18th of March

Today is the 18th of March. To read about chai: http://judaism.about.com/od/judaismbasics/g/chai.htm

3.18.13Today is a good day for new beginnings. My large cherry tomatoes are popping up. I have a new box for my knitting (see it also on the previous post). I am starting the countdown to our son’s wedding in June. I hope to be down at least 15 lbs. by then.

Also need to get back to dear Fly Lady.

Today I need to Shine My Sink. before picture:

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after picture – kitchen sink shines 🙂

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recipe for tonight:

BROWN RICE & LENTIL CASSEROLE (adapted from food.com)

3 c. broth (veggie)

3/4 c. lentils

1/2 c. rice

3/4 c. chopped onion

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. garlic powder.

Preheat to 300 degrees. Mix all together and put in 11″X7″ pan. Cover and bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove cover and bake 20 minutes more. Sprinkle with Parmeson.

finished product – although I added brussel sprouts, and some diced tomatoes and used no Parmeson.

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aloe vera gel

I found out from this post what to do with my enormous aloe vera plant. I want to keep it but it got too cold outside and turned a funny color of green, but looks good in the center, so I thought I’d harvest a few of the longer bigger leaves (if that’s what they are called).

Don’t believe it would work to freeze the gel, so I’ll just use it as needed.

benefits of aloe vera

below is a picture of the 12 tomato plants and 4 kale plants I planted today.

Last evening I got my aloe gel – made the green smoothie soooo yummy – a pic of it –