Sunday, November 13, 2016

Chicken Corn Chowder

When I was a little girl, my mama would come back from Red River, New Mexico with this little bag of soup mix. 'Corn Chowder' She would add whatever the bag called for and my little tummy would be stuffed to the max in the end. It was one of my favorites.

I've searched high and low for this soup mix that is as rare as the 'Heart of the Ocean'. So, I made up my own and here are the results.

For the record, I am one of those people that glance at a recipe, get a general idea what's happening, and go from there. These 'measurements' are estimated at best. I think that makes any recipe truly your own.  I am also cooking for a family of six that truly enjoys leftovers. This was a hit in my house. My husband and I raced for the last bowl.

3-5 chicken breasts or thighs (boneless/skinless)
1 can Chicken broth/Bouillon Cubes
5 regular sized Russet Potatoes, peeled and cubed.
1 onion, chopped
4-6 stalks of celery
Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder
Stick of butter
1 can Corn
1 can Carrots
16 oz Half and Half
1 cup Milk
4 oz Cream Cheese
4 oz Sour Cream
8 oz Velvetta Cheese (or something similar-  Chez Wiz)

Take your stock pot and fill half way with water. Add chicken broth or bouillon cubes. Season with pepper, little salt, garlic powder. Add chicken, bring to a boil. When your chicken is cooked. Add your onion, celery, and potatoes. Resume light boil until potatoes are soft. Drain half of the stock. Setting chicken aside. Return to stove. Add your butter, corn, carrots, half and half, cream cheese, sour cream, and Velvetta. Let everything melt, bringing to a simmer. Shred your chicken and return to pan.
Now, depending on how thick or thin you want your liquid, add the milk to your liking. Season to taste and finally, SERVE.

I am 99.9% I have made this sound a million times more difficult than what it is. It is a very simple recipe actually once you get to cooking. You can add or takeaway whatever you deem necessary.

I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts and how YOU made it, so please share.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Eve 2016

I'm sure there will be a dozen posts about this election. The country is absolutely divided. 

Trump vs. Clinton

Trump has made promises of slowing immigration, building this infamous wall Mexico will pay for, deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants, banning Muslim Terrorists, defeating ISIS, creating more jobs and cutting taxes. 

I will admit he changes his mind like I change my panties. He needs to make a 'Mom To-Do List' and stick with it. I believe he truly wants to make American great again and he believes he will do right. 

Now Hillary, good Lord. This woman makes me sad for having a vagina. I really have nothing nice to say about her. She is an embarrassment. She is, at the very least, a liar. Why can't she just say, "Yea. I deleted the e-mails. Oopsy!" Shit. Keep a little credit on your side, Hil-dog. Did you know that felons are not allowed to vote? I'm not talking about the ones sitting in jail still. I'm talking about the people who served their time and are trying to live right. I can go on about that, but that's a post for another day. 

Anyway....where was I? 

I am all for a woman President, but this cow is more embarrassing than Trump's spray tan. Which brings me to what happened when I went to the store for my energy drink this evening. I visit this store often. Kind, good kids. Two of the employees were behind the counter, laughing and joking back and forth. They were talking about the election. These are two of my favorites at this store and I quickly join in with them. The little girl, she's 18, volunteered that she voted for Hillary and proceeding to tell me her reason why. 

Go ahead, take a seat and hold on. 

"I didn't vote for her Hillary because she is a woman. I voted for her because she has more experience. Plus, I don't want to see a cheeto in office" 

Yes. Your eyes do not deceive you. I'll let that sit in for a moment. 

Didn't vote for her because she thought her ideas were better such as raising minimum wage or her ideas for their age group 18-25 will be beneficial. 

No. Not even close. 

Because. She. Doesn't. Want.  A. Cheeto. In. Office. 

My mind was blown. This is why we are in trouble. The 'Millennials' are more concerned about looks than what really matters. You don't like Trump, fine, but come up with something better than he resembles a cheeto. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

I'm baaaaaaack!

I am back. phewwwww

I have finally made the decision to return to blogging.

