Too much garlic??

I know I promised this yesterday, but things got crazy around here.

We have been getting those meal delivery boxes since August. (See all those previous reviews.) If garlic is an ingredient, they usually send a whole head of garlic. Must be cheaper that way.

I had never bought fresh heads of garlic, but I did usually buy those jars of fresh minced/crushed garlic. Since I have so much garlic on hand, I decided it was time to make my own jars of garlic! I little bit of time on google… and here you go!

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What you need:

All the garlic (OK… this wasn’t all of it but it was 8 heads)

Glass jar

food processor

salt

olive oil

  1. peel and prepare all the garlic cloves to be chopped. Because some of mine were older, I also cut them in all in 1/2 and took the green sprout/growing part out. This step takes a while and your hands end up sticky and smelling like garlic! I think they still smell slightly of garlic yet today. 🙂

2. buzz them up in the food processor. Mine is a little tiny one that I got decades ago to make baby food in. I also use it to chop nuts for baking. Add a little salt when you do this. Helps with preservation.

3. Fill the glass jar. Press it down in there.

4. Add olive oil to the jar. Let it settle down between and fill the air pockets (if you have any). Fill it until you have a layer of oil on the top. This will also help with preservation and won’t let air get to the garlic and oxidize it.

5. Put it in the frig. The oil will solidify. Then you can spoon it out and use it as you want. Remembering that the garlic has a little oil and salt mixed in with it, so you adjust any recipes accordingly.

This is the 3rd time I’ve done this. I still have 3-4 heads in the frig that need dealt with, but my jar was full. This will last me a very long time!

I still have this much left in jar 2. 😉

Green chef – week 2… and final week

Delivery day was fine again. HOWEVER, the chicken was leaking into the box for the second week!! UGH!!

Meal #1 – shrimp

I added extra shrimp and some egg rolls.

Again with the over packaging. Precut veggies?? Really? I can cut peppers and onions. I don’t need to pay extra for that.

Rating: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – very flavorful. Good sauce. Me ⭐⭐⭐⭐- good. Not quite enough noodles for 3 people.

Meal #2 – chicken

It was leaking chicken juice everywhere. 😦 I added extra chicken. I also added Brussel Sprouts for me and extra potatoes. I did the veggies in the oven instead of the skillet.

Interesting note included with the potatoes! What makes a potato conventional???

[ I accidentally deleted the finished photo – sorry. It was quite tasty and lovely. ]

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – solid 4! Pleasing and tasty. Lovely presentation. Me ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – very tasty. Esther ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2!

Meal #3 Pork

I added more pork and more rice. Again with the precut veggies. UGH!

I wasn’t a big fan of some of the spices.

[again… accidentally deleted all the photos for this meal… it wasn’t anything earth shattering to see.]

Rating: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 – like it but not as good as some things. Me ⭐⭐ 1/2 – the pork was good. The rice had waaaaaaay too many carrots and spices.

Green Chef – week 1

Back to trying other meal delivery services. There was a coupon code for Green Chef. Apparently it is “green” and organic! Whatever.

It did arrive promptly on the day it was supposed to. Something Dinnerly hasn’t been able to do recently. However… while the food might be “organic” – the packaging is definitely NOT green. Everything is prepackaged and in plastic baggies!

Another complaint: the chicken package was leaking a bit.

Meal #1 – Tilapia

OK… it has a mango and pepper salsa to make to go with it… but why are they already cut and in plastic bags??? I can cut mango and peppers. That’s why this is such an expensive plan.

I added an extra tilapia that I had in the freezer. I also added some brussel sprouts for me, since I’m not a fan of green beans.

We found this label funny! What did you expect would be in a baggie that says shredded coconut? Chocolate????

Cauliflower rice… what is the point?? It was very bland. I even added some extra garlic to it to try and make it tastier… didn’t really work.

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – very tasty. Great flavors. Run to eat. Appealing to the eye and the palate. Me ⭐⭐⭐1/2 – it was good. An interesting meal.

Meal #2 – Chicken

I added extra chicken and broccoli for a green veggie. It came with mushrooms. I don’t do fungus… but my mother likes it and Wayne tolerates it.

I was very UN-impressed with the chicken breasts. I have had better looking ones with the other meal services.

Barley – what is the point?? It is another long cooking thing like the rice and I am so over long cooking rice. Too tedious.

The chicken was to be removed from the skillet and put on a cookie sheet in the oven to finish it. I just put the whole skillet in the oven, so much easier.

