The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
The road was muddy; there were patches of snow here and there,
but the sun was warm.
Everywhere there was the sound of water dripping. Water bubbles
made noises under the ice of a small creek. It was the kind of day
where choosing boots might have been a good idea, but tennis shoes
were the choice of the day. (Remember coming home from a day like
this and having soaking feet when you were a kid?) Who wants to wear
heavy boots when you feel like running through the fields? A jacket
was almost not necessary.
What was left of snow formed small puddles, and connecting
rivulets. Everything sparkled and smelled fresh and clean.
Snowmobile tracks faded in the warm air. Occasionally birds
chattered. We (the dog and I) wove our way past fields and along
paths to nowhere. It was a day to explore. It may be awhile before
we get to do this again, for more cold weather is sure to come.
Everything was still brown, but along the edge of the road, there
were green shoots hiding under the brown faded grass from last year,
looking brighter than an Oscar. We found a softball size puddin'
stone along the road to carry home and add to the collection.
What a great reprieve from the cold and howling wind of winter
a breath of spring between the snowbanks.
Long ago days beckoned us to wander too long and too far, but
never too far to get lost. Cresting the last hill of the day we
realized that we'd traveled a ways and it was time to head home for
dinner. We were as brave as Lewis and Clark, cresting a previously
unscaled hill. We wondered what our parents would think if they knew
how far we'd gone, but secrets were safe on stolen days. Since we
returned safe and sound, no questions were asked. Thoughts of bears
tickled our imaginations. Nothing could have made us stay home to
watch television or play in the house. It was a day that made us
itch for true spring, and gave us daydreams of warm weather on
waning days of winter.
When we arrived home my feet were just barely wet, but I can't
say as much for the dog. Who knows? Spring may be just over the
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"Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do
something and when you decide how to respond." -- Dr. Jeffrey
"The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitudes." ~~
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a
single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope." ~~ Sir
Simple Italian Creme Cake
Note: my mother (Carolyn Sergent) first made this a number of years
ago. It's been a family favorite ever since. I recently made this
for a family birthday. It's rich and creamy and quite yummy! It's
so good, it makes up for not being chocolate, but if you are a real
chocolate lover, replace some of the flour for some cocoa powder!
1/2 c shortening
1/2 c stick butter or marg
1 1/2 C sugar
5 egg yolks
2 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 C buttermilk (1 T vinegar in 1 c milk)
1 C shredded coconut
5 egg whites, beaten until stiff
Beat shortening and butter well. Add sugar gradually and cream well.
yolks beating well. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt. Add
alternately with buttermilk. Stir in coconut. Fold egg whites into
Pour into three 9" greased floured cake pans. Bake at 350` for 20 to
minutes. Cool before frosting.
Creme Cheese Frosting
1 8-oz pkg cream cheese
1 stick melted butter or marg.
1 t vanilla
1/2 c pecans
1 box ( 2 1/2 c) powdered sugar
1/2 c coconut to sprinkle on top
Using a mixer, mix until smooth. Frost cooled cake.
Simple Rice Tacos
7 c rice, cooked
2 c salsa -- fresh or preserved
3 c kidney beans - drained and rinsed
2 c frozen corn
16 lg flour tortillas
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
2 c cheddar cheese, shredded
1 c sour cream
In a large pan, mix rice, salsa, taco seasoning, corn and kidney
through. Spoon into tortillas to serve. At this point, you may add
the sour cream
and sprinkle with cheese.
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"Make time for the people you care about ... It's so easy to get
caught up in doing and achieving that we often neglect to make time
to be with the people we care about most."
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