Heavenly Wild Chicken

Tonight we had the most delicious dinner.  My mother in law has made this scrumptious dish for us before, and I can’t get enough!  She actually got the recipe from the cooks at work.  She works taking care of retired nuns.  The original recipe fed 200… this one will do nicely for 6-8 people.

This recipe is heavenly not only in its origination, but in its taste.  It is SO good.  But don’t take my word for it!  Make it your self!


Most delicious casserole EVER

The Recipe: Heavenly Wild Chicken

Prep Time: 30 minutes   Cook: 45 minutes

Serves: 6-8


1 6 oz package of Wild and White Rice with seasonings (Prepare according to package, except substitute one cup of water for one cup of chicken broth.  Trust me, it’s worth it!)

1 cup Chicken Broth

1 10 oz package frozen french style green beans (thawed and drained)

2 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts

1 10.75 oz can of water chestnuts (drained and sliced)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 8 oz can of French Fried Onions

Preheat oven to 350*.  In large bowl, combine all ingredients, except french fried onions.  Pour Mixture into lightly greased 12x8x2 inch baking dish.  Sprinkle onions on top, and bake 45 minutes- 1 hour. (When it is nice and hot and bubbly)



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Why I Walk Wednesdays

This is a new weekly feature on the blog- “Why I Walk Wednesdays.”

On May 14th, I will be participating in my 3rd Walk Now for Autism Speaks.  This weekly feature will highlight the reasons why I walk.  Hopefully, it will raise some awareness, encourage you to walk with me, or even attract some sponsors.


Why I Walk- The Statistics

Did you know 1:110 children are diagnosed with autism?

And make that 1:70 boys!

Did you know that the prevalence rate is increasing 10-17% ANNUALLY?

Did you know that Autism receives 0.5% of the National institute of Health Funds?

Did you know that more children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than childhood cancer, AIDS and diabetes COMBINED?


These statistics blow my mind.  And they seem so overwhelming. 

How can I make a difference?

I walk. 

With each step I take, I show my support. 

With each step I take, I join the battle to find a cure, to support the families, to provide the services. 

My steps make a difference.  I have to believe that, or I lose all hope.


You can help light the way for those with Autism and their families.  Join my walk in Milwaukee, or one in your neighborhood. Or if you are able, make a contribution to my walk team.

Thank you for reading.

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Time keeps on slipping…

into the future.  And I keep meaning to post about all that is going on, but, yeah, not so much!


There has been so much going on, yet not so much to write about lately in our corner of the world.

Our state is in chaos, thanks to our crazy governor, and whatever happens will definitely have an impact on Tim and I.  (Good thing it only takes 540,000 signatures to recall our crazy governor after 1 year in office…. I think all of the union members will try to take care of that!)

Due to major funding cuts in my district, I am being excessed, along with 13 co-workers from our building.  Thankfully, there are vacancies in other buildings, so I will still have a job. But, I have to interview, and apply, and put my best foot forward to get into a program and school I want to stay in.  I am very sad about leaving my school.  I absolutely LOVE what I do, and LOVE my students.  I am graduating 7 of my 11 students, so only have to say goodbye to 4, but it will be so hard.  We are like one big family… the end of the school year will be very sad. 😦


That’s the biggest news lately.  (and it sucks.)


There is so much more to say, but I will save that for another post, so I can post more than once a month! 🙂


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Go Pack Go!

Today the Packers play the Bears.

I’m watching this game in Bears country hopefully I survive!

And, this is the best ad, ever:



Go Pack!

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Really living
is when a human being chooses
to awaken from their comfy trance
of resignation and circumstance
and step into their destiny,
their purpose, their freedom,
their possibility.
-Judy Morris

May this be a year full of really living.

