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October 15, 2009

Snow White Lives Here


Snow White must have lived in North Carolina.  Or maybe she used to live here.  We have so many interesting visitors.  "Hello Bambi, you're looking chipper today."


"Oh, look at how high you jump."


"Yes, yes, I saw you leaping across the yard.  Now, Bambi, why don't you scurry along and stop looking at me with those big Bambi eyes."


Of course, Bambi is in no hurry.  He's just taking a daily stroll through the million acre wood.



Of course there are a few ladies in the wood that are looking for a good meal.


"I think the deer is a little too big to digest.  I suppose I'll have to wait for a male to eat for supper."


"Wait a minute, where's Bambi goin'?"  "I don't know Manti, why don't you fly on over and ask him?"


"Whoooo, whooo you lookin' at?"  "I'm lookin' at you Barred owl in my back yard."


"Well, if you must look, at least look at my better side." 


"Well, hello Charlotte.  How are you today?"  "I'm quite well, Susan, how are you today?  "Please don't give away my whereabouts to the Mantis on the deck.  I'd really like to live another day."  "Charlotte, I really don't know, do Praying Mantis eat spiders?"


"Hello Peepers, what are you up to this lovely day?"


"I'm looking in your windows, Susan.  I must make sure everything is in order." 


"And I can tell that they are not in order one bit.  Susan, you get along now and go do your laundry."

"Aww, do I have to?  I was hoping the 7 dwarfs would come out of the woods and do it for me."

October 07, 2009

Deb's Stuffed Pepper Soup


By Beth Sollars
Singingirl Cooks

I've been waiting a while to do this post. This delicious soup recipe comes from my oldest and best friend, Debbie Finegan, who passed away on September 16th after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She would be beaming from ear to ear to know that her recipe is being published for all the world to see. Well, that previous statement is a bit of an exaggeration, but I imagine that would make Debbie laugh even harder.

This soup tastes just like a stuffed pepper, only better and much easier to make! I'm thinking it's right on time for the cool weather that many of you are experiencing up north.  So go out and get the simple ingredients to make this soup, and even if you never met this amazing person, send a little smile her way, up that-a-way, for I'm sure that's where she is with all the other angels.



2 lbs. ground sirloin
1- 28 oz. can tomato sauce
1- 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (undrained)
2 cups chopped green pepper
2 beef bouillon cubes
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
3 cups water (more or less depending on how thick you like it)
2 cups cooked rice

Brown the ground sirloin and drain. Add the remaining ingredients and bring everything to a boil except the rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until peppers are tender. Add cooked rice last. Makes a big pot, plenty for the next day.


In loving memory
Debbie Farr Finegan 8/19/1951 - 9/16/2009

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Thank you, Beth, for sharing your friend's recipe and for sharing her story of courage.  To all my readers - Deb fought this battle for her life for about 12 years.  A courageous and strong woman indeed.  Beth told me that when you met Deb, she would say "How are you" with such sincerity that you knew she meant it - she really wanted to know how you were doing.  I never had the privilege of knowing Debbie, but I know, through Beth, that she touched many lives in a positive and remarkable way.  What a wonderful friend, indeed.  Just as Beth feels blessed to have had a friendship for most of her life with Debbie, I feel blessed to have Beth as my dear friend for 25 years - that is half my life!  Never take your friends for granted.  I believe we should treat our family as if they were friends, and our friends as if they were family - for tomorrow is not a promise.


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