Saturday, December 31, 2011

Observations And What Not Of 2011

Hello, Happy New Year! As this year washes away, I thought I would reflect on some it's highlights, and while I'm at it, poke some fun at them too! I can't help it, it's just too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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What surprised me about the Divorce is
that it took 72 days to happen, and he
wasn't the one who filed first!! This
guy IMO, was obviously whipped, I think
eventually he would have snapped out of
it and ran far, far away from her and her
family, if they are the way they are on TV
imagine how worse they must be when the
Camera's are off, it's got to be to
overbearing for anyone!
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But then again "nothing compares" to the
length of Sinead's wedded bliss in 2011!

The more I saw of Newt's wife in 2011
the more I was convinced that she is one
of those new Japanese Robots that are
Human like. Between her facial expressions
and her hair that never moves, I mean really
who has hair that never moves? Robot's do
that's who LOL!
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Herman Cain aka The Pizza Pervert, We saw
your true Dog shining through, so it was
Bye, Bye for you!
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Justice? Some
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For Caylee None!
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Indeed Hell On Earth!
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Hell Well Deserved!
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The poor Red Sox's crashed and burned
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Gig Up Whitey, now you have to sit
in a cell down the street from me
in a Diapie, Boo Fricken Hoo for you!
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In 2011 LMFAO's Party Anthem was way
overplayed, Happy I would be, if in
2012 this talentless group would just
go away!
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True Greats We Lost
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Welcome Home Troops

Hello, I hope your all doing well and enjoyed your Holiday. I enjoyed mine and I'll share some pictures soon. Today I wanted to share this Video I made to say Welcome Home to the troops that fought so bravely over the past 9 years for peace and freedom in Iraq. No matter what our views are on the war, they don't really matter now, because what's done is done. The Iraqi people still have many challenges ahead of them, but you cannot deny that they are in a better place today, especially the Women and Children, thanks to all of the soldiers. So Welcome Home troops, job well done IMO, Thank you for serving our Country. Hopefully this coming year, more countries will be on board the "Peace Train" as well!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hello, I would have to agree with Burton, Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Janet

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Crazy Facebook Stories Of 2011

Hello, Happy Saturday! I thought you might get a kick out of these FB stories I came across. I think some people need to ask Santa for common sense, better Mental Health, or what the hell, how about a whole new brain! For the full list of all 30 of the Craziest Facebook Stories of 2011, click the link below. Pete and I are heading to Gillette Stadium today to watch the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins, and claim their home field advantage for the Playoffs, should be an excellent game!! I hope you have a great day!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Nikki Rasmussen was arrested for lighting her friend's house on fire because her friend defriended her on Facebook

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In November, a burglar signed into Facebook from a computer inside a home he broke into before sprinting from the scene. Unfortunately, he forgot to logout before he left

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In February, a mom was arrested for posting pictures of her baby and a bong on Facebook

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For about a year and a half, 54-year-old Bettysue Higgins embezzled $166,000 from her job at a law firm. She used most of this money to pay for virtual coins on YoVille and Mafia Wars. In December, she was arraigned in court and faces up to 6 years in prison

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According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Facebook use is now cited in one in five of every U.S. divorce cases

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This man broke into someone's car and stole their cellphone. According to police, "The suspect apparently took a picture of himself on the victim's phone, and due to her settings, it automatically uploaded to her Facebook page"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-craziest-facebook-stories-of-2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Comfortable Transformations

Hello, Have you ever suddenly noticed a transformation within yourself? Then you, like me, must of been following these steps without realizing it. I know I have undergone some personal changes during the past 18 months, which I can honestly say have led to overall wellness. I think the key is getting comfortable with ourselves, which is a big step in itself, and then all potential is possible. If you are looking to make changes within yourself, or in your life, then take in these simple words of wisdom, and watch the transformations unfold.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Wellness isn’t about deprivation
and it’s not about perfection,
It is about pointing yourself
in the direction of growth,
Training yourself to get comfortable
with your highest potential, and then
taking small steps to support that shift
It’s about showing up for yourself,
day by day, and then one day finding
that you’ve undergone a transformation....

