07/30/13

What do you do with a sister who……………

I have 2 sisters…. both of whom I adore……. Yes we had our sisterly arguments growing up.

But now we are not only sisters, but friends as well.

One sister moved to Minnesota years ago and became a farmer’s wife in addition to mother of a large family …………… and a Project Manager for an electrical company.

To say she is an over the top achiever is putting it mildly.

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She volunteers for worthwhile projects and is always first in line to lend a helping hand.

Her leadership skills as well as her green thumb, make her a valuable member to any garden club.

In her…..  ahem…. spare time …. She enjoys working in her flower beds, rain or shine.

 

Her flower and food entries in the fair recently won….

10 Blue Ribbons……, 1 Grand Champion/Champion,…….. 2 Champion,……. 2 Reserve Champion ribbons,

7 Red Ribbons (2nd Place)……….., and 1 White Ribbon (3rd Place) .

 

The below is a Gold Yarrow from her garden.  This won Champion.

 

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Below is Cleome……  Winner of Grand Champion Champion

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                                       Baby’s Breath – Blue Ribbon

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Artemesia – Blue Ribbon / Reserve Champion

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Russian Sage – Blue Ribbon / Reserve Champion

 

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She also  won a Blue Ribbon for her  Wheat bread entry

  and a Blue Ribbon for her Peanut Butter bars

 

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She won  $54 in cash.  a $15.00 gift certificate to a Nursery and a Free 6″ Sub from Subway.

 

She is showing out big time.

 

What do you do with a sister like that?????

 

You celebrate with her……………… That’s what I’m doing…..  So proud of my Sis!!!!!!

 

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07/28/13

Southern Hash ……. Granny’s Hash

If you live in the south…..  you know the difference between “hash” and “Southern style hash.”

There are many different versions of hash, even Southern hash.

For whatever reason, hash is served on special occasions during the summer, such as July 4th and Memorial Day. 

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Mom and Dad had their own recipe and all the kids and grandkids grew up looking forward to those special occassions when they knew granny would cook “granny’s hash.”

 

Now Mom would give her secret recipe to anyone that asked, but it still wasn’t “granny’s hash.”  Maybe she added an ingredient that only she could add and that was her love for her large circle of family and friends.  How we all miss her.

We recently found a restaurant that serves hash southern style. Dad declares that it  tastes very similar to the hash made by the family recipe.

We went there twice in July and he enjoyed it both times. Side dishes aren’t necessary when serving hash, although it can be served over rice. Mostly, my dad just wants plenty of  rolls with his.

My Sister likes to eat her hash over rice with side items. (And she never gains an ounce.)

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Doesn’t this look yummy …… especially that macaroni and cheese.   Oops this is a blog about hash.

 

Because you are all my dear friends, I am going to share my Mom’s recipe. She would be thrilled to know “granny’s hash” will be famous in the world of blog land.

This is just as she wrote it down. 

 

4 lbs. Boneless Chuck Roast Beef

4 lbs Boston Butt Pork

12 medium size white potatoes

6 medium onions

4 cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Wash meat. Add salt and Pepper to meat

Immerse the meat in a large pot of water on stovetop,

Cook until tender, approximately 8 hrs.

Add peeled, washed and cut up potatoes, onions, and garlic.

Mash with masher.

 

Perhaps it will become your family recipe too!

Annie wouldn’t mind that at all. Smile

 

One last look at “granny’s hash.”

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07/26/13

Strawberries, Silver & Wasted Effort

As I was enjoying delicious fresh strawberries and setting the table

with silver décor, my mind started wandering ….. which happens pretty often.

I was thinking about………. wasted effort.

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This just happens to be one of my pet peeves. I  wonder if I am alone in my thinking.

Are you like me and believe when you use the formula, you should get the desired results?

 

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I so much want to believe if you put time and effort into a project, the rewards will be what you expected ………or even better than expected.

For instance,  if I make the effort to use a skin care product that promises peaches and cream, I don’t want to see zits and zats.

If I exercise and deprive myself of the foods I crave, I want to see results that tell me I was not wasting my time.

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And if I put time and care into a relationship, it should add to, not take away from,  the joy of life.

Yeah, I admit it. I think I can be in control of what happens in my world …… with my efforts.

And that leads me to disappointment plenty of times.

 

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On the brighter side, many will say if you learned from the experience, then  it was not wasted.

I say “ does it take disappointment for me to learn?’  … sigh….

 

Perhaps it does!!

 

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And that’s what I was thinking  ……. as I was munching on strawberries ….  and arranging the silver.

Then I thought of the efforts of blogging … but I will save that thought for another day.

 

I would love to hear from you about your thoughts on wasted effort.