My Uncle Henry’s Recipes

The holiday season brings so many memories back for everyone… I remember as a kid spending the holidays with my dad side of the family on Christmas Day. I had a lot of cousins, aunts and uncles.. and we would all get together and celebrate Christmas, with my Grandma!

I knew all of my Dad‘s brother’s families well, because we grew up by each other…

My dad’s sister moved away to Colorado when I was young… So I didn’t know them as well, but I absolutely loved my Auntie Babe. She was such a sweet person . Her husband my Uncle Henry was a really good cook… and people encouraged him to put his own cookbook together. Back then was a lot bigger deal, than it is nowadays.

My Uncle Henry did his own cookbooks… of his favorite recipes and gave each of us a copy… I still have mine. I cherish it as he has been gone a long time. The Cover is messy from years of being used… the pages are worn and yellowed… but that is what makes it even more special.

I thought this would be a great time to share two of his best vegetable recipes from his cookbook!

Henry’s Glazed Baked Carrots serves 6 to 8.

2 pounds carrots

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 small onion diced

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup of butter or margarine

1 tablespoon minced parsley

preheat oven to 325

Scrape carrots and cut into half inch pieces, cook in salted water until tender, put into glass baking dish with melted butter, covered with orange juice and brown sugar mixture and onions, bake at 325° oven, for one hour.

About halfway through cooking time, stir and add minced parsley and bake until done.

These are soooo good!

 

Here is another of my Favorites of his.

 

Henry’s Potatoes In Mustard Sauce serves 6 to 8

6 medium potatoes

one medium onion, diced

6 tablespoons margarine

3 tablespoons flour

One 14 1/2 ounce can of chicken broth

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons spicy mustard

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Boil potatoes in their jackets until tender… let cool, peel and cut into half inch cubes. Place potatoes into a greased casserole, sauté onions in Margarine or butter, stir in flour and add chicken broth… slowly cooking until thickness desired. Add the salt, pepper, and mustard and continue to cook approximately 10 minutes. Pour mixture over potatoes and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top. Bake for approximately 15 minutes in a 350° oven or until bubbling

A variation that can be used  instead of using breadcrumbs, try sharp shredded cheddar cheese on top.

 

These are great side dishes for dinners during the holiday season!

Hope you enjoy these recipes that have been in my family… as always… all food waivers … food allergy warnings etc… apply!

As always thank you so much for reading mine and Peyton’s 45 Awesomism days of the holidays we hope to “talk to you” tomorrow

Spread Kindness!

We have all heard the expression you can’t take care of others, if you don’t take care of yourself.

This is true for so many reasons. I think during the holidays it is especially necessary that we make sure that we take care of ourselves. We get so caught up in the gift buying, the decorating, the Christmas parties, the open houses, the events, Family coming to visit or going to see family etc. etc.…

I’m probably one of the few people who actually enjoys going to the mall at this time of the year or to stores. I find it In a way comforting… I know that sounds really strange but I do… Part of the reason why I love going to the mall and/ or stores that are packed, it allows me to spread kindness… I will smile at people, if people need help getting something off the shelf, I’ll try to help them etc.etc….. Showing Kindness, not just saying it!

We so often see people frazzled and stressed… Sometimes just a smile or a kind word or a positive affirmation  can make all the difference in someone’s life.

I find that when people are at their most stressed, doing the holidays shopping, going out an about…. dealing with the every day stressors of the holiday season… Spreading kindness and spreading Love by going to the mall and or‘s stores that are packed… and showing that you care is easier!

This isn’t to say that I’m not stressed, and I don’t have anxiety attacks during the holidays… I definitely do. I also know that when I go out and about and I do try to spread kindness… By smiling spreading a kind word etc. etc. it also lifts my mood.

I have to confess another reason why I really enjoy it when it’s so crowded, is because when stores, especially small businesses have customers it helps everyone!… This may seem silly, but I truly love when businesses do better, because it makes peoples lives easier. Sometimes people can pick up a full-time job… Rather than two or three part-time jobs and that allows them more time to be home with their family …

By looking at the positives in life… We can make our emotional and mental health better as well. Too often we allow peoples words or their lack of happiness to affect us… I know I was guilty of this in the last week or two… But then I had several people come to me and tell me how much I meant to them, and how my kindness got them through some of the roughest times.I decided I wasn’t going to let negative people pull me down, rather I was going to make sure, that I kept pulling people up.

I know for a fact my moods have direct connection to Peyton’s mood, as well as my other kids and my spouse. We sometimes don’t realize that our moods can and do flow over onto others, we come in contact with, as well.

I try very hard to be conscience of this… not always successfully… but I try!

So let’s all try real hard to remember taking care of ourselves is very important! because how we react and interact… spreads to so many!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Our Awesomism Texas Chili

If you’re like us, you really love smoked brisket… My husband makes one of the best smoked briskets, I’ve ever had in my life. I was never really all that much into brisket, and can honestly tell you that I hadn’t had it a lot, before I moved to Texas. Now I’ve become a huge fan of it. We have a Traeger grill which is one of the best for smoking brisket… Well, actually I love our Traeger grill for everything. Unless you have a big family or you wanna freeze some of your brisket, you’re going to have brisket left over. Here is a really (awesomism) recipe that I kind of threw together myself for our version of Texas chili. I add the ground beef with the Brisket because it is what Peyton loves….

