Friday, January 24, 2020

Hearty Beef Noodle Soup - FOTW Jan 2020

I went shopping with JT girlfriend and her kids. Now that is an experience and a half. While in Home Goods, P (she's 8) is picking up everything pink, silver or shiny (and that is a ton of stuff) and saying "OMG I love it! I need this for my room". I spy two lamps, pink of course, Unicorn bust with glittery manes, shoot man I'm digging these things. I point her in the direction of the lamps and she has this long slow intake of breath. Holds her face and runs in the direction of the lamps. I take off after her, good land we can't be running in stores!  She caress one and says "MOM! I NEED these!" she says "P you already have a pink unicorn lamp in your room." 
"UGH NO it is a pink lamp with a unicorn on the shade, that is small, I want to redo my room."
Not having girls, all this is foreign to me and funny.


Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 5 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. You'll find the links at the bottom for the other bloggers.
On the same shopping trip. P points to an artistic picture of Georgia, you've seen them but probably for your state. Complete with peanut, peach, GA Dawgs, etc..on the map/picture. P says "I need this too!" I said, "for what?" She replies so fast, "For science! I love science." I'm thinking, umm how about geography because that's really not science. So I ask her a few questions. For an eight year old she is very bright and loves to learn, science to her means learning and anything new, learning, especially about the world, animals, states, countries, anything really, she is in love with.

A few days after Christmas I was video chatting with our youngest, yes twice in one month, hallelujah! Anyway...we are chatting and Hayley pops up, "HEY GRAMMA! Can I see your cats?"
Joey is like, umm Hayley I'm talking with grandma. she looks at him and says "OKAY I still want to see her cats, talk" I was laughing! She's adorable. So I found each kitty and let her see them. With each one, she said their names and awww look! Melts my heart.
Hearty Beef Noodle Soup
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1/2 bag of wide egg noodles (8 oz dry weight)
1 large carrot cut into thin slices
1 package of dry onion soup mix
1 can golden mushroom condensed soup
4 cans of water
2 tsp hamburger seasoning
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 TBSP parsley flakes
Everything except the noodles goes into the slow cooker, just before you're ready to eat, toss in the noodles or you can cook them and add about 10 minutes or so before eating. The soup was hearty and delicious. Perfect for a cold rainy night.
Jesse called to tell me about a text from his brother. It was a picture of Hayley's hands. She had put paint all over the top of her hands and her fingers. When asked why she said "I'm like Uncle Jesse!" FYI Jesse has finger and knuckle tattoos, along with several dozen others.
I laughed and said well let me tell" you about the SnapChat I received. Hayley kept saying no not that one and it would switch to another and then it was a Santa hat and beard. she said LOOK I'm Uncle Jesse!"
Not far from us, just a few miles, there is a large property for sale. The house sits back off the road and has one of those wonderful country Southern wrap around porches, complete with horses and a large split rail fence. But what really catches your eye as you drive by....
is the mail box. They must order some REALLY big items from Amazon !
Have you heard of Misfits Market? No, this is not an advertisement, I'm not being paid. We did however sign up for the subscription. Misfits Market is a subscription you receive a box of fresh fruits and vegetables each week, 2,3,4 weeks, however often you pick. Different size boxes depending on the size of your family or budget. I wanted to shake things up a bit by adding more fresh veggies and different ones. We were stuck in a rut. So I signed up. Our first box arrived and I was thrilled. They are called Misfits because the veggies are not "pretty" enough to be sold in supermarkets, they are odd shaped, skinned up, not as lovely and perfect as you'd find at Publix or Harris Teeter but who cares? Not me. As Daddy always said "it eats the same". We chose every two weeks and the small box. This is what we received.
3 Apples, 3 oranges, 2 HUGE green bell peppers, celery, eggplant, cabbage, 1/2 lb green beans, new potatoes, 2 mangoes, 2 baby bok choy , a large bunch of red beets and a large butternut squash.
IF you are interested, here's a code for a discount. COOKWME-YI4CGO
25% off your first order
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit all the other participating bloggers!
Dawn~

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Medicated Musings                   https://mymedicatedmusings.blogspot.com         

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Spam - 20 Days of Chill 2020

Hello out there, are you frozen? Have you gone stir crazy from being couped up inside yet? Dug yourself out of the snow, that's for all y'all people up North. It was 17* with the windchill yesterday morning, Jan. 21st. I said, nope, not going anywhere. We went from the 60's straight to WAY below freezing. Forecast is for 3 more days of COLD. That's right, more chilly days! It is January and we are freezing our patooties off here in GA! I am NOT made for this weather but thankfully next week it will be back in the high 50's and low 60's. Hallelujah!

