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NOT EVERYONE KNOWS

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Sometimes we think everyone knows so we don't bother to tell.

But not everyone does know.

There is always a new wave of people coming up who haven't done what so many take as ordinary.

So today we are going to tell you how to freeze persimmon pulp.

First of course you have to gather the persimmons.

Now persimmons cannot be picked.

They aren't good when they are all pretty and perfect on the trees.

When they are ready and sweet they fall.

When they fall it's not unusual for them to get a little banged up, don't worry about that.

A banged up persimmon with a little dirt or a twig on it are the best ones.

If you gather very many persimmons and can't work them up right away keep them in a shallow dish, don't pile them up and put them in the fridge.

They will keep a couple of days this way.

When you are ready to freeze them you want to sort through them and pick out any bits of leaf or twigs or dirt or maybe even a little bug.  Don't be freaked out by that …

NEVER GIVE UP

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I'm tired today.

I've had it with Retroperitoneal Fibrosis.

I'm ready for it to pack up and get out of here.

When I was first diagnosed I didn't feel bad.

I wouldn't have really know anything was wrong.

Once I started getting treatment everything changed.

I know that's common with several different types of illness's and treatments.

There is a group of people who have this disease and they have a page you can follow.

They all tell about what they are experiencing.

I don't like the page.

I looked at it and everyone went on and on.

It seemed like a down place to me and besides that I wasn't having any of the things they were complaining about.

Several of them talked of pain.

They talked about having a hard time coming off the medications.

Well now I know.

Now I could post on that page.

I have gone from no pain to pain.

I have gone from a high dose to a low does and it's hard to adjust to.


I swell like crazy.

My eyes bother me.

I cry over every sin…

GOSIP ISN'T ONLY SHARED BY SPEAKING IT WE SHARE IT BY HITTING THE SHARE BUTTON OR POSTING ON FACEBOOK JUST THE SAME AS IF WE SAID IT OUTLOUD.

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You know how they say gossip grows when it hits the ears of a fool and stops when it hits the ears of the wise?

Well that is true.

 I have been the fool at times and at times I've been wise.

I was thinking this morning that fb sharing is a lot like gossip.

Something comes up on our newsfeed.

We don't know if it's true or if it's false.

But we hit share.

For all we know someone sat down to their kitchen table and make the whole thing up then hit publish and the whole world starts sharing it.

This even happens with missing children stories.

Then we share them and eventually people become immune to them.

We need to know what we are sharing before we share.

The same is true with politics.

Know it's true before you share it or again there will be so much stuff out there no one will pay attention to what you are trying to say and you will again be a part of keeping something going that you think you want to stop.

In a nutshell we need to be careful what we share and not …

IT'S HERE IT'S HERE ITS FINALLY HERE!!

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Well after a year it's finally here, the cookbook is done and ready to order.

It was a lot slower process than we anticipated. Lots of starts and stops.

Sometimes I wondered if we would ever get here.

I hope you will enjoy the book.

It's very simple, and it's small.

I pretty much sat down with my cookbook the one I have handwritten all of my favorite recipes in, the one I use all the time.

My girls say it is the only thing they will fight over when I'm gone but to avoid that problem I plan to make them all a handwritten one and even though he didn't say he wanted one I'm going to make one for Lucas too.

Anyway, I copied several of the recipes in this  cookbook right out of my handwritten book.

With some of them I'v included a story about the recipe.

I've tried to make the book be more about the time spent around the table than about what's on the table.

I want you to be as inspired to make memories as you are to make food.

The book is mostly black a…

HOMEMADE CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP

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Someone asked if I had a good homemade cream of mushroom soup recipe and it just so happens that I do.

We all really like this.

Lucas really likes it.

It's one of his favorites.

This is the kind of soup that needs a sandwich to go along with it.

Or at least around here anyway the soup alone isn't a heavy filling soup, it's warm and comforting but not heavy.

Okay this is what you need.

1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup buter
1 lb. fresh mushrooms, chopped or sliced
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups beef broth
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Saute onion and garlic in butter over med heat until tender.

Reduce heat to low add the mushrooms.

Cook 8 to 10 minutes until tender. Stirring occasionally.

Transfer to pot and add the cream, broth, salt and pepper.  Cook and stir over low heat until heated through.

Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and parsley if desired.

I usually double this recipe.

SO I GOT A MANICURE AND BOUGHT THE THROW PILLOWS AND WICKER CHAIRS

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I listened to Joyce Meyer and she got me to thinking.

Well actually I got to thinking a couple of years ago but Joyce reminded me.

Two years ago when they told me they thought I had cancer and not just cancer but a lot of cancer .
Well that got me to thinking.

You know how when people  have something happen in life it  makes them consider life and how they are living?

Often they  say something like, I want to concentrate on family more.

Or they might say I want to stop and smell the roses.

They could even say they realize things don't matter people do.

Well with me it was the opposite.

I've always been a little things person.

I've always enjoyed and noticed the small things in life.

Family was always first with me.

Not because I had it figured out, I never knew to even figure.

God just did that for me.

I guess you could say seeing the little things and enjoying and being content was like a gift God gave me.  I didn't even think about it.

Not until two years ago.

Two ye…

A LOOK INSIDE MY JOURNAL

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All of you have been so good to me.

You have prayed and encouraged.

You have sent cards and messages and flowers and food and gifts.

So I wanted to give you an update on whats going on.

As you know two years ago they found a mass in my abdomen.

It turned out to be retroperitoneal fibrosis.

It's rare.

Not many people have it and so they don't know a lot about it.

I had to have a scan back in the early spring, the first of March I think anyway at that time we found out the mass had grown five times bigger.

That scared the doctors as they felt sure it had transformed into a cancer.

So we had to have more scans more tests and wait.

Then thankfully this month I had another biopsy.

We went to the dr. yesterday and he said the drs at U of L could not tell what it was so once again they sent the tissue sample to the Mayo Clinic.

Good news, wonderful news, it has not transformed. It is not cancer.

It is still the retroperitoneal fibrosis.

Bad news is it is growing and the dr referred t…