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Simon’s Cat

December 17th, 2009 · Cats, Humor

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Lancaster, PA

September 8th, 2009 · life

Pete and I spent the weekend in Lancaster County, PA. It is such a beautiful part of our country!

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Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum

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Lancaster Central Market

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Buchanan’s Gardens

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Shenck’s Mill Covered Bridge

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Wheatland- Home of President James Buchanan

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Siegrist’s Mill Covered Bridge

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Dinner

August 18th, 2009 · Food

porkchop

I am not sure if I have shared this before, but I only have the poverty plan for cable television. We decided that paying $60 a month for channels that we never really watched was not a smart choice. We pay $15.00 a month for basic service.  I really miss Food Network but I found a PBS cooking show called Everyday Food. Everyday Food is produced by Martha Stewart Living.  The show has a theme and five different chefs create dishes that fit into the theme. The other day they had a show called Meat and Potatoes. One of the dishes highlighted was Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Chops. I decided to try the recipe tonight for dinner. My husband and I really enjoyed the dish. It is really easy to do and it only took about 20 minutes to prep and cook the dish.  Do not skip the lemon wedge. There is just something delightful about  fresh lemon over pork. Trust me!

Ingredients:

4 Boneless pork loin chops

Coarse salt and ground pepper

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (I used dried thyme.)

4 slices prosciutto

2 teaspoons olive oil

Lemon wedges, for serving

Directions:

  1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Sprinkle thyme leaves over each, pressing, to help them adhere to the meat. Wrap 1 prosciutto slice around middle of each chop, like a belt; press ends to seal.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Cook chops until golden brown and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. (Cook in two batches, if necessary, to avoid crowding.) Serve chops with lemon wedges.

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I am a bad bad bad blogger…

August 17th, 2009 · life, Uncategorized

I haven’t written on here in a while. In my defense during the past month I have relocated to a new home, had a failed IUI, started a new IVF protocol, and I have been dealing with the usual family drama. I love summer, and I can’t stand to be inside when I could be outside taking in the sunshine. I have been enjoying the beach!  I started reading Atlas Shrugged, which I highly recommend reading as long as you have the time to read a 1000 page book.  I have also become horribly addicted to teen vampire books. I have read the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz, the Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith, the House of Night series by P.C. Cast, and I have reread the whole Twilight series again.  You have to balance a very serious, 1000 page piece of literature with something light!  Well I hope you all are enjoying your summer and I hope to be better about posting.  Tschüs!

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Life…

July 5th, 2009 · life

Yesterday marked five years since my grandfather passed away.  Each year as the date gets closer, I spend quite a bit of time reflecting on him and the special times we shared. I do tend to get a little depressed but generally being around family and friends while celebrating the 4th helps pass the time.  This year we planned to spend the 4th with my sister and her family and a group of good friends.  The day started with my sister and her family needing to cancel because they were all still recovering from some stomach virus.   This bummed me out a bit, but I didn’t want to catch anything.   I knew my friend’s kids would be a bit disappointed but I figured we could keep them busy enough to not notice my nieces and nephew didn’t attend. We drove over to our friend’s house with the five pounds of potato salad I had made for the occasion.  Everyone at the party was a little down.  One of our best friends has accepted a job a few states away. He stopped over at the party to say farewell and all I could do was cry. It is not as though I won’t see him again but I could not control the sadness that overcame me.  Feeling like a big baby, I dried the tears and tried to take part in the conversations going on around the house.  As the evening was winding down, my husband and I decided to stay and help clean up.   In the confusion of all the guests leaving, I had noticed our friends, who had hosted the cookout, were upset. I went to check on them and discovered that their 14 year old Scottie dog had died during the party.  They had found their dog passed away in his bed.  Luckily another friend had not left and between the group of us we were able to keep their five year old busy, so that he would not realize the dog was gone.  They wanted to wait till morning to talk to him about the dog’s passing. My husband went with the his friend to bury the dog. Our other friend kept their son busy playing and I tried to comfort my best friend as much as I could.  Later my husband drove me home. He held my hand and we both agreed that the day served as a reminder to love and appreciate your family, friends, and devoted pets at every opportunity. Life is just too short.

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Bourbon Slush

July 2nd, 2009 · Uncategorized

We love cooking out for the 4th of July. Every year our family makes large batches of Bourbon Slush to aid in the celebration. I highly recommend this drink for hot summer days and relaxing with friends and family!

