Monday, March 31, 2014

Mom-ism Monday

That's my beautiful Mom! We celebrated her 74th birthday on Saturday. She says some funny stuff oozing from her years of experience and wisdom. I think they should be written down starting today. Know what I mean?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The message of FROZEN the movie

3/19/2014 - Walt Disney Company's animated picture "FROZEN" became Inc.'s best-ever selling kids movie. FROZEN is the 2nd animated feature ever to cross the $1 billion mark at the box office, after Toy Story 3. It's a popular film. Have you seen it?

The National Catholic Register's film critic Steven D. Greydanus argues the film is full of "gay culture

Monday, March 24, 2014

60% Off Reebok Shapewear Today ONLY


Be sure to order through any of these links to receive 60% off!
The hottest sales expire as quick as they come, so you had better jump on this one fast. Just for today (3/24) Reebok is offering 60% off on all Shapewear items for women! Don't miss this perfect opportunity to update your workout wear for the spring!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

Getting my Shapewear today,
The Happy Handicap

Friday, March 21, 2014

30% off Reebok Gear + Customizable ZQuick

30% Off for Friends and Family at Reebok
Friends! Family! Loyal Blog Readers! Reebok has just given the green light for you to get 30% off on their gear! So go shopping and at checkout use the promotion code FAM30. Just know that my powers aren't all encompassing, so this deal doesn't include their Crossfit gear, products ending in .98, custom shoes and gift cards. (Don't wait! This sale is only runs from 3/19 - 3/23.)

Reebok Introduces Customizable ZQuick for Men and Women
The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, and that open running road is calling to you to put in some miles in the fresh air. Now is a great time to update your workout shoes, but this winter might not be done with us yet. Check into the new Reebok ZQuick sneaker for men and women. These shoes work in the gym as well as out on the roads. Inspired by high performance tires, these running shoes have a radically sliced geometrical sole for ultimate ground contact that offers better speed and a more responsive ride. They are lightweight, durable and ready to take you wherever your training leads. And they're customizable so you can make them truly your own! 

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Let's go shopping,
The Happy Handicap

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

When Prayer isn't Enough...

Have you ever heard someone make the comment "My prayer didn't get out of the roof" or something like that? What they're trying to say is their prayer was just words, it didn't move God's heart. Why do our prayers fall short?
Why are our prayers not answered?

Prayer is powerful. Prayer changes things. Did you know there are two steps to a prayer:
  1. speak the prayer aloud or silent
  2. believe God for the answer
Is step #1 enough? Does saying a prayer = an answer? The Bible says in Matthew 21:22 "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." It takes more than murmuring a prayer to touch God. We see this clearly when asking for salvation. Do you receive salvation simply because you ask or must you believe?

John 3:16 says eternal life comes to those who what? Believe! I'm guilty of the "Agrippa-tude" (Acts 26:28) in my prayers, are you? I pray the words and like a telegraph insert the word "stop" when I'm finished. I don't believe God to come thru with the answer. I imagine God shaking his head in disbelief saying "Tammy, almost thou persuadeth me to answer your prayer if you believed."

Christianity isn't a fairy tale or make-believe, it's MUST-BELIEVE.

Leave me a comment with your thoughts on prayer and belief.

Believing God,
The Happy Handicap

Fun and Unusual Facts about Me

Welcome to my world! Won't you come on in? I'm so excited you decided to visit.

Here's a bit about me so you can get to know me better. Please don't leave without sharing something about yourself with a comment. So nice to make new friends.



My dream job


I couldn't resist taking a pic with this cool guy.


This is a standing joke at our house. I usually deny the existence of dinosaurs!


I am a grandmom!


I wrote a book that's available at Amazon!

Unusual Fact #1: I only have 4 toes

Unusual Fact #2: I make my own prosthetics

These are a life-saver for me

 Unusual Fact #3: Needles make me happy (I love acupuncture)

Unusual Fact #4: I'm southern and don't like steak

Unusual Fact #5: My Mom is almost a foot taller than me

  Let's get acquainted,

Leave me a comment with a fun or unusual fact about you!

Monday, March 17, 2014

How to make Leftover Chuck Roast a Flavorful Chinese Stirfry

chinese stirfry

I had leftover chuck roast today. After making roast beef sandwiches twice, I wondered what I could do kinda creative with the leftover beef. I had asparagus I needed to use too!

I feel like a Master Chef after finding this recipe for Beef and Asparagus Stirfry! I modified it a bit and voila (or some chinese word I don't know). The result was this wonderful dish.

My modifications to Isabelle Boucher (Crumb's) recipe:

1. Use leftover chuck roast for the striploin steak
2. Add onions, chives and water chestnuts (my husband loves water chestnuts)
3. Omit the cornstarch and black bean stir fry
4. Sub the dry sherry for cooking wine on-hand
5. Shorten the cooking time because my beef was already cooked

Yummy! I prefer chicken over beef any day but I REALLY enjoyed this dish! Give it a try and let me know what ya think.

