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New Word: 2018

Published December 12, 2017 by lynn k scott

Years ago, a friend told me about a practice of picking a new word to represent you through the upcoming year.  Face it, resolutions are great for a few weeks and then our true nature breaks through and we revert back to our old habits.  Ok, a few people stick with them, but the majority doesn’t.

I was one of those people.  State your resolution, post how great you’re doing and then the topic suddenly stops coming up.  That’s why I love picking a word to represent me.  I honestly reflect on previous years.  What has happened, how I handled things, who came into or left my life, etc.

  • 2015:  Perseverance
  • 2016: Genesis
  • 2017:  Influence

All these words turned out to be extremely relative for the year they represent.  With the new year only a few weeks away, it’s time to make the word selection that I will take into 2018.  After careful consideration, the word I choose is,

SIMPLE

Why Simple?

In 2017, there have been new influences on how I view life.  I have met some AMAZING people this year.  I have received tremendous support.  I have reflected on my life, up to this point and time.  What does it come down to?  Living a simple life.  I have everything I need (except a cure).

Life really doesn’t need to be as complicated as we make it.  I am as guilty of this as the next person.  Simplifying how I choose to live will help declutter my mind and my life.  A better devotion to Christ, realizing how important family is, having friends that support you are simple ways to have a very rich life.

There you have it:  A SIMPLE recipe for the upcoming year.

Will you join me in selecting a word instead of making a resolution that you may or may not see through?  Please comment with your word if this inspires you to follow suit.

 

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Movie Review: Justice League

Published November 22, 2017 by lynn k scott

Let me premise this review with I am not a comic-reading individual.  My knowledge of the Justice League characters come from Saturday morning cartoons (35+ years ago) and various movies that I have seen over the years.

That being said, last night I took my 11-year old daughter to see the Justice League movie.  It wasn’t a movie I would have gone to on my own.  I’ve never been a comic book fan or even cared about the different aspects of the progression of say, Superman or Batman.

Without having multiple backstories, character knowledge or development, we enjoyed the movie.  I won’t go into too many details, as I won’t be a spoiler to those who have yet to see the movie.

I would actually give the movie 4 out of 5 stars.  Hold your horses comic lovers.  My rating is based on the following criteria:  My 11-year old LOVED the movie, there was humor and lots of action.  The special effects were well done (imo).  There was even a point, some aspects of the special effects reminded me of a comic book.

The Flash was a socially-awkward teenager, who brought hilarity to his role.  His facial expressions and comments really added some great humor.

Wonder Woman was my daughter’s favorite.  There was a scene with the Amazon’s fighting the villain, and my daughter leaned over to whisper, “Those are my kind of women”.  Ok, so fictional women of great strength and capabilities empowered my daughter to where she could appreciate them; I’ll take that as a win.

My favorite was Aquaman.  Considering my only previous reference to him was a cartoon, he was given a major “upgrade”.  A buffed, tattooed, long-haired Atlantean, played by Jason Momoa, was what got me through this movie!  I’m not sure why it wasn’t called, “Aquaman & Friends”.  I digress…back to the review….

Cyborg, Superman and Batman were ok; nothing special to report on them.

The reason the movie didn’t get 5 stars, was it did drag a bit; even with all the action-filled comedy.  The other reason was, Ben Affleck is a believable Bruce Wayne, but he really isn’t a good Batman.  I was never a fan of all the Batman movies and the endless, changing Batmans.  I saw the first Batman, with Michael Keaton, and that’s good enough for me.  There’s just no pizzazz.  If it wasn’t for the Justice League having Batman in the comics and whatever rivalry there was between him and Superman, the movie could probably exist without him.

The other minor issue I had was Diane Lane as Superman’s mother.  She’s a good actress, and even though she’s aged to where she could play the part of a mom, she’ll always be, ‘Cherry Vance’, from the “Outsiders”.  I know most of this movie’s demographic, has no idea of “The Outsiders, primarily because it was made before they were born, but it was a small distraction to me.

Overall, it was enjoyable.  The storyline they used was acceptable, to non-comic following fans.  Add the the fact we paid less than $8.00 for two tickets, with AT&T’s, “Bring a Friend” Tuesdays, the popcorn was 50% off, we had a nice night for a mother and daughter making memories over Marvel’s, Justice League.

Review of Sweet Potato/White Potato Gratin

Published January 14, 2016 by lynn k scott

Yesterday, I reblogged a post about a Sweet Potato and White Potato Gratin.  It looked so good that I had to try the recipe.  So I did; last night.  Here’s my review of the recipe.

First, it’s a very easy recipe to follow.  The above link has the recipe and directions, should you want to try for yourself.

First I shredded the cheese.  I don’t use pre-shredded, because they add a coating to the cheese to keep it from sticking.

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Then I mixed up the spices….

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I used Tarragon instead of Rosemary, because that’s what I had on hand.  I don’t think it hindered the final result at all.

I have a mandolin that has two thickness settings.  So I set it on thin and then just sliced what I needed for the recipe as I was layering the sweet and white potatoes.  I didn’t need to soak them in water, as the recipe calls for, by doing it this way.  The nice thing about using Yukon gold, or any potato with a thin skin, is you don’t have to peel the potatoes first. You can just slice them after you give them a good rinse.

I continued following the directions and started layering the potatoes.  I prefer to us scallop design (overlapping).

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I admit, it’s not the prettiest dish when all is said and done.  It’s a bit dark on the edges, but don’t let that stop you from making this.

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My family, who aren’t “potato people”didn’t care for it.  They chose to eat steamed rice instead of this.  However, this is nothing new.  My husband is Filipino and my daughter is half-Filipina.  Rice is a staple in our house and they would that with every meal if I let them.

I LOVE potatoes.  I tried it, just as prepared and thought it needed a bit more salt and pepper than was originally used in the recipe.  Also, when using 8-oz. of cheese, you will have excess liquid (oil) in the pan because of this.  I’m going to play with the recipe and perhaps mix in a little (gluten-free) flour to correct that.  That’s just my personal preference.

All in all, I think this dish is a keeper.  I really wasn’t in the mood to have chicken last night, with the rest of the family.  So, I prepared some peas and between the potatoes and peas, I had a very nice vegetarian dinner.

If you’re inclined to try the recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Enjoy!

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