Cucumber Noodles

Cucumber Noodles

AWESOME!

Try them in this amazing recipe I found!

Cucumber Noodles and Spicy Sesame Soy Dressing

Cucumber-Carrot-Noodles

Ingredients
  • 3 medium to large cucumbers
  • 2 large carrot, peeled
For the dressing:
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Juice from half a lime
  • ½ tbsp mirin
  • ½ C soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 – 2 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Red pepper flakes for garnish
Instructions
  1. Using a julienne peeler, slice the cucumbers. Do this by laying the cucumber and carrots down lengthwise and running the peeler across the top of the cucumbers and then carrots. For the cucumbers, once you get near the seeds, rotate it and repeat the process. Place the noodles in a bowl.
  2. Make the dressing by whisking the remaining ingredients, minus the cilantro and red pepper flakes, together in a jar. You probably won’t need to use all of the dressing but you can store it in the refrigerator in an air tight container for 7 days.
  3. Toss the noodles in your desired amount of dressing and serve in bowls. Garnish with the cilantro and red pepper flakes.

This Gal Cooks

 

Falling in Love….with reading

There’s something just plain magical about finding a genuinely fantastic book. The book you can’t put down, the one you stay up half the night reading, the book experience you can’t wait to talk about with your friend who is hopefully as equally obsessed with the story and characters as you are. The one that, once you finish, leaves you devastated (in the best way, of course).

Once you know true book love, your whole life changes. Because immediately after you finish one spectacular book, you’ll want more. More books, more genres, more authors to discover. You’ll wonder why you haven’t been reading your entire life. Your bookshelves will start to overflow and groan under the weight of other people’s stories. Your library card will become worn down and faded with use. You will spend hours and hours reading alright-but-kind-of-mediocre books your sister recommended, only to find them lacking. But once you find the next amazing book, the one that makes you want to skip work or school so you can read one more chapter, it’s so, so worth it.

Abagail Cardi

 

These are some of my favorites!!

 Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Bell Jar

The Woman in White

Into the wild

The Kite Runner

Memoirs of a Geisha

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

 

Happy Reading!

 

Found Poems

Found poetry, which can also be a form a visual poetry, is when you take an exististing text and rearrange it, highlight it, cut it out, or in some other way alter it to make an original poem.

It is a lot of fun to look at a page and see what words jump out at you and what you can do with them. You can also use pretty much anything to create these collage poems: letters, speeches, and even other poems.

Poetry is all around you, ready for you to bring out the words and create it! Perhaps you are on the train and notice a discarded newspaper laying beside you. What can you do? Sure you can read the old news but then what? Take a highlighter and highlight all of the words and phrases that jump out at you. What sounds nice to the ear or resonates with you? You don’t have to choose words simply because they are beautiful words that seem pretty. Not all poems are about pretty thing after all. Experiment by looking for words that are jarring to your senses. When you are done (perhaps after you have reached your destination) cut out or write down everything you have highlighted. I guarantee you will find some delightful combinations. Feel free to insert your own words as well. The possibilities for unveiling new meaning is endless.

chippedteacup

 

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I thought you should know…..

Here a just a few fun facts that I’m sure you’ve always wanted to know

😀 😀 😀

 

math

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

 

dreams

Google, the periodic table, the structure of our DNA, and “Yesterday” by the Beatles are all ideas that were conceived in dreams.

 

jim

The actor Jim Cummings who is the voice of Winnie the Pooh calls up children in cancer wards to cheer them up, he puts on Winnie the Pooh’s voice and tells the children how much he loves them and how brave they are.

 

 

trai

A 6-year-old applied for a job at a railroad museum and was hired as its director of fun.
In his letter he wrote, “I have an electric train track. I am good on my train track. I can control two trains at once.”

 

squirrel

Every year, hundreds of new trees are planted because squirrels forget where they bury their nuts.

 

minnie

The actors who voiced Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse ,Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor were married in real life. Both of them were named Disney legends in 2008.

 

penguins

Penguins mate for life, and they propose by giving their prospective mate a pebble. Apparently a male penguin spends a lot of time looking for the best pebble to give to his special lady.

AND

Last but not least….

 There is no way to angrily say the word bubbles!

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Improve your life in 15…

Improve your life in….

15

15 seconds
Dry your hands with a paper towel in public restrooms.  A study in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that this was more effective at removing bacteria from freshly washed hands than using air dryers.

15 Minutes
Walk like a happier person. Research found that subjects who walked with good posture (upper body straight and arms swinging at a normal pace) were less likely to be vulnerable to bummer thoughts than those who had a slouchy gait.

15 Hours
Spend this much time a week doing a mentally challenging activity (say, mastering Photoshop) In a study, those who did so significantly improve their memory after three months, compared to others who spent their time completing more passive tasks.

15 Days
Take a vacation already!! A report released by the U.S. that employees who fail to use 11 to 15 days of their paid time off per year feel more stressed at work and aren’t anymore likely to score a bonus or raise than their colleagues.

 

Womens Health Faye Brennan

 

DAMN YOU DEPRESSION

HASTYWORDS

Today I am very happy to have Arthur Browne from Pouring My Art Out as my guest blogger.

Arthur is known for having a happy go lucky sense of humor and has built himself quite a large family of followers.  He was one of my first bloggy friends and if I ever had the chance to visit him I wouldn’t think twice about it.

I created this blog from plenty of dark places I found inside my head and he was always there to comment on EVERY SINGLE ONE…or so it seems.  He has become someone I can count on and for that I will always be grateful.

So… when I received this post in my email I was, for the lack of a better word, shocked.  Why?  Because it is a very serious post.  It comes from a place I don’t often see.  It is beautiful, and heartfelt, and…

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