Friday, March 31, 2017

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip - March FF

I love dip, salsa, chips, cheese, bacon, okay you get the idea. My sausage cheese dip is a BIG favorite but I thought, hey what about a bacon cheeseburger dip? Oh yeah!
1/2 lb of lean ground beef
1 lb applewood smoked bacon, crispy cooked and chopped
1 lb Velveeta block cheddar, sliced
Place all items in a crock pot and place on low heat. Stir occasionally until the cheese is melted. Enjoy with chips.
Crazy but I also used leftover dip in an omelet the next morning. I know I know brilliant right?
Now it's time for...
Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.
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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by The Bergham Chronicles  
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1. Oh mom, don't worry, I know what I'm doing. I've watched Daddy!

2. Let's see, down is backwards right?

3. Okay folks, nothing to see here, just a kid on a forklift.

4. 1, 2 ,3, 4, R .. wait, where's the D? I thought D was for Drive!

5. Okay Whit you had your picture taken on the forklift now get down, wait, NO, NO DO NOT TOUCH THAT LEVER!

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
The Bergham Chronicles  
Southern Belle Charm  
Bookworm in the Kitchen
Baking In A Tornado   
Cluttered Genius

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spicy Poken or Spicy Chicpo Meatballs

I knew the name would get your attention. Poken? Chicpo?'re probably thinking chick peas or something weird but no. I made these delicious meatballs with ground pork and ground chicken, hence the name. To these deliciously moist meatballs I added a sauce, honestly you could do without it. It was good but it made them too spicy for me and without the sauce they are delicious all on their own. You could serve these with the rice like I did or over pasta with the sauce or as my son suggested on a hoagie roll with the sauce and smothered in cheese. I was planning on doing that with the leftovers but someone ate them before I had a chance. 

Spicy Poken/Chicpo Meatballs
1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup crushed friend jalapenos
1/2 cup ground flatbread crackers
1 egg beated
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp white ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor, form into balls, saute in a tad of oil until nice and brown, cover with a sauce or eat plain. These are flavor packed and really do not need the sauce.

Friday, March 24, 2017

March FOTW

These are not mine, I saw it on Facebook with no original author. I thought they were cute and so I'm sharing.
Food for thought:
You never see anyone clean the pool at the gym.
Parking in the driveway.
Driving on the parkway.
If makeup is a beauty enhancer, why is it called concealer?

Odd food combinations: (heard on the radio)
BBQ sauce and rice
Applesauce, cinnamon and rice
PBJ sandwich with ham and cheese on top
Vinegar on cold fish (my daddy used to do it)
Tuna from a can with mayo, pickles, chopped egg, mushrooms, peppers and garlic
Dipping Oreo's in water (EWWW)
PB, Peeps and chocolate chips on a roll toasted
Poptart with a cheese slice in the middle and another poptart on top. (my oldest did this)

My son Jesse has a friend who delivers pizza. Guy delivers a pizza to a home. Girl is a stripper. Joke with the guys was "was it a pepperoni pizza? or a hard salami?" OMGosh guys really?!?!

Text  between myself and a co-worker:
Watching Triple D with my son, Guy is at a diner and some of the menu items...maybe because it was late at night or maybe because I had been drinking a tad but we were cracking up. Some of the items include: The Juicy Lucy, The Nookie, The Juicy Nookie and the BangCock! OMGosh
Just so you know, they were all different version of burgers.

Sheldon to Howard: 
Howard: What would help you?
Sheldon: A mind boosting caffeine induced suppository. 

Gift cards, I love them. I had 2 left from Christmas and used them a few weeks ago. It was fun to go shopping and buy stuff for me. I purchased a new toaster oven, haven't had one in about 5 years and then 2 new books. I love to read but haven't done that lately.

