Archive for December, 2008

A GOOD NIGHT

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

The Holidays are upon us ….¬† baking cookies …. singing favorite songs……. spending treasured time with our families …. friends……making new memories …..

With that I wish all my blog friends a Very Merry Christmas …. A Happy New Year!!¬† A Happy Hanukah!!

No matter what language …. no matter what religion….. one thing is universal in all our hearts¬†…. minds…. souls….

PEACE ON EARTH…. GOOD WILL TOWARDS MEN….

Below is a gift … to our friends …..all over the world … all over blogland… across the miles…¬†

TO EACH AND EVERY ONE I WISH YOU…..

Afrikaans – een plesierige kerfees
Arabic – I’d¬†milad¬†said¬†oua¬†sana saida

Argentine – Felices Pasquas Y felices ano Nuevo
Armenian – Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand

Azeri – Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Basque – Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bohemian – Vesele Vanoce
Brazilian – Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo

Breton – Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian – Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Chinese – (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† (Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
Cornish – Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Cree – Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian – Sretan Bozic
Czech – Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish РGlædelig Jul
Dutch – Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
English – Merry Christmas
Esperanto – Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian – Ruumsaid juulup|hi
Farsi – Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish – Hyvaa joulua
French – Joyeux Noel
Frisian – Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
German – Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek – Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian – Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew – Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi – Shub Naya Baras
Hungarian – Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic – Gledileg Jol
Indonesian – Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi – Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian – Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latvian – Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!
Lithuanian – Linksmu Kaledu
Manx – Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa

Maori – Meri Kirihimete
Marathi – Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo – Merry Keshmish
Norwegian – God Jul
Pennsylvania German – En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Polish – Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese – Boas Festas
Rapa-Nui – Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rumanian – Sarbatori vesele
Russian – Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom

Serbian – Hristos se rodi
Slovakian – Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce

Sami – Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan – La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scots Gaelic – Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serb-Croatian – Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina

Singhalese – Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak – Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene – Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish – Feliz Navidad
Swedish – God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt √Ör
Tagalog – Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil – Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai – Sawadee Pee Mai

Turkish – Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian – Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu – Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese – Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh – Nadolig Llawen
Yugoslavian – Cestitamo Bozic

Papua New Guinea – Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu

WITH THAT BEING SAID…. I WILL BE BREAKING UNTIL AFTER THE NEW YEAR!

BUONE FESTE NATALIZIE!!!

CIAO FOR NOW !!

HUGS

JO

HEALTHY SPAGHETTI

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Hello and thanks for visiting today …..

When the weather gets colder outside …. I always love something that has some warmth to it for a meal ….

At times its hard finding a dish thats healthy…. well if you like spaghetti then this is a mouth watering recipe that is both fillings and delish!!…¬† You see…¬†I use a secret ingredient….

Is it in the sauce?¬† no way …. its in the spaghetti….

What ….. kind of spaghetti is healthy?¬†¬† wheat?¬† well it is….. but thats not what I use… hehe

No… what I use is spaghetti …. squash!!¬† Less carbs…. veggies …. meat (of your choice) …sauce…

What could be better than that…. vegetarians could use tofu in place of the meat ….

This meal takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to make. depending on the size of your squash …¬† simple …. easy … oh so yummy!!

Ingredients;

1 ~ Spaghetti Squash …. cut in half lengthwise …. seeds removed

Fresh garlic (I use many cloves… like ten….. or more) but its all up to you ….¬†

1 ~ pkg of Italian sausage links…. (again if you wish you could use chicken or tofu… etc)… slice links into small rounds (I use hot and spicy) …. again a matter of choice

1 ~ onion sliced thin

1 lg + 1 med can of Tomato sauce 

Thats it….

Start with your squash¬†…. once its cut lengthwise … place in a deep dish skin side down …place a pat of butter (I use smart balance) inside the cavity…. and add water to the bottom of the dish…¬† Bake in a 35Oo oven …… between 30 to 45 minutes

It should look like this

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Next ….¬† while the squash is baking…place olive oil in bottom of pan …throw in your garlic …. saute….

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Slice your sausage …. I find¬†that by¬†freezing …. then partially defrosting…. it makes it easier to cut

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Then brown in pan with garlic ….¬†

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Next add sliced onions ….. continue browning …. once finished ….

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Pour in your sauce …. bring to a boil …. then let simmer …

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Continuously check your squash…. it should be tender when a knife is pushed through … should look like this ….

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I know …. you say that doesnt look like spaghetti .!!!… but watch the magic fork…

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TA DA!!¬† Magic …. almost like angel hair pasta ….

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Now for the good part…

Take your sauce …. Pour it over the squash right in its skin… get ready to devour…

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Ok….. so the bread isnt so healthy but the rest is …

Should you have a manly man or meat and potatoe kind of guy… then here is another way to serve this hearty meal …..

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Can’t get any better than that!!

On another note…¬† since my surgery I have been quite inactive which has led to some extra added weight … another reason for my wanting healthy but hearty meals….

While at a whole foods store …. I found the most delectable honey…¬† home grown…pure … raw… looks more like peanut butter ….¬†¬† they call it the nectar of the gods…. I do believe they are right…

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Heavenly with a cup of tea…

On the back of the card it says..

“Just Imagine”

It took 60,000 workers….

950,000 trips to produce this pound of raw honey!

One bee spends its entire life filling a thimbleful of honey!

Now that is what I call dedication ….

If you are interested … write me through my contact sheet on my website for this mans phone number

I do hope you enjoy trying out this …. in my opinion …. culinary delight ….

Til next time….¬† dont forget to sign up for the updates to my blog along the sidebar…. makes it so much easier to keep up with posts….

I hope to grace you with some fascinating vintage items that belonged to my mother… since I am trying as best I can… slowly and surely I am getting some things done around the house¬†each day ….. ¬†for as long as my foot can handle… which has¬†allowed me to discover some delights that have been packed away in boxes….

More art …. coming your way too …. and that surprise I keep talking about…

So … CIAO FOR NOW!!!

JO

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