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐ ⭐ – not very good. The broccoli was the best. Bland. Plenty of substance but no flavor. Me ⭐⭐1/2 – eh. Not the tastiest. Esther ⭐1/2 – not a fan of the barley!

Meal #3 – Greek Feta Burgers

I added extra burger and more potatoes. Good thing I was adding more potatoes because of the 2 they sent, one was completely rotten. 😦

Again with the pre-cut and packaged stuff. Why send me pre diced onions instead of an onion for me to chop?? After all, they sent an onion with yesterday’s meal. More trash created with the plastic bag.

The buns were very dry. Even the sauce on it didn’t moisten them.

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐1/2 – good, not outstanding. Me ⭐⭐⭐ – fine. Nothing spectacular. I didn’t ask Esther her rating. She had one of the extra burgers and only the potatoes. I’d guess her rating would be⭐ ⭐at best.

Another week from Green Chef and then I’m bailing on the other potential discounted weeks. The discount is not nearly enough to make it worth my while. Back to plan that I actually like.

Some PW History

Again… this is from the 5th anniversary. Since then, obviously, things have changed drastically. 2020 was the first year without an ornament exchange. 😦

PW Email List History

and other memories…

Amy Osborn originally began the Pastor’s Wives E-mail List on June 28, 1998.  According to the list at Yahoo Groups, the members that joined within the first 6 months that still are members are C.C. Almon, Connie Armstrong, Bev Bowles, Kerry Cirillo, Elaine Peters, and She Wren.  The original Pastor’s Wives website was created shortly after the list came into existence.


On September 12, 1998, we had our very first ICQ Chat.


In October 1998, we had Prayer Sisters where we were assigned a fellow PW to pray for.  Later that month, we all sent in information and Amy created “Getting to Know You” pages for everyone.  That tells you how small the list was at that time.  Can you imagine having pages like that for everyone now that the list is so huge?  That month, we had a then record number of 40 members on the PW List. Here are some statistics from that month:


We are on the average 36.6 years old and range from 21 to 57. Here is the breakdown:

21, 27, 28, 2 @ 29, 30, 2 @ 32, 2 @ 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 3 @ 40, 2 @ 43, 45, 55 and 57 years old.

The Fall/Winter of 1998 also brought about our First Annual Pastor’s Wives Christmas Ornament Exchange.  C.C. Almon has led that project every year.  ICQ Chats were also an event that everyone tried to participate in.  Jenny Lovitt posted our weekly prayer lists.  Various other areas of ministry opportunities for PW came about such as picture scanner, birthday lady, chat hosts, etc.


As the months continued, we talked about capping the number of list members, having “headers” in our subject lines, etc.  If only we knew what was to come in the next 5 years

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Our mission statement was shared with the list on November 15, 1998:

PastorsWives in an international, interdenominational Christian email discussion list for Pastor’s Wives and Ministry Wives. At the heart of the ministry is the Biblical principle found in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother (or sister 🙂 is born for adversity.” (NKJV)


This ministry exists to encourage and uplift Pastor’s wives and Ministry wives. This is done through:


1) Sharing prayer requests, praises, life lessons, humorous stories, favorite verses, and those trials and tragedies that occur in the life of a Minister’s wife.

2) Focusing on giving encouragement and lending a caring, nonjudgmental shoulder to cry on as needed.

3) Growing friendships with one another through group-wide, small group and one-on-one email discussions and on-line chats


The end of the year also brought about the Victorious Video Adventure where members signed up to have a video sent to their home, they video taped themselves, their families, their churches, etc. and then passed the video on to the next member.  I’m not sure where that tape is now, but I’d love to see how much we’ve changed in the last 5 years 🙂

In December 1998, we had our first “role call” where we shared all about ourselves with the list.  Late December also brought about the beginning of the Pastor’s Wives Webring for those of us with websites to link our sites together.


The first round of Secret Sisters started in January 1999.

5th Anniversary Poem…. 2003

I wrote this poem for the 5th anniversary in 2003. It is fun to look back on these things. Hard to believe I have been friends with some of the PWs for 20+ years.

Amy Osborn originally began the Pastor’s Wives E-mail List on June 28, 1998. 

Who would have thought five years ago
The world would ne’er be the same.
Friendships with women you did not know
But all with the “Pastorswife” name.

Together a community over 300 strong
Has prayed and laughed through the years.
Only God knew it would last this long
And we pray an end isn’t near.

