Archive for June, 2010

And so ends the life of Jupiter.

Posted in Homeschooling, kids on June 21, 2010 by Pendant & Ring

Keek got Triops for her birthday about two months ago and today her beloved Jupiter followed his partner Athena into the afterlife.  They both will be dearly missed. Keek has written the following in memory of…

“Athena was grayish orange with two whiskers on one side and one on the other.  She was relaxed and calm for all her life.  She loved to play with Jupiter.  They would chase each other around the tank and dig side by side.  They would chew on the sticks in the tank together like two beavers busy at work.

Jupiter was big.  He dug almost non stop.  He loved to swim upside down just under the waters surface.  He’d do loopdy loops all around the tank and hardly ever sit still.  He had three whiskers on each side and was grayish green with an orange tint.

Now Athena and Jupiter are together again.  I love you and miss you. I will always remember you.”


Pizza toppings and rice dinner recipe

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , , , , on June 17, 2010 by Pendant & Ring

My daughter and I are ethical vegetarians and love to experiment with meat substitutes.  We purchased a four pack of “Field Roast” Italian grain meat sausages for the grill.  They were a huge hit with vegan phobic Dad so we had to get them again.  This is our second time round with the artisan sausages and we all had a hand in the development of this delicious recipe. I’m betting this recipe would be equally delicious with traditional italian sausage, too.

1 cup rice

2 cups water

Italian sausage (12.95 oz)

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with juice

4oz  black olives

1 avocado, chopped

5 button mushrooms, chopped

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Start the rice in rice cooker.  Chop sausage and add to skillet.  Brown.  Add everything else.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Turn off heat and let steam on hot burner until rice is done. The sauce will thicken as water evaporates and it cools. Serve over steamed rice.

It’s like pizza only better!