Pleasantly surprised,
The Happy Handicap

Friday, March 14, 2014

25 Fun Ways to Celebrate Pi Day


  1. Host a Pi math-themed party
  2. Host a PI(e) swap
  3. Catch up with friends you haven't talked to in 314 days or 3.14 days
  4. Eat 3.14 pieces of pie
  5. Watch the movie "Life of Pi"
  6. Practice PI-romania by building a fire
  7. Create an obstacle course using PI-lons
  8. Talk like a PI-rate. Arrrgh maties
  9. Challenge your kids with some long division without calculators
  10. Take a trip down the PI-ke
  11. Jump in a PI-le of something
  12. Walk through a PI-ne tree forest
  13. Burn a PI-ne scented candle
  14. Send 3.14 emails (leave one as a draft to get the .14)
  15. Text "Happy Pi Day" to 314 people
  16. Tweet about Pi Day to 314 people
  17. Memorize this phrase and you'll memorize the value of Pi by counting each word's letter in "May I have a large container of coffee?" or 3.1415926
  18. Calculate your birthday in Pi here
  19. Create an Albert Einstein inspired hairdo (3/14 is his birthday)
  20. Wear a toga in honor of the Greek letter
  21. Thank your Congressman for making 3/14 an official day to celebrate
  22. Smoke an imaginary Peace PI-pe
  23. Repeat number 9 using multiplication instead of division
  24. Bake a PI(e)

And my personal favorite....


Happy Pi Day,
The Happy Handicap

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Who's in your Corner?

We've all heard the adage. I'm not sure where it originated or how but it is true. Have you?  A banker may overlook a bad credit score to loan money if he knows you. An employer will hire you over an educated, experienced person if you're a friend of a friend of a friend. People will buy from you just because of an existing relationship! Can you think of some situations where it's more important to know someone and not knowing some thing?

My son-in-law is trying to break into the music business. His group has a manager and a booking agent. Sydnee and I were discussing his tour schedule and how he had to "know" someone to get into some top venues. She said "It's always better to have someone in your corner!" She's right. We always get better results when we have an advocate, someone who's pulling for us, someone who has our backs and someone who knows someone.

The same adage is true for everyday life and eternity. When life holds us down for the count, we need someone in our corner who knows us and we know them. The Bible says in Isaiah 28:16 " Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste." Jesus is in our corner! "Knowing" him secures us an eternal home in heaven. The knowledge that Jesus is the Son of God and he died for our sins is not enough to go to heaven.. You must "know" Jesus as your personal Savior and he know you. You must believe he is your advocate with the Heavenly Father proving truly....
Personally His,
The Happy Handicap

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Alicia Keys designs for Reebok

Undeniably Stylish Sneakers: on and off the court

Reebok Introduces the AK Court, Designed by Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys has another head-turning design for the Reebok Classic Collection: AK Court Sneakers. These mid-cut sneakers are Alicia's take on a throwback version of basketball sneakers — inner tomboy wrapped in elegant beauty. These shoes have eye-catching cut-outs, an EVA midsole and padded foam sockliner for super comfort, and high abrasion rubber outsoles for durability and traction. Thanks to Alicia, cool basketball sneakers aren't just for the boys anymore.

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Loving Alicia's style,
The Happy Handicap

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March Cash Giveaway

Excited to co-host this first ever Cash Giveaway with Shana at Organized Chaos.  Enter now for your chance to win!

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Fingers Crossed for you,
The Happy Handicap 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Is Jesus your Friend?

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How healthy are your relationships? Think about your relationship with your parents, siblings, children, friends, spouse and co-workers. Relationships are the most valuable asset we invest in as individuals.  Have you thought about your affect on people, good or bad? Your affect people is clearly visible.. Are your relationships growing stronger or weaker? Is your circle of influence growing or shrinking? Does your family surround you or are you alone?

Proverbs 18:24 encourages with these words "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Are you friendly? Webster's defines friendly as kind and helpful; not hostile. If your friends described you in one word, what would it be? How would Jesus describe you? Giving or needy? Would he describe you as a child he hears from only when you need something?

I cherish my relationships. I get excited hearing from you. I am so thankful to hear something I wrote encouraged you. I just like to receive a quick "Hi!".  I see my daughters every day but I never tire of them. My love for them grows stronger every time we spend time together. Can you imagine how Jesus feels when we talk to him or more importantly, when we don't? You might try to excuse yourself by saying he's got so many people talking to him he won't even notice I don't! Think again. Jesus wants you as his friend. He wants a personal relationship with you. Relationships are hard work. I've always heard if something is worth having, it is worth working for.

Our relationship with Jesus is the perfect example of how to restore all relationships. Confess your faults, ask forgiveness and then accept forgiveness. Start restoring your relationships today. William Penn said "A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably." Does this describe you, friend?

The Happy Handicap

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Easy Gluten-free Chocolate Gravy Dumplings

kid favorite
I made a batch of gluten-free chicken and dumplings using my "go-to" gluten-free biscuit mix Bisquick. I even used Betty's recipe. While eating the scrumptious chicken and dumplings my hubby had the idea of making the same dish using chocolate gravy . Chocolate Gravy is a favorite with my kids. They are all grown up and still L.O.V.E. chocolate gravy. I thought it a good idea, easier than making biscuits and gravy separately. Easy Gluten-free Chocolate Gravy Dumplings are the result of his imaginative flavor palette! Please try it for yourself with this recipe.

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup Bisquick® Gluten Free mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted 
  • 1 egg
  1. In a large frying pan combine sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. Whisk in the milk and butter. Before putting on stove, complete step 3.
  3. In small bowl, stir dumpling ingredients with fork until blended. 
  4. Place frying pan with gravy ingredients on medium heat and bring to light boil. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Gently drop dumpling dough by 8-12 rounded spoonfuls onto boiling gravy mixture.
  6. Cook uncovered over low heat 10 minutes. Cover and cook 10-15 minutes longer.
  7. Spoon dumplings onto plate and cover with gravy. 
  8. Spoon additional butter over hot gravy if desired.
 Printable Recipe Click Here

kid favorite
Dumplings look like this while cooking
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this creation. My family and I thought it was YUM-O! So quick, easy and delish...

If it's chocolate, it's gotta be good,
The Happy Handicap