Good News


Violent Crime Rate Down

Believe it or not, violent crime rates in the United States have been dropping since the 1990’s. According to official FBI and U.S. Department of Justice reports, the rates of violent crime in the U.S.are now at their lowest levels in years.

Most people do not know this and, in fact,  many people believe the exact opposite.

There is an almost total lack of reporting of this good and even inspiring news.


I think it is because the media  traffics in crime, blood, gore, and celebrity. The lead stories on most TV news programs, newspapers, and magazines are the latest shooting, car accident, robbery, drug deals gone wrong, exaggerated coverage of celebrity misdeeds and deaths, or royal misdeeds or marriages.

No one seems quite certain why this drop is occurring. There are all sorts of reasons given from better and smarter policing to the crackdown on drugs, to the aging baby boomers.

But what ever the reason it is certainly welcome news.

FBI: Violent crime fell 5.5 percent in 2010

Violent Crime Rate in US Keeps Dropping, Lowest Since 1960s

Crime rate decline puzzles theorists

Porpoises Are Swimming In San Francisco Bay Again

After more than a 60-year absence porpoises are again swimming in San Francisco Bay.

No one really knows why the porpoises began disappearing in the first place: dirty water or World War II are some of the possible causes.

During WW II there was a seven mile net across the opening of the bay to keep out Japanese submarines too. Did they also keep out porpoises?

The Clean Water Act of 1972 helped clean up the water and may be making the bay more porpoise friendly again.

Whatever the reason for their return it is great news to know these beautiful and graceful creatures are back.

You can read more here: 60 Years After Leaving, Porpoises Again Play In SF Bay

Featured Recipe    Chicken and Lemon-Broccoli Alfredo

NOTE: This is the first time I made this recipe. I seldom do that here on More Thyme. I generally only use recipes I have tried, know and like. The picture looked so easy, good and pretty too. See what you think:   Picture link.  However, the reality was a little different. It was just too bland for me. It was fast and easy; but little taste.

Just goes to show you a pretty picture does not always make a delicious meal. And just goes to show I should try a recipe before I share with you.

It is a great concept. Jut needs more taste.

Next time I make it I am going to add some wine in the same step where I added the broccoli and lemons. I am also going to add more salt and pepper, and maybe some herbs or spices to give it a bit more taste.

When I do that though the cost will go up. The cost of this recipe  is what made me think it was ideal for More Thyme Than Dough.

If you try this recipe, please let me know what you think. Is it too bland for you too? How would you change the recipe to give it a bit more flavor.

At only $3.34* per person it is a real bargain. Also keep in mind this cost is for a complete meal. This $3.34 cost is not just for the entrée, but for the entrée plus two side dishes: broccoli and mushrooms.

I found this Better Homes and Garden recipe on Yahoo Shine.

While the recipe calls for 4 chicken breasts, I only used three. That is the only change I made. The cost analysis is for 4 chicken breasts.

*Costs may vary in different parts of theUnited States and the world. This is the cost in Columbus,Ohio. I also had a $2.00 off coupon for the chicken.

This is what you will need:

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts

8 oz. mushrooms or mixed mushrooms

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 lemon

3 cups fresh broccoli florets

1 10-oz. container refrigerated Alfredo pasta sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:


I did all of this before I started to make the recipe. I washed the broccoli and lemon. I cleaned the mushrooms with a damp paper towel.  I zested the lemon using a channel zester. I cut the lemon into slices. I sliced the mushrooms in half. I cut the broccoli into smaller pieces.

This is where the recipe directions begin at Yahoo Shine: Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

In large skillet, brown the chicken and mushrooms for 4 minutes in hot oil, turning chicken over at the 2 minute mark.

Add broccoli and lemon slices to skillet. Cover and cook 8 minutes or until chicken is done (170 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer).

NOTE: I had to cook the chicken 4 more minutes to reach the 170 degree mark.

Place the chicken and vegetables on plates and keep warm by tenting with aluminum foil.

Add the Alfredo sauce to skillet and heat through, stirring to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet.

When the sauce is hot drizzle some of the sauce over the chicken, broccoli and mushrooms. Sprinkle all with the lemon peel.

Bon appétit!!!


3-4 chicken breasts*            $5.60**

8 oz. mushrooms                 $1.79

1 tablespoon olive oil            $0.12              

1 lemon                              $0.44

3 cups broccoli florets           $1.50

1 10-oz cont.Alfredo sauce    $3.99

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $13.44
Cost per person (4) = $3.36

*I used only 3 chicken breasts but costed the recipe for 4 chicken breasts. All of the other ingredients were the amounts for 4 people as well.

** I had a $2.00 off coupon.

Quote of the Day

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.

Lucille Ball


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