In 57 words or less … what for you personally signals the coming of Fall?
Clearly it’s Autumn.
Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Grande, please. I was so giddy when they came out, I told the barista through the drive-thru speaker that I could sing…so she made me sing for my drink! It’s ok, I like singing.
Last year was a dramatic one for Penn State, my alma mater. This fall, as the season opened, the pride was better than ever. GO STATE!
Ketchup With Us is a fun link up with Michele (Old Dog New Tits) and Mel (According to Mags). You should click and join us!
The moving company arrived bright and early. The five guys followed her directions with respect and care. A flock of special women in her life swooped down to pack, cook, unpack and settle her into her new place. I was a basket of nerves. I couldn’t imagine how she felt. She looked great and claimed to feel at peace. But my mom was moving out after 43 years of marriage, and I just can’t imagine that it was as easy as it looked.
The reasons for this separation are not relevant. The fact remains that she is on her own for the first time since nursing school in 1969. Now she is in her mid-sixties and back to full-time nursing; the 11-7 night shift, nonetheless. Her only daily companion is an adorable stray cat that frequents her quaint front porch, napping occasionally on her front door mat.
Sure, she has relatives and friends who call, text, drop by. Is that equal to daily companionship? Or is the peace she finds in her new efficiency the new companion she desires? Craves?
The amount of respect I have for my mom is infinite. She is content in her independence and truly looks forward to being the best Mom, Grammy, Gigi, nurse, and friend that she can be. The hole in her heart? She’s chosen to fill it with her faith in God and His love for her. She’s chosen to embrace the positive and let go of the negative. I believe these are difficult choices for anyone in most situations, but in this situation-the hardest.
So if you’re somewhere in life wallowing in pity, try on some hope inspired by my mom. She’ll certainly share some with you.
Ketchup With Us #26
Prompt: In 57 words or less…if you could reenact one
scene from a movie, what would it be?
I’m a self-confessed Potter-Head. I love my children, and I’d do anything for them. I combined these two qualities, and landed on the movie I’d kill to reenact.
Come link up with us! It’s a real hoot!
For today’s “Ketchup With Us” Mel and Michele found this video and felt inspired for pictures of our own “Bitc*y Resting Face.”
**Video contains swearing** (Mom!)
Voila! My BRF! Sadly, not too difficult for me to conjure up…
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The newest hit in our house for dinner is Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake. I originally found it on Pinterest. And Mallory from The Lentzed Life pinned it from Homemade Delish. I’m sharing this recipe with our personal family tweaks. If you’d like to refer to the original, use the links to view their blogs.
The FamilyE Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake
1 16 oz. box Penne pasta, cooked and drained
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts; cubed and cooked
1/2 C. Franks Hot Sauce
1 1/2 C. Ranch dressing
2 C. Fiesta Blend Cheese (to mix in)
2 C. Fiesta Blend Cheese (to top)
8 oz. Container of Blue Cheese Crumbles
1. Preheat oven to 350* and prepare a deep baking dish.
2. Mix together hot sauce and ranch. In separate bowl, mix chicken, pasta and cheeses. Pour sauce over all and mix well.
3. Pour everything into prepared baking dish, top with remaining shredded cheese and bake for 20-25 min.
Holy cow! We haven’t had any left in the 4 times I’ve made this the last 2 weeks! We don’t get to sit down together very often, but having something yummy like this makes family time fun!
Have you made something lately that’s a family hit?
Photo Credit: The Lentzed Life