Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

meal ideas~ cranberry-orange relish

although the holiday season is for a couple of months, i apologize that i wasn't able to get this recipe posted before Thanksgiving. it is a traditional Journey holiday recipe and i highly recommend you give it a try....

Cranberry-Orange Relish

      For all those Holiday Cranberry fans--This is my favorite cranberry (anytime) recipe.  It is super easy, tastes terrific, and looks pretty on the table or your plate.

12 oz cranberries – fresh
1 medium orange, navel is best, unpeeled and cut into chunks
1 c. sugar (more or less to your taste)
1 piece, about 1 inch, fresh ginger peeled roughly chopped.
¼ tsp ground cinnamon

      Put cranberries, orange, ginger, & cinnamon in a food processor, pulse until finely chopped. Scrape into a serving bowl or plastic container. Cover and refrigerate. Letting it stand all day or a couple of days makes it even better by allowing sugars to incorporate. Can be made up to 5 days ahead, it freezes very nicely.
      note: if the flavor from using the entire orange seems too strong for you, add some orange zest instead and then cut the meat into chucks.
      for a different spin: add chopped cilantro or mint and minced jalapeno pepper.  You can use a sugar substitute. 
      and it freezes perfectly~

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

healthy living~ preparing for cold seasons

echinacea
Gotta Cold?  I got a Tea for you.
I haven’t had a cold in years, but last spring… one found me. I had to dig out my recipes and here are two I remembered working quite well, and they did. I hope you make it through this winter, and the spring too, but if not, try these to get back into the pink.



Cold Tea
This formula will help you make it through any cold a little easier. Echinacea and golden seal are lymph cleansing herbs, and rose hips are full of VitaminC/BioFlavonoids. Pick up some capsules of Echinacea, golden seal, and rose hips at the health food store and take as directed. Then, make a tea using equal amounts of the following. If you cannot find all three of these teas, get teas of one of two and try adding a few drops of herbal extracts of the others to the tea right before you make it.
goldenseal in flower
Chamomile
Peppermint
Yarrow

Night-time cold formula

Take an Echinacea and rose hips capsule before bed and then drink a little of this soothing night-time cold formula to help you sleep.

2 tbs lemon
¼ c corn syrup
¼ c hot water
2 to 4 tbs 90 proof vodka or bourbon
and sleep like a baby....

Monday, November 28, 2011

simplificating my life~ she smiles

simplificating~ (sim-plif-i-cating) margeaux’s word for walking down a road to a simpler life.

    simplification:        
  1. Simplification - an explanation that omits superfluous details and reduces complexity.  
  2. simplification - elimination of superfluous details elimination, riddance - the act of removing or getting rid of something
 3. simplification - the act of reducing 



Recently I have been pondering what will be my main project for next year- yes, you could call it my “new year’s resolution.”  Last year it was to finish divesting my life. My possessions are at a manageable level, and although I may have purchased a couple of things that “I absolutely did not need,” I can look back on the year and see a huge improvement in wasteful purchases. What I did not need any longer was given away or sold and the funds donated to one of the wildlife organizations.  Wahoo~~ success!!!

Nevertheless…of course at the end of this year… I have had some possessions “die” on me. Ha! Yes literally. First it was my monitor- had to purchase a new one- then, that one wasn’t quite right for me so I had to purchase another (it is much nicer, the other is a backup) then, my color printer decided to bite-the-dust (since I have another, a B&W, I haven’t replaced the other-yet)…Next, my computer decided that it had enough of my abuse and whalla it too joined the other electronic items hiding in my closet until I can dispose of them properly.  AND- with a (must have!) NEW computer and NEW OS, of course my scanner, and nearly all of my 60+ computer programs do not work.  Lastly…my smart/windows mobile/mini computer cell phone- an AT&T Tilt, keyboard keys stopped working- messages were sent without any M, S, T, and K’s.  HELP!!!!

My mind screamed at me- time for simplicity

Well, got a new phone--- a simple nonsmart-flip phone. Yes Sam, it’s just a phone. Nice!
         Only need 2 of the 60+ computer programs- can buy an upgrade for those; if need
         Color printer and scanner can wait- if I go 4 mths without truly needing -their gone.

