Deb’s Favorite Salad Dressings – Global Gals

From our wonderful hostess, Debbie Mulcahey, comes an array of delicious, homemade salad dressing to accompany any fresh salad! Thanks, Deb, for hosting at your home on July 13.

A Few of Deb’s Favorite Salad Dressings

Honey Mustard dressing (from Bon Appetit magazine circa 1980s)

  • 6T oil – (corn, vegetable)
  • 2T cider vinegar
  • 2T honey
  • 2T Dijon mustard
  • 2T toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp pepper

Mix well and let sit for 15 minutes.

Debbie tossed together a spinach salad with hard boiled egg, mushrooms, bacon (baked), vidalia onion, and roasted almonds. 

Fruit Salad Dressing

Mix together equal parts fresh lemon juice, honey, and a fruit liquor.  Add sliced crystallized ginger to the fruit and toss with dressing.

You can use the dressing on any fruit salad, but Debbie put pieces of strawberry, banana, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe and blueberrys and grapes. Ideal for a summer picnic or potluck. The fruit liqueur can be triple sec, madori, chambourd, gran marnier.

Maple Dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar or other white wine vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Whisk mayonnaise, maple syrup, vinegar, and sugar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil until mixture thickens slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Dressing can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-whisk before using.)

This is a perfect winder dressing. Debbie whipped up a winter salad for us with mixed greens, dries cherries, bacon, thinly sliced granny smith apples, and toasted walnuts.

And for even more salad dressing ideas, listen to NPR’s Here and Now episode found here:

Your Gal, Julie


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Staying Healthy at Menopause – Global Gals

Any Global Gals experiencing peri-menopause or menopause symptoms? Any Global Gals have questions about what may be coming in a few years? Dr. Kathryn Macaulay volunteered her time for our Global Gals Gathering on June 8. Keep reading for valuable information and links to learn more of how to stay healthy during menopause.

Attendees: Janice, Leigh, Sharon, Jen, Megan, Andi, Kim, Vicki, Debbie, Alexis, Kristin, Nina, Shea, Suzanne, Sandra, Julie

Menopause is the cessation of menses. If a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months, then she is in menopause. If you have a period after 11 months, you begin the countdown again.

Our discussion covered many areas of peri-menopause and menopause. Dr. Macaulay provided a handout/PowerPoint presentation entitled “Staying Healthy at Menopause: Tips to Preserve Your Good Health During Midlife and Beyond” which can be found here.

Highlights of our discussion:

  • Hormone testing not necessary. Hormone levels vary by day and throughout the day.
  • Mood changes can occur especially in peri-menopause.
  • Estrogen in vagina is safe. Helps with discomfort  during intercourse. Vaginal estrogen tablets, cream, or a estrogen ring can be helpful. Better to get help early on because dry vagina is hard to reverse.
  • Exercise is important to maintain weight.
  • Correct levels of Vitamin D and Calcium vital after menopause. Eat proper foods and balanced diet.
  • Bone density test at age 65. Weight bearing exercise helps keep bones strong such as yoga, running, weights/strength training.
  • Age 50 is the time to get a colonoscopy.
  • Pap smears are okay every 3 years to check for cervical cancer. Unless otherwise instructed by doctor.
  • Pharmica: a natural pharmacy that has naturopaths on staff to answer questions about supplements.

Kathryn Macaulay, MD, is the Director of UCSD’s Menopause Health Program. She does take new patients, so feel free to make an appointment with her! You can view a 2015 presentation on on Youtube. Play the video below.


Again, here are the PowerPoints slides Staying Healthy in Menopause FINAL.

Thanks, Kathryn, for your time. We’d like to have you back again soon because we could talk about this topic for hours!

Your gal, Julie

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Feeding America

Volunteer: Shea, Suzanne, Susan, Megan, Heather, Nina, Andrea, Janice and some of our kids

Thanks to Megan Moore for arranging our Global Gals volunteer project at Feeding America  on May 11. Thanks to all the Global Gals and kids that came out to spend 2 hours packing food to be delivered to school children the next day.

The warehouse is located at 9544 Waples just off of Mira Mesa Blvd east of Sorrento Valley. They receive food from grocery stores and food distributors. On Wednesday night, they put together bags of food to deliver to certain schools throughout San Diego County that serve low income children.  We packed oranges, apples, peanut butter, canned chicken, Kashi granola bars, and Nutter Butter cookies in over 400 bags. Some of the volunteers sorted tomatoes to remove the rotten or moldy vegetables. Does anyone remember where the tomatoes were delivered?

