Saturday, December 30, 2017

Merry Christmas and 2017 Can Kiss My Butt!

Christmas Party at GES
Christmas break from GMS and GES is coming to a close quickly. We enjoyed some fun times over break, including spending some special time with friends and family.  I was rushed to the doctor on Friday last week with very high blood pressure readings.  I knew it too because my head was pounding, shoulders were hurting, and a general feeling of malaise.  Thankfully, it seems it is just stress.  Hmm, I wonder why?

Dad continues to thrive at Assisted Living and I am very pleased with his space and care.  Mom is still her crazy self.

Over break I was blessed to take Matthew to Channel 6 to visit my friend Bill Fitzgerald.  Matthew and I were treated to a star tour.  We even treated the staff to three dozen doughnuts from Krispy Kreme.

We hope all of you have a great year!

One of Matthew's best friends. I love her!
Candace Burns shares her basketball story.

Weather Guy!
Candace Burns and Bill Fitzgerald!
Nothing better than a new toy!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Friendship is...

Writing with my students yesterday...

Friendship is…

Friendship is defined as the state of being friends and a relationship of trust. I grew up in the small town of Goochland, so finding friends was never a problem, but finding that one true friend you trusted, had its issues.  My neighbor Janis and I were born ten days apart.  We played together literally, since the day we were born. She knew my crushes, knew my struggles with school, and even knew how to keep my secrets. She hysterically witnessed me walking into a tree while staring at a handsome young man in our neighborhood one day.  Even though she laughed at what I had done, she didn’t judge me. We were inseparable until well after college, making me her maid of honor in her wedding.  We have gone our separate ways now with our own families, but her friendship through all those years I will always treasure. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Crockpot Bistro Beef Barbeque

1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup picante sauce
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1 beef sirloin tip (4 lbs) (I used 2.5)
4 garlic cloves (I used 1/2 tsp minced)
kaiser rolls
deli coleslaw

Mix first nine ingredients. Cut roast in half; cut slits in roast and insert garlic (I did not, mixed minced garlic in with ingredients). Place in 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour sauce over top. Cook, covered, on low until tender, 8 to 10 hours.

Remove beef. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker and heat through. Serve on rolls with coleslaw.

Per serving:  411 calories, 11 g. fat, 76 mg chol, 832 mg sod. 49g. carb, 2 g fiber