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Arugula and Blueberry Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

Author: From http://www.pointsinmylife.com/ • Feb 6th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

It's easy to forget that this vibrant and tasty Arugula and blueberry salad is full of heart-healthy nutrition and packs a lot of essential vitamins that are very beneficial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A go-to quick and easy recipe you will love!

Ingredients:

- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- 2 Tbs dried cranberries
- 2 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Splenda
- 4 cups Arugula 
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl and let stand for 2 minutes. Add Arugula. No need to toss yet. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, pine nuts, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently so the pine nuts do not burn. Spoon heated pine nuts over Arugula and toss all together to coat evenly. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Do what you can with what you have, where you are." - Anonymous




Tomato Asiago Frittata with Sautéed Arugula and Mushrooms

Author: From http://www.pointsinmylife.com/ • Feb 5th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

This succulent frittata tastes incredible! The asiago cheese in the frittata along with the sautéed Arugula and mushrooms create a dish that makes your mouth water even before the first bite! 

Ingredients:

- 2 Tbs heavy cream
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
- 6 eggs
- 1 Tbs olive oil, divided
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
- 1/3 cup Asiago cheese
- 1 to 1/2 cups halved cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
- 2 cups Arugula

Preheat broiler to high.  Whisk the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Heat an oven-proof medium skillet (I used 10") over medium heat. Add 2 tsp. of the olive oil to pan along with the shallots. Sauté 3 minutes or until the shallots are translucent. Add egg mixture to pan. Cook about 5 minutes or until eggs are partially set. Sprinkle 3 Tbs of the asiago cheese over eggs. Arrange tomatoes over eggs and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Place pan in oven and broil 5 minutes or until top is lightly browned and eggs are set. Remove from oven, cut into 8 wedges, and remove to a plate. Use the same skillet and place over medium-high heat with 1 tsp. olive oil. Add mushrooms and Arugula and sauté until Arugula has began to wilt. Season to taste and enjoy!  If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here

"The key to eating healthy? Avoid any food that 
has a TV commercial." - Anonymous 


Snow? Enough Already!

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Feb 5th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
I walked out to get the paper this morning, saw snowflakes and thought I was seeing things. Alas, WeatherBug confirmed my vision.


I don't think it will amount to anything, but still, I'm so very ready for Spring.




It’s a Game of Inches

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Feb 3rd, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
There's been a lot of discussion the past few days regarding the recent "compromise" on gun rights in Virginia. While nothing has yet been signed, and legislation is still in the works, the details are starting to emerge. While most gun owners are seeing good in this, some gun rights activists are upset at the notion of ANY compromise. Unfortunately that attitude could also mean no progress. It's also become quite apparent that the anti-rights contingent on the left is absolutely livid. (That in itself gives me pleasure and is a positive sign.)

If the governor keeps his word, Virginia will honor concealed carry permits from ALL states. This is an improvement over what we had before the Attorney General and State Police Supervisor plotted to rescind reciprocity agreements with 25 states. If all the legislation involved moves forward, and if McAuliffe signs it, Virginia permits could probably possibly be accepted in most other states which allow concealed carry. It will likely take some time before those additional reciprocity agreements are hashed out across the country.  (I'm keeping my Utah permit nonetheless.)

During his press conference last Friday, Governor McAuliffe spent a lot of time hyping the closing of the so-called "gun show loophole" and fighting domestic violence. Some 2nd Amendment rights advocates have argued that forcing these "fixes" was the intent all along of McAuliffe and Herring. If that's the case, the governor is an extremely poor negotiator, or just not very smart. Or both. The "fix" for the "loophole" is to require the State Police to be on hand at all gun shows to perform VOLUNTARY background checks for sellers who want to do them before selling a gun. Private sellers have ALWAYS had the option to do that. The proposed regulation regarding Permanent Protective Orders simply models law that already exists under federal law.

I happen to believe that McAuliffe was never fully supportive of Herring's action, even if he agreed on principle. This week the Governor even admitted "But we have no record of anyone in the last 25 years being injured or hurt with (sic) someone who came into our state with a concealed weapon." Once he saw the fallout from his Attorney General's decree, he became downright scared. He has come to recognize just how strong the pro-rights support is in the legislature, and learned that gun rights is not a strict Republican/Democrat issue. "Pro-gun" bills have been moving forward, and some possibly with veto-proof majorities. As a friend termed it, McAuliffe made a "tactical retreat." It's telling that while McAuliffe was touting this "historic" compromise, while heaping praise on Mark Herring for helping to initiate it, the Attorney General was conspicuously absent from the stage. A planned strategy or a mistake, the end result is the same — the leftists took another beating and freedom won. Although the politicians are apparently not allowed to admit it.

My impression is there is national trend towards the restoration of 2nd Amendment rights, despite the occasional setbacks. There are losses at times, but net change seems to be happening for the good. Those fighting for gun rights with an "all or nothing" attitude will be disappointed and, I think, may even hurt the fight. I strongly believe we should ask permission of NO person, or state, to exercise a right and to provide for the defense of our families and ourselves in the best means possible. Unfortunately the rules imposed on us by the power-hungry elite have reduced our expression of certain rights. We must fight continually to have the recognition (not granting) of those rights restored. It seems, for now, patriots in Virginia are making steps in the right direction.


