Sunday, September 29, 2013

Co-hosting Excitement with Heather @ The Frill of Life!

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This month I'm thrilled to introduce Tammy from The Happy Handicap as my co-host!
Tammy Stafford
The question I hate. What is your niche? Truth is I don't have one. I love everything and most things make me happy. I can become passionate (in a hurry) on almost any subject. In my clumsy world you'll find blogs about almost everything and anything. I live life to "stay out of the box", please don't put me in one! Boxes are usually small, cramped and hard to breathe in.
Let's do this!
The Frill of Life
Since this is our first link up, I'm going to share with you 2 of my favorite posts that Tammy posted in September.
As a fellow short girl, I really appreciated the post where Tammy talked about hugging short girls. I also enjoyed when she talked about How to Cook and Clean at the Same Time! It was really tough to just choose two posts. Tammy cracks me up every time I read her blog because she's so funny without even trying to be! Thanks for co-hosting my first link-up, Tammy!
The Frill of Life
I will also highlight two of my own posts each month. Here are the two from September I want to make sure you don't miss!
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Biblical & Creative Correction was my most popular post ever, so if you haven't read it yet, go see what all the fuss is about.
My Secret Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies were a hit over at Love, Pasta and a Toolbelt. Thanks, Emily, for letting me take over your space for a day!
Now, let's party, shall we? Link up your posts below. I look forward to reading them all!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Flavorful & Easy Main Dish Recipe

My Mom created this dish years ago
My Dad hated it!
but over the years he has grown to
eat a spoonful or two
He calls it "Goo-lock"
so that's what we call it too!
Goo-lock is a flavorful & easy main dish
you won't need a recipe card
make this once and
you've got it!
Here we go...
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Brown a pound of ground chuck
drain the beef
and transfer to a mixing bowl
I used my PC large batter bowl
add 1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped red onion
add 1 heaping cup macaroni uncooked
 add 1 heaping cup sharp cheddar cheese
 Add 16 oz. crushed tomatoes
I used a can of my Mom's homemade canned tomatoes
Juicer tomatoes cook the macaroni better
Add salt & pepper to taste
Stir ingredients and pour into 8" casserole dish
Cover with foil and put into preheated oven
Cook covered for 30 minutes
Uncover and BROIL for 10 minutes
Sprinkle some more cheese on top if desired.
 Today I served this with
rutabagas, broccoli and fried zucchini
So simple but sooooo good!
Loving easy recipes,
The Happy Handicap
Leave me a comment and let me know how your "goo-lock" turned out!

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Secret to Flavorful Chicken Salad

Begin with two chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes
or until done throughout.
This is where I start to do things a bit different
Process the baked chicken breasts in your food processor
to look like this
Add your fruit & veggies
1 cup of quartered red seedless grapes
1 large stalk celery diced
1 medium carrot julienned
1/4 cup diced red pepper
 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped pecans
I use my Pampered Chef manual food processor
to chop the pecans
so fast and simple
put everything on top
 of your chopped chicken
get ready to combine ingredients
it should look something like this
before mixing
if i don't have red seedless grapes
or if they are not in season and sour,
i use my favorite apple chopped or
chopped strawberries tastes wonderful also!
now for my secret ingredient
drum roll please...
to bind all the dry ingredients together
use about 3 tbsp. Hellman's mayonaisse
( Hellmann's is gluten free!)
1 to 1 1/2 tbsp of red wine vinegar
(Pomegranate infused provides healthy antioxidants)
1 heaping tbsp of sugar to balance the acid
my "go-to" seasoning always, always
(but don't tell anyone)
The Secret to Flavorful Chicken Salad...
salt & pepper to taste
 Oh, and...
everything is better and healthier 
with a fresh squeeze of lemon.
and...that's right
no onions in this chicken salad!
this is what you get.

perfect chicken salad
every time.
add some crackers or toast 
(gluten free of course),
on a bed of spring greens
So fresh, So flavorful
stored in an air-tight container
for at least 7 days!
Double the recipe because
you're gonna love it!
my family never gets tired
of eating this flavorful chicken salad.
They even ASK me to make it!!!

wtf meaning "with tasty flavor",
The Happy Handicap

Now you share with me your secret to great chicken salad
  I love comments!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

