Monday, June 21, 2010

Video Share

These were uploaded by my friend Rob. Click on the title of this post to get to his YouTube page. The group is Spiral Rhythm. He's had the pleasure of meeting the band and says everyone is very nice. I'm listening to these three chants right now because they're my favorites. It's part of my simple celebration of Midsummer. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Midsummer Smoothie

Okay, so I did prepare some food for today. It wasn't originally intended for Midsummer, but it is a perfect breakfast on what will undoubtedly be a hot, hot day.

1 cup apricot-apple juice
1/2 - 3/4 cup apricot-peach yogurt
fresh or tinned mango - about 1/2 a large mango
1-2 rings pineapple, fresh or tinned

Put everything in the blender. Add a couple of ice cubes if you wish. Blend for 1-2 minutes and enjoy. It is summer in a glass. Yum!

Glad Midsummer!

I was awakened by the sun about half an hour ago. Since it was an hour before my alarm was set to go off, I was initially annoyed. Then, I remembered today is the longest day of the year. Woo hoo!

I wish I could tell you about the wonderful ritual I have planned and the meal to go with it, but truth be told, I'll probably just light a small candle, burn some more rose incense, and do a brief meditation/prayer session after work. I'm in the land of NoPagan, which isn't very inspiring. As for food, I've no idea. I'll probably eat one of the Zero bars in the package my mom sent me! *lol* Mmmmm...Zero bar...

Anywho, I hope everyone has a beautiful day. Let me know how you celebrate!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thanks, Just a Gal!

Just a Gal from http://lostinthetrailerpark.blogspot.com gave me this Versatile Blogger award. Thank you so much! I'm getting ready to leave for work, but I will post the 7 facts and tag some people later today or this weekend.

Recent Witchin'

Since the beginning of the school year back in October, I've been taking homemade goodies to work on Fridays. Sometimes I make peanut butter cookies or blondies, or chocolate-cherry cookies. The goal is to show the other teachers that they are appreciated and that someone is thinking of them. We still have our problems, of course. We're human so we still gossip and have silly little issues with other coworkers, but everyone is a little bit happier on Friday morning when they go into the kitchen and see cookies or cake.

Last night I made a pineapple-upside-down cake and a banana-upside-down-cake with chocolate chips. I don't do it simply so people look at ME favorably, but rather at everyone else. It works for me, though. I've been approached by several teachers who told me how happy they are that I am staying another year. I guess I must be doing something right for the time being.

Ugh, Writers Block!


Monday, June 7, 2010

Shot Down

OU rejected my application. Guess I'll be here another year. I'm so glad I'm going on vacation today. I'm really bummed out.


I'm on vacation under next Monday. Tomorrow I'm off to Amsterdam with a work friend. We will return on Friday. I hope to come back with lots of pictures to share. Van Gogh museum, here I come! Anne Frank house, here I come. Please don't make me cry. I'm such a marshmallow. Mmmm...marshmallow... Have a great week, everyone!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Recipe re-post

This recipe started out as an enchilada casserole recipe, but I decided it would be better as a baked dip. I also originally intended it for Beltane, but I think it would also be excellent for your Midsummer celebration.

Baked Shrimp Dip

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or a combination of Jack and Cheddar), plus 1/3 cup for the top
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 cup cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp, cut into small pieces
1 small can chopped green chiles
1/3 cup chopped green or red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced fine
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp ground cumin
1 can green chile enchilada sauce (optional)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

corn tortilla chips (I like to use blue corn, but any kind will do)

In a medium bowl, gently combine all the ingredients except the enchilada sauce and extra cheese. Place dip in a small baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the dip into the baking dish.

Bake dip at 350 F until it starts to bubble. Top with the enchilada sauce (if using), and the rest of the cheese. Bake until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips. Serve with some sangria or a margarita or two as well!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Beauty is Pain

Yesterday I let one of my coworkers talk me into accompanying her to her hairdresser. I've only had my hair cut once while in Turkey, mainly because I don't know any hairdresser vocabulary besides "cut". She, on the other hand, doesn't know as much Turkish as I do, but she does know the hairdresser words. So off we went.

I decided to get my layers tidied up and get some dead ends trimmed. Then, after some thought and discussion I decided to get my hair colored. I'm only 30 but I have a LOT of gray hair. I picked a color that I liked, a rather dark brown, but the stylist said, "No" and pointed to another one. I finally relented and it turned out he was right - it is more or less my natural color.

Who knew going to the hairdresser would take so much time! We were there for HOURS. I was shampooed, had my hair cut, dried, colored, shampooed, dried and styled. During the drying/styling portion, the hair dryer shorted out and caught on fire! I didn't have my glasses on so I couldn't see much, but I did catch a spark and flame out of the corner of my eye. Fortunately no one was hurt and the guy drying my hair got a new one. He initially dropped the first one like a hot potato and I don't blame him one bit!

I also got my eyebrows threaded, which is apparently a rather old Indian and Middle Eastern practice. Have any of you ever had this done? It's pretty cool. A twisted piece of thread is used to pluck the hairs. Wild!

I finally got home a little after 10 pm (travel time and waiting on the bus ate up some time) and made myself some sesame tofu. That's all the cooking I've done lately, but I'll be making peanut butter blondies to take with me on Sunday. Sunday is TOEFL day and I'm an essay reader.

Have a great weekend, everyone!