Where does time go?
August 9, 2019
I started thinking, I know this is a scary thing, my mom was right! She always told me as you get older time flies by, and it does!!
It seems like yesterday that Brandon was taking finals and coming home for the summer. Shortly after that we had his girlfriend's, (Ariah) graduation to host.
The end of May we were all home and settled for the summer. The weather was nice and we were busy getting all the outside projects done.
Brandon broke his ankle, which put him out of commission for awhile, Ariah started her job at DQ, all is well.
Then "Bam" it's August! Life is changing fast. I didn't realize how much can change in just one week.
Ariah left Monday for basic training. She joined the North Dakota Army National Guard her senior year in Drayton. She is 12B, which is a Combat Engineer.
I'm not so sure she was completely happy with her decision, but it was a decision she had to follow through with.
She flew out on Monday to Camp Ripley in Missouri. I received a text from her that evening that she made it. She was questioning if she was going to make it. She knew that she could do all the physical requirements, but the lack of communication with everyone on the outside was weighing heavily on her.
I assured her we will all be here waiting for her arrival back home mid-November. She will be able to write letters so I'm sure there will be one on its way soon, if it isn't already.
Also on Monday guess who turned 21! Seriously when did this happen?!? Considering I'm 29 I'm not sure his birth
certificate is correct. Although he has suggested I should probably switch to 39. Ummm, maybe he can switch/stay 2!
Happy Birthday Brandon, who is now legal age to drink. As you can see from the photos he has had his New Year's Eve drinking fun. (It may be sparkling cider, but he didn't know!) He then moved on to posing for photos holding mine to his first legal drink.
I am fortunate that he has never been a drinker/partier. Brandon and his friends prefer Playstation over partying and I am quite happy about that!
Monday was also the day for our carpeting to get installed. If you remember, we had a flood in the spring and the remodeling is underway.
Thank you Chuck, Pam and Chris at Furniture and More for the great, fast service! I now have three rooms back to carpet instead of cement. It looks amazing!
I am waiting for the house to get back down to just Kyle and I for the kitchen to be demolished.
Considering this week was also the start of apartment hunting, the house will be empty soon. Next Monday is picking which apartment Jordan and Brandon will make their "home" for the next year.
Brandon had his birthday on August 5th and Blu shares the month of August with him. Blu's birthday was August 7th.
Brandon figures Blu turned 21 also, in dog years. In our time he is 3. I will stick with 3 for Blu and 2 for Brandon and of course 29 for me!
If you have seen any of us from the newspaper the past few weeks, you might notice that it's taking a toll on us.
We had Crazy Daze, Roseau County Fair and went right into Polaris' 65th Anniversary.
Three large newspapers in a row. It's been fun seeing the finished project of all our work and we hope you have enjoyed them as well.
Next week we are back to a single "normal" paper. It will be a welcomed break for all of us at the paper.
Next is working on the new design for the paper that is floating around in my head. Hopefully I will have the time to make it a reality soon!
Ground Philly Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese
Ground Philly Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese made with bell peppers, onions and American or Provolone Cheese. All the flavor of a cheese steak for half the price.
1 pound ground beef
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 T Worcestershire sauce
2 T butter
1 onion chopped
1/2 green bell pepper , chopped
salt and pepper to taste
8 slices American or Provolone Cheese
8 slices bread
4 T butter
Start by browning the beef in the skillet. Try to brown without breaking up the meat
too much. Get a nice brown sear on the beef, then break apart as little as possible. You want the meat to resemble a pea in size (you want to avoid taco meat consistency). Add the salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Stir gently, then remove from pan.
Add 2 tbsp. of butter in the pan and add the chopped onions and green bell pepper, cooking until browned and caramelized. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you like mushrooms in your cheesesteaks, go ahead and add some chopped mushrooms here too. Once browned, add the meat back in and combine together.
Spread the butter on one side of each of the 8 slices of bread.
Butter side down on the cutting board.
Add a slice of provolone to each of the slices.
Top four slices with the meat mixture and close the sandwiches pressing down lightly.
In a cast iron pan or griddle on medium high add the sandwiches and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side.
Joke of the Week
• A 10-year-old girl is walking home, alone, from school
one day when a big man on a black motorcycle pulls up beside her.
After following along for a while, he turns to her and asks, "Hey there little girl, do you want to go for a ride?"
"No!" Said the little girl as she kept walking.
The motorcyclist again pulls up besides her and says, "Hey little girl, l will give you $10 bucks if you hop on the back."
"No!" Says the little girl again as she hurries down the street.
The motorcyclist pulls up besides the little girl again and says, "OK kid, my last offer! I'll give you $20 bucks and a bag of candy if you just hop on the back of my bike!"
Finally the little girl stops, turns towards him and screams out, "Look Dad, you're the one that bought the Honda instead of a Harley, YOU RIDE IT!"