Nov 30, 2010

Baked Turkey with Rice

4 turkey breast
1 cup instant rice
1 cup broth (low sodium)
1 can diced tomatoes (no salt)

Put one cup rice in bottom of dish then add broth, put turkey breast on top. Top with diced tomatoes. Cover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Cake ~ Heart Healthy

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
1 1/4 cups low fat buttermilk
1 cup wheat bran cereal buds
1 cup canned solid pack pumpkin
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)

Topping
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with 1 teaspoon oil. In a large bowl, stir together the remaining 1 tablespoon puls 2 teaspoons oil, 1 1/4 cups buttermilk, cereal, pumpkin, and vanilla. Let stand for 15 minutes so the cereal softens. Stir in the egg substitute.

Meanwhile in a medium bowl stir together the remaining cake ingredients. Add the bran mixture, stirring just to moisten and blend in the dry ingredients. Spoon into the cake pan, smoothing the top.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely about 1 hour. Turn out onto plate. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Cut into 12 wedges.

Nov 28, 2010

Alasandra's Reading List ~ November

  1. Jesus, Interrupted by Bart D. Ehrman - See my in depth book review here.
  2. The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell -  Uhtred breaks his oath to King Alfred and returns to the Northumbrian coast. Allied with his "brother" Ragnar he plans to reclaim Bebbanburg (the home his uncle stole from him) after "stealing" sufficient treasure to hire men to fight for him. But Brida (Ragnar's wife) encourages the Danes to attack Alfred. Summoned by AEthelflaed (Alfred's daughter) who he also swore an oath to, Uhtred leaves the Danes and returns to Mercia to fight for the Saxons.  There Uhtred discovers Haesten betrayed the Danes. Haesten told Alfred of the planned Danish attack in order to draw Alfred's armies away from Mercia. When all appears to be lost Alfred sends Steapa and Prince Edward with an army to help Uhtred defeat Haesten. Will Alfred allow his daughter to stay with Uhtred? 
  3. Family Ties by Danielle Steel - Annie Ferguson was just getting started as an architect, she had a new apartment and a boyfriend. Then her sister and brother-in-law die in a plane crash and she winds up raising their three kids. Annie's boyfriend dumps her and she devotes herself to raising the kids and working. Katie gets involved with a Muslim boy and travels to Iran with him to meet his family. Things seem to be going well until they try to leave. Ted becomes involved with an older woman who tries to trap him into a marriage he doesn't want. And Liz is commitment shy until she meets the right guy. Now Annie has a shot and her own romance but will the kids problems come between her and Tom? 
  4. Legacy by Danielle Steel - Brigitte Nicholson gets dumped by her boyfriend and laid off from her job all in the same week. At loose ends she agrees to do some research on her family tree for her Mother and discovers a Sioux Indian amongst all the French aristocrats. 
  5. Big Girl by Danielle Steel - Victoria feels like the ugly duckling in her family of swans. As soon as she can she leaves the nest and heads to the east coast. She has the job of her dreams as a teacher but her family constantly puts her down. Now she is headed home for her sister's fairytale wedding with her dream guy in tow, will her family convince him that she isn't good enough. 
  6. Indulgence in Death by J. D. Robb - Two privileged rich guys think it's their right to kill those inferior to them for sport. Can Eve put them away before they add her to their list of kills.
  7. The Fort by Bernard Cornwell - An account of the British defense of Fort George on Penobscot Bay in the summer of 1779.  Learn more about (British) John Moore, Paul Revere, Peleg Wadsworth and (British) General Francis McLean. 
  8.  Promise of the Witch-King by R. A. Salvatore ~ Jarlaxle plots to rule Vaasa and Artemis Entreri falls in love.
  9. Deep Storm by Lincoln Child - Dr. Crane is asked to visit an oil platform in order to diagnose a bizarre medical condition spreading through the rig. But he discovers that the rig is merely "window dressing" to hide the excavation of an ancient site. A site whose discovery may destroy the world as we know it. 
  10. Reborn by F. Paul Wilson ~ Glacken is going by the name Gaston Veilleur now. Veilleur senses Rasalom's presence nearby and also senses the presence of a group trying to stop Rasalom. When "The Chosen" discover that Jim Stevens is a clone of Dr. Roderick Hanley they decide he is the Antichrist and determine to stop him. Veilleur is more concerned that Jim was cloned at the approximate time of Rasalom's death, but that he hasn't sensed him until now. "The Chosen" harass Jim until he falls to his death, but discover the true evil is growing inside Jim's wife Carol. When "The Chosen" kidnap her and try to force her to have an abortion her father-in-law, Jonah Stevens persuades her to leave town with him and go on the run to keep the baby safe.

Nov 27, 2010

Alasandra ~ Movie Review

Megamind is a really CUTE movie suitable for the whole family. There is something for everyone; witty repartee, romance, things blowing up ................

