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(Quite possibly my shortest post ever. You're welcome.)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
As you know, Headless Dad has never met a vegetable that he didn't like. He also has a garden and loves to grow all sorts of vegetables whether we'll eat them or not. Believe it or not, after having this recipe tonight I asked him to plant more turnips. We have found a winner! (Recipe via Pinterest, from the Taste of Home website.)
3 cups diced, peeled turnips (approx. 2 large turnips)
Put turnips in large sauce pan with water and 1 teaspoon sugar, bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook for 5-8 minutes.
While turnips are cooking, add to a second sauce pan:
2 Tablespoons butter, heat until melted. Add:
3 Tablespoons flour, mix well until smooth.
Add 1 1/2 cups milk, gradually, until boiling. Cook for 2 minutes until thick.
Drain Turnips. Add to sauce. Mix well and add to casserole dish. Top with 1/2-1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or so.
My thoughts for next time: I would use sharp cheddar cheese for a slightly tangier taste. I will also add sliced green onions next time while mixing the sauce and turnips before adding to casserole dish. The original recipe says that you could use 2 Tablespoons of parmesan cheese instead of cheddar. I think that there are many additions/changes you could make to this. It's super easy and like I said, we will definitely make it again!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
It seems weird that it's the last day of the month. I feel like I was just hitting my stride.... finally. The first half of the month was pretty difficult and I know that some of my posts sucked. I did, however prove to myself that I can still do this. I was starting to worry.
Ha! Me not have anything to say? Pfft.
OK, once again I need some input. I'll be doing most of my Christmas shopping online again this year. What are your favorite websites to shop on? Do you have a quirky, off-the-beaten-path site that you think I might like? What about ETSY shops? Gifts for husbands? Hit me! Cyber Monday is coming and I want to be ready!!!
Friday, November 29, 2013
My friend Carmen asked this question this morning on Facebook:
[A friend] got me to thinking - if you were to list one thing that makes your Black Friday perfect, what would it be? For me, it's actually two things - pumpkin pie for breakfast, and a turkey/stuffing/mashed potatoes/gravy/cranberry bowl of awesomeness for lunch. What about you? What makes your #blackfridaydoneright? It doesn't have to be food (shhh, you heathen) - it might be shopping or decorating or whatever.
Her thinking got me thinking. (That's dangerous, I know.) Our favorite way to spend the day after Thankgiving when I was a teen and in college was going to a movie, maybe out to dinner, maybe walking the mall a little. It was less about shopping, more about the movie and spending time together.
I'm not so much a Black Friday shopper. The deals sound great but I pretty much hate people and big crowds. So I don't do it.
I realized this morning that I have kind of dreaded the day after Thanksgiving for the last 16 years. Some years we have family in town and I feel it a little less but it's still there. For the first 5 years of our marriage HD would play golf early on the day after Thanksgiving. Now, the company that HD has worked for for the last 11 years isn't closed on the day after Thanksgiving so he always works. I understand why-he usually has big projects going on, it's a great, quiet day to get paperwork done, we're usually saving vacation days for Christmas time.
My ideal #blackfridaydoneright would be sleeping in, waking up in the arms of my sweetie, and spending the day together finishing the clean up, watching a little college football, listening to Christmas music, starting to get Christmas decorations out, and all hanging out together.
A girl can dream can't she?
Thursday, November 28, 2013
On Monday as I was racing around the grocery store I got a text message. I was half tempted not to read it since it seemed that I had hit the store at just the right moment when it wasn't a madhouse. I glanced down and saw that it was from my mother, so I slid the message open.
Hey, good news! No sign of cancer. Bad news, gallstones. Oh well. Nothing to do about that til there's a problem.I dropped my phone and sobbed into my hands. No sign of cancer. Months of prayer, months of worry. No sign of cancer.
I am so thankful for my dad beating this. For him staying strong and not giving up.
I am thankful for my mother, who is way more badass than she gives herself credit for. She has gotten through these last 11 months, rarely asking for help, and supporting my dad all the way. And with a grace that I'm not sure that she thinks she had.
I am thankful for my aunt, who in moving to Colorado, has brought new life into the home that they all share. Some of that life is four-foooted and furry, and it is good.
I am thankful for my daughter and her new husband being there and the new relationships that are forming, away from the relationships in the shadow of us, the parents. I am thankful for their faithfulness to God and how he is blessing them, abundantly, as they start their new life together.
I am thankful for my brother and his family who have been so supportive of our parents. And my nieces that bring smiles to faces when they enter a room.
I am thankful for my amazing husband. He works so hard for us and is so generous. I'm thankful that he loves me beyond measure, faults and all.
I am thankful for my #1 son. He is 14 today. He challenges me every day and I am a better human for those trials. He is musical and artistic and gentle and kind.
I am thankful for my #2 son. He makes me laugh and despite his stature is also gentle and kind.
I am thankful for my husband's family. They have given me so much and stretched me to grow in places that I didn't know I needed growth. I'm thankful for the babies that we get to smooch on when we're together. Thankful for being able to guide nieces in some small way, sister-in-laws that welcome me in, and a brother-in-law that can be counted on.
I am thankful for friends. Friends who, despite our busy schedules, can pick up right where we left off. Friends that open their homes to us. Friends that let me vent, knowing that I'm being irrational, and let me get it out anyway. Friends who I can let my guard down with. Friends who don't judge me for my foul mouth. Friends that know when a glass of wine isn't just a nice way to end the day, it's a necessity. Friends who trust me with the hard stuff. Friends who, despite the miles between us, answer text messages and will spill it to me by text so we remain relevant to each other. Friends who make coffee dates a priority, weekly. Friends that live in my computer yet still support me and my family every day.
And for you. You, the friends that come here, to read about my crazy yet average life. I am thankful for you too. Even the ones that don't often comment. Thank you for letting me tell my story to you.
And last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for a God that sent his Son that we might have abundant life, beyond measure. Because without Jesus, none of this would be possible.
I wish for all of you to have such a full and happy and rich life. xoxo