Why I'm Saying "God Bless Texas"

The first reason? Because it will probably make the "Hail Satan"-chanters really, really upset. Heheh....more
@christinagleason I believe that the bill actually details an exception in the case of serious ... more

'Organic' Is a Dirty Word

A few months back, I was talking with Kirk about -- what else? -- organic farming. “They need a new word for it,” he said. “A new word? What? Why?” “'Organic’ is just...I don’t know...not good. They need a new word.” I was incredulous. Good lord, what could possibly be wrong with organic? I can’t think of anything more harmless or healthy. But once I put my self-righteous indignation aside, I gained valuable insight....more
Hi - my husband (now a farmer) spent several years in DC as an agriculture advocate and ... more

Farm Subsidies, Frankenfoods and Food, Inc.: What You Don't Often Hear in the Media About Farming

"If you don't take care of your equipment, you will fail," he said. He actually used the word "fail" a lot, which is why I am still amazed anyone would take a chance on farming, let alone both sides of my family, and for so many generations. ...more
 @jaelithe Don't you find it absurd for a non-farmer to speak on behalf of all farmers? That's ... more

Farm Subsidies, Frankenfoods and Food, Inc.: What You Don't Often Hear in the Media About Farming

"If you don't take care of your equipment, you will fail," he said. He actually used the word "fail" a lot, which is why I am still amazed anyone would take a chance on farming, let alone both sides of my family, and for so many generations. ...more
 @Rita Arens That's not quite true that farmers hate Monsanto. They wouldn't be one of the most ... more

Chipotle's Farm Ad: Pros and Cons

Chipotle Mexican Grill ran a doozy of a commercial during the Grammy Awards - it's been two weeks and it's still buzzing. The company went all out for its' first national ad buy, a two-minute spot during which it screened a short film celebrating sustainable agriculture. ...more
The commercial, as a marketing tool, is clearly a success for the company. It co-opts an ... more

Yes, That Photo Is Too Sexy for Any Yearbook

There is this big brouhaha going on about a Colorado high school student's yearbook photo. Sydney Spies, an 18-year-old Durango High School senior, and her mother are making the TV talk show circuit, claiming the teen's freedom of expression is being squelched....more
If I had a daughter, I wouldn't want her using that photo. BUT - a lot of cheerleader outfits ... more

Whatever Happened to Just Throwing Rice?!

When she got married, people threw rice at the newly married couple as they left the reception. She didn't dwell on what rice symbolized at the time, but she knew its importance as part of tradition. These days, though, nothing is traditional. Every bride wants her wedding to be unique. As she helps to plan her daughter's wedding, she can't help but ask herself: has tradition been replaced by creativity or insanity? ...more
We did rose petals on the beach. I think that has something to do with fertility too. No babies ... more

Spicy Bacon Mac and Cheese

One of my 30 before 30 goals is to learn to cook better. Now that I cook 2 or 3 meals almost every day, I have plenty of opportunity to work on that goal. Over the last few months, I’ve tried tons of recipes, some of which have been truly fantastic. So, I’ve decided to start a regular recipe review on my blog. If you have a recipe that you’d like to share, e-mail it to andruswilliams2010 (at) gmail (dot) com....more
Glad you liked it! @selligwoman more

Spicy Bacon Mac and Cheese

One of my 30 before 30 goals is to learn to cook better. Now that I cook 2 or 3 meals almost every day, I have plenty of opportunity to work on that goal. Over the last few months, I’ve tried tons of recipes, some of which have been truly fantastic. So, I’ve decided to start a regular recipe review on my blog. If you have a recipe that you’d like to share, e-mail it to andruswilliams2010 (at) gmail (dot) com....more

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Nutella Cookie Sandwiches

One of my goals for this year is to eat more super foods, achieved by focusing on a new super food each month. September happens to be the month of oats. According to SuperFoodsRX.com, “Oats are low in calories, high in fiber and protein....more
That day, I also made Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (without Nutella) but used Nutella frosting ... more