Wednesday, September 8, 2010

♥☺☼Random Dozen☼☺♥

Welcome to the Labor Day week edition of The Random Dozen. This fun meme is hosted by Lid at her 2nd Cup of Coffee blog. Scoot on over there to join in the fun!

1. Describe the best sandwich in the world, according to you.

  The best sandwich in the world, at least in my opinion, is my homemade pastrami. You have to get primo sandwich rolls, though, like long crusty ones with great flavor such as roasted red pepper or garlic and herb. You also gotta have FATTY pastrami, no turkey or lean, get the black over the red. The trick is in the way you cook it: you need a skillet that can go on top of the stove AND under the broiler! Saute it on the stove to release some of the fat, then put in under the broiler and keep stirring it every 3-4 mins. The fat will get soft and melt out mostly and the meat gets tender, hot, and the edges get crispy...mmm, perfect! Stick on the hot bun with either spicy mustard and swiss cheese or red pepper relish and provolone...don't forget the pickles!

2. Which inspires you more: a good conversation, a song, a book or movie?
Song! I am all about music. I don't have satellite TV but I have satellite radio. I take my iPod everywhere, I even fall asleep listening to it sometimes.

3. What is your favorite board game?
Trivial pursuit! I LOVE the Pop Culture DVD edition, it rocks!
4. As you grow older, are you more or less patient with small children?
I have always had a burden on my heart for the little ones and my call is to work with children both in the church and in the public sector. I am a college student working toward a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education with double minors in music and agriculture.
 5. Name one item you never let yourself run out of.
Coffee. Can't live without it. I have run out of TP, but never coffee!!  

6. Do you agree with Tennyson's assertion, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?"
Absolutely. I lost the first boy I loved because of things that were out of both our hands and I lost the first man I loved the night before our wedding day through murder. I wouldn't go back and not love either of them. The Trisha Yearwood song "I Would've Loved You Anyway" always chokes me up. If you haven't heard it, look for it on iTunes or wherever you get your songs from.

7. Name one national treasure or monument that you have visited.
I went on our eighth grade trip to Washington D.C., the Civil War battlefields (North and South), Pennsylvania's Amish country (which I consider a treasure), and New York City to the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Grand Central Station.
 8. Which is more painful, to be disappointed in someone else or to be disappointed in yourself?
Yourself. Other people are going to disappoint you whether its intentional or not. We are all human and will fail sometimes. The trick is to find the upside, what my kids and I call Roses & Thorns. At bedtime we share our "rose," the good thing that happened in our day followed by the "thorn." The only rule is there can only be ONE thorn, but you can do as many roses as you like!
9. What makes your kitchen uniquely yours?
THESE...they were my mom's and now they are mine. These aren't exactly mine but I can't get my camera to work. My mushrooms are not earthtones, they're pastel blue, pink, purple, and yellow. I *adore* them and have the creamer, sugar bowl, spoon rest and napkin holder too! Yes, these, and my uncountable collection of Taste of Home cookbooks...

10. Are you a crafty person?
Yep! I am a photographer, I scrapbook, I'm a quilter, a tole painter, a knitter, crocheter, cross stitcher and embroidery artist. I am working on sketching and pen and ink; I weave baskets, press flowers, make paper...okay, I'm gonna stop now before you all think I am a recluse who doesn't leave the house... 
Blushy Girl 11. What is your favorite traditional picnic or bbq (cookout) food?
Potato salad!! Specifically my nan's potato salad. I know how to make it now, lol!! But when I was a kid, whenever we had a family barbecue EVERYONE would eat hers. Even my aunts who made their own! It was usually gone first, sometimes before the burgers and dogs came off the grill!

12. Name one leisurely activity you enjoyed over Labor Day Weekend.
My hubby and I went to the Borestone Mountain Audubon sanctuary. This was an opportunity NOT to be missed. In fact, we are going back today.  Here's an idea of what makes this place incredible:

And that's my Random Dozen for this week! Thanks, Lid, for the I'm off for MY 2nd cup!


  1. LOL! I think your sandwich might kill me! I knOw it would kill my diet! :)

    I have, at one time or another done all of your crafts! MOST recently though, I'm playing with CRAYONS! (and dabbling in oil paints...)

    That photo is gorgeous! Have fun today!

  2. That sandwich sounds delicious. Love the pic @ Borestone. I see why you enjoy the area so much. Such a tragic loss at what should have been a joyous celebration. So thankful God filled your heart and life with your hubby. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

  3. Oh my goodness that place you spent Labor Day weekend...wowzers. What an amazing photo I cannot imagine it in person. I too carry my ipod every where (well my iphone now...I mean ipod and phone all in one...genius I say.) Music just touches my soul.

    What a loss of your love but what a beautiful way to express that answer to the question.

    And roses and thorns. Love that. I may have to start trying to think that way more often. :o)

  4. Awesome answers! We could make a cookbook out of all these delicious sandwich ideas.

    Also, Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble (the games I cited in my Random Dozen) are a lot more popular than I realized!

  5. I am a huge potato salad fan! Yum. Bet it would go good with your sandwich! :v)

  6. Well, obviously, I have never had pastrami before! Sounds delish.

    I can't imagine losing a fiance the night before the wedding -- by murder! I'm glad you kept your heart open to love again. Think what you would have missed!

    I love your photo- it's awesome!