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I’m tired of missing.
I need to convert that energy into finding.
I have nothing to say. Nothing at all. But that doesn’t seem to prevent me from just wanting to lean in, rest my forehead, and eyes closed say a sighful “Hey.”
So I went to see my friend, Rob, play again tonight. A lovely, extended happy hour at a beautiful old inn. He plays everything, led zeppelin to Mumford and sons. Of course, when he started in on this I got all teary. Because love and feels and stuff. And hungry.
I kind of need to be naked on a living room floor with the loveliest guy and a pizza between us. When you’re hungry, love (and pizza) will keep us alive.
Margie got into the tall step-press garbage in the middle of the night, pulled out two styrofoam take out boxes that weren’t right at the top, and ate all the BBQ chicken remains, leaving the potatoes and salad. I can’t find a trace of chicken or bones. She seems okay, her usual self this morning, pooped, etc. The vet said just keep an eye on her and give her a piece of whole wheat bread to soften everything.
I laughed. And I did try to give her that. But the girl adamantly refuses all carbs and sugar. Dog biscuits? No. Peanut butter? Forget it.
What kind of crazy god blesses a beagle with that kind of will power? I urged her to share her secret. No dice.
I made a really great Turkey Chili and Peanut Butter cookies tonight.
Here’s the chili recipe:
1 lb. ground turkey breast
1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
1 28oz can of tomato sauce
1 15.5oz can of chili beans (only partially drained, maybe halfway)
1 packet of chili seasoning
A generous amount of cinnamon, maybe several tablespoons? It was about seven shakes.
3/4 bottle of Saranac Adirondack Ale (probably a tad too old to drink but perfect for chili)
1 medium-sized yellow bell pepper diced
1/2 a small white onion diced
Salt and pepper
I started heating the pot of everything else (except the onions and peppers) while I browned the turkey. Once cooked through, I added the turkey into the pot and brought it to a boil. Added onions, reduced to medium for another 20 - 30 minutes (it continue to boil but just lower), then added the pepper and left it on for another 10 minutes.
I topped each bowl with a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and served with warmed pita bread. It was plenty spicy enough for me, although the boy added hot sauce. This would serve four adults.
The cookies are super easy. Pipsqueak and I made them together after dinner. This made about 14 decent-sized cookies:
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large egg beaten
Coarse salt (sea or Kosher)
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients except salt in a mixing bowl. Spoon blobs on an ungreased cookie sheet(s). Flatten with fork tines. Sprinkle with salt. Bake 10-12 minutes.
I’m having a very rough day…extreme stress with both jobs, kids who are giving me a hard time about helping around the house and just don’t get it, and missing my dad. I need a break, but none is forthcoming. Trying not to cry while I edit…tears make for tough reading.