I don't know if we gave my girlfriend any advice that would help her but we sure got a couple of funny stories out of the picky eater comments. I guess a lot of them won't show up on here though because they were on facebook. I may try to copy a couple..
So I woke up in the middle of the night shaking my head and grinning because I had a recurring nightmare. The kicker is.. it's one I haven't had since I was a little kid. It was about an encounter with the wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz. I'm so relieved that it didn't scare me like it used to. What next? Will the mean ghosts from casper be in my closet tonight? Really, I have 3 recurring dreams these days. I'll give you a quarter (That's a Thomas Lee bribe) if you can tell me what one of my dreams are. Joe... not fair if you answer!
Isn't it strange how our minds work?
Dinner last night was yummy. It hit the spot after a going out for a nice relaxing boat ride. We had an adventure getting the boat out of the water. Our lake level is getting so low! I think we're going to have to find a new launching place. We had to put the Jeep in 4 wheel drive and still slung mud everywhere. I was beginning to think we were going to have to call someone to pull the Jeep and the boat trailer out. I sat there in the boat thinking.. ok, when mud starts hitting me he's going to have to stop.
I'll be back in a shortly with a pork chop recipe! :)
Hello friends! I have a question for you. How many of you had kids that were picky eaters? Do you remember how you handled it? Did they grow out of it? Are you now a short order cook for your family? ;)
I have a friend that has twins that are picky eaters but what's worse is they each are picky in their own way and one will like a food but the other won't. You know how facebook is... you mention something in passing and all the well-meaning people of the world come out of the woodwork to tell you how to handle your children and then you find yourself regretting saying anything at all. So want I want to know is, if you had picky eaters how did your survive? Or did you?
I can remember how exasperated my neighbor would be at times when her young daughter would eat something at my house and then refuse it at hers. She would call me.."please tell me exactly how you're making your instant oatmeal." haha From what I can tell her daughter grew up to be a perfectly lovely young lady. So, I know there's hope!
I suggested that she get her kids to participate in helping make the meal but since they are 3 I know that's not a very realistic approach at this time.
Any thoughts? tricks? sage advice?
Planning some to make some comfort foods in the coming days. Even though it's not REALLY fall my tree has decided to turn. And it has me thinking about foods I typically associate with cooler days and watching football games on t.v. Today I'm going to be working on my pork chop recipe. It's super easy and definitely qualifies as comfort food.
Autumn Blaze Maple
I also thought I'd share with you a couple of casseroles that have cornbread in the recipe. There's Cowboy Cornbread, a recipe I got my beautiful friend Gina. And there's a Texas Chicken Cobbler recipe. I really need to change that name! I started making it when I lived in Central Texas but it's going to be an Oklahoma Chicken Cobbler from here on out!
The other night we made a very simple but extremely yummy hamburger steak meal. It's so simple too!
And of course I have another Tex-Mex casserole to share. It's been a recipe I got from another nurse friend. Nurses always love potlucks and sharing great food! I don't know who is going to eat all of this food! I guess it's time to invite friends over. :)
America have you heard?
I got a brand new dance and it's called "the bird"
You don't need no finesse or no personality
You just need two arms and an attitude
And everybody sing with me come on now
Whawk! hallelujah! whoa
Whawk! hallelujah! whoa
This gull was wanting a snack today when we went out for a boat ride. I don't know if you can see it's red lips. I was adjusting the contrast on this picture and thought I'd over-edited so I went back to the original. NOPE. It has red lips. They do have lips right?
On a more serious note...
I don't mean any disrespect... but Bob Livesay better watch out. Word has it Pelicans were spotted on Saturday!!!! And I've been known to get a pelican photo or two.
I have thought for days about what to write about today. It's been a rough few days. I've been in a funk because I've had to get onto one of my kids. Sometimes parenting really sucks. I know they always think their world is the only one that's impacted but the truth is it hurts us just as much. And then you see all of this coverage about the tragedies on 9/11 and you realize how small all of this is. And the truth of the matter is... If this were our last day on Earth would we waste our time being mad over the things we get mad about now? Would we bother to give someone the silent treatment? Would we still be stubborn and refuse to listen or try to understand what the other person is saying? Of course we wouldn't.
I do know that this too shall pass...
On this day ten years ago... my daughter was in the lower elementary school and my son was in the middle school. I sat at home after dropping them off and was watching the morning news. Diane Sawyer was on Good Morning America and she told us about a plane that had hit the World Trade Center. While she was covering this news we watched on live t.v. as a second plane ran into the other Trade Center building. I was just numb. It became evident very soon after that we were under attack. I was sick. It was a horrible feeling. I talked to my husband on the phone and he said that they were all standing in front of the tv's at work watching. I just knew I had to go get my babies. I wasn't really scared that they weren't safe.... it was more of a feeling that I had to have them with me and hug them. I remember one school employee being rude to me when I asked for my kid, as if I were overreacting to this. But it didn't stop me. I got both of my kids and went home. I listened to radio as we drove and listened to how the second tower was leaning. And before I could make it home both towers had fallen. I remember how quiet the world was here in Oklahoma. No planes in the sky... and you know everyone all across America was looking at the sky... was there another plane?
