Monday, January 19, 2009

Wild Weekend and World's Healthiest Foods

Wow, what a busy weekend we had! Yesterday our friends Gordie and Amanda came for dinner (Amanda posts wonderful recipes at!). Since our apartment looked like a federal disaster area, we spent a lot of time fixing things up beforehand. Saturday afternoon was occupied by a special project that you'll see here on the blog at some point in the next week or two. And late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, our cat Ashley discovered an uninvited guest in our apartment and made such a ruckus that she woke us up. She had trapped something under my dresser. When I got up to see what all the fuss was about, I peered underneath and saw what I thought was a mouse. Only in the light of day, when the little creature escaped from the dresser and ran a few laps around the apartment while we made several attempts to catch it, did we realize that this was not any ordinary mouse. In fact, it's a dormouse (and it's still here, hiding behind the trash can). Since dormice are not native to this area, this little fella must be someone's pet. I've been emailing local small mammal breeders to see if anyone wants to rescue him. In the meantime, he stays hidden and Ashley occasionally makes a half-hearted attempt to catch him, then proceeds to go back to sleep for another four hours. Looks like our pampered puss has lost her hunting skills.

Tomorrow I'll write more about last night's dinner, but today, I want to share with you one of my favorite food-related websites. World's Healthiest Foods is a great resource for information about the foods we all should be eating. The site is packed with nutritional information and tasty recipes for over 120 nutrient-dense whole foods, including not only fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains but also such categories as sweeteners and spices/herbs. I often search the site when confronted with a new ingredient so I can learn more about it and get ideas for using it. If you're looking for healthier ways to prepare your favorite foods or new ways to include healthier foods (such as, for instance, flax seeds) in your diet, this site is a great place to start. Are there foods that you know you should eat more often, but are difficult to work in to your diet? Search for them on the World's Healthiest Foods site and let us know what helpful ideas you find!

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