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See ya November!

Well as I sit and type this post it is the last night of November and I just want to say that I am thankful for quite a lot. For instance. . .

My family

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My friends

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And my amazing husband!

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I am so blessed!

Until Then,

Wende

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Lazy Weekend Yeah Right!

So this weekend has been a busy one.  I have been cleaning and trying to get this house ready for the holiday season and decorating!  Stephen was on duty all weekend so I had the evenings to myself.  I find this good and bad.  I enjoy my personal time but also find that I get lonely every now and then.

I know I said that I was going to post on things that I am thankful for so today I am thankful that I have all of my Thanksgiving and Friends giving food shopping COMPLETE! I will not go back to the store until December if I don’t have to.  This time of year sucks at any kind of store.  We are having our friends ( Kurt & Christine) from Germany over next weekend for a post Thanksgiving / pre Yule holiday dinner.  We always have such a wonderful time visiting with them.  They share in our love of photography as well as traveling.  They have been way more places than we have but it is fun hearing about all the places they have visited.

So the other day I made an easy batch of potato soup.  I will every now and again go all out and make it completely from scratch but this is just as delicious and faster and much more simple.

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I start with just a few simple ingredients:

bacon bits, chicken broth, simply potatoes(shredded hash browns),

onion, minced garlic, butter, and heavy whipping cream.

In a soup pot, I add  about 2 pats of butter and let it melt. I then cut my onion ( about 1/4 cup) into small diced pieces and throw them in to soften along with about  tablespoon of minced garlic.

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Next I add some of the real bacon bits and let that simmer for a minute or two.

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I add the shredded potatoes and stir it up. I always buy 2 packages of these because sometimes the soup does not thicken enough for me and I add more in.  Add a dash of salt and pepper.  Now pour your chicken broth over the top and stir it all together.  Bring this to a nice simmer but stir occasionally so it does not burn on the bottom.

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You may want to taste after a few minutes and see if you need more salt and pepper.  It is strictly up to you.  Once you see the soup start to thicken a bit you will get a potato masher and start smashing.  I like some chunks in my soup so I don’t go to crazy.  Now I will stir in a bit of my heavy whipping cream and let it cook away.  When it is nice and thick I add a bit more bacon and top it with cheese and eat it up!

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There you have it. Simple, fast and oh so delicious!

I found a great recipe for a Irish Guinness Stew and I am dying to make it.  So I hope to have that for you soon.  Be on the look out.

Until Then,

Wende

Halloween Fun!

So I totally know this is late but hey, I have a life too.  With work, the Fur Kids, and a Police husband, I am busy cleaning, cooking sleeping and relaxing (when I can).  So now I am writing my Samhian post.

At work we decided on a Sports them. I went as a referee as did my partner in crime.

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The other girls dressed as a tennis, soccer, and baseball player.

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We had a wrestler, and a handful of tail gaiters.

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We all brought food and had a big Halloween feast.

It was fun and some of the other departments really went all out.  Our Medical Records department chose Hocus Pocus to dress up as.  I have to say that they won the day in my book.

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They had a floating cauldron and the hanging cages with kids in them ( not real ones).

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The sacred candle which can only be lit by a Virgin.

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And who could forget Billy Butcherson?

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They did a great job.

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It was a long day at work but I was ready to head over to ritual with my friend Barbra.  Our lovely host had the house decorated to the 9’s.  They had over 300 kids come trick or treating to her house alone.

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The food was amazing!

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The fire pit was a blaze and we all gathered round for warmth and conversation.

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Circle was set with beautiful lights as the spirit world lingered just on the other side of the thinning veil.

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Paula and Cody graciously invited us in to circle.  It was a magical time to reflect on the  past year and what was to come in the new year.  You could feel those who had left this relm  reaching out to us. Letting us know they are there and to thank us for remembering them.

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We all lit candles for our ancestors.

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It was a wonderful evening.  I am so glad that I can be a part of such a fantastical group of people.

Now that November has started it is time to be thankful and show appreciation for all that we have in this dark time of year.  Love, shelter, friends, jobs, LIFE!  I think that I will post about what I am thankful for throughout November.  I challenge you to tell someone what you are thankful for too.

Until Then,

Wende

Sunday Funday!