My “2012” life changing project-  Simplification

A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you.

It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.

However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward and one backward.

If you’re interested in simplifying your life, follow me on my journey, do my weekly “simplificating” workouts, …. If not, it’s okay. 

A Short List: there are really only two steps to simplifying:
Identify what’s most important to you. 
Eliminate everything else.

Of course, that’s not terribly useful unless you can see how to apply that to different areas of your life, so I will present to you a longer list. Each week I will be working on several aspects of “simplificating” my life, these are ideas that I will find on the WEB (oooo, can’t omit that one just yet), have pondered during meditation, and just know from experience.

There can be no step-by-step guide to simplifying your life; I hope these ideas help anyone trying to find the simple life. Not every tip will work — you should choose the ones that appeal and apply to your life.

One important note: I am always the one to make a leap of desperation or faith into any new idea, not really getting the “main essence” of what I am doing. Not this time, I will take one at a time and focus on that. When I’m done with that, I will focus on the next thing.

Week one- beginning the road to simplificating….
  • Make a list of your top 4-5 important things. What’s most important to you? What do you value most? What 4-5 things do you most want to do in your life? Simplifying starts with these priorities, as you are trying to make room in your life so you have more time for these things.
  • Evaluate your commitments. Look at everything you’ve got going on in your life. Everything, from work to home to school to civic to kids’ activities to hobbies to side businesses to other projects. Think about which of these really gives you value, which ones you love doing. Which of these are in line with the 4-5 most important things you listed above? Drop those that aren’t in line with those things.
  • Evaluate your time. How do you spend your day? What things do you do, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep? Make a list, and evaluate whether they’re in line with your priorities. If not, eliminate the things that aren’t, and focus on what’s important. Redesign your day.
Next week---
Simplify work tasks
Simplify home tasks
Learn to say NO

NOTE: if you would like to join me on this journey, I would really love to hear your comments, ideas, and thoughts. You can leave them in the comments section of the blog post (use guest feature- no sign up needed) or email it to me and I will post it in the comments. 

this week's journey

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the
 needless wants of life, and the labors of 
life reduce themselves.
~Edwin Way Teale~


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berner tails ~ i'm a work'n dog~ fun video of me

articles this week:
simplificating my life~ she smiles
preparing for the cold season
cranberry-orange relish
homemade vanilla-bean extract- gift idea
friday photo- kitty-carb overdose

don't forget to visit  Journey  pages for pics and webcam updates 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

oops

due to technical difficulties
Journey is will be offline for a short while
please have a terrific Thanksgiving
posted from an ipad.... :(

Friday, November 18, 2011

friday photo- jesse in oils

a friend who lives in Kent, UK recently got a computer program that paints her pictures, she has been having tons of fun with it and sent me this picture she did of Jesse when he was a puppy. She also has a Bernese named Seasons Sunset-  aka: Fizz. If you check out Jesse's blog you will see a special page attributed to Fizz. Fizz, like Jesse, has her own blog that is fun to read. Bernese Mountain Dogs @ Berntoak

Thursday, November 17, 2011

being green~ holidays and adopt a wildife

How to Go Green: Holidays

No time of the year is more emotional than the holiday season, whether you're bursting with the joy of baking and caroling or overwhelmed with the stress of shopping and wrapping. But even with all those other factors weighing on your mind, it's possible to put a green spin on your holidays; simple tips and easy substitutions mean you can come through this season of indulgence without leaving a massive carbon footprint.

Start with your gift list, where going green can mean anything from simply buying fewer gifts (the too-cluttered shelves at your giftee's house will thank you, we promise) to finding Fair Trade alternatives to holiday classics. Look for recycled paper goods, like cards and wrapping, or get creative and make your own versions of both. Green your Christmas dinner with seasonal, local ingredients and organic turkeys, and stock your bar with organic bubbly and other green cocktails. Then look for green greens for your home by choosing fresh wreaths and pesticide-free trees trimmed with energy-slashing LED lights. Put the money you saved on your electric bill toward a donation to environmental charities and let your greenbacks support green projects.

