I've never had a problem, but read
report before you cook beans
in your crockpot. Raw and undercooked
kidney beans are not good for you.
You need to make sure your crockpot
brings the beans to a boil on the
high setting and that it stays
at a boil for at least 10 minutes.
Since I cook mine on high for an
entire evening, I've had no problems
at all. I knew how to cook dried
beans; I didn't know all of the
why behind the proper method.
1 1/2 cups dried beans
water, to cover
Early in the morning, before going
to work, rinse dried beans
and place in glass container
large enough for beans to
double in size. Cover beans
with enough water to cover
and then some, about three
inches of water above the
beans. Soak all day, at least
When home from work in the evening,
place beans and water in crockpot,
add additional water to cover well.
Turn crockpot to high for evening,
check to make sure there is enough
water to cover well, then on low
In the morning before going to
work, test beans to make sure they
are done. If not leave on low for
the day. If they are done, drain
Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner
Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes
poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current
way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique
portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that
of Canadian culture.
Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words
photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made
with a camera by exposing film to light
in order to create a negative. The negative is then used
in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive
Source: University of Arizona Glossary
Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes
the music of its language with its subject. To read a great
poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of
sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At
least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived
of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios
Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse,
a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot
album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable
characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily
daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the
middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself.
Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony,
false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book,
Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about
what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing
A Blog is an online journal created by server side
software, often hosted by a commercial interest.
"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger
on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was
coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog
into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com
in April or May 1999. Shortly thereafter, Evan
Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun
and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's
weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the
term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger
product, leading to the popularization of the terms."