Category: One Day Only

Chicken Recipes for Today and Later

25-chicken-featuredBeing single, I often walk past whole chickens in the grocery store. Yes, they're dead. But I find one can get pretty sick of chicken trying to get it used up after its been cooked. I have heard of people who freeze portions to use later, but with little culinary skills and even less imagination, I usually find myself throwing some of it out. But... this is going to change.....

I got a book today titled Twice As Nice: 25 Chicken Breast Recipes for Today and Later by Sandra Liu. She completely understands that you may not want to eat the whole chicken before it goes bad, so her book offers many recipes that you can make quickly to use portions that have been frozen. Unlike other “cook ahead” books, you don’t get stuck eating the same dish over and over. Each time you want to use the chicken, you take out just what you need, and then make a fresh dish from among the recipes provided in her book.

Sandra says:

"And then there is what feels more like a typical day: the dishwasher is clogged again, the internet is down for five hours and I have a deadline, and my darling calls to ask for just one teensy weensy favor for the seventh time that day. Twice As Nice has shortcuts to help me get dinner on the table. On these days, I know I can take some chicken out of the freezer, a can or two out of the pantry, and have dinner ready in half an hour."

Recipes are organized into well thought-out sections on “Salads”, “Soups and Stews”, “Sandwiches, Pitas, or Tortillas”, “Pastas”, “Rice”, and “One-Dish Dinners.” They cover the full range from the quick-and-easy staple (chicken salad sandwiches) to the wow-your-guests spectacle (chicken, rice, and mango lettuce wraps). The recipes for the chicken with red mole sauce and the chicken and chickpea stew are top choices that would each be well worth the price of purchase by itself.

moleEven with the help of this book, I'll probably leave the "recipes for the chicken with red mole sauce" alone. The moles that live around here aren't red, and you can't buy them in the grocery store. They look more like the picture to the right of this paragraph.

Sandra’s unique culinary style is one cup pragmatic and two cups foodie splendor. She has the perfect recipe for the contemporary home cook who wants to put delicious and nutritious meals on the table without a hassle. And, I'm looking forward to reading more of it.

The Kindle version of the book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. So download it now to add to your library. If you miss this free promotion, you can still click this link to buy it. It's only $2.91.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our rebel mouse page, to see what else you might be missing.


Share

Dictionary of Superstitions

black-cat-featuredI knew my father-in-law wasn't well. I was outside getting some air when this big black crow landed on the fence about 15 feet away from me and was giving me the oddest look. I didn't think much about it. But the next day, when I was outside, the crow was back. On the third day the crow once again assumed its position on the fence; sitting exactly the same place on the fence it did the last two days. It didn't return the fourth day. We got a phone call that my father-in-law had passed away.

Are crows really a harbinger of death? There are a lot of superstitions based on crows with their ominous presence. Some even believe that they were a familiar to witches, but I find this all a bit ludicrous. One doesn't have to believe in these things if they don't want to.

Still, as a child, I recall how superstitious my father was. We were never allowed to walk underneath a ladder, and never allowed to put a rocking chair into motion without someone sitting in it. One time my brother and I were given some flowers from a funeral, but my father wouldn't allow them inside the house.

Our culture seems to be rife with superstition. Most of us will know of:

  • Friday the thirteenth
  • a rabbit's foot
  • horseshoe
  • end of a rainbow
  • chicken wishbone
  • itchy palms
  • beginner's luck
  • dropped dishcloth

David Pickering it the author of Dictionary of Superstitions. It is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the superstitions, old and new, of the English-speaking world, complete with their origins, meanings and variant forms. It includes just about everything from touching wood, crossing fingers and identifying future lovers to folk remedies, spells and modern beliefs relating to the lottery, the computer and the mobile phone. A first-class source book for the historian, folklorist and casual reader alike, it also offers antidotes to some of the most feared taboos. What should you do to avoid seven years' bad luck if you break a mirror? How can you walk safely under a ladder? Which is the correct end to crack open a boiled egg? This book has all the answers.

