Ethics

I was so excited to get out of my regular routine and head to AOCC today.  I took an update class on ethics, and waffled away realizing how much I miss being in regular client care.  I also realized that I should look at new opportunities and ways to support my community and school counseling peers. For me,  today felt like an aha moment.  The next step is trying to see how to organize and help build community around a few ideas.  Looking forward to another day of AOCC tomorrow. 

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Vote

Today, I went to vote. When my grandmother was young, women were fighting for the right to vote. 

 

I don’t care how people vote, nor do I care if they feel guilt tripped when I say, ‘you owe your ancestors’. It is a privilege to vote. It is an opportunity to make a difference in your community and state by voting in the local elections. 
Hopefully,  you joined me in exercising your right to vote today. We can be a great only when we go together. 

The Upside Down Order of Things

Last night, I engaged in one of my favorite food pastimes…. Breakfast for Dinner. I absolutely love breakfast food. Although some people would say my love borders on obsession, particularly where waffles are concerned.

 

This got me thinking about other areas of my life where I feel like steps in my dance are far different than the ones in the video.

I admit, I have never been a hard and fast rule follower. I am, however, a high principles follower. You might not like what I do because it isn’t the way you would do it, but observe my preservation and integrity to the moral principles of our relationship, the truth, and others dignity.

I think this may be one reason why so much of the energy online feels unnecessarily overwhelming to me.

Can we not agree to the principles of tell the truth, have respect and exhibit self-control? I hold out hope that we can, and yet it seems like there is always someone standing in line hoping to pee on the parade.

I may not fit into the expected box. I may not do what people want, when they want. I may eat too many waffles for dinner. But I won’t quit being a good person who shares kindness in the world whenever and wherever I can.

 

The Courage to Look Foolish

I have been sitting here at this time, every day, for four days. Why? I am looking for the motivation to write and to accept a 60 day writing challenge. The problem is two-fold: one, I am out of practice; and, two….the questions. You know, the questions of can I maintain this? Will they like me? What if I have nothing to write about?

In the beginning, blogging seems easy and fun. But, behind the scenes….it can be terrifying. It is a little like the waiting until the night before a major school paper is due and then trying to write. The only difference is that blogging has no official deadline and it is easy to get locked into panic.

I think my biggest gift in the process of a 60 day challenge will be the courage to look foolish. You can’t win if you don’t play, right?

 

Birthday

This year for my birthday, I decided to cook for a family party to celebrate my parents 45th wedding anniversary. 

The menu included shredded chicken and pork with multiple option bbq sauces. I will include those in a later post. 

The Belle of the Ball was my Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake with Mascapone frosting.

I took the original recipe off of the diva baker, Alanna Lipson at One Tough Cookie. I made a few tweaks, but the end result was well worth it.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake

1 cup of water

2 tabs of Abuelita 

2 1/4 cup of flour

1 1/4 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 cup of cocoa

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 eggs

3/4 cup of buttermilk

1/2 cup of butter at room temperature


1. In a saucepan, place water and Abuelita. Whisk until Abuelita is full dissolved and incorporated with water. Set aside to cool. 

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. 

3. In an electric mixer, combine buttermilk, eggs, butter, and cool Abuelita mix. 

4. Add dry mix from #2 into wet mixture. Blend for 3 to 4 minutes. 

5. Pour into two 9-inch round cake pans. Bake in a 350°F oven for 23 to 25 minutes. 

6. Let cool for 15 minutes. 

The second half of this cake gets a little complicated. I made the frosting in stages, and it still worked well. 

Mascapone frosting

2 – 8 Oz packages of mascape

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 cups of powdered sugar

1-2 shakes of salt

1 1/2 cups of heavy whiping cream

1. In an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream and one cup of powdered sugar into stiff peaks. Set aside. 

2. In the electric mixer, whip both tubs of mascapone, vanilla, and 1 cup of sugar. 

3. Fold whip cream into the mascapone mix 2 tablespoops at a time. Blend well. Should work until either all cream is incorporated or the mascapone is thin enough to be piped through an icing bag sleeve. 

4. Ice the cake and dust with cocoa powder.



Chicken Noodle Soup 

It’s been gray and dreary here for nearly two weeks. 

I have been cooking again in an effort to break up the post-holiday bleh.

Tonight, I boiled up six chicken breasts and split them out for use. 

Use #1 chicken noodle soup

When I boil chicken,  I season it with salt,  pepper,  parsley, and a little garlic powder.  I boil it in 2 to 3 cups of water.  

Once the boil is done,  I save the liquid.  I use the liquid as a starter for soup.  Chopping a quarter pound of carrots,  one half of an onion and 4 to 6 stalks of celery, then adding it to the stock. 

I season the stock and shred the chicken. Adding the chicken and an entire can of additional stock. 

I boil the stock to marry the flavors and then add noodles. Bring back to a boil and then cook for 6 to 8 minutes.

Serve solo or with your favorite sandwich. 

Brrrrr…. Stew

So, it is no secret that I LOVE the old-fashioned pressure cooker. I hear a lot of talk around the instapot. While I am not as technology driven as friends, I am pretty gifted with stainless steel and fire. 

I purchased an eighth of a cow from a local farm friend who raises market cattle when I moved out of the city last year. My main thought was not, yeah red meat; but, truthfully I do enjoy a good roast periodically. 

Before heading out to Winterfair on Saturday, I put a 6 pound roast out in the sink to thaw. When I got back home, it was still very frozen. I put the wrapped roast in the microwave in 1.30 minute intervals and rotated for three rounds totaling 5 minutes. 

Then, I put 2.5 cups of water, .5 cup of olive oil, one package of Liptons Onion Soup Mix, and the roast into the pressure cooker. Bring the pressure cooker up to a boil and pressure point, regulate, and cook for 35 minutes. 

At the end of 35 minutes, I added 1 cup of water, another pouch of soup mix, and raw chopped potatoes (3 cups) and carrots  (1.5 cups). Close the pressure and cook for another 15 minutes. 

Saturday and Sunday we ate roast and potatoes/carrots.. I then put the entire remainder in the deep freeeze. 

Tonight… I used it to make stew

Stew

Using the remainder of the roast…

Remove the roast and chop into small pieces. Add 2-3 cups of green beans, corn or any other vegetables.  Cook on Hugh and bring to a boil. Using cornstarch or tapioca flour, mix the powder with lukewarm to warm water. Be certain the powder is completely dissolved before adding mix to stew. Begin by mixing two teaspoons of tapioca flour with approximately 3 oz. of water. Mix very well. Add to slow boiling soup or stew to thicken. Stir for 2-3 minutes to see improved thickness. Add more as necessary. 

Tonight, I served stew with hot biscuits… not luxury dining, but definitely a meal of comfort food status.