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Tom’s Mustard Greens with Mushrooms and Bacon

Tom got inspired at Whole Foods today. We were shopping for a couple things and he came back with an armload to cook up for our lunch. As you may or may not know, he’s becoming quite the cook. Yay! Want to try his recipe? Here goes :

1. Wash mustard greens and mushrooms, then set to drain. Devein the mustard greens, leaving large leafy pieces to steam. Slice the mushrooms (Tom used those brown button mushrooms)and some fresh garlic if you like.


2. Chop and sauté your bacon, adding the garlic and those delish dark mushrooms, along with any herb mix you have on hand .


3. Let the mushrooms cook in the bacon drippings.


4. Remove the mushroom mixture to a bowl momentarily. Deglaze your pan with any wine you have on hand, and let the greens steam in one tablespoon of Balsamic vinegar. Cover. This is our “covered” pan. Yes, that IS our old pizza pan used to cover the steaming greens.

5. Greens should be cooked but not totally limp. Add the mushroom mixture back in with the steamed greens. Stir till warmed.

6.Slice some tomatoes for your side dish. Drizzle with olive oil, coarse sea salt and maybe a little dried basil.

You’re done! Here’s how it looks after Mike has had a serving. Simple, tasty and fast.

Simple ingredients, great taste!


Social Security

Today I applied. ‘Nuff said.

Could this be in my future? Hmm.


The Runner

Fav image from the 5K. It was so blisteringly hot, the shadow of the flags is the finish line.

Oh Happy Day

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I’m book purging. My inspiration was a This American Life piece about a man who retired, and tossed away all the old manuals, notes, books and papers from his old job. He said, “That was a different time of life. I don’t need these anymore”. So that’s how I feel about my books. By far the largest category of purged books is GUILT books: these are books I own because someone told me I should read them. Gone! Then there are the GIFT books, books given to me by my children and others,  that I will never read, but feel attached to because I love the giver. Gone. There are the CLASSICS: I have zero intention to read  some of my CLASSICS, but keep them because they are CLASSIC. Bye bye CLASSICS. Also, there are SPIRITUAL books, books that mark my decades and decades of SPIRITUAL life. Gone. Next to go are my JOURNALS. I am only keeping the ones that show me I haven’t moved past an issue yet. The rest are history. Literally. The last category of books to be purged is books that STINK. Yes they really have an odor. These yellowed trade paperbacks or books that are just plain old have seen better times. Away they go.





We looked at a farm today.

The Whole Truth

I am in the process of separation of my own thinking and values from the tightly packed thoughts
and morals of the community in which I have lived all my life.

Thomas Moore

Jake’s Party

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