Monthly Archives: April 2012

Left Over Pulled Pork turns Tostada!


What to do with left over Pulled Pork…. how about a delicious Tostada!!  Easy to do, and had most everything to prepare it in my pantry!  Cheap, tasty and easy!!

I searched the pantry and found black beans, pinto beans, canned corn, and salsa!  Fried some flour tortillas until nice and crisp.  In a pot I added all the above and heated until heated through.  In a large pan, I heated up my left over pulled pork added a little salsa to that pan as well.  Placed the Pulled Pork on the tortilla with some shredded lettuce and then placed the beans, corn and salsa mixture on top of that and ended with cheese and avacado.  It was very tasty and so very easy and quick!


Making the best out of the worst!


I have an amazing son.  I really want to share this as he may not think he is amazing.  But his mom does!  My son Kyle has experienced health issues for a lot of years, it’s not been easy.  Lots of ups and downs and dead ends and feeling like he was just a lost cause as far as the medical world viewed him.  He struggled with his health all through high school.  He was on Home Hospital for part of his junior and his senior year and had a lymph node biopsy just before his graduation.

As I sit in his hospital room and watch him go through all that he is going through and I reflect on the past which involved visits to ER,  emergency calls to the high school that my son was laying on the gym floor and his lips are blue he can’t breathe,  rushing him to the hospital late at night and coming across somebody’s accident and Kyle ending up in the ambulance that was met for someone else because Kyle could not breathe, specialists, biopsy’s, tests that he’d prefer to never repeat… I think about how he has handled it all.  He has left a trail of memories to those who have taken care of him.  He has made people smile and laugh through all of his pain.  For example, yesterday I was sitting in this very chair and Kyle in his hospital bed, the young man that mops the floors and empties the trash came in with a huge smile and said, “How ya doin buddy?” they began to chat… and chat… and chat.  This morning the same young man came back and said “Good morning buddy, you are still here?”  They had small talk again and the young man left with a huge smile. His dad walked into the room last night and asked how Kyle was doing, Kyle had the lap top on his lap and said, “im doing alright, just reading face book and seeing how many people are praying for me”, with a huge smile and a surprised look on his face.  Another example of my sons strength is while laying here he was having pain.  Nurses all day would ask his pain level, and then asked if he would like pain meds.  Kyle would think for a moment and with a smile say, “nahhhh, not right now”.  lol  Later in the afternoon when she came back and asked the pain level, he said with a smile, “ya know, im about an 8, maybe I should have some pain meds now.”  he chuckled!!  The nurse told him that she has never had a patient with the pain that he has been having for three days that has not wanted pain management!  lol  But he continues to make every person that walks in and out of this room, smile.  Just tells me one thing…. God is all over my son.  I have never been more proud of him in my life.  His strength amazes me, his grace and compassion for others is beautiful and I am a proud proud mom.  He may not ever be President of a company or drive a fancy car, but he has so much more that makes him shine brighter they any one I have ever known.  He is rich with love, respect and compassion and God.  He is right where God wants him to be I suppose, spreading sunshine to others who have the pleasure of crossing paths with him.  Im really very proud of my son Kyle.  Kyle, keep smiling, keep making others smile, it’s the best trait that one can own, and boy do you own it!!  I love you with all my heart, to the heavens and back.

Ready for Spring!!


My favorite time of the year is Spring time.  The temperatures are perfect for someone with RA.  Not to hot and not to cold!  Mid 70’s… perfecto!!  Last week we had snow, wind, rain, thunder and lightening.  Today it’s mid 70’s, sun is shining, the falls are rushing and it’s just beautiful outside.  Loving it!  I was able to take Mustang Sally out of the garage and take her for a spin today… like I said, perfecto!!  I know this may not last, that rain may come back and the possibility of more snow is there… BUT, that did not stop me from setting up my front porch.  Setting up the front porch always makes me happy…  I love redecorating outside.  The only thing missing are my flowers… not quite ready to go buy them yet, but almost!!  And Brad and I do need to sand down and re-stain the deck badly.  Here is a little peak of my porch… it’s a cozy place to sit and have morning coffee while watching the chickens run around and enjoy their morning!

