Monday, December 6, 2010

Gretchen's Flank Steak and Chocolate Doughnuts

I got this recipe from my friend Gretchen years ago and have really wanted to try it ever since she gave it to me. But, to be honest I was pretty intimidated to purchase a flank steak. I know, what's the big deal right? I guess I felt like I wasn't mature enough to pull it off or that it was too expensive to try. However, my dad makes a mean flank steak grilled on the bbq, so I know the awesomeness that is flank steak. Eventually I gave in and purchased some from Costco. In my quest to freeze more meal options, I figured I could get the most bang for my buck, and the best quality meat, but purchasing from Costco and freezing what was left. We spent about $15 for 3 pounds of flank steak. When you get over the initial sticker shock and realize that's really about $5 per meal, it isn't so bad. Another intimidating factor about this recipe is that you cook the meat on the broiler. My broiler intimidates me because it's not normal. However, after some Google searching I found my oven model and the instructions for using the broiler. With the faithful support of the HubLub we charged ahead and cooked this baby up. It was a lot easier than I expected, and I was really happy with the result. The only problem I had was that I chopped the onion too small, so the onion flavor ended up a bit strong. I should have stuck with Gretchen's recipe. It's just that the Ninja Master Prep I was using to cut the onion got a little carried away on me :) Another bonus is we ended up not eating all the meat, so we've got left overs for lunch this week - I'm thinking bbq flank steak sammy . . . I digress, here's Gretchen's amazing recipe:

Gretchen's Flank Steak

1 1/2 cup diced onion (remember, not too small!)
1 cup soy sauce (I would recommend using low sodium, we didn't and wished we had)
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp thyme (I bought fresh but at the last minute ended up using dryed)
1 Tbs oil
1 lb flank steak (at least that's the size we used)

Mix all ingredients in a gallon zip lock bag, then put in the flank steak. Marinate for a few hours or overnight (we were fine with about 3 hours). Remove flank steak from marinade and pat dry. Broil 5-10 minutes or more, depending on how cooked you like your meat. Feel free to rotate it or put foil over the top to keep it from drying out. Let the meat rest before cutting it across the grain.

As if that wasn't enough for Sunday dinner, I tryed out another brand new recipe.  The problem with trying new recipes is that it makes me feel like a failure in the kitchen.  It seems like more often than not what I end up with is not what the recipe says I should end up with.  However, despite a suspect way too soft dough, these ended up tasting pretty good.  However, after all was said and done, I'd rather save myself the time and aggravation and just go buy some chocolate cake doughnuts.  So, I guess I won't be posting the recipe on this one, but at least you can enjoy the photo.  These tasted pretty good, they got their chocolate flavor from unsweetened cocoa powder.  The glaze reminded me of hot chocolate, which was good, but not good enough to make these again :)


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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Taco Soup and Cornbread

I'm going to be honest with you. Cooking dinner has been such a grind lately. We had been doing really well for a long time with our meal planning and grocery shopping, but lately it seemed like the HubLub and I were getting home so late we were just too exhausted to think about getting our micro-mini kitchen cleaned and the dirty all over again, so we ended up eating out a few more times than usual, eating mac n cheese, soup, and sammys. So, I got to thinking about freezer meals and how we could prepare and freeze meals that were a cinch to pull out and cook on those really bad days. I researched on the internet and had a tough time finding recipes that met my expectations - no cook prep, single pot/pan cooking out of the freezer. So, I started thinking about our own recipes and how we could work with those. I thought of this Taco Soup recipe. The recipe makes a ton and is easy to pull together. I don't remember trying to freeze it before, but I figured it would be a good candidate. Then, I started thinking about storing it in the freezer and drooled over the Food Saver. There is NO way I can justify that taking up half my counter space, even if I used it daily, and cupboard space is not an option. Then I saw the Handi Vac which I had laughed at when I saw it before. But after reading a not horrible review on Consumer Reports I decided to order one and try it out. After all, for around $13 bucks on Amazon, it can't be any worse that me hand sealing zip lock bags, right? I'll let you know how that goes. But, until then, on to the stuff you care about, the recipe!

This taco soup is stupid easy to make. I know everyone and their mother has a recipe like this, so I've resisted posting this recipe. But, since it really is something we fall back on every once in a while I thought I'd go ahead and let you in on our recipe (which co-incidentally enough is from my mom :)

Taco Soup

Serves 5-6, or barely three meals for the HubLub and myself.

