Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pathetic Update

Weekend visitations are working out pretty well. She was a little shaky when she came home Sunday but she figured out the problem and re-grouped quickly. He wanted to keep her again that night but one night was enough and she needed to come home. G is holding her routines so that is really helping her feel safe enough to go.

It snowed today and I got stuck on a hill trying to get to therapy. Note to time be sure and get 4 wheel or AWD. G picked up J to take her to see more snow and she ended up spending the night at the lake. There's a lot more snow up there so she'll have a blast. Make up therapy at 10 tomorrow. Hoping we can get there since it's going to freeze over tonight.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Refried Beans

I've heard several of you speak of fear of the dried beans. I've broken down the how-to to give you a no-fail recipe. I'm a refried bean snob and won't even think of buying that canned stuff so see if you enjoy these as much as we do.

2-lb bag of dried pinto beans
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 large onion diced
2 jalapenos roughly chopped (seeds too)
Salt and pepper to taste

Soak dried beans in water at least 12 hours. (I soak mine on the counter not the fridge.) After soaking rinse and make sure there aren't any questionable beans (or rocks).

Pour beans into a crock pot. Cover with water until the beans are submerged by about an inch of water. Cook on low all day (8 hours?). (Do not season!!!!!) If you season now the beans will remain hard and inedible.

In the last hour season move the temp up to high then add salt, pepper and jalapenos (don't worry they will not be too spicy). Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil and add to beans. I usually use habanero peppers because I like the heat and so do the girls.

After they have cooked for another hour use a submersible blender, potato masher or blender till smooth (unless you like chunky beans).

We use these for a lot of things but our favorite is have bean burritos. I use whole wheat tortillas, sprinkled with cheese, homemade pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. We freeze the leftovers in z iplock bags pressed flat.

Pico de gallo
1 large tomato diced
1/2 onion diced
1 T fresh cilantro
salt to taste
juice of 1/2 a lime

2 avocados
2 T fresh cilantro
juice of 2 limes
couple of dashes of hot pepper sauce

Sidenote: I'm so grateful for all of you. Starting to pull myself out of the hole. I've even started (baby steps) on commenting again. *gasp*

Monday, February 22, 2010

Faking It till I Make It

Things are pretty tough on the other blog so I'm trying to fake it here.

Last week G took J skiing again and now she's catching air! Doing the trick slopes and managing 3 - 5 ft in the air. Totally impressed with her. She's doing amazingly well and trying her very best to pick me up. It was G's weekend so he took her to the lake and she did really well there too.

A shopping trip was required today for new shoes since all have been outgrown. 6 1/2ladies! I'm still in shock. So long cute kid shoes.

I have put both girls on 1500 mg of niacin after reading and talking to Christine and Dia. Increased omega's too.

After about 4 days I started noticing a difference.

During the above mentioned shopping trip I purchased wi-fi blu-ray player. (Thanks Cindy) Purchased so that I could download instant net f li x educational documentaries for J to watch. Many hours of frustration later I discovered that unfortunately ancient TV's and blu-ray's don't get along so well. Now it looks like I'm getting another TV.

Thanks for hanging with me till I get my crap together. I've been a horrible bloggy friend. My sincere apologies. I just don't have much positive to say these days and I'm trying to keep it to myself.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Still Here

I'm still here. Muddling through. J is doing amazingly well.

A bunch of you have called, emailed or commented and I'm truly grateful. Socialwkr24/7 put it best when she said, "it's hard to be a person isn't it." Some days it really is.

The award was so sweet. Boy. Soooooo not feeling like a ray of sunshine lately.

Feeling woefully inadequate for this job.

Trying to do things to fill me up.

Please think of Claudia. I'm really worried about her and have been obsessively checking her blog & Kari's.