So after setting up my porch and enjoying it with a glass of ice tea, I went back into my kitchen and created a tasty salad.  I LOVE avacado’s,  and wanted to make a different salad.  So I searched the kitchen and gathered my other favorites… feta, tomato’s, real bacon bits, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar.  It was so tasty!  Now… what to call it???



Prayerful, Sad and Thankful this blustery day…


As I sit by my fire feeling warm and cozy on this snowy April day, I can’t help but think of the people that are out and about putting their lives on the line to keep us safe,  so that we can enjoy these cozy blustery days by our fire.

Yesterday a Deputy Sheriff in a nearby town was killed while serving an Eviction Notice.  A Civilian was also killed while offering his assistance to the Deputy.  It saddens me that someone can take the life of another for just doing their jobs.  Our world has become so unpredictable, angry, sad and hopeless.  As I watched on TV the incident unfold all afternoon and into the evening, I could not help but think about the families of the officers, firemen, and military.  I watched them putting their lives in danger to keep ours safe.  Then I thought, wow, their wives, their husbands, parents and children are at home watching just what I am watching and my heart broke.  I am a wife of a Law Enforcement Officer, I have been that wife watching the tv to see if I can see my husband so I know is is safe.  I have consoled my children during the Rodney King Riots and the San Francisco Earthquake of October 1989 and other moments when his job took him away for days…. gone for days to keep people safe.  I had my very proud moments, my very scared moments and my very brave moments for my children.  I sit by this fire today and I find myself so heart broken for our service men and women.  I feel guilty for looking out my window today and enjoying the snowfall when I know others are mourning the loss of a loved one that did not come home from his job last night.  It could be me, it could be you…

I am a very proud “Wife behind the Badge” and I stand behind my husband in all he does, and all that he stands for.  I cherish the moments we share because I am so aware of the fact that it could be our last.

I ask that as you look out your window today and everyday that you give thanks to those that are putting their lives on the line for your peace and remember that they too have a family, someone who loves them and wants them to come home and share the life that they are to share together.

Our society has changed, this is not “Mayberry”.  These men and women never know what they are walking up to, or into.  Please pray for their safety before you close your eyes at night.  It’s because of them that you can rest peacefully.  We ask so much of them, and all they ask from us is a little respect and prayer.

Crock Pot Taco Soup


Happy Monday!!  It is truly a beautiful Spring day here in the Motherlode today!!  Today will truly be cherished as yet another round of storms is expected through the region this week dropping low snow once again!  So today, I vow to spend some time outdoors and enjoy the sunshine that God has gifted us with today!!

I wanted to share a Taco soup recipe that I had on Saturday night.  We loved it and it has a ingredient that just made this so unique I had to share with you!  Hope you enjoy!!  Once again… Southern Living has graced our taste buds!!  : )

1 1/2 pounds of Ground Beef

1 cup chopped red onion

1 (1.23 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 (1 ounce) package of Ranch style dressing mix

2 (15.25 ounce) cans of Whole kernel corn, undreained

1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans, undreained

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, undrained

2 (10 ounce) cans chili style diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

1 (12 ounce) can of beer  This is my favorite ingredient… just makes this recipe special!!

1 1/2 cups water

Toppings:  Cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, cilantro


Cook Beef and onion in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Stir until meat crumbles and is no longer pink, drain.

Combine meat mixture, taco seasoning mix, and next 7 ingredients in a slow cooker.

Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours.  Serve with desired toppings.  Makes 16 cups.


Easy, tasty, and an “I’ll make this again” dish!!!  The beer gives this a sweet and tangy taste.  We loved it!!  Let me know what you think!!


Wanted to take this moment as well to thank my Mom, Sandy for a wonderful Easter Brunch.  She went above and beyond to make it a special day as she always has in all the years we have been blessed with her in our lives!!  We spent the day eating, laughing, relaxing and playing some cards as well!!  Even had time for a nap before the card game!!  : )  Thank you mom, it was a perfect day.  I love you!!