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Soul Mate Redefined

Hello, I think Elizabeth Gilbert's defintion of a soul mate is perfectly redefined. Sometimes what we think we need in another person to complete us, and what we truly need are two different things. Consider yourself lucky if you do get a soul mate in life that you truly need. I know now that I was lucky enough to get a true soul mate who did all of these things for me and then some.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


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Friday, December 16, 2011

SNL Classics

Hello, Happy Saturday, Time to kick back and relax, unless your running around doing last minute Christmas shopping! I will be getting ready for a Holiday dinner this Sunday because my family has different plans for Christmas so we have to divide up the get together's over the next couple of weekends. So while I'm off cooking and enjoying my family time, I hope enjoy these SNL clips, two of them are my all time favorites, now considered classics.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)





Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If Roses Grow

Hello, I came across this saying a friend posted in memory of her mother at Christmas and had to share it with all of you. I edited it for both of my Parents. This time of year is, at times, still hard for me, as I am sure it is for all of you who have lost loved ones. It has been 3 yrs since my mother passed, and although I have come to accept it, and the pain has eased, sometimes I think my grief is still a bit on the surface and it comes upon me when I least expect it. The obvious reason is the loss of traditions and norms that you share with your loved ones for so many years, and then like that, they're gone. I've learned that loss can be on many levels. I remember my Mother always looking so forward to our Holiday family gatherings. Even though in her elderly years she lived on small means with her disability check, she still managed to always have something to give her 6 children and 10 grandchildren. She always had my sister take her to do her Christmas shopping because they were one in the same, they could shop for hours and look for the bargains, not me! She would always buy a new sweater or blouse to wear on Christmas day and show me ahead of time. She would then go out and get her hair done. And until now I never realized how much I would miss the way she prepared for the Holidays. How I miss that she was really showing us how much it meant to her to just be with all of her grown children and grandchildren, because even though she saw us all throughout the year, it was not that often that we would all be together. My Father left us to early, I was only 23 when he passed, but I remember he always provided all six of his children with a great Christmas, many special memories as well. How I miss their sweet souls, miss them oh so much. So yes, Lord, this Christmas place some roses in my Mother and Father's arms and tell them they're from me, and whisper in their ear that I was so blessed they were here for me.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Mix The Bourgeoisie And The Rebels

Hello, Happy Music Monday! I am excited that Madonna will be doing the half time show at this years Superbowl. Hopefully I will also be watching my favorite football team The Patriots as well. I will get to watch the Patriots live on Christmas Eve because Christa and Dana got Pete and I tickets to the game that day as a Christmas gift, Love it! I have seen Madonna live 3 times and she is amazing. So I'm sure the half time show is going to be, especially with the help of the Cirque du Soleil performers. She can sing live while doing deep knee bends, oh ya, in her late 40's and early 50's, never mind just dance! Brittany and most of the girls half her age have to lip sync while they perform. So for this Music Monday I chose her Music performance from the Drowned World Tour to celebrate her upcoming Super Bowl performance. I still have the confetti she dropped at the end of this song, along with the ticket as a memento from the show :) She has earned the title of Queen in my opinion. Imagine how boring Pop Music would have been the past 28 years without her. I'm glad she has pushed the envelope and opened doors for women where no one else had the courage to do so. That is what I admire the most about her. I hope she keeps going as long as she can and may her music continue to mix the bourgeoisie and the rebels!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)



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Friday, December 9, 2011

Wonder and Magic

Hello, Happy Friday! My grandchildren, Briana and Christopher went to a Christmas party on my son in laws side of the family last weekend. Their Aunt Sarah took these pictures, and as always she shares them with me when I am not there. I think she did a great job because she caught the wonder and magic of Briana's expression as Santa walked in the room surprising all the kids! Poor Christopher though, he was so scared of Santa, he just shook the whole time, so needless to say he didn't last to long on his lap! I thought this video below captures perfectly what some kids go through when they have to approach this big, Mysterious Man named Santa. I mean think about it, we tell them that he has been watching them to see whether or not they have been good or bad, so what if they feel they have been bad, then they have to face him, Yikes! But no, I'm sure it doesn't add to their anxiety, no not at all LOL!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monsters

