Thursday, March 28, 2019

TAKING A BREAK

I am off to watch my 
Indiana grandkids for a few days.
Coming back, I have another
household of grandgirls to watch--
they are all in school though
so I will be able to work everyday.

I am also in the process of helping
someone move a bunch of stuff.

Then-finally- we are headed away for a bit-
coming back around Easter time.

I will miss you all while I am away
but will come back refreshed
with LOTS to tell you, I'm sure!

Have a happy Easter and,
if I get the chance,
I will pop in here and there to say
HELLO--
but for right now it is
GOOD-BYE-
see you soon!

Love all of you-
Be good while I am away-
and I KNOW how hard that is for
SOME OF YOU!!!!
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

YOU WILL LOVE THIS IF YOU LOVE ONIONS-BAKED FRENCH ONION SOUP

I made this the other night
for the first time in ages.
It is SOOO good AND easy!

I wanted to post it before the
warm days of spring hit too hard.
There is nothing like good soup
on a cool day.

There are tons of
recipes out there for
French Onion Soup
but this is my own recipe.
Most of them call for
wine added to the mix
somewhere along the line.
I don't drink because
of a reaction I have to alcohol.
MyHero doesn't drink
either - well, just because
he doesn't.

So...
What to do for good 
FLAVOR?
Well, ma'am, I 
CARAMELIZE 
the onions.

This is the simplest recipe
you will EVER make.
I promise.

Take 3 or 4 
large yellow onions..
Vidalias if you can find them.
Slice into rings about
1/4 inch thick..or thicker...
or thinner...doesn't matter.
Put them in a large, heavy
saucepan placed over
 barely medium heat.

Throw the onions in there
with about 1/2 cup melted
REAL BUTTER 
Stir onions until they are
coated with butter.
Place a tightly fitted lid on top.

Stir a few times till they are
heated a bit.
Turn the burner down to your
lowest setting.
Walk away.
Come back in a half hour or so
and stir them down.
Check them every ten minutes or so
and when they are 
transparent  let them continue
cooking until they start 
turning a pale golden brown.
Remove the cover~
Then start stirring them 
more often so 
that they don't burn.
When they are a wonderful
medium golden brown
pour in a large container
of Swanson's Beef Broth.
(32 oz or so)
Add 1 tsp. garlic powder (not salt).
This time I used about 
1 teaspoon of minced garlic from the jar
(the kind in oil in the produce dept here)

Cover and continue to let heat
for 20 to 30 minutes.
Don't boil it though.

Meanwhile,
Cut bread into a round that will
fit the top of your oven proof bowls.
Toast the bread.

Ladle soup into the bowl.
Add bread on top.
I usually use Rye bread.
Cover with 1 or 2  round pieces of 
Provolone cheese
sprinkle with a tablespoon
of grated Parmesan.
Preheat broiler.
Place bowl under broiler
for 3 to 4 minutes or until
cheese is bubbly and golden.
WATCH CLOSELY-
It goes from brown to burnt
in a New York minute.
Sprinkle with just a pinch 
of fresh parsley or sweet basil.

DO NOT 
leave it under the broiler  this long.
(5 minutes for my oven).
And here you were thinking 
I was dadgum near perfect, weren't you?

Well, the one above was
MY OWN BOWL,
thank you very much.
I didn't want to waste it
and I didn't want 
MyHero to whine about
burnt cheese....
His looked like this~


So...there you have it...
Serve with a 
Caesar's salad and
you have a complete meal.
YUM.

ps...just a warning...
Don't be kissing your cousins
unless they have been eating 
the onion soup, too....
ummm...wait a minute...
you shouldn't be kissing your
cousin at all, should you?
At least Wisconsin says it's 
A No-No.

Here's the condensed recipe..
Get it? Condensed? Soup?...oh never mind..

