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Well I think it's safe to say that the spirit  of Christmas  has hit me. I not only made the above picture my screen saver on my phone, but also decorated the house.

I've always loved Christmas, however some years are very difficult for me. This time last year my husband Martin put up the tree only, because  I was severely depressed.

I started to withdraw from my friends and family for days at a time. I had never felt this kind depression before. By Christmas I simply just couldn't  take life anymore. It was then that I spent weeks in bed. I really didn't understand  what was happening to me. I felt like life wasn't worth it anymore.

I just thank God I kept holding on to what faith I had. If it was not for him saving me  I'd  be dead today. I really prayed for death every single day.

I thank God things happened the way they did, it may have caused me to lose my friends, but at least I have a whole new take on life. Trust me I have bad days with this bipolar depression but at least my outlook is different. I stopped trying to please the world and concentrated on me. It was truly the only way I'd get better. It cost me my friends and I almost lost my family but thankfully they still love me.

I guess when your really down and out and trying recover, that's when you find out who's truly there for however long it takes for you to get well. And it took me months and months but I guess I pushed everyone away by wanting to be alone. I just couldn't get people  to understand that I  couldn't  help myself to feel different. I wanted  to be ok but my mind wouldn't let me.

It's a year later now and things are different for me. I've learned  to take any and all happiness that comes my way. I'm so thankful to my father and his son Jesus for sparing me and my family the terrible thing as suicide. I sometimes can't  believe that I  was so sick that I  wished for death everyday and almost made that possible.

It's so different this year for the holidays. For the first time in many years I'm actually looking forward to it. I've learned to except the fact that certain family members will be with me if they really want to, and if they don't that's fine to. As long as I have my husband and all my fur babies I can and will survive. I will just pray for those I love who feel different, that no matter what maybe someday things will be ok and if not at least I had hope.

Hope and faith is everything. Having that in life is everything you need to help you survive bipolar depression.

 

 

Yummy Chicken And Cornbread Casserole

Hey everyone its a good day for yummy chicken and cornbread casserole. I just don’t want this day to end as it’s so beautiful here and I know that it will end soon. I been setting outside since around 8;30 this morning. The squirrels have been so fun to watch today. They are finding food and practically walking right by me to hide it. It’s so cute and funny to watch them pat down a hiding place with their feet.

Last night I prepared a chicken cornbread casserole dish that we have from time to time especially in the winter. I found this recipe on another site some time ago and tweaked it to fit our taste. It’s so hearty with all the vegetables and the sweet cornbread topping is to die for. Hop you enjoy!!

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yummy chicken cornbread casserole

Ingredients

  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (cubed 1 inch)
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 large bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Small boxes Jiffy  Cornbread  Mix
  • 5 large potatoes (cute into small cubes around 1 inch each)

Directions

  1. In a large pot cook cubed chicken in 2 Tablespoons of oil on medium heat. Cook about 10 minutes. Take chicken out and set aside.
  2. Now melt butter in the large pot keeping it on medium high heat. Add onions cook 2 minutes. Add in bag of frozen vegetables, around 5 minutes
  3. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  4. In a in bowl whisk chicken broth, milk and flour till no there’s lumps. Allow mixture cook for a few minutes to thicken. Stir in cooked chicken and cook for another minute or so until the entire mixture is hot. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour the mixture in to a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  6. Prepared cornbread mix, smoothing the mixture out to cover the top of the baking pan
  7. Bake at 375. for 25 to 30 minutes. Make sure to bake long enough so that the bottom of the cornbread bakes through. Once the bread is done, remove from oven let sit for few minutes.

Mexican Cheeseburgers

Good after noon you all. I’m late getting this out today. Over slept this morning and had to jump up and take care of my morning things so I could hope on here and get this out.

How is everyone. I’m trying to make it through the day. It’s getting ready to rain and I just want to crawl on the couch and sleep. I really don’t want to do anything but be lazy.

I’ve wanted to make some Mexican food today and decided on Mexican Cheeseburgers with homemade french fries. This a Hubby’s favorite meal. He loves homemade french fries and so do I. They go great with this Mexican  Cheeseburgers and I promise your going to love them. My Kids used to love this meal as well when they lived at home. Hope you enjoy it!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Large Yellow Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 pound Ground Beef
  • 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Package Of Taco Seasoning (mild or hot)
  • 6 Slices Monterrey Jack Or Swiss Cheese
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Banana Peppers
  • 2 Jalapenos Peppers
  1. Cut  onions and Jalapenos lengthwise and saute in butter till tender.
  2. In a large bowl, add the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, and taco seasoning. Mix all the ingredients well and form into 6 burgers and cook in a large skillet to desired wellness. ( I like mine slightly pink inside)
  3. When hamburgers are done place a slice of cheese on them and allow it to melt. Once the cheese has melted, place some of the sauteed onions on top of the burger. 
  4. Place on hamburger buns and add banana peppers and any extra’s you like on your hamburger. Enjoy!!

Southern Grilled Hamburger Steak With Onions and Mushrooms

It’s been all I could do to put out today’s dinner post as I can’t sit still for wanting to work outside it’s so beautiful. This is the kind of  weather I would wish for all the time. I want to grill today and it’s a great day for just that.

Today just perfect for sitting outside having a good cold Carona with Lime and just chatting with my hubby and watching the dogs play..

I’m going to make my famous southern Hamburger Steak and Gravy right on the grill which is so good, you want be able to sit still while you it eat. We haven’t grilled a lot this year like we did last year. Last year we grilled out at least once a week.  Hope you enjoy!!