[VIDEO] Can you skip VASAP?

Author: From https://www.andrewflusche.com • Feb 3rd, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Can you put off VASAP or skip it all together? Contact me today about your VA DUI/DWI case.

Video Transcription

Can you skip VASAP? Hi, I’m Andrew Flusche, your Virginia DUI attorney. A lot of people are trying to figure out if you are charged with a DUI, are you going to have to do the VASAP class? That stands for the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program.

Unfortunately, if you’re convicted of a DUI or DWI in Virginia, VASAP is a requirement by law … To be sent to that class. Now, whether or not you have to do it immediately could depend. In a few rare and unique cases, sometimes the judge will basically order VASAP, but will not require that you do it as a condition of your suspended jail. Unfortunately, this typically happens in cases where the defendant is already incarcerated for some other reason, so you physically cannot do VASAP. Hopefully, that doesn’t apply to you.

Another situation that you have is sometimes people who might be deployed or might have other responsibilities where they simply cannot do the VASAP class or an equivalent, yet they’re still being found guilty of the DUI. IF there’s some kind of extenuating circumstances, the judge would still order VASAP, but you might not be required to do it right away. Now, the problem is that if you’re convicted of a DUI or DWI in Virginia, even if you’re not a Virginia resident, if you ever want to be able to drive in Virginia again, you’re going to need to have to do the VASAP class eventually. That is a condition of lifting the Virginia one-year license suspension. You have to do VASAP.

Basically, it’s very difficult to skip a VASAP all together, especially if you ever want to be able to drive in Virginia again. However, depending on your circumstances, there may be a way to try to make it work in your case so you can continue on with other responsibilities you have, at least for the time being. You might be able to come back to do VASAP at a later date, but usually you’re going to have to do VASAP, enroll right away, if you’ve been convicted of DUI or DWI in Virginia.


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Great Minds Think Alike

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Feb 3rd, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Yesterday afternoon I made an spur of the moment run out to the local beer store to check if my favorite late winter release, Tröegs Nugget Nectar was in stock. A successful beer run made, I returned to my desk and within a few minutes received a text message from Colleen, who happened to be out running errands at the same time.



That's Hardywood Sidamo Coffee Stout and Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout in her cart. Looks like we both had the same idea! We'll have plenty of good beer to enjoy this week.


Virginia Executive Office Debate

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Feb 2nd, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Attorney General Mark Herring (December 22, 2015): "Strong, consistent enforcement of Virginia's laws and safety standards can prevent disqualified people who may be dangerous or irresponsible from utilizing a concealed handgun permit, and it's what the law requires."

Governor Terry McAullife (February 1, 2016): "I appreciate the work the attorney general did on this. But we have no record of anyone in the last 25 years being injured or hurt with (sic) someone who came into our state with a concealed weapon."


Ground Hog Day Trump

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Feb 2nd, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Déjà vu, but not.



I trust him about as much as I trust a rodent to predict the weather.


Fixing Monday: Range Trip

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Feb 1st, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Despite the near 70° temperatures today, the outdoor range remains closed. Since I've been itching to get in some trigger time, I had to break down and make a lunch time visit to a local indoor range. I'm typically weary of the indoor facility due to not being able to see what the other folks are doing. Fortunately there were only two other lanes in use, and both appeared to be occupied by experienced shooters giving lessons to new shooters. I was able to concentrate on enjoying the distraction of shooting.

Looking through my shooting journal, I realized it had been almost a year to the day since I last visited this range. This would be the first time shooting indoors since I put the fiber front sight on the gun. It was also the first time shooting indoors since I stopped wearing the Rx shooting glasses. Both of these changes could have an effect on shooting in the low light conditions. Despite the target itself being blurry, I was pretty happy with how I shot. I was drifting to the left a bit, but that's not an unusual issue, otherwise the groups were passable. (More dry fire would probably help with that.)

After firing off 100 rounds, in a very short time, it was back to work. The quick lunch time run was a bonus to what was otherwise just another Monday. Perhaps I should make this a regular thing — I hardly ever leave my desk for lunch so any excursion would be a treat.


Feast of St. Brigid of Ireland

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Feb 1st, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Today is the Feast Day of St. Brigid of Ireland, one of our family's favorite Saints. The quote below has long been attributed to St. Brigid.
"I'd Like A Great Lake Of Beer For The King Of Kings. I Would Like To Be Watching Heaven's Family Drinking It Through All Eternity."
Our family has long had an affection for this great Saint. During our trip to Ireland a few years ago, I came to realize just how popular she is in that country, second only to St. Patrick it seems. Her legendary association with miracles involving beer often overshadows her deeds of charity and compassion.

Beyond her prayer for a "great lake of beer" this revered Saint had other interesting connections with beer. According to tradition, Brigid was working in a leper colony when they ran out of beer. Since beer was an important source of safe liquid refreshment and nourishment, this was indeed a serious issue. Brigid is said to have changed her bath water into beer to nourish the lepers and visiting clerics. In another miracle attributed to St. Brigid, she provided beer to 18 churches for an entire Easter season, all from a single barrel of beer in her convent.

St. Brigid Statue, Knock Shrine, County Mayo, Ireland

St. Brigid, ora pro nobis! And cheers!