Support and encouragement, love and hope,
Are hallmarks of this “nation.”
Women together helping each cope
Regardless of race, age, or denomination.

Rejoicing together and praising our Lord
For the mercy and grace He has shown.
Powerful prayers when in one accord
We lift one before His throne.

Friendships are forged across the miles
With women we may never meet.
But cyberhugs and cybersmiles
Are what make this group so neat!

So many memories over the years
Stories and jokes and more…
Surveys, laughter, and, of course, tears…
What will the future hold in store?

Though women come and women go
The goal of “sisterhood” remains the same.
Only God will ever fully know
The impact of the “PW” name.

The Heavenly Reunion we anxiously await
Putting face with a name we’ll be able.
All sisters because of our earthly mate
Joining at the PW banquet table.

God has blessed this group and ministry here
With fishbowl living women.
We pray for five or fifty more years…
Until our joyous party in Heaven!

PW List circa 2010

Found a different listing of current members:

It says: This listing is as accurate as it could be when I posted it at the end of May…some new ladies may have joined since and some of these may have departed.  But, still they have been a part of this PW community. MAY 2009!!!!!

Aisha Walker
Amy Dare
Amy McCarver
Andrea Hollowman
BJ Relefourd
Barbara Cullimore
Barbara Feliciano
Betty Jo Allen
Beverly Bowles
Beverly Ann Cox
Bonnie Black
Brenda McLearn-Montz
Carla
Carla Bonine
Carol Freels
Carol Written
Carolyn Hunter
Carolyn Ritter
Carrie Espeseth
Cecilia Boomlied
Christine
Christine Koons
CeeCee almon
Christie Roberts
Cindy Loven
Cinnamon Hilton
Colleen Smith
Connie Armstrong
Connie Jardim
Connie Lambright
Crystal Adams-Jones
Danielle Cook
Darla Riddlesperger
Dawn Daly-Mack
Debbie Ragno
Debbie Robillard
Deborah Chamberlain
Debra Bucklen
Denise Manges
Diane
Dianne Frayne
Donna Brown
Donna Ceroni

Elaine Peters
Ema Resendez
Emily Sarmiento
“Esther” Kyung-ok-Park
Flora Dennard
Fondee Bruce
Gail French
Ginny Allen
Heather
Irene Brophy
Jamie Quarandillo
Jeanette Omarkhail
Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Phipps
Jennifer VeStrand
Joan Farrar
Joann Johnson
Joni Seboe
Joy Eure
Joyce Harper
Juana Redding
Judy Gale
Judy Robinson
Judy Thompson
Julie Doepken
Karen Stiner
Karen Williams
Kate Nash
Katie Smith
Kathleen Reed
Kay Parrish
Kerry Cirillo
Kerry Northup
Kim Anderson
Kim Stanley
Kimberly Donalson
Kimm

Ladette Kerr
Laura Hilton
Leah Orgel
Linda Sue Johnson
Lisa Brogdon
Lisa Case
Lora Winn
Lori Canfield
Lynnette Hornberger
Margaret Scovell
Marilyn Walton
Mary Dotson
Mary Feliz
Mary Ingram
Maureen Townson
Melissa Ward
Mendy Boggs
Meredith Javorsky
Michelle Washington
Monica Rankins
Noelle
Nora Curtis
Pam Walker
Patricia Grable
Rachel Moore
Raine Rawls
Regina
Renee Williams
Reva Neese
Rhoda Burrill
Rhona Hathaway
Robin Savidge
Rose Drage
Rose Lewis
Ruth Easter

Sandra
Sandra Wellens
Sandy Haggard
Sandy Koch
Shanin VanBuskirk
Sharon Shirley
Shawn Rivers
She Wren
Sheila Shapley
Sherri
Sherri Butler
Sherri McKinney
Shirley Forsythe
Sivje Parish
Sonia McKeithan
Stacey Franz
Sue Mitchum
Susie Yarbrough
Teresa Critchley
Tracy Witt
Tricia Scott
Twila Long
Val Frania
Vicky Hopkins
Yolanda

I removed the email column for security purposes. This list has a last saved date of: 10/27/2010!! I’m sure a lot of this is no longer accurate, but for fond memory purposes, enjoy!!

