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Pasta with Morels – and Morals


This pasta with morels, has morals. I’m a big fan of simple pasta dishes that highlight one or two flavorful ingredients and can be thrown together quickly on a busy evening. Farm—or in this case, forest-fresh ingredients—should play the leading role, not be over-processed into irrelevance.

 

For the freshest quality produce, I participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with Hood River Organic. I get a farm-to-table box of amazing local organic produce delivered every week, year-round. Check them out if you’re in the Portland, Oregon area and want to do the right thing when it comes to sustainability.

 
Local food systems are an important part of keeping this beautiful green earth producing delicious (healthy, necessary) for generations to come. Sustainable Table is a great resource for in-depth reading on this and other important agricultural and environmental topics.

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Sustainability is critically important, but so is delicious food if you ask me. Your CSA of choice can net you AMAZING local delights, like the foraged morels I received this past week and utilized in this mushroom pasta recipe.

Morels and morals. Win-win.

This bowl of satisfying weeknight grub requires little more than pasta, morels, flour, butter, cheese, salt, pepper and some basic techniques. Challenge yourself not to eat it all in 3 minutes. Good luck.
Here are the details. Enjoy. Pasta with Morel Mushrooms

 
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 12 minutesYield: 4 servingsIngredients:16 oz rotini pasta2 cups morel mushrooms, sliced lengthwise into quarters1/2 cup flour6 tbsp unsalted butter1/2 cup fresh grated pecorino cheese1/2 teaspoon white pepperSaltInstructions:Bring salted water to a boil in a medium pot. Cook the pasta per the instructions found on package. Substitute fresh pasta if available.

 
Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan over medium heat and prepare your ronco electric pasta maker. Once hot, melt the butter. Toss the morel mushrooms in the flour, shaking off excess. When the butter is melted and foaming, add the morels to the sauté pan. Sauté for 5 minutes tossing a few times to evenly coat the morels, or until they are brown and crisp at the edges. When cooked al dente, drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

 
Combine the drained pasta, morels and butter. Stir to combine. Stir in pasta water a tablespoon at a time to create your desired consistency. Dust with white pepper. Stir to combine and switch off your electric pasta machine. Serve immediately in bowls, with cheese on top. Devour as slowly as you can.

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Reframing Unhelpful Thoughts


Reframing is a powerful self-development tool that anyone can use but before applying this technique it’s useful to understand a few concepts about thoughts and thinking.  Usually we are very absorbed in our thoughts so it’s refreshing to look at things from another angle:

  • Situations and events don’t have any meaning without you.  They only have a meaning because of the meaning you place on them and how you interpret that meaning.  Something bad that happened to you is only bad because you placed the meaning ‘bad’ upon it.
  • It is perfectly normal to feel a certain way when something ‘negative’ occurs but a ‘negative’ event can have a ‘positive’ meaning associated to it through choice.

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(Think of charities set up in the name of a lost loved one for example,  this is an example of a ‘negative’ situation with a positive meaning associated to it.  There would have most likely been some reframing used to move through grief and find positive meaning)

  • Behind every thought is a hidden ‘frame’.  Your underlying beliefs and assumptions form this frame.  So when you think “I won’t get chosen for the team leader position because I’m too young”, part of your frame for this thought is “the supervisor prefers team leaders of a certain age”
  • All thoughts have your best interest at heart because the mind is always trying to help you, this is a basic survival concept.  The negative chatter of the mind isn’t your enemy, it’s trying to help but hasn’t yet learnt an effective way to do so.

So Reframing works with the inner mind to find the intention behind a thought, in order to reframe it in a helpful way.

REFRAMING PROCESS

Starting now until this time tomorrow become aware of any unpleasant thoughts. (if it feels bad, stressful, or evokes negative emotion we’ll call it ‘unpleasant’ although all emotion is trying to tell us something and help us).

Observe your thoughts and write down or squeeze your hand when you become aware of an unhelpful one. The purpose of step one is to observe how often you entertain unhelpful or negative thoughts.

