Caregivers

While dealing with this current Multiple Sclerosis exacerbation I have come to realize that not enough thanks is given to the caregivers.

As much as I would like to crawl under a rock and wait for the flare up to be done with I know that without Mat here to help me I would be totally lost.

As hard as it is to live with the exacerbation it has to be twice as hard for the caregiver as well. Mat not only has to help me but he has to watch as a take another step backwards.

As much as I would like to stay independent these last few days I have needed help – more in making sure Resa is taken care of, cooking etc.

These last few days Mat has done his regular working job, helped out with Resa and the house, cooked and also make sure that I have not busted my head wide open by falling.

So this morning I would like to take the time to thank Mat for all that he does for me and the family as well as all the other caregivers out there.

You may not think your work is appreciated but it most certainly is.

Revised Garlic Round Recipe

1 loaf French Bread

1 stick butter

Garlic Powder

Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning

Dash Dat Sauce Hot Sauce

Melt butter in microwave or on stove top. Add Garlic powder, Dat Sauce and Beazell’s to taste. (Approximately 1/2 tsp each of Garlic and Beazell’s)

Slice French Bread into 1/4 inch slices. Brush with melted butter mixture. Place in 375 F degree oven and toast until desired crispness.

If you prefer the rounds crispier you can cut the french bread thinner.

We use the rounds for croutons and in replace of crackers for dips. If you place them in a ziploc bag or sealed container they will keep longer.

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Revised Resa’s BBQ Shrimp Recipe (using Lemon Beazell’s)

I tried to get the measurements correct when Resa made the BBQ shrimp but she cooks like her dad, a little this and a little of that.

1 pound of shrimp

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 stick butter

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

1/4 onion chopped

2 teaspoons Lemon Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning

Dash Dat Sauce Hot Sauce

You can either use the headless, head on or already peeled and deveined shrimp. When using the peeled and deveined shrimp cooking time is much faster

Melt butter and add garlic, worcestershire sauce, tobasco sauce, and onion

Arrange shrimp in a glass baking dish. Pour butter mixture over shrimp.

Sprinkle Lemon Beazell’s liberally over the shrimp, making sure to turn and sprinkle other side as well.

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until shrimp are done. Watch carefully. If you overcook the shell on shrimp and overcook it will be harder to peel shrimp

Yuri and I love to have fresh french bread on the side with this dish. That way you can soak up all the butter the shrimp cooked in with the french bread

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Hot Spinach Dip Recipe

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2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

8 ounces sour cream

1/2 cup grated Parmesan/ Romano cheese

1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

1 teaspoon lemon Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning

Dash or two of Dat Sauce hot sauce

1 1/2 cups fresh chopped spinach

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Mix all ingredients and place in slow cooker. Cook on low heat.

Serve with Beazell’s Garlic Rounds or crackers

Stuffed Mushroom Recipe

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1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons sour cream

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

8 ounces crabmeat

1 teaspoons lemon Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning

Dash Dat Sauce hot sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup bread crumbs

Mix above ingredients.

paprika, for garnish

Mushrooms cleaned and ready for stuffing

Stuff mushrooms with above filling. Pour Marsala or white wine in bottom of baking dish. Add stuffed mushrooms and bake at 350 for approximately 10 minutes.

Note – melted butter can be used in place of wine.

Hot Crab Dip Recipe

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2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

8 ounces sour cream

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

16 ounces crabmeat

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning

1 teaspoons Dat Sauce hot sauce

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

paprika, for garnish

Mix all ingredients and place in crock pot. Cook on low heat.

Serve with Beazell’s Garlic Rounds or Crackers

Hot Pizza Dip Recipe

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2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1 or 2 dashes Dat Sauce (hot sauce)

2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup grated Parmesan/ Romano cheese

1 cup pizza sauce

2 ounces pepperoni sausage, chopped

2 tablespoons sliced black olives (optional)

Mix above ingredients together. Place in a slow cooker on low heat.

Serve with Beazell’s Garlic Rounds or crackers

Spreading My Wings

With each new book that I have written I spread my wings a little more.  This time I wanted to write a conspiracy book.  I had the outline completely figured out in no time.  However, I did not consider all that would go into the book.  It had to include more than just my general idea. 