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp garlic, chopped/minced/pressed
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 can turkey chili with beans
1 can vacuum packed corn
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
4 oz tomato sauce
2 tablespoons or 1/2 packet of taco seasoning

Brown beef, add onions and garlic.  Cook until onions are translucent.  Add canned ingredients, undrained.  Simmer on low 1 hour.

Optional: top with cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, chopped tomatoes, or guacamole.


I felt like our favorite cornbread was a perfect compliment to the soup. We've usually just had it before with chili, but it really worked well with the soup. It's another stupid silly recipe. In fact, I got distracted and pulled it out of the oven 10 minute late and it still tasted great.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

New pages!

I just wanted to point out the new pages that have been added.  Why and Where.  So, if you wanted to know about why this blog exists or where you can contact me, just click on the links.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Apple Pie

(pictures to follow shortly :)

This year my family requested I make 2 of my apple pies to serve the masses, which I gladly agreed.  It turns out this pie has become signature dish, and I have no shame that it makes me feel pretty proud when someone requests it.  This is the first time I've made 2 pies at a time. 

Obstacle #1 was obtaining a second pie pan.  Of course, I do have a second one - in storage, so I opted to borrow my sister's pan.  Which, I found out is an in and a half larger in diameter and a bit deeper than mine.

Mistake #1 was buying the Golden Delicious apples too far in advance.  We do our weekly grocery shopping on Saturdays, so that's when I stocked up on my 5 lbs. of apples.  I was a bit disappointed today when I started cutting the apples that they didn't seem as crisp as I remember.

Genius moment #1 was realizing I could peel the apples with my veggie peeler in one long circular strip starting at the top all the way to the bottom.  That way I didn't have to worry as much about slicing a finger, much better control.  I think I picked that tip up from America's Test Kitchen.

Bad decision moment #1 was thinking I was being clever by wetting the top AND bottom of the overhanging lip of the crust.  Unfortunately, it only ended up making everything too sticky and then I think resulted in my Fail #1.

Fail #1 was when I pulled Pie #1 from the oven to find the pie top separated from the fluted crust edge on 50% of the pie :(

Success #1 was pulling Pie #2 from the oven and it looked just about perfect.

One of the smartest things I did (at the suggestion of the Hub) was making the crust doughs yesterday so I didn't have to worry about it.  Also, I started the baking process after lunch, so I don't have to worry about staying up late to finish.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In love with this


I spontaneously ducked into a local store (Ruby's Garden) with really cool baby clothes and accessories.  I wanted to see what other people were doing in the onesie department.  I got some great ideas, but also got a bit humbled at what great artists are out there.

What I really fell in love with were some prints by Nikki McClure.  I highly recommend her website.  I'm also adding her website to my favorites bar.

You can purchase her prints at buyolympia.com

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sweet Pork

This is one of my favorite recipes right now, it's super easy and super yummy. My big sister turned me onto this recipe when she had the hubby and I over for dinner. Here's the shopping list:

Pork roast (5ish pounds, whatever cut they have at the market is good)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 jar green salsa (we like the Herdez brand salsas)

Combine the above in a slow cooker and cook away on low until meat is pull-apart tender (about 5 hours).

Serve up with your favorite accompanyments like seasoned rice, throw them in tacos, or make nachos. The possiblities are endless, but any way you try it, you'll like it!

PS - this recipe is supposedly a Cafe Rio copy cat recipe of their Sweet Pork Barbacoa. Since I've had both I can say they are equally good. I don't know they taste the same, but in my opinion this is the next best thing for those of us not lucky enough to live close to one.

Bon Appetite!
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Giveaway (but not from me)

I know I'm majorly slacking on the blog, and I have lots of great post ideas, but you'll just have to bare with me while I get organized and cross a few more things off my to-do list first.

In the meantime, take a minute to check this triathelete blog out: DC Rainmaker. I follow him because he has really incredible in-depth reviews of sports-related products, and he keeps me motivated to get out there and run. This giveaway he's doing is for a Garmin 310XT. Even if you're not interested in the giveaway check him out anyway.

