Friday, January 19, 2018

Cooking and Entertaining: Giada’s Sweet and Crunchy Broccoli Salad

Giada De Laurentiis's Sweet and Crunchy Broccoli Salad

This time of year, most people are eating a bit healthier, so instead of posting a treat recipe, I thought I’d post a salad. This salad by Giada De Laurentiis is similar to that broccoli salad that was popular in the 1990s, but is updated, fresher and has an Italian twist. In short, it’s delicious.

The only downside to this salad is that it makes a lot of dirty dishes. However, spending a few extra minutes washing pots and pans is a small price to pay for an amazing meal!



the ingredients

blanch the broccoli for a few minutes

Immediately place the broccoli in an ice bath after cooking. Be sure to
dry the broccoli after it's cooled or the salad will be too runny

Preparing the dressing

Browning the pancetta

Ready to be dressed



Giada De Laurentiis’s Sweet and Crunchy Broccoli Salad

Click here for the recipe

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Movie Reviews: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” & “The Post”



Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Rated: PG-13





Sometimes I want to see a complex movie that causes me reevaluate my views, but other times I just want to be entertained. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the second type of movie-it’s 2 hours of pure fun! 

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jack Black give delightful performances as modern teenagers who are transformed into avatars and trying to escape a video game. Will they escape or are they doomed to a life in Jumanji?





The Post
Rated: PG-13





Based on a true story, Katharine Graham and Ben Bradlee, publisher and editor of the Washington Post, respectively, expose a government cover up involving the Vietnam War.

While I was alive when these events occurred, I was too young to remember any of it, so it was very interesting to me to learn about this part of our country’s history. Especially during this time while the press is under attack, this film provided an important lesson on the necessity of freedom of the press.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Four Star Find: Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal Tea

Click here for more information on this product.


Last winter when I visited my good friend, Carole, she served me Good Earth’s Sweet and Spicy Caffeine Free Herbal Tea. It’s absolutely delicious, and I love it! I was going to write about this tea last year, but then the weather warmed up, and it just didn’t appeal to me. About a month ago, when it became very cold, I suddenly craved this tea and have been drinking a few cups of it every day!

While this tea contains many flavors, the main one is cinnamon, and I can also taste hints of ginger and orange. Because it doesn’t contain caffeine, I can drink it throughout the day and even in the evening. It’s the perfect hygge beverage!

As always, I receive no compensation for endorsing this product.






Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: “The Little Book of Hygge”



   The Little Book of Hygge
   Meik Wiking
   






Last year I wrote about a book titled How to Hygge (click here to see that post) that explained the Danish concept of cozy togetherness. Perhaps because this winter has been brutally cold, I wanted to explore the topic further and who better to read a book written by other than Meik Wiking, the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wiking explains that Danes are usually rated as the happiest people in the world and attributes this happiness to hygge.

In The Little Book of Hygge, Wiking has a lot of suggestions for bringing hygge into one’s life-some of which include having low lighting, showing gratitude, consuming foods and drinks that bring pleasure, sacrificing for the good of the group and, most importantly, spending time with friends and loved ones. I love the concept of hygge, and in future posts, I’ll be writing about activities and things I’ve incorporated into my life that bring more hygge into it!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Travel: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas


Hanging our in the Oval Office
Click here for more information on the LBJ Presidential Library


Since I recently went to the Kennedy and Bush Presidential Libraries, I thought it would be fun to tour the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library while I was in Austin, Texas. This outing turned out to be a fun, educational experience. Because while I was alive during his presidency, I was too young to remember anything about him.

Unlike some presidential libraries, this one chronicles his entire life and provides details about his education, military service, teaching job, family, and eventual move into politics. It also provided some insight to his character.  I’m sure history buffs know this, but Lyndon Johnson was a big supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and created the “War on Poverty,” policies that improved the millions of Americans’ lives. Something I learned that people may not know is that Johnson used his formidable size and encroached into peoples’ personal space to intimidate them into supporting his policies!

Even if you’re not into history or civics, I recommend visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library!

On the day we visited, there was a special exhibition for Madeleine Albright's pins

a campaign poster

gifts fron foreign dignitaries

Lady Bird's office