NAMEHOMEB-DAYANN.HUBBYKIDSDENOM/Church
Alexis HudsonJackson, Michigan2/2111/25Robert3New Hope Missionary
Alisa JohnstonEugene, Oregon4/1812/7Neil5Norkenzie Christian ChurchNon-denominational
Amy DareRoseville, California5/292/6Ray3New Community ChurchNon-denominational
Angela RogersNorth Carolina9/192/6Tommy5Monticello Rd. Baptist
B.J. RelefourdLawrenceville, Georgia10/137/4Marion2Vision of Life Ministries, Inc.Non-denominational
Bonnie LambertSebring, Florida2/278/24Ken4Faith Missionary Baptist
Bree LenoirMiami, Florida11/168/14A.D.3Westview Baptist
Carol JohnsonCarthage, North Carolina3/155/15SteveGrownYates Thagard Baptist
Carol WrittenNinety Six, South Carolina10/287/1Mike3Cambridge United Methodist
Carolyn HunterN. Carolina4/218/16Jack2RetiredUnited Methodist
Carrie EspesethCrosslake, Minnesota9/256/21Gary4Crossroads Christian Assembly of God
Cecilia BoomliedPrague, Czech Republic6/111/20Henrik1St. Bernard’s Mission of the Order of the Poor Fellow Soldiers of St. Luke Renewed Catholic Apostolic
CeeCee AlmonAbilene, Texas10/49/20Russell1Student                         Southern Baptist
Cheryl RymanCaldwell, Texas7/226/14David2First Assembly of God
Christie RobertsLeaburg, Oregon7/298/19Dick3McKenzie Baptist
Christine BonnerWakeman, Ohio7/2312/25Rodney2Southern Baptist
Cindy LovenDardanelle, Arkansas8/911/4Dave2Dardanelle First Pentecostal
Connie ArmstrongKansas City, Kansas2/2110/22Clark3Victory Hills Church of the Nazarene
Connie LambrightYale, South Dakota8/148/16Ernie3Mennonite Brethren
Crystal Adams-JonesChicago, Illinois8/115/4JefferyEmerging Spirit Ministries
Debbie FergusonMurfreesboro, Tennessee10/169/13Lee3Trinity Presbyterian
Debbie RagnoSouth Mountain, Pennsylvania10/54/23Jim4Fellowship of BelieversNon-denominational
Debbie RobillardHearst, Ontario, Canada5/109/7Peter2Bethel TabernaclePentecostal
Debra BucklenThaxton Virginia2/1112/8Joe Shoop6EpworthUnited Methodist
Denise MangesNew Enterprise, Pennsylvania3/196/28Craig1Pulpit supplyFellowship of Grace Brethren
Dionne RayHebron, Maryland5/295/19Troy4Freshwater Dream CenterNon-denominational
Donna CeroniRock Grove, Illinois5/2012/20Terry2Hillside Community Churchnon-denominational
Donna Kay LutzBeaverton, Oregon6/411/6ScottChrist Community
Elaine PetersDrain, Oregon2/228/23Phil3First Baptist
Elizabeth WoffordDittmer, Missouri6/1812/28Jeff2Morse Mill Baptist
Ema Maria Bermudez ResendezNampa, Idaho11/129/24Raul(deceased)1Nampa Apostolic Assembly
Glenita HawkinsPhelps, Kentucky9/2011/16Bruce1First Baptist
Holly StuckeyWest Monroe, Louisiana12/174/11TimothyLandmark Missionary Baptist
Jennifer JohnsonChattanooga, Tennessee1/316/24Eric1Chattanooga first Church of the Nazarene
Joan FarrarMiddleboro, Massachusetts11/202/15&18Ernie3Central & South Middleboro United Methodist
Joy PopePrattville, Alabama10/136/13Roland(deceased) Fountain  City Baptist
Joy EureSouth Boston, Virginia1/309/22John1Ash Ave. Baptist
Juana ReddingLeaburg, Oregon2/147/18Dean3McKenzie Baptist
Judy ThompsonHouston, Texas6/112/22Emory2West Little York Church of God
Karen RasnakeLouisville, Ohio10/274/12AllenNew Life Ministries          Non-denominational
Karen WilliamsTitusville, Florida10/109/14Russel4Chaplain, Brevard JailSouthern Baptist
Kathleen ReedKansas10/309/3Paul5First Baptist
Kerry CirilloNew York12/1011/26Tom2First Baptist
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, Arkansas12/3112/19Steve5Searching…                    Baptist
Linda Sue JohnsonBluffton, Indiana12/192/28Randy4Non-denominational
Lori SchmiederWashington1/117/8Mike2View Ridge Community
Lyn GoslingNew Zealand11/98/18Les5Albury and Pleasant Point Presbyterian
Lynnette HornbergerEastview, Pennsylvania7/83/30Paul7Eastview Wesleyan
Maria FloresSouth Boston, Massachusetts9/204/22Jose1 Iglesia Bautista ChalomBaptist
Maria SmithCopperas Cove, Texas11/1812/4Scott2Crestview Christian
Mary GossDanville, Illinois4/135/17Tony3Ridgeview Baptist
Maureen TownsonCalgary, Alberta, Canada3/1712/28Bob2RetiredChristian International
Mendy BoggsCumberland, Kentucky11/121/12Billy3Gilliam Chapel Baptist
Michelle WashingtonOktaha, Oklahoma6/177/13D. Van3Trinity Baptist
Mollie PalmerIndiana, Pennsylvania9/64/27Everett3Friends in Faith Baptist
Pat ChesterNorfolk, United Kingdom3/228/5John2Mount Mizah Christian FellowshipPentecostal
Rachel MooreAnderson, South Carolina9/247/13Barry1On leave…Southern Baptist
Rhoda BurrillApopka, Florida2/186/16Ken4Florida Conference of 7th Day Adventist
Sandra WellensWisconsin8/296/26John2Pulpit supplyNon-denominational
Sharon ShirleyCamden, Alabama3/106/10Ed1Camden & Canton BendUnited Methodist
Sharon SimmondsUnited Kingdom8/178/31StaffordAdot Adonai
She WrenCrawfordsville, Indiana5/228/4Mike2Army  Chaplain
Sheila ShapleyGoodlettsville, Tennessee10/38/2Daniel4New BeginningsSouthern Methodist
Sherri McKinneyLivingston, Kentucky1/295/23Steve2Livingston Baptist
Sivje ParishGrass Valley, California7/298/21Don2
Sonia McKeithanLadson, South Carolina8/1212/28RandynoneMarion Baptist
Teresa CritchleyN. Ridgeville, OH9/16/25Dale3Shepherd of the Ridge Lutheran         Missouri Synod
Teresa MatzCave Junction, Oregon9/214/10Frank5Illinois Valley Baptist
Tricia ScottMassillon, Ohio8/235/23Wayne4Trinity United Methodist
Wendy SpragueRoseburg, Oregon12/76/3Mike4Melrose CommunityChurch

