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2017 – Tax Day, Tuesday, April 18th

Posted by terrepruitt on April 12, 2017

In case you didn’t know I thought I would let you know.  If you are like me and you wait until the last minute then you might really appreciate having the extra day.  I am talking about when the taxes are due this year (2017).  The tax due date, April 15th, falls on a Saturday this year, so that would automatically make the due date Monday, April 17, 2017.  But this year, there is a holiday to thank for the extra day.  A holiday, what holiday you might ask?  Well, I did, too.  I initially saw the tax date on my tax forms (What?  Oh, when I said I wait until the last minute I meant I wait until the last minute to prepare my paperwork to take to my tax person with whom I have a standing appointment.  So SHE keeps me from being last minute to the government.)  So the paperwork that I was having to deal with said that taxes were due on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  I didn’t understand why, I know the if-the-15th-falls-on-a-Saturday-or-Sunday-roll-to-Monday-rule, but the 15th is on a Saturday so I didn’t understand why there was an extra day to file.  Well, it is Sunday that is a Holiday.  So, that means, MONDAY is the “observed” holiday.  With this holiday the closest business day is the “observed” holiday.  So when it falls on a Sunday, it is observed on a Monday.

Holiday?  What holiday do you say?  It is DC Emancipation Day.  The day Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District on April 16, 1862.   It would be another nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed freeing slaves in the confederate states.  So this holiday, which was signed into law as a holiday in 2005, is a city holiday and not a federal holiday, so only the local government in Washington DC is closed.

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According to an article on WhiteHouseHistory.org, the celebrations for this holiday have come and gone and come back again.  And according to all the information I have found* on the internet, the celebrations and parade for this holiday took place on Saturday, April 8th.  Some saying due to Easter also falling on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

I love how we move things around to make it work.  That is what my mom used to do.  We celebrated Christmas when we could all get together.  We celebrated our birthdays when we could all get together.  It didn’t really matter the day, it was more about the celebration.

Anyway . . . there is just a little information as to why tax day in the U.S. is being delayed a few days.  But, really, you know if feels so good when they are done.  So get them done.  By now it is only a few days early, but it will still feel GREAT!  Good luck!

*Washington’s Top News
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Sweet And Spicy Mixed Nuts

Posted by terrepruitt on September 14, 2016

So, this is kind of a “cheat” because it is so close to the Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts, ha, in fact it is, but with minor changes.  But there were enough for me to have to make note of it and I thought I might as well put it online since having recipes online helps me a lot.  Plus I thought someone else might want to make the sweet and savory nuts sweet and spicy nuts.  I actually did not try them because I knew they would be too hot for me.  The last time I made them I put one packet of crushed red peppers in them and my hubby said that it was not really that hot.  So this time I upped a few things.

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1 cup raw unsalted almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raw unsalted pepitas
1 cup raw unsalted pecans
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon and 2.5 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon crushed rosemary leaves
1 HEAPING teaspoon rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 packets of crushed red peppers / flakes
sea salt
brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350° F.

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Then stir the nuts and spread them out again, making at thin layer.  Sprinkle with another packet of crushed red peppers / flakes, some sea salt,  AND brown sugar (not a lot, just a sprinkle over all of the nuts) bake for 10 more minutes.

Then stir the nuts one more time and let bake for 10 more minutes.

Then take them out of the oven to cool.  You have a choice while cooling, you can stir them to break them up or you can let them cool in one big chunk or chunks.  It depends on how you like to eat your nuts.

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Basically, let nuts and more of everything else, and the addition of the crushed red peppers / flakes.  That is what the original recipe, the one my friend made for us for Christmas, had in it.  But I don’t like spicy hot so I adjusted the recipe.  I was originally making the nuts for me, since my hubby doesn’t normally like nuts.  But when I make them he liked them so I make more – as I said with one packet of crushed red peppers / flakes, but that wasn’t enough, so I added more.  I think it might be enough.

