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Thank You Betty Crocker

Published June 23, 2016 by lynn k scott

As my mother’s three year angel-versary approaches (6/25), I can’t help but remember how she always would turn to her red, Betty Crocker cookbook to teach us girls how to cook.  My mother was not a stellar cook, by any means.  In fact, some of her dishes were so bad, even the dogs snubbed their noses at the “treats” were trying to pawn off on them. I will say, she was a better baker than cook.  I always thought the same of myself, until I became an adult.  Now, I am a better cook, although I can hold my own in the baking department.

My specialty as a teen, was making peanut butter cookies.  My younger sisters always asked me to make them.  We didn’t have a kitchen aid, food processor or a lot of fancy gadgets to help us; we did most everything by hand or used a hand mixer, if needed.

That cookbook is such a reminder of my mom.  I used it to learn how to convert measurements, how to cook vegetables, and to make homemade brownies.  Every Christmas, we would make divinity.  I still keep that tradition alive today.  Although, in CA, when it rains half of the winter, it can make it challenging for the divinity to set up right.  If you’ve never had the fun experience of racing against the clock to get the divinity out of the mixing bowl, via two buttered spoons, onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper, only to have the humidity too high and reduce your divinity clouds into sticky, flat, white puddles…you’re missing out.  However, when it turns out just right…it’s a sugary piece of Heaven that melts in your mouth.

Tonight, in 85 degree weather, I stood near a warming 350-degree stove, and prepared the white sauce to go with my scalloped potatoes.  Once that was completed, I peeled my potatoes (in batches), sliced them thin on my mandoline slicer, arranged them in a nice scalloped design in the ceramic baking dish and alternated layering with adding the sauce. It was during the layering process, I thought about my mom.  She would always remind me to cut the potatoes as thin as possible.  Thankfully, I have a mandoline now and I would be lost without it.

I didn’t get the chance to cook for her often as an adult, but when I did, it meant a lot to her.  I was the cook in our family, after my died passed several years ago.  She loved my Spanish rice.  Neither her, nor my sister, Kathi, could cook rice that wasn’t from a microwavable bag.

Since we didn’t have a lot growing up, when my mom would make scalloped potatoes, it was usually with chopped up ham.  It was a fairly inexpensive casserole, that fed a family of five.  My family now, doesn’t care for the ham in it and they will tolerate the potatoes, as they prefer rice, but they let me make my scalloped potatoes every now and then.  Little do they know how much it means to me.

If you don’t already, I encourage you to cook with your kids, siblings, spouse; family. Spend time together.  Make memories.  Share these moments for generations to come.

 

 

A Stroke In Time

Published November 22, 2015 by lynn k scott

I considered myself honored to be friends with professional artist, Dan Angeles, who allows the opportunity to see some of his work before they are publicly unveiled at an art exhibit.  One reason I cherish this privilege is because this was something my sister, Kathi, used to do.  After she passed, Dan allowed me the opportunity of these special previews.

I can hardly begin to express my admiration when I view these pieces.  I have yet to find any of his work not to my liking.  In every new exhibit, there are pieces that move me to tears.  I see my past and my family in his art.  I see promise, comfort, friendship and inspiration as well.  I see a gift that will one day be the topic of discussion wherever art is being taught.

In Dan’s own words, he said about his latest work:

I compiled the new body of work into a video for you to view, if you would like. I paired my paintings with the beautiful song “Titanium” performed by Madilyn Bailey, which for me speaks to the way I constantly battle my own insecurities and doubts about my work or ideas. It also explains how I face these fears head on and overcome them. The actual work itself is all about accepting change in all of it’s many forms while growing and moving forward in life, with them. I hope that you enjoy the work and the experience of viewing it with song.

I encourage all of you to view this video.  I was very moved when I first saw it.  I will be turning 44 in just a few weeks.  I have vowed on my 50th birthday to own one of Dan’s paintings.

Dan and I often joke how we are constantly making each other cry; good tears, mind you.  We have never officially met, didn’t grow up in the same geographical area, but we have shared similarities, have uncanny ties to certain pieces of his work and we shared a love for my sister that will bind us for all times.

