#THANKSGIVING S.T.E.M. project – Wetu


The Wetu looks more like an Ewok hut from Star Wars, but it was part of a special project for the Webster-Montgomery County Homeschool Association. 

The Wetu was a hut used by Native Americans when pilgrims began to come to this land. The S.T.E.M. project required the children to break into three groups to build a Wetu out of different materials. One of the requirements was it had to hold up to the weight of 25 pennies. 

#FRIDAYFOOD Beyond the #THANKSGIVING turkey


It is so hard to believe the holidays are upon us. I guess I say that every year. But Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and around our house, we are discussing when, where and who is making what.
As usual, we will have lunch on Thanksgiving Day with Aunt Margie Pepper, and she will have a house full of food, before everyone brings something to add to the meal. There will be all the traditional favorites, and a few unusual items, such as Asparagus Casserole and scalloped potatoes.
Then either Thursday or Friday night (it is still up for discussion, depending on how many are attending the Egg Bowl), we will have Thanksgiving Dinner at my parents house in Stewart.

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#FRIDAYFOOD A great bowl of #chili for the Fall


I will admit, I was a picky eater growing up. And while I am trying to expand my “gourmet palette,” it took a while to like chili. Can I just say, chili beans. I didn’t like them in any way, shape or form.
A few years ago, I worked as a food editor for a newspaper. I LOVED it, but a lot of people went to a lot of trouble to fix food for me. I was compelled by reasonably good manners (and let’s just say I had to say that to myself every time) to eat what was prepared for me. (The voice of my mother and both grandmothers resonating through my head.) Eventually, I had to eat a bowl of chili. At first, I just picked around the beans. After the next couple of times, I like it. I do not cook it, but I have grown to LOVE IT! (This is also from a girl who would not eat pizza until high school.) Continue reading

Taking down the Dollar General for #OCC


Lawd, I am sure the Dollar General employees are happy to see us leave tonight! #OperationChristmasChild boxes are done, but I am sure every toy gun, toy emergency vehicle and anything else that makes noise was activated and enjoyed by all involved. They are now used toys. Sorry, Dollar General! But we love #OCC and any toy isle! Can you say, #HERDINGCATS!

What doesn’t make you crazy…


So the physical therapy/chemotherapy combo weeks are crazy-making! The meds needed to get through pt make me like zombie, then chemo makes me sleepy! I am falling asleep everywhere in the afternoons!

Last week, my tumor markers were high, but has dropped 50 points as of yesterday. The one tumor near the entrance to the stomach has decreased a little bit, but there are five tumors in the other lobe of the liver–we knew about one, but now have four new ones. We are going to do chemo-embolism at the end of November and the end of December, taking one liver lobe at a time. I will still do regular chemo through March.

And to make things fun, my brother, Jeremy, has a torn ligament in his ankle and a boot. We look like we have been in a fight! We are finally in therapy together! Ha! (At Hometown Physical Therapy that is, but maybe we should consider the other–it has been a long year!!)

Pepper is running instead of dancing these days, but still singing. He is so determined to keep my spirits up!!! And so determined to sing Hee Haw songs! They were on the air for hundreds of years, apparently! Their songs are neverending! #GODISGOOD

#FRIDAYFOOD #Fall Soup Part 2


landscape-1454611443-olive-garden-soup-1Alright, I am in the mood for a few different kinds of fall soup, and the husband, Pepper, doesn’t like change. He likes what he likes. Until he is introduced to something new. Then it is a struggle, just like a kid!

For a short time during round one of chemotherapy, we had a food prep service in Starkville help us out with a few meals. I was great, and it challenged our “gourmet palette.” (Unfortunately, they have closed up shop) On of those “challenging” nights was a soup with potatoes and sausage and kale. KALE. It was tough to try, just based on looks, but it smelled GREAT and was awesome once we took a chance. Most already LOVE Zuppa Soup, because when asked on Face book and Twitter, tons of people responded that it was one of their favorites! Continue reading