Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Hope-This-Helps-Me-Get-Well Recipe

4-Ingredient Chili Dog Casserole Recipe - Kraft Recipes

Chilling out with a terrible virus this weekend. Trying all the spicy stuff I can come up with. Special thanks to my 2 girls who've brought me what I need from the store. Namely, Chocolate and a great homemade salsa (Rachel) and Cupcakes (Kirsten). You've heard the saying, 'feed a cold, starve the flu'. Feels like I have both :( Definitely working on it.

Hope the recipe tastes good. If you attempt it, be sure to heat those tortillas a few seconds in the microwave (we use our potato bag for this task). It'll keep them from cracking so much at least while rolling them up. And we put much more cheese on top than the web page shows as you can see in the pic. By the way, It's Gluten-free!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Home, Soil, Rain

Today’s writing prompt asked me to write down the first words that come to mind when I hear those 3 words.

Home = Room (needed more. I have many, many witnesses to testify for me on this point)

Soil = Flint (at the bottom of my basement costing me extra $$$$. It’s very hard to scoop out with an excavator. Some use dynamite. We didn’t want to blow up my existing home though)


Rain = Rain ( the reason it took us so dang long to complete our home addition.)
Now for a few pics of the rooms that are almost complete.
Cabinets up, counter tops finished, but waiting for tile. Notice, fingerprints welcome around here.
Second bathroom finished except for sink and counter top.
Stairs will be getting carpet. And yes mother, we have handrails. :)
(she worries about me a little bit)
These are my thoughts on home, soil and rain. But it could change tomorrow.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

They Tell Me To Unlock the Mind

The baby wimpers as my husband holds her. I listen at the kitchen table to the wind blow. I look at the sunshine and shadows. My husband burps. My soda is sitting beside me in a plastic white Smith Cotton Tigers cup from the 1980’s. It’s diet soda. I’m trying not to think about the candy bar in the top drawer on my new cabinets. It’s behind the battery charger and batteries. A bunch of AA batteries and rechargeable ones too. My friend is texting me about the weather in Southern Tennessee. I’ve just asked her about how the world is treating her and waiting for ‘the answer’. I’m debating on whether it’s another indecisive note about them moving back to Missouri or not.

Here’s our convo….

Me> How’s the world treating you all?

L > Ok…I reckon :{ still contemplating where and what to do next. How are things on your end?

Me> Halfway to having my sewing room completed. I may disappear for a month to just sew. Lol  If only….
Had a try at getting my drivers license back and flunked the test twice. Just the written at least.
Going to fix spaghetti for supper I think. Same ol same ol daily grind stuff. Haha

So I guess I was right about the indecisive answer from my friend L. I don’t blame her. Lots to consider in her life. Wish I had the perfect answer for her decision.
Hope you enjoyed my writing prompt. It's supposed to be 20 minutes of random thoughts no matter what they are. Glad they were publishable :) 


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hop On Over

Hope you'll take a "look-see" at a great blog. I am lucky to know Jeanna personally and her precious boys :) Her experience on going "social media free" for a month is here:
I'd probably last this long.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Day After

Our family tradition continued last night at the Annual Hunter Family White Elephant Party. 2014 was no different as we had our usual shenanigans. There were those who we missed as always and hope to see them next year. But I have to say "thank you" for not spilling the beans last night on Facebook. More on that in a bit....
There were the "gifts"
Some were "R" rated and so we'll just say I was fortunate enough to have the "family friendly" gift of the evening. Here you see the Tissue Cover Barbie Couch. Accompanying this fabulous item was a clock with various grains imbedded in it. Just Lovely Michelle :)

We had a card exchange, cookie exchange, and a fabulous pot luck meal. Loved Ashley's cream cheese corn and glad she told me the recipe. Gonna try that one!

The game of the evening was provided by Bob & Maybelle with their Cookie Bowl Roulette. I dubbed it Roulette but it was actually how a White Elephant party is supposed to work. First we all get a number and take a turn picking out a gift from some choices they provided. After that, anyone can 'steal' your item if they think it's better than yours. Apparently I have good taste, because my choice became the HoT PoTaTo of the evening.

I had it

But lost it. I think nearly everyone tried their best to keep it.

But my daughter, Rachel triumphed in the end. She was pretty excited about that!
(So was I actually)
Sorry to those who were plotting a "strategy". Better luck again next year.
Now for the More on that in a bit part.
We're a fairly versatile group of adults.
College Students
A High School Senior
Business Owners
Skilled Professionals
Blue Collar Workers
Real Salt of the Earth Family.
No Fakes here
When I asked them to all wear the "Find A Cure For Isaiah" bracelets, they didn't let me down.
We are uplifting him and his family in our "Pound It" photo here.
We're definitely not a group to sit around a camp fire singing 'Kumbaya',
but we are giving in prayers, goodness and actions.
We hope that you'll take a minute or two to read about Isaiah and get to know him through the world of the Internet.
He also made the New York Daily News
Please take a minute in your day to spread some prayer, information or your support for this disease.
Isaiah's journey is one to make us all stop and bring us all together this Holiday Season and beyond.
Adding a blurry picture here of Isaiah's mom (center).
We're standing in the rain at the Lee Summit train depot but I promised to share this one.
Rachel and Emily are responsible for the bracelets.
Proud of you girls!!
Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Merry Christmas from the Hunter family to yours!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Life is Too Short

Feelings that can come to pass when you have been singled out by your family.
  1. Despair: "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."
    Philippians 4:8
  2. Anger: "Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools."
    Ecclesiastes 7:9
  3. Depression: "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
    Isaiah 41:10
  4. Grief: "Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."
    1 Peter 5:7
 Yesterday at a local craft show while attending my booth there came along a lady who was reminiscing of yesteryear as she tasted the goodies from the booth next to ours. She described in great detail the recipes of her grandmother who was an immigrant of Austria and how it was rumored she was held for some time by the Royalty there for her great talent of baking and finally allowed to come to America. Great stuff. A story to be very proud of.

I said as much and said I hoped she had those wonderful recipes. The next thing I know she's telling me she is estranged from her sisters who have the book of recipes her grandmother had written them all down in and who won't allow her even copies of the recipes. Or copies of family photos. They won't even speak.

She was in tears slowly telling me more and more about wrongs of her siblings towards her and she was unaware of why they treated her this way. She talked about her brother near death but recovered and hearing about it from a family friend.

She offered her help in a family member's time of need and was firmly refused; given excuses that seemed sensible at the time, but revealed later by another friend as just another part of her alienation.

The story went on and on for about 45 minutes.
Ron, sitting there, was totally convinced we knew each other. I never learned her name.

We've all been in situations where someone is mad at us. My theory after losing my father at a young age:
Life Is Too Short

I'm not here to preach about wrongs and rights. Only about feelings.
During this upcoming holiday season, if you can lend an ear to someone, do it.
We all have struggles.
We all have been wronged.
We all feel pain.
And we all have the ability to lend some human spirit of caring to someone.
Pass It On.