April 2013 Ominum-Gatherum

Whether you prefer Pink or White, they are the highlight of the mid Atlantic in April.  You can keep your Cherry Blossom Festival. In my mind, the Dogwood Tree wins hands down for bringing in the Spring.   Luckily, I don’t have to choose between colors, they are both in view from my front door! On to May……  The Virtual Vegan Potluck will make May proud on the 11th. Check it out here: Virtual Vegan Potluck 

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March 2013 Omnium-Gatherum

March 2013 Omnium-Gatherum

March? What a peaceful way to end my March.  After working in miserable, cold weather all winter, I got to enjoy one last beautiful snow….from the comfort of my bedroom window Monday morning. And as beautiful as this spring snow was, was because it was all gone by the afternoon…. I’d much rather be snapping pics like this one from last spring out my windows. Didn’t expect to be taking snow pics at the end of March in DC. Earlier this month, I drove through Antietam National Battlefield on my way home from work.  I thought it was cold that day too so maybe I’m just ready for real spring weather.  23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing on these fields in just 12 hours in 1862 and paved the way to the Emancipation Proclamation.  I’m almost certain that I was the only one in the park that day and with the wind howling it was kind of creepy.  Beautiful fields though. And I’m really glad that I wasn’t the one who had to build this fence that seemed to go on forever all through the park. I have a slight obsession with these fences I guess.  This one is…

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January Omnium-Gatherum

 January.  My least favorite month.  I work outside and drive, and drive and drive for a living.  January mornings start around 5 am bundled up on the way to my office car. It is, if nothing else, VERY peaceful. Soon enough though, all the noise of the road will start.  And my view for 50% of my days will look much like this bitter cold day on my way down to Luray. January is always my toughest month physically.  Not just from the cold but I double up on my day’s work and  try to avoid Really bad weather days.  If it’s nice out, I’m working until I’m done for the month.  Like now, which is great.  It’s just hard pushing all that driving into so few days. I take pictures along the way to break up the monotony and in January, the scenery is definitely sparse and dreary. At least a few plants still have some color through the winter! The Earth’s annual resurrection can be really tough on me some years and this one was bleak and lonely.  But hey……….. I took this Cherry Blossom pic at the end of February 2 years ago….so spring is just around the corner.…

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December 2012 Omnium-Gatherum

Our first icy snow of the season today.   So glad I’m home enjoying the view from a warm cozy spot                                                                                                                                         and don’t have to work 🙂 Winter weather around Washington D.C. is usually beautiful, and always a nightmare to get around town in. Here’s what my view out the windshield looked like this morning as my husband was scraping the ice off. Ahhh, I so love D.C. in the winter………… So let’s look forward to the spring and all the wonderful fresh foods that will be in the stores when it gets warmer.  Right now I feel like hibernating until the thaw. My first priority of the new year is to reduce my sugars to be completely unrefined. Glycemic Index of Sugars and Other Sweeteners: Source: http://www.puregoodness.net/nutrition/sweeteners-decoded/ For more information about the…

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November Omnium-Gatherum

November was full of long work days for me.  I was trying to push myself in the first weeks so that I could have a week off at the end to rest and work on recipes, clean house, rest, enjoy Thanksgiving, more rest.  And since I work outside and travel around 4 states all month long, the winter months are always full of a little stress about what the weather will bring us.  The view yesterday from the top of Union Station watching the sun rise over the Capital was a wonderful end to a long month of travel. (Much more calming for me to look at than what’s been going on inside the Capital dome these days.) Well I am done with my month’s work.   And I am resting. But it’s impossible to work on recipes when I can’t smell or taste what I’m fixing 🙁   My first winter cold……………….. So glad that I didn’t have to get up at 4:30 this morning but it would REALLY  have been nice to have been asleep instead of trying to breathe. My eyes have been watering so much I can’t believe they are still so puffy?   And I’ll…