French Onion Soup
3 or 4 LARGE sweet onions
1/2 cup butter (even if you double this recipe

you don't need more butter) NO OLEO!
1 teaspoon garlic powder or minced garlic
salt & pepper to taste
1-32 oz container Beef Broth.
(you can add an extra small can
to this if you like it "soupier")
Rounds of rye bread
Rounds of Provolone cheese or mozzarella 
Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in a heavy pan over medium heat.
Add onions and stir to coat with butter.
Put lid on. Make sure it fits tight.
When heated through, turn temp down to simmer.
Cover and let cook as long as
needed, stirring occasionally,  until
they turn a medium golden brown.
Add beef broth and continue to simmer
to blend flavors.
Ladle into bowls.
Cover with 1 bread round
Cover bread with 2 slices Provolone cheese
(or mozzarella cheese)
Broil under oven broiler 2 o 3 minutes
until bubbly and golden colored.
Sprinkle with a few bits of
parsley or basil.
Serves 3-4

Have a wonderful spring day- 
there is no green to be seen here yet---
but I have the promise 
that it will come one day 
(soon-I hope)!!!!

Off to the VA this morning
to spread a little sunshine
and push the old boys around!
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Friday, March 22, 2019

WORDS FROM THE WORLD OF A FIVE YEAR OLD

Little Miss BrightEyes
has her own take on
EVERYTHING.
I want to post this before 
St. Patrick's Day is too long gone.

The day after St. Patrick's Day:

Bright Eyes:  Am I all done wearing green?
Mama said- "Yes~why?"
Bright Eyes- "Because who wants
to walk around looking like
A WEED!
Above she was at a church party.

Mama: Who is your new little girlfriend?
Bright Eyes- Her name is METAL.
Mama:  What?  What's her name?
Bright Eyes- Her name is METAL, I said!
Mama:  Are you SURE that's her name?
Bright Eyes- No-nobody knows her 
REAL NAME 
so we all just call her METAL.

I am pretty sure Bright Eyes is the one
that bestowed that name on her.

And- there you have it-
Conversations with The Kid!
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

PLEASE VISIT THESE TWO BLOGGERS -THEY NEED SOME HEALING LOVE

Rather than me
trying to do two prayer posts
I thought I would send you to
these two wonderful bloggers
that need prayer-
or good thoughts and healing wishes.

I am putting Terry first 
simply because his surgery is today.
wrote a post about Terry.
Click here to leave her a little
love-filled message.
He has had way too much pain
for way too long!
Next to my son-in-law,
Terry is my favorite fireman!

ALSO
Please pray for 
Debby Ray (My Favorite Things).
Gotta love a gal that dresses her dog in pink!

She has had a terrible time of it-
misdiagnosis, pain, tests & more tests,
hospital stays-etc.
Please click HERE to read her post.

As always thanks for praying-
and if you don't pray-
Thanks for any good thoughts
and healing wishes.

Have a beautiful spring day!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING-SHARING SECRETS


Short and Sweet
today.

I call this

Sister Secrets.

This has always been
my favorite Springtime
picture of these
3 girls when they were little.

Sweet Cheeks, Ria & Lulu
in the dresses I made for them
for a trip to Disney World.
Hey- What's the big secret, SweetCheeks?
Don't you love it?

I hope you have someone
special in 
YOUR LIFE
to share a secret with.

Have a blessed, wonderful
first day of Spring!
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Monday, March 18, 2019

LINDA-THE FAIRY BLOGMOTHER/LIFE & LINDA NEEDS PRAYERS

I usually just do these
prayer requests on Sundays
but......

Our beautiful friend,
Linda from Life & Linda
needs prayer.

She is caretaker to her mom,
wife, blog designer,
(The Fairy Blogmother)
3 time cancer survivor and now,
to top things off,
she has pneumonia.

Linda has helped me out too many times
to count when I had blog problems.
She did it with no expectations
except being helpful.
She is a gem.

Please pray for her.
She has so many that depend on her.
We need to see that bright light
restored to good health.

