Friday, August 27, 2010

Fitness Friday

Its no secret that I dont typically do heavy weights, if ever. I prefer to keep all my parts attached and functioning just like they are. Thats not to say that fitness doesnt take a bit of work; it does. Pills will never get what can only be earned. I have taken off from gym time for almost a month; now its time to pay the piper. I like taking a break — it fools the body. But dont be fooled; ease back into activity and make sure the machine warms up slowly before you gun it. Go hard or go home. Dont give advice about something you've never achieved. It it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks; its probably a duck.
Top 8 Exercises to build the body of a Greek God

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Floodaku

It's been raining all week here in the music city. In fact, its been raining very hard. The beating drops drum up memories barely dimmed by the few days of sunshine and months of recovery that still continue to this day. Finally the sun came out today; but it is evident that the rain has already wrecked havoc on a city still reeling from earlier devastation. This Friday is dedicated to a flood haiku.

Flood Memories
Flood-fresh wounds,
Bleed rich, the careless rain's disregard
of our delicatenesses.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Beans About Friday Fixins — Haiku Heat

As you know, I love doing things that can do themselves while I do something else. This is another delicious crock pot recipe that will free up your time and allow you to make dinner all at the same time; or at least a worthy snack. Everybody loves meatballs. Often one of two always prefers less meat than the other so this recipe will give you the flavor of meat with the benefits of vegetables! On to the Friday Fixins!

Mexican Beans and Rice with Spicy Meatballs

1 pound extra-lean ground beef
2 packages taco seasoning mix -- (1 1/4-ounce)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/3 cup finely chopped carrots
3 1/2 cups water
1 can sliced ripe olives -- (2 1/4 ounce)drained
1 can diced green chiles -- (7-ounce)
6 garlic cloves -- minced
1 red bell pepper -- diced
2 cups converted white rice
1 can kidney beans -- (15-ounce) rinsed and drained

To make the meatballs, in a medium bowl, combine the
ground beef, 1/2 package taco seasoning mix, cilantro,
bread crumbs, carrots, and 1/2 cup of the water. Mix to
blend well. Roll into 24 balls about 1 1/2 inches in
diameter. Set aside.

For the beans and rice, in a 4- or 5-quart electric slow
cooker, mix together the remaining 3 cups water with the
remaining taco seasoning mix, olives, green chiles,
garlic, bell pepper, and rice. Gently push the meatballs
down into the rice mixture.

Cover and cook on the low heat setting 4 hours, or until
the rice is just tender and the meatballs are cooked

Stir in the beans gently so they dont get mushed. Cover and cook 30 minutes
longer. mmmmmm...tasty!

Well its off to a great weekend again! But what would a weekend be without haikus. Not to mention, this weekend is all about heat in Nashville. Its been a week of 100 degree days and 90 degree nights.

extreme heat

Summer Heat
Melting summer days,
Heat wafting from everything.
Every breath thick.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Capa Maria Santa Novo Modelo

Capa Maria Santa Novo Modelo
Originally uploaded by Mano Neto

I love cool design that not only captures your eyes but your mind. This is a very nice piece. I hope to study it and use its formulas somehow.