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Sleepless In Greensboro
When Concern Controls You

No Time to Travel? Try VIRTUAL travel!
By John Brennan, IT Director

Last issue I brought up nostalgic television. It continues to amaze me the things that technology can do for us on a personal level. While there is no substitute for real, human interaction, the internet brings us things that were once not possible to our living rooms, like our favorite old tv shows and now, travel to destinations we always wished we'd gotten around to visiting.

Not long ago I was reading a novel, a gruesome one that revolved around crimes commited in Watertown and Rochester, NY. Having never been to either one of these places I became increasingly curious of what the street corners and addresses the author described actually looked like.

And then I recalled one of the great tools Google provides - Google Street View.

Each time I finished off a few paragraphs I would jump online and be able to see homes, businesses and locations desrcibed in the book. It was like I was there!

Soon I was hooked. Places I always wanted to visit were suddenly at my fingertips. I've "been to" Ireland, Rome, San Diego and small towns in the midwest, just to name a few, all within the last few weeks! I've seen people riding bikes, sales in window fronts, and other truly amazing things in my "travels".

Admittedly, this "virtual travel" is not a replacement for an actual visit to the Emerald Isle, but on my budget, it sure was fun!

You can begin your journey at Google Street View here. Enjoy your trip!


Delightful, Delicious Desserts
Courtesy of Patti O'Halloran - Personal Chef

I don’t know about you but for me a meal isn’t complete without dessert.  Dessert doesn’t always have to be a four letter word but decadence is allowed if we limit our indulgences.  Fresh fruit, au natural, is always a refreshing healthy choice.  Grilling it steps it up a bit but whipping it into something special takes it over the top.  This month I’ll start you off with the lightest dessert and using the same basic ingredients with a few additions we’ll go all the way from a base hit to a home run!

We’ll start with fresh fruit and sorbet, always a refreshing taste of Mother Nature.

Per Serving:
1 cup of cut up fresh fruit of your choice
1 to 2 tablespoons of fruit sorbet of your choice
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons orange zest

Put fresh fruit in serving dishes.  Be creative, use footed stem wear for a more festive look.
Put sorbet on top of the fruit and let it sit for a few minutes and melt into the fruit.  Zest an orange then cut and squeeze out the juice.  Add the juice to the fruit and sprinkle zest over top.  You can make these a couple of hours before serving and keep them in the refrigerator.

Per Serving:
1 to 2 slices fresh pineapple, grilled
Cinnamon Sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
Almond liquor (you can omit the liquor and add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to the orange juice)
Cinnamon ice cream
Grill pineapple slices and sprinkle lightly with the cinnamon sugar.  Place on serving plates.  Top the slices with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.  If you can’t find cinnamon ice cream use a good quality vanilla ice cream, let it soften a bit and stir in some cinnamon sugar.  Return to freezer and let it freeze again.  Mix the juice zest and almond together and pour over the top of the ice cream and pineapple.  If you want you can heat the juice mixture in the microwave for about 30 seconds and serve it warm.  If you’re an expert and have a fire extinguisher handy you may want to flambé’ it!

(This recipe comes from a beloved family friend as is called “Aunt Ruby’s Better than Sex Cake”)
1 package yellow cake mix
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
1 cup sugar
2 small packages of coconut instant pudding mix prepared according to package directions
2 cups whipped cream or cool whip
Toasted coconut

Prepare cake according to package directions and bake in a 9x13 pan.  Remove from oven and prick all over top with a tooth pick or skewer.
Cook pineapple and sugar together in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and pour it over the top of hot cake.  Let cake cool. 
Mix pudding according to package directions.  I haven’t been able to find coconut pudding mix use vanilla and add 2 teaspoons of coconut extract to the milk when making pudding.  Spread over top of cake when it is completely cool.  Top with whipped cream or topping and sprinkle with lightly toasted coconut.

Until the next edition I wish your glass remains at least half full.

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