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Sunday Brunch – A New Year

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 3, 2010 by juliannah

I am praying for a better year. I am looking forward to watching Cinderella walk down the aisle on her father’s arm to be given away to a most wonderful man. I am so happy to welcome Tango to our family. I am also happy to become part of Tango’s family. More peeps to love.

I am so looking forward to my son, LCpl Honda returning from deployment. I never knew how hard this could be. Maybe if communication had not been cut off for so long it would be better. Maybe if I could have actually understood him on Christmas Day it would be better. Maybe. I just received an email from him today, finally after two months. He sounded so down and just wants to come home. He said he was sorry about the car fiasco and sorry for sounding grumpy on Christmas day. It is ok son. I understand.

We did manage to have a nice New Year’s Eve. I made a ham dinner for a bunch of people who are basically hamed out this season. Me and Corvette have only had turkey so we wanted ham. Needless to say I have a lot of leftovers. That’s ok, ham salad, ham and eggs and of course ham and beans which I made yesterday. We had Butterfly for the weekend. Grandma M and Grandpa DingDon, Hippie Guy, Flower Girl and the twins came along with a good friend of mine and her daughter. I don’t know how I did it but I made it to midnight and we blew off confetti poppers and made a bunch of noise. We were also treated to a fireworks show via our neighbors.

So, as I said we hope for a better year filled with a wedding, good family times, homecomings and maybe some more grandkids! Yes, that would be wonderful.

Happy New Year and the recipe for today is, of course Ham and Beans:

1 pound of Navy Beans

1 pound of Pinto Beans

A ham bone with lots of ham attached

1/2 teaspoon of onion powder

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Put all the ingredients in a crock pot and turn on low for about five or six hours until the beans are soft and the ham is falling of the bone. Remove and give the bone to your dog. Lucie, my big red dog enjoyed the bone this year. Buddy my chihuahua enjoyed a few ham pieces.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by juliannah

It is now snowing on the Box of Chocolates! Interesting little extra from WordPress. We do not see much snow where we live so I will just have to settle for this. Plus no digging out, sliding around or blizzard!

I have really been having a block on what to post about lately. Maybe it is the time of year. I don’t know. I think I need a vacation too so I can just relax and get my mojo back. I did not really have a vacation this year. I had time off but it was not a vacation.

I also have not heard from LCpl Honda for over a month and even though I know he is fine it would be great to hear from him. If you out there LCpl Honda, I love you and miss you!

Cinderella’s wedding shower is this weekend so that should be fun. Can you guess what the theme is? It was supposed to be a surprise but Tango’s sister let it slip to Cinderella. Actually she pretty much figured it out anyway. If you know my daughter then you know why I call her Cinderella.

One last note, we had another heartbreaking family event this week. I do not want to mention it here but please say a prayer for my family. Enough already God.

Sunday Brunch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by juliannah

I feel like this week was a month long. I guess because of our less than 24 hour trip to San Diego to see LCpl Honda off on his deployment. Picture 034Yes, it was hard and stressful but I am glad we went. My emotions are just now starting to come out. I miss him even though the last few years I have not seen him very much. The thought of my child on this huge ship in the middle of the sea weighs on my mind. Yes, it could be worse. I am pretty sure that he will not be in a combat situation, but he is gone and I can not just pick up the phone and talk to him. Plus, the holidays are coming and he will not be here.

This year has brought such joy and sorrow. 100_2874We are blessed to welcome Fuzzy and Wuzzy to our family. Two beautiful twin boys. Their father, my youngest son, Hippie Guy just turned 25 years old. It is hard to imagine my baby at that age. I watched him get married, have children and become a man.

Over the last three years, I watched my oldest son evolve from someone with no purpose to a person who now stands up and defends our country. He marched in Washington DC as symbol of the Marine Corps and now is part of a team force sailing the oceans in defense of our country.

For over eight years I have watched my daughter go from high school wrestling to becoming an Army MP to then becoming a mother. I watched her suffer when her daughter, Butterfly became ill with cancer. I watched here overcome and deal with all that entailed. Then I watched her scream when her son, Lolly Pop Kid went to heaven.

I guess I am having a bit of a bad week.

But beyond that, Butterfly and Cinderella went to see Miley Cyrus. aka Hannah Montana.faithconcert They had a great time.

So, today brunch’s is pretty simple. Pork Chops and Macaroni and Cheese. I have to admit that Stouffers Macaroni and Cheese is the best. Pop it in the oven and an hour later it’s done.

Two Big, thick pork chops

Season with salt, pepper, onion powder & paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes and then broil on each side for about five minutes.Picture 034

Bake the Mac & Cheese according to the directions on the package.

Yum, yum easy and simple.

Looking Forward to Saturday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2009 by juliannah

This Saturday we will plant a tree for our Lolly Pop Kid. Our family and Tango’s family will gather at our home and together we will plant an orange tree for Lolly.

I prayed to God that the weather would be a little cooler since the temperature has been around 106 degrees. I mean I really prayed. I just want everyone to be comfortable.  However, I did not ask for a hurricane. We do not get full-force hurricanes where we live but we do get some nasty storms from them. So I am hoping the weather will be nice and not drench us with rain all day on Saturday.

I am happy about receiving this photo. There is a woman in Australia writes the names of Angel children in the sand on a beach. She then photos them at sunset and uploads them to her blog. The pictures are absolutely beautiful. I cried when I say Lolly’s photo. There appears to be a red halo over the sun. As I have said before, Lolly had wonderful flaming red hair. So everyone attending the tree planting will receive one of these photos. I think it will be a lovely addition.

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