Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday's Food for Thought


Tbug and I were driving down the road one day. She's constantly telling me this that and everything else. It's a joke with my dad that it is payback for the years I spent talking his leg off about everything under the sun.

Anyway we drove past a corn field and she proceeded to tell me something that my Mother in law told her. Now I was not involved in the conversation where my mother in law is concerned, I just got the story relayed to me by Tbug. But supposedly my MIL said that a farmer plants the outside rows of corn for people to come by and take as they please.

I'm pretty sure I had to pick my jaw up off the ground. Then proceeded to tell Tbug that is not the case. Farmers aren't out to give away free food. They are out to make food for consumers that is good quality to feed the masses. That farmer also makes a living off his crop, whether it be a crop of corn, soybeans (pictured above), dairy or cattle.

Now the reality of the situation is, yes, people stop and steal corn from those first few rows of a farmers field. I hear they are really good if you roast them, however I've never stolen from a farmers field. He isn't oblivious to the fact that people do snatch ears of corn from his harvest, but he doesn't plant those ears there for people to take at their free will.

I'm not really sure what my MIL said to Tbug, obviously I can only relay to you what she relayed to me... but it just goes to show you that kids will believe anything you say so you have to be careful in the messages that you relay to them and make sure that they know what you really mean versus what you say because you've learned the difference.

There's food for thought on a Thursday. By the way I take comps tonight... I'm about to freak out. That's all :).

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This one time I won 3rd Place in a Chili Cookoff

Growing up my dad and I made chili all the time for dinner. Now one thing about my dad's chili is sometimes it got so spicy that I couldn't stand to take one bite. So I say that I don't like Chili but I really think it is most people put beans in Chili and I only like green beans and I don't care for chili so spicy you can't eat it. You get rid of those 2 things and truthfully I do like chili. I don't mind a little spice, but so spicy one bite sets your lips on fire, ugh!

This year we attended (and helped with) the 3rd annual Chili Cookoff to raise money for children who might not have a Christmas otherwise. It's such a worthy cause! The first year Hubby and Tbug entered. Last year Tbug entered and won. This year she asked grandpa (my dad) if he'd help her with chili again. She had to defend her title. At the last minute I decided I wanted to try my chances at making Chili as well.

The day of the Chili cookoff came. Hubby and I went over to help with the last minute things.

One of the exciting things this year was a bounce house. Let's just say, I had to take my turn at playing in the bounce house :). Hubs and Jared pulled in just as I was going down the slide. I'm pretty sure hubby was proud to call me his wife. ha!

One time down and I was winded... so I did it again.

Chili had to be in place by 5pm. Judging started at 5:30.

The judges this year represented all the local fire districts in the county.

Our "Amish" diver, Dan, over saw the judges, helped with any questions they might have as well as he was an alternate in case one of the judges didn't show up. (No Dan isn't Amish, it's a joke because well..... the picture speaks for itself :))

Another exciting addition this year is the Johnny Train. Boomer's family has it for the Spring Gathering and we asked if he'd be able to bring it out for the kiddos to ride in this year. Abug loved it and Tbug is such an awesome big sister for riding it round and round with her.

While the judges were busy judging away, there was a silent auction going on. We had Jared's big flatbed trailer loaded down with lots of goodies. In fact we had so many that we wound up having to set up additional items on tables. There were 110 items up for auction this year.

Once the judges were done judging, then came time for everyone to eat. We also had an opportunity for a People's Choice winner. When you entered the event you paid $5 and got 5 tickets to use for People's Choice. Once people's choice was ended, they tallied up the votes for each chili as well as getting the winners from the judges figured out.

This year, another added feature, (lots of different things this year!) was prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and People's Choice as well as their trophies. 1st place received $55. 2nd place won $33. 3rd place won $22. and People's Choice won a nice dutch oven.

So when Dan walked out of the results room, he asked my mom what her maiden name was. She told him and he said that was easier to remember than her current last name. Mom was kind of like ok.... Then When Dan started announcing the results, he announced my mom's name for People's Choice (with her maiden name). She was like, no one has called me that in years. (by the way, my mom HATES having her picture taken. I need to point that out!)

Then he announced 3rd place but instead of saying my name, he said her daughter, which totally caught me off guard. 1st off I won 3rd place, really?!?!?! They gave me such fits because my mom only has 1 daughter.

My mom might shoot me for so many pictures of her on my blog... but!

Karen's sister Janet won 2nd place. She had already left for the evening so Karen went and accepted for her.

