5 on Friday.

1. Be The Match.

Thousands of people are diagnosed with blood cancers (like leukemia or lymphoma) every year.  For many of those individuals, a bone marrow or peripheal blood stem cell transplant can help save a life.

Did you know that you can help?

If you're inclined, visit Be The Match and see how you can be added to their donor registry.  It's as simple as reviewing the information on the website, registering and requesting a kit.  I got my kit last week, and all I had to do was swab the inside of my check for a few seconds with four swabs that were provided, and then mail back the kit. 

If you live locally, our friend (and vet) Carrie is coordinating a registry event here in Hermiston this weekend at Armand Larive Middle School during the Relay for Life - if you'd like to register, you can find more details on their FB event here.
If you're an ideal match - 1in 500 are - then you'll be contacted to confirm you're willing to donate. 

Cancer is ugly.

But by registering, you can help turn something ugly into something life-giving.

I hope you would consider joining the registry.....

2. Diet Pepsi is still the breakfast of champions. 
But I'm trying to limit it to breakfast.

 I've been trying to cut down on the Diet Pepsi.


Never fear though - I still drink one or two a morning.  But I'm trying to cut out the third and fourth ones.  ;)

To take it's place, I started buying Odwalla's again, along with bottled water.  It's kind of spendy, but I figure my health is worth something.  Costco has a 10-pack of Odwalla juices that I buy, and even though they have more calories than a diet soda, at least it's something with nutritional value.

3. I love cilantro.

Cilantro is one of those foods that people either love, or hate.  And I happen to love it.  It's flavorful, inexpensive, and keeps well in the refrigerator.  I buy at least one if not two bundles a week, and incorporate it into a lot of meals.  Some of the ways I used it this week was in cheese tacos & Chinese noodles. 

Cheese Tacos - Lindsay taught me this method to making tacos, and I use it all of the time.  Preheat your oven to 350* and lay a single layer of corn tortillas on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle a few tablespoons of shredded cheese  (I use Tillamook cheddar) on top of the tortillas, and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.  While the tacos are in the oven, slice one avocado into thin slices, and tear off a 1/4 cup of cilantro from a bunch.  Remove the tacos from the oven, lay 1/4 of the avocado slices on each, and a tablespoon of cilantro on top before folding the tortilla in half.

Makes 4 tacos.  We eat these probably once a week with a side salad.

Chinese Noodles - I need to blog this recipe soon!  I've been making it once a week lately, and especially if I'm going to be gone because the leftovers are delicious!  Stay tuned - I'll try to make that happen.

4. My fave meme's from Facebook this week.

I want to be a {Front Row} kinda gal!

This just made me laugh.  I could see a few of my friends - heck, even my family members - doing this in the grocery store!

And yes, Clancy Clan - I'm talking about you.  :)

5. Life at home, at the ranch.

The crew has been busy weaning fall calves this week at Double M and I can't wait to take pictures of the Genex progeny test fall calves!  Clint, Ty & Gina have also been moving cows to different pastures - 'tis the season. It's rained here a bunch this week, which was bad for the haying crew (sorry Jack!) but good for the pastures and our yard. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday!
We'll be attending the OCA Mid Year here in Pendleton and catching up on a few things at home this weekend.

Keep living the dream!


  1. I'm not sure what I love more...the cilantro recipe or the duck duck goose.


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