, the trick is to keep it seasoned with espresso, the more seasoned it gets the better the espresso. My favorite brand of espresso is Lavazza Crema E Gusto and my favorite maker of Moka pots is Bialetti.

Here are a couple tricks and recipes:

Foam sugar:

Foam Sugar espresso moka pot

I use this when I make straight espresso, take about 4 tablespoons of sugar and put it in an espresso cup or small glass. Start your espresso, you have to watch it because you need the first drips of the espresso, about 1.5 tablespoons. As soon you see the espresso coming out pour it in the sugar, and whisk/stir till it becomes a creamy consistency. Add a teaspoon or 2 (more if you like it sweet) to your cup of espresso and it will foam up, it looks cool and adds sweetness. I think it makes the espresso amazingly Delizioso!

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Latte:

1/2 of cup of half and half (or milk if you want to cut calories)

2 shots of espresso

3 table spoon of sugar or to desired sweetness.

Your favorite mug

To steam the half and half or milk without a fancy/expensive espresso steamer. Just add it to a small pot on the stove and whisk, whisk, whisk as it heats up. It comes out frothy and delicious!

Pour espresso in your mug, add sugar and the steamed half and half; Stir and enjoy!

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Have a cup of java with a scone or biscotti cookie and enjoy! Salute!!!

Do you have a favorite coffee region? Comment and let me know, I love to find new favorites!

Ciao Darlings! (*^3^)/

XOXO!!

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Why is America Closed?

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Alright Ladies and Gents!

The country is a flipping mess right now, it has been for quite a while, and it seems to get worse and crazier as time goes on.

I want to tackle politics in this post or at least try.

I’m either really brave or completely off my rocker! We will see….

Let’s all take a deep breath, OK are you calm? If you don’t want to set your computer on fire then we’re good to go….  Lets see if we can talk this out with cooler heads prevailing.

I want to talk this out like the adults we are, I don’t want any political bashing, that will not change our fate, it will just cause anger and chaos among us. There is too much of that nonsense going on!!!! In fact lets talk about that for a minute, why do we feel the need to do that?? What in the blue hell has that ever accomplished? It accomplishes nothing, nothing I say! Negativity  is like quick sand eventually you just sink to the bottom.

We are all different and have different views in life, no matter what you think ,we are all wrong at one time or another, yes I just said that. You probably want to throw a pie at my face right now, you’re like “Oh Hell No, she just pointed out that I’m not always right! What???? I’m always right!” Well throw your pies ladies and gentleman because no, no you’re not. We can’t be right all the time it’s just not possible, we are not all-knowing no matter how much we think we are, that’s what makes us humans. We are built to learn and adapt. However, we are also stubborn as hell and sometimes we do not want to change our thinking  and become immovable objects. Yes I’m very stubborn, it takes a bit for me to look at the other point of view, after I calm down, think about it and analyze it in my head for a minute, I usually come around. I love when that happens because then I learn something new and grow a bit wiser. We cannot always stay in the past, we have to move forward and change with the times, otherwise life will speed on by and leave us behind. Instead of tearing each other apart lets participate in respectful discussions, hear each other out, learn from each other and grow wiser together. This world has become so hateful let’s break that cycle and strive to be better human beings.

Alright so now we get to the grit and the grime….

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also known as ObamaCare. Some of you are seeing red right now, calm down don’t torch your computers just yet.

Just curious how many of you have actually read up on this issue? I usually like to know what I’m arguing about before I start the fire.

OK, so this bill is large, 906 pages! Feel free to read it all here -> http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr3590enr/pdf/BILLS-111hr3590enr.pdf . That is a lot of  information to sift through and a whole lot of reading. Who has time to read that?? So we usually rely on the media to tell us the important stuff. The problem there is a lot of things get left out, or due to political manipulation, it gets twisted and we get a water down version of one sides truth. If any of you work in the media and happen to be reading this, please don’t throw a tantrum, you know it happens.