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Now become aware of the frame behind your thought by challenging what you assume to be true: If you are looking negatively at your situation you probably have a limiting belief that is encouraging you to stay in a negative mindset, preventing you from finding positive meaning.

If you are thinking a thought such as “I never get anything accomplished at work, I can never get things right”- start to find reasons why this thought isn’t true:

  • I do get things done sometimes
  • I do get things right sometimes
  • John complimented me on my project last week
  • My workload has increased lately because of a staffing change

Cracks will start to appear in your limiting belief, creating space to bring in a positive reframe. There is an example below.

  • Thought –  ’I can’t get anything accomplished at work, I can’t get things right’
  • Hidden Frame and Limiting Belief  – ‘I’m not good enough if all of my work isn’t completed’
  • Re-Frame – ‘ My worth isn’t based on how much work I complete.  I do my best and I know from past feedback that I am a good employee, it is the circumstances that have changed not my productivity’

How can you apply Reframing in your situation?  Are there thoughts or emotions connected to your past that you could Reframe?  What about thoughts or feelings about the future, how could you Reframe them to be less anxious and more confident and motivated?  Thoughts and feelings are very closely connected, how has Reframing your thoughts improved your present emotional well-being?

 

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Growing Your Own – Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation


Generally, the first question you will ask when considering your cannibus growing options is whether you will be growing indoors or outdoors. There are several factors which will determine your choice. Where you live and the climate is the first factor. Some strains may thrive better in your particular climate and your decision should be based on this.

 

GROWING OUTDOORS

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Growing outdoors is the best choice, climate permitting, for growing your marijuana. There are those who claim they can taste the difference between indoor versus outdoor grown marijuana. In any case, marijuana thrives when grown organically. It may be arguable whether outdoor growing offers qualitative advantages but what is certain is that indoor growing is much more expensive. Indoor cultivation requires artificial light which will be expensive to purchase and make your electric bill a serious issue. The average sunny day provides the equivalent of 2000 watts of lighting per square foot and your plants will need at least five hours each day of light. This will add up. Also, sunshine spreads, providing light equally to all parts of the plant, making for even growth and generally heavier yields.
There are two major reasons not to grown outdoors. Climate is a major factor. Depending on the strain you are growing, growing technique, and climate, it takes from eight weeks to four months to grow from seedling to harvest and though sunlight is free, it is unreliable and in some latitudes, a rare commodity. Most plants require a minimum of five hours of direct sunlight each day but it is totally worth it because after a long time of cultivation you will be able to enjoy marijuana with your favorite plenty vaporizer. Growing outdoors requires a long season and in addition tothe growing time, the plant needs to be dried and cured, adding another two to three weeks.
You must be in a region that has a suitable season. Another major factor is the issue of legality. In most states, it is illegal to grow for recreational use. Marijuana can be a difficult crop to conceal. Depending upon the strain, many plants grow larger than two meters tall and can be quite bushy. Some strains are also prohibitively redolent, having a strong and distinct odor that is difficult conceal. Even where marijuana is legal, growing outdoors can attract unwanted attention, leading to theft or angry neighbors.

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CLIMATE

Marijuana originated in the high regions of Central Asia and Afghanistan. That is not a tropical climate and strains have been developed that thrive in colder climates such as Amsterdam and even Alaska. If you plan on growing in a colder climate, you should choose a faster growing strain that does well in colder climes. You can also begin the seedlings in buckets in a hothouse and move them outdoors when they are hardy enough.

STRAINS ACCORDING TO CLIMATE

Growing in colder climes usually means less sunlight (shorter days), and a shorter growing season. For this you need a fast flowering plant and one that is resistant to cold. Indicas usually do better than sativas in these conditions. In addition, you will want a strain that is resistant to mould if you live in a damp environment. Keep in mind that rains can wash away crystals and lower the potency of your crop. Colder climates have an advantage for growing blue strains, bringing out their unique character and color.

