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Sadness & Gratitude for Extraordinary People


This Christmas season finds me with feelings of both sadness and gratitude this year. For even though the season is filled with the joy that Christ’s birth brings, I selfishly mourn for the loss of loved ones this year…

My sadness comes from the loss of my very special, sweet father-in-law whose body succumbed to Alzheimer’s this summer…and from the loss of 2 wonderful friends this fall…and from the impending loss of another dear friend, given only days to live.

All three were extraordinary people…giving of themselves to help others: Read more

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A Special Thank You to Veterans and Their Significant Others


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A special thank you to the Veterans and their families this year.

Below you will find a link to a blog I read on a fairly regular basis. Today’s story honors Veterans and their spouses and families. I strongly encourage you to read it, it certainly inspired this post.

My Dad served four years in the Army, and while he served stateside during the Korean War, Mom was right there by his side raising our family.

Growing up, we’d hear stories from Dad about how his favorite time of day was when he would come home to Mom.  One of my favorite memories is how she’d have his favorite glass of iced tea ready for him when he got home…every day…morning, afternoon, or night depending on his shift work at the mine.  I’m sure that was his 3rd favorite thing when he came home…her hug and kiss were no doubt his first. They were quite a pair those two.

My brother joined the Army at age 18 and retired at age 40. While my brother served for 22 years, my sister-in-law maintained their home, raised their children, and kept the Faith. I can’t imagine how difficult it had to be when he would be flown out on a mission…she would have no idea where he was going, or how long he’d be gone.  I don’t know if I’ve ever told her just how much I admire her and appreciate the love and support she has given my brother through the years.  So today, on this Veteran’s Day, thank you Jody for being Steve’s love, his rock, and his home.

On this Veteran’s Day, I honor and thank all the Veterans out there, including my brother, nephews, friends, and Dad. You are the reason we are still here, safe and sound and thriving. And for the wives, husbands and families…thank you for being their home, their safe place, their love. You, too, I hold in my heart and prayers. You are amazing and you are appreciated.

(in)Courage Veteran’s Day Blog Post

God Bless You,

Patty O

Tim vs Shrimp fra Diavolo


Valentine’s Day 2016.

I was working on a project, so, Tim decided he’d make dinner.

He opened up his ‘The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook’ (which was a present from our daughter and her fiance’ on Christmas 2014) and started to flip through it’s vast array of recipes.

Our daughter LOVES to cook – anything and everything – from Grandma’s old recipes to haute cuisine.  She knows that Tim likes to dabble in trying new recipes also, so it was the perfect gift.

His choice for last night was the Shrimp fra Diavalo.  I won’t share their recipe, but I will share his version…it was minus a few ingredients, a substitute of another, and a little less of another.

With that said, I HIGHLY recommend you get the cookbook and try their recipe.  You can find it on Amazon here:  The COMPLETE AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN TV SHOW COOKBOOK 2001/2014

Here is Tim’s version:

Shrimp fra Diavolo

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

Table salt

1 pound linquine or spaghetti

1 pound large shrimp (31 to 40 per pound), peeled and deveined

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 cup minced garlic

1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

1 cup red wine

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

  1. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot.  Add 1 tbsp salt and the pasta to the boiling water and cook, stirring often, until al dente.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water then drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, toss the shrimp with 2 tbsp of the oil, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, and 3/4 tsp salt.  Heat a 12 inch skillet over high heat.  Add the shrimp to the skillet in a single layer and cook, without stirring, until the bottoms of the shrimp turn spotty brown, about 30 seconds.  Flip the shrimp to brown the other side.  Transfer the shrimp to a medium bowl.
  3. Add 3 tbsp more oil and 3 tbsp of the garlic to the cooled skillet and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the garlic becomes straw colored.  Add 3/4 tsp salt, the tomatoes, wine and sugar, increase the heat to medium-high, and simmer until thickened, about 8 minutes.
  4. Stir the shrimp with accumulated juices, the remaining 1 tbsp garlic, and the parsley into the tomato sauce.  Simmer until the shrimp have heated through, about 1 minute.  Turn off the heat, stir in the remaining 1 tbsp  oil.  Add 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce (no shrimp) to the pasta; toss to coat and adjust the consistency of the sauce with the reserved pasta cooking water as needed.  Mix the pasta and tomato sauce and serve with fresh grated Parmesan Cheese.  (Of course we add rolls to the dinner…what’s a good bowl of pasta without a fresh, warm roll? 🙂 )

As you can tell by the picture, we ate dinner casually in the living room last night.  (What you see beyond my feet is my latest project. Stay tuned for my next blog!)

Dinner was soooooo good!

Besides the fact that Tim did such an amazing job making this recipe, doesn’t everything taste better when someone else makes dinner?

😉

I hope you enjoyed Valentine’s Day as much as I did!

Patty O

ps…Maybe next time we’ll have everything to make the original version!

Your Knight in Pink Shining Armor


Happy Valentine’s Day

from

A Thankfully Imperfect Woman!

Patty O

V-Day door

ps…This is in our garage, just outside the door into the house.  It’s the middle of winter, so the heater had to be included…and then of course for a winter picnic you’ll need the thermos!

My daughter found this great lamp and spray painted it pink!

I Have a Haiwy Eaw


I had my yearly checkup the other day.  They did all the basics…

First I had my blood pressure taken.

Dr. Nicole said:  “Is it getting tight?”  This, as she was pumping and pumping and pumping the cuff.

Next she said:  “Now I need to chseck yow eyes and eaws.”

“Yowr eyes awr good.”

Right ear:  “This eaw is doughty.”

Left ear:  “This eaw isn’t doughty…but it’s kind of haiwy.”

(To which I said, rather surprised…”WHAT!?!”)

She went on to explain…”Fwom yowr haiw.”

(Whew)

Then it was time to check my heart.

She asked first “Whearw is yow haught?”

Then she listened very intently and proclaimed “Yowr haught is stwong and healthy.”

“Now I need to give yow a sot.”

I pretended to look worried and she said, “Sots let yow be helfy.  Sots have medicine.”

Then she checked my temperature and said “Yow mouf is kind of sad.”

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Which of course made me smile…

so I gave her a hug.

I love my little daycare 3 yr old Doctor.

She makes me smile.

🙂

Patty O

Ps…Be sure to clean your ears before your next checkup!

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