Great movie to enjoy on a first date or with your family.

Nov 19, 2010

Dogs in Deadly Crossfire

Excerpt from Dogs in Deadly Crossfire.

Last year, for example, a local news station in Oklahoma aired security-camera footage of a police officer pulling into driveway of dog owner Tammy Christopher—just to ask for directions. In the video, Christopher's Wheaten terrier runs out from the house, and it's difficult to tell whether the dog is charging the officer or bounding out to greet him. But the officer was on the dog's property. And instead of merely getting back into his car, he pulled out his gun and shot the dog dead. The officer was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Police have recently killed pets while merely questioning neighbors about a crime in the area, cutting across private property while in pursuit of a suspect, and after responding to a false burglar alarm. It doesn't matter if your dog is loose or leashed, or if you've posted "Beware of Dog Warnings." Last August in Colorado Springs, police entered a woman's house after her children let them in to look for a fugitive. The children locked the family dog in the bathroom with their mother, who was showering, and warned the police that the dog was defensive. The police opened the bathroom door anyway, the dog bit one of them, and they shot and killed it, inches from where the woman was showering. The fugitive wasn't in the home, and the owner said she's never heard of him. 

If dangerous dogs are so common, one would expect to find frequent reports of vicious attacks on meter readers, postal workers, firemen, and delivery workers. But according to a spokesman from the United States Postal Service, serious dog attacks on mail carriers are vanishingly rare. Bites do happen, but postal workers are given training on how to distract dogs with toys, subdue them with voice commands, or, at worst, incapacitate them with Mace. Mail carriers are shown a two-hour video and given instruction on how to recognize and read a dog's body language, how to differentiate between aggressive charging and playful bounding, and how to tell a truly dangerous dog from a merely territorial one.  

Even during highly charged police raids on houses guarded by aggressive dogs, it's hard to see how shooting them is the best option. A grazing shot will only make the dog angrier. A miss imperils other officers and innocent bystanders. During a terribly tragic drug raid in Lima, Ohio, last year, an officer shot and killed the suspect's two pit bulls shortly after the drug team entered the house. Another officer mistook the shots for hostile fire, and sprayed bullets into a bedroom, where a 26-year-old unarmed woman named Tarika Wilson had dropped to her knees, as ordered, while holding her 1-year-old son. Wilson died, the infant lost a hand.

Please read the whole article here. Law abiding citizens and their pets are being put at terrible risk by these overzealous police officers. We must enact laws that protect us and our pets from these government thugs.

Nov 18, 2010

UNTIL SHE WAS DEAD

The Girl was taller and heavier then most girls her age. With her raven hair and big brown eyes her striking appearance drew lots of comments. Mute since birth she often had trouble communicating with people and preferred to spend most of her time with her family inside their home or in their fenced in back yard where she felt safe.

One day The Girl accidentally got locked out of her home when her parents were away. Some children came along and chased her into the road. A neighbor concerned she would be hit by a car called the police. When the police got there the children were gone and The Girl was sitting in her driveway waiting for her parents to return. The police assumed she didn't live there since she was locked out and ordered her to "GO HOME".  The girl desperately tried to tell them she was HOME, but the more she tried to communicate with them the angrier they got at her. A neighbor who lived two doors down told the police The Girl didn't live in their neighborhood, so the police used this LIE to redouble their efforts to drive The Girl from her home. The police tasered The Girl. The Girl had never known such agony and had no clue why the police were angry at her for being in her own yard. Scared she ran as fast as she could. At first she stayed close to the road but the police followed her in their cars and tasered her again. She desperately tried to find somewhere to hide from these ruthless men. She saw an open gate and darted into a nice lady's backyard. The lady realizing The Girl was frightened closed the gate to keep her safe inside her yard until she could discover where The Girl lived. A policeman came by and asked the lady if she had seen The Girl. When the lady replied The Girl was in her backyard with her the police opened the gate without permission and SHOT The Girl. The Girl screamed in pain and the police shot her three more times UNTIL SHE WAS DEAD.

Nov 15, 2010

Dinning with Alasandra

After our Dr's appointment Hubby took me to Newk's Express Cafe.  While we waited for my medicine to be ready to pick up. This time I tried the Lobster Crab Bisque. They should really consider serving it with sour dough bread or at least some sort of bread. It was OK, but nothing to get excited about. I won't be getting it again.

Nov 13, 2010

Dinning with Alasandra

I enjoyed breakfast at Phoenicia's with a friend before my hair & nail appointment. The service is great, they kept my coffee cup full and the coffee was GOOD to the last drop. I enjoyed a feta cheese & spinach omelet, Asiago Grits (delicious, I could have eaten more of them), and toast. I hope I get to go back soon as there are plenty more things on the menu I want to try.