This is an easy recipe and awesome for this time of the year! it’s quick

Remember this is using leftover brisket…

Here are ingredients of making Texas Chili:

  • 1 lb smoked brisket cut into small thin  cubes
  • 1 lb ground beef … I cook this before time, so it is fully cooked and browned
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 15 oz can Ranch Style beans
  • 1 15.5 oz can Buffalo Beans
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 24 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp  chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp water

Throw it all together… again make sure that the ground beef and brisket is fully cooked first! I dump everything into a crock pot and cook it on High for 2 hours and medium for 6… checking every so often and stirring… when checking.

I add 1/2 cup of the grated pepper jack cheese 1/2 way through and put the rest on top after it is done! I love sour cream and tortilla chips with mine as well. Please note that the cheese can be eliminated if you want.

As always… all disclaimers for food apply… have to put that on here! ; )

Thanks so much for reading my blog and following me and Peyton on our 45 Awesomism Days of the Holidays…

Probiotics, Enzymes, Anxiety and Autism!

If you read my blogs or follow me on social media you know that I have GAD… And of course Peyton is autistic. You also know, that I will not promote products from companies that I do not truly believe in… I try every single product, before I even consider writing a blog about them.

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A couple years ago I had an abscess tooth, I had to go on some antibiotics that were very strong… I’m allergic to a lot of antibiotics, so I’m very limited in what I can take. This particular antibiotic absolutely ate up my stomach. My husband went and talked to the pharmacist and she suggested getting on some probiotics. I thought this was just going to be another so so solution. I was really wrong! the probiotics really helped my stomach. In fact they help so much, that I put Peyton on them, as well.

There have been so many studies done, that show a link between Gut health and brain health. I’m not a big fan of taking a lot of meds and I’m certainly not a fan of putting Peyton on meds. I felt safe with probiotics. We bounced around from different probiotics, as I didn’t really find one that I was particularly enamored with.

When Klaire offered for us to try their probiotics, I was excited. Both Peyton and I have been using them and I can tell you we absolutely love them. They work really well… And I really like that they are powder. We put them in water and take them at night. Peyton will swallow pills, but he would prefer to have things in powder form.

There have been many studies done, that link gut bacteria to emotions, as well as how we react to different sights, sounds and textures… Meaning if our gut isn’t healthy… it Can make our entire body unhealthy. Too often we don’t think about the connections between our Gut and our brain… If our gut has issues, it tells our brain and our brain then tells our body, that it has issues!

We also were sent a bottle of their enzymes… Both Peyton and I have started taking the enzymes, particularly Peyton. We absolutely love these! they really do help with food digestion. This in turn helps with energy… Because as we improve our digestion of our food, our energy can go up!

Both Peyton and I have severe anxiety, which can cause us to get stomach aches and feel sick to our stomach which is so not fun, especially around the Holidays.

Between the probiotic and the enzymes that is helping digest the food better, I have noticed a significant positive in my gut.. so has Peyton! I know this sounds funny.. but it’s true.

Food enzymes can help reduce acidity, which can help with healthy digestion, the healthier the digestion, the healthier we become!

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When it comes to things like probiotics and enzymes that are being put into our bodies, I’m particularly skeptical. I can 100% say that I truly believe in these products and I will definitely continue to use it with our family.As an Autism/GAD family our gut health is very important to us.

As we go through the holiday season and beyond… We tend to eat a lot of foods, especially sweets and such.. this is an especially important time of year, that we make sure that we do the best for our system… Our guts… So follow your gut to Klaire labs products…. I promise it will thank you…

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Lloyd’s Thanksgiving Motivation

I am so happy and honored to have Lloyd as my guest Blogger… he inspires me everyday! he is an autistic adult, who is blind in one eye. He has gone through so many challenges in his life, yet he gets up every morning happy and is always there to help others. I ask that you please share this blog with others… At the bottom of his Blog I will have links for him on social media as well as some other Blogs he wrote for Peyton’s company.

 

Thanksgiving will be upon us all very soon. So many in this country has gone through a great deal of good, bad, & in between. My family & I have gone through a great deal of many things.

We lost love ones so dear to us. We dealt with health issues involving love ones. We have & are dealing with issues that cannot share with others, but God truly know what we are going through.
Last month I took a vacation with my aunt & uncle in TN. I have never had a vacation that I can remember. We almost lost our mom but God healed her, she still have a few issues involving her health & we sure do need the prayers in more ways than one.
There are or could be others who are or going through what we are going through right now. I will try tell you this, don’t give up! It WILL be tough & hard but you can make it!
While we all go through these moments in our lives, just stop for a moment & give thanks for any & all who have helped you & what you have. Be cause there are many who have nothing & who are alone.
I ask you all this, if you know someone who does not a have anyone in their life or who are lonesome, try to reach out to them. A little help from others can be a great blessing.
Two last things that I will share with you all before I close this blog.
Most suicides happen during the holidays, so if know someone who is going through a lot & you who are at risk, please I ask you reach out to them & help.
Lastly please pray for those who have an empty chair at their table this holiday season. The empty was once filled with a love one who is now gone. Please pray & thank you all!
Happy Thanksgiving & God Bless You All!
Check out Lloyd’s blog on Team Awesomism where he talks about his eye problems, he has gone through: Where I learned to live with my eye problems.
Please follow him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Flipboard. He is truly one of mine and Peyton’s favorite people!