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Bourbon Slush
6 ounce can of frozen orange juice
6 ounce can of frozen lemonade
1 cup sugar
6 cups cold water
2 cups water with 2 to 4 tea bags steeped
1 1/3 cups bourbon

Mix well together orange juice, lemonade, sugar and 6 cups cold water. Then add 2 cups of tea and bourbon. Pour into a bowl and place in freezer until slushy. Serve by itself or half slush with ginger ale or lemon/lime soda.

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Favorite New Things

June 23rd, 2009 · Food, Gifts/Products

powderflage

If you have dark circles under your eyes or laugh lines that you want to disappear…try this! My sister loves Benefit products and I have to say, I am starting to love them as well. If you don’t want to order them online, visit your closest Sephora.

businesscards

I have a few social occassions coming up and I decided that versus digging in my purse for paper and pen to collect numbers that I would have calling cards made.  This is an example of what I ordered from Nella Designs on Etsy. I got 50 cards for $18.00.

mangomandarin

I love fruity smells for the summer and I swear this smells like you smeared mango and oranges on your body.  This was $10.50 from Bath and Body Works.

sobelife

I am addicted to Sobe Strawberry Kiwi “Calm-O-Mile” Lifewater. If we find this at a store, we buy all they have on their shelves. It is good stuff! Target has the best prices in our area. I can get 5 for $5.00.


Last but not least, I love the song “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland. Roll the windows down, enjoy the breeze, and blast it!

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Who gets to die first?

June 10th, 2009 · life

martyrsphoto by: dbwalker

Lately death has been on my mind. It has been a running theme in every book, song, or movie, that I have come across in the last week. We watched Band of Brothers over the weekend and last night I read Elizabeth Berg’s novel, “A Year of Pleasures”.  It is the story of a widow who relocates to the Midwest after her husband’s death and what she goes through. I cried and cried as I read the book and I have decided that I have to die before my husband. I think he would handle the situation better.  In my mind, I have already scheduled his next physical, removed all fat and salt from his diet, and implemented a new walking regiment.  Something is really wrong with me. I was reading this morning about these poor people who died in an explosion at a Slim Jim plant. I am hard pressed to come up with anything more depressing than my last minutes being in a burning beef jerky plant.  Burning and drowning are just about the worst ways to die in my opinion. Not that there is a good way to die. No one wants to die, well except for martyrs.  Does anyone else fixate on crazy crap like this?

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Life…

June 7th, 2009 · life

ducks
photo by: Jobie9

I haven’t been posting all that much lately because life has just been nuttier than a Payday bar. I am smack in the middle of the next round of fertility treatment. I have been injecting myself twice a day in addition to taking my Metformin, a fistful of vitamins and drinking gallons of Smart Water.  At times I feel like I am floating.  I am in the doctor’s office for blood work and internal sonograms every other day. I actually broke down and ordered Smart Tags for our cars because of the frequency I find us paying tolls to go to the doctor’s office. The process is draining but worth every minute! We took our nieces to see UP in 3-D this afternoon. Those kids adore my husband. He is better than a swimming pool, a swing set, and ice cream rolled together in those kids’ minds. The movie made me cry like a baby, but these days virtually anything makes me cry. My husband saved some baby ducks from a storm drain…I cried. I have given up watching the news because I cry. My brother-in-law’s 75 year old aunt, who I had never met, passed away and I cried. I have packs of tissues hidden everywhere!  We have found a new place to rent. If all goes well, movers will be packing us up in 6 weeks.  Things have not improved with the neighbor and I think I might have a criminal defense if I broke into his house and destroyed his stereo, TV, electric guitar, and amp. I might have to make restitution, but I don’t think I would get jail time.  The hormones made me do it.  In addition I have decided I need botox. I bought prescription sunglasses and I have noticed that my mark of angst has deepened. What is a mark of angst? A mark of angst is the crevice that develops between your eyes because you scrunch your forehead whenever you are angry, perplexed, frustrated, or the sun is just too bright.  My friends say this is the hormones talking and that I would never get botox, but I am not so sure about that.  So Life is busy and a little frustrating, but I am alive!

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I love the movie Big!

May 28th, 2009 · Interesting, TV/Movies/Music

I saw this today and it reminded me of the movie Big.

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