Please, Take a Moment to Honor a Gold Star Spouse

Did you have a good day yesterday?  Mine ended up being very productive!  I have taken my new low-carb / keto way of eating to the next level and started doing intermittent fasting. For anyone who doesn’t know what this means, I have my last meal before 8 p.m. and don’t eat again until noon the next day.  This isn’t typically an issue for me since I have a cup of tea to tide me over, taking a thermos of delicious, creamy coffee with me to have at noon – on the dot. Not a moment later. No, seriously. Not a half moment. I’m heating up my coffee cup by 11:45. At work I have plenty to keep my mind occupied so I’m not truly missing food.  If I feel the need to chew on anything, I have the ice in my water cup that I like to munch on once in awhile.  I know – that may seem weird to some people, but our new freezer makes the best, most chewable ice!  Anyway, I digress.  Yesterday I suddenly got a huge craving for quiche. I don’t typically make something just for me, usually considering it to be a waste of food if I can’t share it with Hubby, and since he HATES quiche I don’t make it very often.  All of a sudden, I thought to myself that I DO deserve it and I decided to make a lovely quiche and take it for lunch for the rest of the week.  I am so glad I did!  It had lovely cheddar cheese, broccoli and, of course, bacon in it.  It was a joyful moment when I took my first bite . . . and again as I ate the 2nd slice. It’s good – seriously delicious stuff and IT IS ALL MINE!  hehehe


Verse of the Day

April 5, 2018

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

“What am I living for?” While that is an important question, the most important question of all is “Who am I living for?” Only one person can insure that I will never die because he has already died for me and conquered death! If he was willing to die for me, I’m for sure going to live for him!


Holy Humor / National Humor Month

A mother took her little boy to church.
While in church the little boy said, “Mommy, I have to pee.”

The mother said to the little boy, “It’s not appropriate to say the word ‘pee’ in church. So, from now on whenever you have to ‘pee’ just tell me that you have to ‘whisper’.”

The following Sunday, the little boy went to church with his father and during the service said to his father, “Daddy, I have to whisper.“

The father looked at him and said, “Okay, just whisper in my ear.”


Food for Thought

Have you ever marveled at how many pieces of paper we accumulate in our lives? I know that many of us reduce that by getting e-bills, but I’m an old fashioned kind of gal who knows that sometimes emails don’t arrive and that computers crash, so I like to have a hard copy of everything I do to keep on file for the required number of years by the IRS.  I was going through paperwork yesterday and was seriously staggered by how many receipts, copies of paid bills, and other sorts of documents that have accumulated!  If you are going to collect these things, please be more organized for yourself than I have been for myself. This is awful . . . and very stressful.  Now if we could only convince every single store that issues receipts to have the date in the same spot, I’d think we were making AWESOME progress.


Go for Broke Day – Today is the day to take a gamble . . . and it doesn’t have to be a money gambling thing!  Going For Broke Day is a day for mustering up the courage to take a big risk that you’ve been nervous about taking before now.  It could be applying for a new job, a love relationship, initiating a big project, or maybe even an investment of some sort.  It’s hard to take that big first step on the road to achieving whatever it is you want, so today is for you.  Go For Broke and just take that risk!  It’s entirely up to you if its worth it though.


Gold Star Spouses Day – This is a very important celebration that offers a great opportunity to honor the surviving husbands and wives of fallen soldiers.  December 18, 2010 was set up as Gold Star Wives Day, but since 2012 the Senate has passed a resolution to honor Gold Star Wives on April 5th, but as there are so many more wives now in the military, it is now being observed as Gold Spouse’s Day.  The Gold Star is a symbol of loss that goes back to WWI.  In 1947, Congress approved the design, manufacture and distribution of the official Gold Star Button to be worn on the lapel. It is a symbol worn by family of fallen service members who have lost their lives in combat. On this day the Army joins the nation to remember those who are left behind and honor the legacy of those who have died while in service to our country. Communities are encouraged to take the time to remember the fallen and recognize the sacrifices of those they have left behind.


