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June 2015

About Up in the Attic

June 19, 2015

Up in the Attic

by Cathy Rueter

 

Cracking open the door, what do we find? Dusty old furniture, forgotten in time.

Over in the corner, a beloved rocking horse, patiently awaiting a new playmate, of course.

What wonderful treasures are hidden away? Letters and books, photos faded to gray.

Packed away gently in box and in basket, there’s no telling what we might find up in the attic.

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You may have noticed the poem I wrote on the home page.

Sometimes my brain seems much like that poetic attic. Many things are hidden away up there, just waiting to be discovered. There are a lot of things I’m interested in and have tucked away up in those dusty corners.

Care to join me? We’re sure to find books up there. Those I’ve read, one or two sitting by my bedside and maybe what I’m working on. We’ll probably find an article or two (or three or four) on everything from fashion for the frugal, to educational issues, to recipes for the allergy prone. There’s bound to be some sentences about this business of writing and a link or two to things I’m passionate about.

There are a lot of ideas, bits and pieces of information, and words up there needing to tumble out, down the stairs and onto the page. So come along with me as I head up into the attic to unpack. I’d love to have you along for the exploration. Bring along a dust rag, will you? All those cobwebs!

Bandage Box

June 19, 2015

The words Health and wellness bring visions of booboo bunnies and a Bandage Box to my mind.

And there’s SO MUCH information out there about health and wellness. I think I’ll just add a little myself.

Bandage Box

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Currently Under Construction

Toy Box

June 19, 2015

I love kids! And there’s a lot of information out there about having kids, raising kids, toys for kids; disciplining, educating, feeding, and growing kids. I’ll be posting things I find interesting about kids, families, and parenting, here in the Toy Box. I might even have a thing or two to say about it myself….

Toy Box

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Jewel Box

June 19, 2015

Being in business is expensive, even if you run it from home. Work-from-home entrepreneurs and tele-commuters still have to touch concrete once in awhile to visit the office, see the editor, attend meetings or conferences. Pj’s, jeans and flip-flops just won’t do for those out-an-about days. But criminy sakes! office clothes can break the bank!

Whether you write, blog, work-from-home, pound the pavement, there’s all that learning and doing just to stay afloat in the business world. We might find some of that information here in the Jewel Box, including:

* Professional for Pennies – Pair a sewing stash and a well cut, classic thrift store find and you get a new wardrobe

Jewel Box

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Currently Under Construction

File Box

June 19, 2015

Nothing here but us mice….at least for the moment.

The File Box will be added to shortly.

File Box

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Currently Under Construction

Miscellaneous Box

June 19, 2015

There’s lots to see in the Miscellaneous Box – eventually!

Miscellaneous Box

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Currently Under Construction

Publications and Services

June 19, 2015

Publications include (A-Z listing):

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* American Mothers, Inc., National Literacy Awards ___– Honorable Mention ’95
* Cal Communicator, Editor – 2004-11
* Caledonia Education Foundation
* Democrat Missourian
* Grand Rapids Press
* Grand Rapids Bridal Mag.
* Sun & News, Caledonia, MI, Staff reporter, 2001-04 J-Ad Graphics

Full list of freelance writing and editing services and client names available by: Contact Me

Overstuffed Peppers

June 19, 2015

Overstuffed Peppers

from the kitchen of Cathy Rueter

Oven: 350°

Serves 4-6 (possible left-overs – even better the next day)

Prep time: approx. 10 minutes. Cook time: approx. 3o minutes.

Cooking necessities: Large stove top pan, 9×5 glass baking pan (or equivalent), tin foil

Note: You don’t actually ‘stuff’ these peppers. Nearly all the ingredients are added together, covering a layer of sliced peppers, then baked.

Layering ingredients:

  • 3 Sweet Peppers – (red, yellow and orange, preferably), seeded and cut in strips
  • 1 cup mozzerella (topping) plus more below

Mixture ingredients:

  • 1 (1 lb.) roll of sausage (we get ours from Aldi® – it has a nice, not too spicy flavor), cooked
  • 1 (1 lb.) roll of burger, the lower the fat content the better, preferably 75/25 ratio, cooked
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice, quinoa or Jasmine rice (or combination – quinoa and Jasmine is our fav)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 c cup mozzarella, for mix

Spray bottom of 9×5 glass baking dish. Layer pepper strips. Reserve mozzarella topping.

Cook rice (or rice/quinoa mix) per manufacturer directions. Set aside.

Brown burger and sausage in large pan on stove (you will need the size later). Drain grease.

In same large pan, mix burger, sausage and rice (mix) together with rest of mixture ingredients, making sure not to use the layering peppers strips and mozzarella cheese topping.

On stove top, cook mixture on medium heat until onions and celery start to cook through (about 8-10 minutes). Stir occasionally.

Remove from stove and layer mixture OVER peppers in baking pan. (Hence the name, Over Stuffed Peppers.) Layer mozzarella cheese topping on top. Cover with tin foil.

Bake in 350° oven for 20 minutes. Remove tin foil and bake another 5-10 minutes until bubbly. If cheese topping is not yet browned, bake another 5 minutes at 400°.

Carefully remove from oven. Let sit five minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

Guest Kitchen

June 19, 2015

I can’t think of many things more enjoyable than spending time with family and friends, sharing recipes, food and each other’s company. Enjoy these recipes from Guest Kitchen!

The first Guest Kitchen recipe is here! Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing adapted from the kitchen of The Garden Grazer. Check it out and get the link to the original here:

http://www.cathyrueter.com/southwestern-chopped-salad-with-cilantro-dressing/

 

The Guest Kitchen

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From My Kitchen

June 19, 2015

You’ll find some strange names among the recipes coming From My Kitchen but the food tastes good and isn’t hard to cook. I don’t have time for hard to cook and neither do you!

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First recipe:

Overstuffed Peppers

Enjoy!