Out of the Wipey Box…

I don’t know if you know it but since I have been keeping track of the “data” for the PW list, I have printed everyone’s information on 4 x 6 cards. When someone unsubs or departs the list for any reason, instead of putting them in the trash, I have stored them in a wipey box in my desk drawer. The wipey box is full of women who have been touched by this email list over the years. Some maybe only for a day – finding the volume too much, some for years – leaving only because of life changes, and some are still around. Have fun looking at this list of women and remembering….

Alice Ellerby
Alice Jean Tripler
Alisa Anderson
Alisa Gunter
Alisha Gratehouse
Ally
Alysia Nelson
Amy Barnett
Amy Bowen
Amy Knox
Amy Land
Amy Smith
Andrea Parker
Angela Mosley
Angela Norris
Angela Wilkison
Angelique Monterio
Anita Smith
Ann Dahmes
Annette Frontz
Antoinette Seymour
Barbarina Flohr
Becky Childress
Becky Phelps
Benita Robinson
Betsi Hill
Brenda
Brenda Abernathy
Brenda Gregory
Brenda Haynes
Brenda Henwood
Brenda Hudson
Brenda Rothauser
Brenda Sowers
Brenna Woolery
Cara Kuhfal
Carla Hason
Carla Wells
Carol Hinkle
Carolanne Moore
Caroline Bogel-Smith
Carolyn
Carolyn Antonis
Carolyn Elmore
Carolyn Lee
Carolyn Rosado
Cathy
Cendy Tarno
Charlene Ellis
Charlotte
Charlotte Goins
Charlye Vance
Chelle Aja
Cheri Shaffer
Cheryl Copeland
Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Manis
Cheryl Priemeaux
Chris Walters
Christi Morgan
Christina
Christina Weimer
Christine
Cindy Herrmann
Cindy McDonald
Cindy Scoggin
Cindy Spellbrink
Connie Mashburn
Corina Treece
Crystal Green
D. Garnes
Danielle Langner
Darla Young
Dawn Clement
Dayna Croft
Deb Perry
Debbie Banks
Debbie Clark
Debbie Davis
Debbie Dever
Debbie Maas
Please excuse any typographical errors!
Debbie Metzger
Debbie Reeder
Debbie Townsend
Deborah Murphy
Deborah Walker
Debra Hazlett
Dena Hurley
Denise Young
Diana McLean
Diane Steenstra
Dianne Phillips
Dixie Phillips
Doni Ann Hatfield
Donna Densmore
Donna Flores
Donna Shepherd
Donna Watson
Dorothy Wray
Dory Culp
Dreama West
Elaine Goodwin
Elizabeth
Elizabeth Reeves
Elizabeth Smalley
Elizabeth Toews
Erma Turner
Gail
Gale Penny
Genie Nilsson
Georganne Murdock
Georgetta Holloway
Georgia Sawhook
Gertrude Arahams
Gin Jensen
Gina Dawson
Gina Stinson
Glenna Adamson
Gloria
Gloria Sanders
Gwena Chavez
Helen Singer
Hope Farrell
Iris Wilson
Jackie Galvan
Jan Dittman
Jan Haydel
Janalise Sievers
Jane Pierpont
Janet Elsea
Janet Kidd
Janice Ford
Janice Jenkins
Jean
Jeanette Meggers
Jeanne Parrish
