I failed the ALS challenge.

My husbands father passed away with ALS. The challenge has been a great one however this adds a whole new perspective. Great article.

My Beautiful Mess

I failed the ALS challenge.  I knew that somewhere along the line I was going to be nominated, and I hadn’t really thought about how I would respond. Do I have anything against the challenge itself?  Nope.  Not a bit. In fact, I think that, from a fundraising perspective, it was a stroke of genius.  Everybody’s doing it, and if someone hasn’t heard of ALS before, they sure have heard of it now…even if they have no real clue what it is. My formal excuse is that I don’t live with anyone who could’ve held the camera or helped when I experienced shock from the stunt.  My actual reason is that I think that writing a blog post is probably a better exercise and contribution to the cause.  For me, at least.

From my professional perspective, as one who works in Hospice Palliative Care, my hope is that this latest…

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Portobello Mushroom/Pepper Melt

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I have decided to go meatless and this is one of the creations I came up with this week.  Thank goodness for Portobello mushrooms, they are becoming a staple in my house!

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I roasted the peppers and the mushrooms on the grill after brushing them with chili pepper infused oil olive.





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Then I layered the mushrooms, then peppers in a casserole dish and topped it with mozzerella cheese tossed with fresh oregano, basil and chives from the garden.  I thought the cheese might be too bland but in the end, the mushrooms and peppers had enough heat from the oil that it was just fine that the cheese wasn’t a strong flavour after all.




I put it in the fridge overnight (not necessary) and heated it at 375 the next day after work.  It was fantastic and so easy.  I invited my neighbour over to try (she is a great tester) and she gave me the thumbs up.  Served with mixed green salad with crispy onions on top and it’s a great vegetarian and hearty dinner.

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Barbecued Chicken Burritos Recipe (from Grandmothers Kitchen)



1 (2 lb) roasted chicken, skin discarded, meat removed from bones and shredded ( 4 cups)

1/2 cup prepared barbecue sauce

1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

4 leaves romaine lettuce

4 tortillas ( 10 inch)

2 limes, cut in wedges


Turn on your grill to medium heat.

Set a large heat proof skillet over med-high heat; add in chicken, barbecue sauce, beans, corn, and sour cream; stir to combine.

Cook until hot, 4-5 minutes.

Assemble wraps by placing a lettuce leaf in the center of each tortilla and top with ¼ of the chicken mixture.

Roll as you would a burrito.

If you want grill marks, carefullly transfer to grill and let cook for another 2 minutes over direct heat.

Slice in half diagonally and serve warm with lime wedges.

Original Barbecued Chicken Burritos Recipe Recipe found at Grandmothers Kitchen Recipes.

Are you kid…ding?

Love - mothersI was in the shower tonight and thought about my kids.  Am I okay as a parent?  Am I giving them the love and support they need?  Are they great?  Sure!  They are great and they are my kids.  I wondered about the couples that I know that have kids and those that chose not to.

What makes one decide that having children will either enhance or hinder this life experience?  I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a Mom, there was no way that this wasn’t going to be my experience, if I had any say in the matter. Luckily, I met Ray who felt exactly the same way, our life was meant to be shared with kids.


What I didn’t plan for and map out (which I like to do being a Virgo) is… what happens when outside influences determine my childs’ moods, outlooks, possible future etc. ?  I assumed that if I was a consistent (relatively) loving mother and Ray was a consistent (relatively) loving father, and we enjoyed and spent as much time as possible with our kidlets, that really… nothing could prevent them from feeling – over the top confident and loving life as we do.

Except it doesn’t work that way.   There are circumstances where other peoples children DO have an effect on mine and there is nothing I can do about it.  Hurtful comments, snickering (as children – okay girls do) and silly gags and comments that can devastate a well rounded kid and drop them to their knees.

Thinking back to my shower tonight, I thought about whether the pain of watching my child deal with something that only he can (and I can support him, but only he can deal with), could be something that I may not be able to handle.  I was struck with Truth that only can come from a higher Love and that was “you are the best person to be this child’s Mom, that’s why he chose you”.

Yes, I can go out and have dinner and an expendable income that allows me to have all the freedom in the world but honestly, the teaching that being a parent allows me the opportunity to be part of is much much more important to this life experience for me, and I thank all three of my peeps for giving me the chance to be better than I was before and continue to grow as a person.

I’m holding on tight as I can see this is a bumpy road, hopefully I’ll remember to smile and laugh and hug as much as possible because as far as I can tell… there is no other way and I wouldn’t miss it for the world!