Happy News


I have been kind of serious the last few posts. So it is time to get happy and positive again. So today I give you two touching stories.

The first story I share with you today really touched me deeply.

Notes Left Behind

I don’t think there could be anything worse than losing a child.

Elena Desserich, age 6, of Cincinnati,Ohio was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer that all too soon took her life. But Elena was a special child who left something of her self behind for her parents and her sister, Grace.

Elena left behind hand written notes to her parents and her sister and hid them all around her house.

Her parents began finding the notes in book shelves or between plates in the cupboard, or in CD cases shortly after her death and they all had a similar message, “I love you mom and dad, and Grace.” 

Her parents have shared the notes in a book, Notes Left Behind. All of the proceeds from the sale of the books go for cancer research.

You can learn more about Elena and her touching story from this website: NotesLeftBehind.

Super Heroes of Kindness

Every kid wants to grow up to be a super hero. Right?

Well, preschool students in Missoula, Montana truly are super heroes now, today, a couple of times a month when they don capes and go visit seniors at senior citizen centers around town, or help clean up neighborhoods for Earth Day, or make gifts for letter carriers.

Their teacher, Kristal Burns was inspired by a Pittsburg woman who performs random acts of kindness and goes by the name, Secret Agent L. Ms Burns believed she could adapt that concept for 3 and 4 year olds.

A parent made the capes and the children wear when they perform their good deeds. In an interview with CNN, Ms Burns said that to young children a cape often means super powers and doing good for others. So the cape is important to teach the lesson that helping others is important and that they can make a difference.

You can read all of the interview and story by clicking the CNN link above.

You can also see the children in action in the video at this AARP link. This video is a delight and is not to be missed.

Kids do the most wondrful things!!

Featured Recipe             Roasted Carrots with Honey

I only needed one carrot for the Tortellini with Garden Vegetables on Wednesday this week. So the big question of the week for me was how I would use up the rest of the carrots in the bag.

It did not take long to decide. And it was not a hard decision.

This recipe is a great and easy way to fix carrots. It is great any night of the week and with any meat entrée. It also makes a super great Thanksgiving dish. Kids will love it for the honey. It will be easy for your children to eat their carrots when fixed withhoney.

It is also quick, easy and inexpensive. I mean, what’s not to like?

This is a Martha Stewart recipe from Everyday Foods. Magazine. I do not know which issue. I have changed it a bit, mostly in how the carrots are cut. I found Martha’s carrots were too small and burned too quickly at the high 450 degrees.  I also use more olive oil and more honey than the original recipe called for. This works best for me.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

5-8 carrots

1-2 tablespoon olive oil

1-2 tablespoons honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Peel the carrots.

Cut the ends off the carrots and then cut the carrots into thirds, about 2 inches long.

Then cut each of those pieces in half, this time lengthwise.

Then cut each of those pieces in half again lengthwise. Think of it as making little carrot sticks. And you want the sticks approximately the same size. [NOTE: I still need to cut some of the carrots in the picture below.Only the carrots to the extreme right have been cut as directed in the paragraph.]

If any of the pieces are much thicker than the others cut them in half again.  Try to get all of the pieces as close to similar size as humanly possible so that they roast evenly.

Toss the cut carrots them a rimmed baking sheet.

Cut the remaining carrots the same way. When all of the carrots are sliced and on the baking sheet pour the olive oil over them. I don’t even measure the oil. I pull a Rachel Ray and just, “eyeball it.” Also season with some salt and pepper.

Then using your fingers toss the carrots with the olive oil making sure all of the carrots are completely covered in oil. Spread them out in a single layer on the baking sheet.

Roast in a 450 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, tossing the carrots once at the halfway mark, until tender. Your kitchen will smell divine from the roasting carrots.

15 minutes later, at the half-way mark: I removed the carrots from the oven in order too turn them over. The carrots in the picture below look pretty well done right now. So after turning the carrots over I am only going to put them back into the oven for 5 more minutes.

NOTE: Use your judgement depending on how the carrots look. Taste one too to see if they are done.

Some browning and charring will AND SHOULD occur; and that is a good thing as it brings out the sugars in the carrots making them super delicious. But I do not want them to burn either. And 15 more minutes may burn these delights.

When the carrots are done remove from the oven and toss with the honey. Add more salt and pepepr if needed……………

………………. and serve.

Bon appétit!!!


6-8 carrots                           $0.89

1-2 tablespoon olive oil         $0.24

1-2 tablespoons honey          $0.37

Salt and pepper to taste

Total Cost = $1.50
Cost per person = $0.38

Quote of the Day

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.

Sydney J. Harris


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