Planning Out the Hodgepodge

Time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge! Answer the questions, link up with Joyce, and then visit some friends to read their answers!
 1. What's something we'd find you doing most afternoons?
 Walking GurlDogg…every day. Rain, snow, or shine; in the heat or cold. You’ll find us in the park
Wet dog walking on a leash on a sidewalk with puddles
2. Who do you take after? In what way(s)? 

I find that I’m taking a lot after my mom, especially the older I get. My mom started her day in prayer, which I have been doing for the past few years. I’m involved in the music ministry at church - she was the organist for 40 years. I catch myself saying things my mom did or reacting to things like she would have done. I caught a glimpse of myself on the computer one day and had to do a double-take. I think I look like a mix of both of my parents, but sometimes I really see my mom in myself.


3. 'After every storm comes a rainbow' or 'the calm before the storm'...which phrase do you relate to more right now? Tell us why? 

After every storm comes a rainbow. Aren’t we all living in a storm right now? But I know that there’s a rainbow to come. “Faith over fear”


4. What are your plans for the day after tomorrow? 

First work, then walk GD (see #1), cook supper, and then a Zoom bible study. I have met some incredible women through this study this year, and have gotten to know a few women better. It is amazing to walk through this journey with them. Even though we can’t meet in person, it’s wonderful to have that hour with them; to learn from them, and to share our faith. An hour really isn’t enough time, though. There’s so much to say and so much to hear!

5. Complete this sentence-"After all is said and done_____________________."

I have to look at what is really important in my life and do what is best for me and my family. I have to look at where I’m spending my time and if that will make a difference. Because of that, I’m pretty much off of FB now and am limiting IG time. It’s just not worth it. Comparing myself to other people and getting all stressed about what I think I should be doing (because of comparisons)…it isn’t worth it.


6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Does anyone else have a problem with parking space possession? We don't have assigned parking spaces at school, but I've been parking in the same spot for years. I park there so my door won't get banged up by other cars. Yesterday I drove in and someone was in my spot! I asked the secretary if she knew whose car it was, and the principal said she thought I got a new car...because that's my spot! I haven't figured it out yet!


From My Kitchen: January 2021

 picture of a kitchen with words "from my kitchen"
I get tired of making the same thing for supper week after week. I was actually diagnosed with Diabetes a few years ago but was in denial until last June when my A1C was high and my then-doctor prescribed another medication. I took 2 doses and after my sugar bottomed out, I stopped taking it and promptly changed doctors. As a result, I've dropped 40 pounds but more importantly, my A1C dropped 1.6 and is now considered within normal limits (with continued medication). Finding good healthy recipes that we actually like is a bit of a challenge.

I tried a couple of new recipes this month. I found both of them through Six Sisters Stuff; they rarely steer me wrong.

CH really likes Taco Pizza but the only place we have found that has a good one is Pizza Inn. When we were on our way to Canada, the place we stopped for the night had a Pizza Inn close by so we had that for supper. It wasn't exactly the way we remembered it, but it was good. When I saw this recipe for Easy Flatbread Mexican Pizza, I had to try it. 
Flatbread Mexican pizza on a blue plate
Overall, CH & YS liked it. I used Mama Mary's flatbread crust, and I wasn't crazy about the taste. It was quick and easy. I'll definitely keep this one. Keeping my exchanges in mind, I only ate half of one. Since the flatbread is thin and was the only carb, I just watched how much I ate. Half was more than enough!
What I'll change:
  • 2 taco seasoning packets instead of 1. It didn't have a lot of taco taste. 
  • Use a thin crust or make my own. Six Sisters suggest this flatbread recipe, but if you want to make 4, the recipe would have to be doubled.
  • Use a chipotle ranch dressing instead of the salsa/sour cream combination. Or, if using the combination, only use half of the sour cream indicated.
The other new recipe was Sheet Pan Chicken Sausage and Vegetables. Another super easy recipe that was declared a success by CH & YS.

