This is from the Eat Better America website:
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup uncooked instant brown rice
- 1/2 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
- 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple tidbits in juice, drained and 1 teaspoon juice reserved
- 2 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
- 1 medium mango, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 can (6 ounces) white tuna in water, drained and flaked
- 1 tablespoon coconut, toasted*
- 1 Heat water to boiling in 1-quart saucepan. Stir in rice; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Uncover; cool 15 minutes. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until cold.
- 2 Mix rice, yogurt and reserved pineapple juice in medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours to blend flavors.
- 3 Cut kiwifruit slices into fourths. Gently stir kiwifruit, pineapple, mango and tuna into rice mixture. Sprinkle with coconut.
If you're not a big coconut fan, I'd recommend you skip it. If you're not a fan of kiwi (I love it) consider subbing nectarine slices instead.
On the economy, Patrick Martin (WSWS) observes:
US economic growth slowed in the first quarter of 2012, with gross domestic product rising by only 2.2 percent, according to figures reported by the Department of Commerce Friday. The figure was well below the consensus forecast of 2.6 percent among corporate economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires.
The figure suggests that job creation in the United States will remain in the doldrums, and that the unemployment rate may rise above the current official level of 8.2 percent, after falling from 9.1 percent over the past six months.
It comes as the global capitalist economy continues to stagnate, with the major economies of Europe—Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Spain—all either entering a double-dip recession or on the brink of doing so. Japan is also in recession, and economic growth in China and India has slowed significantly, well below the 10 percent rates of recent years.
And there was a slow down at The Common Ills tonight. My fault. Mine and others. I didn't know C.I. could make a dollhouse. I don't know why I'm surprised, but I still am. Rebecca was showing photos of the dollhouse that C.I. made for Betty's daughter (Betty had sent them to her) and it became a big deal. All the little girls wanted one. C.I. had to speak at our Iraq study group -- and dash off a list at the beginning -- a list of supplies -- and then she finished speaking and answering questions and while that was going on my husband and my son Mike were off buying the necessary stuff. Sometimes Mike would send C.I. a photo on her phone and she'd have to approve that item or not.
So they get back as the study group's wound down and C.I. explains this will be rough and proceeds to spend several hours making three doll houses (one for Rebecca's daughter, one for my granddaughter, the third one will be explained at other websites -- I'm not upset or anything or hiding anything, it's just not my place to be the one). So C.I. looks up at one point and there are about seven groups of parents trying to follow what she's doing. She slowed down immensely then. She also explained that she'd prefer to paint it but that painting it tonight would mean waiting for it to dry.
She got the house constructed and that was pretty amazing.
Or I thought so. Until she decorated the thing. She told Mike specifically what sort of things to get and she turned these things into lamps and desks and couches and beds.
She also apologized because there was only one big window and that was my granddaughter's. Why? I had gotten the Hannah Montana doll Ann told me about on the phone yesterday. I went and got that today for the outfits that come with the doll. And C.I. saw the box and said she could make a big picture window on one doll house only. Using the plastic from the box.
She made curtains. she showed me how to make clothes.
I can knit and crochet Barbie clothes. I can't sew them. They're too small and I get too frustrated.
Do you know how C.I. makes them?
She can cut out an outfit perfect with no pattern. She then hot glues the seams. I never thought of that. I should have.
She made flair pants, she made bell bottoms, she made boot cut, she made 14 different pairs of pants for my granddaughter. She made about 10 blouses -- over half were long sleeved but all were short or long sleeved. I hate the Barbie clothes today because they're crap. When I played with Barbies, I would take a sock and make a dress out of it. I'm sure you've done something similar when you were a child. I expect more than that when I pay for Barbie clothes. But they're doing 'dresses' because those are simple and they're doing 'off the shoulder' because that's easy as well. It's just like turning a sock into a dress.
And I don't like the idea of my granddaughter playing with a doll who doesn't appear to own many pants. I'm sorry. I wear pants. I wear skirts. I wear dresses. Most women do.
Anyway, three little girls have doll houses C.I. made tonight and they are stunning. And my granddaughter has all these outfits that are just so amazing. C.I.'s making a long coat for her right now.
So that's why the snapshot was so late.
Blame it on the Barbies. But understand, three little girls are so happy they may never go to sleep tonight.
I'm tired so let me not do individual links but instead cheat it a little:
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
I've mentioned (or should have -- hint on topic that's not my place) those listed above in this post.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: