Wednesday, August 16, 2017

uplifting things happening in the world that current negative events have caused us to miss?

I don't know about you but I can't stand all the negativity.

Need to share some 

from google images 

1.    Malaria is going away. We've got a long way to go but we're moving in the right direction. See the recent Gates Notes article. Malaria is truly awful. Imagine the worst flu in your life but 10x worse and 5x longer. (All bones in your body feel like they've been lit on fire, shivering, projectile vomiting every 10-30 minutes for days on end, lack of appetite and feeling like you can't walk 3 steps or else you'll lose balance due to weakness)

2.  There is a small town in the North East of England, where people who have been dubbed the "yarn bombers", knit themed decorations and tie them to the town pier.
Themes have included The Olympics, The World Cup, the Queens Jubilee, Celebrating Yorkshire and Alice in Wonderland
The group though are anonymous. They knit behind closed doors and tie their decorations to the pier at night so no one knows who they are.  Yarn-Bombed

3.  Manatees are no longer endangered!!

4.  There is an Eclipse next week and if you have the chance to see it (in a good viewing area of the U.S) you should most definitely take the opportunity to view it.

5.  Volunteers in a community in the United States banded together and completely rebuilt a home that was destroyed by fire for a young family with 2 children.
The father was badly burned in the flames, trying to rescue the pets and the youngest child. Meanwhile, the Mom is pregnant and unable to work.
We all pulled together - raising money, collecting clothes and used furniture, and got the family back together while their father is recouping in the hospital.
Happy to report that the cat and dog were rescued and that Dad will eventually heal from his burns. The rest of the family is fine and recovering from the shock of the ordeal.

6. Arnold Schwarzenegger just Donated $100,000 to anti-hate group.

7.  Scientists figured out how to use plants to produce the polio vaccine, which could lead to cheaper and more wildly available vaccines for a wide range of diseases.

8.  Bruno Mars just donated $1 Million to the Flint water crisis!!

9.  They MAY have a vaccine for diabetes.

10.  Last one. When we moved to Florida Tim Tebow was and probability still a rock star. I don't follow football but remember him because one of the NY Teams drafted or hired him . He's into baseball now and think this is nice.

That's TEN good things this week that you may not of heard of on the news for the week of August 14th 2017

If you have additional good news PLEASE add in the comments :-)

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Gabe loves Chinese food. Lake City has a Panda Express and we ate there a few times. 

I saw this recipe and wanted to give it a try since I had all the ingredients in the house.

Carol mentioned that she has an abundance of zucchini in her garden, thought this might be a good one to try. It's keeper and will make it again. 


1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts , cut into thin bite sized slices
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
8 ounces crimini mushrooms , sliced ( I used white mushrooms) 
1 medium zucchini , cut in half lengthwise, then in 1/2 inch slices
1/4 cup soy sauce ( used low sodium)
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cornstarch 
3 garlic cloves , minced
2 teaspoons minced ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
sesame seeds , for garnish  ( I toasted the seeds)


1.  In a medium bowl toss chicken with cornstarch or you could add cornstarch to a large plastic bag, add the chicken and shake till chicken is coated.

2.  In a large skillet heat canola and sesame oils. Add chicken and cook on medium-high until browned on both sides, about 2-3 minutes on each side

3. Remove chicken from the pan, and turn the heat up to high.

4.  Add in the mushrooms and zucchini and cook until they start to brown. Add the garlic and ginger and cook/stir for 30 seconds

5. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until vegetables are soften a little

6.  Return the chicken to the skillet with the vegetables and stir to coat.

7. Mix soy sauce, sugar, rice wine and cornstarch together. Add  and stir until everything is well combined.

8. Serve with rice.

 When taking the photo I forgot to add the sesame seeds

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Limes & Jalapenos

My little Jalapeno has made quite a few roads trip back and forth to Florida. It's about 3 years old and still thriving.

 My Lime Tree which is over 38 years old ( my father gave it to me when he lived in Florida). Sharon and Don take care of it when we are in NY.

It wasn't doing well after I transplanted it but as you can see there are plenty of limes on it!

Thanks to Chi- Ling for the photos.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Black Bean & Mushroom "Meatballs"

These are SO good! 


1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
8 ounces of mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs or panko
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 egg

salt and pepper to taste


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place black beans, mushrooms, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, salt, pepper and seasonings into large bowl.
Mash all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. 
Line baking pan with foil and spray lightly  
Roll mixture into appropriate size balls, place on sheet 
Bake for approximately 12-15, being careful not to let them dry out. 

Remove from oven and serve along with your choice of marinara sauce. 


Featured 8/13 on Jay's Tried and True

Featured 8/14 on Cooking and Crafting with J&J

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Kindness Surely Rocks....

                                            THE KINDNESS ROCK PROJECT.  

When I found the heart shaped rock below I was walking the beach and was thrilled to to find it. I didn't do anything with the rock, it was just a nice reminder that I am loved.
This was the first rock I painted. It was given away to my wonderful neighbors John and Elsie

A facebook group had a photo of faces painted on rocks. I was amazed of the time and talent it took to paint each rock! When she finishes she seals and hides them for others to find. How wonderful is that! I had to find out more about painting rocks.

I mentioned the painted rock project to the Sag Harbor Library. They never heard of it and I hope they add it to the fall programs this year.

If you never heard if painting rocks and hiding to spread random "rock's" of kindness I hope you find this post helpful. It's easy, anyone can do it. Florida has many Facebook groups. Type in your state and add rocks and you never know you might have a group in your community. Pinterest also has tons of ideas. You never will know if someone will find the rock you hid but if they found one, it may bring some joy into someone's life.

Thursday, August 3, 2017