A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

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Everyone Wants to Be in Control

We all seek to control our lives, our careers, relationships and most everything else.  If we can get control we should have a better life.  So they say.

Rylin made her choice umbrella, sandals, and upside down sunglasses.

Fact:  My life is the result of all the choices I have made.  IF I can control the process of choosing, I can take control of my life.  IDK this sounds complicated to me.

The purpose of this book is to explore the choosing process, to help me understand how it wors, and then to arm me with a tool that will enable me to see the consequences of my choices.

Then the book says: “That’s all there is to it.”

I will keep you posted as I wade through this little book–I have a hunch they have left out one important part–prayer.  Pray about everthing.

What about my weight I pray about that, and then I eat.  Hummmmmmmm I think I will read the book.  God gave me the power of choice perhaps I can find a clue on making good choices.

It’s Crunch Time

What happened to the lazy, hazy days of summer?  When I was a kid it seemed like summer lasted forever.  When I was a young mom by the time summer ended I was really ready to get those kids back on a schedule.  Now that I am an empty nester, LOL who am I kidding I am long past being an empty nester.  My nest has dried up and blown out of the tree.  The older I get the faster time goes.  Is it just me that this has happened to?

I hate how fast time flies!  I feel like summer is almost over and it doesn’t help that I am getting ready to take a trip to Atlanta and will be gone for 10 days.  My far away kids arrive in Lincoln the same day I do.  Won’t that be fun?  Speaking of fun I will actually be on the same plane with them from Chicago.  I can’t wait.

However, between now and then I have plenty to do and only a week to get it done.  We have a birthday to celebrate, yup, my fella is having a BIG birthday. I won’t tell what it is but it’s pretty big.  We need to celebrate.  I have bread to bake, granola to make and a downstairs to get ready for action.  For five days ALL of the kids and grands will be here, just think of the fun we will have with a 12, 7, 5,4,2 and 1-year-old.  I would guess we will all fall into bed each night. Well, everyone but the kids.

Oh, you want to know about Weight Watchers–well finally I settled down and lost 3.7 pounds this week.  I know it’s not very good but it’s not WW fault it’s mine.

When we use to visit my husband’s parents his mom would always make Swedish Pancakes–my son loves them.  Today they are mostly called Crepes.

Put in a blender

 2 eggs

2 T oil

3 T sugar

1 Cup flour

1 1/3 milk

Blend well.  This is actually better if you make the batter the night before.  Spray your non-stick skillet and get it pretty hot and just pour enough batter to coat the bottom of the pan.  Don’t turn the crepe over until it is almost cooked through then flip it over and roll it up.  These are really yummy and you can either use syrup or grandma served them with blueberries.

Thunking Thursday

LOL how do you like my title, “Thunking Thursday”–I know you don’t get it, I don’t either.  Have you ever gone to a blog and each day of the week  has a name like; Pink Saturday, Frivolous Friday or Trivial Tuesday?  I just thought we could call Thursday, Thunking Thursday. 

On Thunking Thursday we are going to thunk or is that think.  IDK–Where did all this silliness come from so late at night?  Maybe it’s because we are going to see our little people this weekend.  Maybe it’s because we are going to see our far away little people very soon.  Or maybe it is just because we are alive and blessed.

I went to WW on Wednesday, UP one pound.  No reason not to be because I still have not totally embraced this way of eating.  It seems like I do better with less choices, in other words I am back to the fact that I have no will power.  I bought some WW ice cream bars, well in one day I had three.  Don’t smile this is serious.  Where has my will power gone?

Here is a fun recipe for Black Bean Lasagna

1 cup chopped onions

1/2 Cup chunky salsa

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1 Cup light ricotta cheese

1 1/2 Cup shredded cheddar or Mozzarella cheese

1/2 Cup chopped green pepper

10 uncooked lasagna noodles

1 15 oz. can black beans, drained

1-28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1 egg

Heat oven to 350, spray 13×9 inch baking dish with Pam.  In large bowl mash beans slightly stir in tomatoes, onions, peppers, salsa, chili powder and cumin.  Mix well.  In small bowl combine ricotta cheese, dash garlic powder and egg blend well.  Spread 1 cup of tomato mixture over bottom of pan, top with half of the noodles, top with half of remaining tomato mixture, spoon ricotta mixture over top spread carefully top with half of the cheese then with remaining noodles, tomato mixture, and cheese.  Cover tightly with spray coated foil and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until noodles are tender.  Uncover let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Reviewing the Blog

For those of you who don’t know much about blogs, there is a thing called My Dashboard.  My Dashboard tells me all kinds of things.  It tells me how many people looks  at the blog each day, it tells me what was the most popular post for the week.  There is even a graph to show the activity each day. For instance today 96 of you read the blog.  Thanks. LOL

It has been a constant amazement to me that one post no matter how long ago it was written always shows up as having been read over and over again.  It is the post, “Oh No Do I Have To?”  Finally I decided to investigate   what brings people to that post.  I think I have found the answer it is the tag (that’s the words at the end of post).  The tag tells what the article  or post is about.  This one is about self-control.