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It is very easy to volunteer and is great to do with kids over 6 years old. My kids are ready to go help again!


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Memory Technician – Personal Photo Organizer

Welcome Heather Harris, Memory Technician, to Global Gals this month!

Attendees: Debbie, Megan, Janice, Nina, Erika, Jen, Kristin, Beth, Julie, Heather

Organization: Association of Personal Photo Organizers

I took notes during her presentation which I pasted into the post.  Heather’s Mem Tech Presentation in PowerPoint is available here, too.

Photo slides do deteriorate over time.  Get them scanned.  Try . Specialized scanner for slides, all-in-one scanner, that has a special tray.

Use your big screen TV to show photos. 4k TVs are super hi-res. Most TVs have a USB port so you can save images to USB thumbdrive and show on your TV.

Different size files depending on your ultimate use such as print, web, large prints.

Apple: use image capture with your iphone attached via USB to apple computer.

There is a program for apple iphone to PC.

iPhoto (Photos on new OS): don’t use because it imports by event and attaches date of download.  It’s the default system for Apple products.

My Photo Stream: pushes photos from iCloud to every Apple devices attached to that iCloud.

Heather is not impressed with iCloud.

Backup your computer onto an external harddrive.

Can scan with your phone. One program is called Office Lens.

Dropbox online has an option to sort and view photos called Carousel.

Contact  Heather at or 619-972-3737


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Planning for 2016

What?  What year is it?  2016?  Wowee, time flies by when you are having fun!  Welcome to year #9 of our Global Gals Gatherings!

Participants: Susan, Megan, Janice, Heather, Kristen.

Thanks to you all for your input to the planning session; whether by email or by coming last Wednesday. I always hear a lot of creative ideas and we started filling the calendar.  Make note that the day and time has changed to the 2nd Wednesday night at 7:00.

Heather will be our first guest speaker in February talking about digital photo and video storage.  In March we’ll be hosting a “Meet and Greet” where everyone is encouraged to bring a new friend and we’ll talk about our group with the hopes of recruiting additional members (good idea, Megan!). Due to dwindling attendance, my goal is to grow the group so that we have 10 women consistently at each gathering. Other upcoming topics will be fire safety, city planning, food bank volunteering, Silpada jewelry, art night, and one of my favorites, election/voting review.

To make each gathering easier to accommodate, please RSVP on the evite so that the hostess can easily see the number of people and I can commit to our speakers.

I did give and get feedback about the Adopt-A-Family program and will be making changes this year to make the process easier for all of those that participate.

I will update the dates and speakers on the blog under the GATHERINGS tab. Put the dates on your calendar now so that you’ll be able to join us each month.

See everyone on Feb 10!



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Global Gals SAY San Diego 2015


Thanks to all the Global Gals for support a SAY San Diego Adopt-A-Family! I believe this was our 8th year in supporting this program! (Maybe our 7th??) Thanks for wrapping gifts on December 9 and sharing holiday cheer with me again this year.  During the holiday season, I feel a strong desire to give to someone who has less than I, and I am grateful that you all help me fulfill that desire every year.

I delivered the gifts to the SAY San Diego office on Saturday with the help of Isabel. It was, and is, always an easy drop-off process. They were all quite impressed with the bikes and number of gifts.

See you all later this month for our planning session.  I started Global Gals after I turn 40 which means that 2016 is year 9. What an accomplishment for all of us!

Your Gal,


For tax purposes, SAY San Diego federal tax ID #23-7107958

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Global Gals Gathering – Sparkling Wine Tasting

At our November Global Gals Gathering, after tasting about 9 different types of bubbly ranging from local rose to French champagne, we narrowed down our favorites to three.  Perhaps you will try a bottle this holiday season?





Piper Sonoma Brut ($13-$18)



Mumm Napa Brut Rose ($15)



And finally, the $5.99 bottle of Barefoot Bubbly.  I don’t know the exact  type.  Please comment below if you remember which one we tasted!




Happy holidays, gals!  Be healthy and be safe!

Your Gal,


November 2015

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Baking With Debbie

Thanks to Debbie for hosting at her home, way back on October 8, 2015,  and baking with us.  I believe we talked over her and didn’t hear all of her prep tips.  She was more than happy to share the recipes with us, though!