But most importantly, keep in mind that the holidays are not about the gifts, the errands, the trimmings; they're about celebrating with your family and friends and appreciating the blessings in your life.

 I happen to think Mother Earth is one of those blessings, so put these tips to work to help keep it that way.

Let’s also teach our children. My great nieces each year choose an animal, from World Wildlife Fund or Defenders of Wildlife, as their adopted animal for the year. I then donate to that fund under their names. They are sent information about the animal, an adoption certificate, and a stuffed animal. My oldest “great” niece is 6 this year and she gets it, she suddenly understands the why of this tradition.  That in itself is worth it for me.

Here are my favorite wildlife adoption organizations: The first two concentrate their efforts to North American wildlife, and I like that;  and with that they are not as likely to get world wide donations as will the WWF.  The National Wildlife Federation also has an Adopt a Wildlife Acre program that is wonderful for families or groups to get involved. My nieces choose from the WWF only because, being worldwide, they have a larger selection of animals to choose from. As the girls become older I will expand their choices to many directions on helping Mother Nature and the world they are inheriting.


$25


Defenders of Wildlife – www.defenders.org


Adopt an Arctic Fox - $50



National Wildlife Federation – www.nwf.org

 



World Wildlife Fund – www.worldwildlife.org                                                          

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

meal ideas ~ turkey tortilla soup

Turkey Tortilla Soup 

Best part of fall and winter for me is soups and stews. I love them, and the simpler to make the better it tastes. This delicious soup uses leftover turkey—if you’re looking for a Turkey Day Leftover or you can buy a thick cut, ½”, at the deli. I tried the Boars Head Low Sodium Turkey Breast the last time I made this and it was perfect. This is a simple Mexican-inspired soup that combines zucchini, tortillas, and salsa and can be made in less than 30 minutes.


Fresh Gourmet “salad toppers” Tortilla strips – any flavor
1 to 2 cups Santa Barbara Roasted Garlic Salsa- or one you like
3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
12 oz cubed cooked turkey ½” to 1”
1 large zucchini, cubed to match turkey
1 med avocado, sliced thickly
Lime wedges (optional)
Sour cream and cilantro (optional)

Directions
In a large saucepan combine salsa and chicken broth; bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Add turkey and zucchini; heat through. Serve in bowls topped with avocado, tortilla strips, lime wedges, and cilantro. Makes 2 to 4 servings.

You can add any other vegetables or a condiment you like- hominy is a favorite sometimes.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

healthy living ~ turkey tryptophan, myth or fact

Can you blame your after meal zone-out on the tryptophan in turkey…

i've got WHAT????
Well, really this is half myth, half fact. Tryptophan, the amino acid found in turkey, stimulates the body’s production of serotonin, which is a feel-good or "happy" hormone. A rise in serotonin levels calms the mind and triggers sleep. But, while the tryptophan found in turkey is known for being a natural sedative, you won’t likely get enough tryptophan from your turkey meal to induce sleep. Why not? Amino acids, the basic components of protein, compete with each other for absorption during digestion. The total amount of tryptophan found in turkey will most likely not be absorbed in full as it competes with other amino acids from the other foods you are eating. In fact, for turkey to actually make you tired, you’ll need to eat it on an empty stomach, not with a huge holiday spread.

So if it’s not the turkey that’s making you so tired, why do your eyelids start to droop after a big meal? Let’s just call it carb-overload. While the traditional Thanksgiving dinner does in fact feature turkey, it also features a buffet of other holiday treats: mashed potatoes, breaded stuffing, candied yams, green bean casserole, jiggly jell-o molds, cranberry sauce, homemade dinner rolls, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and much, much more. And let’s not forget the sleep-inducing effects of alcohol. Carbohydrates also trigger serotonin production in the brain, giving you that full-bellied, feel-good sensation.
 
While there’s nothing wrong with taking a nice big nap after a big meal, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you enjoy your holiday meal. The traditional holiday meal can add up to more than 3,000 calories! And that doesn’t even include anything you ate for breakfast, lunch or snacks that day, so you could easily be taking in more than 4,500 calories on the holidays, which is 2,500 calories more than normal. One pound is equal to 3,500 calories, and you know you’ll have turkey sandwiches and more leftovers the day after, adding on even more extra calories.