Jennefer Gruenwald
Jennifer
Jennifer Lenning
Jennifer St. Clair
Jenny
Jenny Gonzales
Jeri Ramos
Jerri Moore
Jess Brown
Jo Anne Boldt
Joann Holland
Joanne Panettieri
Jodi White
Jody D. Mitchell
Joesy Pineda
Joy Alvis
Joy Braswell
Joyce
Joyce Goldthwaite
Joyce Ortiz
Joyce Taylor
Judi Edmonds
Judy
Judy Vanman
Julie Francoeur
Julie Spencer
Juleen
Kamala Pilgrim
Kareen Fredborg
Karen Austin
Karen Batykefer
Karen Berggren
Karen Garmon
Karen McGowin
Karen Rasnake
Karen Roudkovski
Karen Schoonover
Karla
Katherine Little
Kathleen Fehrman
Kathy Teal
Kelly Fidler
Kim Campoli
Kim Conrad
Kim Palmer
Kim Smith
Kimberley Condon
Kimberly
LaQuita Bristow
Latrell Smith
Laura Devaisher
Leah Loy
Leanne Smith
Leslie Carr
Leslie Trotter
Leslie Wilson
Linda Penewit
Linda Pope
Linda Rae Parrish
Lisa Davis
Lisa Isenhart
Lisa Ownby
Lisa Parchert
Lisa Schnedler
Lisa Tharp
Lisa Vitaniemi
Lisa Wiener
Lois Eubanks
Lori Knutsen
Luanne
Luanne Schnase
Lylah Ledner
Mara DePaoli
Marie Parker
Marie Wade
Marilyn Chapman
Marjorie Reinard
Marla Beeson
Marsha
Marsha Sadler
Mary Aman
Mary Heimbecker
Mary Ingram
Mary Meadowcroft
Mary Watson
Maxine Deruy
Mechelle Malane
Megan Hempel
Melanie Curry
Melanie Pruitt
Melissa Sack
Melody Terry
Melony Evans
Michelle Fitchett
Michelle Grimes
Michelle Richmond
Michelle Sandley
Michelle Vickers
Miki Scott
Milagros Vazquez
Missie
Monica Burt
Myrna Rhoads
Nancy
Nancy Ann Wilt
Nancy Farnum
Nancy Gipple
Nancy Winslow
Nichelle Nelson
Nicole Heidt
Norma Walker
Patty Powers
Peggi Billman
Phyllis Anderson
Polly Henry
Rachel Pinkerton
Rachelle Jacoby
Rebecca Barton
Regina Hogan
Richarda McNair
Robbin Trumble
Robin Clark
Robin Dunigan
Robin Hicks
Robin O’Hare
Rose Rogers
Ruth Davis
Ruth Perdue
Samantha Campbell
Sandy
Sandy Pitts
Sandy Spittka
ShanDey Page
Shannon Hill
Shannon Waterman
Shantell Ford
Sheila
Sheila Atchley
Sheila McFadden
Sheila Miller
Sherleen Scott
Sherri Melillo
Sherry Lawson
Sherry Ward
Sheryl Switzer
Shilo Marie
Stacy Hall
Stephanie Halland
Stephanie Holland
Stephanie Waters
Susan Holmes
Susan Smith
Susan Sukraw
Suzanne
Sylvia Ireland
Tabitha Caudill
Tami Gray
Tammie Davidson
Tammie Griffin
Tammy Price
Tara Sloan
Teresa Geske
Teresa Phillips
Teresa Richards
Teri Norman
Terri Cross
Tery McGhee
Tiffany Bergquist
Tina Adermann
Tina Bell
Tina Brazell
Tina Waddell
Tina Watkins
Tina Wright
Tracy Price
Trina Mask
Trish
Trish Chittams
Trish Collins
Vanessa Davis
Veleta Whitfield
Veronica Nash
Vicki Brown
Vicky Miller
Victoria Smith
Virginia Blue
Yvette Cooke
Yvonne
Zebad Kidanu

