Day -10 – Gratitude

gratitudeOur lives have been non-stop since the first of February, the start of our “season.”  I don’t expect it to slow down any now that we are in the off-season, but it will definitely change.

Today, I am incredibly grateful for all that I have been given in this life.  The people, the action, the attitudes, the lifestyle, the combination of all of it.  I love my life.  Over the weekend, we had 80 entries in our final event of the season.  We ended our Dirt Riot series with a fantastic weekend in Bridgeport, Texas.  Two weeks ago, we ended our WE Rock season with a competition among all the best rockcrawlers of the nation in Cortez, Colorado.  We threw Off-Road Expo in Pomona, California in the middle of those.  It has been a whirlwind, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

The people are the best, every where we go, I think “These are my favorite.” And then we go to the next place and I think, “no, these are my favorite.” And then we get them all together and I know, “Yep, these are my FAVORITE!”  These folks are incredible, there are some who step in no matter what needs done; others you can take a minute to catch up and feel like you’ve not been apart at all.  There are dogs that know us, there are kids that high-five us; when the teams get to the podium they are always good to thank us.  I wish they understood that it is us who are grateful; us who should be thanking them.  Without this great family of racers, wives, kids and dogs; without them, we’ve got nothing.  Everyday we strive to do our best so that they can enjoy their race experience.  We are so  thankful for all of them.

 

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Day 309 – Meeting Goals

november30Ahh, November 30th in NaBloPoMo world.  Thank God.  Today is my 30th blog posted this month, one per day.  I finally met a goal.  On the 1st of November, I looked at what everyone was starting, I think this and Movember are the only things I’ve seen finish.

My Facebook friends who started out being thankful, probably still are, but they haven’t shared in a while.  The NaNoWriMo campaign to write 50,000 words in a novel dropped off for me on November 12 with 11,560 words – oh yeah, that was my first day in country in Baja – no wonder.  I didn’t even make it as far as last year, but at least this book isn’t stuck, I still have story in my head yet to write.  And, I know this is cheating because this blog is not a book, but I have written at least another 12,818 words this month, so if I added them together….nope, still really short.

So I guess, one of two isn’t bad, 50%.  The blog I enjoy, it’s fun to be able to share with others what I’m up to.  I’m afraid when I take stock of my 50th goals on the 4th this month, I’m going to find I’m short meeting those too, but one failure at a time, please.  Thank you all for coming along on this journey, remember to read What’s It All About, if you are wondering why I’m taking up space here.  Happy end of NaBloPoMo to all of you.

Day 315 – Did they rave about your T-day dinner? If not, stop in here

It’s hard sometimes to not have traditions, my life doesn’t have the same room for the traditions I’ve always had.  Cooking the Thanksgiving meal has been one of my favorite things to do for years, it is easy and they rave about it.  If you didn’t get rave reviews, or you were just too scared to take it on.  Drop by here over this next month and I will give you everything you need to make a repeat performance at Christmas that will stun your family and friends.  I didn’t get to cook this year, so let me help you, and the best part is, it will ALL be homemade, with just a few secrets thrown in.  I will even give you the timing so that you can keep your day easy and relaxing, the only frantic time is the last 30 minutes and if you recruit a little help ahead of time, even that will go smooth.

 

Here’s your menu:

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Peas
  • Fruit Salad
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Rolls
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Whipped Cream

No yams or sweet potatoes, no green bean casseroles, nothing to yuck it up and add more work than is necessary.  You can feed an army with this as is, and everyone will walk away satisfied.  The cost is reasonable, I’ll give you some hints on what to do if you are feeding more than 10 people, otherwise, everything I give you will feed at least ten.

What to do ahead of time:  Go shopping at least three days before so if you have to buy a frozen turkey, there is time to thaw it.  That’s it – only the shopping, everything else can be done the day of.