2 3/4 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup unsweetened coconut 1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup unsalted pistachios 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup unsalted pepitas 3/4 cup dried sour cherries
1 T kosher salt or 1 ¼ tsp fine salt  

Preheat oven to 300. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Mix oats, coconut, pistachios, pepitas and salt in a large bowl. Warm the brown sugar, olive oil and maple syrup over low heat stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour over oat mixture and stir till coated evenly. Spread onto baking sheets and bake 20 – 25 min until lightly golden and dry – stirring often. Remove from oven and stir in cherries. Let cool. Store in an airtight container for one week or freeze for up to one month.


Indigo Grill Corn Pudding

1 package Jiffy corn-bread mix 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
¼ cup plus 1½ tablespoons milk ½ cup sour cream
¼ cup butter, melted ½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce 1 white onion, thinly sliced
1 cup creamed corn  

Butter 12 muffin tins or line them with paper liners. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine corn-bread mix, milk, melted butter, Tabasco and creamed corn. Mix well. Fill muffin tins half full with this mixture.  In another bowl, thoroughly combine cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and onion. Top each muffin with cheese mixture to fill tin. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot.



1 1/2 cup flour 2 large eggs lightly beaten
1 tsp baking powder 4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt 6 oz chocolate chips
1 1/2 sticks butter melted 1 cup toasted nuts
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar

Whisk flour baking powder and salt together.  Whisk together butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla fold in dry ingredients until just combined.  Mix in nuts and chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 for 22 – 25 min. 9 x 13 greased foil lined pan.


4 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks butter

Microwave in a big bowl for 2 minutes. Stir till completely melted.
Stir in the following:

2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup flour

Line a 9×9 pan with tin foil letting it extend over the sides to form handles. Grease the foil.
Spread batter in pan and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.

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Mauzy Solar System at Global Gals

Thank you to Jennifer Tentor, Mauzy Solar, and Donata Hammonds, HERO Program, for you informative presentation about home solar systems to Global Gals. Even though it was a small group, you took your time to answer questions and cover many aspects of solar options.

What is Solar?  PV = photo volatic which is light energy.  Solar systems offer the opportunity for your home to be powered with clean, renewable fuel.

Right now, SDGE supplies us our home energy with approximately 90% of fossil fuels.

When investigating solar companies, Jennifer recommends choosing a company that has been in business longer than the warranty they offer.

In 2016, the current federal tax credit goes away.  Solar companies expect an influx of orders in order to take advantage of the federal tax credit.  Installation prices may increase as demand increased.  If you own your home and pay approximately $150/month for your electric bill, you are a good candidate for today’s home solar system.  Mauzy Solar will take a look at your whole home.  The solar system does not affect energy efficiency such as new windows, appliances, and doors will improve efficiency.  Mauzy designs a solar system based on annual electricity usage.

HERO is the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity which allows you to pay for home efficiency and the solar system through your annual property taxes.  Visit their website for details on financing options  It is a low cost, transferable purchase that stays with the home, not a lease.

Net Metering is the concept of producing energy for your home and beyond; producing more energy than you  use will go back into the line. Currently, SDGE calculates a credit based on what you put into the system.  San Diego solar installations now will be grandfathered in to take advantage of net metering for the next 20 years.  At sometime, SDGE will be implementing a charge fee to allow energy back onto the grid, which basically negates net metering.

Mauzy will apply a group rate if neighbors all buy at the same time.

What about San Diego homes located along the coast that experience a daily marine layer?  Yes, they can still use solar.  Mauzy analyzes your whole home and you may need more panels depending on the system.  Partial systems are available to knock your home off the higher tier energy use, such as a hot tub or pool.

To investigate your solar system options, contact Jennifer at 619-448-9545 or

September 10, 2015

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Global Gals Gardening

Global Gals Gathering

Gardening May 14, 2015

Attendees:  Janice, Sandra, Jen, Sharon, Heather, Beth, Orchidea, Alexis, Megan

Guest speaker:  Sommer Cartier, San Diego Community Garden Network  (

Sommer received her Masters in International Development with emphasis on Food Security.  Graduate work at Clark University back East.  Focus on cultivating food in Haiti.

