The Olympics are almost over! It’s still raining! And the month of February is almost history for 2010! Now it’s time to celebrate the promise of Spring!
#1 – A Photo Sharing Idea
Look into using photo sharing services such as Shutterfly, Photobucket, or Snapfish to bridge the generational-technological photo sharing gap. Your children may post photos on their Facebook page, but these photos are normally inaccessible to grandparents. Some of this is on purpose, of course, because some photos just shouldn’t be seen by other generations! There are some photos, however, that grandparents would enjoy viewing. Have your child set up a photo sharing account and post photos he/she would like to share with his/her grandparents and then email the link to the grandparents. An added bonus is that grandparents can order print copies of photos if they wish.
#2 – Rules For Leftovers
These guidelines are from my most recent issue of Nutrition Action and are worth reviewing:
2 Hours from oven to refrigerator.
Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within 2 hours of cooking. Otherwise throw them away.
2 Inches thick to cool it quick.
Store food at a shallow depth – about 2 inches – to speed chilling.
4 Days in the Refrigerator – otherwise freeze it.
Use leftovers from the refrigerator within 4 days. Exception: use stuffing and gravy within 2 days. Reheat solid leftovers to 165 degrees F and liquid leftovers to a rolling boil. Toss what you don’t finish.
#3 – Fashion Trends
I just watched Fashionair’s spring summer 2010 trend video and I have to say it’s a mixed bag. Here are my comments about the trends:
Sports – Layered tanks and asymmetrical sports bras are on the runway. This look is better left in the gym or on the track.
White Out – Fresh and clean looking with different whites together, but why not pop the white with some pretty spring color?
Utility and Khaki - This style is really in right now. Cargo pants and military and utility-looking tops. Style is okay, but color is drab, drab, drab.
Lingerie – Corsets, bustiers, and lace. I’ve never been a fan of wearing undergarments on the outside.
Trouser Gown – A fashion hybrid that I actually thought was well done.
Digi Prints – These printed fabrics could be colorful and interesting.
YouthQuake – Mini and madcap – not for this over fifty chick!
Trench – Not new, but everywhere. One of the few trends I like because of the dress-up or dress-down ability.
#4 – No Sour Cream or Buttermilk?
Your recipe calls for a cup of sour cream, but you don’t have any? Just substitute cottage cheese. To 1 cup of cottage cheese add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/3 cup of butter milk and blend until smooth. If you don’t have buttermilk just add one tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of milk.
#5 – A Positive Quote
“How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself. So always think positively.”
Norman Vincent Peale
Enjoy the last few days of February!
Note: The opening photo of a Peace rosebud is for my friend Michelle, an aspiring painter of roses!