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Ingredients

Hamburger Steaks

Mushroom gravy

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 8 oz can mushrooms  (baby bella) sliced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix together Ground Beef, Worcestershire sauce, Cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, and McCormick Steak seasoning. Form into 6 patties.
  2. Place on the grill and grill till medium done (slightly pink inside).
  3. After they are done grab a large skillet and place on the grill. (be sure to remove your hamburger steak while doing this as to not over cook)
  4. Add 2 tsp olive oil  to the skillet. Add Onions and cook for 5-6 minutes until they are starting to brown,  add  mushrooms and cook an additional 2 or 3 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl mix chicken broth and flour together.
  6. Add chicken broth mixture, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to the onions and mushrooms. Add hamburger steaks back to the pan. Cook 3 minutes till sauce is thick.

Serves 6

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4 Causes Of Anxiety

  1. Sress-Being Under constant stress can produce the hormone cortisol and anxiety. Chronic stress can be associated with adrenal fatigue. The body can’t cope with the stress 

in a proper way causing the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline and nor-adrenaline which causes mental worry, dry mouth, sweating, and fast heart rate.

2. Digestive Issues-even though serotonin is in our brain it’s been suggested that around 90% of it is created in our intestinal track. 

When the digestive system gets disrupted, mood swings and irritable bowel syndrome can occur.

3. Hormonal imbalance-which is from producing to much estrogen and not getting enough prog-estrogen  you can gain weight, have low sex drive, lose of energy and have mood swings. 

Because of this it can cause the person to experience Anxiety and Depression.

4. Emotional Memories-not dealing and analyzing emotional tragedies that has happened in our life can cause severe anxiety symptoms. It can affect everyday life of that person. 

If you are have emotional memories get help from a psychologist.  Talking about these can change the anxiety you feel.

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Baked Sheet Pan Nacho’s

nachossalad Hey you all, how’s it going today? I love this day because the temp is wonderful as I’m sitting outside doing my work and enjoying this weather. It want be long when the cold weather will come in and days of sitting outside at my patio table will be gone till next year. I’m enjoying it  while I can. I put out more of fall decorations yesterday evening as I love the fall of the year. Is everyone ready for fall which bring pumpkins and hoodies, bonfires and my favorite Halloween? I made some cute decorations for the front porch out of butternut squash where I found a tutorial and they turned out adorable. OK on to dinner. I’m in the mood for Mexican food tonight and decided to make a taco salad only this is a sheet pan dish that you bake. It’s easy to make and delicious.  Who doesn’t love a good taco salad, right? Be sure to pick up a huge big bag of tortilla chips as you want be able to stop eating it. You can add spoon some refried beans to tortilla chips  as well before you bake if you like. This will be a favorite for your family as it’s one of ours. Hope you enjoy! Be sure to bookmark this site and don’t forget to pin and share with your friends on social media.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs ground beef ( can substitute for  turkey)
  • 2 packets taco seasoning
  • extra large bag of Tortilla chips
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups chopped lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup olives
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1/2 cup jalapeno

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375.Cook ground beef over medium heat in a large skillet until no longer pink.
  2. Drain meat and add taco seasoning cooking  for around 2 o 3 minutes on low heat.
  3. Meanwhile take out a large sheet pan and arrange a layer of Tortilla chips on the pan. Next add some ground beef and then sprinkle some of the cheese on top off the ground beef.
  4. Place in the oven and bake around 4 or 5 mints till cheese is melted.
  5. Take out of oven and let cool for a few minutes
  6. Sprinkle the lettuce, tomato, cheese and olives, green onions, jalapeno all over the hamburger and chips and then  top with spoonfuls of sour cream.  Serve warm and ENJOY!

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Cheesy Sour Cream and Hamburger Casserole

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Hello people.. Did you all have a good weekend? I did, hubby and I went to the October  fest here near St. Louis. We had a good time. Walked around looking at all the crafts and watching the acts sing and dance. My favorite part is looking at the crafts. I’m always looking for something interesting and useful that you don’t see anywhere.

It’s a gloomy day today not suppose to rain but a good day for something comforting and hearty. I just want to go get in my PJ’s  and lay around all day and wait for the new series Manifest to come on tonight. It’s pretty good if you’ve not watched it yet.

Well enough rattling on.. I’m fixing Cheesy Sour Cream and Hamburger Casserole today. It’s really good and goes really good with a good garden salad and some Cheesy garlic bread. Hope you will enjoy it.

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INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the hamburger making sure that your breaking it up. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic and salt and cook for 5 minutes until the hamburger is cooked through. Add the pasta sauce and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, add the cream cheese and microwave for 1 minute.
  4. In a sprayed 9″x 13″ baking dish, add the cooked egg noodles, sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan. Mix until well combined. Add the hamburger mixture to the pan and stir until everything is loosely combined.
  5. Top with the shredded cheddar and Italian seasoning. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes, until cheese on top is slightly browning.

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Chicken Noodle Casserole

Good Day everyone.  I been waiting all morning for the sun to come out today cause hubby and I are going to the October fest in St. Louis today, but it  just not coming out yet but suppose to. Today really looks like a fall day out side the temp is only 59’F.

I’ve decided to make another casserole again to day  this one with some chicken. I admit though that I didn’t take the time to cook a chicken so had hubby go this morning and pick up a rotisserie as it’s really good in this dish.

This has a lot of veggies as well and very hearty. Your family will enjoy it, trust me. It’s an easy meal to cook and I like the heating up the leftovers the next day for lunch as it taste even better. Please enjoy.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken( I like using rotisserie) 
  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen corn
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (10 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Boil egg noodles according to package directions. Drain water.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine all the other remaining ingredients. Add cooked noodles to mixture. Gently stir to combine everything. Pour into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil.
  4. Bake 30 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Serves 6

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