I currently live in a condo where we are not allowed to have a grill of any kind on our patio or outside the building. Living in Florida where it is summer year round it is tough to not be able to grill something up. In the year I have lived here we had a cookout at the beach once and another day we went to a local park that had grills to make up some delicious steak, sweet corn and asparagus. So not enough grilling in this girls life. I received this great indoor grill from my cousin and couldn’t wait to try cooking on it. For those of you up north it would also be great to use in the winter
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 onion diced
2 tablespoons ketchup or more according to taste
salt and pepper to taste
10 flour tortillas
4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat grill on medium setting. Brown ground beef with onion in a skillet and drain. Add ketchup and salt and pepper to the beef and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add about 2 tablespoons of the beef in the center of each tortilla. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of meat. Roll up tortilla like a burrito and place wraps on indoor grill. It is best if you put the folded side down first. The grilling will help seal it closed. Turn once you have grill marks, about 3 minutes and grill for another 3 minutes.
Makes about 4-5 servings.
Download the PDF Recipe: Cheeseburger Wrap.
Summer is insanely humid but I am getting through it one bottle of water at a time. We have had days were it was 95 but “feels like” 102. Most days it is in the high 90′s, the kind of summer I remember as a child without the sweat pouring humidity of course. As I grew older it just didn’t seem to get as hot up north anymore. Here at midnight or 8am it’s often in the 70′s or 80′s temperature wise.
It seems to rain at least once a day in the summer and when I say rain I mean a downpour. Luckily it only usually lasts about 15 minutes but its ridiculously humid afterwards.
Back to paradise. Even with the humidity and downpours it really is paradise. I live in a small town so most of what we do is enjoy the view. We don’t visit the beach as much right now as it is too hot, but we occasionally visit for sunset or a late night excursion after midnight. Who wouldn’t when you are literally 10-15 min drive to one of 3 beautiful beaches. Sunsets are beautiful colors, the sea shells here are very unique and plentiful and the white sand makes it easy to walk the beach by moonlight.
The positivity flows like a river here and I really believe it is from the amount of year round sun light there is here. Everyone has bad days, but I have never seen such a large amount of positive people before. Anytime I am feeling off all I have to do to is stick my toes in the sand and listen to the waves for awhile. It gives one peace and some perspective on life. Natures form of therapy I wish everyone could experience everywhere.
Marriage is two things.
#1 It is a legal commitment. It allows the couple to make legal decions for each other such as medical decisions, you can file taxes together, benefits upon ones death, etc.
#2 It is an emotional commitment. You are telling each other that you want to always take care of each other. That a fight isn’t going to cause one to leave the other. That you will work together through the good and the bad.
Gay, straight or bi doesn’t change either of those two.
You can make marriage a religious event, but you don’t have to. Straight people get married without being under god every day. People who marry in a church is no guarantee that the couple will last, nor will it guarantee that either spouse is truly religious at all.
Not all straight people have children together. Some choose not to, some aren’t able to. Children should not be a factor in weather a couple should be allowed to marry. Marriage is a commitment between two people, children may or may not come with that and is a separate discussion.
No one has to get married. Getting married for legal reasons is a bonus but the emotional reasons don’t mean people have to get married either. Two people can happily live together, take care of each other and not get married. Getting married is a choice and all people should have that choice.
If people want to be married who in the hell does anyone think they are to stop them just because of who they are and who they love? A gay couple is NOT hurting your marriage unless your significant other is having sex with one of them. They are not stopping you from getting married, staying married, or having children together. They are not taking away any of your rights. Stop taking away the rights of others.
States that currently recognize gay marriage:
Minnesota – Aug 1, 2013
I hope to see all the states on that list in the hopefully near future!
As an added bonus thought: Gay children were most likely a product of two straight parents.
I have always used art as a form of therapy. Sometimes when I am happy, most often when I’m angry or upset. My art of choice is typically drawing or painting. I have a couple notebooks and keep some canvas on the ready just incase I want to explode. You just pour yourself onto the paper or canvas.
Do you think your not creative enough? It doesn’t have to be anything at all really you can just pour paint on the paper and swirl it around. Your not trying to be Picasso, you are letting your feelings out so just go with whatever happens.
If you feel you must have some inspiration you can try a book. Here are two that I own and have found some good ideas from them. My stuff never turns out how the people in the book make it and that is ok!
You can also search the internet. I have found myself spending a couple hours just searching ideas in preparation for when I need it. Save yourself some time and check out my pinterest board for Art Inspiration. I have a variety of pins including quotes and tutorials.
What do you need?
You can use whatever is in your home. Paper, #2 pencils, crayons, cardboard. The possibilities are endless.
Since this is for therapy and not to make money my supplies are pretty basic. It started out small and grew as I tried different mediums and decided I liked using them.
Here is a list of supplies I have on hand at all times:
These notebooks allow many different media types. I paint with acrylic, water color, draw with pencil, micron pens, etc. Makes it easier to have one book for everything.
* Canson 9-Inch by 12-Inch Extra Long Multi-Media Paper Pad, 60-Sheet
To me these are the best drawing pencils.
* Faber-Castell 9000 Pencil Design Set
Student paint and the price was right. I also love the color choices! I don’t often have to mix colors other than maybe making a color lighter.
* Studio 71 – 24 Tube Paint Set
I purchased these brushes when I lived in Pittsburgh and haven’t been able to find them anywhere in Sarasota. I have a couple different packs so I should be good for awhile. Just get something cheap but not natural hair as it tends to come out in the paint.
* Studio 71 Premium Brushes
This is basic canvas and the price isn’t bad.
* Darice Studio 71 8-Inch-by-10-Inch Traditional Canvas
Sponges are great for making a textured look on acrylic.
* Arts & Crafts Painting Sponges
Watercolor paper is expensive so I only have this 6×6 pad so far.
* Global Art Fluid Watercolor Blocks 6 in. x 6 in. block
Instead of washing out a plastic palette I use these sheets and just throw them away when I am done.
* Darice Studio 71 9-Inch-by-12-Inch, 40-Sheet Palette
These are great pens for zentangle and journaling. I have a couple different sized black ones and some color ones as well.
* Sakura 30068 8-Piece Pigma Micron Clam Assorted Colors 01 Ink Pen Set
Charcoal pencils are messy but one of my favorite things to work with.
* General Pencil Charcoal Pencil Kit W/Eraser 557BP
When I draw with charcoal I use this eraser to remove some of the charcoal to create lines.
* Pentel Clic Eraser Grip Retractable Eraser with Grip, Assorted Barrels, 1 Pack (ZE21BP-K6)
I sometimes use colored pencils with my pencil and charcoal drawing just to give it a little color.
* Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 24 Assorted Color Pencils
So go get messy, it’s ok! Make some art!
I am a pretty simple gal and don’t require much to keep me happy.
Why should Mother’s Day be any different?
I don’t understand expensive gifts for most holidays let alone this holiday.
The most expensive items I could even fathom are taking a woman out to breakfast or dinner and/or flowers.
To me Mother’s Day is about honoring a mom. Spend time with her. If your a dad have the kids make a card. Simple.
Let’s get back to the simplicity of just caring about someone else.