Saturday 9 {All Night Long}

All Night Long (All Night)

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Saturday 9: All Night Long (All Night)

(because Lia asked for an 80s song)

If you’re not familiar with today’s song, you can hear it here.

1) This music video was produced by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees. Can you name a Monkees song? All I could think of was The Monkees theme song.  I used to love the intro to that show.  I had to look up other songs they sang and then I recognized a bunch of them.  One of my favorites was Daydream Believer.

2) The song includes the foreign sounding phrases, “Oh jambali Tom bo li d, say de moi ya,” and “Oh, Jambo Jumbo!” Mr. Richie meant to include language indigenous to the Caribbean, but was writing the song under deadline and simply made those phrases up instead. Tell about the most recent time you cheated or “cut corners.”  Just tonight I didn’t feel like chopping up garlic to put on our salmon so I used garlic powder instead.  It’s much better with chopped up garlic but oh well.

3) Richie was a frat boy at college. Kappa Kappa Psi, to be exact. Were you a member of a fraternity or sorority?  Nope, didn’t do college. But I did go to a few frat parties with some of my friends and did a lot of drinking.

4) When this song topped the charts (September 1983), Vanessa Williams became the first African American to be crowned as Miss America. Do you watch beauty pageants?  No, I can’t stand that kind of show.  I remember when beauty pageants were more of a big deal than they are today.  I did used to watch them with my family because it was the thing to do then.

5) Since it’s Labor Day weekend, that holiday established to celebrate the American worker, let’s talk about the workplace. Tellers work in a bank, actors work on a stage or a set, auto workers work on an assembly line. How would you describe your workplace?  Dirty houses?  And also a place of worship.  Quite a combo. 

6) An estimated 40% of us have dated a coworker. Have you ever had an office romance?  Yep, but it wasn’t like some dirty little secret.  He worked in another department and the company we worked for was big.  Actually, there were a lot of people who met their spouse at that company.  
7) Labor Day is a big weekend for travel. How did you book your last vacation? (Online, through a travel agent, over the phone …)  Online.

8) Mother Winters won’t wear white again now until next Memorial Day. Sam thinks that’s just crazy. Where do you fall in this heated mother/daughter debate?  If my mom were alive, she wouldn’t have cared either way.  And neither do I.  

9) When you look back on Summer 2014, what will you remember?  Our trip to St. Louis, visiting Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, seeing the World’s Largest Ball of Twine and one of the Largest Frying Pans.  We had a fun summer! 
Thank you, Great Spirit.

Drying Your Own Herbs

I usually start dehydrating my herbs around this time of the year.  It’s nice to have fresh, dried herbs during the winter.

I picked a bunch of sage, rosemary and basil.  I also had some extra cilantro that I had purchased for my salsa, but couldn’t use it all, so I dehydrated that too.

It’s super easy if you have a food dehydrator.  You can also dehydrate in the oven on a low temperature.

All I do is cut the herbs off the plant, rinse them off well and let them dry for a little while.




Spread them out on a dehydrator tray with a mesh liner so the herbs don’t fall through.





I dehydrated them somewhere between 24-36 hours on 95 degrees.  You can tell when they’re done if the feel dry and a crunchy.  You want to make sure to dehydrate them fully or else you could end up with moldy herbs later.





When they’re ready you can just put them in jars or baggies.  I used baggies this time, to save room in my cupboard, because I already have some jars I want to use up first.  I’ll transfer them over to the jars when the others are gone.  Just make sure they are sealed tight and I usually label them with the month and year.  They’ll stay fresh for a long time.


It’s super easy to have fresh, dried herbs from your garden or farmer’s market.

Do you dehydrate herbs?

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Salsa. It’s Hot! Easy Fresh Salsa

This is the time of the year everyone is getting lots of tomatoes and peppers from the farmer’s markets or their own gardens.

What better time to make some fresh salsa?

Salsa.  It’s Hot!


Fresh salsa is so easy to make.  Why buy the store bought stuff when you can whip up a batch of garden fresh salsa yourself?  I’m telling you this is so easy.

