Archive | October 2013

Weird

Weird

We all have a vague idea of what the word weird means and I’m sure it’s different for each of us.

Over the last year and a half I’ve had my own definition of weird.

This weekend brought a new one.

After almost a year and a half (hard to believe it’s been that long), letters, texts and Facebook (yes in that order) I finally met the man who received Tim’s (my late husband) liver.

When I first received his letter approximately 5? months after my husband’s death (all personal information was left out to protect donor/recipient privacy) I wasn’t sure how I felt. I analyzed myself (yes I’m a Virgo)….what am I feeling? If I were to be honest (and I try) I would have to say at that time I didn’t really feel anything one way or the other.

My husband died in June 2012 and I don’t really remember much of that summer. When something as devastating as this happens you are instantly thrown into shock….(and again, if I were to be honest I would say it still seems surreal) so when I received the letter that seemed surreal as well and it took me a lot of hard thinking and some time before I decided to respond.

To make a long story short……

Daniel and I started texting then became friends on Facebook (love that site!) and finally last week made a ‘date’ to meet in person….for the first time. I am so glad we did it the way we did as we felt like we already knew each other through social media.

I got there first and again, being honest, didn’t really want to get out of my van. I sat there secretly hoping he wouldn’t show up. Why? Because I wasn’t sure how I was going to handle it. I had been ok with it up until Saturday morning but I could feel myself breaking down as the time got closer. I did get out of my van and waited at the entrance of the local restaurant. Even though I knew what he looked like (from Facebook) I was wondering if I would recognize him.

I did.

I saw him walk across the parking lot with a bouquet of beautiful flowers and I nodded my head…knowing it was him. As we met I don’t recall either one of us saying anything….we just hugged…for a very long time….. me with tears in my eyes.

We talked for a bit before we went in for lunch. I don’t think either one of us was nervous or uncomfortable as we sort of knew each other already.

We ended up talking for over 2 hours!!!!

Him about his life and family and me about Tim and our family. For both of us it was surreal and…..
Weird.
We kept mentioning how weird everything is. There really is no other word to describe it.

So many people were and still are affected by one person passing away…more so that it was sudden and completely unexpected.

However this one death allowed 4 others to live.

Daniel was hours away from death and now he is alive because my late husband was an organ donor.

I know how I felt and still feel having a husband die but I have no idea how someone who is an organ recipient feels. I mean can you imagine…you are alive because someone had died and you now have a part of them inside you.

Pretty heavy stuff.

Daniel and I had a great time and we plan on doing it again soon…only this time with his wife and children and any of my family members that want to. (This first time we thought it best for it to be just the two of us.)

It is what it is and what mother nature gives she also takes away.
We can only assume at some point in our lives we can see or understand the why’s of things that happened.

Thank you Daniel for a wonder time.
We are now, through weirdness of its own, connected like family.

Done Vida (give life)

Notes:
My definition of weirdness for the last year and a half:

..husband of 32 years suddenly & unexpectedly passing away
..in a wonderful relationship with a wonderful guy who I have known almost forever
..meeting one of Tim’s organ recipients
..having 7 grandchildren and I’m only 52
..house completely remodeled after living there over 27 years..damn that’s a long time!

 

 

Rebecca

Rebecca

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Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken

Oh Look!
Another recipe!!!

We had this for dinner last night and with modification it will be a keeper.

It’s quick, easy, cheap and good.

Notes:

Modification: This dish needs something…more. Next time I will add chopped onion and garlic and have it cook with the chicken.This, I think, will give it the pizzaz it needs.

When putting the chicken back in the crock pot I shredded it instead of leaving the breasts whole.

Once the noodles were cooked I added them directly to the crockpot instead of serving the chicken/sauce mixture over them.

All in all…..I liked this dish and am in fact having leftovers for lunch today.
Oh….
It makes alot!

Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry ranch dressing mix
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon oregano
1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese

Directions

Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken breasts inside slow cooker. In a small mixing bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, ranch dressing mix, chicken broth, garlic powder, parsley flakes, paprika, and oregano. Pour evenly over chicken breasts. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 or high for 2-3 hours. Remove chicken and stir cream cheese into the sauce until smooth. Put chicken back in the slow cooker and serve over cooked egg noodles or rice. Drizzle with extra sauce.

Yum!

Rebecca

Rebecca

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Speaking of pumpkins…..

I never heard of pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies before but they sounded good.

Daughter #1 made these yesterday and yes…

They are good!!!!

Note: You might have a hard time finding the pumpkin spice instant pudding. Our local Fred Meyer didn’t have it but the Albertson’s did.

I plan on stocking up on the pudding before it goes out of stock for the season.

I didn’t bother putting these in the cookie jar….they won’t last that long!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 (3.4 oz) box pumpkin spice instant pudding mix
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 to 2 1/4 cups flour

Cinnamon Sugar Coating
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Stir together flour, cream of tartar and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars and pudding mix together.
Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated.
In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon to form CINNAMON SUGAR COATING.
Roll Pumpkin Pudding Cookies into 1″ balls. Next roll into cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat outer surface of ball entirely. Place on a greased cookie sheet and repeat for remaining dough. (12 cookies per baking sheet)
Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes.

YUM!!!!

Rebecca

Rebecca

Pumpkin Farm – Family Tradition

We finally were able to get back to our fall family tradition of going to one of the local pumpkin farms last weekend.

In the last couple of years it seemed that when we could all get together it ended up pouring down rain so we never made it in time for Halloween.

Luck was with us this time and not only did we all get to go it had stopped raining and actually turned into a very nice day.

Here are just some of my favorite photos.

Grandson Emmett

Grandson Emmett

Grandson Timothy Granddaugther Naomi

Grandson Timothy
Granddaugther Naomi

Granddaughters Naomi, Cierra, Skye

Granddaughters Naomi, Cierra, Skye

Son in law Garrison Daughter Melissa

Son in law Garrison
Daughter Melissa

All 7 grandkids

All 7 grandkids

Stepson Sean

Stepson Sean

Stepson Sean

Stepson Sean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun times had by all.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Slow Cooker Sour Cream Salsa Chicken

This was awesome!!
Easy, cheap and makes ALOT.

Notes:
I did in fact use only two chicken breasts that it calls for. Normally I will add extra but I took a chance and didn’t this time. I’m glad I didn’t. It made a lot!
When the chicken is done there will be a lot of liquid in the crock pot. I debated whether to remove some of it and decided not to. I’m glad I didn’t!
I didn’t add the grated cheese as I didn’t want it to melt. We instead put the cheese on the taco/burrito after the fact.
This is good in a tortilla, with tortilla chips, over shredded lettuce or hell….just eat it as it is!!!

Slow Cooker Sour Cream Salsa Chicken

Ingredients

2 Chicken Breasts
1 16 ounce of Jar Salsa (I used Old El Paso Mild)
1 Taco Seasoning packet
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16 ounces sour cream (about 2 cups)
3 cups cooked rice (can be freshly steamed, or cold leftovers)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 15 ounce can drained and rinsed black beans
Tortillas for serving

Directions

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray
Put half the salsa in your slow cooker. Place chicken breasts onto salsa, sprinkle taco seasoning on top of chicken. Pour rest of salsa on top of chicken and seasonings.
Note- do not add other ingredients until cooking time is over
Cook on low for 8 hours.
Add sour cream, rice, cheese, and black beans to slow cooker, give it all a big stir.
Serve in warmed tortillas

Enjoy!

Rebecca

Rebecca

Hash Brown Hot Dish

No better title than that!

Once again my mom emailed me the following recipe.
It’s fast, easy, quick and more importantly…..GOOD!
Everyone loved this.

Note: I don’t like mushroom anything so I substituted cream of chicken soup for the mushroom soup.

Hash Brown Hot Dish

Ingredients

32 oz. pkg. Hash Browns,thawed
2 c. Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 c. Green Onions, diced
2 Tbl. Butter, melted
16 oz. Sour Cream
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup (or cream of chicken)
1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1/4 tsp. Pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350.
Spray 13 x 9″ dish with PAM.
Combine everything and pour into dish.
Bake 1 hour until bubbly.

Enjoy

Rebecca

Rebecca