It truly did seem like the world stopped turning. The images I saw of that day will FOREVER be etched in my mind. People who chose to leap to their death rather than be burned alive.
This tragedy haunted me so much and I kept thinking... I don't even know anyone there.. how are these poor families dealing with this? As time went on, the personal stories because scarce. It wasn't until the last few weeks that I began to hear of them again. I saw a video of the plane hitting the building again, and pictures of falling people again. I don't know anyone that was involved in any of the attacks but I'm so proud of their families for pulling through this. I know their hearts ache every day. I'm proud of America for not letting this break our spirit as was intended. Now, I'm going to get up and go outside and enjoy this beautiful day. It's good to remember but it's also good to move forward.
Have a blessed day my friends!
I don't know why this bothers me... but I was doing an image search for a recipe this morning on google because I wanted to see what it looked like. Some of the images were from food blog sites or restaurants. Well, it made me wonder if I did a search if any of my photos would show up. I did a google search for "Johnnie's theta sauce" and then hit images. Not only did my hamburger photo show up but MY photo showed up. EEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!
I actually pulled off making the chiles rellenos yesterday! I was so proud of myself. I'd had this recipe since before my daughter was born. I actually got this recipe from another nurse when I was working at Comanche Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Ok. I really wish I could remember her name. Bless her heart- she hand wrote the recipe for me and it's sort of lengthy. I really wish I could give her credit but my memory fails me.
I tried making this recipe once before. And frankly, I'm surprised I held on to it because my first attempt at this was a big flop. But I tried again and it turned out to be amazing! I am going to share this with you today. The thought did occur to me that I should do a video blog from time to time. Yesterday would have been hilarious. I was not feeling very confident when I was working on the recipe and I ended up making an ENORMOUS mess. I had batter everywhere. I really would love to watch another person make these and see their technique because mine surely wasn't the best way to go about it.
Since I'm not a baker I rarely ever beat egg whites. Ok, I did it ONE time before. And I don't think I beat them on a high enough speed. So I was literally jumping up and down, I was so happy, when I saw the egg whites forming into peaks inside my mixer. It takes so little to make me happy!
I'm not sure what recipe will come next. How can I top my new accomplishment? I need to just enjoy this victory! For a couple of hours anyway..
And thank you Joe, Kari, and Lori for your sweet comments!! They made my day!
Good Morning Friends! Ok, so it's normal to be a little bit blue when your kids leave home, right? But I don't want to be stuck in this eternal funk! It's time to get happy! How do you get happy? Well, I think the quickest way is to count my blessings.
Unfortunately, it is a lot easier to think of the things we don't have rather than the things that we do. So here's your challenge: What are your grateful for? I would like to know!
Here's part of my list:
I'm grateful my kids have the opportunity for higher education and have the chance to start their own lives.
I'm grateful my husband and I have had a relationship that has not only lasted but grown stronger with each year.
I'm grateful that I have enough. Enough food, enough money, enough resources to travel wherever I need to.
I'm grateful for my friends. I am blessed to have a lot of friendships both new and old.
I'm grateful I am healthy. I don't always feel great but at least I can move around and do the things I want to do.
Ok, so I expect feedback here! Let's hear it! :)
Life is good!
I do love to cook, and most of all I love to eat. But there are times I just wish great food would magically appear in my kitchen. Today was one of those days. It was my let down day. The day after all my fun company left. The "need to clean house but have no reason to" day. The.... ok, I'll spare you the whole list of reasons why I'm not in the mood to cook. So I trudged through the Wal-Mart and bought my little half gallon of milk rather than the gallon I used to get, and I saw an acorn squash. It just seemed to fit the weather. So I bought it.
Here's the recipe I used, only instead of doing wedges I just let left it in 2 halves. It is the perfect veggie for a new empty nest couple.
I also saw a little package of these boneless country ribs and remembered that they were good last time I made them. And it's a super easy crock pot meal so I bought one little package and was so proud of my restraint in not buying multiple packages of meat. Here's an old blog about that:
I read that this afternoon and decided it's time for me to quit pouting already. Things could be worse!
Dinner is ready now and I'm sure our conversation topic will be football tonight and Joe's fantasy football draft. It will be nice to think of something other than how much I miss the kids.
That sums up today.
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest! I have a project going at all times!
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