Hello, Watching the news today literally made my stomach sick. Jerry Sandusky was arrested for a second time on allegations of sexual abuse, just as one of his victims spoke out about his screams for help from this monsters basement that went unheard. Then they broke the news that Ryan Brunn was arrested for the murder and sexual assault of this precious little 7 yr old girl named Jorelys. Jorleys was abducted from her own playground at her apartment building while her babysitter ran in to the building for one minute to get her coat. Her mother worked nights and had to sleep for a little while during the day. It makes me so sick that these men, (or monsters as I view them, because they just can't really be a human being in the sense that I know human beings,) can torture an innocent child the way they do. There is no way that I will ever be able to wrap my mind around this sickness Pedophilia, and as an advocate for the mentally ill, I'm able to wrap my mind around a lot. I know 99 percent of you feel the same. This is something I think we can only pray away, because it is an evil beyond us, no doubt about it. So tonight I light a virtual candle in memory of this Little Angel and for all the innocent children who have been victims of these monsters.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet

Jerry Sandusky,
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Ryan Brunn
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Jorelys Rivera R.I.P.
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Candle Pictures, Images and Photos

Monday, December 5, 2011

Love Is

Hello, I would have to agree with Lao Tzu, and I'm sure you do too!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.”
Lao Tzu

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Plight Of Virgins

Hello, Happy Saturday! Everyday it seems like Cable is offering us a new Reality TV show, in which we usually have no choice but to pay for. I know we have the choice not to watch these shows too, and trust me I don't, but what is left for us who don't really care for Reality TV. Not much. I've gotten use to American Pickers, Pawn Stars, but there is no way I'm going to ever tune into Hairy Bikers, Swamp People, Big Shrimpin, thanks, but no thanks History Channel. Now TLC, that already has IMO, the disgusting show "Sister Wives", has decided to add a show all about Virgins, called the "Virgin Diaries"! I mean really, do we need this much reality in our lives? Is there an audience out there that needs to know the plight of Virgins? I do not mean to be disrespectful of their life choices, I truly believe in to each it's own, whatever works for you, makes you happy, yada, yada, yada, you get what I mean LOL! It's just I feel that Reality TV is taking over the airwaves more and more and allowing a just about anything goes type mentally from the programming executives, for example MTV went from good music videos to Jersey Shore? What kind of entertainment is that? Reality TV is taking away one of the pleasures I have in life, watching good TV. I think it just sucks, and as you can tell, it's getting on my nerves! Even though my bitching about the Reality TV shows will not change a thing, it feels good to vent about it! And I'm grateful for the few good shows on like Son's of Anarchy and Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife! Virgins, Practice Makes Perfect, Good luck with that TLC!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

I just hope they were able to get
a copy of these books before the big day!
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Caution, watching this video may
cause Nausea!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gift Your Voice

Hello, I hope your all doing good today and getting in the Holiday Spirit. I know I am. This year I've decided to take the pledge to fight for an AIDS Free Generation by 2015 by giving one (RED) gift this holiday season. You can find more info at http://www.joinred.com/red I hope you will join the movement too. What better gift can you give than a gift that will also help those in need. And while your in the giving spirit, please give one minute of your time to sign the Petition to help end The Famine in Somalia. With your signature you will be giving the gift of your voice, a gift that will save children's lives, our most precious gift! I would suggest too, if your able to in this economy, making a small donation to either one of these causes in someone's name, it would be a unique way to give a Holiday Gift. I have included the links below to help with the causes. When you add your Panel to the Aids Quilt you will receive a free music download to add to your Holiday Collection. Most of all this season, giving gifts with a good cause, always a good thing!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

Sister organizations (RED) and (ONE) have come together to create the 2015 QUILT, a DIGITAL patchwork of photos and images made by people all over the world who are pledging to join the fight for an AIDS Free Generation by 2015.

FIGHTING FOR AN AIDS FREE GENERATION WE ARE SO CLOSE!

In 1987, a quilt created by The Names Project Foundation covered the National Mall in Washington, D.C., memorializing those we lost to AIDS. Today, we stand at the threshold of another defining milestone in this fight: by 2015, we should be able to provide treatment to the 15 million people who need it, drastically reduce new infections, and end the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies. 1.4 million HIV+ pregnant women need access to treatment – treatment that only costs about 40 cents a day.

It can be done. But we need your help to get there.

Join millions of existing ONE and (RED) supporters. Add your panel to the (2015)QUILT. Make a pledge to do more and a thank you gift will come your way. Our friends, THE KILLERS have once again recorded a Christmas song for us— their 6th song for the cause. Add your pledge to the (2015)QUILT and receive one of (THE KILLERS) RED Christmas songs for free.

