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Being part of a CSA, and cohabitating with someone who eats very few veggies, I have a lot of vegetables to eat all by myself each week! That means one thing: salads, salads, salads.

I always make it a point to have a good hearty serving of green stuff with every meal. (Even the boyfriend will eat lettuce and cucumbers, both of which have been in every CSA box thus far!) My guy loves his bottled ranch dressing but his favorite is Caeser, which we always have on hand; luckily, his favorite brand is one that uses all-natural ingredients without preservatives or other icky stuff.

I decided that our dinner of lettuce-and-cucumber salad topped with grilled chicken could use something special. Sure, I’d probably be the only one who wouldn’t want the bottled stuff, but I could try something new: making salad dressing from scratch! It didn’t end up exactly…

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Back Road Journal

Whether you are going out with top hat and cane,                                                                                                  Or staying home with a glass of Champagne,

Here is a toast to all the memories my friend,                                                                                                            As we give a fond farewell to this year’s end.

May the New Year be all the best it can be…

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Eric's Inspired Living Blog

You could show up at Machu Picchu not knowing anything about it whatsoever.  Not knowing, for instance, that it was built over 500 years ago, and by a people (the Incas) who had no written language yet were sophisticated enough to understand a great deal of astronomy.

You might simply be amazed by the spectacle of it: the confounding truth of its location, perched high up in the Andes, and the wonder of how it ever got there.

The more you did learn about Machu Picchu, however (such as the fact that those who constructed it did so without even having the technology of the wheel!), you would no doubt only find it that much more perplexing and awe-inspiring.  Theories abound, but a great deal is still not fully understood about its purpose and its history.

Machu Picchu now attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who wish to behold its existence…

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Wanton Creation

I know I only just recently wrote posts about teapots and coffeemugs, but this was just too awesome to not show you all. An amazing friend of mine bought this for my birthday last month, and I must say it is one of the most awesome presents I have ever received.

The mug is handmade out of earthenware clay by Lorrie Veasey in her New Jersey Studio, and for some reason I like the fact that it isn’t a mass-produced item. She designs other similar items at her website Our Name Is Mud which is worth checking out.

Anyway, I just thought this was too cool not to show everyone. We now return you to regular programming (in other words, my next post will actually be about a book (also, I have been considering writing semi-regular posts about music because, well, I like music…thoughts? I am thinking maybe an…

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