It has done almost nothing in Indiana except rain this summer. I have also fought various infections. It is time for both to stop. I want to enjoy what’s left of summer, because here; summers are short-lived.

 

I got out for a little bit this morning and enjoyed what was around me. I tend to shut out life and noise. I try more to focus on nature. I had been thinking of my family and how it used to be on Sundays. It isn’t like that anymore; for sure.

 

While I was out, I had the windows down in the car. The sun was actually shining and the heat not bad at all. I watched as a yellow and brown butterfly flew around the front of the car. In less than a blink of an eye, it came inside and sat on my steering wheel. It stayed for a few seconds and then flew around in my car. Having checked everything out, it flew outside again, took a flight around my car and then disappeared.

 

Was that you my brother? Maybe it was you; mom or dad? Either way, I know one of you knew I had been thinking about you today. Yes, I still love you. No, I will never forget you. See you in heaven dear family.

 

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Bring it up Front


I am a writer and I believe I think too much. Maybe this is what writers do; I am not sure. I find myself gazing at things around my room and something will catch my eye; and boom, I have a story to tell.

This happened this morning, in fact. I was sitting on my bed looking around at what I had left of my possessions that I truly cared for at heart. I looked at my low-boy dresser and suddenly was carried back to my youth.

I lived on a dead-end street in Warsaw, Indiana. Some of you from my city will probably remember the street; Oriole Lane. It was pretty close to the dead-end of the lane. We lived in a small house with a huge oak tree out front, that I can remember playing many times under with my dolls.

My brother and I would probably be looked down at now, or perhaps it would have been my parents that were looked at. I was 9-10 and he was 8-9 years old. We slept in the same bedroom in bunk beds. I slept on top and he had the bottom.

I had my dresser. In fact, I don’t remember any of my brother’s furniture. Maybe we shared the same dresser? I don’t know. Anyways, remember, I was staring at this dresser on my bed. I looked at the top drawer and then remembered one time my mom got really upset with me. Today, I don’t know why or understand. I think it was taboo or something.

I developed young. You know what I mean. That “special movie” hadn’t been presented in school yet and I think my mom didn’t expect something from me so young in age.

I got pretty scared and so when the evidence was seen with the naked eye; I hid all evidence. When my mom discovered it while putting clean clothes away; she found my items. She got angry and spouted off at me. Hey, I didn’t know what in the world was happening. For all I knew, I was dying.

Anyways, back to the presence, I laugh now as I think of that embarrassing moment in my young life. So many memories of my parents I savor today.

I am glad I am a thinker. I can revisit my memory box anytime I wish. I can bring it to the present and enjoy the times of being a kid.

Written by,
Terry Shepherd

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Laugh for your day


I was invited to a Senior luncheon today by a resident in my building. I have been to this church a few times before and discovered the people to be very nice. It is a country church with a wonderful minister and a congregation with a country atmosphere.

So, anyways, I sat between the gentleman who invited me and a gentleman that I recognized his face; but didn’t know his name. I enjoyed a wonderful meal. These people should be on T.V. shows because they cook so awesome. I can always guarantee to overeat and gain a pound.

I had chicken and meatloaf, along with a couple of light desserts. I only took a couple of bites of each dessert to save my sugar numbers. Hey! It wasn’t like I wasted any food! I did eat some of it.

Well, anyways, the luncheon was over and we were all sitting there chatting and letting the food digest when the gentleman on my side leaned into me and asked,” do you want a kiss?” I said.”what did you say?” He came back with, “do you want a kiss.” I replied with a kind, no thank-you.

He smiled and turned away and I watched him grab a dark chocolate Hershey kiss. He unwrapped it and popped it in his mouth and looked at me and smiled. I blushed and reached over and picked myself up a piece of chocolate and popped it in my mouth and smiled back. We each went on with our chatting with the other guests.

 

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Garlic Chicken Stir Fry


Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Rated as 4.34 out of 5 Stars
Recipe By:Teresa Shields
“A stir fry recipe I developed to satisfy a family of garlic lovers.”

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

  1. Heat peanut oil in a wok or large skillet. When oil begins to smoke, quickly stir in 2 cloves minced garlic, ginger root, green onions and salt. Stir fry until onion becomes translucent, about 2 minutes. Add chicken and stir until opaque, about 3 minutes. Add remaining 4 cloves minced garlic and stir. Add sweet onions, cabbage, bell pepper, peas and 1/2 cup of the broth/water and cover.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup broth/water, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch. Add sauce mixture to wok/skillet and stir until chicken and vegetables are coated with the thickened sauce. Serve immediately, over hot rice if desired.

