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Saturday Tastiness

Okay, I did something really dumb last night and at my age, and with my experience, I have no excuse. I ate some gluten.  It was delicious.  I knew it was gluten-ized food and I ate it anyway.

Well, I paid the price all night and have been up for 5 hours and it isn’t even 9 a.m.  So having been up that long, I thought breakfast food was ridiculous.  Not as ridiculous as eating gluten, but still not a great idea.  My tummy has been flip flopping for about 12 hours now and I start thinking maybe it is safe to put something else in there now.

I start rummaging around in the freezer and see a Hilary’s Eat Well Hemp and Greens Burger package.  So I put one in the toaster oven and wasn’t terribly satisfied that it was brown enough after the suggested time and popped it in a skillet to just brown it a bit more.  OMG – OMG – OMG! Amazing.  I could eat these every day.  Seriously.


Thank you Hilary’s Eat Well!  I will be filling my freezer with your products!

Look peeps – check out what all they DON’T have in them!  And yet, they are freakin’ delicious!!!! I am so excited – really, I am.


I hope the majority of you don’t have to eat gluten free but if you do…this stuff has your name written all over it!

Happy Weekend! We are getting ready to have all our kids here for a meal tonight plus my little man Sam…I love that boy!


Love and Peace to you all!



My Favorite Benjamin

in the whole wide world!  I don’t know another Benjamin who could have ever lived up to the standard Benjamin Jude Dahlem has set.  And he is one of my three favorite sons 🙂 Okay, I only have three sons.  But he is such a great young man.  And it is so good to his mama.  He never gives us any grief whatsoever.  And that my friends, is remarkable.  And should be praised, bragged about, shared with whomever will listen.  Ben will be starting his Senior year today.  His last year of high school.  Where did the time go?

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What a boy we have. So so blessed. He’s patient. With me and his family and friends. A bit impatient with stupid, racist, judgmental, radical, extremists. Oh and bad drivers 🙂  He’s quiet.  Does much more listening than talking.  Much MUCH more.  He’s a computer wizard.  Not much for sports except for watching hockey.  And then I think it’s a take it or leave it kinda thing.  He loves music and movies and Breaking Bad 🙂  And I thank him so much for introducing me to Dr. Who.

Ben and I have spent a lot of time together and homeschooling has been a wonderful experience with him.  He used to give me a tiny bit of trouble about math but only a tiny bit.  But he messed himself up when he was about 6 and he looked at the clock one day and as quickly as anything said “We have to hurry. It’s 17 minutes ’til YuGiOh.”  Really? How did you do that so quick?  Subtraction? Huh.  Interesting.  Other than that we’ve had a smooth time of it.

The most heard words from Ben: If you want me to.  I’ll carry that.  It’s up to you.  I’ll ride with you. Mom your too old to be doing that. Let me.  I don’t care, what do you want for supper?  Sure, why not?  AND Do we have to mow today?  LOL

I love our Benjamin Jude.  He’s my sidekick.  My muscles.  Many times my legs.  He can grocery shop faster than anyone I know.  And he’s like his brothers, he loves his family and is loyal and honest and trustworthy. He’s a wonderful son, brother, uncle, cousin…human being.  He’s a real man. And I couldn’t be prouder.


Simply Saturday

I wish. But this is moving day for Hannah. When Jerry and Ben get up we will head out to the storage buildings and get all of Hannah’s things – or at least what will fit in the Jeep and Tundra. There may have to be a couple of other trips made later on.

After three doctor trips yesterday, one which involved the taking of a biopsy from the back of Ben’s scalp we headed out to Natchitoches to eat an amazing supper with Rachel, her boyfriend, her roomie Katy, and our oldest daughter Jessica and her husband. Rachel put a roast in the crock-pot before she left for classes yesterday morning so it had been cooking all day. I have to say, and this is not just a proud mama talking, it was better than any roast I have cooked and I thought I had that down pat. She had put carrots in with it and then as another side, made stewed new potatoes. Amazing. Delicious – all of it. It was the first time we had seen her new townhouse and it is adorable. It looks just like where two artists live. Artwork everywhere and Katie’s parents provided a great amount of furniture and housewares. Katy collects mushroom things and the kitchen was so cute with all the mushroom mugs and things. Though they have only been moved in a little while, it was already very homey and comfortable. They even had a wreath on the door 🙂 I wish I had thought to take pictures.  Oh well, next time.

You be watching and waiting for a post of extraordinary length when I find something Rachel CAN’T do. I am going to write ALL about it! 😉 She is pretty freakin’ amazing. She paints, draws, and is a crazy-good photographer. And her writings – whoa – what??? Insanely good. I don’t know how a person does all the things she does, does them so well and doesn’t just burst at the seams with talent. You can teach people things and teach them to do them well, but then there are those people who are just naturally good at things and it all just comes so easy to them. Things other people work so hard to be mediocre at. Like baking. This is a cake she baked and decorated at 17 with no cake classes, no baking classes – nada. Just went for it. “Sure, I can do that.” And she did.


I don’t know a lot of 21 year old college students who could throw together a meal like she did last night after going to class – well maybe culinary students but you know what I mean.  I don’t know a lot of them that would want to, to be fair.  It really wouldn’t surprise me if she eventually went to culinary school.  I know she can’t see that ever happening, she’s in her Senior year and just wants to get this degree behind her and get out there and make a living doing her thing.  And she will.  You remember her name because one day you will see her art hanging in some amazing places.  It may be paintings.  It may be illustrations.  It may be photography.  But you will see it.  Maybe all of those things.  AND one day you will read something that blows your mind, and it will be hers.  One of her uncles (RIP) said once when she was maybe 4 or 5, after watching her draw, “Rachel is going to be famous one day.” Yep, wouldn’t be a bit surprised.  AND not only all that, she’s stunning.

427092_3288769822132_1570922000_nI stole this picture off her facebook page, so if I owe someone credit, let me know. I will make amends.

Easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

And like her sisters,  Rachel is a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, friend…human being. I know I get long winded about my children but they are my life, this blog is about my life so thus this blog will, from time to time, be about their adventures.

So as soon as we can get motivated we are up and out of here for another busy, BUSY day.  And of course we have to get our stuff done and get back because LSU plays at 8 tonight.  Can’t miss that 🙂  I really don’t watch football, college or otherwise but Jerry likes it.  You all have a good weekend.

Love and Peace to you all.


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