Posted: 11:40 am Thursday, March 16th, 2017
By Staff Writer
Well we sprang forward last weekend, but spring is still a week away.
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We sprang forward which means spring must surely be here, even though it’s not official for another week!
See what I did there?
I changed my perspective. Just subtly, but enough that to you I’ve made a positive, instead of a negative statement.
It works the same way in our heads. By guiding our thoughts toward the sunny side we feel more positive.
Admittedly, it’s sometimes difficult to do, especially if you are “stuck” in negative circumstances; the middle of heart ache, drama, trauma, or perhaps the consequences of your own poor choices.
Yet all you need is a nugget, just a little nugget of hope.
I’m here to help. That’s what the Delilah program is all about; a positive, safe, bright place to come home to.
We are a place of inspiring stories. Maybe with a sad beginning, a challenging middle, and a surprise ending. But always with nugget of hope tucked in to each chapter.
If you’re struggling right now, you don’t necessarily have to go searching for the entire pot of gold, but if you can located that little nugget that lives within us all, your future will certainly be lighter and brighter!
And, if you need a little help, come home to Delilah.
Shepard’s Pie Baked Potato
Here’s a fun twist on a couple of Irish classics. Shepard’s Pie and Baked Potato! My ‘friend since 10,’ and office manager Dee Dee, found this and gave it a whirl.
Apparently the luck o’ the Irish was with her because everyone declared it Gold!
• 3 large Yukon Gold or Russett potatoes, baked until tender and slightly cooled.
• 1 lb ground lamb or beef
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 1-2 cups frozen peas & carrots
• 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 jar beef or turkey gravy (I used turkey)
• 1 small can Ro-Tel’s diced tomato and green chilies (or plain diced tomatoes)
• Red Chili flakes, to taste
• Salt, Pepper
• Toppings: Sour Cream
• Bacon crumbles
1. In a large skillet, brown ground lamb/beef
2. Add onion and continue to cooking until onions are mostly translucent.
3. Add gravy, peas and carrots, diced tomato and chilies; stir until everything is mixed together well. Taste!
4. Add salt, pepper and red chili flakes to taste.
5. Add about a cup of the shredded cheese and let that melt into the meaty goodness. Simmer until everyone has made friends and it tastes delicious. Turn off heat and set meat filling aside.
6. Halve potatoes length-wise.
7. Carefully scoop out the middle of the potatoes, leaving about an 1/8 of an inch of potato attached to the skin so they retain shape. Place removed potato filling into a large bowl.
8. To the potato mix, add butter, milk, salt and pepper and stir vigorously making a stiffer mashed potato.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Sprinkle some grated cheese into each potato “skin”.
3. Spoon meat mixture in until skin is 3/4 full.
4. Mound or pipe potatoes mix over the top of each so that meat is covered.
5. Place filled potato skins on baking dish.
6. Sprinkle with cheese again and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
Oxalyis | Shamrock | Clover
I’m fairly certain that I mentioned oxalyis in my mid-march newsletter last year otherwise known as clover, or shamrock.
According to some of my highly scientific research, (ahem, Google) the word ‘shamrock’ is from the Gaelic language and means simply, “summer plant.”
More research (OK, Googling) revealed the little tidbit that St. Patrick used this 3-leaved plant, common to Ireland, to teach the local inhabitants about the trinity; 3 from 1.
I like that story, even if it’s been made up, because we could use it today to to teach our children the same lesson in a fun way that’s associated to nature.
Last year, I told you about oxalyis “Iron Cross” which is a little bulb that yields tall stems of FOUR leaved clovers that are green with a rusty red center (thus the “iron cross.”) Iron Cross is a favorite of mine because it grew in my mothers flower bed and we loved to show off our abundant good luck to visitors, as well as eat the tart stem and leaves in salads.
You can find this in garden catalogs and often in your local nurseries.
This year, I’m going to pass along some different info, which is that clover makes an excellent lawn. Instead of constantly caring for your precious grass, which takes far too much water, weeding, and worry, plant clover.
Clover is a nitrogen fixer – often used in cover crops – and does not need fertilized. It is dense and green and has an aggressive root system that is excellent at choking out weeds such as dandy lion, stays green with NO water, and has pretty little white flowers.
It does not need mowing because it doesn’t grow tall, but you can mow it from time to to time to encourage new growth and clip the dead flowers.
If you have a troublesome grass lawn, think about giving clover a try. And if you do, make sure you tell me about it! Write to me HERE.
Grow a little good luck!
Balsam Hill | Florals!
Remember the company I “discovered” back in the fall, Balsam Hill? They provided the most beautiful, realistic fall and Christmas décor for the studio AND contributed generously to Point Hope. They are a fantastic company with fantastic people!
Balsam Hill now has a beautiful collection of artificial floral arrangements and greenery. Crafted by hand, these faux flowers, potted plants, and wreaths lend elegance to any setting or occasion.
Designed with the same level of realism found in their Christmas trees and foliage, Balsam Hill’s spring florals are incredibly lifelike; made by hand to capture nature’s splendor and meticulously crafted from the finest materials, these carefully curated designs will lend elegance to any setting or occasion.
Stop and smell the roses at Balsam Hill… and while you’re at it, pick a posie or two that will brighten your home! Tell them a tall, blonde, leprechaun sent you. 😉
Shop Balsam Hill HERE
March is a marvelous time!
It’s the birthday month of two daughters, Angel, now 22, and Blessing, a large and in charge 13 year old!!! These girls are very special to me as they are the first I adopted from Africa nearly 10 years ago. Wow.
It’s also the birthday month of my God-son, Ryan, who I’ve had the joy and privilege of watching grow from an inquisitive, brilliant child, into an inquisitive, brilliant, member of my engineering/technical team.
Please join me in wishing these three a very happy birthday!
I’ll be making green pancakes, jello, and mashed potatoes day-after-tomorrow and hope you’ll be havin’ a wee bit o’ fun with the St. Patty’s holiday as well.
Until we chat again next week my friends, may the road rise up to meet ya!