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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Money Magazine lists Columbia/Ellicott City as the 6th best place to live

        These rankings that come out from a variety of sources every year always show how subjective ranking communities can be.  This year Money Magazine just released its list of the top 50 and Columbia/Ellicott City ranks number 6.  Not bad but for a community that has been rated as high as number 2 in the past this might seem like some slippage.

      I am not sure why we always get ranked together although I can see where our boundaries are somewhat vague with parts of Columbia having an Ellicott City address.  This ranking is for small cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.  One thing that is hard to miss is that almost all the communities have high median family income and ours is one of the highest of the communities listed.

Wilde Lake

      Granted that the cost of living in our area is higher than in places like Texas and is reflected in our higher incomes.  We loose points for limited public transportation, nightlife and the high cost of housing.  A walkable downtown might also help us rise in these rankings.  But we have some of the best scenery and wildlife as seen the pictures in this blog.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Bike path around Lake Kittamaqundi almost complete

    The path around Lake Kittamaqundi it nearing completion.  The pictures above show the bridge that will cross the small stream at the far end of the Lake.

   The path will give us a closer view of the wildlife like the snowy crane that populate this end of the Lake.

Some morning shots of the Lake


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Skipping holidays

   Shopping at BJ's yesterday the Christmas items are out.  They go from "Back to School" to Christmas.  Aren't we missing some holidays in between?  I don't want to give up on the warm days still remaining to be reminded that cold, long nights and snow are just around the corner.  Somehow I always prefer to see Home Depot and Lowes putting out the Spring garden items at the end of February than the Christmas items in September.  Maybe Home Depot and Lowes can put out their garden items starting in December to gently remind us that we only have 3 more months of cold and snow.

Greek turkey burgers

      Always looking to try something different with turkey burgers this week I decided to try and use the ingredients of a gyro in a turkey burger.  Came out with a very good burger.  Here are the ingredients:

1 lb of ground turkey
1 half of a cucumber cut up into pieces
1 half onion cut into pieces
1 half cup of bread crumbs
3 crushed garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
Crumbed feta cheese to taste

Mix all ingredients together.  Makes 3 large burgers.

tzadziki sauce for topping
1 cut up tomato for topping
cut up lettuce instead of a burger bun


Friday, September 19, 2014

Roving Radish hits Howard County

     Recently Howard County has seen an effort to encourage residents to eat healthier by using the convienence of a new program called "The Roving Radish."  As their website states:

  "In Howard County, we want to make it easy for families to create fresh, healthful and inexpensive meals. That’s why we are launching The Roving Radish, a low-cost, fun meal delivery program. Starting this summer, The Roving Radish will deliver fresh food kits to convenient locations throughout the county. The program is easy: Sign up for meal deliveries, pick up your bag, and whip up affordable, healthy meals, using the recipes included in the kit. It’s as simple as that. Plus, it’s good for you, and tasty, too!"

    In its current form it is a pilot program designed to serve 125 healthy meals a week.  As time goes on it will expand to serve more families.  The target audience is low income families but anyone should be eligible in the future.  With funding from local funders like the Horizon Foundation and United Way in conjunction with Howard County Government this program provides 2 meals for a family of four for $24 or $10 for a low income family.   Each meal is no more than 750 calories with less than 30% from fat and no more than 1050 mg of sodium.  The pick up locations are:

The Bain Center
5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, 21044
Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:30pm

Monarch Mills
7600 Monarch Mills Way, Columbia 21046
Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00pm

Bridgeway Community Church
9189 Red Branch Road, Columbia, 21045
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00pm

North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, 20723
Wednesdays 11:30 – 1:00pm

Y of Central Maryland
4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, 21043
Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:00pm