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Hello All,

 

First of all you’ve stumbled across my ramblings so congratulations on finding me. A little bit about me: I’m a mother, animal lover, performer of concerts in my car and a square peg in a round hole.I like foxes and love Halloween. I live with my son, three cats and some dude I met at a bar(aka the boyfriend). For all purposes this blog will be about an array of things. I feel like this is a good stopping point for a first entry so I’ll leave you with this lovely picture below:

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Make your heart happy

Over the weekend I did something that caused me great anxiety and it felt amazing. After my biological father passed away, I tried to reach out to some of that side of the family with not a lot of luck. I started thinking about how I miss knowing what’s going on in the family. How could I try and bridge that gap?

I messaged my cousin and asked if she would maybe be willing to get together. She responded yes, and we made plans to meet for a lunch. This is wear my anxiety kicked into high gear. What if we have nothing to talk about? What if she meets me and decides she never wants to meet up again? What ifs ran through my head like my fat cat runs when he hears wet food being opened up.

The whole day before I was going to leave I ransacked my closet multiple times. What are you even suppose to wear when meeting someone you haven’t seen in over a decade? I have no clothes, I debate going naked (or at least my over thinking brain had a whole scenario about it). I make the two hour car drive and arrive safely.

She walked through the door and it was like all my anxiety just disappeared. We talked for hours over Mexican and margaritas. The conversation just kept flowing. We went back to her house and talked some more. I had the BEST time catching up. I only got lost once trying to get back to the Interstate but I made it home safe as well. I was so nervous about the whole ordeal but I did it anyway. It made my heart happy.

Popcorn

Get your pop on! It’s national popcorn day. Make your favorite brand, mix goodies in if you want. Butter is great, movie theater prices for the favorite confection are outrageous so if you want to save money, make a bag at home. Here’s some of the truths and myths:

  • The word “corn” in Old English meant “grain” or more specifically the most prominent grain grown in a region. As maize was the most common grain in early America, the word “corn” was aptly applied. (The band Korn chose their name due to their love for this treat probably)
  • Popcorn started becoming popular in the United States in the middle 1800s. It wasn’t until Charles Cretors, a candy-store owner(who is most likely related to Willy Wonka), developed a machine for popping corn with steam that the tasty treat became more abundantly poppable.
  • After the microwave was invented Popcorn became a f\very popular home treat

So go grab a bag, grab a movie and celebrate

Windchime

School work now a days is super ridiculous. My sons last two projects were Don’t shake the snowglobe & Gumdrops .

I know you all have been anxiously awaiting the next school project my son has(hahaha). This month is we have to make something that moves. Seriously how vague can you be in your instructions? Everything can move. Do you mean move on it’s own? Do you mean move if we push it? Stop the madness.

So Karter decide he wanted to make a wind chime. We got a wooden disk, beads, fishing line and hooks to put it all together. There may have swearing because it got broke the first time. (From me, not the kid). Right now we are working on the poster board presentation part so I’ll had a picture later.

 

You gave me a fright

When I was younger I was horribly claustrophobic. My chest would feel tight, I would instantly start sweating when I was in the middle of a cramped space. Some of my worse experiences would cause my to hyperventilate. I’m not 100% cured now but I can walk through a crowd without feeling panicky. I made myself go to crowded areas, walk narrow pathways which helped me get over that fear. I’m not necessarily scared of spiders but the way the can move kinda freaks me out. Ugh all those legs(shivers)

As an adult now, I help my child with his fears. His latest one was the dark. He sleeps with a nightlight. The progress there is when we went to Hocking Hills for our family vacation, he didn’t even ask for a nightlight .

What were some of your fears growing up? What are you scared of now as an adult? How did you overcome these fears?

Nacho Cheese

I tried something new and I want to taco about it. I make horrible puns (get used to it). So the newest thing we made in the Instapot was Taco Soup. I’ll admit I was slightly skeptical about the recipe overall. I love tacos, I like soup so was this going to be a good combo? Here’s the recipe I used:

https://lowcarbyum.com/instant-pot-low-carb-taco-soup/

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes optional
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 20 ounces diced tomatoes with chilis (Rotel)
  • 32 ounces beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt & pepper to taste

Optional Toppings:

  • sour cream
  • sliced black olives
  • sliced jalapeño peppers
  • cheddar cheese shredded
  1. Brown ground beef in Instant Pot on “sauté” setting. Drain excess grease if needed.

  2. Stir in onion flakes, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cream cheese, diced tomatoes with chili, beef broth, heavy cream, and salt & pepper. NOTE: It’s not recommended to pressure cook dairy so you may want to add in the cream cheese and heavy cream after pressure cooking. (I discovered this after so the video does not reflect this change.)

  3. Cover Instant Pot and cook on “soup” setting for 5 minutes. (Original recipe pressure cooked for 10 minutes and let sit at no pressure release for 5 minutes. However, it’s better to pressure cook soup for a shorter period and then let it sit in the pot for a longer time period after releasing pressure before opening the lid. The video does not reflect this change.)

  4. When time is up, open allow pot to sit with valve closed to depressurize for ten minutes before opening vent valve and removing lid.

  5. Serve hot with optional toppings.

Here’s the notes I would add after making it.

I would use less beef broth and more diced tomatoes. I used 2 garlic cloves and that worked fine. That’s for me personally because I like soups to be chunky with a little broth. In addition I topped my soup with crushed Doritos. Overall I loved the flavor combination and how easy it was to make.

Pyre

We all have an inner fire. That spark of desire to do the daring. Push ourselves. The flame that sparks our passions. Maybe it’s an ember, maybe you feel like the spark has died. It’s still there. Feed your inner fire, find out what makes you happy.

 

Feed your fire

Intense heat coming from inside

A strong flame growing into fire

A strength that can no longer hide

An energy that ceases to tire

Feed your fire, let it grow

Let it fuel your passion and be your light

You’re stronger than you’ll ever know

Choose your battles and win the fight

Tell me something good

Have you ever heard the expression bad news comes in threes? Have you ever personally experienced it? I have on numerous accounts. Sometimes I feel crazy, like I’m expecting the worse. I’m not really trying to, honestly. It’s just when two bad things happen so close together I feel like I’m waiting on the third.

When is it going to happen? What is the bad news going to be this time? My first piece of bad news was finding out my biological father passed away. You can read about that in my post Fairwell. 

Then I found out my cousin had been murdered. I only remember meeting her maybe once or twice as she was fairly older than me but she’s still family. Her husband shot her, and wrecked her car into a creek to make it look like she had a horrible accident during the recent snow storm we had.

So I’ve had two pieces of horrible news within two days. I hate feeling like I’m anxiously awaiting the third thing to happen. I hate that my anxiety has me thinking the worst. So I’m fighting that feeling. Tell me something good that’s going on in your life. Tell me it’s all going to work out and be okay. Because I will tell you the same when you need to hear those words from me.