Friday, August 11, 2017

Injured Heroes, Broken Promises documentary

Injured Heroes, Broken Promises documentary

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

What's the big deal with Instant Pot?

7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker--Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer. 


$335 to buy separately and clutter the kitchen. As of 12-6-16.





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Thursday, December 1, 2016

All things Instant Pot

The Instant Pot has been a game changer for me. I don't even need to panic if I forget to take something out of the freezer for dinner because the IP will cook it regardless if it's thawed or not.

Then there is eggs. Perfect, super easy to peel "boiled" eggs. Did I mention cheesecake? Yes, even cheesecake is made perfectly in this nifty appliance. (I can make potato salad in 6 minutes cook time.)

You don't need accessories to have a great appliance but the right accessories can make this appliance into a gadget that nothing can compare to.

I actually own two of them. The Duo60 7 in 1 and the Smart IP.

So far, no matter what I've made it's been a hit.

There are endless recipes for the IP with a little google search. Any cuisine or diet you can think of. Even a trucker that went vegetarian and takes it on the road with him! How is that for amazing?

You can also adapt most slow cooker recipes to be made in the IP rather than waiting all day.

Another benefit is being able to cook even in the hottest days of summer without heating the house up.

Or being tortured by the smell of delicious food until you start to open the IP.

The safety of the IP is so much better than the pressure cookers we might remember our grandmothers using on the stove top.

Facebook groups, pinterest boards, blogs, you name it. A search for Instant Pot will show you this appliance is one that every house needs.

Feel free to ask me questions. If I don't know the answer I can find it for you or direct you to the answer.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pink Flamingos and Lewy Body Dementia

Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies at 79
BOSTON (AP) — The creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died. Donald Featherstone was 79.
Featherstone’s wife, Nancy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her husband died Monday at an elder care facility in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, after a long battle with Lewy body dementia.

June 23, 2015. That was story that showed up in my Facebook newsfeed. I clicked to read it because pink flamingos are very symbolic to me. They mean "I made it safely."

So why would pink flamingo's mean that? I promised a while ago I would tell you and after seeing the creator of the pink flamingo passed away from the same disease that took Mikey I figured it would be a good time.

Before I do I think that the pink flamingo should officially become the symbol to raise awareness for Lewy Body Dementia. 

When Mikey was deployed in 2011 he went on missions between COB Adder and Camp Garry Owen. It took me a while to catch on to the quiet days when I wouldn't hear from him. He couldn't actually tell me when he was going or to where or his arrival information.

Early in the deployment he had sent a couple pictures. One was a poster of Wonder Woman that was on the wall of his chu (where he lived) at COB Adder. The other was a picture of a plastic pink flamingo outside of a building at Garry Owen.

I don't know much about what went on in Iraq. I do know that "being outside the wire" was more dangerous. Going from point A to point B was outside the wire. There was no communication and I could do some very serious worrying during those times. Our hours were also opposite so it would be even longer before I might hear from him.

When he arrived at Garry Owen he would send me a picture of the pink flamingo. That way when I woke up I would know without any information being given away.

When he would return to COB Adder he would send me a picture of Wonder Woman letting me know he had safely returned and was being watched over.

Wonder Woman and pink flamingo's have since kept special meaning to us. When we moved from Texas to Minnesota in January they also played a role. His mother had sent my mother two pink flamingos to put in the yard. This was quite a challenge to do in Minnesota in January! My brother made a pile of snow and there the flamingos sat waiting for his safe arrival. I wish I could have seen and heard him when mom pulled into the driveway and he saw him. She said he was so excited. I can only imagine.

I had taken the Wonder Woman magnet off our fridge in Texas and stuck it in my purse. When I arrived two days later she was placed on the fridge. We had both made it safely.

Before Mikey passed he told me that when he did to post the flamingo picture as his cover photo to let people know he had made it safely. I did. It is still his cover photo. This was posted on his wall. "Mikey's mission has been completed with valor. He has safely reached his final destination."

I still have the flamingos in the yard. I always will. Never thought I would be one of those people with pink plastic flamingos but I am and I'm proud of it!

Taken in early spring. They are now drowning in hostas and need to be slightly relocated. 

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