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Letters for Emily by Camron Wright August 24, 2008

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This is one of my favorite books and has just been added to the “read in 2008” list! Yay for book #5. By my original schedule, I should be on book 8, but I think I can read 7 more before the end of December if I really set my mind to it.

I was given “Letters for Emily” by my step-mother (more like my sister/friend) when I graduated high school 6 years ago (oh my land, yes it’s been that long). It’s a fiction novel about a grandfather that leaves behind letters for his granddaughter and is based loosely on real-life experience. Contained within each letter are words of wisdom about how to live one’s life well. This read-through was number 3 I think, and I cry every time. I definitely recommend it.

My favorite quote from the book is: “My existence will be utterly miserable without you by my side. I will shiver, for you are my warmth–I will be lonely, for you are my friend–I will be lost, for you are my guide. Everything good in me, no matter how small, you discover. I long to see your smile in the morning, to feel your touch in the evening.” (p. 171)

Read it!

My rating is A+.

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Recipe of the Week – Tofu Scramble (Vegan)

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Traditionally, this is the vegan substitute for scrambled eggs. You can change this recipe to fit your tastes, but I’ll post what I did. I kind of just threw in whatever:

1 block extra firm tofu
6 (?) mushrooms, finely diced
1/2 (?) small zucchini, finely diced
1 small onion, finely diced
1 small clove of garlic, minced
1-2 T of olive oil (maybe more)
2 dashes of turmeric
1 T (?) of tamari
salt and pepper to taste

Crumble tofu into pan over medium high heat. No need to press it because the water will evaporate. Cook until it starts to brown, turning occasionally so each side is cooked. (Proper browning seems to help stop the tofu from absorbing all the oil). Push browned tofu to the outside of the pan, add olive oil to the center of the pan, and then the onions and garlic. Cook for a minute, then add zucchini and mushrooms, mixing everything together. Cover and allow to cook for a few minutes. Remove lid and add turmeric, tamari and salt and pepper. Mix and continue to cook until done.I served this with fried potatoes and baked beans for breakfast. I would estimate it making about 3-4 servings with the mentioned side dishes. I ate everything on the plate, which was probably more than I should have. It was a lot yummier than the last time I made a tofu scramble, and I think it was the addition of the turmeric and tamari…I can’t explain the taste of turmeric…it’s something all it’s own and I definitely recommend using it. It gives the tofu a yellow color also, which contributes to the faux egg appearance of this dish.

 

41 August 21, 2008

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sorry for all the sunrise/sunset pics, but they’re too gorgeous not to include!
 

40 August 20, 2008

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i have never seen the sunset as brilliant as it was tonight. it was so close to the horizon that it was fire truck red. this video doesn’t really capture it, but it was the best i could do at the time.
 

The Reign of Kindo – Rhythm, Chord, & Melody August 19, 2008

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TROK’s new album comes out today! My pre-ordered copy arrived yesterday and it is amazing! I wish I could share one song in particular with you, the title track, which is instrumental. I also love “Moments in Between,” which is on their myspace page. Please give these guys a listen…they are my third favorite band of all time, surpassed only by Mae and TROK’s old band, This Day & Age. Let me know what you think!

 

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