The Jucas Girls

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Support the Mother Teresa Stamp February 17, 2010

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The USPS is honoring Mother Teresa with a stamp!  This is such positive and exciting news, and it is supposed to go on sale in August.  Great news–heh?  Well, some atheists groups are fit to be tied and they are petitioning the USPS to revoke the stamp and not debut it as planned.  These are the same groups who have had no problem with stamps honoring Homer Simpson, Ghandi, and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is a sad day when a person as humble and charitable as Mother Teresa–who truly dedicated her life to serving the poor–is demonized in this fashion.  I urge everyone reading this blog to go to the following site and sign the petition encouraging the Postmaster General to move forward with the stamp as planned.  The website is http://www.StampOutBigotry.com .

 

Uncle Sirini’s Brussel Sprouts! December 2, 2009

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Ok, I said the same thing…..Brussel sprouts! ugh!  But trust me.  Anything Uncle Sirini cooks is bound to be delicious.  Maybe it’s the cilantro and cumin? I don’t know, but his Indian heritage is such a blessing to our family, especially to our family gatherings when food is involved.

Here is the basic recipe, but I warn you…he and I were enjoying cocktails as we talked about this yummy recipe, so the details may be a little off.

Steam the brussel sprouts….in his words “steam the dickens out of them.”  As they are steaming (note: do not boil, all of the good nutrients boil right out into the water) lightly fry in oil cumin seeds then mustard seeds.  After they “pop” add diced onions and minced garlic.  Sautee really well then mix brussel sprouts and onion/garlic mixture together with fresh cilantro to taste and mash.  Again, in Uncle Sirini’s words “mash the dickens out of them” and add a tablespoon of mayonaisse.  Tadahh!  Last night I ate it chilled and today for lunch I warmed some up!  Either way, delicious!  You will never think of brussel sprouts the same way again!

 

The Secret Door-Shopping Party

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Ok, I know–two posts in one day!  It must be said though that it is a busy time and there is much to post about.  Kerry and I are hosting our annual Secret Door Shopping Party at my house on Sunday, December 6 from 1-6 PM.

We are excited about our goods this year.  We hav more of our great cutting-up tshirts, Frankie & Johnny PJs, onesies and gowns by Robin Wren Designs, fun jewlery and much more.  We will have our darling burp cloths that you can just buy or pick out and we will monogram for you.  Also, we have “watch me grow hats” by my childhood friend, Marla Finley.  They are similar to baby birthday hats, but you can switch out the number to chart each month of baby’s first year of life.  They are adorable!

So, please stop by and get some Christmas shopping for your sister, friend, mom, or baby out of the way.  Or…better yet, get yourself an early Christmas present!  Don’t forget that we gift wrap too.  It doesn’t get much better than that :).

Hope to see you Sunday.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

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I hope everyone had a wonderful and long holiday weekend.

John and I went to Arizona for Thanksgiving.  There is something awesome about sunshine everyday.  We hiked, went for lots of walks, and ate way too much turkey.  My mother-in-law has an uncanny knack for decorating.  She had her house completely decked out with pumpkins, pine cones, leaves and berries.  There are some people who try and try and decorate and it still looks a little sad.  Pat just throws things together and it always looks perfect.

I’ll get better about posting pictures in the near future.  Who am I kidding?  I hope to get better about posting period!

We are looking forward to Christmas and celebrating the Advent season.

 

Cut the Pork! July 9, 2009

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I’m not a huge C-Span fan, mainly because it is boring.  My husband, John, however, is a big fan.  Last night, I was doing laundry while he was watching, and I ended up sitting down on the couch with him.  Listening to the House Members argue about the pork in the spending bill blew me away.  My two new favorite Congressmen are Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX).  These two guys both laid out why we must trim the budget.  I understand that some of the earmark projects may be important, but when we are trillions of dollars (that was a T for trillions, and yes, that is plural) in debt, $1 Million for potato research is absurd.  The potato industry is a multi-billion inustry.  Let’s save our money and pay down the debt.  I was outraged listening to the Democrats and some Republicans truly arguing for more spending vs. less.  They are so out of touch!  I urge everyone to call your congressional office, write letters to the editor, and attend one of the many tea parties in an effort to let our leaders know that their out of control spending has got to stop…and we are going to hold them accountable!!!  And, if you see or know Rep. Jeff Flake or Rep. Jeb Hensarling, tell them THANK YOU for at least trying to cut the pork.  I have links to both of their websites.  Feel free to send them a note of encouragement.

http://flake.house.gov/

http://www.house.gov/hensarling/

 

Happy Fourth of July! July 6, 2009

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I hope everyone had a great July 4th holiday.  I was so excited that the fourth actually landed on a Saturday, and I had very big plans for tubing, jet skiing, eating, and just floating in the lake with friends.  The weather at Lake Hamilton was pretty good, but it was definitely cooler than in recent years.  We were honored to celebrate with an Iraq Vet, Scott Burton, who is dating my friend, Holland Patterson.  Everyone loved getting to know him, and I especially enjoyed watching him fire off round after round of fireworks–with sheer satisfaction.  In my book, he can do whatever he wants on July 4th–he has earned it!!  On another note, I am a big believer in having plenty of food, keeping it simple, and going the extra mile as far as presentation.  I learned a very valuable lesson this year–pre-made hamburger patties aren’t all they are cracked up to be.  Yes, they were simple, but it defeated the point because nobody ate them.  So, next year I will stick to my easy and festive July 4th type foods, but I will buy fresh ground beef and make the patties myself.  Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated with us, and I apologize about the burgers–especially to Scott (though he was smart and ate a hot dog)!

 

Not just another vampire book….. June 30, 2009

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Ok, I know many folks have read the Twilight series.  As for myself, I have collectively read the series 4 times!  I know…..I am a grown woman reading books my younger cousins in high school read.  But what can I say?  Edward is dreamy!

So, since there are literally gazillions of literary critiques regarding the Twilight books and movies, I thought I might tell you about another series I recently started reading.

Charlaine Harris, a southerner who currently lives in south Arkansas is an accomplished mystery writer and has created a delightful character in Sookie Stackhouse, the heroine in the series.  I have only read the first 2 in the series, “Dead Until Dark” and “Living Dead in Dallas”…..both of which are funny, scary, quirky, and full of delicious characters. Being from south AR myself, it is easy to imagine Merlotte’s Bar in Bon Temps, LA.  Sometimes, I would find myself giggling at some of the little things Sookie would say.  And let’s admit it ladies, vampires seem quite chivalrous….at least Vampire Bill does.  Ok, he’s no Edward Cullen, but he is awfully crazy about Sookie, and that is always fun to read about….vampire boy meets human-mind-reading self educated bar waitress, they fall in love and she puts a coffin under her closet floor so he can sometimes sleep over after the sun rises! 

So, if you want to find out more, go to her website at www.charlaineharris.com and you can also check out the HBO series, True Blood, which is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels.  I haven’t watched them yet, but I am going to have to start!  Still waiting for the 3rd of the series to come out in hardcover, and when it does I will give you an update!

See www.lisadesimini.com for information about the artist for the book jackets….