I’ve shared this recipe before but it’s worth repeating because:  a.)  it’s so good; b.)  it’s healthy and c.)  it’s a yummy way to use up the abundance of tomatoes and peppers that grow in gardens.

Here’s what you need:

1/4 medium onion (I use red onion.)

2 medium tomatoes (I like to use Roma tomatoes.)

5-7 sprigs of cilantro

1/2 jalapeno (More or less depending on hot you like it.  We like it really hot so I’ll use a whole jalapeno.)

1/4 green bell pepper

1/2 juiced lemon

2 garlic cloves (Or as many as you want if you love garlic like we do.)

Cut your onion, tomato, green pepper and jalapenos into quarter size chunks.  Toss everything into your Vitamix, food processor or whatever chopper you have.  Process it only until the big pieces are broken down if you like it chunky or more if you like it smoother.  Eat to your heart’s delight!

I also like to use serve salsa to my family as a topping for hamburgers and veggie burgers.  A nice, healthy dose of vegetables in one scoop.

You can also make extra batches and freeze it when fresh veggies aren’t as abundant.

Do you like salsa?  Do you make your own salsa?

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Wednesday Hodgepodge {A Woman’s Work}

Stop by and visit Joyce at From This Side of the Pond and meet other Hodgepodgers.

1. As August draws to a close, share what’s been your favorite weekend of the entire summer?

Our trip to St. Louis, MO in June was really fun.  I also enjoyed the weekend we went up to my SIL’s cabin.

2. Labor Day is marked in the US of A on Monday, September 1st.  What paying job have you held that you’ve loved the most? Liked the least?

I liked the techie jobs I’ve held the most.  My least favorite was probably one of my early part-time jobs I held as a teenager.

3. Does the new school year start before or after Labor Day where you live? When do you think it should begin? There is much discussion now about older students having later start times to their school day…your thoughts?

Our schools begin right after Labor Day on Tuesday.  My older son doesn’t start until Wednesday though because his school lets the new-to-the-school 6th graders start on Tuesday by themselves.  The 7th and 8th graders start on Wednesday.

4. What’s something you’ve worked at recently that could be deemed a ‘labor of love’?

Geez, I can’t think of anything.  I must do some nice things out of love some time.  Or am I just a selfish meanie?

5.Which of the following work idioms can you most relate to right now…’A woman’s work is never done.’, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ ‘Many hands make light work.

Most definitely ‘A woman’s work is never done.’  Probably most women think that.  But I also try to invoke ‘many hands make light work’ as much as I can around here!

6. Crab or lobster or thanks, but no thanks? Favorite way to have your choice prepared?

Even though I’m a vegetarian I still eat seafood and love me some lobster.  As long as I don’t think too hard about it and gross myself out. I’ve heard stories about cooking lobsters that I don’t want to hear or think about.  One of the reasons I stopped eating meat was I thought too much about what was on my plate and how it got there.

7. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, ‘Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.’ Which of the three do you consider to be the most important? Share one of your own ‘rules of work’.

It’s very cliche but you do find opportunity from difficulty.  Usually you learn something from a difficult situation.

Being organized keeps me on track so I guess that ‘s one of my rules of work.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I got a new part-time job as the admin assistant at our church.  I’m trying to work my way out of cleaning houses and back into an office type of job.  This one will work well with my kid’s school schedules and I’ll still work at school and clean only one house a week.

After my youngest son completes this year in school he will move on to middle school and that’ll free up my time quite a bit.  My hope is to find something where I can bring in more income.

I’ve been so busy training and trying to do the job while I finish out my cleaning schedule.  Plus, as Sunday School superintendent I’m getting things set up for classes to begin and as a Cub Scout den leader I’ve got to start thinking about meeting plans.  Then there’s trying to enjoy the last of summer and getting the kids ready for school.  Blah, blah, blah.  I’m sure you all know how it goes.

I did knock another thing off the fun summer bucket list.  We went to see the Toys of the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s exhibit at the Minnesota History Museum.  It was really interesting.

