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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Freedom Fridays #8


 Welcome to Freedom Fridays Blog Hop!

          









Freedom Fridays


   Freedom Fridays Five Favorites from last week
         



Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendant








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Vinyl Decals




Make a Memory Jar








Baby Shower Fruit Bassinet





Peppermint Crisp Tart




Thanks to all you amazing, talented peoples for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.  If you were featured, grab my featured button and wear it proudly:)


featured at freedom friday



Give your Talents the Freedom  to rise above and Soar!

   Link up your awesome posts such as Recipes, Tutorials, Inspirational and Creative Writing, Photos, Crafts, Needlework, DIY and  even Giveaways.
Just about everything that is family friendly and and is not for sale is welcome. 

Please add a link to a specific post not the main page
 of your blog:)

Please link back to this party so you can share the fun 
with others ,just grab my button above and place on your post, link party page or somewhere on your blog.

  I would so love it if you would follow me. I follow everyone back:)
Giveaway is open at 300 Followers!

 And the most important, please visit as many others as possible and leave comments. We all love visits from our friends and chatting with them:) 
And the more you visit the more that will visit you:)

Every week I will pick some awesome posts and feature them. I will pin all featured posts and if you are featured then grab my feature button for braggin rights:)

Update on Mom:)   Mother received a hip replacement for her fractured hip.  She has been released from the hospital to the Skilled Nursing Department of her Alzheimer's Program Care Facility.  It was a very rough week for her but we stayed  with her every minute in the hospital.  She still acts surprised each time I tell her she hurt herself and says "Good Grief" each time:)   She has a rough road ahead but we, along with an amazing staff will be with her and help her.  I thank everyone for your prayers and hugs that helped us get through  this very tough week. 

Flap your wings and let's fly
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Mom

West Texas Sunset
 
It's been awhile since I have wrote or talked about my mother.  Sometimes I just can't talk about her and other times I can't stop.  It is almost surreal what I am going though at this time and no one can help.  My sweet hubby is so patient when I start crying for no reason and I can't even explain it.   The last three weeks my Mother has not acknowledged me.  The staff at the Home states she does know who I am because I am able to get her to get her hair done and to do her nails or change her clothes easier.  But she doesn't seem to understand anything.  I try to talk to her and she is unable to understand and mainly just stares at nothing and says things that I don't understand nor can make sense of.   So I just go and sit with her and try to "go where she is mentally".  I answer her questions with whatever answer that I know will satisfy her even if she doesn't acknowledge the answer.  She walks with little steps and I am not sure how long it will be until she is in a wheelchair. But I continue to get her to walk with me and I sit with her as she eats.  She still gets happy when I bring her bananas for her crystal fruit bowl that we have placed on her nightstand.  I laughed one day when she saw the bananas and told me "Oh Yes, my "Girlfriend" always brings these to me everyday".  It's Ok with me if she calls me her girlfriend as long as she is happy that someone brings her bananas that she enjoys.  In the past when I was there she would not let me out of her sight but now she will get up and leave me sitting while she goes to check on something.  I just wait for her to return or I will go with her.
 I just finished reading Tonya Ferguson's  Book "to remember love  " and it has helped so very much to understand what I am going through.  She basically calls the new grief that I experience each day  "perpetual grief".  She explains that  this type of Grief that is never ending and always reappearing with each new loss of function or ability of Mother's.  This is why there is no closure nor can I accept the grief because it is new grief each day.   I admire Tonya and her devotion to God and how she has accepted her path in life.  I had to read it in bits and pieces because it is so moving and just overwhelmed me but it was so worth it.  I have been able to accept my own feelings toward this disease and to accept God's path for Mother.


Update:
 Mother has fallen and fractured her hip. I am not sure what the future holds for her but I am praying every day for her.  I just hope to try to maintain a decent quality of life for her.  As I am writing this, she has not awoke from her surgery and I am not sure how much of what happened that she will be able to understand. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Freedom Fridays #7



 Welcome to Freedom Fridays Blog Hop!