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 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.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Searching for Sanity       
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy  
Go Mama O                    
Never Ever Give Up Hope         
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy 
When I Grow Up             

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bagogi - #CIC March 2017

Hi everyone, I'm so glad you stopped by. This post is part of the CIC or Crazy Ingredient Challenge. It has been some time since I participated. Life got seriously complicated and no matter how hard I tried, it just seemed I could not get things together in time to post.

This month it was a last minute thing but I did it. I made a recipe, took photos AND wrote my post. Now let's not mention that it is 10 hours from posting time that I am putting all this together and scheduling. But hey, it's done right?

This month's ingredients: Pear and Red Pepper Flakes! I was so excited about this!
I made a favorite dish of mine but changed it up for this challenge. 

1 lb of beef, thinly sliced
1 Asian pear, grated
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup sugar
2 TBSP sesame oil
3 green onions diced
6 medium to large size fresh Brussels sprouts, sliced

In a bowl add your sliced beef, grated pear and all other ingredients. Allow this to sit in a bowl covered in the fridge for at least 1 hour, longer is better. Be sure to stir it often. Drain the liquid and saute on a high heat fast and serve over brown rice. Now if you have a wok that is perfect but a non stick skillet will work just fine, it is what I used.
Quick simple and delicious!

Be sure to stop by and check out the other participants:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Honey Mustard Chicken - UYW March

I have had this recipe for years but I only make it about once a year. Why? I don't know. I love it but it's not something I want all the time and I'm always creating new recipes.
It's simple and cheap. You can use legs, leg quarters or a whole cut up chicken. I used legs because they were on sale. Plus the recipe has only 3 ingredients.
Honey Mustard Chicken
3 lbs of chicken, your choice
1/4 cup honey
3 TBSP mustard
1 tsp curry powder
Mix the honey, mustard and curry together. Dip the chicken in and place in a baking dish. Drizzle any remaining sauce over the chicken. Bake for 20-35 minutes depending on the cut of chicken, at 350 degrees.

Your words are:
furious ~ graceful ~ wisdom ~ mindful ~ confident
They were submitted by:

When bad things happen to good people it can make you furious. There has been a lot going on lately but I am trying to be graceful in how I handle things. Praying for wisdom and being mindful that we war against evil spirits and not the flesh. Being confident in whom I put my faith in I am trusting that this too shall pass and I will be filled with peace, happy and confident that as the promise is written, the plans against me were meant for evil but will be used for good to grow and prosper me and my life.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado              
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver 
On the Border                   
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy   
The Bergham Chronicles          
Simply Shannon                     
Confessions of a part time working mom      
Southern Belle Charm          
The Angrivated Mom                 
Not That Sarah Michelle                

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Simple Malted Milk Ball Cookies - The Meaning of Luck - Poetry March

I really wanted cookies but I wanted to put something in them. I was craving candy bars so off to the store I went. I walked up and down the aisle. What did I see? PEANUTS which I can't eat. Did you realize that 80% or more of today's candy bars have peanut butter or peanuts in them. That drastically cuts into what I can buy. It also makes me sad. I used to eat peanuts or pb everyday, no joke. So I kept looking. I finally decided on some malted milk balls.
When I got home I put them in a zip top bag and beat them with the end of a knife sharpener. I was worried a hammer might damage my counter tops.
So I smashed them, not to dust, but into small pieces. These pieces I added to my batter. It did make them kinda chewy in spots where all the sugar melted from the candy. I honestly was not fond of them. Could have been my choice in batter. I decided to do something different.
My son loved them, in fact he ate them all. Not that night of course but over the next few days.
So I wasn't so "lucky" in the results of my new recipe.
Malted Milk Ball Cookies
300 degree oven, preheated
cookie sheet sprayed or using a silpad (love mine!)
1 1/4 cup flour, all purpose
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 cup chopped/smashed malted milk balls
Mix in a mixing bowl, butter and flour, soda and salt. Next add the sugar and honey, then the candy. Drop by teaspoon full on the pad and bake. 14 minutes depending on your oven. Check them, keep an eye on them.

