Monday, September 27, 2010

A half day of reflection…

“A diet is when you watch what you eat and wish you could eat what you watch.” Hermione Gingold

"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness." Elsa Schiaparelli

"A good cook is not necessarily a good woman with an even temper. Some allowance should be made for artistic temperament." X. Marcel Boulestin

"A good meal soothes the soul as it regenerates the body. From the abundance of it flows a benign benevolence." Frederick W. Hackwood

I’m using the quotes above to make up for the fact that I didn’t cook this weekend.  I’m not feeling horribly guilty for not cooking, but it’s nice to do NOTHING.  I haven’t had the best sleep recently and have had a lot going through my mind.

On the bright side, I couldn’t pass up not sharing the following commercial with you that I saw recently on TV.  I lost my front tooth.  How could this not bring a smile to your face?!

I’ve recently come to the  realization and conclusion that life is too short to not spend great quality time with family and friends.  I’ve heard this time and time again, but this idea hadn’t really sunk in until today.  Earlier today I learned that my uncle Manuel passed away this morning by means of a heart attack.  He was 66. 

I have so many mixed feelings right now and am not sure which I should be feeling.  I wasn’t close to him.  In a way I wish I did have memories of him and be able to reminisce the good times and the unique qualities that made him a great individual.

What makes life so daunting and real to me is that this is the 5th relative that has passed away in the last 10 years.  I suppose that’s not a bad track record, right?  Let’s be real, it probably is.  However, on my dad’s side I’ve already lost my grandparents and aunt Isabel in the early to mid 90s and now uncle Manuel.  Last year my aunt Virginia on my mom’s side passed away;  I wish I could have met her.  I heard so many great things about aunt Virginia.

I’m frustrated because I wish my dad were more sociable and want to spend more quality time with family, more often.  If it were up to my mom, we’d be more involved with family and family activities. I feel so scared because I know my parents, aunts and uncles are aging, the majority in their late 50s and 60s, two in their 70s.  Who’s going to be next in the family?  I don’t want to see family members die off and not know who they are/were and share those intimately special moments that we’ll recount for years to come.  I don’t want it to be just another name crossed off on my family tree.

Remember when grandma used to read bedtime stories and bake cookies with you?  Not me. I wish I had shared those memories with my grandparents.  Any grandparent.  The only memory that I have from my dad’s mom is that she would make tamarind candies and dad and I used to sell the candies at the park on Sundays when I was younger.  I was 11 years old when she passed away.  I don’t have any memories of grandpa.  My mom’s dad passed away way before I was born and I was 4 years old when grandma died.  No memories.  Was I born to miss out on family time?  I’ve determined to say no.

I realize it’s getting late and the fact that I haven’t been sleeping well isn’t helping my emotions to know that another family member is gone.

‎"But i hold onto this hope and the promise that He brings, that there will be a place with no more suffering. there will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears. There will be a day when the burdens of this place will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face." – Jeremy Camp

I’m holding on to the hope that I’ll see all of them again soon and be able to create new memories.  Uncle Manuel, you will be missed.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lean mean cooking machine

Would you say I was on a roll yesterday?  I certainly would.  For five hours I was a lean mean cooking machine.  Six recipes in five hours.  That’s not crazy, is it?


Cheese Pupusas.


Mashed potatoes, BBQ short ribs (left) and short ribs in red wine (right).


Stuffed zucchini.

And my very own homemade granola (2nd time’ a charm).  Forgot to take a picture, but my homemade granola was DIVINE!  Leftovers all week!  I suppose that’s the only way to get a day off from cooking throughout the week :)


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Peanut Butter and Oreo Truffles

Written 9/18/2010.

What a week.  I’m so glad it’s over and I’m happy for Sabbath, a day truly of rest.

I was catching up on the local news and came across this eye-catching recipe.  Oreos and chocolate.  Enough said.  I’m happy to say this is one of my new favorite desserts!



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Peanut Butter and Oreo Truffles

Makes about 3 dozen, depending on the size of the truffles.


- 36 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos), divided
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted


Finely crush 16 Oreo cookies (with a blender, or food processor). Set aside.

Chop remaining cookies into small pieces and mix with the peanut butter.

Roll peanut butter and cookie mixture into 1-inch balls (or smaller, if you prefer) and freeze until firm.

Coat frozen balls with melted chocolate. Roll in reserved finely crushed cookies and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Store in an airtight container.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A fantastic bedtime story for my future kids

I saw this poem online a few weeks ago (okay, like a few months ago) and later learned it’s a great kid’s book.  I hope to have this book someday in my collection and be one of our (my kids’ and mine) favorite books to read.  It’s already one of my favorites and I don’t even have kids yet.  I suppose the nieces will have to do for now :)

You are my I love you
By: Maryann K Cusimano

I am your parent you are my child
I am your quiet place, you are my wild
I am your calm face, you are my giggle
I am your wait, you are my wiggle
I am your audience, you are my clown
I am your London Bridge, you are my falling down
I am your Carrot Sticks, you are my licorice
I am your dandelion, you are my first wish
I am your water wings, you are my deep
I am your open arms, you are my running leap
I am your way home, you are my new path
I am your dry towel, you are my wet bath
I am your dinner you are my chocolate cake
I am your bedtime, you are my wide awake
I am your finish line, you are my race
I am your praying hands, you are my saving grace
I am your favourite book, you are my new lines
I am your nightlight, you are my sunshine
I am your lullaby, you are my peek-a-boo
I am your kiss goodnight, you are my I love you

Is this what parenting's like?

SWAGGER WAGON - just for parents

Hope I can get my own Swagger Wagon - maybe not like this, but my own awesome mom car!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Jobless work

It's been so frustrating that my DH hasn't been able to find work.  It's already been almost seven months and I'm not exactly sure how we're making it through to pay the bills.  All I know is that life's been very stressful and somehow God is helping us get through this.  Sometimes I think, God, how am I going to be able to pay the bills today?  All we'd need is for my DH to get a part time job and although it wouldn't be the ideal situation (as opposed to getting a full-time job), it's better than nothing.  Can't a job come soon enough?  Please, God, soon!  I don't want to prod and ask, "have you found a job today" everyday, but sometimes it feels like I should, especially when the bills are piling up.  Every now and again I ask how the job hunt is going, but he can't seem to find a job, to much avail. 

For a year and a half, we've been planning, with my sister & brother and their families, on going to Disney World for a family trip this Christmas.  This will be the DH's first time at WDW.  I'm so excited to show him all around the area, as I've been there two times.  I'm looking forward to seeing my nieces' faces, filled with excitement when they see their favorite Disney characters!  I just get all giddy inside just thinking about it again and again!  Hopefully DH will be able to get a job ASAP so we can start saving for our trip.  Here's to hoping, wishing and praying.  I feel like I'm starting to sound like the intro to "My Best Friend's Wedding".

Happy Labor Day, everyone!  For the first time, I actually went in to work on Labor Day and was able to get a few things out of the way that were super important.  Wish I had another day to relax!

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