My thoughts on this cold...send me somewhere warmer until my toes thaw out!
Because my birdbath froze and busted! AND my water fountain on the deck, that I dearly love as do the birds and squirrels, froze solid!! SOLID I tell you

Okay, sorry, I got side tracked by the frigid air and frozen water, but this post is about Spam. Yes, spam...it is the theme for today in the 20 Days of Chill. I'm joining PJ and hopefully others.
↓↓↓ 20 Days of Chill challenge over at A 'lil Hoo Haa with PJ
The challenge list:
  • Thursday, January 2: A new decade
  • Friday, January 3: Beautiful places
  • Monday, January 6: Is that chicken?
  • Tuesday, January 7: Show me the way
  • Wednesday, January 8: Naps
  • Thursday, January 9:  Snow
  • Friday, January 10: Fri-Yay
  • Monday, January 13: Social media
  • Tuesday, January 14: Cheddar
  • Wednesday, January 15: Dream on
  • Thursday, January 16: Popcorn
  • Friday, January 17: Snapshot
  • Monday, January 20: Last meal
  • Tuesday, January 21: Battle of the phones 
  • Wednesday, January 22: Sign it in ink
  • Thursday, January 23: Spam
  • Friday, January 24: May I take your order?
  • Monday, January 27: A cocktail, if you will
  • Tuesday, January 28: Bring me to you
  • Wednesday, January 29: Oh, thank goodness! 
PJ also runs the Monthly photo challenge, info HERE that I've been participating in. You can view details for both on his blog, I've added the links above.


Spam as in, the other white meat, from a can. My husband loves it and will fry it up to eat on loaf bread or with his eggs. I'm not a fan of Spam but have been known to eat a tid bit now and again. I've even made a recipe with it. Dice it up, fry it with onions, peppers and pineapple tid bits, serve over rice with a sweet and sour sauce. It is surprisingly good.
There are different flavors now, or added flavors. Bacon, turkey, jalapeno, less sodium, light or less fat, hickory smoke and on and on. You can see them all HERE.
In Hawaii and in Asian countries they love Spam and use it often. I don't buy it as often as my husband would like because it's loaded with sodium, they do have lower sodium now but still. Yikes it's high.

Last April I teamed up with my friend Karen over at Baking In A Tornado and we wrote about Spam, as in email.

There's also spam blockers, as in security for your computer. Spam gets a bad rap, the canned meat, not the emails. Did you know that they have been selling those cans for over 70 years? It became wildly popular during WWII due to the rationing of meats, as well as other goods. It is now sold in 41 countries around the world. WHO would have thought, that this pork product would become so popular and global?
So there ya go. I gave you popcorn history a few days ago and now Spam. LOL

What was your first thought when you saw the topic of Spam? The canned meat, spam emails, spam calls? Let me know.
Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn~

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sign It In Ink - 20 Days of Chill

Today I'm joining PJ, Tamara and not sure who else for 20 Days of Chill. Our topic is "sign it in ink".
I gave consideration to writing about tattoos and their meaning. Yes I have a few but decided on a signature instead.
Now, if I had my Daddy's signature, which I might somewhere, I would get that as a tattoo. I'd rather find an "I love you" in his handwriting but that's not happening. He rarely wrote and if he gave me or my mother a card he signed it "Jeff" and that's it.
Back to the signature.
A signature is a bond or a pledge that means simply you give your word. A signature took over a handshake. When a man gave his handshake, it meant something. His word, his bond, his pledge, his honor was at stake if he didn't do what he shook on. So then became the meaning of the signature. If you signed on the dotted line, you were responsible, and people expected you to do or pay whatever it was you agreed to with your signature.
In today's world, kids don't know how to "sign", they can barely write in cursive and most can not read it at all.
I've seen the meme about making cars stick shifts and all things cursive, we'd cripple a whole generation, sad but I have to agree.
I remember as a teen, spending hours on my signature. How did I want it to look, fancy, plain, bold, expressive. Yes, girls we do silly things. Boys, they could have cared less. But if I wrote my name somewhere I wanted it to stand out, not look like everyone else.

That little squiggle under my name, no idea when I started it, but for as long as I can remember. Maybe around 13 or so, I started doing it. It is part of me, my signature, my individuality and I have to remind myself to NOT do it on documents.
Have you seen the signature or hand writing analyzes? Yeah, it's hard to do on mine, depending on my mood, my writing can vary greatly. My signature will even change. Add to that, that we type now and don't write, if I am writing, my hand tires and that will definitely change the look of the lettering, spacing and style.
Sign it in ink...I'm still fond of the idea of a tattoo (ink) and my Daddy's signature. Maybe under my collarbone above my heart and in red because it was his favorite color.
Okay I'm getting off topic, or my chosen topic or maybe not. Can they both be my topic? Well of course they can it's my blog. LOL
Signature. Do you like your hand writing? Does it favor your mom, dad or maybe an aunt? Was it influenced by teachers strict rules or your own style?
Tell me about it?

↓↓↓ 20 Days of Chill challenge over at A 'lil Hoo Haa with PJ
The challenge list:
  • Thursday, January 2: A new decade
  • Friday, January 3: Beautiful places
  • Monday, January 6: Is that chicken?
  • Tuesday, January 7: Show me the way
  • Wednesday, January 8: Naps
  • Thursday, January 9:  Snow
  • Friday, January 10: Fri-Yay
  • Monday, January 13: Social media
  • Tuesday, January 14: Cheddar
  • Wednesday, January 15: Dream on
  • Thursday, January 16: Popcorn
  • Friday, January 17: Snapshot
  • Monday, January 20: Last meal
  • Tuesday, January 21: Battle of the phones 
  • Wednesday, January 22: Sign it in ink
  • Thursday, January 23: Spam
  • Friday, January 24: May I take your order?
  • Monday, January 27: A cocktail, if you will
  • Tuesday, January 28: Bring me to you
  • Wednesday, January 29: Oh, thank goodness! 
PJ also runs the Monthly photo challenge, info HERE that I've been participating in. You can view details for both on his blog, I've added the links above.

Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn~