Once Upon A Time Episode 11/15

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It has been a while since I have shared my personal day to day struggles about loosing my Dad and my Nanny in the same week.  My Nanny’s passing was expected, but not easy.  My Dad’s passing was completely unexpected, as he was in the ICU, but every test had come back positive and they were discussing home health care and physical therapy when he went home.  His heart just gave out, while he was holding my Mom’s hand.  They were married for 44 years.    He was revived 3 times but not four,  and passed to heaven.    I like to think that when my Nanny passed she gave my Father HELL for passing before her!   I think they would have had a funny exchange and she would have scolded him for leaving Mom and beating her to heaven.

The recent episode of One Upon A time, TV show, Merida from BRAVE,  was able to talk to her deceased Father on last time.  In the past week, I have thought about doing just the same.

What would I talk to my Dad about?  What would I ask of him?

E very question I came up with I already knew the answer!

Did he know I loved him?  YES!  No Doubt about that!

Was he proud of me?  Yes!  No Doubt about that either!

Every question that came to mind, I already knew the answer, My Dad and I talked all the time, and we talked about thing that mattered to us both.  My Kids, Family, Life, Respect, Honesty, Love and  many other thing too numerous to mention.

As I am going through questions, that I might turn back time and ask my Father before he heads to Heaven, I come to the realization that every question I am to ask of him, we have already discussed in detail, and I am fully aware of his opinions.  Please understand that my Dad was straight forward and would tell you what he thought.

Then a question popped into my head that I did not have an answer for:

What can I do that will help Mom after you go to Heaven?   We had never discussed this, and I stumbled because this was the only question that I would ask of him.  Then immediately, the answer popped into my head:

Be kind

Be patient

Be helpful

That was it!  Very simple and straight forward just like my Dad.  He has a way of breaking things down to simple terms, so there is no misunderstanding!  When I was young, I thought he used to do this for my benefit, but as I grew older, I realized it was a gift that he could communicate on so many different levels.

It is odd.  That the one question I would have asked my Father was answered so quickly in my mind and without doubt.  He knew my struggles in life and the request to help , be patient and be kind are some of the most difficult for me.

Although, it is hard, I will try!

I will try every single  day!

I will help Mom everyway possible!

I will do what I say!  If I offer help, I will be there!  If I say I will do something. I will be there!

I will be true to my actions and word and be the daughter that you raised!

Thank you for being my Father and leaving nothing left unsaid!

That really is the Best Gift ever!

My Shopping Trip + Challenge for You!


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October has come and gone and I would love to hear all about your random act of kindness.

Please share!


My Shopping Trip + Challenge for You!

Today, I went to Kroger to buy a few things.

Basically, I needed boneless skinless chicken breasts that were on sale for $1.88 per pound.

I shopped around the store and came up to the chicken breast on sale. In front of the display was this elderly woman with her walker inside her cart. She was taking her time looking at each package and I was patiently waiting.

I thought to myself, should I offer to help her find the perfect package?

Or what exactly was she looking for?

I waited about a minute longer and then went around her to the other side and picked out my package of chicken.

At this point, I notice that she has moved on from the sale packs to the smaller ribmeat chicken packs.

I think to myself, maybe it is just her and she does not need a family pack of chicken breasts.

I made my selection, so I move on to the produce department.

Completing my shopping, I head towards the register.

The same lady is going towards the cashier too. I let her go in front of me and think to myself, should I help her unload her groceries? (When I have done this in the past, I always get weird looks) I decided to let her handle it herself.

Then, I decide that I will pay for her groceries and tell the cashier. I swipe my credit card and they pack up the lady’s groceries into her cart. She turns around and grabs me, pulls me in to a bear hug and thanks me in Spanish. She even said a little prayer for me. It was such a beautiful experience all I could say to her was Thank YOU! (in Spanish)

The young male cashier was in awe. He looked at me and asked, “Why did you do that?” I answered that I just thought it was the right thing to do. He said, “I have NEVER seen anyone do that before.” He thought it was pretty amazing to witness and the sacker did too.

We complete my transaction and he tells me to have a nice day. Then he stops and says, you know, I say that to just about everyone, but you really deserve to have a great day! I just smiled and walked out the store.

My challenge to you:

In the month of October, do one random act of kindness.

Anything you want! Large or small. It does not have to be monetary, spread a smile or compliment a stranger.

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Tortilla Crusted Chicken

This is a recipe that I have done for over 15 years. It originated when I was making fried chicken and I did not have the breading that I wanted. The chips were actually left over from a weekend get together and I was about to throw them away. I decided to take a chance, crush them up and use them as the breading.
It is always a great party entrée, as I have used this for many catering events that I have done in the past. This is not a boring chicken dish.

Ingredients that you will need:
4 Chicken Breasts – I use boneless skinless chicken breast (but any type of chicken will work)
½ Bag of Tortilla Chips – Yellow or White Corn
1 Cup Flour
2 Eggs
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
1 Fresh Lime

Sour Cream
Fresh Pico de Gallo

How to:

Take the four chicken breasts and cut each one in half. Use a mallet (flat side) to slightly pound each piece. Do not flatten too much, but make chicken about ½ inch thick. By doing this, you ensure that the chicken will cook evenly throughout.
Lightly sprinkle each piece of chicken with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
Put tortilla chips in a bag and crush.


This is fun and the kids love doing this. After everyone has had a turn crushing the chips in the bag, I take a rolling pen and give it one last rollover. This makes all the pieces the same size.


Prepare three bowls:
1. Flour – season with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder
2. Eggs – beat with wire whip until mixed
3. Crushed Tortilla Chips


Taking one piece of chicken at a time, dip chicken into the flour. Making sure to cover the chicken completely. Then dip both sides into the egg mixture. Finally, dip into the crushed tortilla chips covering the chicken completely. Repeat with each chicken piece.
Place chicken on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 45 minutes.
Check the internal temperature of the biggest piece of chicken in the middle of the pan. Make sure it is above 165 degrees Fahrenheit.


While still on baking sheet, cut lime and squeeze one slice over each chicken breast.
Serve hot with (optional) sauce.
Top chicken with fresh Pico De Gallo
Combine salsa with sour cream – mix well (by hand) and place on top of chicken breast.

How to cook Spaghetti Squash – Tutorial

Have you even heard of Spaghetti Squash?  Most likely not.  But if you give it a try you may find it as versatile as I do.

Many of my friends have no idea what the yellow football shaped squash is… much less, how to prepare it for dinner.

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Homemade T-Shirt Scarf !Recycle that old T-Shirt!

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Gather your t-shirt, scissors and your creativity.

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2.  Fringe Scarf Cut the t-shirt under the arms and again at the bottom seam.


Take the middle of the t-shirt and stretch it with your hands.  Widen your

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Homemade Granola – Never Buy Store Bought Again!

Recently our Eight Year old discovered yogurt parfaits.

Yogurt layered with granola and fruit.  Really yummy and quite good for you.

The bags of granola sold in the grocery store can range in price from $3 to $12.  (Really, I am not kidding)

I started reading the labels on every package and found that

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It is so simple and inexpensive to make.

Items that you will need: 1 Cup Borax (estimated cost is 25 cents) 1 Cup Baking Soda (estimated cost 33 cents) Large Mixing Bowl

Directions: Mix equal parts Borax and Baking Soda in a large mixing bowl. Mix until

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