One Way to have a Great Presentation

Do you like pretty things? Of course, you do and so do I! Our species likes pretty people, pretty places, pretty pets, pretty cars, we even like pretty food. We are all about PRESENTATION. One way to have a great presentation is physical. Women look better with makeup, men look better clean cut (personally I like a 5 o'clock shadow and long hair on men but don't tell anybody) and kids look better if they don't get dirty. There's nothing wrong with looking good but sometimes I think we take it to extremes. We wish to live in houses we can't afford - I'm guilty. We buy pretty cars that cost as much as a house - I'm not guilty.  We come close to humanizing our pets because they are soooo cute. Could you love an ugly dog? And, what about our food? We need a colorful plate with variation. The United States probably wastes enough food on garnishes to feed a small starving nation. Yes, we're all about presentation, how we look and how others perceive us. 


Did you know we are giving a presentation every day? For people and for God. They're watching and listening to us. I hope God is shaking his head in agreement during our presentations. You shouldn't be nervous because he don't care about your clothes or your Sunday best.  If you've been saved, you're wearing the most beautiful garment ever ...a white robe. He don't care where you live. He'll visit you, in your house, just like he did Zacchaeus. He'll ride in your car whether you drive a Mercedes or a Ford. He created your pet and he loves them all. He don't have to eat so quit worrying about dinner!


Here's the moral of the story and one way to have a great presentation.  If you aren't prepared for your presentation, it may turn disastrous quickly. For example, most people prepare their clothes before going to bed for the next day. Ever been undecided about your clothes and your wardrobe turn into a disaster? If you don't prepare for travel and fill your gas tank, you may be a walking disaster! You even have to plan dinner to get the right colors on the plate. Ask Jesus to rule over your day to avoid disasters with people. People are our most critical audience. God is our most forgiving audience.  If you want to be presentable, follow the advice of Paul in Romans 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye PRESENT your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Have you worked on your Godly presentation lately?

In His Presence,
The Happy Handicap

Leave me a comment and let me know how this devotional spoke to you.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Do you have any "Door Dwellers"?

This, my friends, is my vintage 1985 model
GE side-by-side, ice thru the door
awesome refrigerator!
complete with magnets from the
last 28 years...
I can't bear to part with it; because
it's had one repair in 28 years
replaced the rubber around the doors
they are not makin 'em like this anymore folks!

Check out that retro brown and black
shelf design
I'm getting pretty personal to let you see my naked self  shelf!

My husband says there's a place for everything
and everything in it's place.
Hence, my question
Do you have any Door Dwellers?
What items in your refrigerator hangs out
in your door shelves?

It may be the same things in your refrigerator
that's in our refrigerator shelves
can you guess it?
whatta you think?
frustrate you if you reach for them and they're not there?
uh, no!
not me
but my husband, YES!

 You guessed it
They must be in the door
"Door Dwellers"

I hate it when a designated door dweller won't
fit in the shelf.
I either have to move the shelf
not happening
set them in the regular space in the refrigerator.

I'm thinking there should be a standard height 
for condiment packaging
and they should be stamped
so we'd never have to wonder if they will play nice
and dwell in our doors!
What do you think?
Should I call the patent office?
Leave me a comment!

Re-arranging my self shelves,
The Happy Handicap

Saturday, September 21, 2013

3 Kitchen Tools I Highly Recommend

In the kitchen and anytime
when preparing for a meal
no time for this...
gotta, go, go GO!
This is where the
3 Kitchen Tools I Highly Recommend
can help you
sit down at your table
enjoy the food and your family!

Pampered Chef is my friend
no, I don't sell it but I do
have a fabulous consultant
you can order from her website by clicking her name

What are the 3 Kitchen Tools I Highly Recommend?
The Pampered Chef Julienne Peeler
it makes my ordinary carrots look
like a chef labored over them but
I did it effortlessly!
The Manual Food Processor is awesome
it creates the most perfect egg salad
I've ever tasted.
I'm almost fanatical about
getting the eggs cut up in the same size pieces
manually and again effortlessly
you get this
add some mayonnaise, salt & pepper, sweet relish
stir and eat

The last kitchen tool is a must for every cook
The Pampered Chef Covered Baker
it makes perfect chicken (or any meat) in the oven
every time...
  like this...
The very, very best thing about these tools are
I got them FREE!
Healthy food conveniently
Pretty food effortlessly
the chance the earn great products
"What am I waiting for? There's new products out now!"
Let's have a pampered chef party!

