Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good-bye 2011

Quietly reminiscing. 2011 had it's fair share of ups and downs. From saying good-bye & moving away from family, friends to a new state, city... to embarking on new Passages, lessons learned, some harder than others, dreams shattered & discoveries, shared laughter & tears, over-coming fears. Opportunities widened, heartbreaks, triumphs, the mundane. Life throughout 2011 was anything but boring. Looking to the unknown status of 2012 I have but two wishes: 1) Increased prosperity. 2) A new journey of sorts & most dear to my heart my wish that my daughter have a safe & healthy pregnancy, delivery and that there are no complications! 

As for resolutions. I prefer a bucket list instead. I shall continue to fill it up, check items off & remain whimsically optimistic...Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

For my Daughter...

My daughter will be a new Mum in 2012. She has asked me (or rather suggested) that I add my many 'family meals' to my blog, so that she can make them for her mate.  So, I shall, over the course of the next few months add several 'family secret' meals, here on my blog.  My own Mum taught me these meals. Some I have altered. Others I've created. Feel free to add your versions or questions in the comment section. As I do enjoy reading all comments left, and I shall answer all questions in a timely manner.
Happy Cooking...

Using ONE pound of 96% fat free ground beef, brown over high temp until brown.  Add to taste: salt, pepper, and a dash of the following: Soy Sauce, A-1 sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and season salt. Reduce heat to medium once meat is browned.
In sauce pan bring to boil enough water to cook 3/4 package of egg nooodles (more is cooking whole bag).
In one cup measuring cup add 1/2 cup flour, salt & pepper (yes MORE in addition to the browned meat) 
Slowly add COLD water to cup, stirring with fork till water/flour mixture reaches one cup mark.
Should be similar to the consistency of pancake mix.
Slowly add flour mixture to warming meat, make sure to STIR it constantly!
If mixture is too thick...
add small amounts of water GRADUALLY, so you don't thin it too much, making it runny.
continue stirring,
 You want a GRAVY like consistency.
This process may take a few minutes to achieve gravy status.

once meat and gravy are at a good thickness....
Cover and simmer on LOW temp of five minutes. Turn off burner and allow to sit for another five minutes.
Serve over hot noodles. Add tomatoes or as my daughter like to, a wee bit of ketchup. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Crocheted Christmas Ornaments

I found these wonderful baubles online.

To make them yourself, click on the link below

Just click on this link to find tutorial and pattern:

Friday, December 2, 2011

December already?

Me on 28 November 2011

Road Trip: Heading home to Virginia on 26 November 2011, good-bye Florida.

Current book I'm reading this week.

Found this in mag this week. Very clever.

This is a very wonderful quote!

My dachshund is not amused with my balloon art.

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