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Recipe Time!

We have all experienced it. That first weekend after the holiday rush when you plan to settle back into the normal weekend flow…but then the unexpected happens. It was “that” weekend in our house.

“A nice, young couple (this is my story to tell, so I am allowed some artistic license!) relaxes in their beachfront Florida home. Suddenly, (can we queue up the theme music from “House”?) that Sunday evening, close to 6pm, severe abdominal pain strikes the husband. With no Primary Care Physician to phone, the young bride is able to convince her man to place a call to Telemedicine. The End.”

Not really. I am just tired of the dramatization. The Telemedicine doctor on duty was able to narrow the culprit to either my husband’s pancreas or gall bladder and recommend that if the pain did not get better, a trip to the ER, not Urgent Care, was in order. So, at 10 pm, Sunday night, my husband was at the ER. Long story short, Monday afternoon, emergency gall bladder surgery was performed and he was released from the hospital. In just twenty-four hours, his pain went from 10 to 1. He is feeling so much better! It is surprising how things can take a 180 degree turn so quickly—our weekend, his pain, life, in general. And, how the writing of a blog can be derailed.

Growing up, my mom was not a cook. Mom did not like to cook and did not care who knew it. What my mother did like was the convenience of canned goods and boxed foods: Minute Rice, potato flakes, etc. Now that I think about it, this really was a dichotomy, as she also had a year round garden with fresh vegetables, multiple types of berries, and three fruit trees. Anyway, she had a few recipes that we, as a family, liked. One was a simple “Spanish Rice” made with Minute Rice. This was usually served with a small salad for supper. And is the feature of this week’s blog!

After a short web search, I was able to find the recipe on the Minute Rice website! I am not giving up my age but I would guess that it is celebrating a golden anniversary! Mom had one variation, she added 1 pound of cooked hamburger to make a meal of it. Considering that she was feeding a family of six on a letter carrier’s salary, it was a tasty and economical dinner. I had forgotten about the recipe, probably due to the many times we had it, until my sister reminded me of it a couple of years ago. I do not make it often but I found I do enjoy the taste and the memories.

This week my sister and I decided to focus on a TV star instead of a series. In honor of the beloved Betty White, Blooming Daisies Crafts is featuring animals! Check out the fun offerings!

Blooming Daisies Crafts would like to remind those customers who wish to participate:

“On Betty White’s 100th birthday, January 17th, everyone should pick a local rescue or animal shelter in your area and donate just $5 in Betty White’s name.” #BettyWhiteChallenge Blooming Daisies will be donating to Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center located in Golden Gate FL.

Now that our family has the 2022 prerequisite health emergency out of the way, Blooming Daisies Crafts hopes everybody has a happy and HEALTHY 2022! And, not that he reads this, Happy Birthday to our oldest!!!

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