Cuban Marinated Steak


Cuban Marinated Steak

Cuban Marinated Steak

Rated as 4.68 out of 5 Stars
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Recipe By:Michael Batt
“This Latin-inspired steak pairs perfectly with rice and beans. Slice leftovers really thin and serve on crusty day-old rolls for an amazing lunch or snack afterwards.”

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Montreal-style steak seasoning
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef rib-eye steaks

Directions

  1. Place cumin seeds into a small skillet over medium heat; stir constantly until seeds turn dark brown and smell toasted, about 1 minute. Immediately pour seeds into a bowl to stop the cooking. Mix cumin seeds with orange juice, vegetable oil, steak seasoning, lime juice, and oregano in a bowl.
  2. Place steaks into a large resealable plastic bag, pour orange juice marinade over the meat, and squeeze out air. Seal bag and turn it over several times to coat meat with marinade. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or longer for extra flavor.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  4. Remove steaks from marinade, shaking off any excess. Discard used marinade. Grill steaks on the preheated grill until seared on the outsides and still slightly pink in the centers, 6 to 8 minutes per side. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted sideways into the center of the thickest steak should read 145 degrees F (65 degrees C). Let steaks rest for 3 minutes before slicing.

Friends for Life


There are people worse off!
Yes, I realize this; but it doesn’t help.
Quit your whining!
I am trying; but it hurts.
Find something to do!
I am. I am trying to clean my house without falling down.
Why don’t you get off disability and get a job?
I miss work so much. My own paycheck. I wish I could.
You sure do sleep a lot!
Yes, I do. I get fatigued so easy.
You are the laziest person I ever saw!
If you only knew how hard I try to get through one day.
I don’t understand what’s happened to you!
Neither do I. It came on so slowly and now I’m fighting each step.
You never go out. Don’t you have any friends?
I have hundreds of friends through my support groups. Why don’t you take me out somewhere and help me through it?
I don’t understand you at all!
I don’t understand your lack of empathy and compassion. I thought we were always friends to the end.
 
Written by,
Terry Shepherd
 
Dedicated to those who’s illness has made a difference in their lives.
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Shooting Forty Minutes From Me


https://www.wane.com/news/local-news/1-person-shot-outside-glenbrook-mall/1242118336

I live about forty minutes from where this shooting took place. I don’t give a rat’s ass why someone shot someone. I only care about why is this being allowed to happen and where in the world are the brains of these shooters?

I know there is a God; but like others, I have questions. Why isn’t he fixing this? Why are innocent by standers getting hurt? Why so many losses of children?

Are they homeless and want a roof over their head? Do they want to be on the front newspapers? Did they lack attention when they were young?

Why? Is it a good idea that we let these shooters blame their bringing up? Even if they had the most blemished childhood; aren’t they adults now and able to turn their life around making different decisions? Wouldn’t you think they would want a better adult life than they had as a child?

Is our times getting so bad that we can’t go out in public any longer for fear of being shot or too close to a shooting? What is going on? I know Satan is alive and well, but can’t God stop him at something?

 

 

Easy Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Pork Chops


Easy Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

Easy Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

Rated as 4.09 out of 5 Stars
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Recipe By:Bonnie Carter Dalager
“Simple sweet and sour topping for slow cooker pork chops.”

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Sear the pork chops until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the pork chops to a slow cooker. Mix the brown sugar, ketchup, onion, and lemon juice in a bowl; spoon over the pork chops.
  2. Cook on Low until the pork chops are very tender, 4 to 6 hours.

Brookie Cookies


Brookie Cookies

yield: ABOUT 4 DOZEN

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 10-12 MINUTES

If you can’t choose between Chocolate Chip Cookies and Brownies, these Brookie Cookies are the answer! Soft baked brownie cookies with the perfect texture and flavor!

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE BROWNIE DOUGH:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH:

  • 3/4 cup Butter flavored Crisco
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

DIRECTIONS:

  1. For the brownie layer, in a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together until just combined. Set aside while you make the cookie dough.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. For the cookie dough, combine the Crisco, milk, vanilla, and brown sugar. Mix until well blended, add in egg. Add flour, salt and cinnamon and beat until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Using a 1 Tbsp scoopscoop all the cookie dough onto a piece of parchment paper on the counter top. Repeat for the brownie dough.
  5. Take one cookie dough ball and one brownie dough ball and press together gently to form one larger dough ball. Place on parchment paper (place the brownie side a little more on top to keep the cookie dough from spreading too much).
  6. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely. ENJOY!