Monday, April 25, 2016

Chili Nacho's

I felt like I deserved a special treat after a day of many accomplishments. It was rainy and depressing out, so I did two loads of laundry and a pile of dirty dishes, plus some writing work. Here is my recipe for Chili Nacho's:

My Guilty Pleasure

Ingredients:
  • 1 Can Hormel Chili
  • 1 Can Refried Beans
  • 1 Whole Tomato
  • 1/2 Bag of Shredded Cheese
  • 1 Can Black Olives
  • 1/2 Bag Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Cup Shredded Lettuce
  • Sour Cream on side
Directions:
  1. Spread refried beans on bottom of plate
  2. Spread can of chili on top top of refried beans
  3. Heat beans and chili in microwave for 3-5 minutes
  4. Place tortilla chips on top 
  5. Shred cheese onto chips
  6. Heat in microwave until it melts to your liking
  7. Top with diced tomatoes, black olives and shredded lettuce
  8. Use sour cream at your discretion

Monday, March 28, 2016

Thank you Family on this Twelve Year Anniversary of my 1st Chemo Treatment

Hi Family-just thought I'd share some priceless memories with you all. Today, 12 years ago, the Monday after Easter Sunday, I was starting chemotherapy in Minneapolis. I will never forget how nervous I was to start this part of my cancer journey after the surgery to remove the cancer. Dan-remember your upbeat motto? Cancer Free by 3:00-That simple phrase did more for me than you can ever know.

Shelly-you are so sweet!!! You know what makes your sister happy-My love of FOOD Emoji  You motivated me that first morning of chemo by telling me you would be going to your job at 'Uptown' to pick me up turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy. I was so pumped! When you came back, I gobbled it down, thinking I was going to be one of those patients that can handle chemo like a pro. Unfortunately, I was so ill a couple days after the steroids wore off, I couldn't imagine eating such a big meal. I don't know if I ever told you Shelly, but I couldn't eat turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy for two years. Just the though of it made me gag. Bless your soul for the thoughtful lunch that day. You gave me motivation on a very scary day.  I enjoyed that meal so much before the nausea set in. I want you to know what your presence and gesture of buying me lunch that first day of chemo, meant to me. Thank you, Thank You, Thank You, Sweet Sister Emoji

Laura-thanks for all the time you spent with me, even though you were starting a new business cleaning houses at the time. I was able to persuade you out of some of my doctor appointments so you could make some money for your family, but there was no way to talk you out of it on my first day of chemo. I thank you and your kids for all your love and support. Moving in with you and kids after my diagnosis gave me purpose and hope. I thank God I have you as a twin sister and your babies (my babies too) in my life. I honestly believe that if I wasn't sent here with you, I would not have the motivation, purpose and hope to go through the difficult journey of the cancer diagnosis. 

Dan-Bless you for all the times you came over to bring me to late night doctor visits when my blood levels were affecting my health and Laura was working or had to be home with her kids. I also want to make sure you know how grateful I was/am- before I knew I had cancer that you came over and brought me to your house. I had been incredibly anxious all day and didn't know what was wrong with me. I couldn't sit down and was pacing about my apartment. You and Daren came over and brought me to your house. After trying many tricks to settle me down, including hopping in your hot tub, you couldn't watch me suffer anymore and decided to bring me to E.R.-I want you to know that the decision you made to bring me in, started the whole process of maEmoji
king me realize that something was very wrong with me. I know you are another piece of why I am writing this email after twelve years of being diagnosed. Thank you dear brother 

P.S.-My dear Laura, Shelly and Dan-I want you all to know after twelve years, that I know God gave you each a special job to help me heal and get through that scary time. You all shared your individual gifts with me, and I can never thank you all enough. There are just No Words. Please know how much your love in action meant to me. I will Never Forget it!

Love your Sister Linda-I am so blessed to have my family.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Corn Beef Hash and Eggs Recipe

I woke up this morning with a hankering for corn beef hash and eggs. If you've never tried corn beef hash, you need to make it your new years resolution. I got hooked on it in my childhood because my dad always had plenty of cans of it in the pantry.

You can eat corn beef hash 'as is' right from the can (heated up of course) but my recipe adds a little kick to it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

1-Can Corn Beef Hash
3-Tablespoons Margarine or Butter
1-Clove Garlic (Minced)
1/4-C Onion (Diced)

Directions:

  1. Saute' diced onion and garlic in butter or margarine in frying pan.
  2. Add can of corn beef hash and smash it flat with a spatula.
  3. Cook on medium heat for approximately five minutes.
  4. Now push the corn beef hash to one side and add Egg/Eggs (add more butter or margarine if needed).
  5. Cover and cook until white of eggs become firm- then flip over.
  6. Cook for additional three to five minutes or until done to your liking.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Seeing Oncologist on News Brings up Mixed Emotions

Photo  with Family in 2004

I was taken by surprise when I looked up and saw my past oncologist on the news today. I'm feeling mixed emotions after watching Dr. Leach's interview about the rise in lung cancer. It doesn't matter that I'm eleven years cancer free; seeing his face again brings me right back to those horrendous, first five years of surviving lung cancer.

