Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Journaling Prompt from Liz @WritingReader: Write about a collusion you’ve read about in the news and how it affected you emotionally.
collude verb (used without object), col·lud·ed, col·lud·ing.

  1. to act together through a secret understanding, especially with evil or harmful intent.
  2. to conspire in a fraud.   
There was a horrific situation near my town recently. Two teenage boys murdered their parents and three of their younger siblings. Another two sisters survived. It was shocking, sickening and devastating. The entire town, and surrounding areas, mourned the loss of this family.  I did not know the family personally, but this was difficult to process. How could this happen? What would drive two young men (18 and 16) to do something so horrific?

In the end, you can't make sense of such madness. I pray for the two survivors and the extended family taking them in. I sent encouragement cards to the chaplains who counseled the first responders. It isn't much but it was something.                                                                                                 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


This is another journal prompt from Liz at

         Interesting choice and I've taken time to consider all the ways loyalty can be applied in our lives. For instance we can be a loyal fan loyal customer or loyal to a particular political party.
         For me personally the first thing that popped into my head was an image of my husband. It was week 4 or 5 of my hospital stay and I had woken up before he did. The light from the hall gave me a shadowy view of him reclining back in the makeshift bed. He had covers over his entire body and I don't mean just placed over him, they were cocoon-style around him. He even had his entire head covered! This was truly out of character for him, that he does not like his face covered. 
          That image is forever burned into my mind. A cherished memory of how much he loves me. So much that he slept in that uncomfortable recliner wrapped up like a caterpillar. To me that's loyalty loyal to me, our love, our vows. My husband gave me hope, something to fight for. Without his love and support I would've been lost. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Turkey Night

Turkey burgers with goat cheese and spinach. That's right, goat cheese. This is a sneaky, and yummy, way to get spinach in your kids diet.

1 pound ground turkey meat
salt and pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 Tbsp crumbled goat cheese
Mix all ingredients and form 4-5 patties
Cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked through

Zucchini Fritters
5 Tbsp Bisquick
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp butter
2 cups zucchini, grated, pat dry
Blend first four ingredients, add eggs and mix well. Add zucchini to batter. Heat griddle or skillet and add butter. Pour batter into pan using 1/4 cup measuring cup. Fry 3 minutes on each side. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef

Trying new recipes for the new school year, and this was a winner! 

  • 2teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 12teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 12cup soy sauce
  • 12cup water
  • 34cup dark brown sugar
  • vegetable oil, for frying (about 1 cup)
  • 1lb flank steak
  • 14cup cornstarch
  • 2large green onions, sliced on the diagonal into one-inch lengths

    1. Make the sauce by heating 2 tsp of vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over med/low heat. Don't get the oil too hot. Add ginger and garlic to the pan and quickly add the soy sauce and water before the garlic scorches. Dissolve the brown sugar in the sauce, then raise the heat to about medium and boil the sauce for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Remove it from the heat. Slice the flank steak against the grain into 1/4" thick bite-size slices (Tilt the blade of your knife at about a forty five degree angle to the top of the steak so that you get wider cuts). Dip the steak pieces into the cornstarch to apply a very thin dusting to both sides of each piece of beef. Let the beef sit for about 10 minutes so that the cornstarch sticks. As the beef sits, heat up one cup of oil in a wok (you may also use a skillet for this step as long as the beef will be mostly covered with oil). Heat the oil over medium heat until it's nice and hot, but not smoking. Add the beef to the oil and sauté for just two minutes, or until the beef just begins to darken on the edges. You don't need a thorough cooking here since the beef is going to go back on the heat later. Stir the meat around a little so that it cooks evenly. After a couple minutes, use a large slotted spoon to take the meat out and onto paper towels, then pour the oil out of the wok or skillet. Put the pan back over the heat, dump the meat back into it and simmer for one minute. Add the sauce, cook for one minute while stirring, then add all the green onions. Cook for one more minute, then remove the beef and onions with tongs or a slotted spoon to a serving plate. Leave the excess sauce behind in the pan.

Favorite Books

Twitter has been an invaluable link to writers, artists, and musicians. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the various works and links to stories. Technology has offered us a unique way to share our gifts.

One of my favorites on Twitter is "The Writing Reader'. She offers good stories, great tips and interesting writing prompts for her readers. I have journaled several but decided to blog on the most recent prompt- "Write about your favorite books and why they are your favorite"

One of my favorite series was given to me as a young teen; the "Love Comes Softly" series written by Janette Oke. There are eight books, set in pioneer days. It follows the life and times of a young woman who is widowed while on the wagon train heading west. 

I love the detail and emotion Mrs. Oke invokes to bring her characters alive. You find yourself celebrating and grieving as the story winds itself into your heart. I have read through the series at least once a year since I was 13. There is something comfortable about reading it every year, like a blanket from your childhood. It's familiar, it's interesting and I still enjoy the adventures of the Davis family.

If you have never read Janette Oke, I encourage you to give it a try. While I have several authors, and books, that I enjoy, this is my favorite.