So the last couple of days I have started doing research on this, I wanted to see what is causing this firestorm of craziness. For the most part this is a noble idea to provide affordable healthcare for the poor. I see nothing wrong with that, I applaud it actually. The government telling me I must have health insurance doesn’t make me that mad either, everyone should have health insurance it’s the responsible thing to do.  Although I can see the other side of that argument you don’t want the government all up in your business, I can’t fault you for that. What irritates me is the government passed a bill without making sure there was sufficient funding for it. Congress! Why in god’s name would you pass something when you have no idea how to pay for it? It’s irresponsible! It’s like preparing to climb the Himalayas with nothing but your undies! (FYI I don’t recommend this, as you will die) It’s a vision with no substance. If you stopped your political bickering for a minute you could have put your heads together and figured this out. Why can’t you just work together? Put your differences aside for the good of the people and work it out. Your political journey  started out with you wanting to change the world for the better. I think along the way power has a way of consuming a person and you forget the nobility you started with, and it just becomes a competition for more power and you lose sight of the good you wanted to accomplish.

This bill passed and has been singed into to law, one side crafted a bill and didn’t have the funds to pay for it, the other side is now throwing a tantrum because, I’m just going to put this out there, they lost the card game and well losing sucks! Sometimes that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. They obviously don’t have enough votes to repeal it, so now the last-ditch effort to get rid of it is to hold the budget hostage and shutdown America, this is insanity and immature not to mention irresponsible!!!! You are causing hardship for the very people you started out wanting to make a better life for. The only thing all this nonsense is proving is, the great American People got a lemon for a congress, you’re defective and not working. Look at the bigger picture. As with everything, the  government shutdown will have a trickle down effect, and not the good kind, the longer it goes on the more havoc it will cause.

My hope is for the congress to come to their senses, put an end to this government shutdown, put your differences aside, stop fighting with each other, and do the job the American People sent you to do!

“Divide and rule, the politician cries! Unite and lead, is watchword of the wise” –Goethe

What are your thoughts? Please comment and let me know!

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A Fascinating Amazing Lady And Her Monkey Named Woo

Emily Carr        Emily Carr Monkey

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Hi Ladies and Gentleman, Let me introduce myself, I’m Megan.

I grew up in Washington, for the most part, spent a bit of time in Cali as a child and then ended up in Oregon at 18. I had the pleasure of meeting my wonderful friend Marilou in Oregon, and after our short-lived talks about not having kids we both ended up with a bundle of joy. 😀  She has been a dear friend to me for many years, and we have survived the good, the bad and the ugly, in life together. I was married for a long time, then a few years ago I got divorced. I thought it was a failure of sorts at first, but then I realized how much stronger I am now. I have my own business coordinating events, as well as a regular job working with special needs children. I love spending time with my son, art is my passion and I wanted to share one of my favorite artists with you.

The first artist I want to share with you is a family member of mine named Emily Carr.  Her art was so inspiring to me, and as I went through life, I decided to do further research on her. I found the simple way she lived her life to be far more inspirational than just her art. When I first got divorced it was devastating. Then I woke up and realized I get another chance to live the life I wanted, and do the things I wanted to do! Every cloud has a silver lining and all dark clouds eventually pass, then you are able to see the sunshine again and breathe fresh air into life. I felt free and that anything was possible.

Some of my friends thought I was losing it for a bit, with my threats to buy a monkey, 😉 but I had my meaning behind it. When I was younger my Grandmother would tell me all kinds of stories about the times she would spend the summer with Emily in Victoria. My favorite one was about her pet monkey “Woo”. Emily was, and is, a famous artist but she was also the daughter of a wealthy business man, and I’m sure was expected to behave as such, but she did not follow the traditional behavior for a well to do kind of young woman. Emily seemed to blaze her own trail in life. In Victoria they have high tea at the Empress Hotel, this is a formal tea and if you show up in less than a dress or suit and tie, even to this day, they will ask you to leave. Now Emily being Emily would attend high tea but she would put her own twist on it, and bring her monkey Woo in his suit.  Can you imagine all the head turns as she marched in and sat down for high tea with a monkey in a suit?!! What a sight that must have been, but that was who she was, god love her!

