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Sunday Thought

Blessings.

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Carmen · Craft Room · encourage · family · friends · routines · Uncategorized

Notes

Carmen was home last weekend, and claims my craft room/office as her bedroom for when she is here.  We got her a really nice air mattress, and it accommodates her fine especially since her main living space is at school.

I limit my time in my office due to her “space” usage, and just to be respectful for her to have a retreat at home.  Part of my routine on the weekends is to go upstairs, scroll through Facebook, Twitter, and the news.  Have some time for Bible study, and meditation.  Review our money, pay bills, and blog.

Here it is Saturday, and I got to my craft room to start my Facebook scrolling.  I had to move some papers around (I try to keep things organized), and I found this under my computer mouse.I often send her encouraging notes so she has some mail away from home.  But for her to do this…for me…blew me away this morning.

I love her dearly, and so very grateful for her encouragement in whatever I am doing.

Blessings.

5 Love Languages · gifts · love · Uncategorized · Valentines Day

Valentines Gifts

Wow!  David and I don’t exchange gifts or celebrate Valentine’s Day, but yesterday I came home to this:A toaster convection oven, and a Amazon Echo Plus!!!

We were in major need of a new toaster, and had talked about getting a toaster oven.  David didn’t intend for these to arrive on Valentines Day, but they did!  I have said before that my love language is gifts…this is so wonderful.  Appliances typically don’t make it as a gift…but my baby did very well with these.

Oh, and by the way, we don’t have anything smart in the house that works with the Alexa but we are learning

Happy!  Blessings!

anniversary · Mom · Oma · time · Uncategorized

Sunday Thought

This past week was the anniversary of my Mom’s passing.  It has been twelve years.  I miss her.

23744_10200223922311812_103019769_nI had a work trip in Tallahassee, and it went very well.  I so wanted to call her and tell her everything that happened.  Instead I rambled to Carmen and David, and they listened, laughed, and responded like I hope they would.  Mom would have done the same thing, but…

I miss her stroking my hair.  I would travel home for a visit, plop in front of her and her lazy-boy chair, and she would just begin stroking my hair.  It was relaxing, calming, and re-assuring.  Something so simple could mean so much.

Carmen, Oma, Stephen July 2002-1I also miss her with my children.  I love this picture of them.  Her chocolate cake, and snuggles, spoils —like every grandmother should.

Blessings.

 

 

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Chicken · Instant Pot · Recipes · Uncategorized · WLS

Chicken & Mushrooms

Another Instant Pot… You can find the original recipe idea at sweetcsdesigns.com for her One Pot Garlic Chicken Thighs and Mushrooms.

Ingredients:
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • Season Salt and Pepper
  • 4 chicken thighs, bones removed (skinless or with skin OK)
  • 6-10 cloves garlic, sliced in half or finely diced (I like minced instead)
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, stems removed and wiped clean
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 pinch to 1 tsp red pepper flakes, depending on your desired spicy level
  • ½ cup diced Parsley (optional)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:
Sauté in Instant Pot. Add butter, swirl around pan, and let melt. When butter is foamy and melted, add seasoned chicken thighs. Cook until golden but not completely cooked.

Remove from pan – do not drain pan grease. Add garlic to pan, stir well. Add mushrooms to pan, stirring occasionally to keep mushrooms and garlic from burning.  Add second half of butter to pan, let melt. Let garlic and mushrooms brown – about 4-6 minutes.

Add red pepper flakes (add slowly according to your taste) and parsley when chicken and mushrooms are lovely golden browned. Add stock, lemon juice, and cheese. Stir well, being sure to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of pan.  Stop saute cycle.

Add chicken thighs back to pan, pressure cook for 13-15 minutes.  Manually release.  Check thickness of sauce, if to your liking, serve.

David’s plate served over rice.

My plate. I would like more seasoning or spices to this, but the overall flavor was wonderful.

Blessings.