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October Omnium-Gatherum

Unfortunately my October is ending with a big messy storm instead of being able to dance around the house in anticipation of the Virtual Vegan Potluck coming up November 1st…………..instead my weekend is being sideswiped by SANDY! The hurricane is really cramping our style here but hopefully we can keep power and not lose any trees…. Saw this on line last week and thought it was worth sharing:   I’ve been delving into more information on Anti-inflammatory diets and the effect they can have on preventing pain. For more information, there’s a wonderful film available here: http://www.forksoverknives.com/plant-based-diet-has-me-winning-my-long-hard-battle-with-ulcerative-colitis/ And be sure and read Somer’s real life experiences with life changing diets at Vedged Out Somer may have saved her own life by changing what she feeds her body.  A wonderful story you can’t miss: Somer’s before and after pics.  Check out her story at Forks Over Knives  My husband journeyed down to Texas this month for a few days and said there were more Road Runners than Texans every where he went. They don’t quite look like the cartoon version we all grew up watching do they? MMMbbppp MMMbbpp. I had to pick up one of these absolutely gorgeous Olive Wood boards…

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September Omnium-Gatherum

A very busy month with lots of fun things going on………..and a lot of work  (ARGGGHHH) I was very fortunate to win a ‘Milk Frother’ from Capresso in a blog giveaway.  I’ve been heating my Soy or Nut Milks for some years now and this has been a real time saver in the mornings and adds a little fancy foam as well.  Very easy to clean and works great! I’ve been experimenting with different flavors and even used it this morning to make apple cider spiced up with a Pumpkin Latte Syrup…..recipe coming up this week! It was so delicious and the frother really made mixing and heating so quick. Love it! I also took some time to de-stress one cool September morning while working out in the farm areas of Maryland to stop and take in the beauty of a morning fog just lifting off the fields: It was an early September humid but cool morning that just was perfect weather after such a hot summer. This year’s corn crop is about done.  We had pretty regular rain this summer so it wasn’t as dried out as in some recent years.  I’ll miss the taste of an ear of…

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Friday Morning Fog

Friday Morning Fog

I took a few minutes of my work route this morning to watch the sunrise…. I can only hope that someday I have a view like this to stare at each morning. After working the past few days in the heart of Washington DC, this was a very welcome work day. Luckily, I didn’t disturb  anyone……….. With everything going on in the world today….take a moment to appreciate any peaceful moments you can have. Have a great weekend everyone.

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August Ominum-Gatherum

This was one of the hottest month I’ve experienced and working outside many of those days really took a toll on my energy. I tried to keep my healthy diet choices going with the help of wonderful summer fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets. And in Antique Markets around 4 States, I found some wonderful new bargains for my collections.  Incrediable prices! I love looking for special pieces that have such character and history. And my favorite find from just yesterday in NY, an old Pestle.  Sorry that they didn’t have the Mortar to go with but it’s still very cool and useful to me. On a whole other topic, I fell in love with ‘glitter’ nail polish.  Why I don’t know but it seems to be popular everywhere now, at least in drug stores.  I love it. One thing I’ve found though is that it is very difficult to remove.  But still great! My favorite simple recipe from this month was VERY simple: Red Raspberry Vinairgrette!  So fresh and tangy on salads.  It’s a new favorite and mixes well with my previous favorite, Spicy Whole Grain Honey Mustard. Both are wonderfully bright on salads and as a dip. …

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July Omnium-Gatherum

This month we celebrate our independence. The month has been full of lots of great finds for my kitchen,  mixed in with lots of hard, humid, hot, sticky weather to work in each day 🙁 Some things like the hot sun much more than me: So, the good of having a job and being able to spend time in the kitchen………. And the bad of spending a whole lot of hours on the road earning some pay to buy beauties like this: Actually these two pieces were only $3.00 each at The Home Goods store.  So a really good find there. Then I found a couple good buys at an Antique store in Damascus MD. I filled up the old Mason Jar with a new recipe for Chocolate Banana Cashew Nut Butter, awesome stuff with or without the jar… The dishes were labeled with who owned them and such.  I always wonder about what family had the things I buy and what may have happened in their lives with the dishes.  Were they hand-me-downs?  Did they have special meaning to them? My Mom recently gave me a bunch of table linens from her Mom and Grandmother. And I know they are…

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