29 October 2011

Craigslist and Dumpster Diving

I have always enjoyed the free section of Craigslist and Dumpester Diving.  It is my goal to furnish our new place, wherever that may be, with furnishings that we have either scavenged, or gotten from Craigslist for free.  The exception would be for bedding which may happen you never know i just don't expect my need for a bunk bed to be filled right away and we may need to buy.  I may try to put an advert out there for the need.

The idea of not spending money on furniture is appealing, as is the idea that everything that I need and we as a family need is already out there in the world discarded and in need of love and personalization.

Living in this consumer driven society keeps us from seeing that we already have enough stuff and then some for every child and mother and father, every person on the planet to live comfortably their entire lives.

I'm not going to contribute any more than I have to in consumerism.  I just will be a little more creative in my means of getting things I need for me and my family.

16 October 2011

Easy Veggie Burger Patties (Vegan or Vegetarian)


1 can black beans in sauce or low sodium (or butter beans) 15 oz
save liquid from can
1/2 to 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs 
olive oil

(vegetarian version use 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and an egg instead of reserved liquid from beans)

Empty one can of black beans or butter beans into a bowl (reserve liquid from can).  

Add Italian seasoned bread crumbs.

Mix until bread crumbs are moist. Add reserved liquid from beans if mixture is to dry.  If to moist, add more bread crumbs.

Form  1 1/2 inch  balls and flatten with palm of hand.  Patties should be no thicker than 1/2 inch.  Coat with bread crumbs for crunchier texture.

Cook on heated skillet (medium to high heat) with olive oil, or bake in 400 degree oven for 10 mins flipping 
half way through.

Serving Suggestions:

I like to serve mine sans bread topped with a garden marinara sauce and a dark veggie, like spinach, on the side. (Spinach and sunflower seeds sauted with a little minced garlic.)

This takes five minutes to make and is so delicious.  Especially, if you purchase black beans in sauce or low sodium varieties of beans.  

Try adding things like nuts, shredded carrotts, water chestnuts, sun dried or fire roasted tomatoes, chopped olives, and anything you can think of.  It's basically a base for culinary artistry! 

Experiment with color, taste, and texture!  

Go Bold!

(Pictures to come)

14 October 2011

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

--Reinhold Niebuhr

Oh so true.

10 October 2011


There comes a time
when you must know
when to let things be
or when to give a little

Just a little push
so gentle you can barely tell


A little giggle
a little smile
these three help

A nudge is all that's needed

To help quell
and hurt

07 October 2011

a change of pace

I want to take this blog to a new place.  One of realized dreams.  One of recycled goods.  One of poetry and art.

So get ready.  We're going where the wind takes us.

Learning to Let things Be

I'm living with my grandmother.  She's 74.  She's set in her ways.  She's a different kind of bird.  She sometimes rubs me the wrong way.  I get stressed out about living here a lot.  I'm learning to love and let be.  Sometimes that's the only way to keep from hating someone.  I do not want to hate my grandmother.  I'm learning to take all her quirks and all her odd almost hurtful comments in stride.  It's not my problem really, and truthfully, I don't know her very well and she doesn't really know me all that well and it really doesn't matter in the long run what she thinks.  It really matters though that I can still love her.  It really matters that she let me move my family under her roof.  It really matters that no matter what, tattoos, piercings, and all, that she's going to stick by me and love me.

I'm really blessed to tell the truth.