Black Sheep Dancing

Why be like everyone else when you can be yourself?

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Baked Pears


I opted for a super easy, super quick desert. Who doesn’t love desert? Especially if it is hot out of the oven and not too bad for you?

Enter, baked pears.


  • 2 pears, halved and cored.
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs regular sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • Preserves


  1. Take a couple of pears. Cut them in half and core them. You can peel them if you’d like. I was too lazy too. Place them on a baking sheet. Line with foil if you don’t like scrubbing dishes.
  2. Sprinkle with some lemon juice to keep from browning.
  3. Throw a bit of butter in the hollow of each one.
  4. Mix brown sugar, regular sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle over tops of pears
  5. Put a bit of preserves in the hollow of each. I used pear butter because I had it on hand, but you could use strawberry, marmalade, whatever sounds good!
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until tender.
  7. Serve warm or cold.

These were super yummy! We just ate them as is, but they would be great with ice cream when warm, or if you cool them, with a dollop of whipped cream. So yummy!

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I’m turning into a greenie

During a recent trip to the grocery store I needed dishwasher detergent. I hadn’t the need to buy any in over a year thanks to when I played the CVS game. Imagine my surprise when I went to the grocery store and saw how crazy expensive it is! So, this week I was doing my googling and found a recipe for make-your-own dishwasher detergent. I’d seen laundry soap, but never the dishwasher! So, seeing as I had used up my last Cascade tab and NEEDED to wash my dishes, I decided to make it.

Thanks Planet Green for the recipe! I will say, I left out the citric acid. For starters, I didn’t have any and secondly, I read somewhere the acid cancels out the cleaning ingredient. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t, but either way it worked for me.

  • 1 cup Washing soda
  • 1 cup Borax
  • ½ cup salt

Mix up, keep in an airtight container and use 1 Tbs per load with vinegar in the rinse agent. Everything came out lovely, including my glasses!

Recipes are fun, even the kind you cannot eat!

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I’m Posting every day in 2011!?

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day / once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, and I’ll probably break this tomorrow, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.



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Just call me Gretel

Growing up, it seems you want to live a fairy tale. Well, folks, it seems I have succeeded. How you may ask? Well, I am constantly forgetting things. Just since Friday I left my scarf at work. Then I left Keeler’s hat at my aunt and uncle’s house yesterday. Today I remembered to grab my scarf on the way out, but left my hat. Then we went to see Santa and topped it off with dinner at Olive Garden…where I left my debit card and had to drive all the way back because I didn’t realize it until I got home…just follow the bread crumbs to find me.

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Back to my regularly scheduled life

I’ve been neglecting my blog. It’s true. But in my defense, it’s been a long few weeks. It all started with a flu shot gone wrong. I’m not allergic to eggs or fish, but apparently my body does not like the flu shot anyways. After a slight trip to the ER, I learned I have great friends and relatives.

Then back to life.

Then a couple of weeks ago I got to go to San Diego for a conference! Yeah! It was even Microbrew Week there! Double yeah!

But then I was starting to get sick and spent every moment I wasn’t in the conference in my room sleeping. And when I got back it was a full blown flu (how ironic…) with a 103 degree fever. Well, the fever broke, but then the remnants gave me all kinds of infection since then, so I’ve been a little out of it lately. Still not feeling well, but at least I’m on the mend (I think).

But before I got all sick, we went apple picking at Lynd’s Fruit Farm in Pataskala. We got a bunch of Goldenrush. It was so fun!

From which I made my first-ever apple pie.

It was a lot of fun, but a bit of a pain to peel and cut all those apples. Thank goodness I had my Pampered Chef Apple Cutter. Those things are awesome!

So tonight I’m drinking lots of green tea and orange juice and made some veggie chili since it’s pretty easy. All you have to do is open some cans, throw it in a crock pot and turn it on high. Here’s to hoping my medicine kicks in soon so I can get back to my regularly scheduled life. People to see, things to do, muffins to bake!

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Italian Festival? Check.

So last Sunday we made it to the Italian Festival. We were so pooped from the Ohio State game the day before that we didn’t make it there until an hour before closing. It was very cute, and still very crowded. I was totally bummed. Sold out of cannoli, italian ice, sandwiches…we ended up getting the whee bits that were left – french fries and mozzarella sticks! It was good, but everything (both what was left and what seemed to be there earlier) seemed very Americanized. That kinda bummed me out.

However, the entertainment was lovely. Who doesn’t like some Italian opera?

In other news, I finally found myself a super cute, “I can wear these in the winter” shoe. What do you think?