The Kindle version of the book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion, so this makes today... your lucky day! It's about 500 pages long, but it's easy to look up superstitions as they are all listed in alphabetical order.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our rebel mouse page, to see what else you might be missing.


Share

10 Secrets to Getting Any Man

10-secfrets-featuredI always get a kick out of people asking me for martial advice. You DO realize I've had two failed marriages? But, yes! I'll give you my advice. As a matter of fact, I have a forum setup on this website exactly for this purpose. So... if you don't mind me saying, I was practically laughing my a** off when I came across a book written by Dr. Lyn Kelley titled 10 Secrets to Getting Any Man You Want to Want You.

She says her book is "for women who want to be in committed, monogamous, satisfying relationships; however, the principles apply to ALL relationships. The most important decision a woman will ever make in her lifetime is choosing a life mate. And if she’s already chosen one, the next most important decision a woman can make is use my strategies to get him to want her! My book will help empower women and ensure that her mate loves her, commits to her, and consistently treats her with dignity, honor, respect. Rich with practical tips and techniques to help you make meaningful changes, this book pinpoints the issues and actions that can make or break relationships and guides you in perfecting the skills needed to create true love."

It's hard to tell what she considers a perfect man. I was watching a video she uploaded to YouTube titled The 9 Worst Types of Men for Relationships -- where she is promoting another book she wrote titled Bad Dick! Good Jane! You can watch the video below.

10-secrets-ebookShe says it's the nine worst type of men to watch out for, but it looks like she has ruled out all men to me. Maybe she would have better luck as a lesbian. Mind you, in her favor, she does mention deer hunting... not that she went deer hunting with her man.

Still, you can download 10 Secrets to Getting Any Man You Want to Want You right now. It's being offered for free as part of an Amazon promotion. If you miss this special offer, you can still get it for $2.00, but I can't tell you that it's worth the $2. I think you will get better advice by submitting your questions to my forum. I think that this book is all about learning to manipulate men, and let's face it... everyone hates to feel manipulated. We (both partners) want mutual respect from a partner. No one likes to be played.

One day I found a copy of Cosmopolitan in the car of a recently divorced buddy. I asked, "What are you doing reading that crap?" He said, "You need to know how they think." It must have worked. He's happily married now. The point is, there are so many people out there who are more than happy to share the wrong advice with you. One of Dr, Kelley's reviewers said:

I find it disappointing that a PhD and "relationship coach" is basically encouraging women to play hard-to-get, manipulative little dating games. But the title says it all, it's about getting any man you want to want you, so that in itself is manipulative.

If you're over fifty, and seeking a new relationship, there are better options that have been offered on this site. You may want to read the articles, Relationships & Dating Revisited, or Baby Boomers & Online Dating. But... what do I know?

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our rebel mouse page, to see what else you might be missing.

Share

WordPress and CSS for Beginners

css-featuredA lot of people use WordPress these days to build websites. It makes it fairly easy for people to do it themselves, but sometimes when these people are adding content, such as new pages or posts, they have difficulty formatting the look of the page. This is where a little knowledge of CSS can come in handy. CSS is an acronym for Cascading Style Sheets. It controls the presentation of the HTML elements and tags.

What this knowledge does, is it frees you from the confines of the markup, that is already established in the  theme you are using. You may want to change the color of the text, add some highlights, adjust a link, or move images to different locations on the page. You may wish to have a border around the image, more space, or have it aligned differently so the text flows around it a little better.

Dr. Andy Williams book, CSS for Beginners, walks you through learning to use CSS. It's a good starting point. The book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. If you don't get it today, you can buy it later. It's only $3.84, so it won't break the bank.