And Rachele won 1st. We joked that now she just needs to place 3rd and she'll have covered all the basis. The first year she won 2nd and People's Choice, last year she got People's Choice, and this year 1st. So all she's missing is 3rd :)

Hubby wound up having to be camera man and I told him to make sure he got a good picture of all the winners. They started picking on me again and look what we wound up with... my tongue stuck out at him. Of course but it wouldn't be a picture session with me if my tongue didn't wind up out of my mouth at least once. ha!

So the real winners here are the children who get to have a better Christmas. The first year our goal was $500 and we raised $530.
The second year we raised over $2,000. I never heard an official total but we're thinking around $2,100.
A few people were worried we wouldn't do that well this year. The grand total wound up at $3,400 (even). How awesome is that?!?!

I'm so thankful to have such amazing people in my life right now who do what they can for worthy causes such as this one. I couldn't ask for a better set of people to hang out with! And I want to thank everyone for all the support they've given to this by participating whether entering chili, donating an auction item or bidding on an auction item.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Chicken Parmesan Soup

 The trees have started changing colors here in Southeast Kansas. Wait, what? Southeast Kansas, but don't I live in Southwest Missouri. Why yes, yes I do! But I drive over to Kansas for school and that is where I happen to be sitting currently. Waiting to take a quiz as a matter of fact. 50 points. Wish me luck! Yesterday cooled off. I do believe Fall might be here. Abug and I went to my mom's house so that I could study and mom could help by watching Abug (Thank you mom, you're so awesome!). They were going to the store and I asked my mom if she knew what they were going to have for dinner. She said no and I showed her this recipe I found for Chicken Parmesan Soup. We thought that sounded good so she got the stuff and I made it before I left her house to go home. We split it up and that was enough for both of our families to have dinner. And boy was it good!
Normally I follow directions the first time straight forward but as I walked by and smelled the soup it just smelled like tomatoes at one point so I went digging through her cabinets for spices and this is the recipe I wound up with.

Chicken Parmesan Soup, adapted from Delish
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Onion, diced
3 cloves Garlic, minced
3 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 15-oz can diced Tomatoes
4 cups low sodium Chicken Broth
1 lb boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts cut in 1" cubes
8 oz Penne pasta
1 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Mozzarella
1 tsp Oregano
1 tbsp Basil leaves
2 tsp Season Salt
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Parsley to garnish (optional)

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender and golden, 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Stir in tomato paste and crushed red pepper flakes.

Add diced tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add chicken and cook until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

Add pasta and cook until al dente, 6 to 8 minutes.

Right before serving, mix in Parmesan and mozzarella until just melted and season generously with salt and pepper.

Ladle into bowls and top with parsley.

I didn't top with Parsley and I added bread sticks to make it a meal... I'm cool like that and I kind of like my carbs... lol :).

Happy Tuesday! Wish me luck on my quiz!

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Peanut Post - A 16 Month Update

I am 16 months old today! And I'm taking over mommy's blog... because I'm cute and I can.
My favorite fruit is bananas (baa baa) and grapes.
I know my left foot, right foot, right hand and left hand.
I wear size 5 shoes. I recently got new boots too!
I don't typically walk, I run most places.
I avoid sleep sometimes which makes me grumpy (I take after my mommy, just ask grandpa)
I went to the doctor and they said I was in the 25th percentile in weight and the 90th percentile in height right now.
So wearing 18 month pants is good for my height but I kind of walk out of them, so either I wear 12 month and have high waters or wear 18 month and mommy keeps having to pull them up.
By the way I sometimes call Daddy Mama and call Mama Dadada. It happens.
I know dog (da).
I love to read books. Grandma is getting tired of the options we have... we'll have to get more.
One of my favorite things to do is close doors. The fridge is open, that's okay I'll close it. The dryer is open, that's okay I'll close it. The front door is open, no problem, I'll close that too.
I've learned to walk backwards and I take advantage of it.
I have my own potty and think that soon I might start potty training, but not yet... so far it's still diapers.
My favorite drink is flavored water and sweet tea.
I'll pretty much eat anything.
I have 8 teeth.
I love to drive. (see above)
Grandpa's dog had puppies and they are a lot of fun to play with. I love going to the barn.
I still love to dance.
I can say hi, bye, momma, dada, dog, that, and baabaa (banana, I know what they are, I love them!)

And now it is bed time so I'm heading there, especially since I chose not to nap today.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Underwater Pumpkin Carving - It's a Thang!