Sunday means work tomorrow but it also means relaxing, wine and good food.  So Last weekend I did a bit of cleaning and a lot of the other 2.  I made a beef stew because it lasts a few meals and it is cool out side.  I love this time of year!

I start my stew by sauteing diced onion and bell pepper in some olive oil.  I then cut my beef tips into small chunks to make sure you get some in ever bite.  Once the onions are nice and soft I add the meat and salt and pepper while it browns.

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  Now it is time to cut the potatoes and carrots.

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I will add this to the meat then pour chicken broth over the top.

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I will add water so that it just covers the vegetables.

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I add a dash of celery seed, a bay leaf more salt and pepper to taste and a fresh sprig of rosemary from my front yard.

Now you cover the pot and let the heat so its thing.  Once the vegetables are soft you can taste for flavor.  Add seasoning if you like.

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I take about 2 cups of the liquid out and add some flour to it stir it well to thicken it and then add it back to the stew.  This  will give the stew a thicker gravy like texture which is delicious.

You can serve this with bread but my Husband like to eat it over rice.  So there you have it a nice hot, hearty stew on a chilly fall evening.

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Now it is time for the Walking Dead!

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Enjoy!

Until Then,

Wende

Making Strides

Well this morning I woke up early and headed Downtown Mobile to walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

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I met a few of the girls that I work with and we did the 5k walk.  It was chilly and rainy but the crowd pushed through and we raised awareness for a great cause.

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This walk does not have a entry fee but they ask for donations which go toward the research for a cure to Breast Cancer.

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I walk in honor of my Mom who is a breast cancer survivor and for Mrs. Cindy Morris who is the Den Mother to the Mobile Police Academy.

Stephen was on Traffic Duty during the walk so it was nice to see him along the way.

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We made it to the finish line and now it is time for some food and Para Norman!

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Tomorrow I clean, relax and watch more movies!

Until Then,

Wende

 

Chicken PotPie

What’s up?  I told you that this past week was going to be crazy busy and that the posts would be a little off but here I am starting the weekend posts.  So Friday evening I made chicken pot pie for dinner.   It is so simple and makes a good portion for a hungry Police Officer.

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So first I boil my chicken.  I use chicken tenderloins. (about 5).  I season the water with salt and pepper and a little Mrs. Dash onion and herb season.

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  While that is cooking, I drain my canned mixed vegetables and empty them into a big bowl.

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I then put a can of Cream of chicken soup in and mix it all up.

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Next I roll out my pie dough and put it in my deep dish pie plate.

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I put a baking chain in the bottom of the crust to help it cook evenly.   I now take the chicken out of the broth and let it cool a little, then I shred it and add it to the veg mix.  Once the bottom crust is golden brown I fill it up with the mixture, roll out the top crust and put it on top of the pie.

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You always make sure to cut vent holes in the top so it does not bubble up and overflow.

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With it being the Halloween season I cut a jack o’ lantern face in mine and put it in the oven to cook away!  Usually it is about 30 minutes or so.  I watch the top crust and when it starts getting brown around the edges I know it is ready to eat.

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The pot pie was hot out of the oven when Stephen got home. I watched Practical Magic while I ate my dinner and Stephen did some work on the computer for his 2nd job.

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This movie is by far one of my favorites of all time.  It is funny, sad, magical… It is just perfect.

Well tomorrow is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk her in Mobile, AL so I will post that shortly!

 

Until Then,

Wende

Thursday Night Relaxing

Ok so Thursday evening I just relaxed.  I got 2 cheeses that I had not tried yet from Walmart.  One is a Irish cheese and the other is a sweet and spicy cheese.

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I cut a little of each poured a glass of wine and sat down to enjoy another seasonal favorite movie, A Nightmare Before Christmas.

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  Love, Love this movie. Signing, humor, love and frights. Everything you could ask for.

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 So as for the cheese, the Irish cheese is creamy and delicious.  It is like a creamy cheddar I really liked it.  The other… although it is not bad, it was a tiny bit sweet and a bunch HOT. Not a little spicy.  I mean full on fire breathing dragon hot.  I like hot stuff, but this was a bit much for me. I am sure some will love it but I will not be finishing this block.  It happens.  I can’t like everything I try, right.

Well the next few days will be cram packed with posts from the past few days.  October is a busy month for me and I have gotten behind on my posts.  But nun the less, they will happen.

Until Then,

Wende