That Which We Call A Rose…

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Hello there, beautiful people.
In case you were wondering about the origin of the title:
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
    – William Shakespeare
It appears that I have a TON of pictures from my old phone scattered around my desktop right now, and I slowly want to integrate them into some lovely posts when the proper time arises. Two of them jumped out at me today, and so they are the chosen ones.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
    – Abraham Lincoln (my favorite president)
As you may know, I am the proud owner of an Excalibur Dehydrator – she is a thing of beauty and I honestly don’t use her as much as I should… something I hope to change. I have made some killer chicken jerky in the past amongst other things, but the items I have been dehydrating most lately are flowers. Roses, in particular.
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.

        – Victor Hugo

I have the beginnings of a nice cacophony of flower colors for a beautiful potpourri, and it turns out the majority of them even retain their smell. Someday, I want to use the dried petals for rose tea, but I need to either grow my own flowers for that (another goal) or find a reputable supplier who doesn’t use pesticides. I’m not really interested in drinking nasty bug drugs, thank you very much.
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Aren’t they beautiful?! Who knew that receiving flowers as gifts could bring so much happiness, both during and after peak bloom. It’s all about the little things, people.

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.
      – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince
To stay in the spirit of roses, I compiled some quotes from a few of my favorite brains of the past that involve roses and embedded them throughout this post. If the names don’t spark recognition, I suggest you look into them. Enjoy!
But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.
     – Anne Brontë
Until next time <3

Time For Tea

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Hi Friends.

Just a quick post for the moment, but I feel as if it is beneficial.
It’s just a few reasons as to why you should drink that lovely nectar known as tea. Personally, I love tea (warm tea – I’m not a huge fan of iced), but my personal opinion isn’t really proven scientifically… so here are some “real” reasons as to why you should drink tea.

  1. Tea contains high levels of antioxidants.
  2. There are no calories in tea.
  3. Tea can calm you down and comfort you.*
  4. Your skin will look better.
  5. Tea can help you sleep at night.*
  6. Caffeinated tea can give you an energy boost!

*Make sure that you read labels and know what each ingredient in your tea does. You wouldn’t want to buy a tea to help you sleep then come to find out it contains caffeine and vice versa, so make sure to check!

I also highly recommend you buy loose tea instead of bagged tea. Most bag teas are reputable, but some can have weird things in them that are probably best avoided; so do your research. I also find it fun to create my own tea blends that cater to my own specific needs – a trait that my boyfriend and his roommate have picked up due to me. About a year ago I wrote this post that broke down a specific tea blend of mine. Feel free to use that as a reference or ask me if you want any help!

Stay awesome.

The Rock… Rocks.

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Happy Sunday, Everyone!

It’s been absolutely gorgeous out today, so if it’s nice where you are, I hope you spent a little time outdoors. I had to work until 3pm, but afterwards I took one of my dogs on an hour long walk for some exercise and Vitamin D, chyeahhh. Then I picked up the new and limited edition Game of Thrones beer, called “Three-Eyed Raven” and brewed by Ommegang Brewery, because GAME OF THRONES PREMIERES TONIGHT!! I can’t wait.

I had a pretty fabulous week, so ending it (or starting it… whichever way you look at it) with Game of Thrones is icing on the cake. As I may have mentioned in the past, I had my first climbing competition yesterday at Rock Spot Climbing’s Boston Boulder Brawl, so I spent a lot of time this last week – and the last month – preparing for it. I went to a pretty sweet rock gym on Wednesday called Central Rock Gym – Watertown to mix it up a bit; check out the pictures below.

Central Rock Gym

 

Central Rock (3)

To recap the competition: it was awesome. I didn’t win, but I did score high enough in the qualifying round to compete in the final brawl, where you climb until fail. I was eliminated on the 5th problem along with 6 other women (it was an evil problem), so I felt pretty content about the whole thing. Personally, I did some of the best climbing I’ve ever done to date, so that’s a win in my book! Truth be told, if the women in my division had been honest and competed at the level they belonged in – a lot were WAY to advanced for my level, it was pretty disheartening and unfair – I probably would have had a solid chance at winning, but oh well. Once I can get Max to send me the pictures I’ll post them up here. I also am friends with the manager of the Spot, so Max and I were asked to be judges during other levels of the competition. It was pretty neat and overall just a really great, albeit long, day :D

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I’ve been really craving French lately, so the rest of this post is going to be in said tongue. Feel free to translate if you wish, but maybe sometime I’ll translate it/read it out loud on a video for you all to hear how it sounds. If you just paste it in a translator, just be aware it may not seem to flow as nicely. I also may have made a few grammatical errors here and there since I am a little rusty.

Aujourd’hui, j’ai fait une découverte. Donc, pas exactement une découverte, mais j’ai trouvé les mots corrects pour une pensée de mien (<– cette grammaire… c’est correct?). Actuellement, la découverte était hier, mais il n’importe pas.

Alors, la pensée. Toute ma vie, j’avais été une individuel compétitive; pour toutes la facettes de ma vie. C’est dans mon ADN, peut-être. Mais, je pense que quand j’était petite, mes idées de compétition étaient complètement incorrects et injustifiables. Puis, j’avait voulu détruire le compétition; les battre a tout ce jeu et gagner.

Mais, maintenant je vois l’idée de compétition dans une lumière différent. Oui, j’ai encore gagner, mais maintenant il est pour une raison plus juste, plus humaine. Peut-être je dois cette idée à une sport en particulier… l’escalade. Hier, j’ai eu mon premier compétition d’escalade, et je l’adorait! J’adore cet sport, et un morceau de cet amour est parce que les personnes qui participent.

Ils sont adorent (eh bien, plus). Les attitudes sont heureux, encourageant et aimables, et ils étaient infectieux. Pendant un moment, j’avais compris. L’idée de gagner n’est pas comment tu peux battre les autres, mais comment tu peux conquête de vous-même et être parfait pour vous. Je voudrais aider mon compétition parce que, pourquoi pas? Je voudrais être le mieux. Mais il n’y a pas les autres dans cette problème; seulement moi et le rocher. Là! C’est facile pour moi: si les autres sont très super, j’ai besoin être très super aussi parce que je voudrais exceller, et nous pouvons apprendre de l’autre.

Le rocher ne mente pas et je voudrais avoir toutes les rochers me dire que je suis le mieux, ne personne. Mais je veux le support des personnes et en exchange je veux les support aussi. Ensemble, nous pouvons conquêtes le monde. Je pense que avec cette idée, j’ai grandi un peu, et à cause de ça, je suis devenue une meilleure personne.

There you have it, folks. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Republican Senators Just Voted To Sell Off Your National Forests

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Republican Senators Just Voted To Sell Off Your National Forests

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Lovelies –
PLEASE sign this petition. This is absolutely appalling and I am even further disgusted with our government because of this (who knew that was possible??). Please help support our public land!

Originally posted on Unofficial Networks:

Yosemite_National_ParkIn case you missed it, almost every Republican Senator just voted to sell our public lands — including National Forests, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas —  to the highest bidder.

This is just downright wrong. As Ronald Reagan once said, “The preservation of parks, wilderness, and wildlife has also aided liberty by keeping alive the 19th century sense of adventure and awe with which our forefathers greeted the American West. Many laws protecting environmental quality have promoted liberty by securing property against the destrutctive trespass of pollution. In our own time, the nearly universal appreciation of these preserved landscapes, restored waters, and cleaner air through outdoor recreation is a modern expression of our freedom and leisure to enjoy the wonderful life that generations past have built for us.”

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Honeydew and Poblano Salad

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Bonjour!

I came across this recipe a while back and finally put it to use with the warm weather slowly descending upon us – yesss. It’s a great appetizer for the summertime but can also work as a side dish; whatever tickles your fancy. The recipe is honeydew and poblano salad with smoked salt and mint.. quite the mouthful! But hey, if it tastes good in my mouth, it can be as lengthy as it wants.

Honeydew, Poblano, Etc. Salad

Clean and Green!

 

This recipe serves 4-6 people, depending on if you have hungry folk and/or boys. Ha.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 T lime juice
  • 1 poblano pepper (seeded and diced)*
  • 1/2 honeydew melon (peeled, seeded and diced, ~5 cups)
  • 2 small pickling, or “Kirby”, cucumbers (diced)
  • 1/4 c fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1/4 t smoked sea salt

* If you can’t come across poblano peppers for whatever reason, use a small green bell pepper instead and add a pinch of cayenne for that lovely kick.

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, toss together lime juice and poblano
  2. Add honeydew, cucumber and mint then toss again
  3. Sprinkle with smoked salt
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Outrageously easy, yes? Oui. I also have some nutrition facts for you if you have any interest or if you are counting calories, etc.

Per serving, this recipe yields 80 calories (5 of which are from fat), .5g total fat, 0 sat fat, 0 cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 19g carbohydrates (3g from dietary fiber, 15g sugar) and 2g protein. This recipe also happens to be dairy free, fat free, gluten free, vegan and wheat free if you have to worry about that kind of thing.

I came across a fun discovery today: the phrase “get able” is located within the word “vegetable”… hehe. So eat your veggies, my main peeps!

Before I log off, I wanted to leave you with some new vocabulary that I picked up lately; because when I expand my knowledge, I like to pass it along to you! You’re welcome.

  • Putative – adj. commonly regarded as such; supposed
  • Vicissitudes – n. a change or variation occurring in the course of something; mutation
  • Risible – adj. causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous; having the ability, disposition, or readiness to laugh.
  • Behest – n. command; earnest or strongly worded request
  • Spurious – adj. not genuine, authentic or true; counterfeit; bastard

 

Mmmint Blueberry Cobbler

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Hey Y’all :)

I just finished making an incredibly easy, yet absolutely delicious mint blueberry cobbler, and I thought I would be nice and share the recipe with all you wonderful humans. It’s a cinch to make, I promise.

Mint Blueberry Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • 2 T finely chopped mint
  • 2/3 c sugar
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 3/4 c water
  • 3 c blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 t melted butter
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/3 c milk
  • 3 T melted butter

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, mint and cornstarch; then stir in water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 1 minute.
  2. Add blueberries and let sit (on simmer) for about a minute. Pour mixture into a lightly buttered 9-inch pie plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon and melted butter (I combined both before sprinkling).
  3. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add the milk and melted butter together in a separate bowl, then add to flour mixture.
  4. Stir just until mixture is moistened and forms balls. Drop spoonfuls onto the blueberry mixture.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes (or until lightly browned) at 425.

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I highly recommend you all try this baby out, especially when blueberry season starts — which thankfully is soon!

Also, in case you were wondering how something becomes considered a cobbler

Cobbler refers to a variety of dishes, particularly in the United States and United Kingdom, consisting of a fruit or savoury filling poured into a large baking dish and covered with a batter, biscuit (US) or scone (UK), before being baked. Some cobbler recipes, especially in the American South, resemble a thick-crusted, deep-dish pie with both a top and bottom crust.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Happy baking!