Archive for September, 2010

Did you read this article in the NY Times about a once- failing school in MA, that now outperforms 90% of the schools in the state on stadardized tests? What an inspiring story!

A simple program was put into place where reading and writing were incorporated into every single class at the school, including gym class. What is most surprising is that the high school featured in the article, Brockton High, is huge, with over 4,000 students! That certainly contradicts the theory that smaller schools are better.

Read the article and then you’ll see that there is indeed a great deal of hope for our failing schools!

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I have never written about my one obsession before, but now is as good a time as any. I am obsessed with brushing my teeth and flossing. (Hold on a minute, while I brush and floss. Writing about it, makes me need to do it.) . . . . . . . .

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I’m back. Much better, thanks. So what does a brushing and flossing obsession really mean? For me it equates to the dire need to brush and floss each and every time I eat anything. (And sometimes just because I feel like brushing for no reason.) d Thanks to my Grandmother’s obsession with clean teeth, I really can’t stand the feeling of having scuzzy teeth.I get excited when I see my favorite floss on sale. Isn’t that pathetic?

This obsession can be a burden. When I’m in a restaurant or at some one’s home for dinner, I simply must find a way to at least floss my teeth after eating. I’ve also read that too much brushing can be a bad thing and is wearing on tooth enamel. Also, toothpaste is somewhat toxic in large quantities. That’s why I use only a tiny dab of it each time.Cavities? I have a whole mouth full of them. But most of them surfaced as a young child, long before my obsessive compulsive behavior.

I suppose I can think of much worse obsessions that over brushing and flossing. And until I can find a cure for my CTO (Clean Teeth Obsession) I guess I’ll have to keep shopping for floss and toothbrushes on sale.

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It’s been 23 days since we left our daughter at college, but who’s counting? Since that time, I have been extremely productive. I suppose that has to do, in part, with the desire to keep super busy so as not to be sad that we have an empty nest. (That’s not entirely true, because we have our beloved, 4-legged son, Darwin.) Here’s what I’ve been up to:

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Streamlined and reorganized

  1. Acupuncture – I have had 4 treatments in an effort to cure my painful plantar faciitis and perhaps improve my chronic allergies. No improvement on the foot yet, but I am sneezing a slight bit less. I and am more relaxed and am sleeping a heck of a lot better.
  2. Grains – I’ve cut way back on gluten in an effort to improve acid reflux. It’s actually helping. I’ve replaced regular pasta with Quinoa, and it’s not that bad! If you have acid reflux and cannot figure out what is causing it, try giving up gluten.
  3. Gardening – I’m well on my way to my organic S. FL winter veggie garden, with some new varieties of tomatoes and other new veggies I’ve never grown before.
  4. Decorating – I’ve completely redone the master bedroom. It is so clean and fresh and uplifting now.
  5. Purging – I promised I was going to get rid of a lot of “stuff” in the house, and I am keeping my promise. I have cleaned out and reorganized a huge armoire and trunk. There’s a lot more to do, but getting started feels great! I ain’t stoppin’ until every room has been cleaned out from top to bottom! There’s a anti-clutter bug you get when your kids move out of the house. I’m living proof!

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© 2010 by Debbie Glade, Smart Poodle Publishing. All rights reserved.

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  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 leek
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp Cognac
  • 1 32 oz. box organic chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Forget the beef stock and fattening cheese (that I always choke on) that covers French Onion Soup!  This version is just as tasty and much healthier.

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Gather up your six different kinds of onions

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Cut them into 8 sections and pulse in the food processor until you get small chop.

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Don’t turn it on automatic because it will puree it. You want it chopped.

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Mix it all together in oil and butter. Cook on medium heat. No salt at this point or onions will not caramelize!

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Stir often and be patient.

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It will take at least 30 minutes for onions to caramelize.

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When onions get golden and cook way down add Cognac and deglaze the pan.

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Add box of chicken stock, salt and pepper.

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Yum!

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Our puppy is HUGE. Essentially every person we pass on a walk with the dog stops us and asks us a lot of questions. We’ve caused near accidents, as drivers’ cannot stop looking at him. His front paw pads are 3 inches X 3 inches, rather like a small bear! To put it all into perspective, here are Now and Then photos. WOW! Needless to say, we adore him!

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Now at at 9.5 months

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Then at age 7 weeks

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You’ve got to watch this awesome video on NPR showing the birth of a monarch butterfly!

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Check out this cute book I reviewed for LA Parent. It is for little kids who love to help their parents in the kitchen.

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Visit the Treetops Park Website for more info.

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I made the quilt from fabrics I purchased online from France and some from the USA.

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9 large patchwork squares made from 9 different fabrics

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Added some trimming to the sheets and pillows for a  custom finished look.

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Valances on the windows to tie it all together.

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Close-up of box-pleated valance.

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