So is it any wonder that most of us gain at least a pound or two during the holidays?

If you want to splurge and enjoy your holiday meal, go for it. Just make sure you’re prepared to undo some of the damage with exercise. Taking a long walk before your meal will help to burn off some calories before you even indulge, and after you wake up from your nap (because we know you just can’t resist it) take another walk. 

Get the whole family to join in on a holiday walk and make it a tradition to “earn” your Thanksgiving meal before you even lift your fork.

Monday, November 14, 2011

a moment of choice

A Moment of Choice – I have a choice facing me, something new, a new direction, and with that in mind I needed to sit down and ponder just what starting something new meant.

Starting something new allows us to choose to reset ourselves knowing that with each choice we learn, grow, and move forward.

There are times in our lives that lend themselves to starting something new. The beginning of a new year, finishing school, leaving a job, or changing jobs—these all are times that turn our minds to fresh starts. Their advantage is that they bring with them the energy of that event, creating a tide of change around them that we can ride to our next shoreline. Nevertheless, we can choose to start anew anytime. In any moment, we can decide that a bad day or a relationship that’s gotten off on the wrong foot can be started again. A mental shift allows us to clean the slate and approach anything with fresh eyes.

Starting new is most powerful when we focus our attention to what we are choosing to create. Giving all of our attention to the unwanted aspects of our lives allows what we resist to persist. We need to remember to leave enough room in the process of new beginnings to be kind to ourselves, because it takes time to become accustomed to anything new, no matter how much we like it. There is no need to get down on ourselves if we don’t reach our new goals instantly. Instead, we acknowledge the forward motion and choose to reset and start again, knowing that with each choice we learn, grow, and move forward.

Making the choice to start anew has its own energy—it’s a promise made to you. The forward momentum creates a sort of vacuum behind it, pulling toward you all you need to help you continue moving in your chosen direction. Once the journey has begun, it may take unexpected turns, but it never really ends. Like cycles in nature, there are periods of obvious growth and periods of dormancy that signal a time of waiting for the right moment to burst forth. Each time we choose to start anew, we dedicate ourselves to becoming the best we are able to be.

Do you see a new path ahead for you? I do and I am taking it with excitement and know that the challenges I will face are only there to enhance my spirit.

this week's journey



illustrator- karen jefferies
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what's new elsewhere... click on the link and take a peek at  jesse's blog:

berner tails ~ oh-oh jesse's bored...to death?....

articles this week:
a moment of choice
turkey tryptophan, myth or fact
turkey tortilla soup
green holidays- adopt a wildife
jesse in oils

don't forget to visit  Journey  pages for pics and webcam updates 

Friday, November 11, 2011

friday photo- missing my yoties

  jesse and I went into the canyon and this young one popped
 out of the bushes with a "can I come play with you" expression. 

I do love my canyon yoties...

(photo taken really quick, sorry about the blur)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

being green~ cat litter- shopping bags?

In the past all of our cats have been outside "potty'ers", even in Colorado, in the rain, snow or best of weather they fared their needs outside, which meant for me...NO cat box. However, when we moved to Southern California and with the coyotes so close by, we began keeping inside cats. After a couple of years looking for the best cat litter brand, I finally found what I considered the best. Many were eliminated just because it came in this huge plastic bottle/tub and after so many tubs, you can't find a re-use for any more. PetCo actually has a program where you simply refill the tub with their brand of litter. Okay, that is environmental enough... but the litter isn't up to my standards and what my cats liked. I did find a wonderful litter...and it is the best on the market!!!  No chemicals!!! 20 lb’s in the cat box literally (pun intended) lasts a month with daily cleaning and a few scoops of fresh to replace what was taken out.  Moreover, the price is much lower than the “foo-foo kill the cat with chemicals” brands.

Dr. Elseys' --- they have several "styles" to choose from, Tiera likes the Ultra Precious Cat.

All right, all right, "What does this have to do with Being Green?" you ask.

"The bag," I reply, "What can you do with the bags? I found a fun and great use for all those bags."

