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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Help My Friends Win!

I work at the Pirate with an amazing couple who have a petition for Extreme Makeover Home Edition started for them. Please read it and sign. I didn't start it so I don't have a lot of details about where in the process they are, but they certainly deserve it. Honestly, I never thought about how hard their life must be because they are always so upbeat and happy, they make caring for three severely disabled kids just seem normal. Please read their inspiring story:

The Kottwitz Family

Here is a Facebook event page for them:

Kottwitz Event

Thanks!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Remembering Friends

We just made a favorite treat dinner - Kristen Burdette's Campfire Beans. It is severely lacking in vegetables and grains, really just a big plate of protein, but it is so yummy that we treat ourselves sometimes. It is really good with some cornbread and I suppose I should serve it with a salad, but sometimes comfort foods just stand alone.


Campfire Beans

ground beef
bacon
onion
pork and beans
dark red kidney beans, red beans, pinto beans, etc.
1/4 C sugar
1/4 C ketchup
1/4 C bbq sauce
1/4 C brown sugar
1 T Liquid Smoke
3 T vinegar
1 T salt and pepper
1/2 t chili powder
2 T mustard
2 T molasses

This is best made by first frying the beef, bacon, and onion then putting everything in the crock pot on low for 6 - 8 hours. We never seem to be able to wait that long/think that far in advance so we usually make it all in the frying pan. Also, as you might suspect, the amounts are very variable. I usually use 1/2 - 1 lb beef and about 3 or 4 slices of bacon and one can pork and beans plus about two other cans of beans. Also, sometimes I cut back on the sugar and/or up the chili powder to make a spicier version.

Now, the remembering friends part.

When Levi was small (and even for a bit after Paige was born), we were fortunate enough to have a tremendous support group of friends met through La Leche League - Mary, Julie, Nancy, Michele, Kristen, and others. As I struggled with (then) undiagnosed bipolar disease, they were truly lifesavers. All new moms need support but when you are sinking into mental illness, it is even more imperative. They gave me a place where I was loved and accepted even when, looking back, I can see that at times my behavior was a bit odd. Levi and I looked forward to our Friday playdate all week. We would meet at rotating homes around noon with our potlock meals in hand and stay for hours. Often husbands would come home from work at 5:00 or 6:00 or even later to find us all still there talking and laughing. I'm absolutely awful at maintaining friendships and, unfortunately, these LLL friends have faded, but they are all still wonderful memories. This recipe is one that Kristen would make from time to time and we loved it then and still do now.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Beast Containment

We have a fence! The fence guy (financed by the best boyfriend ever!) came this morning and put up a fence in like four minutes, it was going to take us at least a whole day. Chain link has never looked so splendid. I just open the doggie door and out they go, it is GLORIOUS!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dinner time

The bird

I walk into the house today after leaving Paige for a playdate to find a bird in my kitchen.  Just flying around like it owns the place.  This is an incredibly stupid bird.  It has managed to pick a house to get in with four giant dogs.

"Wait a minute," you say. "You only have two dogs."  That was true a few days ago, but Doug and I thought - hey, four is better than two!  We would love to never have friends over again (not that we are copious entertainers, but still)!  So, Baxter and Audrey joined our Missy and Elizabeth this week. Back to the story, Levi and I had 260ish pounds of dogs helping us catch a 4 ounce bird.  And it only took about an hour. LOL

The crazy thing is I'm not terribly surprised a bird got in my house, these things just seem to happen to me.  And to think, we plan to add a baby to this mix, what could go wrong?  4 dogs+2 rats+3 kids+ an occasional bird= happy house