Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sleeping Through The Storm

A young man applied for a job as a farmhand. When the farmer asked for his qualifications, he said, “I can sleep when the wind blows.”

This puzzled the farmer. But he liked the young man, and hired him.

A few days later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a violent storm. They quickly began to check things out to see if all was secure. They found that the shutters of the farmhouse had been securely fastened. A good supply of logs had been set next to the fireplace.

The young man slept soundly.

The farmer and his wife then inspected their property. They found that the farm tools had been placed in the storage shed, safe from the elements.

The tractor had been moved into the garage. The barn was properly locked. Even the animals were calm. All was well.

The farmer then understood the meaning of the young man’s words, “I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Because the farmhand did his work loyally and faithfully when the skies were clear, he was prepared for the storm when it broke. So when the wind blew, he was not afraid. He could sleep in peace.

— Author Unknown

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Fuzzy Friday: Iceberg The Orca and Crazy Colored Crabs!!

Happy Fuzzy Friday everyone!!  This week, Fuzzy Friday is a little more fishy then fuzzy as a lot of exciting news came out about our friends who live under the sea and stream.  From an all white killer whale, to new species of red and purple crabs, our fishy friends dominated the headlines. Although each on their own is quite special and unique, together they make one pretty fantastic Fuzzy Friday Feature, so let’s get to it!

Meet Iceberg, the first ever known all white male orca in the world, recently spotted swimming in the Pacific Ocean with a pod of 12 other orcas off the coast of Russia. CNN reports that scientists in Moscow are extremely excited about this new discovery and although, according to Eric Hoyt, the co-director of the Far East Russia Orca Project, two other white orcas have been seen in the area, Iceberg is the first fully grown male.  Scientists are still unsure of the cause of Iceberg’s all white color, speculating he may be an albino however it also could be caused by some other reason which they won’t know more about until they are able to study the whale a little closer.  Iceberg, the estimated 16 year old white orca, is special not only because of his all white color but it’s also what he represents to the scientific community which Hoyt stated is, “a symbol of all that is pure, wild and extraordinarily exciting about what is out there in the ocean waiting to be discovered.”

In other news, four new species of crab have been discovered in the Philippines, sporting shells of bright red and purple.  According to MSNBC, scientists from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Germany came upon the new species of freshwater crabs during part of their Aqua Palawan research program.  The four new species of crab live only on the island of Palawan as the sea keeps them from leaving the island, needing freshwater for all their stages of development. Congratulations to Iceberg the Orca and the four new species of crazy colored crabs on being this weeks Fuzzy Friday Feature!! With your elusive lifestyles and recent discovery, you are proof that we still have so much more to learn about and discover in this fantastically fuzzy and fishy world.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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Simple Soup Recipe: Puree of Cauliflower Soup

One of the staples in my diet, when I am trying to eat a little healthier and lose a little weight before the dreaded “bikini season”, is soup.  I enjoy making and eating all kinds of soups from Italian Wedding to Sweet Pea soup and I find the most healthy and least fattening to be pureed vegetable soups.  I love pureed vegetable soups not only because (being the veggie lover that I am) they are delicious in their simplicity, pureed vegetable soups are also one of those dishes that as long as you are careful not to add too much milk or butter when making it, you can eat as much of it as you want.  Anything I can eat in abundance, especially when I am trying to drop a few pounds, makes it all that much more awesome.

This week I went on the hunt for a nice and simple recipe for Puree of Cauliflower Soup and found one that is not only incredibly easy to make, it also came out so well that I almost ate the entire batch last night by myself (no joke).  However, as I kept the dairy I added to a minimum and on the low fat side and although I definitely feel asleep last night full and happy after devouring bowl after bowl of Puree of Cauliflower Soup, I woke up without one shred of guilt (best thing ever)!  Here is the recipe in case you are looking for a nice and simple recipe for Puree of Cauliflower Soup:) Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 head of Cauliflower chopped

1 medium size onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic chopped

2 tbs fresh parsley diced

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 cup milk

1 tbs butter

salt

pepper

Directions:

1- In a large pot, melt 1 tbs butter and add onions and 2 tsp salt to pot, cooking until tender over medium high heat for ~ 5 minutes

2-Add chopped garlic to pot and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute

3- Add chopped cauliflower to pot, stirring to combine ingredients, reduce heat to medium and cover, cook for ~ 3 minutes

4-Add two cups chicken/vegetable broth to pot and 1 tsp pepper , increase heat to high and bring to a boil, cover and cook for ~ 10 minutes or until cauliflower is soft

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