Monday, February 23, 2015

Tuesday is flying by!!!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) My parents.  I appreciate all they have done and continue to do for me.

2) My brother and sisters.  I was blessed to have a brother and sisters who love me and I love them too.

Goals for the Day:

1) Cleaning.  Lots to do before Curtis leaves.
2) Call to check on classes for Lexi.
3) Call to check on my next doctors appointment.

From the Camera:

This photo was taken so very long ago.  Can you tell which one is me?  I'm the one holding the baby.  I was in 6th grade at the time.  I'm holding my younger sister Susan.  And the little boy in the photo is my younger brother, Shaun.  My youngest sister wasn't born yet.  This was a trip we took to Disneyland on our way to our new home on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  Check out my hair!  Those were the 70's.  ~smile~smile~

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea...

If you’ve ever been out of work and had a hard time finding a job, you can probably sympathize with those who are unemployed. Struggling to find a job can often make other things in your life fall apart. For many people, being unemployed means not being able to afford health insurance, child care, or even have the means to provide their family with regular meals.


Searching for a job is not only time-consuming, it can also be an extremely emotionally-draining experience. You can show your unemployed friends support simply by being there to help out with whatever he or she needs help with.

Step It Up

Many people who feel guilty accepting money from their friends will be more accepting of gifts that help their families. If you have a friend who is unemployed, offer to make their family a meal every week, or buy their children new shoes for school. You could even just invite them to share a meal with your family every once in a while.

Keep It Simple

You can also help an unemployed friend by helping them find the resources they need. Check in to food banks, churches or other local charities that may be able to help them through their situation.
From the Kitchen

Loaded Baked Potato Soup (with Caramelized Onions)

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Serves 12

Prep Time - 10 min
Cook Time - 2 hr
Total Time - 2 hr

3 lbs potatoes
6 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, chopped into small pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp. butter
4 tbsp. flour
2 cups whole milk
6 cups lowfat milk
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp. pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Optional Toppings
sour cream
remaining onions
remaining bacon

1.Preheat oven to 350
2.Wash, dry and wrap each potato in foil
3.Place potatoes in oven and bake until tender, 45 minutes - 1 hour, depending on the size of the potatoes
4.Remove potatoes from foil and let cool until you can handle them
5.Cut potatoes in half, and using a spoon scoop out the flesh, leaving the skin, and place in a large bowl
6.Using a potato masher, mash a few times to break up any large pieces, but making sure it is still a little chunky
7.In a large pot cook bacon pieces over medium heat until just crisp
8.Using a slotted spoon remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate leaving any bacon grease in the pot
9.Add onions to bacon grease and cook over medium heat until caramelized, making sure to stir often
10.Remove onions with a slotted spoon to the paper towel lined plate, separate from the bacon
11.Add garlic to the remaining grease and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant
12.Add butter to same pot and cook over medium heat until melted
13.Sprinkle flour over melted butter and whisk until butter is absorbed and a loose roux forms, cooking for 3-4 minutes to cook flour taste out
14.Slowly whisk in milk slowly bringing it to a boil, making sure all lumps disappear and it thickens
15.Add in reserved potato and stir to combine
16.Add in salt, pepper, 3/4 of the caramelized onions and 1/2 of the bacon (if you want to keep some for garnishing, if not then add it all in)
17.Let cook for 10 minutes, stirring often, to let all the flavors come together
18.Reduce heat to low and stir in sour cream and cheese, cooking until cheese is melted
19.Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary (I didn't have to add anything)
20.Serve with remaining onions & bacon (if you reserved any), cheese and sour cream if you desire

Each serving is 7 WW+ points
Nutritional Info
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 109 Total Fat 12.1g Saturated Fat 6.3g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 35mg Sodium 343mg Potassium 791mg Total Carbohydrates 29.2g Dietary Fiber 3.0g Sugars 10.2g Protein 12.7g
Vitamin A 9% - Vitamin C 40% - Calcium 25% - Iron 5%
Nutrition Grade B+

From the Spirit:

Kindness is the Essence of Greatness...

“Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known. Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.” –Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Virtue of Kindness”, Liahona, May 2005, 26-28

From the Schmidt's:

My boys made dinner last night and shortly after we all ate they ran a quick errand and then headed off to Jose's house last night.  They spent the evening playing games with Jose.  At around 9pm they came home to drop some things off, only to leave again.  This time back to Jose's house.  They didn't get home until right around midnight.  They always enjoy spending time with their friend Jose.  

Lexi spent pretty much most of the day and night working on her online classes.  She is really enjoying her classes and she is doing really well AND I don't have to remind her or bother her about school at all.  She is eager to work and she is loving this, which makes me VERY happy.  Believe me, Kevin and I have access to all of her online stuff so if anything comes up we are notified immediately.  Nothing has come up and I doubt anything will.  So far this online thing has been a win win thing for everyone.  Thank goodness!  I need to call the school to find out what we need to do for the next session that starts soon.  

Danielle stopped by last night which was nice.  She walked her dog which is even better.  He was a happy camper the rest of the night.  He needs to get out as often as possible.  And he loves his Mommy for taking care of him. 

Well, Kevin made a few calls to the attorney yesterday.  We are still waiting to hear back on when to meet to sign papers for the settlement.  We are hoping to get that done this week.  Kevin thought he might hear something this morning.  So, I am crossing my fingers and toes in the hopes that Kevin is right.  It's been about a year of this madness. It's time to put this to bed.

Well I need to go.  You all take care and we will talk again soon.  Have a wonderful day. 

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