As an artist Emily captured so much life, she built her own camper on the back of her truck and headed out into the world to paint. She stayed with the native Americans and painted many of her most famous paintings of totem poles, trees and Native American life. My favorite paintings she did were of the trees, you can almost see the wind blowing through them. Two years ago, I was able to take my son to see her work at the art gallery in Victoria. Needless to say he was amazed. During our trip I passed on to my son the stories my Grandmother had told me as a child. Then took him to see the statue of Emily and her monkey. It was one of my favorite trips and I am so glad we did it. I encourage anyone who is in Victoria to  go check out her old house, her art in the gallery and get dressed up for high tea! 🙂

She was quite a fascinating  personality, and an amazing woman and artist, she lived life to the fullest.

When I was threatening  to buy a monkey I was simply enjoying the freedom we often take for granted! Who cares what people think, be happy, buy a monkey if you want, and make your own impression on the world, because life is an amazing adventure and we sometimes forget to live it…..

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Author  Megan Diment

Editor   Marilou Taylor

A Fascinating Amazing Lady And Her Monkey Named Woo

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Food LoVe

Mac and Cheese Pasta bruschetta parmesan cheese chicken snitchel spaetzle Taco tortilla Tofu Avocado tomatoes    Crab CakeOssobuco Pasta lemon tilapia Chocolate Mousse   Lamb bolognese    tilapia sweet potato puree  SAMSUNG

Hi Guys and Dolls!

Let’s talk about food, food, food!!!

I have a passion for it, and I’m confidently positive you do to!

Food is such an amazing adventure, I love how creative you can be with it. (Note my creations pictured above!) It’s OK to lick your screens,you know you want to. 😉

Like painting you start with a blank canvas, the ingredients your paint brush, each ingredient a brush stroke and when finished can create a masterpiece….

Cooking is an art, and if you tell me otherwise we may have to duke it out!

It’s an art with danger built into it, your tools are sharp knives and fire!

If  you’re not careful, you can burn your house down, and I almost found that out the hard way.

I don’t remember what I was cooking, needless to say I started a kitchen fire!

Yup folks that’s what happens when oil is burned at astronomically high temperatures.

Thank goodness for me, my Viking husband was home, he is an Eagle Scout and as you know they are always prepared.

He heard my screams for help and came running out of the shower, buck naked, and put the fire out. FYI do not poor water on a grease fire, it makes bigger fire!!!

I did get a 2nd degree burn and lost an eyebrow. Those my friends are battle scars.

See I told you it was an adventure, we are essentially warriors and the kitchen is our battlefield.

I did not always know how to cook, I use to burn everything. You name it, I probably burned it.

Rice was my arch nemesis (and I’m Asian!), FYI getting burnt rice out of pans is not such an easy task, especially because your’s truly burned it to the point where it became a black tar. Yup that happens.

I have since learned that rice should be cooked in a rice cooker, although I’ve learned to use a regular pan in a pinch.

One night, at the beginning of my marriage, my hubby and I decided to have one of those confession conversations. We decided to share everything we didn’t know about each other.

I’m a firm believer that keeping secrets in a marriage is kryptonite. Secrets have a way of sneaking up on you, they always come out to play whether you want them to or not.

If you’re going to share an eternity with someone, I think you should now everything about them.

Anyways so I went first. I told him all my crazy, deep secrets, yeah I had quite a few.

When it was his turn, he only had one, it was that my biscuits and gravy apparently sucked.

He was like “remember when you made me biscuits and gravy?” I said yeah, “well it was the most disgusting thing I ever ate, please never make it again!”

I started laughing, I said is that it?? That’s your big secret?? He said, with a big grin “yes honey that’s all I got”. (Wowzer!)

I asked him why he felt the need to keep that from me and why he just didn’t tell me right away.

His reply “you were 8 months pregnant and I didn’t want to die.” He is a wise man….

