Monday, January 09, 2006


I am a Patriotic Resident Alien
In talking to Americans, I am amazed that even those that call themselves patriotic, aren't always patriotic to the depths that I, as a Canadian- Resident Alien here, am, to the U.S.A. !
I have a strong heart- feeling to the United States, and to what we stand for, and what we want to do in the world, and in the United States , for our people, for our economy, for our place in the world, and to keep peace in other nations, and help the poor.
Aren't our citizens reading what is was like to be a Pilgrim and come to the NEW nation?? What are they teaching in our schools about freedom, and how hard it was to get freedom and remain free?
Strong Patriotism normally starts in the youth and younger. If the schools are missing out on this instruction - the Pilgrims, the growth of colonies, the fighting with the French, fighting against the British, fighting ( right or Wrong? ) with the Indians, Civil War, crossing America on wagon trains, Gold Rush, building the railroad, growth of the future cities, Emancipation, etc- then the parents of U.S. children need to emphasize these hardships and joys that people have gone through, for their own sake and for us, their grandchildren.
We take so much for granted, We are spoiled- like children who are given too much without working for it.
Thankyou God for what we have! Thankyou for all who gave their lives for our freedom. God Bless America!!

Healthy eating for 2006

One thing that I love and is very healthy is a salad with a million items in it . Some grocery stores offer a ready made mix, but if you have a large family,you will need a large salad. Buying your greens separately is often more economical. Look around in the salad section and let yourself try something new. Add some green onion or some spanish onion. Bok Choy is yummy, and so is fresh spinach. You can even add some slivered or sliced almonds. A light dressing of equal part olive oil and lemon juice with garlic powder and chickweed will not leave you with a stuffed feeling. (chickweed is an herb bought in a health food store- you open a capsule and add only the contents to your dressing) . I always put these ingredients in a jar, close tightly, and shake well. Store in the fridge. Shake again before each use.
Carbs are important, but cutting down on those starches and sugars may be a good thing for you.
My Mom always told me " No second helpings". That way I can even eat chocolate.

Free Recipes

One thing that has really helped me with new ideas in cooking is a magazine I get every 2 months from Kraft foods. Here is how you can get these ( it is absolutely free and has great pictures). sign up at or call at 1-800-521-4403

Microwave caramel Corn by Jon

Pop 2/3 cupmunpopped corn on stove
medium size bowl, microwave on high 2 min. the following:
:1 cup sugar
:1 stick butter (not marg.)
: 1/4 cup Karo syrup
After 2 min., stir and add 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
Microwave on high 2 min.
Place popcorn in large brown paper bag.
Pour syrup mixture over popcorn and shake. Close bag and microwave on high 2 min. Shake.
Microwave 2 min. Spread on cookie sheet to cool.

This popcorn is VERY addicting, and fattening!!!!