This is something I have always enjoyed. "Putting pen to paper" to write down the daily beautiful disaster that is "House of Jones" is relaxing. However, it becomes quite difficult when the beautiful disaster meets absolute pandemonium creating an ugly storm that seems to never let up. There isn't any mercy shown.. Surviving one day, one hour, one minute becomes your new normal. People say, "There is light at the end of tunnel" and when you are in the thicket of it all, you are asking for a flashlight because you cannot even see a speck of light. You can put on every pair of big girl panties you own, but just making it from this moment to that moment is all you can do.

Life is never easy. Things finally start falling into place, piece by piece. You are still waiting for the floor to fall out from beneath you, but for now, at least, "House of Jones" has started returning to the normal, everyday chaos. I can handle chaos. I have a lot to catch up on.

Hold on to your tits, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Duck Commander- Phil Robertson

As I settled in front of my computer at work and read my daily Google news, I was informed that Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty has been banned indefinitely for his remarks in GQ about the LGBT community and something against black people. This is ridiculous. Laughable, almost. His opinions were just that, his opinions. Here is what he said in regards to homosexuality being sinful.

"It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical," 

Hubby completely agrees with this and that's his opinion. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I'm sure he knew there would be repercussions of his words.From a Christian stand point, he is right. God frowns upon this, but God frowns upon a lot of things. Like Gluttony, for instance, and we all know America has a huge (no pun intended) issue with Gluttony. Pride, Envy, Anger, Greed, just to name a few, that we all have been guilty of a time or two. The cool thing about God is that He does forgive. He loves all His children. I have lesbian and gay friends, but honestly, I don't even see the sexuality in any of my dear friends. I don't care if they're gay, straight, or into crazy dominatrix shit. They are just my friends. And what they do in their life is not for me to judge whatsoever. They will have to answer to the "Man Upstairs" just like I will.

And then, good Ol' Phil went into his opinion on black people. Which I didn't find it offensive or even slanderous.

"I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once," he told GQ. "Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field. ... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' -- not a word! Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues," GQ quoted Robertson as saying.

The NAACP and the Human Rights Campaign wrote a letter to A&E together. Basically stating that Phil must have not been there when black people were "lynched" for simply walking down the street and that being LGBT is "not a choice." If Phil had acted a fool, like Dog the Bounty Hunter did in his N-word rant to his son, then I could understand the reason for the letter and for A&E actions. But, he didn't. He simply stated what he believed in and that doesn't mean that's what you believe in, and that's OK.

People need to get their panties out of a wad and stop pulling the race and rainbow card over everything that could maybe be offensive. I completely stand-by what was said by Phil Robertson.

What do you think? Do you think he was just speaking his mind or was he out of line?

Here is the link to the FaceBook page to "Bring Back Phil Robertson" and the petition.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

10 Reasons Why Kids are Mini Drunks

I was thinking about crazy things my kids have done lately and realized they're pretty comparable to the shit-faced twenty-somethings. I feel like I'm either watching a live episode of Jack-Ass or having flashbacks to my high school years. Here is a top ten list of why kids are like mini-drunks:

10. They always speak the truth. Absolutely no filter. I was pulled over for speeding one time. The officer did his normal routine and as he was walking away to go run my license, my oldest son said, "Sir..SIR, if you are going to take my Mama to jail, can you point me the way to the house?"

9. They cannot act appropriately in public.

8. They always have a coozi in tow. The baby screams for a sippy cup like a 24 hour alcoholic in rehab.

7. They talk to "people" that are not there.

6. They make these faces.
5. They can literally sleep anywhere.

4. They have no shame when it comes to keeping clothes on.

3. They can never get food in their mouths and it makes them angry.
2. They can often be found in the bathroom.

1. They always seem to find themselves in sticky situations.

I know others must feel this way. These kids are hilarious and there is never, EVER a dull moment.

What crazy things have your kids done?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Louisiana Looters

Have ya'll heard about the "Louisiana Looters?" This whole ordeal has really chapped my ass. I'm not one to jump on the PA boat with my high horse and condemn these particular people, but this is ridiculous. Let me give you the quick scoop.

Last month, Xerox was doing a routine system check and the system crashed. When this system crashed, they alerted all EBT accepting retailers in 17 states. Some stores put up signs stating that shoppers wouldn't be able to use their cards due to technical difficulties. However, Wal-Mart, being huge idiots, agreed to allow shoppers to use their EBT cards thinking they would use that trusty honor system. When food stamp recipients found out about this in Springhill and Mansfield, Louisiana, they went insane. They cleared the shelves, throwing anything and everything edible in their carts.

