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Not Kraft Mac and Cheese – Wahoo!


This is the guy ranting in his kitchen that I referred to in an earlier post:

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

I live with a Mac and Cheese purist. Let me clarify, a Kraft Mac and Cheese, blue box, “it’s the cheesiest”, purist.

Easy Mac? Not the same. Velveeta Shells and Cheese? Not bad, but not mac and cheese (“That is why they call it shells and cheese”). Home made? Hmmmmm…..

Note the multi pack.

My 17 year old was raised on the food of the children of the 90’s, chicken nuggets and blue box mac and cheese. When he was six, my mom came to visit and decided to make him home-made mac and cheese. He became excited when she told him that mac and cheese was for dinner. When meal time came and the macaroni was actually normal sized and yellow (versus tiny and orange) he did not hesitate to show his displeasure. Mom still talks about it to this day.

In the past I had suggested making home-made mac and…

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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Cooking Blog

 

Have You Read this Poem Yet?


So touching:

Daddy’s Poem

Her hair was up in a ponytail,

her favorite dress tied with a bow.

Today was Daddy’s Day at school

and she couldn’t wait to go.

 

Her mommy tried to tell her

she should probably stay home;

the kids might not understand,

if she went to school alone.

 

But she was not afraid;

She knew just what to say.

What to tell her classmates

why he wasn’t there today.

 

Still her mother worried

for her to face this day alone.

That’s why she tried again

to keep her daughter home.

 

But the little girl went to school,

eager to tell them all

about a dad she never sees,

a dad who never calls.

 

There were daddies along the wall

in the back, for everyone to meet.

Children squirmed impatiently,

anxious in their seats.

 

One by one the teacher called

on a student from the class

to introduce their daddy,

as seconds slowly passed.

 

At last the teacher called her name.

Every child turned to stare.

Each of them was looking

for a man who wasn’t there.

 

“Where’s her daddy at?”

she heard a boy call out.

“She probably doesn’t have one,”

another dared to shout.

 

From somewhere near the back,

she heard a daddy say,

“Just another deadbeat dad,

too busy to waste his day.”

 

Their words did not offend her

as she smiled up at her Mom,

then looked back at her teacher

who told her to go on.

 

With her hands behind her back,

she slowly began to speak.

Out of the sweet child’s mouth

came words incredibly unique.

 

“My Daddy couldn’t be here,

because he lives so far away.

But I know he wishes he could be,

since it’s such a special day.

 

And though you cannot meet him,

I wanted you to know

all about my daddy,

and how much he loves me so.

 

He loved to tell me stories,

taught me how to ride my bike.

He surprised me with pink roses

and taught me to fly a kite.

 

We used to share fudge sundaes,

and ice cream in a cone.

And though you cannot see him,

I’m not standing here alone.

 

‘Cause my daddy’s always with me,

even though we are apart.

I know, because he told me

He’ll be forever in my heart.”

 

With that, her little hand reached up

and lay across her chest,

feeling her own heart beat

beneath her favorite dress.

 

From somewhere in the crowd of dads

her mother stood in tears,

and proudly watched her daughter,

who was wise beyond her years.

 

For she stood up for the love

of one no longer in her life;

Doing what was best for her,

doing what was a right.

 

When she dropped her hand back down

staring straight into the crowd,

she finished in a voice so soft,

but its message clear and loud:

 

“I love my daddy very much;

he’s my shining star.

And if he could, he’d be here,

but Heaven’s just too far.

 

You see he’s an American Soldier

and he died just this past year

when a roadside bomb hit his convoy

and taught Americans to fear.

 

But sometimes when I close my eyes,

it’s like he never went away.”

And then she closed her eyes

and saw him there that day.

 

Then her mother was amazed

and witnessed with surprise,

the room full of daddies and children

all starting to close their eyes.

 

Who knows what they saw before them?

Who knows what they felt inside?

Perhaps for merely a second

they saw him at her side.

 

“I know you’re with me Daddy,”

to the silence she called out.

And what happened next made believers

out of any filled with doubt.

 

Not one in the room could explain it,

for all of their eyes had been closed;

but there on the desk beside her

was a fragrant, long-stemmed, pink rose!

 

The child again was blessed

by the love of her Shining Star;

And given the gift of believing

that Heaven is never too far.

 

There must be many children like this little girl.   ‘Thank You’ to our servicemen for the sacrifices they make to keep our country FREE.

Don’t Forget Them.

PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS!!!

 
 

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Adorable!!


Here is some very rare footage of “Little Richard” as a child, when he was just starting out in the music biz, from a movie with Van Johnson.

http://www.wimp.com/oldschool/

Watch how he uses his fists and elbows and doesn’t even look at the keys when he sings! It’s Richard Wayne Penniman (aka Little Richard) about fifteen years before “Tutti Frutti, Oh, Rudy….”A-whop bop-a-lu bop a-whop bam boom.

Bad Caledonia!  “She ain’t no good!”

love it.

 

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To New Friends – May God Bless U


Here’s a shout out to my new friends!  I wonder why I didn’t start blogging sooner.  Since yesterday, I was able to test some new kitchen products with some guy who likes to rant in his kitchen.  Then I got to very thoroughly enjoy some amazing photographs by a couple of amazing photographers.  Read some beautiful Scripture while having my coffee this morning.

