Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

This is always a really hard weekend for me as it represents the passing of my father and his service to our country. He went to be with Jesus May 27th, 1997 and I miss him. I celebrate his life and miss him all at once. This week in general is tough for me because I found out on Wednesday that I have spinal cord damage. This really hit me hard because I was starting to feel like I was going to get my life back only to find out how serious my situation really is. We know God is the greatest healer. It scares me, but I know my husband is the most wonderful man on the planet. He struggles with his own future (he is out of work) as we make the decision to close our business. I share this with you in the hope that you find comfort in any words that I may say. We hold onto eachother as we walk through this life altering change. He stands by me and I stand by him and together we are lifted by God. We know that neither of us stand alone and that we will take life and live it to it's fullest in faith. We will always have faith and trust in Gods promises.. We pray for healing, favor and wisdom.

Today and everyday, we thank those men and women who have written a blank check to protect us and our freedoms. We know that they sacrafice everything for the freedoms that so many complain about. We miss our family terribly and pray for their safety. We know that they are doing what they need to do and do it with pride.

Thanks for everything and May God keep you in the palm of his hands.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


I seem to have a lot of these lately. lol It's good when that happens believe me I know. I'm learning to appreciate the little things in my life and the people who really matter. I have a wonderful husband of 24 years and four beautiful sons. I've learned so much from them, college degrees don't make them good men, straight A's don't make them smart, and money doesn't buy them character. It's our hard work as parents that have made them the beautiful people they have become or will become along with their freethinking and thurst to learn more. The lucky people who have truly gotten to know them know exactly what I mean. It's not just saying I know them but really know who they are and what is important to them is all that matters. I'm so proud to be their mom and wife. I've never been more proud to give all that I am and proud of all that they are, thanks for allowing me to be your mother. I'm so lucky!

Happy Mother's Day!

My lovely beautiful friends who have been there for me in prayer and spirit I hope you have a wonderful special day.

Sunday, May 1, 2011



What, it's been almost six months since posting. Yikes!!

I've been through a lot in the last six months so blogging has not been on my mind. My health has really put some prospective on my life, faith and direction. I really want to help people live better. I'm not an expert or doctor but I do know that eating real food is the best way to a healthy life. I intend to find ways to eat better and be more green. This is the goal of my entire family which really helps to have them on board. My health limits me so hopefully I'll get over that hump, blog more and share how I will overcome my challenges. If it inspires you to be healthier then I've accomplished my goal.

Today I'm making some broiled fish but in this Arizona heat outside grilling would be the best. We are out of fuel so we won't be able to do that today. It's a nice day so it should be okay since the air conditioner is off. I'm going to make rice pilaf from scratch and green beans that are frozen. I like to use fresh but they didn't look so good. Fresh is a little more money but really not much more. They sell for about $1.99 lb on sale and frozen was a little less. You get better beans buying fresh. If you can swing organic this is always better. I'll post the rice pilaf recipe later.

Okay here it is:

Rice Pilaf

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup orzo pasta
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
2 cups chicken broth

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Cook and stir orzo pasta until golden brown. Stir in onion and cook until onion becomes translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute but don't burn it. Mix in the rice and chicken broth. Increase heat to high bringing it to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed for about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Now I didn't have any Orzo so I broke up Angel Hair pasta into tiny pieces and used that instead.