Friday, May 20, 2011

The Crafty Side Of Me...

Ha ha, I don't have a crafty side!  But I have been spending some time doing scrapbooking layouts and cards over the past month...  Thank heavens for Brandie and her Close To My Heart nights once a month, because otherwise I would have never had the ability or the patience to make beautiful homemade cards like these...




If you live close, you should come join us!  It's way fun. :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy Mothers Day...

Ya, ya... I know I'm late... But I love my Mum very much and we had a brilliant Mothers Day at her house... even got a couple of pictures this time since they have a killer view from their deck...






I can't even remember the last time we got a pic of all of us together... and yes, my son is taller than me.  (And that is saying something since I am 5'10").  Hope you had a lovely Mothers Day too! :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wingers Chicken Recipe...



Last week we went to a work picnic so that Mike Sr could put some faces to names of some of the people he talks to in his part time Home Health job.  While there I got to talking to one of the office ladies about recipes, and she told me this simple way to make imitation Wingers sauce.  I absolutely adore Wingers, but have been trying to eat healthier and so I thought grilling boneless skinless chicken breast and then using some of the sauce over it might be a better option for me than actually going to the restaurant.

To make the sauce you just simply put 1/3 cup franks hot sauce, 2 Tbsp water and 1 & 1/2 cups of brown sugar in a saucepan, and bring to a boil for a couple of mins till the sugar is completely dissolved.  (The sauce will thicken slightly as it sits after you remove it from the heat).

To grill our chicken, I put about half the sauce aside in a separate bowl to keep it uncontaminated from raw chicken and poured the rest over the chicken to marinate for about 30 minutes.  Hubby threw the chicken on the grill and cooked it to perfection, then we served the chicken with the reserved sauce from the separate bowl on the side for dipping/drenching.  Can I tell you that my family could just not get enough of this???  It will be a family regular for sure this summer!

I used the franks buffalo sauce this first time and it was on the spicy side, (which we LOVE).  I think the plain hot sauce is not quite as spicy, so give them both a try and see which one you prefer. :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

*Sigh*...

Ugh. Sometimes life is just hard!  Now I really am not complaining here because trust me, I know there are others who have it so much tougher, but today was positively one of the crappiest days I have had in forever!  It was one of those days that I kept thinking... "It can't possibly get any worse", but then... "Really?  Are you FREAKIN' KIDDING ME????".  It did.  Over and over and over again.  I literally wanted to crawl in to bed and just go to sleep. I even asked someone to please shoot me in the @$$, because really that is only a flesh wound but it would at least get me home for the day!
I won't bore you with the details, but I will tell you that I felt tried and tested and am still feeling pretty bitter about some things.  However, there is a story I try to remember when I am situations such as these...

One day, a man went to the Lord and said, “Help me, Lord….I can’t take this suffering anymore. Please give me a different cross to bare.” So, our gentle Lord said, “Come with me.” All of a sudden, the man and the Lord were standing in a huge room with every kind of cross imaginable. Some were small, some large, others beautiful, some ugly, etc…..The Lord said to the man, “Now you look around and pick out whichever cross you’d like to carry.” Happily, the man searched and searched and finally found the smallest, lightest, most beautiful one. He said to the Lord, “Lord, Lord, I will take this one.”  The Lord just smiled and said, “My dear child, that is the same cross you came in with.”


God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference...