Smartasses, Snot and a Summary…Oh my!

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-1-14-23-pmI spent a solid 5 minutes trying to take a picture of this turkey chowder I made.  I did different angles and positions to really capture it’s deliciousness… then dinner time actually began and of course… all hell breaks loose.

My oldest, Cori, suddenly forgot how to feed herself.  It’s really odd because this never happens when we have cookies or M&Ms… only with real food… I will add it to my list of grievances for when we visit the pediatrician again.  I’m pretty sure he’s 2 complaints away from either calling CPS on me or just telling me that the safe haven law has already expired and I’m stuck with them.  This man is way too kind and patient for having 5 kids.  Nope… not a typo… the man has 5 kids.  Sometimes I want to do a quick pop quiz in that 20 seconds before Cori loses her shit and ask him what their full names are and their birthdays just to see if he’s really as amazing as he appears.  Anyway, back to my story…

Cori’s hands stop functioning, the dog apparently has a cold and has been violently sneezing all over everything and Diem decides that this was the day she was going to feed herself.  Normally I would rejoice.  She’s been pretty gifted with shoveling away just about everything I give her, however chowder, as you know, is a liquid.  So after 10 minutes of demonic/exorcist style screaming, and half a glass of wine later, I think F this… feed yourself… and thus the picture that made it to this blog post.  (Recipe is at the bottom) Diem ended up eating a waffle and strawberries and Cori had a miraculous recovery and finished it all after I bribed her with M&Ms.

I gulped the rest of my wine (Mirassou – Pinot Noir – $8 at Target. You’re welcome) and mustered up the courage once again to send one more query.  I know, I know… I made the dramatic decision to stop at 7 until the 1st of the year, BUT…




I had a beautiful little birdie put in a good word for me, so of course I had to jump all over that.  In this industry, so much relies on who you know and for me being a tadpole in this intimidating world, I need all the help I can get.  I did offer to change my first born’s name out of gratitude, but she advised that wouldn’t be necessary.  She seems reasonable.  SO!  Wish me luck…again… and in case you’re wondering at this point… “Is she going to tell us what the hell this damn book is about or what?”  I am if you would just be patient!  Here it is…

We All Fall Down is a story that shows the progression of a mother/son relationship and how it can affect someone’s life in deep and unforgiving ways.  John Jacobs is a Senior in high school who is desperate to escape the small town that knows every humiliating detail about his mentally ill mother, Patrice, his desperate and controlling father, Rick and his homosexual brother Ben as well as the strange dynamics that go on in and outside of their home.

John agrees to spend the Summer before going off to college with his best friends Roach and Mickey and their love interests Jen, Mary Beth and Rose ten hours from home in Wimberley, Texas.  The minute he leaves he feels a weight lifted and for the first time, like he really could get beyond what he assumed was his destiny.  That is until he is quickly and violently thrown into something even darker and more confusing than he ever thought possible.  This story takes you on a journey that leaves you questioning all your most intense “What ifs”.

Interested?!  I damn sure hope so. I’m sure most people think I am just full of sarcasm and wine, but I find that when I write, I lean toward complex characters and darker storyline… not scary but tense/edge-of-your-seat which I hope gives me an edge in the writing world.  Versatility?  Am I cool or talented enough to be referred to as versatile?

Probably not.  But I think I can, I think I can!

That’s all the thoughts in my head for today folks!  Hope you all try and enjoy the below until next time!

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1 pack of white meat ground turkey

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp chili powder

!/4 tsp salt/pepper

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 yellow onion – diced

3 stalks of celery  – diced

1 red bell pepper – diced

2 garlic cloves – minced

1 can green chilies – 4 oz

2 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 can no salt added corn, drained

2 cups 2% milk

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

(salt and pepper to taste)

1/4 cup flour

3/4-1 cup shredded 2% milk cheddar cheese

Green onion sliced for garnish

  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in skillet – cook ground turkey using the oregano, chili powder, salt/pepper and garlic powder.  Once finished – set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in dutch oven and add in the onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic.  Stir until soft and then add in the green chilies.
  3. Pour in the chicken broth and let it come to a boil then turn heat down a pinch and add in the corn.
  4. in a separate bowl – whisk together the milk and flour  – stir that in the pot and then add your paprika and cumin, salt and pepper and cheese
  5. Stir this a couple of minutes until it starts to thicken and then add in your turkey.

Voila! (you can also use shredded chicken – I may try this in the crockpot next with chicken)