          







Freedom Fridays


   Freedom Fridays Five Favorites from last week
          (say that five times fast, hehe)




K's Elephant Travel Pillow
Entirely Emily 






Berry Patch Muffins
Miz Helen's Country Cottage






 
 Garden Signs
Simply Simplisticated 







Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Cake
Addicted to Recipes 






 
Picnic Parade Party: DIY Watermelon Napkins
@ Inspired by Family Magazine




Thanks to all you amazing, talented peoples for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.  If you were featured, grab my featured button and wear it proudly:)


featured at freedom friday



Give your Talents the Freedom  to rise above and Soar!

   Link up your awesome posts such as Recipes, Tutorials, Inspirational and Creative Writing, Photos, Crafts, Needlework, DIY and  even Giveaways.
Just about everything that is family friendly and and is not for sale is welcome. 

Please add a link to a specific post not the main page
 of your blog:)

Please link back to this party so you can share the fun 
with others ,just grab my button above and place on your post, link party page or somewhere on your blog.

  I would so love it if you would follow me. I follow everyone back:)
Giveaway is open at 300 Followers!

 And the most important, please visit as many others as possible and leave comments. We all love visits from our friends and chatting with them:) 
And the more you visit the more that will visit you:)

Every week I will pick some awesome posts and feature them. I will pin all featured posts and if you are featured then grab my feature button for braggin rights:)



Flap your wings and let's fly
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Sunshine Award


How lucky am I to not only be awarded the the Sunshine Award but to be awarded it three times this week!  I have super great friends!  I am so very honored and yes, so very lucky to know these fellow bloggers.

 Special thanks to Jaime @ Love Bakes Good Cakes  who shares not only her amazing recipes but her strong faith.
Special thanks to Terry @ RV Life and Food  who is an fun loving outstanding cook who accomplishes it all in a RV 
Special thanks to Michelle @Ms enPlace who shares of love of cajun and creole cooking and has an Sunday Link Party called  See Ya in the Gumbo!

Thanks to all three of them for just being my friend:) Oh yeah and of course awarding me with this cool award:)   Seriously, you could be so lucky, just go visit them and get to know them, your time will be so rewarded. 

The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: "Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogoshere." The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer 10 questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award! Don't forget to copy and paste the award on your blog!

Here we go! Ten questions:

1. Favorite color: Blue (like the sky)

2. Favorite animal: goats (I know it sounds funny but we raised Boer goats when my son was in High School for FFA and these are just adorable and ever so funny)

3. Favorite number:13

4. Favorite drink: coffee, coffee and even more coffee

5. Facebook or Twitter: Facebook, I love catching up and finding old friends (sorry I don't know how to twitter:(

6. Good Book or a Good Movie: A Good Book any day, it lasts so much longer and I can revisit any part of it I wish at any time

7. My Passion:  Adventures, I love trying and doing new things!  I have never been scared to seek the unknown and love traveling new roads (imaginary and literal)

8. Giving or getting presents: I am not very good at receiving and I love to give my time or something special to someone special

9. Favorite day of the year: Thanksgiving!  Hands down!  I love the idea of just getting together for good food and remembering how very blessed and lucky we are. 

10. Favorite flowers: honeysuckle  (I just love the way it smells and it's a little wild:)

The 10 blogs I am sending the Sunshine Award to, in no particular order:



2.    Stacy Uncorked 
3.    My Life As.... 
4.    Kathe With an E 
5.    Mamal Diane
7.    Entirely Emily 
8.    Pretty Shabby UK 
  
It was very hard to just pick ten, I almost threw the rules out the window and just picked as many as I wished.  But I was good and restrained myself.  Besides I didn't wish to be selfish and pick all the good ones and not leave anybody for everyone else:)   

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Shrimp and Avocado Boats





Shrimp and Avocado Boats



2 Avocados
1 can small shrimp,drained
2 green onions, diced
mayonnaise
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
(see below on how to cook the perfect hard boiled egg)






Mix shrimp, green onions and eggs carefully adding mayonnaise to just bind together.  Place in fridge for at least one hour for flavors to marry.
 Slice avocados in half lengthwise and peel.  Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning.
Spoon shrimp salad into avocado halves.  