As always, if you are not 
a person that prays,
please send healing thoughts
and good wishes her way.

Just want to add-
you are all just 
THE BEST
when it comes to doing this.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

PRAYER REQUEST FROM KRIS- JUNK CHIC COTTAGE

Many of you know Kris,
and those of you that know her
know about all the struggles 
she has had this last couple of years.
Hubby's job-
Moving-
Mom moving back to the area-
Recent foot surgery-
The list goes on and on.

Today she is asking for prayers
for her mom & Terry.
Her mom JUST got back from Florida
and is in the hospital with heart issues.
AND
Her hubby, Terry, has been in terrible pain
for months with his back.
Meds & shots have not worked.
Now he is scheduled to have 
BACK SURGERY
next week.
Did you know that 
next to my son-in-law
he is my 
FAVORITE FIREMAN?

Pray not only for Kris's mom
and Terry but pray for 
Kris's peace of mind, too.

She gives so very much to others-
let's give back to her by
sending up prayers.
As always, if you don't pray,
please send healing thoughts 
and well wishes her way.

Her request is on her blog here.
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Saturday, March 9, 2019

PRAYERS FOR PEOPLE WE LOVE-BLOGGER FAMILIES

This has been quite a week.
I received prayer requests
for several people.
How I got to be the messenger
is beyond me---
because I am not a
"religious type".
I don't fit that mold.
I guess Someone saw fit to 
use imperfect me to pass
along these
Prayer Requests~

First up-
Connie's hubby, Steve,
needs prayers for health issues.
He is very private so asks
that you pray and he figures God
will know his name and know what
you are praying for.
Isn't he a handsome devil?
hmmmm...maybe I shouldn't be using
THE WORD DEVIL
in a prayer request?
We'll let God sort that one out.

Next- Sandi-RoseChintzCottage
is asking for prayer for her son, Jeff.
He suffered a concussion and has 
ongoing problems with dizziness
and other side effects.
He is unable to work at this time.
This young man needs to 
GET WELL
so he can move on with his life.

Debbie-Dabble's nephew, John,
continues his fight against cancer.
You can read about him here
He is fighting the good fight but please
pray for him and his family.

Also, please continue to pray for
Wild Bill,
Sugar's hubby (AtRivercrestCottage)
He has a PetScan coming up.
Let's pray that he is 
ALL CLEAR
so they can move forward
with health issues behind them.

Also, please continue to pray for
Devon Wooten.
He is a young man that continues 
his fight for a cancer-free life.
He has brain cancer,
and desperately needs a healing.
So very sad.
I will never understand why
ANYONE-especially CHILDREN
have to suffer like this.

Now- here is the sad thing.
I KNOW someone else
asked me for a prayer request post.
I cannot, for the life of me,
remember who it is---
sorry---blonde moment.
If you asked me and I don't have you included,
please let me know and I will go in and add 
your/the name.

As always,
if you are not a person that prays,
please wing good thoughts, good wishes and
healing vibes towards these good people.

Have a blessed weekend and
REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCK AHEAD

Back Monday with the
PICK YOUR FAVORITE RESULTS.
Some of you should 
BE PREPARED 
to be raked over the coals...
and you know who you are....


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

CANCER FREE- THREE YEARS TODAY

Many of you were here
and along for the journey as 
MyHero
fought for his life.
This is before & after cancer.
His prognosis was 
NOT GOOD.
We called all the kids home
to say their good-byes
to him just before 
Christmas in 2016.

You can read the first plea
for him here.

Three years ago today
he had his last radiation treatment
and they told him he was
done with treatment.

He fought off sepsis 
and a very aggressive form
of head and neck cancer.
A cancer that only affects
about 3% of people...
a tough cancer to beat--
a tough cancer to recover from--
a cancer that forever changes
your life.

It was a long hard battle
and he is forever changed.
It has meant adapting
in several ways.
There is a permanent 
feeding tube in place.
He cannot swallow properly,
he tires easily but is still
working as a chaplain.

