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Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Potato Gnocchi in a Bacon Cream Sauce and the Crack Chicken Casserole – Tots, Crispy Bacon, Cheeeeese and BBQ Ranch Sauce!!

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  What’s shakin’ in your world? Tis the season and things are ramping up here. Work is making that one final push to get stuff pushed into production before we go into the end of the year freeze which means long hours and lots of work. TKW is always busiest from October to January which yes I start listening to Christmas music around early October. I know, I know, I’m one of those people who actually look forward to when the radio stations go all Christmas music 24×7 for the season. It’s just happy music; stuff that makes you feel good and for many of us, reminds of our childhood.

Christmas for me was such a magical time of year. You all know my story – youngest of 6 from a very, VERY poor family. We simply didn’t have stuff and going to the store to buy things like clothes or the latest and greatest toy just really didn’t happen. However Mom and Dad always found a way to get us each at least one “new” thing from the store. They’d often go without and sometimes they wouldn’t pay a bill just so we’d have a nice Christmas. They always made it so special and Mom would make $20 spent on each kid look like we had a million presents. I think that’s why I get so excited when I see lots of presents. It’s not so much about what’s inside of it but rather seeing all the pretty papers, bows and ribbons. Mom would put so much thought into each individual present that she’d even make unwrapping a single packet of gum exciting.

What we lacked in money and ‘fancy’ things, we made up in other ways a million times over. From the foods from scratch to the homemade gifts. I can still remember sneaking down one Christmas Eve night to go to the bathroom and seeing my new “used junkyard” bike that my Dad made for me. He would go to the local junk yard and find parts, sand them up, slap on a new coat of paint and voila! Beautiful purple banana seated bike. And because Mom was who she was, she put silver tassels on the handles to make it more “Lori”.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Guinness Corned Beef Reuben Pizza and the Crispy Baked Taco Muffin Cups!

Happy Sunday TKW Family from a very soggy Pittsburgh. This is the time of year I hate. It’s rainy, dreary, cold, gray, muddy and just depressing. It’s that transitional period where summer is trying to hold on just a little bit longer but winter is kicking at the door trying to get in. Living in Pittsburgh this is the time where you pray for a 4-day dry out period so the ground can harden up and not be so soaked for you to pick up the 9 bajillion leaves. I know many of you said to leave it, that it enriches the soil and so forth but no. It kills the grass and anything that tries to go in the spring. How do I know? Cause it killed ours the one year we didn’t pick up the leaves in the one section. However, at that first year of us raking 5 acres of leaves (seriously thought my arms were going to fall off that year), we went out and bought a commercial leaf-sucker-upper-mulcher thing that connects to our tractor. It’s still not an easy job and will easily take ours to do our property but it’s a necessary evil.

This past week was kind of a blur as I honestly can’t remember anything ‘special’ I did other than work. I dread the next 3 weeks as I’m going to be crushed with work but it’s kind of the norm really – rush to get as much in before Thanksgiving as let’s face it, once Thanksgiving hits the office becomes more and more bare. You figure most folks save at least a weeks’ worth of vacation for this time of year. Are you one of them? I am though it kind of just happened as with my shoulder surgery and all.

God can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? And now the Hallmark Channel  is playing Christmas movies 24/7. So I’ll admit that I’m kind of loving that. It’s funny as for years I never watched tv as I had a job that ruined tv for me. You see I worked in the media industry whose software was used by the networks to schedule their shows, episodes, commercials and so forth. I got ‘trained’ to not watch tv for enjoyment but rather to see whether or not the software worked and that there were no glitches.  Like did you ever watch tv and a commercial comes on only that commercial ‘breaks’ or cuts off too fast? Or what about the same commercial airing back to back? Yeah that’s bad in the media industry. So when that happened within minutes my phone would ring and all hell would break loose.

How do you spend a rainy Sunday?

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Italian Pot Roast and Potatoes and the Beef Shepherd Pie Tarts – Perfect Winter Comfort Food!

