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2018 · beaches · blessings · encourage · Faith · family · friends · Hurricane · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized

Help–Hurricane Michael

I live in the Panhandle of Florida, approximately 75 miles from where Hurricane Michael devastated Mexico Beach, and Panama City.  Other much smaller communities were destroyed as well but aren’t talked about right now.

I have posted pictures of my family and I having fun, with no damage.  It so could have been us if the storm hadn’t turn.  We were blessed by a cold front coming from the North, that’s it.  We are helping by donating items that we purchased for the storm and didn’t use.  If you feel the need to help but don’t know where to start please see below.  If nothing else, please pray for those affected and those helping.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Many of us are being contacted by family, friends, church groups and community members wanting to do something to help in regard to Hurricane Michael.

On a consolidated effort we are recommending Volunteer Florida. They are located in Tallahassee and are the lead agency for volunteerism in Florida. Their board of commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.

They can be reached at www.volunteerflorida.org info@volunteerflorida.org   https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerFlorida and 850-414-7400.  If you go to their website, you initially have 2 options, “donate” money or “volunteer” to choose from. Those links will take you to other pages to fill in information.

There are a lot of people that want to deliver supplies. For law enforcement, public safety, emergency workers, residents, animals, etc. We are trying to determine needs, the receiving point and coordinator for those efforts. It’s a huge effort and could sometimes cause significant logistical complications on site, and please don’t recommend anyone just head that way without coordination. They may arrive and not be allowed to enter the area, nowhere to deliver and the community doesn’t know it’s there to collect.

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · black beans · family · Uncategorized · Vegetables · WLS

Rosetta’s Black Beans

When we visited family in DC, we had some incredible meals that were primarily vegetarian. Rosetta was the cook for portions of the meals, and I asked for several of her recipes. This is one of her recipes. She made black beans that were so simple but so good that I had to make them.I used dried black beans, and soaked them overnight in cold water. First thing the next morning, I rinsed them.Pour the rinse beans into a pan and cover with water. Add salt, pepper, olive oil (just a bit), and two cloves of garlic minced to the pot. Bring to boil and cook until the beans are tender. You might need to add more water, please watch and taste after about a hour of low simmer.

You can serve these beans as is, or mushed on tortillas, or over rice! So good. So simple. Really good.I used mine in nachos. Loved the flavors. Simple and really good.Pictures really don’t show how good these beans are.  I loved that something so simple could be so good.

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Beef · Dinner · family · roasted · Uncategorized · WLS

Beef Roast

David loves beef roast and potatoes.  So, I decided to try something a little different with my beef roast (I know – not me!).  One onion, rough chopped, sauteed in oil with some salt and pepper.I added about 2 slices of chopped bacon for added flavor.I seasoned the chuck roast with salt, pepper, season salt, and lots of paprika.  Place in the pan to sear with 4 cloves of whole garlic. Turn after the bottom has a nice brown color, and sear the other side for another 8-10 minutes (or longer if needed) to get a nice brown color on both sides.Once the meat is brown, remove and let rest while the sauce is blended.Add 2 cups of red wine (one that you would drink, this is a Cab), and about 2 cups of beef stock.  Also, add 10-12 small sprigs of fresh thyme.  You can either leave the leaves on the  tyme or remove them.  I remove them so I didn’t have to worry or think about it later. Bring to a simmer, and then add the meat back to the pan.Remove from the stove top and place in the oven (covered) at 350 degrees for 3-4 hours or the meat is cooked through and tender.

I did add small russet potatoes when it went into the oven (don’t have to think about it).  Removed them when done.  The kids were home (both of them), so we had dinner at the table.  It was wonderful.  The roast turned out wonderful.  Deep, rich flavor, and the meat was tender.  

 

family · Kitchen Helps · organization · Target · Uncategorized

Tray

When we were visiting family, they had this nice, neat tray to place all of their often used items (oils etc.) by the stove.  I fell in love with the idea, and began a search for something similar.  I didn’t realize that it would take three different stores, and four different trays to find the perfect one.They tray I found is actually a part of a wooden set from Target, but for now the only part I am using is the bottom portion.  I lined the bottom of it with a couple of paper towels, and that is it.  Perfect (for me) to store my vinegars, oils, pepper and salt pig.

There have been many things that I love from other homes that I have visited, but this was something I thought would be simple and inexpensive.  Have you been so taken with something you had to copy it?  I will confess there are more things I covet than I should, but this was simple and helps me stay organized in the kitchen.

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Bible verse · family · NSV · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Sunday · Travel · Uncategorized · WLS

Sunday Thought

This past week has been wonderful, as we have been in Virginia and DC.  David had to work, and I got to go along to play in DC on my own and to visit family.  Truly satisfying all my desires of my heart.  I have missed my nieces, and being able to spend three days with them was glorious.  DC on my own was wonderfully exhausting.  Over 14,000 steps –such a NSV as when we went with the family a couple of years ago, I was unable to walk up the stairs to see the Lincoln Memorial.  So to be able (after a day of already walking everywhere) walk up with NO issues and take this picture–perfect!!  I will say…I was really sad at myself after walking up those stairs thinking about the time before—I had thought it was so far up that I couldn’t do it—it really was nothing–this time. WOW.  Time with family was the best…I got to spend three precious days with my nieces on their farm–aren’t silly faces the best?  Then back to DC with David. On Friday, David and I got to explore DC.Not as many steps as I got on Monday, but a wonderful time exploring DC. If you have an opportunity to go to The Dubliner–GO. David actually got a 10 year old whiskey called the Dubliner, I got Chardonnay (I know – not Irish but really a nice wine).It has great food, Guinness, and Irish whiskey. We explored some more of DC…before heading back to the hotel in Reston, VA.  It was a wonderful week.  The 16 hour drive from Reston, VA back to Fort Walton Beach, FL was exhausting yesterday…which is why my post today is so late…

So…go explore, wherever you might be!

Blessings.