I mean I could just continue adding more until they are just hot nuts, but the sweet needs to come through, too.  I wish I could taste them.  I just can’t/won’t because a burning mouth is just not comfortable for me.

I think next time I will experiment with adding another flavor, like GARLIC!

So, do you like spicy food?  Would these work for you, ya think?

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Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts

Posted by terrepruitt on August 22, 2016

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1 1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raw unsalted pepitas
1 cup raw unsalted pecans
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup and 1 teaspoon maple syrup
tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Put all the nuts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Put the pan in the oven, letting the nuts roast, for 10 minutes.  In a big bowl mix the olive oil, worcestershire sauce, thyme, rosemary, cumin, salt, maple syrup, and sprinkle of pepper all together.  Then put the nuts in the bowl and mix.  Coat the nuts with the mixture.  Then transfer all the nuts back onto the parchment lined baking sheet.  Let the nuts toast/bake for 20 minutes, but toss them occasionally.

Allow nuts to cool before storing.

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This makes a flavor snack.  And, of course, you can use whatever type of nuts you like.  And perhaps futz with the amount of spices and herbs.

Now I need recipes that call for maple syrup.

Do you like mixed nuts?  Do you have any recipes that call for maple syrup?

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Busy Time Of Year

Posted by terrepruitt on December 8, 2015

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Birds are so amazing.  But they are very messy and they require a lot of attention.  They are animals that were created to fly.  When they are kept in cages they want attention.  They want attention like any pet.

 

So, I’ve been cleaning, putting up the tree, decorating the house, and entertaining cats.  In another post I will share some of the other decorations . . . this is it for now.

One of my girls is calling.

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How is your Christmas Season going so far?  Are you ready for Christmas?

 

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Cancelling A Tradition

Posted by terrepruitt on April 4, 2015

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I know this is silly, but . . . . since I brought it up a few years ago, I thought I might as well do a follow up.  Plus, if you have seen any of my pictures at Christmastime you have seen my Lenox ornaments.  They are so pretty and sparkly I always take photos of them and I always share.  So, you are familiar with my love of them.  Sigh.

Handcrafted really is not a good selling point unless the quality of it is good.  And, the boxes say, “American By Design”.  Means nothing, especially when the quality is bad.

When I think about cancelling, I don’t want to.  I still want to receive my pretty ornament each year.  But then when I think about the dread and the quality I have been receiving . . . I just gotta do it.

Perhaps there is another collector type of ornament I can collect?  Do you have anything you collect?

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Goodie Jar Share

Posted by terrepruitt on March 7, 2015

I am still doing my Goodie Jar, are you?  I know there are a ton of versions out there.  Some people have “Happiness Jars” or “Smile Jars”.  Some people have a goal of putting something in the jar every day.  Some people’s goals are for once a week.  Of course, none of the “rules” matter really, except the one that motivates you to remember your blessings.  That is really the point.  To have a little reminder of the blessings or things that make you happy, things that make life worth living.  There is so much going on in the world and in our lives it is sometimes easy to get distracted.  The jar — however you utilize it, is just a way of reminding yourself about the good.  Good things in the Goodie Jar.

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Then there is our trip a couple of weekends ago.  That is DEFINITELY a Goodie Jar item.  That was a well needed trip.  And it was so wonderful.  The weather was awesome.  I bet if we had gone this weekend it would have been too hot for me.  It seems the weather is warming up here.

Then there is our beef.  That is always a good Goodie Jar item.  I have explained before how lucky I am that my hubby will eat pretty much anything.  And he loves beef.  So he has been pretty good about my experimenting with cooking the grass-fed beef we bought.  It cooks so differently than regular beef.  It is just mind-blowing.  I was in a rush tonight as the game started 30 minutes earlier than I realized.  I put the steak in a really hot oven and hoped for the best.  It cooked well even though it didn’t look cooked–as usual.  The flavor was meat, which I don’t prefer, but . . . it was dinner.  And dinner helps us not need to eat the food at the game.