Wow, today got away from me.  I spent most of my day learning about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Quite an interesting story, not gonna lie! What's even more interesting is people don't want it taught in schools because of some of the language. It is considered racist... written by a guy who was pretty much anti-slavery. Interesting in deed!

Anyway last weekend was the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving. Since getting certified in 2013, hubby has participated and Tbug has participated but I never had. Writing a scuba blog I figured it was about time that I try too, right? Only fair!

I was a bit nervous about the water temperature since the morning started out in the upper 40's... but I thought, what the heck. I still think I want to do a New Year's Day dive just once too. I couldn't the first year we were certified because they don't let you dive while pregnant and the second year I chickened out. Maybe this is the year, but enough on that... we're talking about carving pumpkins underwater!

We beat Deb and Grady there. When we left the house I asked hubs why so early. He told me that this is one of those moments you say yes hunny and just go with it. I said whatever and went to sleep in the front seat of the car. :).

When Deb and Grady got there we started helping them unload the truck/trailer. That's when they realized they forgot some things. I asked what they needed, got the list and Memaw, Abug and I headed back to Seligman to the new Walmart store. So nice that it is so close, but I'd have gone farther if needed.

When we got back, Grady and Dan were gearing up with their dive students to go out and certify some new divers.

Deb stayed on land to get food ready and get paperwork done for the underwater pumpkin carving. On the menu, Chili, Spaghetti Red, Hot dogs. Karen and I took care of stirring the chili, making the noodles, etc, anything that involved the food so that Deb was free for paperwork. We had 2 gals that were from out of state, Alaska and California. They'd never heard of Spaghetti Red and said it must be a Midwest thing. By the way if you haven't heard of that... it's chili on spaghetti noodles.

The water has gone down some since all the rains this summer (not complaining) but it is still rather on the high side. We didn't get to go to the normal dive side, we went off by where the camping area is. Grady also told me that there wasn't a thermocline in the top 30 feet which is a good thing. I know my dive computer said 68 degrees when we started diving. It really wasn't that bad. I know, right?!?!

Once Grady and Dan were done certifying students, they came up and got dressed in regular street clothes. Don't you just love their dive socks?

All morning I walked around and people asked if I was going to carve a pumpkin. I kept responding with Hubby says I am. LOL. Dan and Tiffany went and camped elsewhere (our normal site is closed for the year). They had their camper on behind the truck so I went and changed in their camper. I forgot to take my dive boots up with me so I was walking around in my regular boots. I got a lot of funny looks, laughs, and head turns :). Whatever, I'm a country girl, it's all good.

Now I'm not sure if you've ever tried to get a pumpkin underwater, it's not easy. They are extremely buoyant. Boomer thought he'd put his in a mesh bag with they said about 40lb of rocks. Didn't work. His pumpkin came out of the bag and I hear it was a riot to watch from land.

I lucked out because they over weighted me so I could get my pumpkin down but it kept floating me to the surface so hubby had to take it down for me. I put it against my chest so that my over weight would take it down. No such luck. Hubby got it down for me though. Then he held it while I cut it open. Once the top came off we weighted it down with water and rocks. While I was carving I broke 2 knives. luckily we took 4 down with us. (You'll know me underwater by my yellow sleeves although in the green murky water they don't quite look yellow)

The joke back up on surface was that now that we've carved pumpkins we have to go get all the insides and get them out of the water. Yeah right, good luck with that!

Abug played soooooo hard up on surface. Memaw followed her around checking everything out and picking up acorns. She soooooooo wanted to get in the water and couldn't understand why she wasn't allowed to. Memaw couldn't get her to sleep so finally Karen took her and walked away from the crowd and she went to sleep fairly quickly.

While Karen was putting her to sleep, I went and used their truck and a blanket to change back into my street clothes. Then we had to vote for whose pumpkin should win. This time I left my boots down with everyone else so I got to walk across the campsite area barefoot. Man I never had the right shoes at the right place.

So Mike won for Ugliest Pumpkin

Annie won for Best Effort

Tiffany was 3rd. And the blogger was fired for this out of focus picture.

Justin was 2nd.

And Dan was 1st.

Mine is pumpkin #2 (third on the top row)

and our 3rd, 2nd and 1st place winners. Dan and Tiffany are married so Justin wound up in a family sandwich :). haha.

Let me tell you, this wasn't bad. Water was great, visibility was great. And it was a lot of fun! Back on land, my pumpkin lasted one day. There's something about that lake water that ruins them. oh well... such is life I guess.


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