Shopping Bags-- if they are study enough to hold 40 lbs of litter...they will hold pretty much anything else. So, this week I present my new...and improved... PetStore Shopping Bags. It was simple to do and can be done to any brand that comes in a plastic bag, or even the other more paper –like styles.

just some quick and simple instructions...

start off by cutting the top of the bag to even/square the top.

get some really sturdy cardboard, here I used some from a monitor box I had, very study. find out approx the size you need- for my bags 7.5" X 9" was the best.

make a mark on the cardboard for middle point to match up the seam on the bottom for easier centering.

turn the bag inside out, making sure you have the corner points out and sharp. put the cardboard inside trying to center your marks with the bottom seam, fold bag so it can lay flat.  (just like it was a paper grocery bag) then fold your corners into the center, also matching the points with the center seams.  (keep cardboard inside so you can make it tight)

next, the tape, I used some super sticky and strong air-conditioning/heater duct tape I had laying around looking for a use. The first piece I put down across the bottom along the centerline, then, each corner to center. the more you use, the stronger that bottom will be.
 
next, measure your height, whatever you like, about 14.5", seemed best for me. fold the top down inside and then lay the bag down again with the top flat and begin taping.

turn your bag right-side out, making sure your corners are sharp and place the cardboard inside the bottom, it should fit tightly.

use it just like a paper grocery bag
re'memba them...?
head off to the store and buy that kitty some special treats. Okay, the pooch too.





warning: the first time I used these at the pet store it took me an extra ten minutes to get past the register... everyone wanted to see and hear about the bags.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

meal ideas ~ crock-pot split pea soup

I love split pea soup and this is a wonderful, super easy, recipe that you can put in the crock-pot and go about your day until you’re ready. Some people like their pea soup well blended, if you do too, let cool and give it a whirl in a blender. Don’t blend ham, mince and return to pureed soup. However, we tried it straight from the crock-pot, and it was great!
  
Crock-pot Split Pea Soup
7    cups   water
1    pkg dried split peas, sorted and rinsed (16 oz)
1    teaspoon   salt
¼  teaspoon   pepper
3    med carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (1 1/2 cups)
2    med stalks celery, finely chopped (1 cup)
1    med onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1    ham bone, ham shank, ham steak or 
         (Anderson style) fried & chopped salt pork 

Mix all ingredients except ham in 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Place ham or shanks  on top.

Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 to 10 hours or until peas are tender.

Remove ham from cooker; place on cutting board and pull any meat from bones, using 2 forks; discard bones and any skin. Stir ham into soup. Stir well before serving.

classic sourdough
artisan style

like some bread with that soup?
can be in a bread machine or loaf style
...it is delicious.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

healthy living ~ protect your skin in winter

Knowing how to protect skin from cold weather includes a basic skincare regimen designed to keep skin supple and moisturized. Part of protecting your skin from cold weather includes knowing how to change personal habits according to the season..Where you may choose not to use skin care products during milder seasons, winter weather is harsh, tends to dry the skin causing chapping, and in some cases cracked skin. By following just a few tips on protecting your skin from cold weather you will make a huge difference.

Carmex
Moisture Plus
 Ultra Hydrating
 Lip Balm
Many products are formulated specifically for cold weather. There are also products that are made for specific areas such as a protective silicone glove for the hands and feet and other products. Just as you prepare skin for summer, the same must be done for winter. You will need a good emollient for your lips, sunscreen and a deep moisturizing product for your face and body. Buy a good moisturizer for dry skin to keep the skin soft, supple, and hydrated. If you know how to protect skin from cold weather, you can avoid cracked, sore, dry and itchy skin throughout the winter season. Moisturizing is one of the main regimens that you must adhere to in order to protect skin from cold weather and finding a product that works for your skin type make require a bit of experimentation.. A couple of products that are ideal for winter months include Eucerin, Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion, and Carmex for Lips. It is also a good idea to keep a jar of Vaseline around to moisturize your feet and promote softer feet and hydration.