After that I decided to learn to cook and I started watching the Cooking Channel everyday.

I fell in love with cooking, and food and I have had a love affair ever since.

I love cooking food from every culture, I think it is important to absorb each other’s cultures.

Food has the amazing ability to bring people together. My husband and I spend at least 12 hours a week cooking together and I think it helps our relationship (being near fire and knives helps keep us civil).

I bet many of the worlds problems could be solved by locking world leaders in a kitchen and forcing them to cook and eat together.

Amazing food is magic, and should always be shared!

What are your favorite foods? Comment below and let me know… Maybe I’ll make it for dinner!

XOXO!

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Food Chaos

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Ladies and Gentleman may I have your attention please…..

There are some crazy things going on with our food supply!

I was watching Ted talks the other day and it was on food. If you haven’t experience TED Talks, I must insist you check it out.

Any who, to my dismay, the things I found out, holy hell!!!

Some farm raised fish for example are fed chicken byproducts , needles to say I did a double take!

I’m like “what you talking about Willis”? Say what!!!

The fish I eat is eating a chicken!!!! AHHHHHH Eject Eject!!

I want my fish to taste like the ocean! Not chicken.

I know your probably like ,this girl is bananas!

Why does she care if some farm raised fish eats chicken byproducts?

Well let me tell you; It FREAKS ME THE HELL OUT!!!

You know the the saying, “everything tastes like chicken” well apparently there maybe some merit to that.

Fish should eat algae,plankton, shrimp,insects and other water species, that is what nature intends them to eat right?

There is something about a water species dining on a farm animal, it does not compute, does not compute, it’s illogical!

Those of you who live near an ocean I envy you, you have access to fresh seafood and won’t have to worry whether or not your fish is dinning on chicken feet.

Apparently, as my fabulous sister in law pointed out, everything is fed chicken byproducts.

Right now a billion chickens are just sitting around without their heads and are about to be consumed by everything. Poor,poor chickens….

Is there an endless supply of chickens???? Are chickens going to take over the world? Will this turn into a Chicken little world???

Speaking of chicken. I swear they just keep getting bigger and bigger.

I bought some chicken the other day, and the chicken was massive it was the size of a turkey . 

If there was a Hulk in the chicken world this chicken was it! Wowzer!!

Then I started second guessing my self, crap did I accidentally buy turkey instead of chicken? Nope it was chicken!

This bring me to growth hormones, it gives me the hebejebes!!! The excuse is, if  we make things bigger it will feed more people right?

OK it might,however ask yourself this,what are the consequences?

I was reading an article the other day, and what I read scared the living frack out of me!

You can find traces of arsenic in the chicken, shit, now the chicken is poisoning me slowly! Well frack a duck on a Christmas tree!

Everything is being genetically engineered.

Corporations start rolling things out that’s not necessarily safe for us or good for the environment.

We have the FDA to protect us right?  Hmmmmmm….. unfortunately when money gets thrown into the picture everything goes to hell in a handbasket!

Things are overlooked and slip through the cracks, to make things more efficient. Efficiency leads to more money, and greediness will one day get the best of us.

Our crops are being sprayed with pesticides that are having a big impact on mother nature.

The Bees are disappearing, they have checked out!  Their like, if your going to poison us then we out! See how you like it when your food supply is wiped out, without us nothing can grow or reproduce suckers! You must of missed the memo sayonara!

Can’t we just let mother nature do her thing? After all, she created life before us and probable will after us, can’t we just leave the whole life creation to her? Why we have a tendency to play god is beyond me.

Mother Nature eventually stars fighting back, and as you know she has quite a temper,going against nature might prove to be the nail in our coffins and our ticket to never never land.

If we don’t stop trying to play god, Mother Nature will throw down the hammer, she is quite a cleaver serial killer and we may just rue the day we pissed her off!

Are there going to be gigantic zombie farm animals walking around in the near future, feasting on our brains?? Yikes!! You laugh now, but the way things are going it might just be a possibility and may just start the Zombie Apocalypse…… Food for thought.

XOXO!

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