Every generation is known for something. Let’s be the one to deliver an AIDS FREE GENERATION by 2015.

THE FACTS DON’T LIE. HERE’S WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP.

AN HIV+ PREGNANT WOMEN CAN GIVE BIRTH TO AN HIV FREE BABY.

98% OF MOTHER-TO-CHILD HIV TRANSMISSION INCIDENTS ARE PREVENTABLE

YET, MORE THAN 1,000 BABIES ARE BORN EVERY DAY WITH HIV

AND HALF OF CHILDREN BORN WITH HIV WILL DIE BEFORE THEIR 2ND BIRTHDAY WITHOUT TREATMENT

SO WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO DELIVER AN AIDS FREE GENERATION BY 2015?

WE NEED TO GET 1.4 MILLION HIV+ PREGNANT WOMEN ON MEDICATION – MEDICATION THAT COSTS AROUND 40 CENTS A DAY

IT’S DOABLE.

The beginning of the end of AIDS starts with you. They are not
asking for your money, just your voice!



http://www.2015quilt.com/

My Pledge Panel

http://www.2015quilt.com/p/1715

Please take a minute to sign this petition, The famine in Somalia has killed 30,000 children in 3 months. In 2011 we have the opportunity to make famine a thing of the past. Lives are in your hands. They are not asking for your money, just your voice!



http://www.one.org/us/actnow/

For more informational videos
http://www.youtube.com/theonecampaign

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Recipe For Self Love

Hello, I feel these are simple, yet powerful ideals that will help develop true self love. Once we have established this love within ourselves, we will have the capacity to genuinely love everyone around us.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Take full responsibility for your life,
Stop blaming others, See yourself as the
cause of what happens to you

Do things you like to do, Don't stay in a job you
don't like, Participate in life at the highest
level you can

Stop terrorising yourself with your thoughts,
Be gentle and kind and patient with yourself

Give yourself the simple pleasures of life abundantly,
Wear clothes you feel good in, get a massage etc

Watch what you say, Avoid self put-downs,
Stop being critical of yourself and others!

Take care of your body, Give it exercise
and good food

Be willing to create a life-style that generates
and nourishes self-esteem, Associate with others
with high esteem

Acknowledge yourself frequently, Keep a diary of
your successes and accomplishments

Avoid comparing yourself with others,
Remember that it's who we are, not what
we do, that's important

Give yourself permission to do nothing periodically,
Schedule time by yourself

Frequently take deep breaths, Discover the
benefit and pleasure of breathing fully

Stop trying to change others, Focus your
attention on being the way you want others to be!

Look into a mirror and say "I love you,
I really love you"

Stop feeling guilty and saying "I'm sorry"
See mistakes as valuable lessons and avoid
judging yourself (Love this one!)

Consciously generate positive thoughts and feelings
of self-love in place of old thoughts of inadequacy

Be willing to laugh at yourself and at life!
Stop taking yourself so seriously

Accept compliments from others without embarrassment,
Don't invalidate their positive thoughts and feelings
about you

Be kind to your mind, Don't hate yourself for having
negative thoughts, Gently change your thoughts

Keep your awareness and your thoughts focused in
present time, instead of living in the past or future

Acknowledge others frequently, Tell them what you
like and appreciate in them

Make a list of 10 things you love doing and do
them frequently

Treat yourself as you would treat someone you really loved!

Author Unknown

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello, Happy Thanksgiving, I thought I would share some movie clips from my family's annual Thanksgiving movie, I hope you get as many laughs as we do and that your day is filled with the love of family, friends and good food!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

Oh, he's drunk, how would he know where we are going?


Gobble, Gobble! (Adult Language)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Walk With The Dreamers

Hello, Some words of inspiration for you today!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Endings

Hello, It was a week of endings. Once again for Demi, the end of a marriage. No charm for her on number 3! I feel bad for Demi, but not because she got cheated on, which is terrible, don't get me wrong, but that she really believed he would stay faithful to her forever, living in the world that they do, but then again when your in love you want to believe. A really good looking rich guy is going to always have women throwing themselves at him, and in time somethings going to give. I think he kind of looks like a snake in the grass too, not a trustworthy person. I have been watching the new Two And A Half men and I just can't get used to Aston's character replacing Charlie. It's just not as funny to me anymore and I think a lot of people feel the same way. I wonder if that will last for him too. We saw the end of a legend on Morning Tv. I found myself tearing up a little at all the goodbye moments. Regis is nothing but lovable. He will be missed becasue there are just not many men like him left. And maybe we will see the end of Robert Wagner's freedom?? The re-opening of this case has me intrigued, nothing like a real life Murder Mystery. If you need a good laugh, check out the videos below, especially the one with Russell the Pharmacist and I hope you all have a great weekend.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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The end is finally here. After rumors started circulating last month that Ashton Kutcher was cheating on his wife, Demi Moore, the actress has decided to file for divorce.