How to cook the perfect boiled egg:

  1. Place eggs in single layer in saucepan.
  2. Cover with at least one inch of cold water over tops of shells.
  3. Cover pot with lid and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  4. As soon as the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat and let stand.
  5. Large soft-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 1 to 4 minutes, depending on your tastes.
  6. Large hard-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 15 to 17 minutes.
  7. When cooked to desired level, drain off hot water.
  8. Immediately cover with cold water and add a few ice cubes.
  9. Soft-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until cool enough to handle. Serve.
  10. Hard-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until completely cooled. Use as needed.









Thursday, June 14, 2012

Freedom Fridays #6




 Welcome to Freedom Fridays Blog Hop!

          








Freedom Fridays


   Freedom Fridays Five Favorites from last week
          (say that five times fast, hehe)



 I am continuing to be so impressed and amazed at the talent linking up.  Thanks to each and every one of you that continues to support this Party:) 
I so wish I could pick everyone but I am trying to stick with my plan of only choosing five.
Here are my features for this week:



 
 Beach Inspired Bracelet
@ NorthShore Days








Melt in Your Mouth Butterhorns
@ A Rosie Sweet Home







Recycled Light Bulbs Hot Air Balloons
@ Pretty Shabby UK








Drool Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

@ Cup of Jo







Enchanting DIY Bird Bath
@ Cabin Fevered Gem






Thanks to all you amazing, talented peoples for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.  If you were featured, grab my featured button and wear it proudly:)


featured at freedom friday



Give your Talents the Freedom  to rise above and Soar!

   Link up your awesome posts such as Recipes, Tutorials, Inspirational and Creative Writing, Photos, Crafts, Needlework, DIY and  even Giveaways.
Just about everything that is family friendly and and is not for sale is welcome. 

Please add a link to a specific post not the main page
 of your blog:)

Please link back to this party so you can share the fun 
with others ,just grab my button above and place on your post, link party page or somewhere on your blog.

  I would so love it if you would follow me. I follow everyone back:)

 And the most important, please visit as many others as possible and leave comments. We all love visits from our friends and chatting with them:) 
And the more you visit the more that will visit you:)

Every week I will pick some awesome posts and feature them. I will pin all featured posts and if you are featured then grab my feature button for braggin rights:)




JUST A QUICK NOTE TO ACKNOWLEGE SEVERAL OF MY BLOGGY FRENDS FOR MAKING MY WEEK SUPER TERRIFIC!!


Please visit my Very Good Friend @ Create with Joy who has been so kind to feature me this week:)
Also please take time to visit Great Contradictions @Feed Me Friday Blog Hop who has also featured me this week.
And also to my friends Love Bakes Good Cakes and RV Life and Food who both thought of me when they received the Sunshine Award and graciously passed it on to me.  


 Let the Bloggy Love Soar!

Flap your wings and let's fly
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Chicken Cordon Bleu






Chicken Cordon Bleu

3 skinless, boneless Chicken breasts
Pesto 
6 slices Swiss cheese
3 slices of deli ham
1/4 cup flour
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 cup panko crumbs
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
1 egg




Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place each chicken breast between two pieces of saran wrap.  Pound each breast till it's about 1/4 inch thick.  I have a metal mallet that I use, one side is flat and the other side is used to tenderize meat.  I use the flat side and just get all my stress out and hammer away.   (my Fellow was in the barn and heard me "building something",  Yeah I was building something,  Chicken Cordon Bleu!)    hehehe!   Oh My, where was I?  Oh yeah,  pounding on a chicken breast.










