Monday, March 7, 2011

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I switched my blog to Spriggy.  Please visit me there for latest updates and insights.  HunkyDori will just get a little more personal.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Happiness Project

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I'm not sure what kind of book that this is but I'm sure its more than likely a memior (because everything written is a memior now days.)  Gretchen mixes her experience in trying to become more happy with antidotes, facts, and just plain common sense to help motivate ourselves in wanting to become more happy.  Because isn't that at the end of the day what we all are looking for?  That's right....Happiness is what we all seek to feel fulfillment.  It's what most people desire on a daily basis.  This books helped me to think about all the ways I can become more happy. (where is my mom to help correct my grammatical errors when I need her)  And did I mention it doesn't take a 'New Age' brain to wrap your mind around the concepts.  A good light read to help us all find a easier road to happiness. 

Monday, March 8, 2010

SIgn of the day

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My new favortie sign I found on ETSY!  How can this not make anyone happy.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Let's branch out!!!

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So on my run the other day (yes it was warm enough to go outside) I noticed a hillside just starting to pop up crocus!  I was so excited and my heart warmed.  Yes, Spring is on it's way.  Despite the fact that it will snow on those yellow crocus there are plenty of indications that Spring will still indeed come.  Usually this time of year I go for a walk and look for branches to force to bloom.  Fruit trees, willows, forsythia and so many more are cut-table and will bloom in your living year in no time flat.  Sure you can buy them at the store but nothing is better than scouring your own yard (or your neighbors :), a river trail, or a Sunday drive in the mountains.  Take your cutters and bring the outside in.  It's that time of year when we need any indication that winter is once again saying good bye. 

Monday, March 1, 2010

Developing Talent 101

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So for a while now I've been missing my mom.  All the things she knew and that made her so talented.  Ever since I was young she slowly has been slipping away little by little with the early onset of Alzheimer's.  I wish she was there no teach me all that she was.  First being, that she was an excellent cook.  Not a good cook, not a trained chef but rather just a perfectionist in the kitchen.  She could do it right and everybody knew it.  Her award winning baking skills and the trophies still line her kitchen even though she is not there. 

In trying to discover my talents and now being at an age where I wish she would impart her knowledge, I find myself alone in my endeavour.  I don't want to settle for mediocre in the kitchen and I know there is a foundation in me somewhere despite that no walls have ever been built.  My new obsession is  PBS on Saturdays Mornings for their famed cooking shows.  My new favorite.....America's Test Kitchen.  

While it's not the cheapest (or calorie free I might add) talent to develop, it is one I've decided to build.  I've spend money buying 'dutch processed cocoa', unsalted butter and new and improved cooking tools.  But the good news is this.  I've found some awesome recipes and have skills I know my mother would be proud of.  While she's not there to teach me it's in her memory that I do it.  I now think of her, every time I'm in the kitchen.  I hope to pass it on to the next generation as well

So in other'll see an influx of recipes on Hunky Dori.