Gardening can be intimidating.  Experiment, start growing what you want to grow. You will learn in the process, learn from mistakes.  Keeping a journal is helpful.  Become an expert on 2 or 3 favorites and become an expert on those first.  Can also grow a theme such as salsa, pizza, salad, three sister – focus on those 4-5 ingredients.

Three Sisters are the corns, beans, squash.  Beans add nitrogen to soil and corn and squash absorb it.  Beans grow up the corn stalk.  Squash is low lying.

Heather has visited Walter Anderson Nursery who has helpful staff to answer questions. (Chuck has his Masters in Botany)

Mico-climate can make a difference.

Solution to powdery mildew on squash, cucumbers.  Key to prevent is to keep plant healthy and water properly then its less prone to mildew.  If you get it, treat it immediately, if not, tear out the plant and discard.    Treat with Neem Oil, natural oil, spray on the infected plant, it will kill a lot.  Spray in the evening when bees are not active.  Use it sparingly because it can kill other plants.

What about caterpillars?  Kill them.  Remove them from the plants by hand.  Captain Jacks is a spray that you can use.  Can use for munching bugs.

Oils may work such as peppermint oil, geranium, chrysanthemum.  You can get organic ideas online.

Avocado trees like a lot of water then let it dry it out.

Tips for white fly?  Neem oil.  Earth friendly type dish soap, water it down, spray it.

Tips for squirrels?  Cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil placed where squirrels seem to go.  But, that doesn’t consistently work. You can also put cages around the plants, but you have to let pollinators in.

Tips for gophers?  Trap and discard.

Male could pee in the yard to scare away small mammals such as opossum, raccoons.

How do you begin to garden?  Take a soil sample to City Farmers (Home & Euclid) and Farmer Bill will test it for you then sell you all the products to improve the soil.  Can used raised beds.  Start small with a  1’x1’ box with just a few things.  Can buy high producing and disease resistant seeds.  Can start with seedlings instead of seeds.  Research and know a bit about your soil health.  Soil, Water, and Sun are the first things to learn about.  Soil is clay and sand.  Find level ground.  Once you determine location, do your soil test.

If you have too much sun and plants are burning, use shade cloth.

Don’t water the leaves.  Wet leaves can get mold, mildew.  If you are watering, do it early morning or late afternoon when the sun is not intense.  Its better to do a drip system.  The plants should reach for the moisture.  Don’t water at the base, water in a circular area around the plant so that the roots can reach for the water.  As the plant matures, it needs less water.

French Dwarf Marigolds deter nematode (microscopic worm that you can’t see).  Nematodes stunt growth, doesn’t look healthy during the day.  If you see balls on the roots when you pull out the plant, then you have nematodes. To get rid of nematodes, let it go feral for a few seasons, turn the soil once a week.  Add a pollinator such as African blue basil, it gets very large and attracts a lot of bees.  Another pollinator is Borage but it drops seeds. The flowers are edible.

Can the same soil be used the following year?  You will add compost and other things that you need to amend your soil each year.  Can consider crop rotation.

Medicinal plants:  lemon balm, stinging nettle, fever few, blue hyssop, mint, chamomile,

Grow mint in a pot, it will overtake your garden.

Thyme has to be cut, harvest it.  Start cutting back your basil, cut above the 2 new leaves.

Container Garden.  Summer teaches for Victory Garden on how to do the container garden.  Ideally teach 5-15 people.  During the class, participants actually plant in the containers.

Peppers don’t need a lot of water.  Eggplant doesn’t need much water.  Once kale is established, it doesn’t need much water.

Community Garden Network

Connect people to various resources in town around gardening.  Wild Willows Farm is an educational farm.  Altadena Community Garden somebody owns the land (32nd & Thorn). could put a message to look for someone to garden my back yard hillside.

Good Neighbor Gardens.  Install, maintain garden.  Owner can harvest what they want but every Friday the gardener will harvest to give to CSA.  There is a fee for them to plant and maintain the garden.  (talk to Mia)


Global Affects

Western developed countries are destroying the ability for developing countries to farm themselves.  Western developed countries pay subsidies to the farmers.  Developing country land is owned by wealthy people.

Books to Read

Paul Farmer, Harvard PhD wrote Mountains Beyond Mountains.

Frances Moore Lappe wrote Diet for a Small Planet

Pat Welsh wrote Southern California Organic Gardening


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