I still have Nia students in my Nia classes.  The San Jose City Nia classes are really going well.

So many things to be thankful for.  So many things that will bring a smile to my face at the end of the year!  Filling up that jar!  Yipee!  It is really nice to have something to document the smiles.

Well?  Are you doing a jar?  What type?  What are your “rules”?  Got any good things you want to share?

 

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Twelve Days of Christmas

Posted by terrepruitt on January 6, 2015

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Could be that I didn’t know about these dates because they look as if they are related to the catholic faith. At least the website that I found is. My family was once catholic, but we stopped going to a catholic church before I had to go through all of my catechism classes and take my first communion.

The website states the below:

What are the other feast days and holy days during the Christmas season?

In addition to Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Christmas and Mary, Mother of God, Catholics celebrate:

The Feast of the Holy Family, honoring Jesus, Mary and Joseph as a family. It is celebrated on the Sunday after Christmas or on December 30. When Christmas falls on Sunday, it is celebrated December 31.

The Epiphany, the oldest of the Christmas feasts, is also known as Three Kings Day for the three magi who found the Christ Child after following a star to Bethlehem. It is celebrated on Jan. 6 and is the major holiday of the Christmas period in the Eastern Church.

The Baptism of Our Lord brings the Christmas season to a close. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Epiphany.”

So basically what this timeline is telling me is that the Christmas season comes to a close on January 11 this year. Which is pretty perfect because that is when I hope to have all of our Christmas decorations taken down and stored away.

I really thought the Twelve Days of Christmas were the days LEADING up to the 25th. So that is why I am not familiar with the Epiphany. If I knew the Twelve Days STARTED on Christmas, then I would have “got” the whole Epiphany thing.

Am I the only one? Did you know what the Twelve Days of Christmas were?

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Shocking Spinach Dip Discovery

Posted by terrepruitt on December 24, 2013

For many it is Christmas Eve.  Some might not celebrate Christmas or it is past the day, but here, where I am, it is Christmas Eve.  It is Tuesday so normally I would have had a Nia class in the morning, but the Park and Recreation Department of San Jose took the day off so there was no Nia this morning.  They also have instituted a very abbreviated Group Ex schedule so my Nia classes with the City of San Jose are done for the year.  We will be back Thursday, January 2, 2014.  (WHOA!  2014!)  I have one more Nia class in Willow Glen this year and one more class this year that I am subbing for the YMCA.  Then onto the next year!  So today I had a very relaxing Christmas Eve Day.  Probably thee most relaxing Christmas Eve Day I have had in a LONG time.  It was nice.  One thing I had to do today was make spinach dip.  In my world this is a common party treat.  I have been making it for as long as I can remember.  Although I had not made it in a long time.  I think I first heard about spinach dip when I worked at my first mortgage job in the mid ’80s.  So that is a long time.  Spinach dip seems pretty common and timeless.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, YMCAOne thing I notice over Thanksgiving when I made a quadruple batch was that the recipe calls for a 10 ounce package of frozen spinach.  Well our big green friend now makes his frozen spinach in 9 ounces sizes.  I thought that was funny.  Then today as I happened to be READING the recipe I noticed something that had me saying, “WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!”  The directions actually say to COOK the spinach.  I have never heard of such a thing.  I have NEVER cooked the spinach.  And as I mentioned I have been making spinach dip for YEARS.  Cook the spinach?  Really?

I prefer the Knorr Vegetable soup mix.  But one year I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE and I ended up with the SPRING Vegetable mix and that was awesome because it had mushrooms in it.  Now I can’t find that.  I have also used other soup mix and have not been as happy as when I use Knorr.  But this “cooked” really made me laugh out loud.  Here is the recipe I am sure many of you are familiar with:

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Knorr Spinach Dip

Ingredients
1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
1 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
1 package Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped (optional)
3 green onions, chopped (optional)

Directions
1.  Combine all ingredients and chill about 2 hours. Serve with your favorite dippers to your favorite people.

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Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, YMCAAlso, for me, the water chestnuts are NOT optional!  They are a requirement.  In fact, to me, the are the best part.  If you watch me getting some spinach dip you will probably see me pushing my cracker/bread/veggie through the dish just trying to get at that chunk of chestnut.

In addition to the change in weight of the spinach they also now package it in a plastic, which helped when squeezing the water out.  After I squeeze the spinach it is all clumped together so I use forks to pull it a part.

So I have two main questions for you:

1)  Do you COOK your spinach?
2)  How do you squeeze all the water out of the frozen spinach?  To me that is the worst part.

Let me know because I am soooooo curious.

And to all I say:

Merry Christmas!

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Being A Little Green

Posted by terrepruitt on December 21, 2013

So earlier this week when I was driving home from one of my Nia classes I heard one of the DJs on the radio say that if every family in the United States wrapped one gift this season with stuff from around the house the paper saved would cover 45,000 football fields. I thought that was pretty amazing. I also thought that it would be a great thing to share on my blog. Before I post anything I do some searches on the internet for more information. With some things I have additional sources, but some things are just internet researched and as I have stated time and time again, often times there is conflicting information. This time I found slightly different information OR I heard it incorrectly in the first place. Either way I think it is pretty amazing and I would hope that many families would like to participate in saving a bit of paper. You might know I pretty much try to re-use wrapping paper and tissue paper as much as I can.  I don’t necessarily use stuff around the house to wrap, but after reading this fact I might.  According to the Stanford University’s Site: “If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.”

So, it is THREE presents.  Still do-able, I think.  For people who like to use reusable bags instead of paper or plastic when they shop, I think putting their gift in one of those bags is a great idea.  I think it is so great (of an idea) that I am sure I have said it before (please note I am not claiming to have come up with that idea, just to have said it before).  Since I see more and more people saying they shop online what about just using the box the items come in?  I know they are not that attractive but you can make them so.

If you have kids you can set them about drawing on the boxes.  That would make for a very unique wrapping.  (Ha, I said that before, too!)  Or you could use other things from around the house and attach them to the boxes.  Maybe magazine pages cut up in Holiday shapes and stuck to the box.  Or perhaps stickers or just some glitter and glue?  I am sure if you have kids THEY can come up with many ways to decorate those plain brown boxes.

Or what about using Christmas cards.  Ooooh!  You know how I love to save them and hang them on my wall as decorations (I didn’t do that this year – first time in many years!).  But the fronts could be cut off and saved, then glued to that brown boxes next year.  (Oh, I have to remember that for this year’s cards!)

I know you can come up with ways to reuse and recycle.  And I have posted some ideas before.  I was just amazed when I heard the comparison of covering football fields. Here is more info from the site:

“If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. . . . . . . The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.”

So using the front of the cards to make the brown shipping boxes pretty would be great!

And . . . . what else?  How can we make our presents pretty and save paper at the same time?  Please share your ideas.

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Goodie Jar – Check In #40

Posted by terrepruitt on December 6, 2013

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We are into December.  And there are only three more chances for Goodie Jar Check Ins.  WOW!  I think that we should get the lawmakers to pass a law that makes Thanksgiving either in October like they do in Canada or at least the second to the last Thursday in November so that we can have more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I really like more time from Thanksgiving to December.  I am feeling the rush.  Part of it has to do with the fact that I am in the process of getting hired on at the YMCA as a Nia teacher.  There are a lot of things to do to get hired on at the YMCA as there is with many companies.

So I am feeling the rush.  But I still have time to put things in my Goodie Jar.  One of them, of course, is having an additional place to teach Nia!

How about you?  Are you making time to make notes of the good things?  Are you stopping and “smelling the roses”?  

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