Those first five years were the hardest... Aside from the difficult challenges of lung cancer treatments, which included: surgery to remove the tumor, aggressive chemotherapy and radiation; I was keenly aware that my odds of surviving the disease, were very low (20-25%). Thanks to my faith in God and love and support from friends and family, I was grateful to make it through the treatment regiments and begin the long road to recovery.

I struggle with chronic health issues after my lung cancer journey, but it's all worth it. The diagnosis of lung cancer has taught me how to be grateful for every day I am given.


Link to Dr. Leach's interview on Channel Five News:

http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3946328.shtml

Friday, May 22, 2015

My Twin Sister Represents Ebenezer Homes on Television Series | Comcast Newsmakers

I can't begin to express how proud I am of my twin sister and her many professional and personal
accomplishments.
She currently works as Volunteer Director for Ebenezer Senior Housing but has held this position for the last eleven years. She's also a well polished speaker, talented writer, photographer, et cetera. Her latest endeavor was a recent television debut on Comcast Newsmakers. This television segment features leaders in the professional community who talk about their cause and mission.



It was a very exciting day for my twin sister- When she arrived, they whisked her to a back room (dubbed the spa room) where they applied make-up and styled her hair. She felt like a movie star with the pampering and special treatment she received.



Even as a well polished speaker, she admits to being a little nervous. Lights and camera's baiting her as she spoke about her passion for her work.



I tell my sister as often as I can, that she makes me proud every day! Personally and professionally! Please check out the link to her interview with Comcast Newsmakers, with Kevyn Burger.


Ebenezer Homes | Comcast Newsmakers#.VVPZGpeyurY.linkedin#.VVPZGpeyurY.linkedin

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Fun Friday Night Meeting Another Set of Twins

What a fun, spontaneous Friday night! Sis and I weren't planning on going out, but changed our minds when we heard a great band was playing at a local venue. 'City Lights' plays a variety of 50's, 60's, Classic Rock, Country and Disco music. If your up for a night of dancing and singing along to classic tunes, there's no doubt your'll enjoy 'City Lights'.

My sister and I were chatting with a couple buddies when two handsome, thirty-something men walked up to us. They introduced themselves as "twin brothers, Bryan and Dan." It was one of those fun, unexpected surprises on a Friday night. It's not often you meet another set of twins when your out on the town.

Meeting other twins is always an instant bond of sorts. As the four of us stood there chatting, it was like we'd known each other for years. Favorite twin stories poured out with ease in a matter of minutes. Soon we were asking the typical twin questions. Who is the Alpha? Who is more Outgoing, Are you or have you ever been Married? Any Children? any cool Twin Pranks, etc.,

The four of us were so immersed in conversation, we were oblivious to anything else going on around us. Once our twin reunion wrapped up, there was an awkward moment as we realized all eyes were on the two sets of twins.







Tuesday, March 31, 2015

George Ezra-Live in Studio C

Sporting Some Cheap Sunglasses with George Ezra



My twin sister and I won free tickets to hear 'George Ezra' in 'Studio C' in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. As music lovers, we try to sign up for as many 'Studio C' performances as possible. We've heard some pretty incredible acts over the years, but George was not only extremely talented, he was genuinely refreshing. Guitar in hand and answering a swath of questions from a Cities- 97 DJ, he came off like the boy next door. Down to earth and making jokes with the studio audience, made it feel like we were sitting at a buddy's house- shooting the breeze and listening to him jam. Add to this; he's a handsome blond with an English accent which makes him exceptionally appealing and charming.

'George Ezra', (blues-folk-rock singer) not to be confused with 'Better Than Ezra' (alternative rock band) was born June 7, 1993 in Hertford, England. His singing career began in 2013 and recently sky rocketed after the release of his hit single, 'Budapest'. This hit song was one of two he played live in Studio C. It was also one of the songs he sang recently on Saturday Night Live. His soulful voice catches you off guard a bit. You swear your hearing someone twice his age with his bluesy style of music.

Were all going to hear a lot more from this talented, young singer/songwriter. He's on his way to great success in the music world. He's been compared to other new and upcoming artist's like; British singer, Sam Smith-Australian singer, Vance Joy-Irish singer, Hozier, and others making names for themselves.


George Ezra- live in Studio C



Link: George's biggest t.v. appearance to date in U.S. 

Saturday Night Live http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/george-ezra-budapest/2855727