Happy Sunday TKW Family! Man what a week it has been! I don’t even know where to begin. Work is kicking my butt but I keep chugging through. It’s one of those times where I wish I had 2 more “lori’s” there. So I work from home 99.9% of the time and while it most definitely has it positive points (you can just roll out of bed and work, you don’t have to put on real pants, hell you don’t even have to brush your hair if you don’t want to) but it has a few pretty bad negative points. No for real it does. You have no interaction with folks and trust me, there are times when you wish you could be in that meeting room or standing face to face with someone. But the biggest negative point, at least with me, is that it’s really, really hard to ‘shut off’ work. Like I don’t work a normal 9-5, 8 hour day; more like 10-12 hour days. Many, many times Mr. Fantabulous will come in and actually say “Okay you’re done for the day. You can’t fix it all in one day.” and stand there until I actually shut down the computer.

Do any of you work from home? Do you experience the same thing as I do or am I the oddball?

What else?  So we still have no news about what’s going on with Mr. Fantabulous. He has to have more blood work done and a few other tests. I just wish we knew exactly what it is. I hate seeing him like this. But that man, my God, that man is inhuman. He doesn’t let that stop him – even when his chest is hurting and it’s hard to breathe. But you guys know me, I’m sticking to him like glue ‘mothering’ him and forcing him to take breaks, to rest. That man is my entire world. I guess I didn’t have to say that – you guys already know that.

Please let next week be a better week

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Whiskey Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Crust and the Thick ‘n Creamy Loaded Potato Soup!

Happy Sunday TKW Family! WOW, can you believe that Halloween is next week? I honestly forgot about Halloween. I mean I go shopping a few times a week and see the decorations (hell, they’ve been out since July) but for some reason I thought it was weeks away. It wasn’t until I was on Facebook and I started see posts from parties or parades did I put two and two together. Old age I guess. When you were little, did you have a favorite Halloween costume? I mean we’re talking as soon as you got it from the store you wore it weeks before Halloween, maybe slept in it and then a few more weeks afterwards til your parents begged you to take it off? I did. It was Barbie and it was beautiful.

I begged my Mom to pretty, pretty please buy me this Barbie costume for our 4th grade Halloween parade (hey this was a big deal!) and then to go trick or treating in. Now this costume was, by today’s standards, pretty lame. It had a blue silk skirt, a red sash and white button down shirt, a tiara that had daggers on the end of it to make it stick into your skull and a plastic mask of her face. Now let me talk about this mask for a second. It was hard plastic that went over your face and the only thing that held it on were these white stretchy thin bands that always, ALWAYS got stuck in your hair and pulled out every friggen baby hair you had when you tried to get it off. The eye holes NEVER lined up and the mouth had a hole the size of a straw. This mask made me look like a homeless beauty queen that had been stuck in the gutter for years, makeup all smeared, bright red lips and blue eye-shadowed eye lids.

…and I loved it!

Since I was chubby the skirt was snug and that white shirt was a no go but I still wore that costume with pride. I wore it everyday, around the house, to the store and even to bed. That costume made me feel like a Princess. When I go to the stores now and I see little kids wearing their Spiderman costumes or Princess Jasmine ensembles I can’t help but smile and remember my plastic-faced Barbie costume.

Do you sneak your kid’s Halloween candy?

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Potato Gnocchi in a Bacon Cream Sauce and the White Chicken Chili!

Happy Sunday TKW Family! I hope this finds you well. We’re both chugging along. Mr. Fantabulous still isn’t back to his normal healthy self but this, whatever he has, is just going to take time. His doctors are on top of it so all we can do is pray and keep investigating what is making him so ill. But that man, I swear, he’s a machine. He doesn’t let it get him or his spirits down. I, on the other hand, have on the brave face. “Think positive, Lori Ann” is all I keep hearing in my mother’s voice. So that I shall.

Last week was pretty busy, but then isn’t life busy?  I guess for us, we tend to not lead a “normal” life. Like he has his own company, as do I, but then I also work a full time job on top of that. His “other” full time job is the complete renovation of this house. Plus our grounds aren’t your typical lawns. It’s like everything we have to do that is normal life for everyone else – cutting the grass, weeding, sweeping even is a project for us. It’s funny as our version of retirement is literally coming home from work, having dinner and the only thing we have to do that night is figure out what to watch on tv. On the weekends just a couple of hours in the morning to do the yard or housework and then we literally have the whole weekend to do anything we want or nothing at all. Like it’s literally been almost 9 years since we’ve sat on a couch in our media room and watched tv. God how I long for that day. Where most people’s version of retirement is no work, travel, freedom to do whatever.

What’s your vision of your retirement like?

Retirement…<deep sigh> someday.

What does your retirement vision look like?

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