SELF-CONTROL–is everyone just like me?  Are we all looking for self-control for one reason or another?  I know it’s Biblical, I know it’s what’s good for me and yet it eludes me almost every day.  Sickening isn’t it?

This brings me to the subject of my weight AGAIN.  Okay I know I hinted that I am on some kind of wagon, and I am.  I just finished day two of Weight Watchers.  Here is what I know:  l.  I am just like a drunkard only my problem is food 2.  Sometimes I have self-control but most of the time I don’t          3.  I seem to need a support group to keep me on track   4.  I can never see 208 pounds spin around on that scale again–oh no did I just tell you what I weighed when I started the process?  I think I did.

In the next few weeks I plan to study more about self-control, I will let you know what I find.  In the next few days I will tell you how I decided to try Weight Watchers AGAIN.

O L D–Old Friends

It’s Thursday the beginning of Alumni Weekend at Union College.  A couple of Bob’s oldest earliest friends just got into town.  The wives stayed home it’s just three men (mine included) looking to have a grand time this weekend. There may be one more on his way from Denver so let the fun begin.  They are like the 4th grade boys I see at school.  They have giggled, punched each other and laughed some more.  We assured them that had they not made the trip from Texas our Alumni Weekend would have been really boring.

Here they are

Valentino’s will make some good money off  these two who rolled into town about 10 pm and made sure we had pizza waiting at the door.  They didn’t want any salad, no bread just pizza, with plenty left over for breakfast and I’m  sure they will hit the buffet at lunch.  I’m going to beg them to let me cook this evening but if I remember from year past  it will be pizza for dinner. 

 We had a game of Rook and went to bed.  Bob and I are the first ones up this morning and Bob finally got his Water Buffalo horn and blew it at 9 am.  Was this a signal that he is ready for a full day of fun?  I think so.

We laughed until we cried last evening, we all agreed it has been a long time since we laughed that hard.  It’s interesting, the thing is today it may not even be funny but at the moment we were all nearly rolling on the floor with laughter. A merry heart doeth good that’s for sure.

Don’t let this recipe scare you just because it has  tomatillos in it, it is really yummy we enjoyed it on enchiladas and then again on taco’s we used it for taco sauce.  Can you tell my eating has gone downhill this weekend and really for a couple of weeks I am making a promise to myself to get back on task Tuesday LOL.

Green Enchilada Sauce

2-3 TB extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, minced

5-6 garlic cloves, minced

2 green peppers, chopped

1-2 jalapenos, seeded and membranes removed–I use rubber gloves to handle these peppers.  I used just a half of one good-sized jalapenos, next time I think I will use 1 jalapeno.

1 1/2 lb tomatillos, husked and quartered or halved.  Tomatillos look like green tomatoes, I bought just a little more in case one or two were not good.

1/2 bunch cilantro

1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt or just salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 tsp cumin

4 cups chicken broth, I use 4 cups water and all Mckays vegetarian chicken seasoning

2-3 Tb sugar–this is optional I left it out.

In a large sauce pan or stock pot, heat olive oil and saute onions and garlic until tender

While onions are sauteing, combine tomatillos, green peppers, cilantro in your blender.  Process until smooth.  You may have to do it in batches if it is too much.  Just add a little chicken broth to make it blendable.

Pour the tomatillo mixture over the onions and garlic and add broth, salt, pepper, cumin and simmer 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the consistency you want.  I usually turn the heat to high and boil it uncovered until it reachs the consistency I want.

This is a big batch and you may freeze it.

The Birthday

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, happy birthday to me.  Can you tell I love my birthday?  I know what you are wondering–what did he get me?  Wellllllllllllll a long time ago I had mentioned I would like a couple of Mary Kay items.  One was a set of camel hair brushes with the holder to keep things tidy when I travel.  The other was an organizer for my make up. 

Bob got the brush set and the Topeka kids gave me the organizer for the makeup.  No Ipod.  LOL  It’s okay.  You know what?  The best part was just being together with no drama.  I mean we were all healthy, happy and thankful.  We had 20 some for lunch everyone brought a thing or two and we had fun.

I stepped on the scale Monday morning and knew the party was over.  So back at it again, this time I am going to work on getting 15 pounds off. 15 pounds would put me pretty close to my goal.  It’s really no fun but has to be done.  This is my problem and if you can think of what works for you let me know.  I seem to be an all or nothing kind of person.  I am either really watching what I eat or I am eating everything.  I have to learn moderation.  You know like maybe only eat what I take and never go back for seconds.  Something like that.