There is something I'd like to discuss, that wasn't referenced in the book and that's inline styles. Dr. Williams talks about editing an external stylesheet. While it's quite possible to do this in WordPress, there may be times you don't need to edit the stylesheet. You can add the CSS to various elements and tags using inline styles. You would want to use this method for a specific page of content that you're trying to format better. If you edit the main theme stylesheet, then there is a good chance that whatever changes you make will have a global effect on the theme and affect other pages and posts too.

Of course, you could always add new classes and selectors to the external sheet, but if you're new to all of this, you might just want to leave it alone. There is the potential to do a lot of damage to your WordPress installation, and if you aren't sure of what you're doing, you may have to hire someone to fix it later on.

Using inline styles takes priority over other styles that have already been set for an element or tag. You add the CSS directly to the tag or element itself. After you have read CSS for Beginners, have a look at this page on W3Schools.com to understand how you can apply what you learned in the book, to the page or post you're trying to format a little better.

Now let's switch gears here. Suppose you wanted all of the pages and posts in WordPress to have a different color for headlines. It is possible to load the external styles sheet into a window to edit by choosing appearance/editor from your dashboard. But, sometimes the permissions don't get set properly when the external stylesheet has been installed. In order to save the changes, the permissions on the file have to be set so that you are allowed to write to it. If these permission haven't been set properly, any changes you make in the editor window won't be saved. Of course you can test whether this is the case or not, by making a minor change to one of the elements, saving it, and then viewing a page or post that would reflect the changes.

Still, even if the file does have the proper permissions set and you can make changes, you would be well advised to FTP into the blog and download a copy of the stylesheet so you have a backup should things go horribly wrong. FTP is an acronym for File Transfer Protocol which is how actual files are uploaded and downloaded from your website.

A good, free FTP client software for Windows, is Core FTP LE  -- and there is a free PDF file you can download from here, that will show you how to install and use it. If you decide to do this, I can't reiterate enough how important it is, to always make sure you have a backup of the file(s) you are going to work with.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our rebel mouse page, to see what else you might be missing.


Share

Breaking Your Own Heart

breaking-heart-featuredIf you're over fifty there is a good chance that you have had more than one serious relationship in your life. You've had your heart broken a number of times. You ask the question, "Why did I let this happen again?" Baylor Barbee, author of Breaking Your Own heart, claims it's us who are breaking our own hearts. We let it happen by repeating familiar cycles.

Does this sound crazy? Rita Mae, in her book Sudden Death, says, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results."

Baylor Barbee works with a gentleman named Trent Shelton at rehabtime.org. Watch the short video below as he discusses five ways to break your own heart.

The first one he speaks of is returning to a bad situation you've left and going back for more.  I think we get trapped into thinking that people can change, and maybe if we try harder, they actually will. Like the old saying a leopard can't change its spots; but people aren't leopards.  The fact of the matter is, hoping and praying is not going to bring about change in someone else. They have to want to change. It's going to take time. It's quite possible that you need to distance yourself from the situation, before change is ever initiated.

A lot of this comes down to trust. Trent asks if you would let a thief into your house. Of course you wouldn't. The thief can't be trusted. Trust isn't something that is given. Trust is something that needs to be earned. This doesn't happen overnight. Sometimes, it can take years.

He also speaks about expecting change. He uses an example of going to McDonalds and expecting Taco Bell. It isn't going to happen. And, it's for reasons like this that you are breaking your own heart.

You already know a lot of this in your mind and I expect you've heard it all before. But your heart is telling you something different. If change is needed, you can't count on your partner. The only person you can count on is yourself. This is where change needs to start.

Breaking Your Own heart is being offered for free today as a promotion on Amazon. If you have found yourself stuck in a rut, you might want to download it and learn what can be done about it. I realize some of the readers to this blog, who may be 50 and alone, aren't happy about it. You either need to move forward and get to a place where positive changes in yourself have made you ready to love again, or choose to be happy and single.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our rebel mouse page, to see what else you might be missing.


Share