First tasks:  Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Sauce

Unless you are a regular pie maker, do what I do, buy the Pillsbury refrigerated rolled pie crust.  This will be the only thing that is not homemade in the whole meal, no one is going to notice by the time you serve the pie.  Things to remember:

  • Use the Libby’s pumpkin, a large can makes two pies
  • The recipe is on the can
  • Use deeper dish pie pans so it doesn’t spill over the top
  • Use a pot to mix your pumpkin ingredients, it has a handle that makes it easy to support
  • A fork is all you need to mix with, no fancy gadgets, no mixers, no Kitchen-Aid
  • Let the pie crust sit on the counter while you mix your pumpkin, then unfold it, it will break less at room temperature
  • Bake the pies until done, stick a regular table knife in the center, when it comes out clean it is done
  • Read the instructions catefully, there is a temperature change needed
  • Bake both pies at the same time

While you are making the pies, you can also make the cranberry sauce, yes, I said MAKE the cranberry sauce.  It’s so easy,

  • One bag Ocean Spray cranberries from the produce section
  • One cup water
  • One cup sugar

Put the water and sugar on the stove, heat to dissolve the sugar, then add the cranberries and bring to a boil.  ***Put a lid on it – the cranberries will spit all over every surface as they pop.  Again, the recipe is on the bag.  Most important part, when they are done cooking, drop in to a heat proof container (I use a mason jar) and put in the fridge for cooling.  If your kids are like mine, I also buy a can of the Ocean Spray jelled cranberry, just put it in the fridge when you buy it so it slices easier.  The homemade stuff is pretty tart.

Check back next week for more help on how to make your Christmas feast amazing.  If you started these tasks at 9:30, you are done with everything and have the kitchen cleaned  up and your shower taken by noon.  To make sure you don’t miss anything, click Follow, or Follow by email.  Turkey and stuffing are up next.

The one tradition I could manage this year, on Thanksgiving Day I send emails to my kids and others that are important in my life telling them why I am thankful for them.  No group stuff, this one has to be personal.

Day 336 – I am Thankful

 

 

Alright, I started reading what people are thankful for this month, made me laugh.  I forgot how many funny people are in my life.  There are certainly some that are serious and add a great personal perspective as well.  I think I’ll jump in with the top 30 things I’m thankful for, but I’m going to do it right now, and all at once. – in no particular order

  1. I’m thankful for Dr. Neil Clark Warren, founder of eHarmony
  2. I’m thankful for my man, he makes my days and nights (see #1)
  3. I’m thankful for three awesome, independent kids that share my genes
  4. I’m thankful for family who tolerates my restless spirit
  5. I’m thankful for the rest of the family who think I’m crazy but love me anyway
  6. I’m thankful for three incredible grandchildren, none are blood related, but it doesn’t change how much I love each of them
  7. I’m thankful for the career I once had and all that it taught me
  8. I’m thankful for the friends that I have known throughout my lifetime
  9. I’m thankful for the education that I’ve received, both formal and not so formal
  10. I’m thankful for the people who haven’t liked me so much, they taught me a lot
  11. I’m thankful for everyone who has ever said to me, “hey, do you wanna (fill in the blank)
  12. I’m thankful for the people on the roads we travel that drive like they are supposed to
  13. I’m thankful for my cat
  14. I’m thankful for anyone who has ever told me they loved me
  15. I’m thankful for my fluffy pillows
  16. I’m thankful for our marketing partners that make this lifestyle possible
  17. I’m thankful for my mom, I lost her too early but she always stood by me
  18. I’m thankful for the American Cancer Society and continue to support their search for the cure
  19. I’m thankful for volunteers that make shit happen
  20. I’m thankful for educators who take time to know and teach their students
  21. I’m thankful to the arts for bringing music and drama and color to my world
  22. I’m thankful to the election process that it works like it’s supposed to and will be over on Tuesday
  23. I’m thankful for innovation that I can sit in a parking lot and post this blog
  24. I’m thankful for my God, and your higher power – in whatever form – that we are all bestowed blessings
  25. I’m thankful for my health and the health of anyone in my circle that it continues to be good
  26. I’m thankful for racers and rockcrawlers everywhere that support our industry
  27. I’m thankful for books, books and more books
  28. I’m thankful for love and laughter in whatever form it takes
  29. I’m thankful for life
  30. I’m thankful for you and you and you and you and you

What are you thankful for?