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Jul
27
2011

Strength and Hope

When I first started reading blogs I found Cherry Menlove online.  What an inspiration she was.  Living a life a was a bit envious of, if only in the back of my mind.  There she was in London.  England. A twang of jealousy plucked at me a bit.  She seemed so positive and upbeat all the time. So talented.   I loved reading all about her projects and idyllic life.  But then one day years later this post appeared.  My heart sank.  I cried for her.  Oh what a difference one day can make in your life.  One day things are amazingly beautiful and perfect and serene and then…well it all changes.  I continue to follow her writing.  Hoping along with so many others that one day very soon we will find a post shouting the good news of Robert the Husband’s full recovery.  And once again we might all feel a little bit of envy when reading all the lovely things Cherry is accomplishing.  Instead of the sheer awe that we feel as we watch through her posts as she becomes stronger and more steadfast.  She will come out on the other side of this a much stronger, better woman.  And we will be stronger and better for knowing and watching as she meets life head-on and battles along side her husband to get back to the life they were making.  Without cancer.

Her post from today was so gut-wrenchingly honest.  So painful and yet so full of hope.  I felt compelled to share it with you.  Who knows who might read it that needs to.  That needs to see a strong woman at work.   I was touched to tears over it.  I don’t think I could handle things like she is handling them.  She is an inspiration.  I hope you all will peruse her blog if you don’t already. Here is the note I left for her.  I didn’t know what to say but felt like I had to at least let her know I had read it.

Everything that could have and should have been said, has been said by others before me who were so eloquent and knew how to say the things that best express their most heartfelt sorrow for the situation you have found yourself in dear Cherry. So I am left saying that I am just very very sorry that your heart is so heavy and your burdens so cumbersome at this precious time in your life. What a beautiful, beautiful family you have. You. Robert. The babies, who are just perfect. Your sister and her family. Two more perfect little people to replace some of your sadness with joy when you see them. Both your mums. Yours and Robert’s. All the men who have stepped up to help with the manual work at your home. How wonderful that at a time when I feel like I would be sitting and crying myself into a terrible place, you are making a home, planting, building, busying yourself and others so that you all might get through this the best way possible. With hope.

Thank you for sharing with us in your honest feelings. What a gift you are to all of us. And an inspiration. Someone who reads this, and who knows which of us it shall be will find themselves in a similar situation and will think back on the grace and spirit with which you handled what life dished out to you and we will be inspired and encouraged to battle on.

Wishing you brighter days ahead and very soon. Hoping your lovely family will be back together and stronger for all you have been through.

Jul
25
2011

101 Hearty Recipes from Gooseberry Patch – Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

101hearty1YUM!  SERIOUSLY GREAT! It passed the Hannah TEST.    She got her preference for having her food separated on her plate from her Dad, but she loved it! And Ben and I enjoyed it just as much.  But like I said before – Bacon, good. Without further ado, here’s your recipe.  ENJOY!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

  • 2 # ground beef
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t garlic salt
  • 10 3/4 oz. can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 10 3/4 can Cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 # bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 28 oz pkg frozen zesty French fries

In a skillet, brown ground beef with seasoning; drain.  Stir in soups and bacon.  Spread mixture into a 13 x 9 baking pan sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray.  Layer onion and frozen fries over top.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.  Makes 10 servings.

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Now I am pretty sure you know how to enter to win this great new book from Gooseberry Patch but just in you are new here, all you have to do is leave a comment at the end of each post pertaining to this giveaway and Early Bird Review and consider yourself entered.  I will be posting 4 delectable recipes from this book over the next two weeks and then on Monday August 8th I will draw a name from the trusty mason jar and announce the winner.  So counting today’s post which is really an introduction, you have 5 chances to get your name in the drawing!  And of course it would be nice of you to tell your friends if you have facebook or a blog of your own.  Here is a little button for you to use:

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One more thing: I will be out of town today (Tuesday) so if your comment isn’t approved right away, don’t fret I will get to them as soon as I get home!

Happy Cooking!

Jul
25
2011

Gooseberry Patch’s 101 Hearty Recipes has arrived!

101hearty1I LOVE getting good mail, so imagine how excited I was to get GREAT mail!  And of course I have two copies ~ one for a lucky duck who will win it right here on my blog.  And it is super easy to win.  Just leave a comment at the end of each post pertaining to this giveaway and Early Bird Review and consider yourself entered.  I will be posting 4 delectable recipes from this book over the next two weeks and then on Monday August 8th I will draw a name from the trusty mason jar and announce the winner.  So counting today’s post which is really an introduction, you have 5 chances to get your name in the drawing!  And of course it would be nice of you to tell your friends if you have facebook or a blog of your own.  Here is a little button for you to use:

button101heartyNow I will leave you with a little info on the recipe you will find here early in the morning ~ Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole – the good folks at Gooseberry Patch had me at “bacon“!  This is a recipe that my mom would have LOVED.  She was the absolute reigning Queen of the Casserole.  She could take what anyone else would have considered scraps and make one more meal of of them.  My husband might even eat this one.  He is not a big fan of having his food mixed pre-tummy.  In fact he prefers it not touch on the plate.  But this looks so delicious and super easy and he is literally half way around the world, so the kiddos and I will will chow down tonight.

Speaking of hubby, for those of you that keep up with the more personal side of my blog, Jerry is now in Singapore/Malaysia.  It is 13 hours difference in our time zones, so could he really get further or would he be heading back this way?  Our world has certainly shrunk in the nearly 34 years we have been together.  When we married I would have never dreamed that 1) we would spend so much time apart and 2) that either of us would get to see as much of the world as he has.  He tells me he believes I would really love it there.  Maybe one day we will find out.

Have a great Monday.  We are getting some more much needed rain this morning.  Now I am up from here and busy.  Look for a the recipe and pictures late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

TTFN!

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