Totoro Family Recipes: King Ranch Casserole

Totoro Family RecipeAs I’ve mentioned before, I’m a Texan from way back and grew up on Tex-Mex food before it became the popular cuisine it is today.

Tacos were a family dinner favorite, and Mom would order cheese enchiladas any chance she could. But King Ranch casserole was always reserved for special occasions.

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How to Journal: Milestone Memoir

milestone-5Milestone Memoir is my vision of marrying one picture (worth 1,000 words) with one personal essay (250 words) to create a meaningful narrative for future generations.

In literary circles, Memoir is considered to be one particular aspect of your life rather than a comprehensive overview. And as I indicated last week, each of us have numerous memoirs we could write.

For example, one idea I have is to recount my mother’s life from my perspective. A possible title could be: I Learned How to Live by Watching My Mother Die.

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How to Journal: Recording Memories

journal and penSomething happened when I turned fifty. I realized I have lived more life than I have left, which creates an urgency to capture those memories before my failing mind loses them completely.

But how do we do that? How do we sift through all the experiences and select ones with meaning to share with our loved ones? Where do we even begin?

Sometimes all it takes is a visit to a local Flea Market. I am always surprised to find momentos of my childhood selling as antiques(?!) But those trinkets begin an avalanche of memories that I can tap into. Keep a notebook handy and write down any ideas that come to mind.

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Totoro Family Recipes: Martha Dip

martha-1Most might refer to this recipe as Refried Bean Dip or perhaps Mexican Layer Dip. But in our family, this is fondly referred to as Martha Dip.

I am a Texan through and through. In fact, in doing some family genealogy, I discovered I am four generations Texan on my mother’s side. I grew up on Tex-Mex food before it became popular.

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How to Journal: Passions and Desires

journal and penI believe everyone has a heart’s desire – a passion in life – something that grabs our attention with such gusto that it keeps us awake at night. Some of us, however, may find our passions hibernating, or perhaps lying dormant for so long we fear they are in an irreversible coma.

It is vital to reconnect with those passions in life and discover ways to pursue them throughout adulthood. I believe these passions, especially those we’ve enjoyed for years, are God-given. And I believe God would not give us true desires if He did not also equip us to bring them to fruition.

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Totoro Family Recipes: “Orange Stuff”

orange-1Warning… there is no redeeming nutritional value to this recipe.

But sometimes special holiday recipes are more about tradition than nutrition, right?

I’m sure there is a more eloquent title for this family favorite, but my girls dubbed it “orange stuff” several years ago and the name stuck.

Typically we serve this at Thanksgiving. There are fewer sweets on the table at Thanksgiving than  Christmas, and for those who aren’t fond of turkey and all the fixings, this at least provides a tasty alternative.

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