Disclaimer: I am getting an extra entry for posting this here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Onesie Tutorial


You'll need stabilizer, double-sided fusing material, a hoop, scissors, thread, and the fabric of your choice. For this onesie I was provided the butterfly flannel by a client, and luckily had several threads on hand to choose from.

Next, cut out your shape from the fabric.

Lay out the fabric however you like best. Consider adding detail to the back side of the onesie, for a fun touch.

Cut out a piece of double-sided fusing and follow instructions for applying to the fabric. (note: the correct and easier way is to cut out the general shape, trace the shape on the fusing, cut and apply the fusing, then cut the shape to the exact shape you want.)

Remove the paper and follow the fusing instructions to adhere to the onesie.
Next, cut out a piece of stabilizer at least as big as the embroidery hoop. Lay out and combine all layers.
Sew along the outline, adding antenae free hand style, if desired.
Pull threads from top through the bottom. Do this by lightly tugging on the length of the bottom thread (from the bobbin) until you see a loop pop through. Gently pull on the loop as the top string comes through to the bottom. Tie the two threads together and trim.
Trim excess stabilizer.



Finally, iron the onesie flat.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Flag Cake


At first I thought it was a cheesy, cliche thing to make for 4th of July, but then I got in the spirit of it and it seemed like a good idea. I will post the recipes I used later (but not the disaster butter cream one). Dunkin Hines bailed me out on this one. So, for your 4th of July pleasure:

Onesie Tutorial Coming Soon!

I'll be posting a tutorial on how I make my onesies, stay tuned!
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Go-To Quick and Easy Cookies

I discovered these No Bake Cookies I on allrecipes.com, submitted by Denise. I got rave reviews from the 12-14 year olds I teach on Sundays, and my husband really liked them too. Oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate = yummy goodness!

1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons unsweeteded cocoa powder
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 cups quick-cooking oats (old fashioned oats work if that's all you have, but changes the texture a bit)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper. Let cool until hardened.

Enjoy!
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Pork Nachos

I came home from work today to find these ready for me :) My hubby dreamed up these beauties after hearing his co-workers rave about a local restaurant's pork nachos. He took tortilla chips and layered them with warmed refried beans, warmed Kirkland Smoked Pulled Pork from Costco (amazingly good), and shredded colby jack. He put it in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese melted, then topped them with guacamole. They were so good I didn't need to add anything, although my hubby added Cholula, of course!
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Chicken Milenesa


This is a simple one. I love Milenesa made with thin steak, so we tried the same theory with chicken, which we always have on hand (thank you Costco!).
Pound boneless skinless chicken breasts to 1/4 inch, or butterfly cut the chicken breast
Dredge in lightly beated egg mixture, then seasoned bread crumbs.
Fry in 1/2 inch of hot vegetable oil in nonstick skillet, flipping half way through until brown on all sides and cooked through.
Drain on paper towels or cookie rack.
Serve with broccoli and seasoned red potatoes.
Enjoy!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Packing for a trip?

I came across a great article from Unclutterer.com about packing carry-on luggage. Considering how expensive it is to fly these days and with all the extra fees, I think it's a piece of advice that might interest us all. The article links to a New York Times pictorial where Heather Poole, a flight attendant from LA, demonstrates cleverly packing 10 days worth of clothing into a standard carry-on bag. Her biggest secret? Rolling clothing instead of folding. My mom taught me that trick years ago, but Heather takes it to another level and really maximizes space and keeping clothing from wrinkling.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Results are In


Thanks everyone for your comments! Picture #1 is me without makeup, Picture #2 is me with Simply Ageless Corrector (230), eye Concealer (light medium), Foundation (classic ivory), and Sculpting Blush (royal plum), and Picture #3 is me with MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation (NW15), MAC blushes in (spice and dame).

I tried the Simply Ageless makeup throughout the week to really try it out and see what I thought. I tried it with the sponge pads included with the foundation and blush. However, I preferred using my brushes, I felt like I got more natural coverage and the application was easier with the brushes.

What I did like about the Simply Ageless line was that the coverage seemed more even, or opaque. My freckles really faded away. The colors they sent me were pretty spot on, especially considering when I signed up all I could pick was the foundation without a color sample. It felt light on my skin, despite looking a bit heavy. The packaging is fun and sturdy.