I'm curious. At what point did the managers of Wal-Mart realize that people were being deceitful. Was it when people were acting like the sky was falling and stocking up for a Zombie Apocalypse? Or maybe when they had to call the police for crowd control? Maybe it wasn't until they announced that the system was up and people left their completely full carts all over the store and walked out.

I just don't understand this. I don't understand why people receiving benefits were taking full advantage of the system and Wal-Mart, to an extent, absolutely knew what was going on and allowed it to happen. One lady, rolled on up to a cash register with over $700 of groceries in her basket. The system came up in the middle of her transaction to find out she only had 50 cents on her card. The police tried to arrest her and Wal-Mart released the woman.

So, who do we hold accountable? Wal-Mart for not using the emergency protocol and allowing recipients to over spend by hundreds? Or is it the recipients who knowingly took advantage of the system during a major malfunction? The Governor of Louisiana has released a statement saying these people will be held accountable and will face consequences of their actions. Consequences include banning from the program for a year, two years or life. All in all, the ones that will truly suffer are the children because their parents made a horrible, thoughtless decision. There is a process to determine eligibility for the program and they obviously qualified or they wouldn't have had it to begin with. So, will baning these people really solve anything? Children will go hungry and who knows if these parents will find a job or a second job to make up for their benefit loss. I don't agree with life sentences of receiving benefits. I think this should be a "wean off" program. Welfare was created to help people in bad times. A program to help them get back on their feet, not a way of life. I hope the people who took advantage of a technical malfunction will have to pay the consequences. I just hope the children of the irresponsible parents don't end up being the victims.

What are your thoughts?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Derek Medina Kills Wife & Posts to FaceBook

Derek Medina. Has anyone heard of this psycho lately?

Personally, I think he looks crazy.

 Reader's Digest version: This guy and his wife get into a normal couple's quarrel and it gets heated. She apparently gets fed up with his shit and when he confronts her about leaving, she grabs and knife and he grabs a gun. He is able to disarm her. Let me repeat that.... he disarms her. She "punches" him and he shoots her six to eight times.

Are you joking?

I do not agree with domestic violence whatsoever, but she punched him and he felt it necessary to shoot her. Makes perfect sense.  He is probably one of those psychotic, controlling freaks that thinks, "If I can't have you, no one will" when she attempted to leave him.

What really gets me is he posted a confession and a picture of her dead body on FaceBook.

"Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news my wife was punching me and I am not going to stand anymore with the abuse so I did what I did I hope u understand me"

I don't believe she abused him. I don't believe she screwed with his head and beat him up on a constant basis. I think he played this, "I am man. Hear me roar." I also don't believe he was powerless against her and felt his life threatened so much he needed to protect himself by killing her. I think he could have walked away or shut the door to the bathroom giving time for both to calm down. Or just let her leave.

But, just for a moment, let's play Devil's Advocate.

If roles were reversed, would we be screaming crazy person at her? Would we understand why she did it? Would we stand behind her even though she could have walked away? Of course we would. Why, you ask? Because she is a woman and naturally we are weak compared to a man in strength. Look at Mary Winkler. She killed a freaking preacher. And because he supposedly make her prance around like a stripper in their bedroom and he was abusive, she walked away serving 7 months in a Psych Ward. Barbara Sheehan shot her husband 11 times and was acquitted of murder because she claimed abuse.

We stand behind a murderer when abused and when it's a woman. Or so it seems.

I'm sure there has been a few times I have pissed the hubby off so much, he wanted to just strangle me. And I know there have been several times, I wish I could punch him in his face. But, we don't. If any argument ever gets heated, we walk away. We chill out, calm down and talk about it later. Nothing is so serious to hurt anyone.

I think he could have played the whole abuse card if he hadn't posted it all over FaceBook. I know he lost me at that point and pretty sure a lot of others. Also, if he was so abused why wouldn't he just let her leave when she declared she was finished?

All in all, any sort of abuse from anyone should never be tolerated. If you or someone you know is dealing with abuse, you should contact 1-800-799-SAFE. These people will help you get out and help you start over with your life. Abuse is real.

Nonetheless, it's terrible this woman lost her life and this man took it. No matter what the situation, two people lost their lives on that terrible day.