Not Again!

I grew up with a father that had a quick temper.  My dad’s last name was Simpson.  So when any one in our family would “fly off the handle” we would always claim that their Simpson was coming out.

Well, I have worked on my Simpson.  I have spent time in prayer and have really tried to control my temper Simpson.  But, wouldn’t you know it, today while I was getting ready to put my first batch of cookies in the oven, I dumped them all over the bottom of the hot oven.  Guess what? My Simpson reared its ugly head.  I even said a bad word.

Just when I thought the better part of me was finally in control!  When Bob got home from work I told him the whole story, bad word and all.  He just smiled.  That’s the way he is.

 Have you wondered about my weight?  I am still holding my own.  The pattern seems to be  I watch what I eat all week  and on Friday I let up.  I am staying the same but I really want to get the job done and reach my goal.

Tomorrow is a new day.


It’s Thursday and I’m having lunch with a friend.  I love Judy, she is my hero.  She was a single mom raising her two children and she did a great job.  She put herself and what she wanted last and made those kids her first priority.

For years we shared the same sidewalk because we were side by side neighbors and friends.  First neighbor and the friendship came a little later.

The first Christmas we were neighbors she invited us next door for Christmas Eve.  As people began to arrive it was apparent that Judy knew how to cultivate friendship.  We were an eclectic group, and here is the fun part, we all gathered at Judy’s for at least 20 years.  We gathered every Christmas Eve, because well at first it was because we didn’t have any where else to go.  Later it was because we couldn’t stand missing, it was the one day of the year we got to see each other.

Now as our families have grown up we all have other places to go, and grandchildren calling asking when we will be coming to their house.  So today I am having lunch with my long ago friend. 

I love this cookbook.

I have a great recipe for you, from the cookbook Babycakes.  This is so yummy I have made it twice and that’s why I don’t have much to report to you on my weight.  I am see-sawing because I am not sticking to my plan.  Oh isn’t that familiar?  The plan–it can be weight loss, devotions, organizing, or exercising.  The hard part is sticking to the plan, my road map for daily living.



 Preheat oven to 325, I used a square baking dish.

3 cups sliced fresh peaches, unpeeled (I used canned peaches)

1 cup fresh blackberries (I used 2 cups frozen blueberries)

1/4 cup arrowroot

1/2 cup agave nectar

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup whole spelt flour (could use whole wheat)

1/3 cup rolled oats (I used 2/3 cups)

3 TBS. evaporated cane juice

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup hot water

In a small bowl, combine the peaches, berries and arrow root and 1/4 cup of the agave nectar, and 1/4 tsp. salt.  Mix with rubber spatula, set aside.

In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, 3 tbsp. evaporated cane juice, baking powder, cinnamon and remaining 1 1/4 tsp salt.  Add the oil, the remaining 1.4 cup agave nectar, the vanilla and the hot water to the dry ingredients.  Stir until a moist dough is formed.

Put your fruit in the pan, drop spoonfuls of the batter over the top of the fruit, but do not spread them. sprinkle the top with evaporated cane juice.  Just a sprinkle.

Bake the cobbler on the center rack for 20 minutes (it took mine 35 minutes).  It is done when the crust is golden.  The juice from the fruit will bubble up through the gaps in the cobbler topping.

Can you imagine the smile on Bob's face when I handed him this bowl?

Let stand for 15 minutes before serving it warm.

This would be good with any kind of fruit.  I found can’s of cherry pie filling on sale at Walgreen’s for $1.20 a can.  I am thinking we may make this for Women in Touch using the cherry pie filling.  We may add some peaches to the filling.  I have reduced the sugar, it was fine but best with all the sugar LOL

The Unexpected

Do you just love the unexpected?  If your answer to this question is, ” not always,”  you think exactly like I think.  The unexpected is not always a fun, exciting thing.

I do love the unexpected, spur of the moment happenings.  Like I would love to have someone call and say, ” Hey let’s meet at the Mill for hot chocolate.”  But, they never call.  So I haven’t experienced anything as delicious as meeting a friend for hot chocolate.  I love it when a friend calls and says something like, I made way too much for dinner come over and help us eat it up.  The one friend who use to do that moved away.

My man took a tumble last night, he slipped on the ice.  That for sure was unexpected.  He fell to the ground like a kite falling from the sky.  Now he never suffers in silence, if he has a hang nail I know it.  So you can only imagine the moaning and groaning from the time he got home until we went to bed. Now I know what you’re think, you think I have no sympathy.  But, I do, I went through the medicine cabinet and discovered all our “medicine” has expired years ago.  I am headed to Walgreen’s to pick up some bargains and oh yes, to get some Ibuprofen..  Am I sounding a little depressed this morning?  Well I’m not, I am just thinking.  Thinking about what makes me happy.  I have discovered it really isn’t the unexpected.

