Showing posts from December, 2013

Comfort Food

I had a request for our family mince recipe, and then wanted to share a soup recipe I made tonight. Mince Meat
1 lb Ground Beef
1 Onion
(Couple cloves of Garlic)
Brown Gravy (we favor a Candian brand called Bisto)
Ketchup (yep lol)
Worcestershire Sauce (gluten free version if needed)Brown beef and cook onions (& garlic)
Add gravy, pepper (&salt), ketchup, and worcestershire (season to taste)
Cook peas and carrots seperately and add to mince meat at end
Serve with mashed potatoes
Enjoy!And now...
Beef and Veggie Soup
Ground beef
Vegetable broth
Diced tomatoes
I used carrots, celery, parsnip, green beans, and cauliflower
Italian Seasoning blend Sweat onion and garlic
Add beef and cook through
Add seasonings, and stir
Add broth and diced tomatoes
Add veggies
Cook and enjoy!

School Tragedies

It is very sad that we have lost anyone, but especially all the children we have lost due to school tragedies in this country.
Today a friends kiddos schools were on lock down due to a gunman in the area.
Due to this she has been on an emotional roller coaster ride all day.
Not being able to make sure your kiddos are o.k. is terrorizing... not knowing is one of the worst feelings in a situation like that.
(In my opinion, the school should have allowed parents to make sure their children were ok... maybe even allow phone calls between child and parent.)
While I am completely sympathetic, empathetic, and feel compassion for any parents who goes through a scare and/or death with their child(ren), I also have some views many (emotional) parents don't like.
When faced with a situation like this the most effective things you can do are:
1) take some deep breaths and get into the present moment
1) acknowledge the situation for what it is, no matter how wrong or unfair
2) do what you …

true friends

every so often in life, things occur that allow you to truly see who your real friends are.
my move was one of those times for me.
since we made our move I have realized a lot of the people I poured time and emotion into, and felt were family (of sorts) over the last 18 months, did not feel the same way about myself and my son ~ even though they touted to have over that time period.
what I have found is that the silent friends ~ the ones who were always in the background ~ were people I should have shared some of that time and emotion (that I whole heartedly poured into the people I thought were "family") with (a little more that I did)...
sorry for my confusing, parenthesized, thoughts ;o)
I do not regret my choices. those choices brought me life lessons I would not have had otherwise.
it just saddens me is all.
I will acknowledge and accept this realization as I must do with anything I cannot change (and bothers me lol), I will move on, and hopefully I do not repeat t…


Touchy subject, I know.
Also acknowledge the fact I may ruffle some feathers and land up with some angry comments, b-u-t...
The reason I feel the need to write about it is due to the lack of understanding going on in regards to "Obamacare"/health care reform.

The way I am going to do this post is in a question and answer format: questions I see day to day on social network sites.  (And I am very much so editing the questions I have seen as most are attacking the reforms and/or the President, rather than asking questions and seeking answers.)

Question:  Why do we need health care reform?
Answer:  We need health care reform due to the fact that, like any industry, from time to time "the system" needs to be overhauled and updated. Reasons include: increasing costs, change in demographics, change in the marketplace, changes in technology, changes in the economy, changes in politics, and so on. Health Care reform accelerated when Bill Clinton was President, and Hillary …