This post is also part of the monthly poetry group post. At the end of this post you'll find links to the other bloggers. Hopefully their luck with poetry and projects was better than mine.
Is there such a thing?
Is it luck or fate?
Is it kismet or karma?

Chance or circumstance
Maybe happenstance.

Lucky duck
but not if he got plucked.

Lucky rabbits foot?
Not for the rabbit.

Lucky four leaf clover
Clover in a field
a bunny's dream
quickly becomes his nightmare
as he is plucked from life
his foot dangles on a key-chain.
So is the leaf lucky after all?
Not for the rabbit.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Green Bunny Poop - March Blog With Friends

During our group discussion of what theme we would choose, things can get a little silly. I suggested bunny poop. Green was the popular theme at the time, so I said bunny poop, it makes things grow, ya know Karen said I could do green bunny poop. To which I replied "I accept the challenge" I think she thought I was kidding, but I decided what the heck. Why not go for it. it is.

Green Bunny Poop the recipe
A simple 2 ingredient fudge, 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk. Place in a microwave safe bowl, heat for 1 minute, stir well, heat for 30 seconds, stir and you should be ready. Pour into a greased 9x9 pan or whatever size you prefer. Chill for 1 hour in the fridge. Done!
You can alter this by adding nuts or peanut butter if you prefer.
For the poop, I cut small pieces and rolled them into balls, then dipped into melted white chips that I added green food coloring too. Dip the balls and allow to set. Green bunny poo!
Now since I had the whole green poop in my head I did some research and found a TON of bunny forums where people were asking for advice because their bunny had green poop. NOT from too much grass or spinach, but a fluorescent poop. Apparently this is a common problem among domestic bunnies and it is alarming to their owners. Yes there were photos but I'll spare you but you can google it if you're that curious. LOL  A luminous plant or yeast can cause this, as can too many dark green veggies if the bunny is small. Also bile if the bunny has a virus. So there you have it Karen, green bunny poop, challenge accepted and now for your poem. YES, I went there.
The Fudge below and above with green LOL pistachio nuts

Green Bunny Poop
A bunny was here
he left just one clue
this little green pile
of bunny poo

He hopped
and he jumped
He giggled and 
he plopped

Spring is here
the flowers are blooming
bunnies are horny
and this poem is corny

A bunny was here
and he left a note
I hope Karen likes
my little green bunny poop!

Be sure to "hop" on over and check out the other "green" post from my dear blogger friends. And Karen when you pick yourself up off the floor, don't shoot me for being so cute :) hahahahaha

Karen at Baking In A Tornado

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fully Loaded Chicken and Potato Bake - SSS March

Loving potatoes, bacon and cheese but wanting something a little different I thought I'd give this a go. I saw a video on FB but changed it up a little bit, of course, you know I had to. 😊
You could use leftover chicken or omit the chicken and use this as a side dish. My son loved it as did I and honestly ate some warmed over the next morning.

Fully Loaded Chicken and Potato Bake
2 boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
2 lbs red potatoes, diced and parboiled
1 lb bacon, cooked and chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup ranch dressing
2 TBSP hot sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp white ground pepper
1 tsp chili powder
Mix all the ingredients except for the cheese, pour into a 13 x 9 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, remove and top with cheese, return and bake until the cheese is melted.
 Spicy, filling and delicious!