However, I didn't like that the containers screwed apart (as opposed to the MAC powders which have a hinge, so you don't have to worry about putting the top somewhere while you're using it). When I first used the blush with the sponge the application was awkward and unnatural because it comes on so strongly and the sponge isn't conducive to a natural look. I was a lot happier with the results when I used it with a brush. Also, I noticed that when I used both the corrector and concealer around my eyes, the lines seemed accentuated, especially when I applied the foundation over them - it's probably my error in applying it too thickly, but still. Finally, it seemed to take a bit more effort to wash it off at the end of the day (although I did notice it didn't rub off on napkins during the day, compared to MAC).

Overall, I was pretty happy with Simply Ageless, and if I decide not to continue with MAC, I would definitely consider this makeup, since I wouldn't have to travel to a department store to buy it, and I'd be saving around $14.

At the end of the week, I found myself back to my tried and true MAC lineup. I just liked the more natural look, and it came off easier at the end of the day.

The bottom line:

Simply Ageless
Corrector: $10.99
Concealer: $10.99
Foundation: $13.99
Blush: $10.99
TOTAL: $46.96

MAC
Foundation: $26.00
Spice powder: $16.50
Dame powder: $18.50
TOTAL: $61.00

If you are interested in trying Simply Ageless yourself, let me know because I have a ton of $2.00 off coupons!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sticking to my schedule

I got up this morning and did my training, feels good! I think I'm back to my routine again (finally)! Although, my legs are a bit sore from the Saturday run.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I did it!

I went for a run this morning. Granted, I still slept in, but I did go out for a run. Since it's been so long, I didn't want to over do it so I just went for a mile jog. It felt so good. It felt even better when I came back home and felt the sense of accomplishment of finally getting back into the swing of things. I think I feel the little spark of motivation to push me back on the work-out train :) Tomorrow's goal is yoga and P90X ab workout. Wish me luck!

I actually went in to work today for some overtime to get caught up with a back log of filing. I didn't get as much done as I wanted to, but definitely I feel more settled with what I was able to do.

I'm telling you, I don't know how working mom's do it! I can barely keep myself together after working full time, I can't imagine having to nurture a child on top of that. Necessity must make mothers much more efficient and productive :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

BzzAgent Covergirl & Olay SimplyAgeless Trial

Photo courtesy of covergirl.com

So, I am a BzzAgent. What that means is that I get free stuff to try out, and then give my opinions and "buzz" about it. I don't get paid for giving positive reviews of the products I try. I do get points towards prizes for filing reports, regardless of positive or negative reviews. Hence, no incentive to lie.

This is my second bzz campaign. Yesterday I got the Covergirl & Olay SimplyAgeless makeup in the mail and thought tonight would be a good time to try it out. I'm going to post three pictures of myself (sorry! I DON'T recommend doing this to yourself, I am now painfully aware of flaws I didn't see before, ouch!). I have my regular make up, the new makeup, and no makeup at all. I'm really curious what you think. I am a bit on the fence about what I think about it.

I don't want to tell you which photo is which yet. Leave a comment below and vote in the poll about your favorite, and I'll let you know which is which next Friday! I'll also be a bit more detailed in what I do and don't like about the new make up and my current makeup (Mac).

Photo #1
Photo #2
Photo #3

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Climbing Back on the Wagon

I don't know why, but I have really have lost all motivation to blog the past few months. It's weird, it's not that I don't want to, but I just haven't had the energy. I have tons of pictures and things to share. So, my fingers are crossed that this Sunday I'll have some more to share.

Sadly, I haven't really been running in the past few weeks either. Fingers crossed that I can get out of my cozy bed early tomorrow morning and get my butt back in gear ;) Wish me luck!

Friday, March 5, 2010

STOKED!


I just got published! The EBRC newsletter has been uploaded to the website and is ready for everyone to check it out. I'm pretty proud of my little baby. This was my concept and I turned it into a reality. It wouldn't have been anything special if it weren't for the people who supported me and contributed content (thank you Jessica and Emily).



Please check it out here.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Brick and Mortar vs. Online for Shoe Buying

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom.com

I have been looking for some work shoes for the past six months and just haven't found anything that was worth the price. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted and could never find it. What was more frustrating was in the time that I was looking to just replace my work shoes, I came to realize I really needed to get a pair of commuter shoes and a pair of casual shoes.

I commute to work and end up doing a fair amount of walking. I learned early on that wearing my work shoes on the half mile walk home nearly killed my feet. I tried flip flops, but got creeped out walking through the really dirty city streets without more protection. I started wearing my work flats, but ended up totally trashing them because I ended up wearing them everyday. Currently I've been sporting, my casual shoes, but they've gotten worn down and I've gotten tired of them. Plus, they look funny with my work clothes. My critera were they needed to be comfortable, well-made, leather (because of occasional rainy commutes), cute, and reasonably priced.

Secondly, I wanted a pair of shoes to replace said casual shoes. I wanted them to be as versitile as possible. I needed something I can wear running errands and hanging out with friends. Something comfortable, stylish, cute, versitile, and reasonably priced.

Thirdly, I wanted a pair of shoes to wear at work. I've pretty much just have one and a half pairs :) One pair is pretty comfortable, black wedges, that go with just about everything. The half-pair is considered "half" because cute as they are they are uncomfortable for wearing for more than just a few hours. Great for church, but not for work. Plus, they've stretched quite a bit and just don't stay on my feetsies very well anymore, which is super annoying. I just wanted something cute, preferably a flat, that was comfortable, versitle, and reasonably priced.

In my search for my shoes I went all over: Ross (I don't know why I try, a needle in a haystack-IF you're lucky), Macy's, DSW, macys.com, shoebuy.com, piperlime.com, amazon.com, zappos.com, Clarks, and all sorts of mall stores. I tried the brick and mortar stores first, hoping to find something there, and when that didn't work and I just didn't have time to continue driving around all over, I found that online stores were pretty convenient. Problem was I found myself spending too much time going through the online stores comparing styles and reviews and still not finding the right shoe at the right price. I found a few good options, but nothing I was gaga over, nothing that fit all the criteria perfectly.

Finally, I decided on some Keen's for commuting. The Erin Ballerina, to be exact. The name just was the tipping point. It was cute enough, casual, fun, leather. Sure, it's a bit chunky, but I think it's still fun. I imagine myself to be an outdoorsy kind of person, and I thought this style reflected that part of my personality. I found a killer deal on this $90 shoe at shoebuy.com, I ended up getting a discount from their already discounted price. I typically only purchase shoes online from places with free shipping and returns, which is what attracted me to shoebuy.com in the first place. The shoes arrived about 5 days after I ordered them and after I put them on I was disappointed. The sizing was off a bit, too wide, even though it was the right length. They looked even chunkier on my foot than the picture, and just was not flattering. All I could hear in my head was Stacy and Clinton talking about shoes that look like potatoes. Sadly, I thought, I needed to return them.

After that disappointment, I was more committed than ever to finally find a shoe once and for all. I decided to go shoe shopping that Saturday in San Francisco with a determination not to leave until I had something to show for my time. Three hours later, and MANY stores later (I had only planned on going to DSW and Macy's) I ended up with three pairs of shoes. A pair of black flats from Macys, and a pair of Converse and Vans from Nordstrom.

My experience at Macy's was mixed. It was a madhouse. Macy's has a sale just about every other day, yet still the place was packed. If you've every been to Macy's at Union Square you know how huge the women's shoe department is. After doing about two laps around the floor I decided on four pairs of flats to try on. I waited around for a saleswomen to get me the sizes I needed. She was amazing. Considering how many customers she was helping I was truly impressed. She remembered the exact sizes in the different shoes and didn't forget about me. Three of the shoes were available in my size, and only one fit. I looked at the price and figured it was the best I was going to find at that price (plus I had some credit on a store gift card I wanted to use up). I was done looking for the perfect flat. This guy was patent leather (not my ideal choice), but it had a cute buckel, and most importantly it fit. Considering all the flats I tried on that were way too wide and not as cute once I put on my foot, this one was a star. I was a little bummed that I only had one pair after that first hour, especially since it wasn't really the pair I needed.

So, off I went to DSW. I had scouted it out earlier in the week. I was surprised to find they had the Erin Ballerina there for the same price I paid online. I was pretty impressed. After trying on several pairs of shoes, nothing really stood out. I felt like as much as I wanted a pair of shoes, I wasn't going to pay $50 for something I didn't at least feel good in. I mean, isn't that the point - you want to feel like you look good, so then you feel good all around, right?