The new year brings hope of new beginnings, wishes you want to come true, and grand plans to renovate your life. The past year I feel like I have been living in a bit of a trance, not pushing myself to be what I can, not taking advantage of my opportunities, and letting my insecurities lead to disappointment.  I feel like I have let down some important people, and am working to move through that, and focus on being the best me I can be, living the best life I can live.  Sounds good, right?

I’m picturing big things this year.  And I will be working to keep my head up and take it all on- head on.  And hopefully, I’ll be brave and document the ups and downs on the blog.

Hopefully, you will join me for the ride…


Happy New Year!

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The Year In Review 2010

The Year in Review: 2010

It’s back for another year!

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Used a SMART board (and now use it every day!); went through the locks in Sault Ste Marie; rode bikes with my husband around Mackinac Island; baked a ham for Easter for the family; bought a car with my husband and refinanced our house!

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

No resolutions last year…  This year, I am working on being more organized, accomplishing more about the house to make it a home, and stick to a budget with Tim to work on paying down debt.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Jenny and John welcomed Eddie last summer!  Hopefully, more babies in 2011- we are anxiously awaiting our second niece, and John and Megan’s twin girls, and Laura and John’s little one!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank goodness!

5. What states/countries did you visit?

Illinois and Michigan this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

Increased value in myself.  More finished about the house. Appreciation of the good in each day

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

My dad’s bypass surgery day.  It was super stressful and scary- but turned out well!  Thank goodness!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

finding focus for me

9. What was your biggest regret of the year?

Not making time for the things and people I should.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

nothing major- a few colds, and a stomach virus, that’s all

11. What was the best thing you bought?

The Subaru!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Tim for putting up with me and being a wonderful husband!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Someone who shall not be named here.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills, savings, house

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My Kindle, Eddie’s birth, our Michigan vacation

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

“Amazing” Bruno Mars

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? Happier!

ii. thinner or fatter? thinner

iii. richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Spending time with those I love, working on the house, not worrying!

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Thinking poorly of myself

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

We hosted our families for Christmas Eve, and it was wonderful! Christmas Day we visited Aunt Kathy, Auntie Chris and Tim’s Parents. It was pretty near perfect overall!

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?

Yes, with My Kindle!  Ha!  And Tim amazes me more and more…

23. How many one-night stands?

It doesn’t count as a one night stand when you are married!

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Grey’s Anatomy, Biggest Loser, Til Debt Do Us Part

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No real hate here… just general annoyance

26. What was the best book you read?

I really liked House Rules by Jodi Piccoult

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Loved me some Bruno Mars and Black Eyed Peas this year… and anything catchy!

28. What did you want and get?

A Kindle

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

I think “little fockers” was the only movie I saw in the theaters.  It was quite funny!

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 32, sadly, I don’t really remember it!

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Having some people here who are not with us any more. Not much else (other than maybe a bun in the oven)

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Practical, Old Navy with a touch of Vera.

33. What kept you sane?

Tim. My bffers.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Oh Ryan Braun…..

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

The Gulf Oil Spill cleanup

36. Who did you miss?


My BFFs- did not spend enough time with them!

37. Who was the best new person you met?

My Student Teachers (From spring- Angela and fall- Carolyn) both were great and taught me so much!

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:

Love is unconditional. Things will not be perfect. People will not be perfect. But, we will love deeply and passionately and completely, just the same.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

It’ll work itself out fine
All we need is just a little patience
Said sugar make it slow
And we’ll come together fine
All we need is just a little patience


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It’s The Holiday Season!

Yesterday, my mom and I had a great day together baking for the holidays!

We gathered the ingredients:

The Ingredients


We picked out the recipes.

Mom consulting the WE Engergies Cookie Book

And we baked…

Rolo Cookies- YUM!


And we baked…

Peanut Butter Blossoms- MY FAVE!

And we baked…

The Truffles.


And we even made some fudge…

And, the squirrels thought it was delicious. (Note: don't cool fudge on your porch)


And it was a grand time.


And now my house is full of goodies.

And all is right with the world!


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