I couldn't end this blog without giving you a bonus
the Color Coated Utility Knife!
I have two and they stay busy every day.
I love them so much 
I'm giving one away.
Enter the facebook contest here!
Good Luck!
Here's to healthy, convenient food
& free products,
The Happy Handicap

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

5 Ways to Firm up your Foundation

rooted foundation
Do you ever think about what your life is built on? The foundation of your existence? You are a building. Your foundation is either stable or unstable. The houses in the picture look very similar. They appear:

  • majestic and large
  • built from quality material
  • purposed for a family
  • built from a plan
  • purposed for a lifetime
The difference in the houses are when the storms came, one held on and the other could not. Colossians 2:6-8 kjv As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. As these verses instructs, we can have Christ and still be spoiled if we follow things other than Christ.  We must rely on what the Bible teaches so we can stand rooted when the world tries to topple us over, break us down.

Just like the house on the right that has grown roots, you may feel a little damaged on the outside from harsh weather, but on the inside, the sun can still be shining! We all face something every day. Think about this: It's more difficult to stand firmly planted when the storm is raging against you than to fall over and get out of it's way. We have a friend in Jesus and his church. We are the church. The church is a community of believers helping each other. If you feel your foundation beginning to shake, try these:
  • pray continually to Jesus (as much as you can during the day & night)
  • reach out to a church member for support
  • develop a mantra and believe it (God gave me this one: "The body is resilient") I recite in my head many times a day.
  • attend church to get "built up in him"
  • help someone else and you may forget about your worries for a while
manger scene

Checking my roots,
The Happy Handicap

Leave me a comment and let me know what you do to "sure up" your foundation.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Why is my Kitchen Tile turning Black?

my mop is my enemy
the only reason it would sing
"Baby Come Back"
is because I haven't held it in my hands for over a month.

Do I look like this when I mop?
I don't look like this on Sunday
or any day of the week.
I don't relieve stress by mopping

Today, when I felt embarassed
to put off mopping any longer,
I was shocked by this...
Why is my kitchen tile turning black?
Can you see the discoloration of those two tiles?
Am I in a horror movie?
the black menace is creeping closer by the minute!

Long story short
The tile was installed this summer
Old fridge was moved out
then moved back.
 Copper water line for ice maker
in tiny streams behind the fridge!
Wet the tile, the sub-floor and the crawlspace.

(that's a little french word I picked up in Paris)
didn't this just happen in our laundry room
with a washing machine line?

Shew! Such a relief to know
our house is not haunted
and Steve and I can exorcise
this one.

Side note:
When this tile was first installed
I hated that it turned black
when water set on it.
(piece of ice out of the fridge or pet accident)
I'm happy it does,
So thankful!
avoided a potentially big MOLD problem.

Seeing a rainbow in black tiles,
The Happy Handicap

 Do you usually need a plumber at your house? Go ahead, let off the pressure and tell me about it!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Life is my Niche

 what's your niche?
 Life is my niche
 crazy question
what else?
little details that make life better
 Handicap don't define me
happy does
Broken wings refines things
our song plays on
long after we're gone.
wish i had these
where would they carry me?
into these?
dead end.
all paths don't lead to heaven
 just more sore feet...

Never niche-less,
The Happy Handicap

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Co-hosting "Mom's Monday Mingle"

Guess what?
I'm so excited to be co-hosting Mom's Monday Mingle
with Julie & Jessica!
Be sure to link up with us...

1. Please FOLLOW each hostess (They are 1-8 in the link up)
2. Leave a comment if you are new and want us to return the follow.
3. Grab the button and display it on your sidebar or link it to the post.
4. Have fun and meet new friends!
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Friday, September 13, 2013

The Dearest Award

I can't remember being awarded anything...EV-VER! Imagine my surprise when I received a tweet asking me if I had checked my blog comments. My first reaction (truthfully) was "What a pushy commenter!" I was busy at the moment but the more I thought about it, I just had to look. My opinion immediately changed about this particular comment. I soon thought "What a Sweetheart!"