2 weeks of meals

I know… you don’t really care anymore… or maybe you do… or maybe you use this as a suggestion place for recipes to try on your own… I don’t know… I will be trying a new company in a couple weeks. That will be interesting.

Pineapple Salsa pork

  • I added pork chops
  • no jalapeños – to spicy for us
  • long cooking rice is a PAIN!!
  • there was enough rice for 3 decent servings and plenty of salsa

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 not as flavorful as anticipated. Me ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 not bad – simple good flavor

Meatloaf

  • made extra potatoes
  • and other veggies for me – I don’t do meatloaf either, so I’m having leftover pork

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – as expected for meatloaf!! Except he thought the carrots were bland.

Bruschetta Chicken

  • added extra potatoes
  • added extra chicken for our third person
  • added another veggie too

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – very good. Me ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – tasty!

Shrimp and Green beans

  • apparently this was a no carb meal
  • added rice
  • added extra shrimp
  • added brussels sprouts for me, since I don’t like green beans
  • the coating did NOT brown well. Not very happy with that.

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 – it has good flavor and he likes shrimp. Me ⭐⭐ 1/2 – eh. I don’t like the fact the the coating did not brown up.

Pulled Pork Baked Potato

  • first recipe that actually used the microwave
  • more than enough for 3 people.
  • they sent 4 potatoes. I kept one for another day.
  • added cheese to top them with

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 it was good but could have used more meat. Me ⭐⭐⭐ it was good but nothing earthshattering

Steak and Green Beans

  • I added some oven roasted potatoes
  • and some misc. green onion and leftover everything bagel seasoning that was in the frig
  • steak is consistently good from this company (Dinnerly)
  • I had found some small steaks recently, so everyone got one!

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 without the potatoes… ⭐⭐⭐⭐ SOLID with the potatoes. The potatoes should count because they are good. The veggies were good. Me ⭐⭐⭐⭐ should have had potatoes with it, but apparently this was another no/low carb meal.

The first 3 were EveryPlate… the second week was Dinnerly.

I have Dinnerly coming next 2 weeks. After that, I’m going to try Green Chef. That one should be “interesting.”

Final Blue Apron

I still had credits with Blue Apron for one more week. Finally used it. I won’t continue with them.

They are significantly more expensive and not any better quality than others. In fact, maybe worse quality. They over package things. There is so many plastic bags and small plastic bottles. Bottles of things that other companies assume you have on hand… like vinegar. Also, their menu choices are a bit more “exotic” and I struggled to find things we all would eat.

meal #1

Chicken, collard greens, and rice

I added additional chicken to stretch it. The chicken they sent was not as good quality as the ones I get from Dinnerly or Every Plate. The rice was plenty for 3 plates. Collard Greens??? Oh dear…

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – very creative, flavorful, unique. Loved the sauce. The apples in the rice was good. Me ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 – the greens were interesting. I don’t think I need to have them again. The rice was interesting. I didn’t have the sauce because it was too mustardy.

meal #2

Salmon Rice bowl

I’m not a big salmon person… so we shall see. There was extra chicken from yesterday for the 3rd person.

I also don’t do carrots (you should already know that) or spicy. None of us do spicy… I left the jalapenos out! I did add some leftover green onions from last week to the rice and carrot salad.

Cilantro! YUCK!!! It was to be mixed into this rice… not in my part… why would I want to eat soap??

