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Random 5 Sunday – 5 years

It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday (yay!) so here are 5 randoms from my little corner of the universe.

1  Cooked yesterday and doubled everything. Why? I’m dropping off half to oldest boy and the grands later today.   The work/school/homework schedule is just nicer when you have “extras” around.  Homemade soup, sloppy Joe’s, Game day brownies  and more.   To quote Mom, “Love is Groceries.

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2 It was Mom who taught me the significance of caring for others.  On Mothering is just one of many posts I’ve written about her. She taught me so many things but, most importantly, she taught me how to mother.  And, like her, I’m fierce — no apologies.  Because of that, I can’t wrap my head around that our grand children’s mother left them like she did.   But it was my wee Mom who reminded me He gave our boy big shoulders for a reason and sometimes Mom & Dad are the same person.

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3  Stopped the other day to take this picture – October will end soon and all of this will pass.  Don’t miss it.

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4  I write as means to formalize my thoughts, connect-the-dots and express myself.  Through this experience I’ve connected with many of you, and one I’ve even met in person (lucky me).   When I write what I know – posts about life, relationships, personal growth, faith and home – you chime in and I love that so much.

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5 Going back to Mom, she was moved to Nursing Home placement this week and, when asked how things were going, her response made me laugh.  “I’m doing the best I can and managing to stay out of trouble… so far!”  This center is small, 17 beds, and in a rural setting, which is much more her style.  Both my sisters are certain she’ll get more personalized care and that’s of comfort to us all.  Thinking of her it hit me that 5 years ago today I published my very first blog and, not surprisingly, I wrote about  another life lesson learned from Mom.      5 years, 824 posts,179,273 visitors, still writing.    Thank you for reading along.

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Happy Sunday to you!  When you look back over your blogging lifetime, what do you see?

 

 

 

 

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Having fun with it

Cobbler’s made and the cake’s are done. Salad’s chilling and coolers are stocked.

Oldest boy smoked up two pork loins last night and I’ve got chicken soaking in buttermilk*, ready to be slow-fried shortly.

My tune’s are playing and the house is shining.

We can hear songbirds singing and I’m sure I saw Frankie smile.

Yep, today’s the day:  Aunts and Uncles, cousins and friends.  And birthday doings for grand-daughter MJ who just turned 3.

Summer gatherings are what summer’s all about!

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“The most important thing for having a party is that the hostess is having fun.” ~Ina Garten

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MJ’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken:

delicious!

Soak chicken pieces in buttermilk overnight.  Don’t keep buttermilk around? Make some, it’s easy! Measure 1 tbsp of vinegar into a 1 cup container and fill the cup with milk. Stir, let stand for 5 min, then pour over chicken pieces. Double if necessary.

In a separate zip-lock bag or bowl, pour in a generous amount of “Kentucky Kernel Seasoned Flour” and dredge one piece of chicken at a time, coating all sides.  Remove and place the pieces on a cookie sheet covered in waxed paper.  When all are coated, place chicken pieces one by one into hot oil.  (I prefer Canola oil and use a large electric roaster set at 400.).

Generally speaking, I use enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan but not enough to drown the chicken.  Next, add sliced onions, fresh garlic and seasonings.  Cover the pan with the lid, crank up the Bee Gees and return about 30 minutes later to turn the chicken. Once both sides are browned, lower the heat and let the delicious goodness simmer for up to 3 hours. The chicken will be tender, crispy and fall-off-the-bone good.  And if that doesn’t make you get up and dance, I don’t know what will!

How about you … do you have “fun with it” when you entertain?

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