Fiesta Diet Downfall

dipOh, delicious dip,
Your spicy, creamy goodness
Will be my downfall.

How can I resist
You? Perhaps if I had a
Little willpower…

Today’s poem comes complete with bonus recipe:

Fiesta Ranch Dip

1 packet Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip
10 oz. can Rotel Original, drained
11 oz. can Mexicorn, drained
16 oz. sour cream (for thicker dip, halve the sour cream)
1 c. finely shredded cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl and chill for an hour. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, or eat with a spoon. Seriously, it’s that good. 😀

If you liked today’s poem, there’s more where it came from! Check out Tuesday Daydreams and A Song for All Seasons for more of my poetic ramblings. Happy April!

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Photo 365 #344

2015-07-17 11.59.53Patty melt, patty
Melt, you’re so fine!  A little
Taste of you just blows

My mind.  Oh, patty
Melt, I love your gooey cheese,
And your car’melized

Onions taste so sweet.
Add a side of fries and you
Make my life complete.

Pretty patty melt,
I’ll miss your toasty goodness,
But more than that, I’ll

Miss the fantastic
Service I always received
At the Weathered Wheel.

Okay, so that was definitely not my finest poem.  And it was more than a little cheesy (pun totally intended), especially since I forgot to ask for onions today.


The Weathered Wheel, like the Ahoy Fountain, is…

Photo 365 #334

2015-07-01 23.10.14This has been one of those days.  Productive, yes.  A little exciting, even.  And any day that involves double chocolate ice cream can’t be bad.

And yet?

I’m looking forward to the end of it.

See, at the end of it will be Seymour’s homemade hamburgers, fresh from the grill.  At the end of it will be family time.  At the end of it will hopefully be an end to the headache I’ve had for a week.

Or maybe not.

Change is in the offing, and I don’t do well with change.

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Happy food!

downloadSo for the Writing 101 Day Ten post, I’m supposed to write about my favorite food, and do it in my own voice. But everything I write is in my own voice, so what does that even mean?  I mean, I have different voices, obviously – there’s the voice I use with my kids, the voice I use with my kids when they’re in trouble, the voice I use when I’m talking to other adults, the voice I write novels in (and that changes depending on the story), the voice I write blog posts in, the voice I write my diary in…

I guess I’m just going to have to pick one, aren’t I? 😀

Alrighty, then.  I have about as many favorite foods as I have voices (apparently I have a lot of those), but the one that immediately comes to mind is pork chops and rice.  I usually replace the pork chops with chicken breasts, though, which is also fantastic (maybe even better than the pork chops), and my dad would often substitute steaks.  My mom used to make this dish, and I adored it.  Couldn’t get enough.

But the rice is the best part.   The recipe:

I’m super sweet!

super-sweet-blogging-award1A while back, I opened WordPress to look at a new comment I’d received and, lo and behold, the comment was to let me know that I’d been nominated for the Super Sweet Blog Award!  I found the timing quite hilarious as I’d just read another comment on a forum where someone described me as “…very sweet natured, but…she has a darker side!”  Apparently, I’m chocolate. 😀

Anyway, many thanks to Mandy Eve Barnett, who nominated me for the award!  This one goes like this:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer six super sweet questions.
  • Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award picture in your post.
  • Nominate a baker’s dozen of deserving bloggers.
  • Notify the nominees on their blogs!

And now, ze questions:

Weekend exploits, or Double Trouble (times two!)

Good friends and good food - what more could a girl ask for on a rockin' Friday night?

Good friends and good food – what more could a girl ask for on a rockin’ Friday night?

Well, here I am, sitting at my desk on a lovely Tuesday morning, trying to recover from yet another action-packed weekend.  When I look back on the summer of 2013, I think that’s what I’ll remember – it was a summer of action.  This time, though, instead of a family camping trip, the weekend revolved around time spent with great friends (and loads of good food, naturally).

One of my oldest and dearest friends is back in town.  Well, not my town anymore, but I’ll get to that.  See, she moved cross-country to sunny California after high school, putting a serious crimp in our hangout schedule.  Last time she was back in Iowa and I actually got to see her was four years ago when her sister got married (sadly, she couldn’t make it back for my wedding a few months later – stupid circumstances).  Clearly, we needed to get together again, and that’s exactly what happened this time, as she spent her trip to our hometown crashed on my couch.  After the “excitement” I had at the beginning of July, this was just the sort of excitement I needed.

I feel fine

So today I’m taking a cue from a friend and using a song title for my post title. And why do I feel fine? Because I was up all night hanging out with my bestest bud, in case you haven’t seen the sidebar to the right. (And then after that, I may or may not have been lost in Camlain and Penrithen, two lands from the fabulous Vortex, Return of the Effra by Lindsey J. Parsons.)

Today, we’re having a blast and tonight is going to be better yet. So if I’m not around for a day or two, rest assured it’s because I’m having a heck of a good time with some really great friends. Have a great weekend, everybody!

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