Sara sat at her kitchen table gazing out the window while her boys were playing. Running and shooting each other with their Nerf guns carefree and enjoying the gorgeous Spring day. Her thoughts went back to the day she met their father.
A handsome young soldier, shy and kind of nerdy but mysterious and attractive. She was drawn to him and they became fast friends. Oddly enough she was dating someone at the time but it wasn't  serious.
The more time they spent together the more she realized she was falling in love. Dang, this was the last thing she wanted. She had just come out of a divorce and really wanted to be her "own" person.
They began to date, get engaged and married. There were never any signs of infidelity. They were happy. 
Life went on, they had two boys, the happy go lucky little guys outside the window.
Everyone said it was too soon, she had only been divorced for 4 months when they began dating. They met 2 months before that. No it was too soon. When they married just 9 months into dating her friends cautioned her but strong headed she moved forward in the relationship.
Now sitting here just 8 years later she questioned her choices. Was it really love? Was he a way out of being single and struggling not just financially but also emotionally? Was he faithful? No, she knew this now. With a flash drive hidden in her desk, there were files on it of the conversations between him and her best friend. Did he know? No, not yet.
If she had it to do all over again would she listen to her friends? Yes. Then on second thought, no. Without this deteriorating relationship that will obviously end in her being alone again if she chose to change her past, she would miss her present. Yes, presents. Her boys.
Life can be tricky, our decisions, good and bad, shape our futures. If we could know what the future holds I'm sure we would each change some of our choices. Sara thought about her life. Yes, there were many decisions she regretted. Her first marriage, her second marriage, trusting her neighbor to be her best friend, quitting her job, dropping out of college, not trusting her own instincts...yes there are lots of decisions she should have done differently.
She took a deep breath, looked out the window at her boys again and sat up straight. 
Yes, today she had to make another decision, she hoped it was the right one. She stood and walked into their room and to the closet. She began to pull out his things and pile them on the bed.
It was time to be her own person. Decision made.

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado                                       
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy   
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver 
The Lieber Family Blog           
The Bergham Chronicles          
Never Ever Give Up Hope        
Simply Shannon                      
Confessions of a part time working mom      
Southern Belle Charm               
The Angrivated Mom                          
Your “Secret Subject” is:
You get ONE do over on a decision that impacts your life forever.  Do you make the same decision?  Why?
It was submitted by:           

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hurricane Matthew - the aftermath

In North Carolina, hurricane season runs from September to November and as a native. I'm used to preparing, batting down the hatches, taking cover, going without electricity and eating sandwiches for any where from a few hours to a few days. However this year was different.
Hurricane Matthew blew in and from minute to minute we didn't know if it would be a direct hit or if he would turn and go out to sea.
2 days after the storm, the river was slowly making it's way to our home's...
10 days after the storm, my neighbors home. Mine was behind his. The water was continuing to creep up. This photo was taken from a john boat by his daughter.
The river was moving too quickly to get close, again, taken by L from a boat.

**In this photo, zoomed in, you can see the mold on the outside growing and the back stoop is sagging. The trailer had been under water for over 2 weeks at this point.

Late on Friday night the wind blew, the rain fell, the limbs broke free from the trees, the windows shook and I didn't sleep. I laid in bed waiting for the first signs of day light so I could assess the damage. Much to my joy, there was little damage, a few puddles and still high winds. Whew! It must have missed us. Now our power had gone out around 10 p.m. and was still out. Okay I knew it would, living out in the country our lines are on poles not underground like in town and we "country folk" always lose power due to down tree limbs.

Saturday came and went. Sunday came and still no power, not even in town. So no hot water for a shower, no way of cooking and I was getting bored. That afternoon a county worker knocked on the door. He told me I was under emergency evacuation and needed to leave within the next 12-24 hours. My best bet would be if I left within 12.
?? WHAT??

He then explained to me what was coming. The damn was flooding, the levy had a crack and the river was expected to crest at 29.9 feet ABOVE flood stage! Jumping Jehoshaphat Man! I needed to pack and get out. Now. Do not tarry. IF you wait he said, it could be 2 weeks or more before we could get to you to get you out. I had visions of people on the news sitting on their roofs being rescued by helicopters. Oh no, I refused for that to be me. 

I asked him several questions and then he said if you have any more, please call the number, I have a lot of folks to get to this afternoon. Time is of the essence. 

I stood looking around my living room in shock. What to pack? What would I lose? What if it was everything? How much could I fit in my car? Wait, where would I go?

