Thought you might enjoy a few snippets of our local news - these things have all happened in just the past week, sometimes I feel like I'm living in the Twilight Zone...
- Bear in a Tree - this might not be strange in other places, but this was near an elementary school just off Atlantic Ave, at the oceanfront! Yep, a few sightings of a black bear down on the resort strip I think were written off to people that were just a little off their rocker maybe, but the next evening it was spotted by 2 police officers, and it was a pretty large specimen. Poor bear was up in a tree surrounded by news crews and someone from PETA dressed in a bear suit and they shot him up with tranquilizers and put a trampoline under him. Problem was, he didn't fall out of the tree. They proceeded to cut branches down until they got him and he was later released into the wild, probably the Blue Ridge mts or the Dismal Swamp. No clue how he arrived here, I guess he wanted to go on holiday like all the other tourists.
- Overturned semi carrying..... blood & plasma?!! Ummm, ew! That was yesterday morning's news during rush hour. Of all things to be called out to, can you imagine the hazmat crew getting that call? What are the chances?!
- School Superintendent apologizes to parents: This one's a doozy - A 2nd grade teacher was teaching a lesson in civil rights the other day and decided that it was a good idea to separate the students into groups, African American and caucasian... then proceeded to "have an auction".... WHAT???!!
Just a few things that cause me to shake my head in disbelief on a daily basis!
On to the strange food... some of you may know I've been trying to cook more one-pot meals, in part because I can get them going in the morning in the crock pot, freeing up my afternoon time when it's warm out and I want to be in the garden, but also because I am trying to always have leftovers to freeze for quick healthy dinners or lunches for hubby to take to work. At the same time I have been trying out new recipes, adding new veggies, and trying to use more whole grains and less meat. (don't get me wrong though, I will never become a vegetarian!) I really want to learn how to cook lots of different dishes using these ingredients because they are so easily stored, inexpensive, and very nutritious. Jane of 'Hard Work Homestead' and Mama Pea of 'A Homegrown Journal' have been pretty influential in my newly rediscovered love of cooking and trying to get more wholesome grains and such into it and Thomas of 'A Growing Tradition' has inspired me to keep trying on my bread until I get it right!
It's been a daily struggle with the kids peppered with the occasional bright spot... take a look!
This dish was called "Peasant Stew", it is basically chicken pieces cooked in a slow cooker seasoned cumin and pepper, stewed with our canned tomatoes, chiles, beans and cilantro. We topped it with sour cream and more cilantro and it was fabulous! Mine and hubby's opinions, of course. The kids started out whining, but they actually ate this one after bribing them, and said they ended up liking it. But why, oh why do they always have to whine first?!
Listen in on their hate and discontent, love how hubby literally pitches it onto their plate in his frustration with their whining LOL...