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 – good, different, unique. A solid 3.5. Me ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 – the rice with just green onion was fine, broccoli was good (as always) and the salmon was fine. The sauce was good (minus spicy).

meal #3

Steak and Broccoli

I had an extra steak from last week when the box was to late and Lydia didn’t get eat it. I added baked potatoes to the meal to finish it out.

Ratings: Wayne ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – very good. Colorful and the toppings are good. Me ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – it was very good. The biscuit was pretty disappointing though.

I will not continue to get Blue Apron. I do have one more free box to give out if anyone else wants to give it a try for yourself.

Worry

I know that some… most… many of you are worried about me. I’m fine… I’m fine… I will be fine… I’m mostly fine… I’m OK…

I know I’ve tried to explain the version of dementia that I deal with on a daily basis. It is unlike anything you see on TV or that you think of as “normal.”

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My mother is not forgetful of things, most people, places, etc. She is not acting confused or lost. She acts like she knows exactly what she is doing. She firmly believes that her mother is upstairs… down the street… anywhere but dead. She speaks with confidence, enough to make anyone believe she knows what she is talking about. If you have spent any time with her, you know this is true.

She is belligerent and willful. Yes, willful. She KNOWS what she is supposed to do or not do and yet she deliberately does it. And she knows that. Because you can ask her if she knows what she is supposed to be doing and she does and then deliberately doesn’t do it.

Words Willfulness and Willingness are semantically related or have opposite  meaning

She refuses all the “normal” things that would divert someone (at home at least). She will NOT color, nor do crafts or puzzles, she will NOT watch TV or sit nicely. She will read… sometimes… Don’t even get me started on how she treats/ruins books. This is a woman who has always LOVED to read and have books and now she folds whole pages, not just corners.

Creating Book Art

I believe she interacts properly and can be engaged in things at daycare, but once she gets home she turns on the “escape mode.” That is really what it is. She is unsettled. She wants to escape (me too!). She doesn’t want to be here. Somewhere inside she knows this wasn’t her home and can’t just relax and be here. She has lived with us now since May 2018.

All of the escapism and unsettledness really ramped up after she was banned from going to daycare on March 13, 2020. The lack of interaction and stimulation made everything worse for her (and us).

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I know that many of you think she should go to a facility. And I have given that serious consideration at times. While her quality of life (from my perspective) isn’t great here, it is SIGNIFICANTLY better than it would be in a facility. There are a number of reasons.

  1. they wouldn’t control her blood sugar – because she speaks so confidently when she says “one cookie will be fine.” They don’t have enough aides/nurses to properly monitor that.
  2. her blood thinner would be out of whack – same reason.
  3. she would sit in diarrhea all day because she would eat salad (goes right through her) and then not change her diaper… and same reason… not enough caregivers.
  4. IF she changed her diaper, she wouldn’t put a new one on and then she would pee her pants all over the furniture or hallway or bathroom or cafeteria…. same reason… not enough supervision available.
  5. they wouldn’t tolerate her escape behaviour and she would be pumped full of “zombie” drugs.. which would exacerbate all of the previous issues because then she would definitely sit in poop all day.
  6. if she sat in poop all day, she would then have infections and bed sores and all kinds of other issues.
  7. she would fall when she was trying to escape and when they found her they would insist on sending her to the hospital for every little thing… because they won’t have her blood thinner under control… vicious cycle, isn’t it.
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She doesn’t want to be here… physically here… in my house… she also doesn’t really want to be alive… but she is so stubborn, she also doesn’t want to die. Yep… the most stubborn woman you will ever meet.

Is she nearing death? Not really… her blood sugar is well controlled. Her blood thinner is well controlled. She eats well – even though she is still losing weight due to the anxiety. For the most part she is stable (balance). She rarely falls… like not hardly ever… mostly she doesn’t pay attention to what she is doing and hits her head, arm, leg on things from walking into corners/walls.

I know that the bad days go in cycles. Sometimes it has to do with the full moon. This week… not sure what is the cause. Last week wasn’t horrible. The last few days have been very bad. I’m hoping for a good nap today and then today will be not too bad. We shall see… check in on FB to see the results of that.

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I know that my attitude contributes to it as well. When I am tired or stressed over other things, I can be short with her. Welcome to life. Thus, one reason, the walking really helps. AND the social interaction with others that I’m missing.

Thank you for worrying about me. Last night was particularly bad. Just keep us all in your prayers. Hopefully, next week will be better. I will check on getting a low dose of those “zombie” meds for the afternoon/evening.