With Memorial Day coming up, I thought I’d share one of my favorite springtime pasta recipes. This dish is on the “lighter” side of pasta, like a pasta salad. Serve it piping hot or at room temperature. The fresh, zingy flavor of garlic, lemon, and red pepper brings life to the nutty flavor and creamy feel of the garbanzos. A delicious addition to your buffet table! The recipe calls for flat leafed parsley, but you can substitute cilantro for even more snap.

This recipe is from the book, “No-Cook Pasta Sauces” by Joie Warner

 

Chickpea, Lemon, and Rosemary Sauce

1 can chickpeas (garbanzos), rinsed and well drained
¼ cup fruity olive oil
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
Grated zest of 1 medium lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped (I substitute cilantro here)
1 green onion, green tops only, chopped

1 lb past, medium shells or gnocchi

 

Combine chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a pasta serving bowl. Set aside to warm to room temperature.

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling, salted water until al dente. Drain pasta well and add to sauce in bowl. Sprinkle with rosemary, parsley, and green onion and toss. Taste-test, adjusting salt and pepper as needed.

CrowsRestcoverimageToday we’re celebrating the release of Crow’s Rest by Angelica Jackson with a blog hop of spooky, “true tales.” First, I’ll share my Ouija Board story—then I’ll tell you more about Crow’s Rest. There is a trailer to watch, a contest to enter, and a link to a list of participating bloggers sharing their own tales!

 

A Ouija Disc Takes Flight

It’s just an innocent game, right? They say the planchette moves by something called the ideomotor effect (subconscious muscle movements), but my own Ouija Board experience proved otherwise.

I must have been in fifth or sixth grade at the time. There was a girl named *Katie who lived down the street; we often hung out together. One day we discovered a Ouija Board in the top of the coat closet and decided to give it a try. The fun lasted for a couple days. We would go into my room, place the board on the bed, and kneel on either side of it. There, with the curtains drawn, we would take turns asking stupid questions.

On the second day, Katie asked the “spirit” if he was the Devil. The planchette moved to “yes.” We began accusing each other of moving the disc and, being a smarty-pants, I decided to challenge the idea that the planchette could move unaided. I said, “If this is the Devil I’ll bet he won’t like this…” and I placed a cross necklace on the board. To our amazement, the disc scooted away from the necklace.

Katie and I each backed away from the board. I picked the necklace up off the board and placed it right on top of the planchette. Immediately, the planchette flew off the board, colliding with the bedroom wall! Laughing, I turned to see Katy’s reaction—but she was already out of the house and halfway down the street.

(*Names have been changed to protect the wicked.)

Why are we talking about paranormal experiences in the middle of spring? Because Angelica Jackson’s new book, Crow’s Rest, has just been released! We’re all celebrating by sharing spooky, “true tales” and giving away prizes.

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Share your own spooky tale here in the comment section.

Visit Angelica Jackson’s site to learn more about the author and
follow the blog hop to read other chilling tales.

And, there’s a Rafflecopter contest to enter! You could win a signed copy of Crow’s Rest, signed bookmarks, and/or swag. Just use the handy form at the end of this post.

 

About Crow’s Rest:
Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam’s, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.

But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers-and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone-some thing-has taken his place.

Her quest to find the real Daniel-and get him back-plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.

Title: Crow’s Rest
Author: Angelica R. Jackson
Published: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Angelica R Jackson photoAbout the author:
In keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, Angelica R. Jackson has far too many interests to list here.

She has an obsession with creating more writing nooks in the home she shares with her husband and two corpulent cats in California’s Gold Country. Fortunately, the writing nooks serve for reading and cat cuddling too.

Other pastimes include cooking for food allergies (not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it), photography, and volunteering at a local no-kill cat sanctuary.

Website: Angelica R. Jackson
Blog: Angelic Muse

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Robyn:

Sharing thoughts; it sounds like an innocent concept, so innocent that most of us never bother speaking up. After all, who wants to hear what we think? But somewhere there may be someone just waiting for a little nudge–waiting for someone else to voice what they have been holding back. And when the writer and the reader connect, magic happens!
I’m sharing just such a story today from Don Russell, author of Lifting the Curtain: the Disgrace We Call Urban High School Education. Maybe his story will encourage you to share your own thoughts!

Originally posted on Lifting the Curtain:

 Yearend is a time for reflection.  And while I took off two weeks off from this blog to concentrate fulltime on all the new chapters and teacher submissions for the 2nd edition of Lifting the Curtain, I kept getting struck by the passion of the thousands of teachers I have “e-met” (is that even a word?) over the past few months.  Deep thanks are in order.

