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Five Things for Friday

So last Friday I snuck out and had knee surgery.

I tore my meniscus last summer when we were remodeling the house. I’ve been limping along ever since and it has been painful. It turned out to be more complex than they thought

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, but it is all fixed and I am doing great. Looking forward to rehabbing it and by summer getting back to all the things I love.

Meanwhile

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, there’s been a lot of Pi helping me mend and knitting. I cannot recommend two stranded knitting while taking pain pills. I think I frogged more than I knit last weekend. LOL.

So onward to this week’s Five Things.

One

This weekend is the Super Bowl!! And I am celebrating two things: The Bengals!! and it being Tom Brady free. Thank you very much.

As you can tell, I am a diehard football junkie, and I have been on the edge of my seat the entire playoffs. I picked every winner in my playoff lineup–really should have bet money on it. LOL. Still, even without all that, the playoffs were amazing games. And if you don’t believe me, here is Peyton Manning to sum it all up in hilarious Saturday Night Live Fashion.

And by the way: Go Bengals!

Two

In our house

, the Super Bowl means Super Nachos!! They are quick and easy and if you chop and shred and cook the meat beforehand, they come together quickly and easily so you don’t miss a single commercial.

I just take a bag of tortilla chips and toss them on a sheet pan covered with foil. Who wants to miss a single play cleaning up a mess? No way.

Then add taco meat (I make mine ahead of time with either ground beef or ground chicken or turkey and this seasoning recipe), chopped onions, tomatoes, peppers, whatever strikes your fancy and combine it with a LOT of shredded cheese (I like a mix of cheddar and Jack, or again, whatever I have on hand)

Bake it at 400 until the cheese is melted and it all looks crispy and great (about 5-10 minutes or so) and then dig in with a homemade salsa or your favorite dip.

P.S. On the seasoning recipe—I quadruple the mix and then store it in a small canning jar so I always have taco seasoning on hand and am not wasting money on that horribly expensive and overpriced packaged stuff.

Three

If you haven’t heard about Dillon Helbig, he’s a little boy from Idaho who 1) wrote and illustrated his own book, 2) inserted it into his local library and 3) made it one of the most popular books in the stacks. He’s a delight. And he’s hard at work on his next book.

Please take a moment and meet one imaginative little boy. You can read his story here or watch him here.


Photo credit: The Seattle Times

Four

If you have to quarantine, a private island with a five star hotel isn’t a bad way to isolate. I love how these wonderful folks made the best of their isolation and their story is a vacation all in its own.

Five

On the off chance that you aren’t going to spend Sunday watching commercials and football, you might need something to read. And I happen to have some great recommendations from all of you on books you’ve read over and over. And as I was thumbing through these yet again—yes, I’ve been hoarding them—I found a list I can heartily endorse, from Five Things reader, Shaleah K:


Beauty by Robin Mckinley


Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas


Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen


Anything by Ilona Andrews

Have a great week and I hope this list brought a smile to your weekend. And P.S. Thank you, Shaleah!! You have great taste in books.

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