Could there soon be another Celebrity
Murder Trial?? Stay Tuned!
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Dave giving Regis a ride on his retirement
gift to him, too funny! Earlier Regis tried to
ride it himself and fell off, but God love
em, he got right back up, no problem for
this 80 yr old man.
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Two And A Half Men at it's best!




I love watching these two together!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

Hello my friends, Every year for Christmas my sister gives me a subscription to the Real Simple Magazine and I love it. My favorite part of the magazine is the recipes. They offer both traditional recipes and new ones to help change up some of the usual eats. I enjoy cooking so much more when the weather turns cool here in New England, especially on a Sunday, when everyone is home and the football game is on, the fire is crackling, I'll usually cook a Roast or some type of big dinner. And of course something sweet like Toll House cookies, ahhh yes, the comforts of home sweet home! So I thought today I would share some of the make ahead recipes that I am going to try this year. There are 21 other make ahead recipes on their website that you can click on the link below to check out and you will also be able to find other recipes they have for everyday cooking and the Holidays.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet aka Martha Stewart wannabe :)

Rosemary Pecans
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Make-ahead tip: The pecans can be prepared and stored at room temperature in an airtight container up to 1 week in advance.
Serves 8| Hands-On Time: 10m | Total Time: 20m

Ingredients
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups pecan halves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
Directions
Heat oven to 375° F. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in the sugar, cayenne pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt. Add the pecans and toss to coat.
Transfer the pecans to a rimmed baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Bake, stirring occasionally, until toasted, 10 to 12 minutes.
Add the rosemary and toss to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cider-Roasted Vegetables
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Make-ahead tip: The vegetables can be roasted and kept at room temperature up to 2 hours in advance or refrigerated up to 1 day in advance. Reheat from room temperature at 350° F to
400° F.
Serves 8| Hands-On Time: 15m | Total Time: 1hr 15m

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds beets (1 bunch), peeled and cut into wedges
1 1/2 pounds parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
1 1/2 pounds baby carrots, peeled (or 1 1/2 pounds carrots cut into 2-inch chunks)
4 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 pound shiitake or cremini mushrooms, cleaned and stemmed
Directions
Heat oven to 450° F. Place the vegetables in two small roasting pans.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oil, and vinegar. Pour over the vegetables and toss to coat well.
Cook until tender, about 1 hour, stirring halfway. Add the mushrooms during the last 10 minutes, toss to coat well, and finish roasting. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Gingersnap-Pear Cheesecake
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Make-ahead tip: The pie can be prepared and refrigerated, loosely covered with plastic wrap, up to 2 days in advance.
Serves 8-12| Total Time: 30m

Ingredients
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups crushed gingersnaps (about 40 cookies)
2 small ripe pears (any kind), peeled, cored, and sliced 1/8 inch thick
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
Directions
Heat oven to 350° F.
In a medium bowl, combine the butter and crushed gingersnaps. Press the mixture into a 9-inch springform pan, working the crumbs over the bottom and then up the sides. Bake for 20 minutes.
In a small bowl, toss the pears and ginger. Line the cooled crust with the pears, overlapping the slices slightly. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium, beat the cream cheese for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the sugar and beat for 2 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix until combined. Stir in 2 teaspoons of the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the pears. Bake until the top is barely set but still slightly wobbly, about 50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack but leave oven on.
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and the remaining sugar and vanilla. Pour over the cheesecake and bake for 8 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/index.html

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Desiderata

Hello, Happy Sunday, I feel this inspirational saying offers the perfect ideals to help us all live our lives by. I hope you think so too!
Thanks for visiting
Janet :)

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Brave Remembered

Hello, Today and everyday we should remember that Freedom is not free. Thank you to each and every one who has served so Bravely.
Thank you for visiting,
Janet :)



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