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Bloody Mary Rice and Beans:

Bloody Mary Rice and Beans:


Today I went healthier. This meal also comes together very quickly. Put your brown rice on first and by the time that you are done putting the rest together the rice will probably be cooked.


1 c. brown rice (before cooking) 2 tbsp. olive oil ½ red onion, diced ½ white onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, diced 2 small cans diced tomatoes 4 cans of beans ½ c. bloody mary mix ½ c. vodka 1 c. beef broth 1 tsp. ground black pepper 1 tsp. coriander salt to taste goat cheese or sour cream


Get your brown rice going in it’s own pot. Put your burner on medium heat. In a large skillet brown your red and white onion in the olive oil. Add the garlic to the onion and then add the beans. (They need to be rinsed and drained. This time I used, cannellini, black, garbanzo, and red beans.) Next add the bloody mary mix, canned tomatoes, beef broth, vodka, coriander, and the black pepper. Let the mixture cook on medium until it reduces quite a bit, around fifteen minutes. Then add the…

“You are no better than anyone else, and no one else is any better than you.”

“You are no better than anyone else, and no one else is any better than you.”
This is something that my mother taught to me when I was very young. I grew up just believing it. It has always been a very simple, very real statement to me. One day when I was in high school I said this to a girl. She was a reasonably close acquaintance of mine at school. She was a straight “A” student and a ballerina. She was an extremely hard worker, always training or studying. I believe that she had gotten a less than perfect grade on a paper. She was very upset and she mentioned how someone else had gotten a higher grade than her and this brought me around to the words that my mother had taught to me. Don’t get me wrong here; I was pretty blunt as a kid. I may not have delivered the words very gracefully. I put the poor girl in tears. I was completely astonished by this. How could anyone be upset by the reality of their own equality? How strange. I didn’t understand her reaction at all. I understand it…

Baked Potato Soup:

What's for dinner?
Baked Potato Soup:


This is another rich recipe. I had my bacon grease and bacon left over from yesterday and I decided I could use them up. This is a great recipe if you are having people over for dinner. The recipe makes quite a bit and the soup makes a great meal served with good bread and a salad.
1/2 package cooked bacon and grease, bacon finely chopped 1-5 lb. bag russet potatoes 2 tbsp. gluten free flour 3 tbsp. butter 1 medium white onion, finely diced 3 cloves garlic, finely diced 4 small cans of chicken broth ½ c. white wine ½ c. brandy 1 tbsp. Basil 1 tsp. coriander 1 tsp. saracha 1 tsp. ground pepper 2 c. half and half or heavy cream 3 c. grated co-jack cheese 1 bunch chopped scallions salt to taste, wait until you have finished all of your steps before you season the soup with salt to taste.


First melt your bacon grease with the butter in a large pot. Add your diced onion and sprinkle in the gluten free flour. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly…

Living as a team.

Living as a team.
So, the twins are just about to turn ten and my youngest, Aurora, is nine (going on seventeen.) We, the four of us, are together basically twenty four seven. I stay at home and homeschool the three of them through Florida’s virtual school program. My husband and I had a little bit of a head start on parenting because of the foster boys that we took in when we were younger. They were all older boys, so the experience didn’t apply directly when we were raising toddlers, but we definitely picked up some knowledge that we have been able to use as our own kids grow. One of the most valuable things that I learned while caring for my foster boys was the fact that the only way to handle all of them at once was to discipline them as a team. If I didn’t do that on a daily basis, I have no idea how I would manage my life today. I know that to some people this concept will seem unfair, but I’ll do my best to try and explain why it works so well for us. What’s one of the things th…

Naughty Chicken:

What’s for Dinner?
Naughty Chicken:


I call it naughty because of the bacon and the bacon grease and the heavy cream. It is definitely not a dish that I would recommend eating on a daily basis, but it is truly delicious and a wonderful comfort food.
3-5 Chicken breasts, fat removed and breasts butterflied. 2 tsp. Gluten free flour. Salt and Pepper. 1 package bacon, cut into one inch long pieces. 1 small white onion, diced. 3 cloves garlic, diced. 3 Tbsp. capers. 2 small cans diced tomatoes. 1tsp. oregano. 1tsp.basil. ½c. red wine. 1tsp. balsamic vinegar. 1tsp. honey. 1tsp. saracha (Asian chili sauce. You can substitute 1\4 tsp. cayenne pepper.) 1c. heavy cream. cooked brown rice.


Brown rice takes about an hour, so I would get your rice going before you start on everything else. Put the bacon in a large frying pan and cook it on medium, stirring often, until the bacon is done. Remove the bacon from the pan and put it aside on paper towels to drain. Add the onion and garlic to the bacon…

MOM…There’s a snake in the pool!

MOM…There’s a snake in the pool!


We have a pool. It’s my baby. I only dreamt of having my own pool as a kid. It’s probably for the best that I didn’t. I got swimmer’s ear annually as it was. My kids are in the pool every day, at least for a bit, sometimes even in the middle of the winter. Our winters in Central Florida are mild, but the water in an unheated pool still gets cold! They just love the pool that much. When we moved into our house my husband and I made a deal that he would take care of the yard if I took charge of the pool. It took me some time but I have learned the ins and outs of pool maintenance. I am pretty proud of that at this point, I can even backwash the filter all by myself. I was feeling relatively in control of this whole pool thing…until spring came. Baby animals come in the spring, including baby snakes. They are small enough that they can slither right under our pool screen and right into the pool, but they aren’t big enough to climb back out. Luckily I am not…

Grandma’s Mac and Cheese:

What's for dinner?




Grandma’s Mac and Cheese: (Silly Mommy Style)
This is an old-fashioned mac and cheese recipe that uses a rue. It tastes like childhood to me. My grandmother’s recipe of course, does not call for any veg and uses American cheese. We usually use co-jack and throw a little American on the top. I think that you could substitute any different mixture of cheeses and still have great results. I added in some Gruyere once and it was delicious!
2 Tbsp. gluten free flour 2 Tbsp. butter 1c. heavy cream or half and half Salt to taste Pepper to taste
These are the ingredients for the sauce. Melt the butter on medium heat and add the flour. Stir continually. The mixture will bubble. You want for it to turn smooth and golden in color before adding the cream. Add the cream and keep stirring until the mixture bubbles again and becomes thick and smooth. Then add the salt and pepper to taste. The consistency should be like a gravy. Set this aside.
2c. Gluten free pasta 2 Tbsp. fine…

Life moves pretty fast.

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
It’s true. My twins are turning ten next month, and it seems like it was just yesterday that we brought them home from the hospital.My husband and I were laughing the other day talking about when someone mentions the nineties andwe’re thinking that was about ten years ago, right? I know that our particular situation made it seem like everything was moving much faster. Three children under three to start out with; life didn’t just move fast, life was a blur!
There are huge chunks of time, especially during those first five crazy years that I can barely even remember. Friends ask me questions about the kids like “When did Joey first walk?” or “What was Cy’s first word?” My response: “I have no clue!” I just didn’t have the energy to focus on committing those things to memory. To be honest, I do have one baby book for the twins where I think that I managed to get the majority of it…