Just as you will change your skincare products from lightweight warm weather products that are effective at protecting skin from the sun, they are much thicker and have more emollients in them. Try to avoid situation that make your skin drier. In learning how to protect skin from cold weather one of the first rules of thumb is avoid overheating of your home. Where you may be comfortable and warm with the heat on, you are also drying out your skin. Try to keep the thermostat at a regulated temperature and considerate layering clothing to generate natural heat. If dry and itchy skin is normally a problem for you knowing how to protect skin from cold weather is a priority.

Though long hot bath and showers are comfortable at the end of the day they also have a tendency to dry your skin out. Once you take an extended hot bath or shower you have just removed moisture from the skin that must be replenished. In winter modify the temperature of your water. Keep the water at a moderate temperature, and moisturize the body thoroughly while it is still slightly damp to make the moisturizer for effective.

You can count on cold weather when the winter season comes. It is important to dress properly to protect your skin against the elements. If you follow skincare tips above on how to protect skin from cold weather, you will be able to make it through the cold months unscathed.


Winter rules
These rules will help you neutralize side effects of the winter season.

  •  Apply day cream 30 minutes before going outdoors; if it is very cold outside apply 1 hour before going outdoors. This helps avoid unpleasant feelings like biting and crimping. 
  • In winter it is better to replace antibacterial masks (having, as a rule, peeling effect) with nourishing and vitamin masks. 
  • Use neutral washing gels or soft peeling creams for cleaning dry and sensitive skin. 
  • For additional freshening and moisturizing of the skin, sprinkle it with thermal spa water -- but not before leaving the house! 
  • Don’t wash with hot water (it causes skin dehydration). Take a shower with moisturizing gel and then use body lotion.

Monday, November 7, 2011

10 THOUGHTS ON WHOLE LIVING -- november

10 Thoughts on Whole Living  
(a double click will enlarge this beautiful picture)


(10 Thoughts by Terri Trespicio- Martha’s Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine- November 2011)

p.s.- i particularly like #4- it seems to fit within my present mood.

this week's journey

looking for fish at the old Santiago Oaks Dam
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Friday, November 4, 2011

fun friday ~ wild turkeys...yummy

what’s another fantastic thing about having a ranch in Colorado?

 wild turkeys!!!
hum…  how many days until Thanksgiving?

hey! what happened to being protected… "wildlife habitat…remember"?

oh, yea, right....


 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

being green~ my kind of green

this photo I found on my KPwalk site when I charted my daily walking exercise. This is where I would be if I was walking the Pacific Northwest Trail for real.... yea! let me rest in peace here.



Little Snowy Top

Little Snowy Top trail is a very difficult and extremely beautiful hike through pristine wilderness. It is recommended only for hikers who desire an arduous trek and are in good physical condition. The trail is a 20-mile loop deep within the Salmo-Priest Wilderness, a 40,000-acre reserve in Washington’s northeast corner and extending into northern Idaho and British Columbia. Below the ridge stands a vast region of virgin forest, thick with western red cedar, western hemlock, Douglas fir, and larch. Black bears, cougars, bobcats, badgers, lynx, bighorn sheep, gray wolves, and woodland caribou roam through the area.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

meal ideas ~ raviolis with green beans & shallots

I got this recipe out of November’s Whole Living Issue- it was wonderful and super-super simple. This is supposed to be a side-dish, however, it made a terrific complete meal for Steve and I. I broiled some whole wheat (Orowheat)  Sandwich Thins with a smidge of butter and garlic powder.  You could use any vegetable you desire, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts (which I would roast first). Use your imagination and let your taste buds applaud.

Green Bean & Shallot Ravioli

Course salt and ground pepper
8   oz green beans, trimmed
12   oz fresh 3 cheese ravioli
2   tbls olive oil
2   shallots, thinly sliced into rings
2   tbls sliced almonds – toasted
Juice of half of lemon (optional)

1.  Steam beans either in microwave for 4 to 5 minutes or on top of stove. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Cut in half or 4 inch pieces, set aside.

2.  Cook ravioli per package directions. Drain, set aside.

3.  Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add shallots and cook until brown and crispy (this is critical that you brown the shallots to a crispy texture) Add almonds, beans, and ravioli, toss making sure you slightly brown the raviolis.