My husband had to work this morning, which left me to take care of the situation at hand. So as I stood in the rain, in my yard, with a shovel in one hand a rake in the other, wearing my husband's yellow rain coat, work boots (3 sizes to big and filled with water), ankel deep in water at 8:30am (had been out since 8) I very sarcasticly thought, "Happy New Year". To occupy my thoughts as I worked I decided this was soooo going on my fb status. At the very least someone would feel some empathy for me. As I worked over the next half hour and tried to figure out how I was going to say all this in a way that it would fit in the character limit of a fb status I remembered something. Yesterday I read a really neat article. when I read it I remember thinking, "I need to work on that next year". A quote from the article
You canâ€™t get rid of negatives by forcing, resisting, or denying; instead, find a way to turn them into positives. -Alan Cohen
I'm a pessimistic person so that doesn't come naturally to me. I never made an official new years resolution but I decided it was to early in the year to break my non-resolution. So I thought about my woes.
I'm in the yard instead of hubby because he had to go into work. Work, with the way 2010 went many don't have that. I was in the yard taking care of things because we own our home. Home ownership, after 2010 many don't have that. While I was out doing all this my 6 kids were taking care of each other, the oldest was cooking breakfast. All that really isn't so bad.
So my status ended up here, "starting the yr with a husband that works hard with sound employment, home ownership, and 6 kids that i can trust to look out for each other. not a bad start." Oddly changing what was soooo going in my fb status did change the second half of my work from the first. The blisters on my hands are the same but I'm not starting 2011 completely discouraged (not elated but not depressed lol). Not too bad.
ft mentioned a recipe i gave him, here it is.
i'm not sure i can say it's "my" recipe but i didn't follow the directions i had exactly (original came from paula dean i think) so i guess it's mine now. the measurments are approximate, once i go off recipe i do things to taste sooooo do what you can with it. lol it turned out really good so i sat down after the fact and wrote down what we did. my stepson gets half the credit on this it was a joint effort. (when you make things up in the kitchen it's best to have a kid helping you so if it comes out wrong you can blame them. lol) oh and my stepson LOVED it and he doesn't eat pie.
Homemade pumpkin pie
1 Med pumpkin
cut open clean out seeds and stringy mess
cut in chunks just small enough to fit in pot and boil till soft
remove pulp, scoop it off the skin
blend it smooth. (will produce about 6 cups pulp)
oven 400 degrees (that's in a us oven so F)
for 1 pie
1 â€“ 8oz package cream cheese, softened
2 cups pulp
1 cup sugar
Â¼ tsp salt
Â½ stick melted butter (1/4 cup)
>1 tsp vanilla extract
>Â½ tsp ground cinnamon
Â¼ tsp ground ginger
blend everything together. Put in pie crust of your choice according to pie crust directions. Bake 1 hour-ish