Yesterday I went to my favorite store, Chico’s, I bought a pair of white pants, not on sale. (shame on me) 2 blouses on sale less than half price and another pair of ankle length pants again less than half price.  Last spring I was not wearing the size I wear now, I need a little something.  I have to say even buying new clothing in a smaller size is not what makes me happiest. 

Do you realize we are all born with a universal restlessness?  Have you felt it? God created it in each of us and only God can fill that restlessness.  So if you are feeling lonely, empty, or restless pick up your Bible and spend a little time with HIM.

Time to report on my weight:  On Monday it will be 2 weeks since I have been “on the wagon.”  I have lost 3 solid pounds.  Do you know what I mean by solid?  This is how it goes for me, I go down a pound and then up a pound and then back down the second time I usually don’t go back up.  So that’s the story.

It’s Friday and I have a great recipe for you!  Either you love Curry or you hate it, I hope you love it.

Vegetarian Curry

This is yummy served over couscous or basmati rice or brown rice.  Don’t let the raisins scare you, they add wonderful balance to the heat of the curry.

6 medium white potatoes, shop into 1/2 inch cubes

3 carrots, peel and chop into 1/2 inch slices

3 Tbs. olive oil

1 jumbo yellow onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chop into 1 inch pieces

1/2 lb. mushrooms, quartered

1 medium zucchini squash, slice in half vertically, then chop into 1/2 inch slices

2 large tomatoes, medium dice

1 large can crushed tomatoes

2 cans chick peas

1/2 cup golden seedless raisins

1/2 cup dark seedless raisins

4 Tbs. mild curry powder, add more if you like it hot

2 tsp. salt

Parboil potatoes and carrots until tender crisp.  Drain.  Set Aside.  Heat olive oil in large stockpot.  Stir-fry onion until pale golden color.  Add peppers, mushrooms and sir fry until heated.  Add squash and diced tomatoes, continue to stir fry until heated.  Add crushed tomatoes, chickpeas, raisins and curry powder.  Bring to a simmer and add in potato carrot mixture.  Add salt and continue simmering for 20-30 minutes.  Add  if necessary.  This curry is even better the next day.

What About the New Year?



 Have you thought about what you’re going to do different?  2010 is a new decade in case you haven’t noticed.  It really is a time to make a new start. 

I am always determined to eat right, exercise and stay in touch with Jesus every day. I wonder how many times I have made these same declarations.  This year is different I have lost weight (gained some too) I am exercising (some) and I have stayed in touch with the Lord ( at least more than usual.  The point is this. . .It’s not enough, I want to do more.

Someone else came up with the ideas I am about to write but I seem to have plenty of thoughts about each one.  See what you think!

1.  Drink plenty of water–I drink 8 glasses a day, some days I can hardly stand to do it.  I helps if I have it measured out. 

2.  Eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.  Ugh I hate that.

3.  Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.  Get it?  Eat less processed foods.  I really try to do this, read your ingredients.  Cut out the high fructose corn sugar, partially hydrogenated shortening, too much salt and sugar.

4.  Live with Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy–I need to work on this especially the empathy part.

5.  Make time to pray.  Dah, that is a no brainer but why don’t we do it?

6.  Play more games.  I love games, any game, any time!!

7.  Read more books than you did in 2009.  You know books keep us well rounded, we can learn so much from books.

8.  Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.  That’s a hard one for me.

9.  Sleep for 7 hours.  Sleep seems like such a waste of time.  Some people just love to spend a day in bed, I can’t stand it.  If I ever tell you I was in bed all day call the ambulance, *I need help.

10.  Take a 10-30 minute walk daily and smile while you do it.  My daughter has been calling me when she gets on the treadmill and that signals me to do the same and we spend a quick 30 minutes chatting while we exercise.  I love it.

I will have more for you tomorrow.

I have a new recipe for you.  I have eaten it twice and loved it both times.  You may make this vegan or you don’t have to.

Sweet potato Pear Jalapeno

2 Tb. Olive oil

1 Large onion chopped–put oil in pan and saute onion a little then add:

1/4 tsp Cumin

3/4 TB Curry powder

2 lbs. Sweet potatoes –peel and cube

6 Cups vegetable stock ( use McKays but you can buy vegetable stock

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Simmer for 30 minutes the above

In a skillet Add below and cook until done:

2 TB butter or margarine

3 ripe pears–peel and cube

1 Fresh jalapeno — take ends off and seeds out and chop small.  I use rubber gloves or plastic bags on my hands otherwise it will burn your hands.

Saute jalapeno and pears in butter then add:

1 TB brown sugar -I omitted this

3/4 Cup soy creamer or evaporated milk

Add this to potato mixture

When all is done puree

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