The best was when I was able to attend a Russian baby shower by proxy.  My grandmother was from Russia.  Anya.  I could almost taste the Salad Olvier that was pictured (I really don’t know how to spell it, but it’s that fantastic chicken salad).  I have all my children addicted to pilmeni (wonderful Russian dumplings made with love).  I got to see the beautifully decorated nursery, too.  God bless the new baby.

These folks know who they are because I started following them this morning, and, if I get their permissions, I will post their usernames up in here and you can visit their sites/blogs and have as much fun as I did. 

In the meantime, a toast to all of you…May the Lord bless you, and keep you and shine His countenance upon you, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 
 

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I Love Crochet!


 

Yarn porn

Yarn porn (Photo credit: auntiem)

 

Anthro-Inspired Hat

 

 

http://idesignadventures.blogspot.com/2011/11/anthro-inspired-hat.html

 

This is my third attempt to post this properly….

 

I made this hat for a baby shower that we recently held at church.  I made three hats, but this was the show-stopper.  I used baby weight yarn.  I made the body white, I used a different flower pattern and made it in lilac, but then I sewed a button in the center of my simple, one-layer flower.  It was a glass button that shimmered with green, pink and blue tones.  I wish I was smart enough to take a picture of the hats I made.  I told you, I’m new at this!

 

The crocheter’s blog site is pasted next to the picture.  She saw this hat in an Anthropologie store and said it retailed around $50!  Since I stopped shopping at malls after the birth of my first child – I had four more after him – I buy my yarn at Wal-Mart and try to make snazzy things that look expensive!

 

I hope you try it.  It’s beautiful when done.

 

GBU

 

 

 

 
 

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Super Easy, Super Delicious Chicken Recipe


Chicken Koobideh

This is my favorite way to eat chicken. It is absolutely delicious. The longer you marinate it, the better it tastes! You can use bone-in or boneless chicken pieces, skin on or off. You can barbeque it (the BEST way to prepare it), or broil it. I love it so much, that I usually just bake it in the oven, bone-in and skin on. You do it the way you like.  Whole chicken or larger leg quarters are not recommended, but don’t cut the chicken into one-inch cubes either (although…that sounds good for pan-frying!)

This recipe will cover an entire chicken, cut up.  For the marinade, all you need is:

  • Your Favorite Chicken Pieces
  • 1 large or 2 small onions, peeled and grated over chicken (the more the merrier!)
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons of Turmeric (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon or Lime Juice (also optional–I love it, my husband hates it!)

****PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT TURMERIC IS ALSO USED AS A TEXTILE DYE. THEREFORE, BE CAREFUL, AS IT WILL STAIN YOUR CLOTHES, YOUR COUNTERTOPS, AND YOUR FINGERS.  IT WILL ALSO STAIN PORCELAIN SINKS, BUT CLEAN UP WITH A LITTLE BIT OF BLEACH AND IT WILL BE OK.  TURMERIC STAINS ON CLOTHING DO NOT COME OUT.******  This spice is used mainly for enriching the color of the cooked chicken.  It really does not add flavor.  You may prefer to use paprika.  If you are adventurous, like me, use about a tablespoon of chipotle chili powder.

Combine all ingredients in a non-porous bowl such as stainless steel or glass.  Cover and marinate for a minimum of one hour, but for best results shove it in the fridge overnight and be patient.  Be sure to pull it out a couple of times and rotate the pieces, mixing well.

I do not recommend broiling pieces that have bone.  This recipe fills the house with an enticing, appetizing aroma.  There’s nothing worse than getting ready to eat and finding out that your food is undercooked.

Go ahead and unload all the contents of your bowl unto a baking sheet.  You do not need to treat the baking sheet because the chicken is already coated in oil.  I like using a piece of aluminum foil to cover the sheet for easy clean up. 

Crank up the oven to 450 degrees, bake uncovered for at least 45 minutes, thereafter checking for doneness.  If you leave the skin on, make sure it crisps and darkens (YUMMMM!)

  • Boneless, skinless pieces can be broiled on skewers or directly on the broiler pan for about 5-7 minutes per side, depending on the size you cut the chicken.
  • Nothing, but nothing, beats the taste of chicken cooked over a fire.  Dust off your grills and barbeque till done.

I love my chicken served with piping hot basmati rice.  If you do choose the smaller chicken pieces pan-fried, try your favorite pasta prepared with some butter, margarine or olive oil, salt and a dash of garlic powder.  Make a nice green salad with a complimentary lemon vinaigrette dressing (also simple:  1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, the juice of as much lemon as you like, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and either a dash of garlic powder or 1 tablespoon of your favorite mustard).

I pray you enjoy this recipe.  Please let me know if there is anything I haven’t made clear.  Bye for now!

GBU (God bless you)

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Christian Blog, Cooking Blog

 

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Grace and Peace to All!


Hi, everyone,

This is Diana, Anthony’s wife.  I’d like to take a moment of your time to thank you all for the supportive prayers you have sent our way.  Your fervent prayers have indeed been effectual, and we are so grateful to have a family of believers worldwide.  It is very comforting you are there for us.

You will see me here from time to time, but not as frequently as you see wdednh!  I am so excited to be a part of your site.  I only hope I can bring a fraction of the insight you contribute, but remember, I am new to this!

Okay, then, can’t wait to talk to you soon!

Love,

Diana

wdednh2

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Christian Blog, Cooking Blog

 

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