An overwhelming thanks to sweet Alma at A Conquered Mess who nominated me for the Liebster Award. She is a beginner blogger like me. She amazes me with her goals setting, aspiring to be an RN and to run miles & miles. Looking for quality deets about parenting how-to's, sewing, hiking, laughing or lots of other things dealing with everyday life from a mom of two boys, she's your go-to girl.
I am cheesing while accepting this award. The rules for accepting the award are simple:
1. Link back to the one who nominates you
2. Answer the 10 questions the nominator has for you
3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers with less than 200 followers
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees
5. Notify your nominees 
The questions Alma asked me are the following:

1. What do you hope to achieve with your blog? Definitely a voice! I would love for folks to enjoy reading my heart splashed on a page and maybe pick up some inspiration or a bit of knowledge from my blog.
 2. If you could have any job in the world, which one would you want? I visited London this summer and was intrigued by the Monarchy. Queen of England, if but for a day, seems like an awesome occupation! I would love to get my hands on those Crown Jewels I stood in line for two hours to see.

3. If your life were a movie, what would it be called? The Odd Life of The Happy Handicap

4. What was your most prized possession as a child, as a teenager, and now?As a child, my red Huffy bicycle my Dad taught me to ride and take care of. As a teen, my pink Huffy 10-speed I bought myself with money earned from cleaning my Grandpa's house. Now? I don't have any possessions I prize. I've learned love is the most valuable thing anyone can have and it's not really a possession because it's free.
5. Who do you admire the most? My family. My husband Steve. Daughters Sydnee and Sloane. My son-in-law Trey. My Mom Juanita and Dad Clyde. I'm expecting my first grandchild in November 2013. She'll probably be the one I admire the most ;)
6. If there were a holiday in your honor, what would it celebrate? People who don't stare.
7. What is in your purse right now? Tell me EVERYTHING! Not much! A "31" cloth wallet with the usuals, a coordinating "31" manicure set, a couple of ink pens, allergy pills and a Klonopin...all in a "31" bag!

9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why? I would probably be green. Green is full of life, a neutral that agrees with everything, bold and firm.
10. What do you like the least about yourself? That I refuse to sell myself. I'm just me, the way God designed me. So much to offer and it's free but I have a hard time making myself jump through the hoop to get center ring in the circus!
My nominees are:

Heather @ The Frill of Life
Shelly @ Minettes Maze
Andrea @ Cloud Nine Chic
Nicki @ Sweet Parrish Place
These talented ladies keep me up at night, literally, reading their blogs. Do yourself a favor and check them out! You'll learn all kinds of tips and maybe even some tricks. You can put some frill in your life, have fun baking, lose yourself in a maze, see how a loved garden looks, ride on a cloud, have champagne dreams and talk about it all the time! You gotta love these blogs, show them by visiting and commenting.
Here's your questions:
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. If you won the Powerball Lottery, what would you do with the money?
3. How did you meet your spouse?If unmarried, how do you dream of meeting them?
4. Which do you like best? Bake, Broil or Fry and Why?
5. Do you have a pet?
6. How often do you rearrange your furniture?
7. What is your favorite beverage?
9. Describe a self-portrait you would paint. What does it look like?
10. What's the best vacation you've ever taken?
Ready, set, go! Answers away!

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Still reeling from the awkward award feeling,
The Happy Handicap

Thursday, September 12, 2013

6 Hugs Short Girls Appreciate

short people got reason
short person alert
yeah, that's me
2nd from the left
my height causes my dislike of hugs
tall men with big hairy bellies
I hate my face being buried in this
no, my drool is not from your exquisiteness
and let's not mention large breasts
laying on the top of my head
now you appreciate my dilemma?

6 Hugs Short Girls Appreciate

1. The CYBERHUG where arm length or height isn't a problem
2. The SIDEWAYS hug with a clean, nice-smelling armpit
(that's me and my hubby)

3. The HANDSHAKE hug I can just kinda lean into.
Handshakes keeps me off of breasts & bellies.

4. The EUROPEAN KISS/HUG: fast in and out x 2
 only one cheek kiss if I'm lucky

5. The SON-IN-LAW hug...
it better be quick!

6. The COME TO MOMMA hug
I have no idea who this chest belongs to
but put that surf board down and
get on over here

I said "Come to Momma",
The Happy Handicap

What type of hugs do you prefer? Leave me a comment and let's compare notes.