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Thanks Giving greetings,

Sorry that I have been MIA this month but things have been Not so Good around my house.  My eldest (14 year old) Fur Baby “Ennis” took a turn for the worse, health wise.   He had a stroke about a 8 months ago and we found out that he has Cushing’s disease. These things have pretty much made him very weak and his muscles are just deteriorating.  We have to carry him in and out of the house and also to eat or drink water.  He did not even have the strength to shift positions when he was lying in his bed.  His eye sight was quickly failing, his hearing the same.   Just this past Sunday he began to not eat and his water intake was very minimal.  We knew that his time with us was limited. We had a decision to make no matter how hard it would be.

On Wednesday November 23, 2016 I said good bye to my best friend, soul mate, kindred spirit, Familiar.  My heart is shattered and my spirit burns less bright with him gone.

14 years ago this handsome boy chose me to be his human and my life has been better because of it.

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The day he found me

Each day is hard. I miss him so much but I know that he is happy and free running the fields with his 2 sisters.  No pain, no worries just happy and free.

Until we meet again,

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The day I let him go.

Wende

 

http://www.wendelou.com/cae/

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Oh my goodness what a day.

We had a nice summer storm come through this afternoon and the electricity at work went out.

Then it took forever for the computers to come back on-line. Total chaos. But all the girls at the Desk hung in and we got all the Patients signed in and to the proper waiting areas.

I was so happy to get home today because I have put together a little recipe for Fried green tomatoes.

 I have looked online for a healthy alternative to flour batter and I took bits and pieces of a few different recipes and made my own.

So her ya go.

A  healthier twist on a Good Ole Southern Favorite.

(Banting) Fried Green Tomatoes

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1 egg

1 tsp heavy whipping cream

2 cups almond flour/meal

1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning ( you can use salt and pep)

1 cup coconut oil

2 green tomatoes

In a shallow bowl I put the egg and cream and beat with a fork

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In a separate bowl I put the flour and season and mixed it well

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Slice the tomatoes (terrible photo)

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Heat the oil in a medium frying pan ( don’t get the oil too hot as it will start to smoke)

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Dip the tomatoes in the egg wash then in the flour mixture, making sure that they are coated completely.

Place them in the pan and repeat with other tomatoes.

Cook on each side about 3 minutes, until golden brown, watching them to make sure that they are not burning.

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Take them out and place them on a plate that has a paper towel on it to help soak some of the grease.

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Let cool a little and serve with rémoulade sauce!

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Confession: I did not make my rémoulade sauce tonight! I got some pre made…

These were soooo delicious! I think that we could have gone with just cutting 1 tomatoes but hey, they did not last.

So I am off to grab a book and relax before bed. More deliciousness to come.

Until Then,

Wende

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So it has been crazy around here. Work was a nightmare last week, but over the weekend I attended my 25th high school reunion! Murphy High School class of 1991!

I gotta hand to our class… we still know how to have a great time!  I have some photos which  I will share with you in a few days.

Tonight I am going to give you a little appetizer recipe that we have enjoyed quite a bit.

Prosciutto wrapped green beans.

I get the frozen bags of green beans from Sam’s club, and I also got the prosciutto from there .

Take a piece of prosciutto and lay it on a cutting board. Grab a nice amount of green beans and place them at the end of meat, lightly salt and pepper beans, then wrap.

I did not use a toothpick to secure it closed. It held together just fine. Place the wraps in a 350 oven and cook until tender. About 5-10 minutes.

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Take out and serve hot as an appetizer or as a side dish with you meal.

They don’t look that pretty but they did not last long so it does not matter!

Be back in a few!

Until Then,

Wende

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Good Day fine friends.

  I have found myself in a bread making frenzy.   I can not get enough of the wonderful smells and delicious flavors.  With the Fall season on or heals it make me happy to be in the kitchen baking again.

I have to say my front door has been decorated for the fall season for 2 weeks now. I could not wait any longer.

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Here in the South, we do not get much fall weather as you have heard me say many times.  I am determined to be ready for the day it shows up!

 While looking through my emails the other day I found this simple and delicious recipe for Rosemary Focaccia Bread and I had to make it!!!! So get ready because you will want make this as soon as possible.

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast

1 2/3 cups lukewarm water (100° to 110°)

4 1/2 cups bread flour

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon table salt

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, divided

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

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Stir together yeast and warm water in bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes.

Add bread flour, 1/4 cup oil, and 1 Tbsp. table salt to yeast mixture. Beat on low speed, using paddle attachment, 10 seconds or until blended.

 Increase speed to medium. Beat 45 seconds or until dough is smooth. Add 1 Tbsp. rosemary.

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Replace paddle attachment with dough hook; increase speed to medium-high, and beat 4 minutes. (Dough will be sticky.)

Turn dough onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 1 minute).

Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover dough with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (80° to 85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Press dough into a well greased 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan, pressing to about 1/4-inch thickness.

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Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 475°. Press handle of a wooden spoon into dough to make indentations at 1-inch intervals; drizzle with 3 Tbsp. oil.

Sprinkle with kosher salt and remaining 1 Tbsp. rosemary.

Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until top is light brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack, and cool 10 minutes.

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This made so much bread! I was able to give my wonderful Sister in Law a gallon bag full. And I still had tons left.

I am working on a few projects so look forward to seeing them soon.

Until Then,

Wende

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Good afternoon,

I hope all is well.  I have some exciting news. . .  after a year of pursuing a new job I was finally offered a position with the medical office right down the road from my house!  I never gave up. I applied 3 times.  At my current job I was lucky enough to meet many wonderful people who also work at the medical office.  They got to know me and 3 of them personally emailed or called human resources on my behalf.  I am so thankful for the time and effort that they put in for me.  I start my new career September 31.  I am excited and very nervous.  But I know that it is all going to be great.

In honor of my new job, I decided to make something homemade.  I settled on turkey meatball subs.  I did not make the bread but the meatballs are homemade.  Easy and sooooo delicious.  You will want to run out and get supplies today!

Turkey Meatballs

1 pound ground turkey

1 egg

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

¼ cup breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

Tomato Sauce

1 28 oz can  basil garlic & oregano crushed tomatoes

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2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

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Heat olive oil in a large wide skillet on medium heat.

Add the olive oil and minced garlic and allow to gently simmer for 2 minutes or until garlic begins to turn golden in color.

 Add the can of crushed tomatoes and can of tomato sauce.

Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste, cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

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While the sauce is simmering, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl until a soft dough like texture if formed.

Form into 1 inch balls using a scoop or by hand.

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Gently place the meatballs in the tomato sauce while it’s simmering

(do not stir).

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Allow to simmer for 15 minutes

 Gently shake the pan and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

Serve with spaghetti, on rice or alone with bread.

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How’s that for a slice of fried gold?

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I must now go and eat up this goodness!

Until Then,

Wende

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Good Morning,

One year ago to the day and almost time of the morning I was startled awake by a phone call.  I did not recognize the number so I rejected it and shut my eyes.  Seconds later the phone rings again.  It was a woman’s voice introducing herself in a very matter of fact but professional way.  Then the most life changing words hit my ears.  Your Husband has been in an accident and he needs you to get here as soon as you can!    He was headed to work that Friday morning ( he rode a motor cycle, a  Triumph)  and he was still in our neighborhood.   A lady sitting at a stop sign on her cell phone never looked up when she decided to enter the intersection. She hit and ran over my husband.  When I approached the scene my heart was broken. It takes a lot to walk up on your husband lying there with his clothing being cut off.  Needles to say his body was broken but his spirit was not. He was calm and had his wits about him to make sure I stayed calm.  After 2 ambulance rides to 2 different hospitals, emergency spleen surgery, artery replacement in his crushed left arm and a rod in his right hip to fix the broken femur head, I finally took a breath!  Although I was not involved in the accident it is true what they say. . .  My life flashed before my eyes.  I have no idea how I could live my life with out my Husband.   We tell the people in our lives we love them and it is true but this made me realize that it is more than love. It is love, companionship, friendship, compassion, dislike, arguments,  jokes, fun times and sadness.  It is Life and mine would not be fulfilled without Stephen in it.

Thank goodness he is tough as nails and has made a remarkable recovery. He says he should have been a stunt man! He was blessed that day with a second chance at Life.  I feel like I got a wake up call as well.  Do not take life and Love for granted.  Make sure to tell those in your life that you Love them but be sure to show them everyday.  wess

This photo above was the happiest day of my life.

Until they told me Stephen would recover from his accident. Then it was the second happiest day.

I can not imagine stumbling through life with out him beside me!

Feeling Blessed.

Until Then,

Wende

 

 

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I am so happy to be writing  you today.  This past year was such a downer.  So much happened not only to me but to friends and family.  For starters my dog was diagnosed with cancer.  My mom was diagnosed with leukemia and in August my Husband was in a motor cycle accident where he was hit and run over!

Thanks to the powers that be my Mom and Husband are both alive and doing well.

 All things considered, I am feeling blessed. There are many times I want to huddle in a corner and feel sorry for myself because I had a bad day or because I am still looking for a better job but then I think of what my Mom and Husband have gone through in such a short period of time.  I slap myself on the hand and tell myself , “If you want change in your life then be that change.”  So I am doing just that. I am continuing to look for a job and I will strive to be a better wife, sister, daughter and friend.

When in doubt look around and see that there is always someone who has it much worse than you.

So hats off to two of the most important people in my life!

My Mom

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And my wonderful Husband

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I love you both dearly.

Until Then,

Wende

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