Chicken and apple sausages, onions, zucchini, potatoes, carrots

I used Aidell's Chicken Apple Sausage and we were pleased with the taste. I only used half of the carrots the recipe called for because they aren't my favorite. But...they still had a little bit of crunch to them after being baked so they were okay. 

What I'll do differently next time:
  • Mix everything together in a bowl and then transfer it to a pan. It was really hard to mix everything on the sheet, and I ended up tearing the foil. 
  • Double the was that good!
  • Possibly add fresh mushrooms
What recipes have you tried this month that are "keepers"?

A King (Cake) of a Hodgepodge


Wednesday again? So soon? Joyce does such an awesome job of coming up with questions. Here's how it works: answer the questions, link up at Joyce's, and visit some of the other bloggers who have linked up. 

1. When were you last a guest at an event or in someone's home? Tell us about it. Do you enjoy having guests in your own home? 
I really had to think about this one. The last time I was a guest in someone's home was June 2020. I flew down to Louisiana to see MS for a few days. It was great to see him, meet some of his new friends and see some of his law school buddies, and to see more of the town where he lives. Not to mention having some one-on-one time with him! Flying during COVID was no big fact, I rather enjoyed being able to spread out some since the airline left a space between people.
I'm not a huge fan of having guests in my home. The stressing about cleaning and the break in my normal routine...not really a fan.

2. What have you 'tied up in knots' currently or recently? Are you any good at tying actual knots? 
I've been racking my brain on this one & keep coming up with a big zilch. I am horrible at tying actual knots.

3. What's something you've been wanting to do and have decided 2021 will be the year you 'take the plunge'? 
I really need to start working on getting my professional license so I can do some "outside" work when I retire. Nothing crazy, just maybe something part-time. I'm thinking of either travel therapy or teletherapy. I have my teaching license but can't work in another setting without my professional one. 
Wow...I'm really exciting, aren't I? 😁

4. Something in your home that's old? Something new? Something borrowed? Something blue? 
Old: My mama's baby grand piano...and the family crèche
Baby grand piano in a corner with a crèche on it
This is the latest thing in my house that I purchased. Well, besides the mattress cover but I figured no one would want to see that!
This is the Bible that the new podcast Bible in a Year is using. This podcast is the #1 podcast in the USA. You don't have to be Catholic to listen! Subscribe to your favorite podcast app.
(More "zilch". I just don't borrow things!)
Blue: MS gave us this throw of the Acadian Flag when we visited him last year over Christmas Break.
Acadian Flag Throw over a rocking chair

5. Share a favorite quote, a verse of scripture, and/or a bit of wisdom for couples getting married in this challenging and seemingly unpredictable season we're currently/still experiencing. 
Keep God in your marriage. Pray together and keep the communication open.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 
Once New Year's is here, I look forward to King Cakes. In the past, I've ordered them from Randazzo's in Metairie, LA. We have a new bakery in town and the owner just happens to be from the same town where MS lives. I couldn't wait to get one of her King Cakes...I just knew it was going to be amazing. We ended up being so disappointed. The owner's daughter baked the cake and it wasn't baked all the way through. Plus, the amount of icing on top was just over the top. Since I was expecting great things, I foolishly ordered another one for the next week. I spoke to the girl a few days ago and told her it was doughy and requested about 1/3 of the icing on the next one. I went by yesterday & picked it up. The same girl baked this one, and she over-did it. She didn't burn it, but it was dry. She gave me a bit of a discount on this one. I didn't open it up until I got home. Doesn't exactly look like bakery quality, does it? 
Small overdone King Cake
And look how small it is next to a loaf of freshly baked bread, and this wasn't their "small" one:
Loaf of freshly baked bread next to small King Cake
Their cookies are absolutely to die for. Even though I really shouldn't be eating it, I figured 1 cookie isn't going to kill me, right? 😉
As for the King Cake, I think I'm just going to have to try to learn how to bake them on my own...or spend money to have one delivered from Randazzo's!

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