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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lets Make the World A Better Place

“A TASTE OF NEPAL” – Fundraiser to Stop Human Trafficking

Help raise money for a sewing room for women rescued from the sex trade in Nepal. Join us at the Highland Grill in St. Paul to enjoy a traditional Nepali meal prepared by none other than the Curry Diva, Heather Jansz. Pay $25/plate with 100% of proceed going to Peace Rehabilitation Center and the sewing room PLAY it Forward will build during our October PIF-Nepal adventure. It’s also 1/2 price bottle of wine night so bring a date… and all your friends!

Tuesday, September 28


Highland Grill, 771 Cleveland Ave Sout, St. Paul, MN

$25 per plate with 100% of proceeds benefiting Peace Rehabilitation Center.

Reservations are not accepted, but you may call ahead a half hour before you arrive: 612.690.1183

Thank you to Highland Grill and Curry Diva for making this event possible!

The Curry Diva is a great Foodie Friend of mine.  Her and I are involved  in a food networking organization together, called Women Who Really Cook. She also volunteers her time teaching kids how to cook at my place of work.  Please help her help the women in Nepal. Heather, better known as the curry Diva can be reached at this email address.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Family is Dear

Laura's first time belly dancing
I wanted to write tonight in gratitude for my amazing family.  Last night my relatives and I met for dinner.  We went to a restaurant called the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe.  Unfortunately, some relatives were in town because my godmother or aunt is struggling with pancreatic cancer.  I love her so much.  She is one of the most generous, loving women I have ever had the priveledge to meet and love.  I will never forget all she has done for the family.  She helped my family in every way possible when my mom had died when I was only nine. My Aunt Philly would come over from Minneapolis to our Lake Minnetonka home and do all the laundry for us five kids.  There were loads and loads of laundry.  I felt so guility even as a kid.  My aunt was tiny and here she was going up and down the stairs doing our laundry because my dad was struggling with chemical dependency issues. 

What a beautiful night of connection with family.  There were around fifty of us in our own private room at this Mediterrean restaurant.  My beautiful Aunt Muggs and Aunt Franny, 89 and 83 respectively, were dancing like crazy with the belly dancer that performed.

The love that was in this room was palpable.  My family, though I am deeply partial because I think I am the luckiest woman in the world with a family like mine.  You could say that we are a deeply spiritual group, so get us together and it is a love fest.  I also danced with the belly dancer, and actually was the first in the family to do so.

I am just sitting here feeling so grateful for the love in my family.  Please enjoy my pictures.

Rockin Recipe for Country Apple Crisp

Country Apple Crisp


•4 Cups sliced apples in a buttered baking dish- Very thin slices. Peel first.

•1tsp Cinnamon

•1/2 tsp Salt

•1/4 Cup Water

•3/4 C. Flour

•1 C Sugar

•1/3 C. butter or margarine

Spread butter, partly melted in a glass baking dish. Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples with the salt & water.

In a mixer or by hand, mix the flour, sugar and butter. Drop this mixture over apples and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

You may double the recipe if you wish.


From my family to yours

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Perspectives: Letter From Perspectives Teen Resident

New Perspectives: Letter From Perspectives Teen Resident: "Living the “good life” has not always held true for this one. I have seen and heard things by the age of 18 that most young adults cannot ev..."

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Stoopin It" In the Suburbs: Politics Shmoliticks

"Stoopin It" In the Suburbs: Politics Shmoliticks

Politics Shmoliticks

I am exasperated about our current political arena. Do not our politicians know that to watch them act like little children is not at all impressive.  I do not like to talk often of politics but I am so tired of listening to everyone blame our now president. I am also tired of watching our local news and observing the ever so child like behavior of one politician to another.  I do not intend to sway anyone about their political stance, but I am here just to vent my opinion.

Why is it that this president who has done more than any president is getting so bogged down by the "blame game".  I ask my friends and peers this question?

How can you complain of the president of doing nothing and making things worse when:

You recieved an  appliance at a great cost reduction because of his energy plan
You kept your home out of foreclosure due to the Hamp program by the president
You bought a car that you would not have otherwise been able to afford because of the rebate program from our president.......

I am challenging all of us to just stop running on automatic and think about the words we are using. Please see that in all the years of whining about politics, it has never helped.  Lets make a paradime shift and teach our children that we can act like adults. Let us show we do not need to see negative ads, but want more education and heart. Let us be critical thinkers in this world.  Let us blend our head and heart together and make a better tommorrow.

It is written " watch what you speaketh"

Emphatically tired of all the backlash