Lucky for me Westfield mall was right there. I started at Nordstrom (one of my favorite stores, probably because I used to work there, and my mom and sisters worked there when I was growing up). Some contenders, but nothing amazing. So, I went to most of the stores that I thought gave me the best chance at finding a commuter shoe and a casual shoe. I was tired and I was bummed. I found a pair of Clarks I liked okay, but they certainly didn't scream cool or fashionable, plus they were $110. Ouch. As I was walking around feeling desperate I started rationalizing. "If I get the Converse and the Clarks, then average that with the $20 out of pocket I spent on the flats, maybe that's not so bad for three pairs of shoes." Yes, I was that desperate. So, back I went to Nordstrom to get the Converse. While I was there looking around, next to the Converse were those old school slip on Vans. I had Vans when I was in elementary school. Now, they aren't on par with say the quality of Clarks, but they were kinda cute, they slipped on, and they were kinda comfy, and they were definitely cheaper than Clarks. Actually, I could get a few Vans for the price of one pair of Clarks. At Nordstrom the sales guy was super nice and helpful. I explained that I wanted to try out the Converse and the Vans and that I was not too sure on my size in those shoes. He brought out lots of boxes and let me do my thing without hovering, which I really appreciated. I was trying on a pair of the Converse and thought, gee I should try on the next size down to see if those are a better fit, just in case. I looked through the boxes and surprise, there was the next size down! After himming and hawing on sizes and styles (one foot is a half-size different from the other - is a bit too small or a bit too big better?) I ended up purchasing a pair of grey Converse and black Vans.

The moral of this long story? Despite the "convenience" of shopping online with the immense variety and often better deal, in the end I'd rather have an experience like I did at a brick and mortar store like Nordstrom where I could sit down and try the different sizes on at the same time and compare them side-by-side to make sure I ended up with something I felt good about. The sales associate was exactly what I needed: helpful, proactive, and not a hoverer. I suppose I could have ordered several sizes online and then just returned the ones that didn't fit, but that's a bit of a hassle logistically and financially, especially when returns can take several cycles to show on the credit card statement. When it comes down to it, I'm willing to spend more money for the experience and "convenience" of a brick and mortar store.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tool Organizer


I wish I had tools and a garage just so I could do this project! It makes the organizer inside me so giddy. I found this reposted on Unclutterer.
(Image from Instructables)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Black History Month

My work has been promoting Black History Month all month long with different activities like weekly quizes, an art exhibit, and today a presentation on African Americans and Criminal Justice. It was a reminder to me of how far our society has come, and yet how far there is still to go in providing equality in the criminal justice system. A large portion of the presentation was on the difficulty in assembling a jury of one's peers for African Americans. The majority of jury's are white and can't relate to some experiences of African Americans, and a majority of the justice system (judges, attorneys, law enforcement) are white.

Here is a link to a 10-minute documentary on the jury process called "Juror Number Six". It gave me a lot to think about in regards to the biases faced as a juror and whether any one person can truely be prejudice-free.

My take-home from the presentation was that injustice still occurs today in the African American community, they face prejudice from the law enforcement level to the prosecution level. It's important to be aware of these injustices and recognize them as real issues, serve as a juror when the opportunity arises, and recognize that we all have biases.

Here's a funny clip they couldn't show during the presentation but suggested we take a look at. It's the Kings of Comedy and Cedric the Entertainer jokes about African Americans and running. The truth behind the joke is that when people in the African American community run away from police, often it's not because they are guilty or have done anything wrong, but it's something that they've learned - it's best to avoid dealing with the police all together.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cleaning Tips

I came across this suggestion from Unclutterer and thought I'd pass it along. I tried something like this when I first got married and it lasted about two weeks. It's a great idea, though, and I'm inspired to try it again.


"Don’t feel you need to take on cleaning your entire house all in one weekend. At Chez Doland, we deep clean the kitchen and dining room on Monday, Bathrooms on Tuesday, Bedrooms on Wednesday, Living and family rooms on Thursday, and Friday is for the foyer, garage, and laundry room. After a 10 minute general pick up around the house, we focus for 20 minutes on the targeted room."

Sunday, February 21, 2010