I think we also might go up to Split Rock Lighthouse and Duluth this weekend, knocking two more things off the list.  We’ve done a lot of fun things this summer!

Do you like the routine of a school year or a more lax summer schedule?

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Emergency Preparedness

One night there was a tornado watch for our area.  I made the mistake of mentioning this out loud and soon my oldest, worry wart son had his Kindle on his lap keeping an eye on the weather.  A little later he goes upstairs and comes back down carrying what I thought was his pillow.  Then my youngest son does the same thing.

This is what emergency preparedness looks like in our house.  


If we have to retreat to the basement they’re prepared with a pillowcase filled with their favorite stuffed animals and a blanket.  Keeping it right next to where they’re sitting and watching TV, making it easy to grab and run.

Do you have any kind of emergency plan for your home?

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Minnesota State Fair

We went to the Minnesota State Fair this weekend.  I didn’t bring my camera so I used my phone camera to take a few photos and posted them to Instagram. I was doing it rather quickly and playing with the effects.

This is the Space Tower which we rode to the top.


You can see the Minneapolis skyline in the distance from the top of the Space Tower.


Fairchild, the Minnesota State Fair gopher mascot.


Stopping for a refreshing iced coffee.


Taking another break.  It was funny because I was trying to figure out how to get a picture of all of us using my phone.  I must have looked pretty dumb because some nice lady offered to take a photo of us.


Greetings from Minnesota!  On the wall of a building at the Minnesota State Fair.  My family was trying a deep fried Twinkie for the first time.  I passed on this one.


Another fun year at the Minnesota State Fair.  This is my 50th year in a row going to the fair.  I’ve taken my kids every year since they were born to continue the tradition with them.


It was supposed to be hot and humid with temps in the high 90′s.  It turned out to be overcast all day and breezy which made for perfect fair going weather.

Do you have a favorite state fair?

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Sunday Stealing {Fictional Favorites}

Fictional Favorites

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From FYeahSurveys

Favorite Fictional ? 

1. Favorite fictional couple?  Jamie and Claire in Outlander.  Or Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl in The Incredibles.

2. Favorite fictional character?  Cork O’Connor in the series by William Kent Krueger beginning with Iron Lake.

 3. Favorite fictional TV show?  I’m going way back to Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie.  I wish I could wiggle my nose and make magic happen or have the magical powers of a genie.  (And look good in her genie outfit!)

i dream of jeannie
4. Favorite fictional movie?  Under the Tuscan Sun.   Who sometimes doesn’t dream of taking off, starting over and finding love?

 5. Favorite fictional villain?  Although I can’t think of one in particular, I like the villain that is hard to hate because they’re struggling with a basically good conflict.  One that suddenly came to mind is the Sandman in Spider Man.  His reason for the beginning of his evilness was he wanted to see and help his daughter that was very sick.    

 6. Favorite fictional hero?  Jamie in Outlander.  Always a hero to Claire.

 7. Favorite fictional pet?  Scooby Doo!



  8. Favorite fictional setting/universe?  Scotland in Outlander.  It sounds so beautiful although a very difficult life at that time.

 9. Least favorite fictional couple?  Hmmm….I just can’t think of any at the moment.

 10. Least favorite fictional character?  Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.  I had a love hate relationship with that dumb show.

 11. Least favorite fictional TV show?  OK, this is a cartoon but I hated it.  Teletubbies.

 12. Least favorite fictional movie?  Any of the sci-fi movies with giant insects, snakes or some other stupid giant creature.

 13. Least favorite fictional villain?  Helena Cassadine from General Hospital.  She’d never die!    

 14. Least favorite fictional hero?  I generally like the heroes so I’m having a difficult time thinking of one I don’t like.

 15. Least favorite fictional pet?  I don’t know if they’re considered pets but I choose the Gremlins.

 16. Least favorite fictional setting/universe?  Some of the universes in Star Trek were kind of creepy.

Do you have a favorite or least favorite fictional hero, villain or character?

Thank you, Great Spirit.