Monday, October 20, 2014

A Grateful Heart

It's Monday and I really don't like Mondays.

When I woke up this morning, I reached over for my iPad to look at my calendar for the day.

With a little dread, I realized that I had scheduled some time for me and my son to volunteer putting flags on Chaplains graves at the Fort Sam National Cemetery.

UGHHHhhhhh!!!

Although it sounded like a great idea last week when I signed up, but on Monday morning at 8:15am...

Not - so - much!

I pulled myself together...

Rushed my son through breakfast...

And raced out the door.

Hurried and a little bothered with the start to my week, I met my friend at the cemetery office who gave me flags, a list of Chaplains, and a map of the cemetery.

I figured that we'd rush through finding the sites, push flags into the ground, and then quickly get back to our cozy little home.

But...

As I stood frustrated next my car attempting to figure out where to find LTC Richard Carty's tombstone in Sec 41 Plot 619...

I looked up and saw this.


This beautiful image.

It took my breath away.

My little boy facing the graves of our nation's heroes.

I was overcome with emotion.

At this point, I knew it was going to be very special morning for both of us.


We took our time and found tombstones for many Chaplains....

Put flags down and...

Prayed.

Thanking God for their beautiful life of service in this world.

Not only to this country, but service to people.


It was an honor to be among them.


My heart burst with gratitude.


Many wives were buried with their husbands.

Their epitaphs were carved on the backs of tombstones...

And as we walked back to the car to leave, I noticed this one.


This put a big smile on my face.

Most of the epitaphs that I walked by read...

"forever in our hearts".... "loving wife & mother"... "beloved".

This one stood out with "I took the one less traveled by"

I don't know this lady, but I sure do love her.

I wonder if we would have been great friends.

(If I were older, of course).

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will." - Romans 12:2

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hatch Chiles

It's October and I'm going through Hatch Chile withdrawals.

These seasonal peppers explode into the grocery stores here in Texas around Aug & Sept.

Then...

They're GONE!

GONE... GONE... GONE!!

It's so sad.

They're from Hatch, New Mexico and I fell in love them.

And you would too if you like peppers or anything spicy.

So...

Next year when the Hatch frenzy comes back, here are some things to look forward to.

Central Market's Hatch Chile Fest.

It's really amazing!

The place is crawling with Hatch EVERYTHING.

Hatch chips.....Hatch scones....Hatch jelly...

Here are a few things I picked up one morning.


Nevermind the malt balls and chocolate almonds.

They weren't Hatch.

I just had a major sweet tooth that day :)

Needless to say, I made several trips to Central Market during the season.


I also frequented other stores.


Aren't they gorgeous?!

Great price too.

There are many ways to cook these lovelies.

Here's a link to some recipes.

A recent favorite recipe and one that I've been using lately came from my friend.

It's super simple.

Here's a photo.

These are just cut in half, filled with 1 Tbsp light cream cheese, and wrapped with a half strip of low sodium bacon each.

Bake at 350 until pepper is tender and bacon is cooked.


Oh, man...

I so wish I could make these right now!


Yum - ME!!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just Food

Trying to figure out what to write about after a six month hiatus, and all I can think of is food ...

Just food.

Maybe it's because I'm hungry...

Maybe I just always have food on the brain...

Or maybe I don't want to dive into anything too heavy after being away for some time.

Nevertheless, I searched my phone to see what I had snapped the past six months.

This is what I found...

This photo is my Hatch Chili Burrito taken at Shady Grove in Austin, TX during hatch chili season.

I highly recommend visiting Austin during the hatch chili season (Aug - Sept) if you like spicy.  The town goes crazy over these spicy big peppers.

Amazing food to be had here.


This was my husband's amazing Hatch Chili Chicken Fried Steak.


Incredible - incredible - incredible!

Or as he described, "this was KICK-HATCH!".

(he's silly)

This next picture is my go-to-dish for my meal deliveries.


I made this for a sweet friend who just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.

This Chicken Pasta dish is super easy, inexpensive, feeds many, and always a big hit.

Moving on...

Looking at this photo just breaks my heart!


I snapped this picture on a dessert and coffee date with my husband at one of our favorite places in San Antonio, Bakery Lorraine.

Their regular coffee never disappoints and neither does their pain au chocolat.

However on this day... disappointment.

Not the quality.

Oh, never the quality.

.... just the quantity.

I don't need that much cream.  In fact I don't need cream at all.

:(

Speaking of creme...

Krispy Kreme gave away free donuts to pirates one day.

Look at those adorable pirates!


See this large plate of caramel-ly goodness?

Our neighbor's aunt visiting from Mexico delivered this gem to us one night.

A whole big plateful of flan.

Holy cow!

For just the two of us?!?!

I think I put on 5 lbs just snacking on this bad boy all week.  Eeeek!

This is a photo of my plate at the Auslander Restaurant and Biergarten in Fredricksburg, TX.

It was a Chickenschnitzel with hot German potato salad and potato pancakes.

Honestly, not my fav.

German food doesn't really appeal to me, but my husband keeps trying to convince me otherwise.

He loves it and hopes to move back to Germany one day.

Oh Lord.... help Me!

And finally, I saved the best for last...

Roasted Kale Chips!!

Woo Hoo.....Kale Chips!!

My favorite evening snack.

Simple recipe:  fresh kale de-stemed, coated in olive oil, roasted in the oven at 300 degrees for 30-45 mins until crispy.

Delish!

Thanks for reading :)
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