Hospital Admitting Clerks Day – How many of us have been to the ER in the middle of the night with a sick or injured kid?  I know my son was racking up frequent flier miles to our ER when he was growing up.  Felt like we were ALWAYS there!  The nurses and doctors all get the credit for a job well done in those situations in life where we find ourselves in that sterile environment with someone we love wearing a gown that is open in the back and waiting in a room that is just a few degrees too cold for the dress code.  What about those admitting clerks though?  In our hospital they wheel their computer into the cubicle you’re in and take all of your information right there so nobody is out sharing the snarf germs of others in the waiting area (nice right?), and in my experience they’ve all been sweet, helpful and kind.  They deserve some credit for doing their jobs, with all those sick and injured people all over the place, without losing their poise and sense of calm.  Next time you have to take care of someone you love in a less than ideal situation, make sure you appreciate the admitting clerk.  They are doing a good job!


National Dandelion Day – I wrote about dandelions on Weed Appreciation Day on March 28th.  Just hop on over there and see what a truly wonderful plant the dandelion really is!


Read a Road Map Day – This is a celebration that so many kids today would have NO clue about celebrating! We live in the age of the GPS and so, for many, the art of reading a map is lost. I love maps.  I always have.  A crisp new map holds adventure and new possibility as you unfold it to study the highways and bi-ways that are so colorfully printed across the page.  Knowing how to read a map is pretty important because there are times that satellites aren’t sending the proper information to a GPS, or perhaps there isn’t a GPS for some reason and you are lost! Reading a map could save your life as you navigate your way back to familiar territory. Celebrate this day by buying a map, if you don’t already have one, and navigate a short trip using only the paper map to guide you.  If you have never read a map, learn how to read one.  Think about it – for any Walking Dead fans – if we have a zombie apocalypse, reading a map may be what saves your life!



This Day in History –

1964 – General Douglas MacArthur died in Washington, D.C. at the age of 84.


Food Celebration of the Day –

National Caramel Day – What do you get when you marry cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, water and butter – and bring it to a slow boil?  You get caramel sauce!  Oooey-gooey-delicious caramel sauce!  Caramel sauce is the star in many baked treats and is worth the wait to make your own.  I found this recipe for Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bars on Carolyn Ketchum’s blog – All Day I Dream About Food.  I think I’m going to give it a try – if not today, then maybe this weekend!


National Deep-Dish Pizza Day – Deep dish pizza, also known as Chicago style pizza, is known for having a buttery crust with sides built up to as much as three inches tall.  The crust acts like a bowl to help hold in the ingredients.  This style of pizza was first developed in Chicago in 1943 by Pizzeria Uno’s founder Ike Sewell.  Not only is a deep-dish pizza different from a traditional pizza because of the crust, but because it is heavy on the sauce, cheese and toppings.  It has become so popular that many pizza chains have developed their own recipes.  I personally prefer a thin crust pizza with crunchy cracker thin crust, but I can say with certainty that deep crust pizza is VERY filling, and you don’t have to eat as much of it to make a meal.  I make my own pizza at home often on my handy dandy cast iron pizza pan.  I do have a cast iron pie pan that does a really great job making a crispy crust for a deep-dish pizza. Hubby isn’t a HUGE fan of crust that thick, but I may make it anyway. In the cookbook “Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen” there is a recipe for “Magic Mozzarella Dough” that truly is magic. I make low-carb pizza crust, cheese danishes and many other delicious bread-like dishes that don’t have any grains in them! It may be a good nice to make a batch and throw together a deep-dish pizza.  I think I may have just figured out dinner!


National Raisin and Spice Bar Day – Well, this one sounds tasty, doesn’t it? I love oatmeal cookies, so the thought of just making them into bars instead of individual cookies sounds like it would be perfect. Sadly, oatmeal is not low-carb, however Carolyn Ketchum has a recipe that she says tastes like oatmeal, so I may see what I can figure out.  Here is the recipe for “Oatmeal” Chocolate Chip Cookies.  If I substitute chopped up raising – maybe ¼ for the whole batch to reduce the impact of the sugars in the raisins, then add a little extra cinnamon and maybe a shave or two of nutmeg, I may have hit on a great spice bar recipe! I’ll keep you posted.

Well, I am not getting this to you at lunch time.  I didn’t realize until a few minutes ago I forgot to set it up to auto-post this morning. Oops!  Have a wonderful rest of your day! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow – hopefully earlier than I did today!

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