CK Friday Links--Friday December 11, 2009

A quick note to readers: Laura and I will be in Nicaragua for the next ten days. Laura will be joining a team of other eye doctors to give free eye exams in two villages there, and I'll be joining the support team helping out.

In the meantime, stay tuned for two brand new articles that I've queued up for next week during my absence! I'm not sure what kind of internet access I'll have while we're on the road, but I'll be sure to respond to your comments and feedback as soon as I return.

PS: If you're curious about the organization that hosts these volunteer eye missions, it's called VOSH: Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. This will be Laura's fourth VOSH trip, it will be my second. These trips are hard work, but they are also deeply fulfilling.

Otherwise, as always, here's yet another selection of particularly interesting links from around the internet. As always, I welcome your thoughts and your feedback.

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Ten tips for enjoying holiday cooking, including this gem, which I'll paraphrase: Don’t get sucked into food drama by picky eaters. Have a variety of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables available and you can accommodate almost any diet. (Spinach Tiger)

What does it mean to be a "freegan?" Admittedly, you could have a field day with some aspects of this philosophy, but some of the ideas are worth open-minded consideration. (, via Hohlistic)

Stunning cappuccino foam art, including an interesting how-to video at the bottom of the page. (Woman's Day, via My Last Bite)

Are you brave enough to say no to a high-stress holiday season? Thought-provoking reading. (

Recipe Links:
An easy recipe for Spanish Rice. You'll never bother with regular white rice again. (Alosha's Kitchen)

Easy and flavorful Colombian-Style Roasted Chicken Legs. (My Colombian Recipes)

A laughably simple and delicious homemade Ginger Ale recipe. (30 Bucks a Week)

You'll never believe how easy this traditional French recipe is: Scallops with Champagne Beurre Blanc. (To Catch a Cook)

Off-Topic Links:
An economic argument for never giving another gift. (Slate)

An exceptional post on the do's and don'ts of effective web typography. (Web Design Ledger)

You will be inspired to take a CERT class (Community Emergency Response Team) class after reading this post. (Erin Pavlina's Blog)

You may as well embrace minimalism now, because like it or not, it is in the process of embracing you. (More Minimal)

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Melissa said...

Hooray for minimalism.

As for all the articles here and elsewhere regarding holiday stress, I guess I feel lucky that Christmas never, ever stresses me out. I can't remember a single time that it has. I love the holidays. Love.

A major part of my job in the last 7 years or so has been technical editing and formatting and production of engineering reports and proposals. It's easily my favorite aspect of my job. So the geeky, word processor part of me absolutely adored that Web Design Ledger article. Although this:

"A good writer will be able to emphasize the words they want without using bold, italics or underlines."

is something I need to work on. I fell into the trap years ago (a generational thing? a natural result of being an internet addict?) of using emoticons, caps, italics, etc. to make my point when I know, as a "good writer," that these things are not necessary. I'm in the process of eliminating emoticons... it's actually a bit of a struggle!

As always, thanks for linking me. I made that rice again last night, using my homemade turkey stock for the liquid. Delicious. And I already printed that roasted drumsticks recipe to add to my cheap eats pre-Christmas trip. Good one!

Charity said...

Hooray for volunteerism!

Daniel said...

Thanks Melissa, I hear you on bolding and italicizing, although I periodically experiment with both in some of my posts, because I know I have readers who like to read my posts closely, and others who like to skim. I use bold type and italics at times to help those readers. But agreed, they can also be crutches for a writer.

PS: you are a wise woman re your Christmas priorities.

Charity, thank you for the good vibes!