Thursday, August 23, 2012

The quickest quick takes ever

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Oh man ..Kara has left the building! I have a chance to be first. An outside chance but a chance nonetheless. ..Oh yeah! There is a new sheriff in town. . .I am dedicating this entire post to Kara and the chance to be the first to post tonight. Oh, and to the SUPER large DQ Blizzard that is my date for the night. I know it is too early to know for sure.  .but I think Mr DQ and I are going to be good friends.

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I am not Betty Crocker, June Cleaver or Martha Stewart. Not even close. My poor husband lives with this disappointment every day. I sometimes try. I have a plot in our Community Garden. This is my first year and I have loved the fresh produce. . but now it is literally coming out of my ears. My fridge is overrun with mammoth zucchini and tomatoes. I tried to use the zucchini by making bread... I made three batches one day, my husband declared that his cholesterol level would not permit him to partake in any. .. .so after I cleaned it off the wall I vowed no more bread. (really I am kidding. I ate the whole loaf myself. I hate cleaning so I really wouldn't give myself more to clean.) There are 5 hurking zukes in my fridge as I type. Pardon me for a moment.. .I need to pay a little attention to my date here.
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Mmmmmmm. Reece's Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard. You make me smile. You also make me fat, but since that fact isn't removing the smile from my face. .. you can stay.
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So to tackle my surplus, in a freak Martha Stewart moment, I snagged my Mom's old dehydrator. .. it looks like it is from 1978, but it works. SUPER EXCITED, I set out to dry 321 grape tomatoes, 2 aging bananas and 5 hulking zukes. I had to call my sister twice to make sure I knew what I was doing. The tomatoes and bananas are drying as I type. What didn't occur to me was that my ENTIRE house would gain an overwhelmingly bitter, tangy, sharp tomato smell with just enough banana scent thrown in to turn my stomach. Are "real" homemakers immune to these side effects of frugality? Is there a pill I can take to assist me in attaining this immunity?

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I lost a son in January in my 14th week of pregancy. Up until that moment I knew nothing about Down Syndrome. It was not on my radar. My son would have been born with Down Syndrome and I was honestly devastated by the diagnosis but even more shattered by the loss of him. My eyes have been forever opened and my life has been enriched in ways I never could have imagined. So much so. Stories like this MAKE MY DAY! Wake up people. . .stop trying to limit people, define people and hold people back!
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I heard a rumor that we may be traveling to meet and claim our boy in as little as 4 weeks! That is 3 weeks faster than I thought! I am super excited but also super stressed. Raising funds is NOT easy or fun for me. It seems that some people have a knack for this. .. I am not one of them. (I know it seems that I am completely lacking in skill. .. which is sometimes true.) Please pray that the funds appear so that I can focus on what is truly important in this process. Look at that boy, is he not just the cutest? Check out our giveaway?
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This has been a rough couple of weeks for a lot of people. I have been praying so fervently for so many people. So much tragedy that I am finding it difficult to keep a stiff upper lip. So with a deep breath I will leave you with my all time favorite song. Have a blessed weekend everyone!

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  1. 3.) So jealous. It's at least 40 minutes of driving into the city to find a DQ.

  2. OMG Best quick takes ever. HAHAHAAAA

    Becki is my fav.

    I REALLY need some zucchini. We were living off it for a while but I keep forgetting to buy it.

  3. Zucchini just shred it (if you have a food processor of some sort) and throw it in the freezer. I found out this past year that you can add a cup or two of shredded zucchini to spag sauce and it's really good. Put it through your blender if your family is very suspicous of any texture in their sauce.

  4. O girl you always make me laugh!

    Zucchini. Shred it. Add a little four and a couple eggs and fry it like scrambled eggs. Season liberally.

    And tell Gavin that sugar has a far greater impact on cholesterol than butter. true story.

  5. Sorry Jennifer. .. deleted your comment. WHOOPS! Jennifer has left a new comment on your post "The quickest quick takes ever":

    Yes, shred the zucchini and freeze! Then you can make zucchini bread or whatever all year long!! I have a great greek meatabll recipe that uses zucchini. YUM!

  6. You too??? I have zuch's sitting in my kitchen from our garden. I haven't had the time to do anything with them can come over and make some bread for me! :) Reece's Peanut Butter Cup blizzards are my fav and Man in the Mirror is an all time great - sing at the top of your lungs great! Can't wait for tomorrow night!!!

  7. Tell Gavin he's too young to worry so much about his cholesterol!
    And WHY didn't those 2 aging bananas magically turn into banana bread???

    1. I often wonder why random fruits and veggies in my kitchen do not magically turn into yummy goodies. .WHY? !?!? Oh the humanity!!!

  8. OH, and for the record. . the banana chip experiment was a disaster. . .they glued themselves to the tray.. I had to chip them off. . and after being physically forced to eat one, Gavin had to chisel it off his teeth. What came out of his mouth after that banana chip cannot be put into print here. .. . well the first word can. It all started with VILE. . .. and yes, I laughed until I cried. And continued crying until I laughed. It was beautiful.

    1. Omg I love you guys. Lol!! Too funny. I never got the appeal of dried fruit. I'd just make loaves upon loaves of bread and freeze it all.