My goal is have to have Dan showcased in San Francisco.  Besides sharing his work, in person, on the West Coast, I would actually be able to attend his exhibit, and meet my talented friend in person.

Please feel free to share this video.  I’d love to hear your feedback after watching it.  If you would like to check out more of Dan’s work, please visit artbydangles.

 

Twiggfest

Published June 17, 2015 by lynn k scott

I thought, I have this blog, why not put it to some good use?

A new friend of mine, thanks Facebook, is having a fundraiser for his son who was a tattoo artist.  All I saw was “tattoo” and became interested.

It’s being held at the Theatre DeVille in Vacaville, CA.  If you’re local, I hope you would attend.

Simply go to the DeVille’s page and select “Tickets”.  Scroll until you find the event for June 27, 2015: Twiggfest.  You can purchase tickets for $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door.

It’s a family event and kids under 11 years old are FREE to get in.  If you know anyone who is local to the Bay Area, feel free to share this event with them.

Twiggfest

Dance with me Cupid

Published May 21, 2015 by lynn k scott

One of the best things about homeschooling, is the ability to be flexible.  Yesterday we chose dancing for our physical education. My daughter’s latest dancing habit is to move like she’s having a “fit”.  I can’t help but shake my head is utter disbelief when she does this.

I couldn’t help but think some structure would do her good and actually provide a nice workout for both of us.  I Googled an instructional video for the Cupid Shuffle.  It’s quite possible you’ve seen this dance at weddings, Quinceaneras, Debuts, etc., even if you don’t recognize the name.

Youtube is great for instructional videos.  We found a video that showed us how to do the dance.  I’ll let you choose the actual instructional video of your preference.  The video I linked will show you the actual dance with the music, performed by Cupid.

The Cupid Shuffle is a really simple line dance, using a hip-hop beat.  It allows for a little personalization when moving right to left and when walking it out.

My daughter and I pushed the sofa back, sent my older pup to spend time with dad (he won’t let me dance) and we started dancing.  It was a great bonding time, a good workout and fun!  I highly recommend doing something like this.  We are definitely set for our next wedding.  Look out line dancers; here we come!

Meltdown

Published April 8, 2015 by lynn k scott

I have days where life seems so intense. Having gone through so much grief, I feel my personality changing at times. Things start slipping out of my control. I feel helpless, trapped and alone.

I don’t have a family support system. I had a mother, father and two younger sisters. I have cast out my youngest sibling. She was a cancer in my life and needed to go. My father died of stomach cancer, my sister died of breast cancer. and my mother survived Hodgkin’s Disease only to suddenly die of coronary issues (which I believe stemmed from undiagnosed Celiac’s Disease (more to that story).

Either way, as the first-born, I’m used to being the strong, responsible, independent one. Sometimes, it just gets too much and I break. I don’t want to be positive. I know that light at the end of the tunnel is a train. I know when the door closes, the window was previously nailed shut.

Ok, so I’m melodramatic too. I’m entitled. I have my melt-down. Allow myself to shed a few tears and I pick myself up again and move on. Life would get pretty blah if I lived a Stepford wife’s life. Plus, I look much cuter inked-up than a plain ole Stepford wife (lol). See, I’ve already regained my sense of humor.

Do you ever feel a breakdown coming on?

Call me Grandma – sorta

Published March 13, 2015 by lynn k scott

Atka

I get a text this morning, shortly after arriving at work, from my son.  It would seem we have a new addition to our family, in the way of a new furbaby.  Her name is Atka, meaning “guardian” or “guardian spirit”.  Ironically, upon further investigation of the name, it’s also said to mean, “soul of the last family member who died”.  Both my son and I were caught off guard with that.

The last family member to pass was my mother and she was a HUGE dog lover.  I told him it was a sign they happened to get her and pick the name they gave her.  He didn’t know about the other meaning and could only say, “damn”.

I know everyone doesn’t believe in signs.  I happen to and they really have guided me along the way.  I made sure my son knows I am expecting constant pictures as she grows in the gorgeous Siberian she is destined to be.

My solider son, our country’s protector, now has his own guardian.  I find comfort in that, esp. with him being 3,000 miles away from me.

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