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A great recipe from one of my favorite cooks. I love the creaminess of the chili and the mixture of many kinds of beans.

Jennirific

Busy weeknights are a common place occurrence at the Jennirific house.  Sometimes dinner makes it into the crockpot in the morning and sometimes it just doesn’t.  I am sure we all have those days. 
This recipe is a go to for me because it turns out wonderfully no matter which method I am able to apply to it, crockpot or stove top.  Packed with veggies, protein, and fiber this meal will keep the family fueled through all their activities!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chile peppers, seeded and chopped (you may increase amount to taste)
  • 2 medium chopped red, green, and/or yellow bell pepper
  • 2 15- to 15-1/2 ounce cans Great Northern, pinto, or cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 ounce can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups…

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THE OUTSIDERS by S. E. Hinton

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The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is amazing that S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders as a teenager in high school and had it published in her first year of college. The novel takes place in 1965 in Oklahoma and the action is between two teenage groups the Socs and the Greasers. The two groups are always clashing and fighting. The Socs are the rich kids who drive mustangs and the Greasers are the poor kids without much but their “tuff” look.

The book opens with the main character, Ponyboy, jumped by a group of Socs as he is leaving the movie house. Ponyboy is saved by his gang of Greasers that include his two older brothers. Darry takes care of his younger brothers after their parents die in a car crash and Sodapop, a high school dropout works at a garage.

The next evening Ponyboy and his best friend, Johnny, meet two Socs girls named Cherry Valance and Marcia. Ponyboy learns that Cherry and he have a lot in common. They meet up with the drunken boyfriends of Cherry and Marcia and the girls go home with them to avoid a fight. The problems escalate as the story continues until Ponyboy and Johnny are on the run because Johnny killed one of the Socs when they ambushed the boys in the park.

This story, though it takes place more than 40 years ago, is still a favorite with teenagers, today. The themes of bridging the gap between rich and poor, honor, courage, loyalty, and sorrow are timeless. The time and the look of the story may be antiquated; however, the themes presented in the novel still ring true. Teenagers can associate and feel compassion for the plight of the greasers.

The writing style is simplistic and easy to follow. Overall, the plot makes the story a good read no matter what age you are. Once you finish the book, you may wish to rent the movie. Many stars got their start in this movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Some faces you will recognize are Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, and Rob Lowe. This is a must read.

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Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Defeat A Bad Attitude

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“The way to repair a bad attitude is to practice gratitude.”  When things seem to be going all wrong and anger is welling up in your gut, it may help if you try to find things that you are grateful for in your life. A bit of self-control may be necessary to focus on something other than your problems; however, the benefits will astound you.  It is difficult to be mad when you are thanking the universe for your blessings. 

According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic in 2002, “Optimistic people decreased their risk of early death by 50% compared with those who leaned more towards pessimism. “  Therefore, by being optimistic and grateful for your life and the people and things in it, you are giving yourself a better chance at a longer life. Consequently, your practice of gratitude will make that long life a much happier one.

What are some things to be grateful for?  You can start with the things most of us take for granted like food, water, and shelter.  Many people in the world are not as fortunate to have these simple necessities of life.  Be thankful for the car you drive, the light in your house, the washer and dryer. Show gratitude for the cashier that rang up your order at McDonald’s, the janitor who cleans your office, or the person who sorts your mail at the Post Office.  Look around you. There are thousands of things for you to be grateful for as they touch your everyday. 

Once you begin to experience gratitude practice it daily.  Suddenly, that bad attitude will be just a memory and your life will be a joyful place.  Does this sound too preachy? Try it and see if it works.  What do you have to lose but a bad attitude?

 
Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 

Southwestern Chicken Chili

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Busy weeknights are a common place occurrence at the Jennirific house.  Sometimes dinner makes it into the crockpot in the morning and sometimes it just doesn’t.  I am sure we all have those days. 
This recipe is a go to for me because it turns out wonderfully no matter which method I am able to apply to it, crockpot or stove top.  Packed with veggies, protein, and fiber this meal will keep the family fueled through all their activities!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chile peppers, seeded and chopped (you may increase amount to taste)
  • 2 medium chopped red, green, and/or yellow bell pepper
  • 2 15- to 15-1/2 ounce cans Great Northern, pinto, or cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 ounce can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pot of Pot of Gold Bouillion
  • 1 lb chopped cooked chicken* (see note below)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped.
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
  • Broken tortilla chips (optional)

STOVE TOP METHOD:

  1. Add olive oil to a 4 quart or larger stock pan along with chopped onions.
  2. Sauté onions until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and jalapeno pepper and continue to sauté, 1 minute
  4. Add bell pepper, beans, cumin, salt, chicken stock, and bouillon.
  5. Allow to come to boil
  6. Add chicken, cover, and reduce heat to a low simmer.
  7. Cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  If chili seems too thin to your taste, remove lid while cooking to help reduce the liquid and thicken the chili.  The chili will continue to thicken after cooking, do not reduce all liquid.
  8. Stir in about ½ cup of chopped cilantro
  9. Serve, garnish with cheese and chips if desired.

Finished cooking and ready to serve!

CROCKPOT METHOD:

  • In a slow cooker stir together the drained beans, chicken, onion, sweet pepper, jalapeno pepper, garlic, cumin and salt. Stir in chicken broth.
  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. If desired, top each serving with shredded cheese and broken tortilla chips.

*A note regarding adding cooked meat into recipes.
 For this recipe I usually cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the same pot I will cook the chili in.  This allows the chili to soak up all the flavors left over from the cooked chicken.  That being said, you have to season the meat before cooking.  A simple sprinkle of black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder will give your meat a great flavor and ensure the dish you are adding it to also has a great taste.  Meat without seasoning equals bland food as an end result. 

“SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGER AWARD”

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I am honored to accept this award. I would like to thank my blogging friend, Francine from http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/ for nominating my site for the “SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGER AWARD”.  Please visit her blog for thought-provoking photos and read her insightful thoughts.   Francine always has a kind word and positive message.

Now, I must tell you seven things about myself that you do not know.  Ooh, this is the tough part.

  1.  I have recently acquired a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.   I could technically apply to schools to become a vice-principal or principal; however, I have decided to give writing a try to keep my teaching position.
  2. My son is getting married in October to a wonderful young woman. Wedding preparation is on my agenda until the big day. It is so exciting!
  3. I consider my daughter one of my closest confidants.
  4. Karaoke is my friend.  I love to sing, but only the lead.  I am terrible at harmonizing.
  5. I was born on Halloween, and I will NEVER stop Trick or Treating.
  6. I am easily bored, so I always have something to do to keep myself busy.
  7. I live in the same house I grew up in, and I love it.

As this is the “SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGER AWARD”, I would like to nominate the following sisters for the award. Thank you to all of the followers and friends who visit and comment on my Musings.  I greatly appreciate your generosity and love.   Please pick-up your award here and let me know when you receive it.  Oh, Happy Day!  Blessings to all.

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4. http://diane-owens.com/

5. http://strawberryindigo.wordpress.com/

6. http://www.romancingthebee.com/

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Congratulations! 🙂

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How to Get Rid of Warts

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Common Warts can be pesky little things.  They can be found on any part of the body, but are generally seen on the hands, wrists, and feet.  Warts are caused by a virus called HPV or the Human Papillomavirus.  This virus is considered contagious and can lead to the spreading of warts to other parts of the body.
Below are some treatments suggested for the removal of Common Warts.  Since a virus causes warts, no treatment can be 100% effective if the virus returns.  Always see your doctor if a wart does not go away or seems to be getting worse.  It is also important to remember, that just because a remedy worked for someone else, it does not mean that it will also work for you.  However, with a wide variety of different treatments to choose from, you are sure to find at least one successful way to treat your wart.
TREATMENT

USE

TYPE EFFECTIVENESS
Salicylic Acid At home treatment.  Usually takes 2-3 weeks Gels, drops, pads, or plasters applied to wart. Will work on common warts on hands, wrists, legs, or feet.  Will also work on corns.
Aerosol  Freeze Sprays At home treatmentUsually takes 2 weeks Spray applied directly to wart. Will work on common warts on hands, wrists, legs, or feet.
Duct Tape At home treatmentMust leave on for 6-10 days. Duct Tape or  Electrical Tape to cover wart. Use just enough to only cover wart. Works best on fingers. Tape tends to fall off often and must be replaced.
Tea Tree Oil At home treatment Essential Oil of Tea TreeApply directly on the wart daily. Works to remove the virus. Very effective.
Essential Lemon Oil At home treatment Apply directly to the wart until gone. Some success seen with this method.
Liquid Nitrogen Doctor’s Office/Dermatologist Liquid applied directly to wart. Very effective. Works quickly. Good for stubborn warts.
Electric Needle Doctor’s Office/Dermatologist Needle with tiny bits of electricity burn the wart and its roots. Very effective.  Works quickly. Good for stubborn warts. May leave scarring.
imiquimod (Aldara), Doctor’s Office/Dermatologist Gel or cream applied to wart. Imiquimod belongs to a group of drugs called immune response modifiers. It is believed to work by helping to activate your immune system to fight these abnormal skin growths. Not recommended for children under 12.
Laser Treatment Doctor’s Office/Dermatologist Laser directed at wart Works effectively. May take 2or 3 treatments. Usually does not leave scars.
Surgical curettage Doctor’s Office/Dermatologist Removal of wart through surgery with local anesthesia Works immediately. May leave scars.

 

©Jamie Nowinski 5/20/2012

Article: Common Warts Treatment. (2012, May 15). Retrieved from Medicine Net. com: http://www.medicinenet.com/warts_common_warts/article.htm
Artman. (2007, 11 18). “Home Remedies for Removing Warts”. Retrieved from disabled-world.com: http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/removing-warts.shtml
British Medical Journal, August 31,2002. (2003, March). Treating Warts. Retrieved from Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0303d.shtml
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Helen’s Porch

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When Helen is sitting on the porch, I know summer has arrived in my town.  The weather turns warm and suddenly, everyone is outside. People I have not see for six months, other than to wave at or say hello as I run from the car to the house, are now mowing their lawns, weeding their gardens, and sitting on the porch.
All winter my neighbors and I are stuck in our individual houses.  Oh, there are greetings when the weekly garbage goes to the curb, and when the driveway needs to be snow blown. We see each other at the holidays to exchange pies and cookies, but generally, there is not much interaction.
Nevertheless, when the warm southwest winds blow the balmy air into town, I am afforded the luxury of actually interacting with my neighbors. A few of us gather around Helen’s porch, she is the oldest neighbor; she turned 80 just a few weeks ago.  Helen always has her famous homemade chocolate chip cookies waiting for us as we sit on her swing and catch up on the happenings.  I learn that Jackie had a bout of the flu that lasted forever, Sharon’s daughter had a baby girl in February, and Pat’s son is getting married in October. Now, on warm evenings, instead of watching “The Voice” on TV,  I will sit on Helen’s porch and revive the friendships that have been put on hold.
It is comforting to know that no matter what has occurred over the long winter, I can relax on Helen’s porch and share my life with these beloved people.  I know that in our world, it is not often that we find such good neighbors to share our ups and downs with, even if it is only for a few months. Therefore, I am going to soak up the sun, slap at mosquitoes, and enjoy my neighbors until it is too cold to sit on the porch.
Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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