This morning was a our local send off of the Army National Guard to Afghanistan. It was cold brisk morning of 37 degrees. Families and friends lined the streets in anticipation of seeing the troops waving, cheering and praying for their safety. In the midst of the lines of people stood our own line of local police officers. As the buses drove buy our Stillwater finest gave them their salute of appreciation.
We looked for the faces of the troops but they were hidden in the buses, we could only see an occasional solider standing in the front next to the driver through the clear glass. It was a memorable moment, as I do have sons who are soliders but they are home safely while others are just now leaving for another tour overseas.
God bless our troops and protect them from harms way and send them back home safely into the arms of their loved ones. Amen!
On the way home from Zumba today I saw two nicely dressed Asian men, they were sporting what I call the Beatles look. They had the long hair, sport coat, and straight legged black jeans, (could have even been skinny jeans.) They really looked sharp.
Not the usual grudge, skater or gansta look but a nice sopshicated look. I know I'm older than some but I do find it refreshing to see a man dressed nice. I don't mind a little longer hair like when the Beatles when they where first starting out or like Justin Bieber as long as its clean and nicely combed.
Here's a little Beatles song for your listening pleasure!
1 whole cooked roasted chicken, shredded
1 pkg. turkey sausage (like a polish type) sliced and chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 chopped onion
3 minced garlic cloves
3 cups long-grain white rice or brown rice
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon cumin
1 cup of frozen peas and carrots or mixed vegetables
Buy already whole roasted chicken and shred. Cook rice according to directions on package. I use brown rice instead of white much healthier and cook it in my rice cooker, cooks up faster and super easy to cook.
Chop onions, garlic, and bell pepper in food processor, then chop ciltanro in processor. All items won't fit in the processor at once.
Heat oil in a large cooking pot over medium heat. Add green pepper, onions, garlic, and all vegetables, and sausage to oil in skillet. Cook for 5 minutes. While cooking add spices and cook until all vegetables are lightly golden. Stir in chicken and cook until vegetables are tender. Add rice; cook until all items are heated thoroughly.
You can add paprika, and hot sausage for more flavor, or soy sauce. This recipe has become a family favorite at our house and goes fast, we are lucky if there are any leftovers.
Just wanted to have more options for my customers, so I've added personalized aprons. I've always had available the option to add a name or the customer's own slogan or saying but now I have some that will already be made with mommy's helper, daddy's helper, grandma's helper or grandpa's helper.
Funny how many people pretend to be Irish just to celebrate this holiday. But for me I really am Irish, dark Irish, which some say its black Irish. Apparently those from the northern territory from Ireland are darker complexion than those from other regions. I didn't get all my dark complexion from the Irish though as I have some Mexican mixed in there too from my mom's side.
I didn't grow up around my father's family so I don't know the family traditions but from what I heard it involved a lot of drinking and a lot of singing. But I do know that Hart is an Irish name and my paternal grandma's name Thornton is Irish too. So I'm proud to be Irish and kiss me if you can catch me! he he!