Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Spouse's Day

Today is National Spouse's Day so I am dedicating it to my spouse and best friend- Robert.

Robert is not only my husband, but my best friend. We have no secrets - none. We know each other better than we know ourselves. He is an all around great guy. Hardest worker I know. Of course, he is a man, so he is not perfect, lol. He has his flaws and vices, as we all do. I just love him as he is.

He is not my first husband. I married my first right out of high school, had two sons, and we eventually decided we wanted different things- I wanted adventure and travel and he wanted a younger woman of a different race that he worked with. We both got what we wanted. Funny thing is my ex and Robert even get along great. They painted the inside of my son's house together, they went to hockey games and ball games together, we all do Holidays together... Robert gets along well with everyone. Most people really like and respect him.

The best thing about my husband is that he builds me up instead of tearing me down, and I know some of you will say "Yeah right", but I Know this man loves me. He shows me every day. He loves my sons and he really loves our grandchildren. They know no difference- they are just blessed with an extra grandpa that loves them. When I got sick and had to have my transplant, we went through that together. I was in the hospital six weeks with complications ( and 3 major surgeries), and he was there daily. He came to the hospital every day after work (a 45 minute drive) and spent the night- then got up about 3 AM to go home, shower, and go back to work. He has been by my side since day #1. I love him more than words can say.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My new blog Day #1

Well, I have missed blogging so much. I really wish I could delete all my old blog posts and start over, but something tells me not to do that. I have never had the blog I wanted because I did not blog for me. This new start is all about me and my life. It will have Sunday Stories, Monday meals and recipes, Tuesday anything goes, Wednesday Weigh in and diet talk, Thankful Thursday, Friday photos, and Saturday links. Mixed in will be reviews, book talk, a daily journal prompt and reply, giveaways, and lots more things that I want to do for me. I really hope you will join me in this journey called life.

Monday Meals #1

 (from www.simplystacie.net)

I found this on Simpystacie. net a few years ago and it a a favorite of ours! Please try it and tell me what you think! Then visit www.simplystacie.net and check out her blog.

  • 4 cups uncooked bowtie pasta
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1  can stewed tomatoes
  • 1  can kidney beans, drained & rinsed ( I use dark kidney beans)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup lime juice
  • 1  package chili seasoning 
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and put in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a large saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Add in ground beef, onions and green pepper. Cook until beef is browned and vegetables are softened.
  3. Stir in package of chili seasoning mix. Add in stewed tomatoes and kidney beans and stir together. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice and garlic. Add the mixture to the bowtie pasta and stir to combine. Add the chili into the pasta mixture and stir together. Serve warm or chilled.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Starting over beginning tomorrow!!!! Jan 23, 2016