Friday, December 9, 2016

What Dreams Are Made Of: SSS December2016

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado                    http://www.BakingInATornado.com                         
 Not That Sarah Michelle            http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com 
The Bergham Chronicles            http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com                        
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver     http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog.html
The Lieber Family Blog                 http://thelieberfamily.com   
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy        http://dinoheromommy.com/  
Never Ever Give Up Hope              http://batteredhope.blogspot.com    
Simply Shannon                         http://mybrainonkids.net 
A Little Piece of Peace                   http://little-piece-of-peace.blogspot.com
Confessions of a part time working mom     http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/
The Angrivated Mom Blog                   http://www.angrivatedmom.wordpress.com/ 
Climaxed                                                   http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com 

Your “Secret Subject” is:
What would you do with yourself if life handed you a free pass and you could do anything you wanted without consequence or financial obligation?
It was submitted by: http://www.angrivatedmom.wordpress.com/   
Oh my...I think I'd be a multi-talented actress, singer, writer and world traveler. Why? Because if you know me, you know I have a hard time choosing just one thing.
I love to write and when I was growing up I wanted to be a singer or famous fashion designer. Yes I had dreams of designing the new concert outfits for KISS, more importantly Paul Stanley. He would fall in love with me and that would be that.
As a writer I would travel the world for inspiration and locations for my next big hit.
At dinner parties they would beg me to sing and share stories of my travels.
Yes, I'm a dreamer but if you're going to do it, do it right.
For award shows, banquets and dinners at the White House I would design and create exquisite gowns that would land me on the cover of every magazine and red carpet event.

Now on to reality. All of the above is a dream belonging to a selfish young girl. My dreams as a mature mom/grandmom are completely different. I would love to have an unlimited supply of money for the purpose of helping others. Charities, non profit organizations and being an activist for those who have no voice. Children, veteran's and animals.

 I would own a large farm with indoor kennels, barns and a home for the abandoned animals, abused and left behind cats, dogs, horses and discarded children. They would have love and responsibility. They would learn to care for each other and help those in their community. Working the land, growing food and serving. 

Picking up trash on the side of the road, cleaning parks, planting flowers, raking the leaves in the yards of elderly couples, the list goes on. These are things I did with my boys and it taught them compassion, tolerance, service and giving attitudes.

My spiritual gift of mercy runs strong when I see a kitty running around the dumpster at the gas station or a stray dog on the side of the highway. I'd love to save them all but have no room for them. I have had a dream for many years to own a farm for rescues.

This is my adult dream. That and retiring to the beach :)

Friday, November 25, 2016

FF Best Buds: Spicy Fried Pork Chop and Gravy

I was in the mood for a pork chop. I know, crazy but I was. So I stopped at the store and picked up a nice package of center cut boneless pork chops. When I got home I promptly placed the chops on a platter and slathered them up with Texas Pete hot sauce. I left them alone while I shucked the fresh corn and peeled potatoes. The corn, which was silver queen and white, turned yellow after blanching. THIS was exciting because I knew it would be super sweet and it did not disappoint in any way shape or form.
So, back to the chops. In a zip top bag I added 8 tablespoons of all purpose flour and 1 teaspoon of each of the following spices: paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, white ground pepper and a few dashes of cayenne pepper. I shook the bag and then dropped the chops inside. Shook it again and placed the chops slowly into a hot skillet with hot oil, about 1/4 inch. I cooked them until they were done, not fried to death and dry. Topped with gravy and served with a salad, fresh corn and homemade mashed potatoes. YES! Delicious, crunchy, moist and just a tad spicy. 
Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.
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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Not That Sarah Michelle (http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com)
1. Ebony and Ivory- go together in purrfect harmony
2. Best buddies, as long as the hood dawgs aren't around
3. "we be chillin'
4. aww, I mean, just look at it!!!
5. Dog to cat "all comfy?"
Cat to Dog "purrrfectly"
Dog to Cat "don't be cheesy"
Cat to Dog " HUSH you're harshing my mellow"

Be sure to see what everyone else said:
Baking In A Tornado LINK: http://www.bakinginatornado.com/201...
The Bergham Chronicles LINK:
Measurements of Merriment LINK:
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy LINK:
Not That Sarah Michelle LINK:

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.
Funny Friday  150 X 150.jpg
Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Not That Sarah Michelle (http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com)
1. Ebony and Ivory- go together in purrfect harmony
2. Best buddies, as long as the hood dawgs aren't around
3. "we be chillin'
4. aww, I mean, just look at it!!!
5. Dog to cat "all comfy?"
Cat to Dog "purrrfectly"
Dog to Cat "don't be cheesy"
Cat to Dog " HUSH you're harshing my mellow"

Friday, November 18, 2016

Chicken Cheesy Bacon Rice Dinner and FOTW November

Since I love chicken and who doesn't love bacon, here is a simple dish that combines all the yummy comfort ingredients I enjoy. I know, I know, the plate is basically one color BUT I did eat a salad first it just isn't included in the photo.
I sauteed the chicken, boneless skinless chicken breast in some butter. Then in the deep dish skillet I added a cup of rice, salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of parsley flakes. Stirred in 1/3 cup diced bacon, a cup of chicken gravy, placed the chicken on top and placed a lid. When the rice was done, about 20 minutes I sprinkled shredded cheddar cheese on top and allowed it to melt. Served with fresh pineapple, corn and sliced tomatoes. Simple and full of all the comfort ingredients.

I love this time of the month "Fly On The Wall" when you the readers get to have a peek into the day in and day out of the lives of bloggers, myself included of course.

I was dropping off a group of VIP's for a company when one of them, who was young and not bad on the eyes, asked me if I was married. I said no I'm not. He said "oooh good" I just laughed told them to enjoy their stay and went on my way.

Several things...Hurricane Matthew didn't do any damage. The flood after did. I was evacuated and lost my home. Moved to a bigger, newer, nicer place. My mom's oldest sister passed away. All within a 3 week period. Stress? Nah...eye roll.
I work for a transportation company, transporting VIP's , business men/women , young Marines and more. This enables me to travel each day and meet some very interesting people. I have some favorites...one being little Brenden. I pick him and his mom up each morning, drop him at day care then take his mom to work. Little Brenden is 4. He is the sweetest little guy. Each morning he says "have a nice daaaay!" then "Mommy I love you".
LMSP has become quiet the artist as you can see above. That's my kitty, Beau.

LMSP started kindergarten which I mentioned before, well...she is so funny. Saturday she told me "I have SOOO many new friends!" It was really cute. Then I found out she was elected class president. I was like ??? class president in Kindergarten?? Really what do you do? She shrugged her shoulders and said "I don't know". LOL

Exciting news... I am flying to Texas to see my youngest son, his wife and my grandbaby! I have yet to meet her and she is now 9  months old. I'm sooo excited I can hardly stand it.
Baking In A Tornado http://www.bakinginatornado.com/2016/11/fly-on-wall-i-said-balls.html
Menopausal Mother                    http://www.menopausalmom.com/   
Go Mama O                                http://www.gomamao.com                                       
Searching for Sanity                    http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                       
Never Ever Give Up Hope             http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                        
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy         http://dinoheromommy.com/