Missing Dad

My Dad passed away on May 3, 2016 and there isn’t a day since that I don’t think about him. It’s a strange thing when you lose a parent. Once they are gone they seem to be more on your mind than when they were alive. Oh not to say you didn’t think about them while they were living but it’s different when they pass away. You constantly look for little signs that say “I’m still with you”. The cardinals that come to the feeder outside my kitchen window,  the wind chimes that seem to ring when there’s barely a breeze, a post from a friend referencing a song that was their favorite hymn. Signs can be anything that means something to you at anytime and I think they bring comfort as we navigate life without those we love, especially our parents. My dad was a great person. He had so many friends and he lived his life to the fullest. He loved his family. He went on adventures and loved to be on the water. He loved to laugh. He loved my mom. He showed me the qualities I should look for in my own husband. He loved his grandsons. I’m sorry that they didn’t get more time with him. I miss you Dad. We all miss you.

Helping College Student Study in South Africa

Wildlife Study Abroad for Vet Student

Today I received a notice that a long time friend and former classmate of my college age son’s is looking to raise funds for a study abroad trip to South Africa. I immediately went to the site and contributed to this young woman’s fund. She was an International Baccalaureate Graduate and honor student and she wants to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. If you love animals, college students, want to help please click the link above and pass it on to your friends! Thank you so much!

Pasta Carbonara (A Midwestern Hybrid)

This is my kind of meal! Love it!

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I melt for this pasta.  I always have.

As a kid I grew up on heavy, roux laden Fettuccini Alfredo.  It was the rigor of the day and it was served everywhere and with everything mixed into the noodles, from shrimp to broccoli.  Unfortunately, and even though it was a childhood favorite, cream based pastas in the Midwest were bad, no, they were awful.

Fettucini Alfredo in the Midwest became a Parmesan cream with noodles.  Sometimes more soup then pasta.  The Italian heritage of the dish suddenly was nowhere to be found.  Alfredo in Italy is simply a pasta of butter and Parmesan cheese much like carbonara but without using egg yolks as an emulsifier.  When the noodles are hot out of the cooking water butter and parmesan are tossed with the pasta and melt into a beautiful, silky coat for each noodle.  Fettuccini Alfredo in its Italian form has…

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Prosciutto Pear Wraps

This is a perfect appetizer! I got the recipe from my friend, Sally, several years ago and I still love making it! A+ for presentation and taste!

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This is a simple, fresh appetizer that I’ve been making for years.  I believe I found the recipe in an INStyle Magazine — many years ago.  I always make this for our annual Christmas party.  It’s such a nice combination of flavors.

Prosciutto Pear Wraps

Makes about 60 pieces

1/3 lb. thinly sliced prosciutto, cut in long narrow strips

6 ripe pears, cored and sliced 1/2 inch thick

2 packages softened herb cheese (Boursin)

120 arugula leaves

Place a slice of prosciutto on work surface.  Top with a pear slice, a small dollop of cheese and 1 or 2 arugula leaves.  Wrap prosciutto around until secure.  Serve immediately.

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The Final Countdown – Sending the Firstborn off to College

It’s almost here. Time to send the oldest to College. As the date of departure moves closer, its evident that he is REALLY ready to leave the old proverbial nest. I cannot ask a question about anything without being told that I am being nosey. Ugh.I have become my own mother. I love her. Really, I do but I so remember thinking how glad I was to finally be on my own when I left for college. It’s hard though. I have been the helicopter mom for so long. I am making every effort to let him handle every detail but  the unknown is making me crazy. It doesn’t help that with social media I can literally find out a lot about his new roommate and jump to all sorts of wild conclusions before we’ve ever even met him.I may have to get off Facebook and Twitter to save my own sanity. My son is awesome, smart, talented and makes good decisions. Now I just have to let him do just that.

Recent Redbox Rentals

Because I need a distraction from the fact that my oldest son is graduating from High School in 11 days, I have been renting movies from Redbox the past couple of nights. The first was Wild. Reese Witherspoon gives a good performance in the lead role and the screenplay was written by Nick Hornby. Very good “true life” story.

So when I took the film back to Redbox, I noticed Birdman was available. Checked it out. I believe it won best picture this year. Suprisingly good for a darker comedy. Really liked Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone. All gave really good performances. My husband and I really liked it a lot. I didn’t know too much about either film and they both get “Two Thumbs Up”.