  • Early Skunk
  • Holland’s Hope-This is a great cold climate choice with a short growing period of forty to fifty days, and it is resistant to mold and pests.
  • Bahia Black Head
  • Critical Yumboldt
  • Durban Poison
  • Frisian Dew
  • Early Girl
  • AK47-It has a rapid growing time and can be cultivated in fifty days if it gets a lot of sun. The real attraction is a THC level of around 20%.
  • Bangi Haze
  • Jack Herer-A great high, truly epic, but finicky and not recommended for beginners. It needs a lot of space. Temperate
  • Skunk #1- This is a good choice for beginners. It grows quick and big, rewarding the grower with nice harvests.
  • White Label Purple Bud
  • White Label Master Kush
  • Northern Lights-Grown indoors, this plant is short and bushy. Outdoors, it can reach over two meters. It is very leafy and provides a lot of high resin crop.
  • Afghan Weed- This is the original weed so it is used to growing outdoors. The plants are low and bushy, making for good covert farming. It is very leafy, making for a smokable,potent crop.
  • Guerillas Gusto-It requires good conditions with lots of water and light, but once you find the right spot, it practically grows itself, requiring little care.
  • Lowryder-As its name suggests, this is a compact plant. It is good for farmers with limited space or want to keep the plant concealed. The harvest is small and not potent.
  • Blue Cheese-Short and bushy, it is good for limited space or covert growing. It is sensitive to pHOTHER CONSIDERATIONS

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Basic SEO Tips For Blogger


Let us discuss about the Basic SEO Tips that you should keep in mind while creating a blog or a blog post.

Use of Custom Permalink

Always use a custom permalink for your blog post . Blogger doesn’t have much options to change the permalink as you need. The only thing that we can utilize is the custom permalink, use this option while writing a post. Avoid Stop word in the link and make sure the title length mus not exceed 50 characters in length. See the below image to get some knowledge on how to change permalink by using the option custom permalink.

Use of Search Description

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Every blog should have these meta tags on their homepage

  • Meta Title
  • Meta Description
  • Meta Keywords

A meta title length must not exceed 70 characters, its better to keep it below 60, and seo friendly meta description must not exceed 150 characters . Meta Keywords may not have much importance in 2015 SEO but you can keep the length below 500 characters. Never stuff the keywords in these meta tags, Use meaningful sentences in Title and description and you may use your keyword 2-3 times in description. As we know blogger platform doesn’t provide much options as wordpress. WordPress has plugins which can boost your SEO and most of them are free and user friendly. Coming to blogger, most of the bloggers forget about individual posts’ meta description. Use of meta description for each post may increase your presence on search engines.

Internal Linking

Most of the bloggers shows no interest or they never know the importance of internal linking. Internal Linking not only increases your blogs pageviews but also helps your post to boost up rankings in search engines. Never forget to do internal linking while writing a blog post.

External Linking and Tips

Always link your blog’s post to a high authority websites or blogs, it may increase your page authority too. Don’t forget to use “rel=nofollow” attribute to your external links.

Social Sharing

“Social” became the one of the important factors in SEO, A blog with higher social impact may higher than that of low social sharing. So, always use Social Sharing buttons below the most and a sliding bar on the left of the page. Create your pages on all the social networking websites. Like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Googleplus.  A facebook popup box of your page may add extra benefits for your website traffic.

Use of Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics

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Use of webmaster tool and google analytics is very important for generating organic traffic. Google Webmaster tool used to submit your website to search engine by providing the sitemap of your blog. Bloggers have no sitemap.xml page, Submit atom.xml as sitemap at webmaster tool to get indexed in search engine. Never forget to submit your website on bing also , you can do it by bing webmaster tool. Submitting your blog to bing webmaster tool indexes your blog in both bing and yahoo search engines. Always Resubmit your sitemap after every blogpost you write, and ping your blog post using pingomatic (which tells all the search engines about an update in your blog).

These are the basic SEO tips for blogs and bloggers to remember for generating organic website traffic.