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Friday

So true, especially the Shenanigans. 💗

Happy Friday!

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These women…

No matter the circumstances or the time that passes these two have been amazing…always there, always loving and supportive.

I wish I lived closer…I wish I could be there for all of the important moments. I don’t. But…it doesn’t matter. We are always there when we need each other, regardless the circumstances.

Love knows no boundaries…and these two prove that.

Blessings.

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Sunday

Traveling to NW Arkansas for a memorial service, and it has been thirteen years since Carmen was here.

This was a wonderful moment in our travels yesterday. Twelve hours in a car, to attend a service for essentially my little brother has been difficult to say the least.

He would be turning 50 the 24th of this month. Far to young to be gone. Tony was fun, engaging, strong minded, mean, and loving. I will miss him something fierce.

We were out of touch for about fifteen years, but have been talking every couple of weeks recently.

Life is short. I am grateful I knew him and that he was a part of my life.

See you on the other side cowboy. I love you.

Blessings.

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Thirteen

Today I have been married to the man of my dreams for thirteen years.  This is what he wrote on Facebook today:

Thirteen years ago today, I started on an amazing adventure, with the best partner that I could ever imagine. Together we have laughed often, cried rarely, and loved constantly. These years have passed in the blink of an eye, yet I feel like I have always been here, where I was meant to be. I must say, I had a fantastic life before I ever met Jerry Ann. But that was all just a preview. Since she came into my life, it has been turned up to 11! 

And not only did I become a husband that day, but I became a dad. (Well, I say that, but in reality I feel like being a dad is something that you have to earn every day.  ) It has been an incredible joy to spend these past 13 years as part of this family, and I am humbled that they chose me.

Happy Anniversary, my Beloved Jerry Ann!

img_1844I cherish this man, and all that we have together…and there is no way I could add anymore to what he stated.

Blessings!

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Gangster

Kindness is So Gangster!I went to visit Carmen in Tallahassee this weekend. We had a great time putting together finishing touches on her apartment, shopped and had some great food.

We had brunch/lunch at Jeri’s Midtown Cafe before I headed back home on Sunday. The service was impeccable, and the food was fresh and flavorful.  Their servers wore these shirts stating kindness statements, but this one really spoke to me.

Kindness is So Gangster!  Embracing this…as I have begun to love this phrase.

Happy Monday!  Go Gangster!!

Blessings.

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Japanese Style Chicken Thighs

We had a sweet, younger couple over for dinner, and they have been eating healthy.  I made sure that our menu was okay with their diet restrictions (having many of my own currently and in the past).

The Menu: (I will be posting the Bok Choy and Cauliflower Fried Rice over the next couple of days.)

Japanese Style Chicken Thighs with Roasted Bok Choy and Cauliflower Fried Rice

For the chicken, I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  For the marinade and basting sauce:
1/2 ounce Tamari
1 ounce Mirin or Dry Sherry
1/4 ounce sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar (or honey)
1 ounce ginger – grated
2 large garlic – grated
2 green onions or scallions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything together in a bowl except the salt, pepper and green onions.  Place the chicken in a the bowl and pour the sauce over.  Cover and let sit at room temperature for about 45 minutes to a hour.

Place chicken on a sheet pan (I cover mine with aluminium foil).  Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper.Bake at 350 degrees, for about 30-35 minutes or until chicken is done, turning once and basting with the marinade.Sprinkle the green onions on the chicken.  Serve hot with the Bok Choy and Cauliflower Fried Rice.

We loved it, and our guests were very happy with the meal.  (Yay!)  I didn’t end up taking pictures of our plates (I had forgotten-ugh).

Blessings.

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Days

I would love to change some things but I wouldn’t be where I am today without what brought me here.  Lots of experience, right? And lessons, and a ton of blessings.

Blessings.