Today I felt a feeling of freedom as I drove away from one chapter of my life. Until I felt this freedom, I hadn’t know I was holding something back. It was a moment of clarity. With any change or major decision comes a moment of questioning – did I make the right choice? No matter the number of prayers or hours I have spent thinking through my choices, I tend to question my decisions; that is until I have a moment of clarity when I know that it is right. I’m so glad that I have my faith and trust in someone greater than me who knows all. It’s freeing to know that there is already a plan for[…]

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a book for years, probably since I could read. I’ve actually written books (when I was a kid), blogs, articles and reviewed books as an editor. I’ve probably written enough words to fill many books. I just read a blog post that explained how to write a book in 10 easy steps – okay then! Let’s get busy. I’m working on the concept of Building a Career in Health Information Management and all that goes with it. What is Health Information Management Emerging Careers Education Experience Practicum/ Apprenticeship Networking Interviews and Resumes Learning About Yourself – Developing Your Career Development Plan Interviews and Things Every Graduate Wish They Had Know This blog[…]

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Sometimes I just get myself going on something, good or bad and I can’t be stopped. It’s like I have a one-track mind or a record playing and skipping back to that same place, playing over and over. Sometimes this helps me cope and pull through with a bright idea when I’ve been stuck on something or I’m working on a project. But other times, there’s just nothing good going to come from it, mostly because I haven’t stopped to ask God or to listen for God. My thought pattern the past few days was one of those times. And today God stopped me in my tracks as I barreled forward on one of those tracks. I wouldn’t describe it[…]

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Do you ever feel like you’re in this vortex world where no matter what you do that day, it just feels like you can’t do anything right and everyone is criticizing you? Yeah, well, I do. Today is one of those days. Maybe it’s because I’m communicating with others via email and messages instead of face to face or on the phone. I used to think I was a good communicator via email until recently. Sometimes I just can’t seem to get my point across or the story is so complicated that it’s really hard to relay via email. There are some topics that just need to be discussed in person. But sometimes those people who need to know are[…]

Today I turned 35. I remember when I turned 30 and had a mini meltdown at work, feeling lost and thinking I’d never have a family of my own. I remember last year, wishing that I could be pregnant and feeling so down about not being a mom yet. Last year, I wouldn’t have guessed that I’d have a beautiful daughter before I turned 35. I remember praying and hoping that I’d have a child before I turned 35, and it happened. Today, I cherish my gift. Each year I will remember my wish from the past and treasure my daughter. She is more than I could ever wish for. So perfect, beautiful, soft and sweet. Of course we have[…]

Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken (4-5 servings) 2-3 large boneless/skinless chicken breasts ½  cup white sugar ½  cup vinegar 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tablespoons soy sauce ½   cup of pineapple juice (use what’s in the can) ½  can of large pineapple chunks Add all the ingredients to the bag. Write on the bag: Cook 4-5 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low. Serve it over rice and enjoy. While I am cooking the rice I  like to shred the chicken and put it back in the juice before I serve it.

Quiche Lorraine

This is my husband’s aunt’s quiche recipe, dear to our hearts as his grandmother Lorraine passed away this year. I’ve made this dish several times this summer, good for breakfast or anytime. Ingredients: 1 cup plus 1 tbsp all purpose flour 1/2 cup butter 1/2 tsp plus pinch salt Ham sliced thinly 2 cups shredded cheese – Tillamook Cheddar, Pepper Jack, or Swiss 4 large eggs 1/2 t powdered mustard 1/8 t cayenne pepper 1 C heavy cream (or half n half) 1 C sour cream (light is okay)   Instructions: Pie crust: Cut cold butter into flour. You may add 1 t onion powder and 1/4 t celery salt to the mix – gives it a little extra flavor.[…]

Banana Muffins

We accidently bought too many bananas this week so we have a whole bunch of ripe bananas! My husband usually makes banana bread that is so good but I wanted to try something different. This recipe is not altered but it could easily be altered to be healthier – using applesauce, honey or cutting the sugar in half. These muffins are like cake so if you want a different texture you could use some whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour. Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 3 ripe bananas 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda   Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with[…]

Flatbread

We went to Trader Joe’s today after lunch. I found some small flatbreads and thought I’d use them to make individual flatbread pizzas. I have some chicken breast that I will bake with barbeque sauce. This recipe is very easy to alter. Bake as much chicken as needed and for leftovers. Just alter the amount of bbq sauce to make sure it covers the chicken. Ingredients: 2 chicken breast (more is fine) 1/2 cup bbq sauce plus 3 tablespoons Flatbread (6 small) 1.5 cups of shredded cheese (monterrey jack works well or cheddar) Onion (optional) Cilantro (optional) Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a glass pan (8×8 or 9×13 depending on how many chicken breasts). Place chicken in the[…]

Beef and Potato Skillet

Tonight I wanted to make something with the russet potato I had plus the pound of lean beef, green pepper and onion that I got at the grocery store. I looked for recipes on beef skillet or casserole but I decided to just make my own. So here’s what I came up with – it’s easy to adjust to your tastes: 1 pound lean ground beef 1 onion 1 bell pepper 1 large baking potato Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic salt (to taste) Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons shredded cheese Directions: Heat a skillet or dutch oven to medium-high heat. Dice the onion, pepper and potato. Brown the ground beef (5-7 minutes depending on pan). Take the ground beef out and[…]