Monday, May 2, 2016

Freezer Meals and Visits to Aging Parents

 

 

 

Sometimes in life, you do the best you can. When it comes to aging parents, you visit as much as you can, but at some point, it doesn't seem to be enough. You try to plug the dam of need, by cooking some meals to put in the freezer and hopefully making life a little easier. You try to convince them that asking for help is ok and even succeed a little with the addition of a cleaning lady in the last few months and a handyman for some much needed maintenance. In other words, everyone makes the best of the inevitable changes that come with aging.

In order to bring some variety to the meals I bring them, I started a Freezer Meals board on Pinterest. A lot of the meals are similar in type casserole dishes, because choice is limited when you are making something that will freeze and then reheat well. Sometimes, I even bake the meal and transfer it to a plastic container that they can easily thaw and then just warm in the microwave.

 

 

I did find a delicious and different dish that I prepared for our dinner one night last week and froze the second portion for two meals for my parents. This easy to prepare Taco Casserole is a hearty blend of ground beef, tomatoes, corn and black beans layered over rice. The original pin and recipe can be found here. I used white rice, but it would be just as good, if you wanted to make it healthier, by substituting brown rice. We liked it a lot and hopefully my parents will too.

Happy Monday!

 

{Linking with these friends}


French Country Cottage

A Stroll Thru Life

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The Charm of Home

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Between Naps on the Porch

Cozy Little House

Eclectic Red Barn

Skip To My Lou

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DIY by Design

21 Rosemary Lane

New House New Home

Stonegable

Rattlebridge Farm

 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Lemon Lime Mint Margarita

 

 

 

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo next week, I created a unique and refreshing summertime margarita to add to my cocktail repertoire. We have been experiencing some really pretty days, as April turns to May; filled with sunshine and perfect for sitting on my patio with a fun drink. This margarita, made with lemonade, lime juice, fresh mint and tequila is as delicious as it is pretty and I look forward to using this recipe all summer long.

If you are a mojito fan, you will love this twist on a margarita and its delightful muddling of the fresh mint. I don't own a tool to muddle the mint in the glass, but a wooden spoon worked just fine. Grab some chips and salsa, make yourself one of these margaritas and have a mini fiesta right at home.

To prepare this cocktail: wet the rim of a cocktail glass, then dip in kosher salt. Add crushed ice, 1 ounce lime juice and 4 fresh mint leaves to the glass. Muddle the leaves until they are bruised. Add 1 ounce white tequila and 4 ounces lemonade to the glass. Mix with cocktail stirrer, garnish with additional mint leaves and enjoy.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

{Linking with these friends}


French Country Cottage

A Stroll Thru Life

Savvy Southern Style

The Charm of Home

Art and Sand

Between Naps on the Porch

Cozy Little House

Eclectic Red Barn

Skip To My Lou

Rooted in Thyme

DIY by Design

21 Rosemary Lane

New House New Home

Stonegable

Rattlebridge Farm

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday This and That

 

 

This week in flying by, because I know once May begins there will be a lot to do and I want to just enjoy some quiet early spring days until then. On my horizon is a garage sale that I have been preparing for as the final piece of my 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge. That challenge has stretched into going through every storage bin, closet, drawer and cupboard and I can safely say, we have cleared out the excess. I'm not looking forward to the actual sale day, but it really is the most efficient way to remove a large amount, including some furniture.

 

 

I read another good book last week by one of my favorite authors. At The Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier is reminiscent of many of her other novels (The Girl With A Pearl Earring, Virgin Blue) with interesting, though flawed characters. She portrays the hardships in life and how people choose to cope and survive. This book was especially interesting to me since in takes place in the 1800's, just across the border from Michigan, in northern Ohio and much of the landscape is very similar to what I see everyday. What I see now as beauty (trees and wetlands) made the early settlers lives a struggle when establishing farms.

 

 

 

My favorite television show at the moment is Call The Midwife and I always look forward to the next episode. The time period has moved into the 1960's and the ways society was changing at a rapid pace is at the forefront. There is a serious and heartbreaking story being told about the effect of Thalidomide and the poor, sweet babies born with deformities as a result of their mothers taking this medication. Women's healthcare is at the forefront and it's an important storyline to be explored.

 

 

And, if you have been reading here for long, you know my love of the Outlander series, so of course I have been watching. So far, I am happy with the adaptation of the second book (Dragonfly in Amber), especially how the new series started with a flashback. There has been some concernation from book readers about changes in the storyline, but I am able to separate the two and appreciate how the show is different, yet still faithful to the overall plot and characters. I find I am riveted to my television for that hour and appreciate how the details of my favorite books have come to life. The costumes alone would be enough for me to tune in.

Happy Wednesday!

 

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