Friday, November 23, 2012

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

I've been having an interesting few weeks. Without going into too much detail, things have been stressful at work, and I haven't had time to write. I've done plenty of imagining and dreaming, but no real writing. I'm really behind on NaNo, too.

Today, someone made a comment that was basically belittling those that want to do ore with their lives than what they're doing. Like they should just be content with the mediocre. That's never been my style. I've always had big aspirations and have always been certain said aspirations would come true.

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It always bothers me when someone pooh-poohs someone else's dreams. If they aspire to be something bigger and to do something that is more meaningful to them, why belittle it? Maybe it's because I've been around seriously negative people that never understand why I do the things I do, but if someone does something that I consider off-kilter or wonky, I just leave them to their own devices, and figure it'll come to fruition eventually.

If someone wants a change, why act like it's the most terrible thing in the world? People are constantly changing. Even those who are set in their ways do their own changing eventually. It's how the world works.

I don't want to do my job forever. I want to be a writer. I want to be financially independent. If that's a terrible dream, then let me continue to dream anyway.


The world is already ugly enough. Don't take aspirations away from people, even if you think they're dumb. Even if they don't fit into your plans. It's like this person I'm thinking of forgot that people do have lives outside of work. It's insane.

Eleanor Roosevelt had some fantastic quotes about life and dreams, so I'm going to leave you with them, for a positive note.

~“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” 

~“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn 
his back on life.” 

~“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.” 

~“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?” 

~“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” 

~“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown!

I haven't blogged since Election Day? I swear I wasn't THAT depressed my candidate lost! Wow! I'm gonna go with I've been super busy lately, between two jobs, plus NaNoWriMo (which I'm behind on), and sleeping, I guess I've been too busy to blog. I do have one blog that's been stewing, but I'll probably write it tomorrow. Lots of pics to be had on that one!

I honestly thought this day would never get here. I've had to work so much this week that I'm ready for a break.

I started my Thanksgiving break (of one whole day) off right by meeting my parents at Perkins in Omaha, where we also met up with my cousin, Joey, his wife, Brooke, and their adorable little girl, Abby. It was our first time meeting Abby, who celebrates her first birthday next month, so I was so ready for my workday to be over.

Imagine our surprise (my parents and I) when shortly after Joe and Brooke got there, Joe's parents, Jim and Julie, younger brother, Danny, and Danny's girlfriend Jada showed up! I haven't seen Julie or Jim in about a year, and Danny for even longer. I have tentative plans to hang at the Henry Doorly Zoo with Danny and Jada on Friday, when I'm between jobs.

Right now, I'm relaxing, watching a movie with my daddy, and getting ready to do my pre-Thanksgiving baking. What I always do is bake corn bread. And not just any corn bread. No. This corn bread recipe, I got when I was nine. That year for Christmas, my grandparents got me a set of Little House on the Prairie books, and in the back of one of them, you could send away to join the Little House Book Club. It was free, so I did.


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I didn't get much out of that club (which, I don't know if it's still around or not), but I did get a recipe in the mail for Buttermilk Corn Bread. I get rave reviews on this stuff every year. Not to mention, it's super easy. Just remember to put it into a deep pie pan. I didn't last year, and it kind of exploded all over the place. Luckily, it was on a cookie sheet, but still.


Yep. That really happened.
I got the recipe on a postcard, and every year, I would have to dig through all of my stuff to try to find it (You know how it goes when you're nine and have no idea what a recipe binder is). Last year, my parents got a wild hare to put all of our family's recipes into a big cookbook. It was mostly my mom's side of the family, who were hoarding fantastic German dishes they brought over from Europe and passed down at least two generations. This was the perfect solution to my missing post card problem.

 So, here it is. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family always has.

Buttermilk Cornbread
Adapted from My Little House Cookbook, with recipes by Amy Cotler and illustrations by Holly James

6-8 Servings


Ingredients


1 Cup Flour

3/4 Cup Yellow Corn Meal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 10 inch pie plate

2. Combine flour, corn meal, baking soda, baking powder, salt and brown sugar in a bowl, breaking up clumps.
3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat (I cheat and use the microwave)
4. Combine eggs, buttermilk and melted butter in a second bowl. Wisk until well combined.
5. Mix wet and dry ingredients until just blended. Pour into pie plate
6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cut into wedges and serve warm with plenty of butter.


Ah. MUCH Better. And in a pretty plate, too!
So tasty! I love it. I need to make it more than once a year. Especially because it's so easy!


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Wishing you and Yours a Very Happy Thanksgiving!