Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pumpkin Spice English Muffin and Roast Beef Sandwich

Yes, it’s that time of year again!  The flavor that screams fall and seems to be everywhere…Pumpkin Spice! 

From pumpkin spice lattes to even our favorite snack food, tortilla chips, is jumping on the pumpkin wagon!  That’s right; I had a little sample at the grocery store of some pumpkin spice tortilla chips and, actually, they weren’t bad.

Other fall favorites are chili creations, soups and pot roast.  Which brings me to this creation that I pulled together to use that leftover roast beef sitting in the fridge that you don’t know what to do with.  Maybe you’re tired of that cold and blah-zay leftover roast beef sandwich, so instead the leftovers sit in a plastic container somewhere in the abyss of your fridge.

Well, it’s time to carve out a new smashing idea that combines roast beef and pumpkin spice English muffins. 

Wake up and smell the pumpkin! 
Just try this AWESOME and fall inspired sammie!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rememberance: A Surreal Moment of Gratitude

Remembering the sweet crunch of a frozen chocolate chip cookie had served up a plateful of memories. 

It was this solemn and finalizing moment which caused a flood of childhood memories. Those random and simple moments that really didn't mean much then, but now surprisingly, opened up immense feelings of how grateful I was for those occasions. 

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Death of a loved one can bring out vulnerabilities that you didn't know were there. It's an unfamiliar and uncomfortable feeling, but at the same time it gently whispers discretely letting you know you've been blessed. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October's Picture The Possibilities

Patagonia Lake State Park by Darcy Sime Photography -
Tranquility Quote -

Do you need to slow life down? Maybe you're riding on the crazy train and you can't seem to get off. 

I'm guessing here, but I think most people do want and appreciate tranquility. 

However, sometimes this doesn't come easily for some. Inner peace and mindfulness isn't something you attempt when you're too busy working long hours, managing household duties, caring for kids, a spouse, or elderly parents. 

Additionally, you might be dealing with your problems, your family’s problems, your friend's problems or even your neighbor's problems.  

The crazy train keeps clipping along and not only are you riding, but you're driving it. 

Could you be denying yourself tranquility?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Bus Ride Comes With a Shocking Climax!

Nothing had prepared me for this weird and unusual bus ride! NOTHING, I say!

No question, at times, riding the city bus is like watching the introduction to a cast of characters from a T.V. comedy sitcom. 

Many times with each stop, the doors open and someone will enter with a peculiar demeanor, a catchy outfit or an offbeat personality. 

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This was my mode of transportation for a few years when I first moved from my smaller hometown to the big city back in my younger days. 

The need for a car wasn't necessary; I usually bummed rides from roommates and for reasons of cost and convenience I'd take the bus into work. Bus transportation to work was usually made up of the same professional business people commuting to their 9 to 5 jobs. Passengers, maybe, would give a quick nod and smile as they boarded, but generally would keep to themselves during the daily commute.

Besides my daily jaunt to work, I'd occasionally, on a Saturday afternoon take the bus into the city from my suburban apartment to do a little shopping. On this day, the passengers boarded and exited in the usual fashion. It was a typical Saturday with only a half dozen on the bus at one time. Until.....

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Spam Museum: Revealing the Fun Facts

Before you say "eww Spam" or "they have a museum for this stuff?" Please hear me out on this one. 

Yes, Spam's history is so significant it has its own museum. The canned meat goes all the way back to 1937 and is a true slice of Americana. It's made a place in history, pop culture and culinary cuisine. 

I neither love it nor hate it, but Spam does hold a soft spot in my heart because it all began at the Hormel Foods Corporation based in Austin, MN, which just happens to be my hometown. 

I grew up seeing the iconic blue and yellow can in our cupboard and my favorite way to eat it is when my mom would chop it or shred it up fine then mix it with hard boiled eggs; like a Spam and egg salad spread on bread. 

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