I called my daughter-in-law and asked if I could use her cat carrier. My kitty was going with me if everything else perished. I grabbed all medications, an overnight bag and began stuffing clothes in it. I then looked around, I began to take things out of the closet, off the floors and out of the cabinets. I placed these items up as high as I could. On top of the counters, the freezer top, on top of the fridge. My thought process was that IF water got in the house, maybe, just maybe these things could be safe. Then I set to packing again. I filled my car. I also called my mom. Told her what was going on. I hated doing it, we love each other but our living together had previously proven not a good idea. But we both thought well it would only be for a few days. Little did we know...

Each day for 72 hours I would leave work, go by my house and see that the water was coming closer to the house each day. On the fourth day I could no longer get down the road. On day 6 I could not get to my road. On day 10 I could not get within 8 miles of my home. Each night I would sit on the couch at my moms and watch the local weather man, in a boat, riding down my road also watching the water rise higher and higher.

During this time, I would go and check the river level and see more and more of my neighbors moving out. Lock, stock and barrel, leaving behind only the home. I so wished I had the funds to load up all my belongings, but I got out what I could and prayed for the best.

My neighbors daughter was swimming in our road and taking photos, posting them on Facebook and tagging me. I was grateful to see but heart broken at the same time.
Finally after 3 weeks I was able to reach my home. I remember pulling in the road, the putrid smell, the river sludge and trash everywhere. It was all so surreal.

I unlocked the door and walked in. Cough, gag, eww the smell. I looked down and there on the floor was a crab! A CRAB IN my house! oh gosh. The feeling was so overwhelmingly devastating I really can't put words to it even now at 2 1/2  to 3 months later. The FEMA adjuster was with me. He looked around and said you're fine no damage and was gone. 

Did you forget the photos I sent you? Showing my home under 3-4 feet of water for 3 weeks?!?! Do you not see the water line in the house? The crab? The tree frog in the middle of the kitchen? The raw sewage in the tub? the mold and mildew growing up the walls? No damage??? WTH man

Standing in the living room looking around again, Thinking back 3 weeks before when trying to decide where to start. What to pack and now here again the decisions faced me were where to start cleaning, what to salvage. Donning a mask, gloves and trash bags I began setting about tossing items that were obviously beyond saving and tossing outside the rugs, furniture, trash and what-knots that needed hauling away.

The house was a total loss, my landlord insisted that it was fine but it was not. The floor was soft, mold and mildew were growing at an alarming rate, the heat and air unit had been under water for 3 weeks, the duct work was shot but he insisted it was fine. I insisted on finding a new place to live, and somewhere closer to work.
I found a new, nicer, larger home that was within a mile of my work instead of 30! More expensive yes, but so worth it.

**I contacted my insurance company and gave them an update. I was told to send them photos, a list of damaged items and they would process my claim immediately. They were incredible. It did take over a month but they were in constant contact with me, asking for information they needed, telling me what to do, where to go, who to call. I am so thankful that I had and still have renters insurance. Now because I had insurance FEMA nor my local county agencies would help me. NO help, none, nada, nothing. BUT I had insurance and my mom, so with that I am blessed and so thankful. There were many of my neighbors who had nothing, lost everything and are STILL without somewhere to live.

Without my insurance company I have no idea how long it would have been before I could have afforded to move but thanks to their efforts, assistance and timely settlement I was in my new home with six weeks of being displaced.

I love it. I am still close to the water, but not too close. Being closer to work is a blessing as well in more ways than one. I still have not been able to replace everything I lost but I have what I need. My most precious possessions were saved, my family photos and my kitty. My children are grown and gone for some time now and having those photos safe means the word to me.

Having grown up in the South I have seen more hurricanes, floods and disaster than I care to count but living through it, that is something else. I still can not express all the feelings experienced during this time.

To those who lost their lives, everything they owned I feel guilty for any grumblings and complaints I made. To the emergency workers, electrical linemen, volunteers and local staff...I am grateful. Clothes and furniture can be replaced lives can not.