This sort of thing can make you bitter
or you can accept the changes
and move forward with an
altered way of life, 
being glad that your life has
been extended even though it is
different than the life you had before.

We have accepted the changes.
It has not always been easy.
There have been up times and down times.
Let me tell you- 
having a sense of humor helps.
Sometimes you have to laugh 
at unexpected "problems".
CHEMO BRAIN IS REAL, folks.
Trust me-but don't ask for details.

Do you think THIS is part of 
Chemo Brain?
Do you think he remembers when
he was a rabbit?
In case he doesn't-
here's a little reminder.
I hope that this gives some of you 
HOPE THAT YOU CAN CONQUER
cancer or whatever life throws your way.
We have-and if we can do it-
you can do it!
Pinky Promise.

I will be around this weekend with
results for the
Pick Your Table Game.
I like to wait for people that 
don't get to blogs daily to show up.

Have a wonderful Wednesday-
I'll be getting MyHero's new costume
ready!
I'm pretty sure I can convince
him he wore this before and just
doesn't remember it!

Do you think someone should have 
warned him not to marry someone
with a warped sense of humor.....


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Sunday, March 3, 2019

A NEW PRAYER REQUEST AND AN UPDATE ON KRIS

Good Sunday Morning
I had a dear sweet blogger,
send a request for prayer 
for her mom,
YOLANDA.

Yolanda had a stroke
and is not doing well at all.
Please pray for a 
restoration of her health,
mind, body & soul.

She has been an active senior
and I am sure this is very hard
on the whole family---
especially Fabby, so pray for her, too.

If you don't know Fabby,
she & her hubby owned a 
china factory. 
She has more dishes 
and table settings
than anyone I know.
It is always 

Fabby entertains a lot,
has a prayer group that meets weekly,
and hosts wonderful meals for her mom.
Pray that her mom can once again
join her for one of her special luncheons.

UPDATE:
I talked to Kris yesterday.

The nerve block had worn off
and she was in quite a bit of pain.
I just got a text from her
and the pain is less today.
LOVE THOSE DRUGS!
I can see her going through
drug rehab in the future, can't you?

Please pray for her pain level,
and her peace of mind.
I know it makes her anxious to 
not be able to "do anything"
and to have to be waited on.
In REAL LIFE she is the one that
takes care of and waits on
everyone else.
As someone once said-
She is a waitress at the banquet of life.

As always-
if you are NOT a "prayer",
please send good wishes and
healing thoughts to 
Yolanda & Kris.



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Friday, March 1, 2019

A PRAYER REQUEST AND A PRAYER REQUEST UPDATE

I know that many of you
know (and love)
KRIS-from JunkChicCottage.
(stole this picture, Kris)!!!
Kris is having surgery today
on her foot.
It is not life-threatening but,
as we all know,
any kind of surgery is scary.

One of the side effects she has
is that she becomes really
nauseous after she has 
the surgery 
when she wakes up.

So, please pray for not only a
SUCCESSFUL SURGERY
but also pray for a mild recovery.
Also, pray that her 
OCD-Clean-it-now-gene
does NOT kick in until she feels better.
Terry says she follows him around
with a vacuum in her hand.....
(she didn't know I was going to say that!)
Hey- my blog---my words!

AND
An update on my beautiful
SweetCheeks.
She is back in school and doing
really well.
I want to thank all of you that sent cards
to her.
She was thrilled.
I have three more in my car 
that came to my house to drop off to her.
I cannot believe how
GOOD blogging friends are-
how much we care about each other!!
Anyway-
She is back to dancing
and being "my Julia" again.
Praise be!!!

So-
Happy March First.
I will be back in a couple of days
with a 
PICK YOUR FAVORITE
St. Paddy's Day table.
I found some lovely ones!

Have a good weekend
and thank you again.

If you are NOT a "pray-er"
please wing healing thoughts
and good wishes Kris's way.
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