Just three months ago I launched this blog with a singular focus – let teacher voices finally be heard so that we could fix the real issues destroying the education of our children.  I was tired and frustrated that the invaluable views of teachers, from within the classroom, were being hidden—intimidated into silence by bullying and cronyistic school administrators, and drowned out by the loud voices of the same inept career DoE bureaucrats and legislators who were responsible for the…

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The magical month of October! Cooler temps, crimson leaves, brisk breezes… We’re ending the year and beginning the holiday season; our thoughts turning to decorations, gifts, and good food. So, are you in a fall-ish mood? Are you looking to have a bit of fun? Remembrance Wreath Finished by rlc

First Stop, Samhain’s Sirens for their month-long virtual party. Each day with the Siren’s offers music, recipes, giveaways for handmade gifts, and sometimes even a craft! Today I’m sharing instructions for making a Remembrance Wreath—it’s like a family tree in wreath form! And, to get you started, I’m giving away a kit to make your own Remembrance Wreath. Just visit the Siren’s blog to enter. Samhains Sirens

While you’re visiting the Sirens you can pick up a recipe for Farmer’s Market Autumn Stew, or Autumn’s Apple Crunch Muffins—or read about the Legend and Lore of Halloween/Samhain.

Second Stop, Musiddity, my creativity and crafting blog. Come on over to learn about Punkin Sprites and other fall decorations I’ll be sharing this month. Punkin Sprite Decoration by rlc

The year is ending, it’s time to play!

Fallen Tree 001 rlcOur majestic mesquite is no longer. Just a sapling when we bought the house, we’d babied him through many storms—picked him up once, tethered him…and in return this tree grew to be a giant standing 40-50ft tall with a trunk over a foot in diameter. He shaded the entire front of our property, cradled many nests, and provided the stage for my favorite mocking bird’s mating song (which lasted all night long). But a couple of weeks ago, the last monsoon of the season burst forth with 65 mph winds, uprooting our beloved tree. We watched as he succumbed to the force, gently lying back onto the roof. There was no “bang,” simply the crackling of splintering wood barely heard above the sound of the rain.

It was several days before we could get a company out to remove the tree, during that time it was a bit like living in a tree house. Branches covered most of the front windows and completely blocked our front walkway. Luckily, we were able to clear enough away to get our cars out of the garage! A crew of four tackled the take-down; it took them just two hours, I thought you might be interested in seeing the process.

Tree Removal 001 rlcThey began by removing the branches. A worker climbed the tree up to the roof; I noticed he kept his footing mostly on the larger branches and not on the roofing tiles. Once the branches were off he started with the trunk, tossing down large pieces (you don’t want to be standing anywhere near those falling logs!

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Tree Removal 004 rlcWith the trunk finally clear of the house, the next question was how to finish the job. The workers decided to pull the tree away from the house so that the falling debris would not crack the concrete walkway. They tied the top of the trunk to the tow hitch on a pick up truck and drove until the tree leaned the opposite direction.

The worker climbed back up the trunk and continued cutting foot long segments. Once he got to the largest part he cut segments about two feet long—horribly heavy but they will make nice side tables out on the patio.Tree Stump 001 rlc

Guess I have a new landscaping project…

welcome fall by RLCFor me, autumn is like the sigh after a long day; a time to release all the hectic busyness and settle down in peace.

Summer is flashy and gregarious; she likes to dazzle—the brighter the better (and I think she has power issues). I get grumpy in summer, it’s too hot. Can’t open the windows, can’t play outside, too hot to cook… In summer you’ll hear me say things like, “Oh joy, another flippin’ sunny day.” I become a sloth.

Autumn is more introspective; she takes in the world around her. By herself, or with a few close friends, she enjoys long hikes, crafting, cooking, or settling down with a good book and a cup of tea. That’s more my style! In autumn, I can tackle big projects. Open the windows! Pull out the paint and varnish! Turn on the stove; we’re making a big pot of soup! Inspiration dances in autumn–I go from no ambition, to not enough time.

Are you in your autumn groove? Tell me your three best enjoyed fall pastimes. Tea and a book? Collecting fallen leaves? Baking pies? Share your seasonal joy and spread some smiles!

Originally posted on Lifting the Curtain:

It’s reported that about 20% of the American population is functionally illiterate*; that means that approximately 1 in 5 people over the age of 15 are unable to complete a series of tasks necessary to function in today’s society. They read below 5th grade level and may not be able to follow a basic recipe. These are everyday, intelligent people that just have a few gaps in their education—and chances are you know one. In fact, there may actually be someone in your family struggling right now!

As Americans, we like to think that our public educational system fully prepares each individual to not only function but thrive out in “the real world.” As parents, we send our children to school assuming they are learning everything they need to know. As long as they pass their classes, we feel we don’t need worry. Sadly, this is not always the case…

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