After the breasts are about 1/4 inch thick,  peel back the top piece of saran wrap and spread about 1 tablespoon (more if you wish) of pesto on the chicken breast. Lay down  a piece of ham and about two slices of cheese.













 Using the saran wrap, roll up the chicken breast up tight  tucking in the ends very securely to keep the cheese from melting out when cooking.   








Season flour with salt and pepper and place in a plate or pie tin.  Combine panko crumbs with thyme, garlic and salt and pepper to taste and place in a separate plate or pie tin.   Add melted butter to panko mixture and stir to combine.  Beat egg and pour into a third plate or pie tin.  I always line these up in this order;  flour combination plate, egg plate and then the panko mixture.  Very carefully dredge the chicken cordon bleu in flour, then roll in egg and finally roll in the panko mixture until well coated.








Place on greased (I use Pam spray) cookie sheet.  Place in heated over and bake for 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked and browned. 









Cut each Chicken Breast into pinwheels prior to serving








Enjoy!









Thursday, June 7, 2012

Freedom Fridays #5




 Welcome to Freedom Fridays Blog Hop!

          



Freedom Fridays


   Freedom Fridays Five Favorites from last week
          (say that five times fast, hehe)

 Ok this choosing Five is getting very very hard, so many awesome links 
with so many amazingly talented peoples, but here goes


 
 Oreo Cheesecake Cupcake




Faux Silver Birds and Flowers Pedestal Bowl 







Charcoal Grilled-Corn w/Cream, Cheese, and Chile




 library book tote
Library Book Tote






 
Redneck Picnic Basket




Thank all you amazing talented peoples for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.  If you were featured, grab my featured button and wear it proudly:)


featured at freedom friday



Give your Talents the Freedom  to rise above and Soar!

   Link up your awesome posts such as Recipes, Tutorials, Inspirational and Creative Writing, Photos, Crafts, Needlework, DIY and  even Giveaways.
Just about everything that is family friendly and and is not for sale is welcome. 

Please add a link to a specific post not the main page
 of your blog:)

Please link back to this party so you can share the fun 
with others ,just grab my button above and place on your post, link party page or somewhere on your blog.

  I would so love it if you would follow me. I follow everyone back:)

 And the most important, please visit as many others as possible and leave comments. We all love visits from our friends and chatting with them:) 
And the more you visit the more that will visit you:)

Every week I will pick some awesome posts and feature them. I will pin all featured posts and if you are featured then grab my feature button for braggin rights:)






Flap your wings and let's fly
Let's Link up:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

It's Been a Rough Week but I made it,
 How about you?









Linking up to these Fabulous Parties:




Thursday Favorite Things Random Deals


Stacy


Monday, June 4, 2012

Slam Dunk Chicken Salad


My family loves my chicken salad.  It is simple and easy:)  
When I first started making it, I would boil a whole chicken with celery, carrots and onions for seasoning and then shred the meat  for the salad. Now I have learned ever so much more about flavoring chicken:)  







                                   Slam Dunk Chicken Salad                   

3 split chicken breasts (bone in)
3/4  cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
Mayonnaise
season salt (secret ingredient)





 Heat oven to 350 degrees F.   Wash and dry chicken breasts.   Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and place on cookie sheet. Liberally salt and pepper chicken.  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until chicken is done (160 degrees F).  Set aside and allow to cool.






 When the chicken is cool enough to handle remove the meat and dice, discarding skin and bones.  Add celery, red onion and mix in enough mayonnaise to taste. Sprinkle in season salt to taste.




  Cover and refrigerate at least a couple of hours allowing flavors to marry.  This makes the best sandwiches  and I love it in pita bread.  Sometimes  I use an ice cream scoop to serve it over a salad.  Enjoy eating something cool on a hot summer day:)












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