This particular book has taken me a lot longer than any of my other books.  Now that it is done I am very satisfied with it. 

With “No One Left” I let my mind go.  I wanted to create a scenario where the government has found a way to reduce the deficit.  There is only a select group of individuals who know what is planned. They will eliminate anyone who tries to uncover the mission. 

 

Upcoming Books

As of this morning I officially have six books at copyright. I am not a patient person so I am ready for the books to be released.

“Squishy the Octopus” is my first children’s book.

“CarnEvil of Souls” – Young/General Adult. This book is about a traveling carnival of vampires.

“Haunted Visions” – Detectives Mike Bailey and Grace Hutcherson are back once again. This time Detective Grace Hutcherson discovers her recent run in with the vampires has left her pyschic ability more pronounced. The dead are calling out to her, begging for her help. In order to stop the serial killer from taking more victims she must learn how to use her new abilities.

“Unrequited Love” The characters from “Horror in the Night” are back once more. Caitlyn Reed has found nothing but misery since Gregory’s arrest. Her friends have abandoned her and she has lost her job. No one believes that she had no idea as to just what kind of person Gregory Ferris truly was. Just when her life has hit rock bottom Gregory kills himself in prison. She is stunned to find out that he has left her everything, including his house of horrors.

Determined to prove to everyone that she is nothing like Gregory Caitlyn decided to move into the old plantation home, free the trapped souls there and restore the home to its original grandeur once more.

Little did Caitlyn know that evil had moved into the old plantation long before Gregory. Now she must solve the mystery that surrounds the plantation if she wants to save those souls trapped inside, and more importantly herself.

“Seduced by Voodoo” The characters from “A Deadly Combination” are back. Detective Mike Bailey has learned that not all evil can be contained in mere walls of a prison. Bianca is hiding deep in the swamps of Louisiana and this time there will be no stopping her plans. She has joined forces with a vampire whose soul is just as black as hers. Together they will make the perfect army of zombies. It is up to Father Mark Trahan, Guy Mayon, Mike Bailey, and Grace Hutcherson to stop this evil from invading New Orleans and then slowly the entire world. It will truly be a fight between good and evil.

“Redemption” – Josie and Tyler are back from “CarnEvil of Souls”. Josie is determined to find her Master and find redemption along the way. She did not want this life he has cursed her with. By day she sleeps and by night she hunts those who do not deserve to walk this earth. Slowly she learns where to find her Master but she also learns that his soul is much blacker than Joshua’s ever was. His family is small but they have lived generations feeding off of the innocent, selling innocent humans for nothing more than blood slaves.

What is the Longest trip you have taken?

I am stealing this question from another post but it did get me thinking about our many adventures we have taken over the years.

I do believe our longest trip was when we left Norfolk, Virginia in 1996. We camped at various locations from Virginia to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Once in Baton Rouge we visited with family members before continuing to Mat’s newest duty station, Anchorage, Alaska.

We continued camping at various state parks on our way up to Anchorage. We had bought a 1976 Blazer which was loaded with all the personal belongings we thought we would need.

There were a few times when we woke up in the middle of the night to find it storming and had to relocate to the Blazer. It was an unforgettable adventure though.

We stopped to visit as many places as we could. Not having traveled much in the past I thoroughly enjoyed every place we went to.

Eight years later we left Anchorage, Alaska for Mat’s next duty station, Morgan City, Louisiana. Well this time we had an extra 2 children and 2 dogs in tow. We packed up the tents thinking what an adventure this will be for both children.

Yeah well camping with an 18 month old in May was not as fun as we thought it would be. When we came up to Anchorage it was in June but when we left it was May. Well let’s just say a month does make a difference. It was cold and Resa was not a happy camper. We spent one night in the tent and that was it – hotel rooms the rest of the way.

We had planned on taking a month off to get to Morgan City but made it in 7 days. We did stop and see some sights but even our oldest was ready to get out of the truck. We had upgraded from the ’76 Blazer to a 1996 GMC Suburban. Thankfully the suburban had a VCR and TV – that was our saving grace.

So now I would love to hear what your longest trip has been.