What did 2018 bring us?

What did 2018 bring us? Let me start out with that 2017 was a bad year and we needed a pick me up. Something or someone to bring joy to our lives.  In 2017 Jon and I lost both our dads and our beloved lab Joey.  Jon worked with his dad every day and he also took Joey with him to work every day.  When they both passed within 2 months of each other, Jon was depressed, and it was hard for him every day. But we had decided long before Joey passed that we would not get another dog. We did not want to worry about dog sitters to watch him while we boated or traveled.  Around January I just felt that Jon needed a buddy to go with him to work again. He just wasn’t himself. He needed that unconditional love that a dog provides. In January of 2018 I started the search for this unconditional love giver, joy bringer, and family member dog. Jon has always loved the look of the silver lab. I searched the internet for silver lab puppies in Michigan. I found three that I thought was the most reputable and showed them to Jon. He fell in love immediately and asked what I was doing to him since we said we would not get another dog. I then told him that he needed to have his buddy back and that it was alright for us to get a puppy he could love.  I saw tears in his eyes and since 2017 these tears were from joy not sadness. When I was showing him the three websites that had silver lab puppies, he was shocked to find out that one was from his Dad’s home town- Belding, Michigan. So that was our deciding point, we decided that this was the place we would get our unconditional love giver, joy bringer, and family member. Jon immediately email the owner of Rustic Sliver Labs and we were very happy to find out that they had English Silver labs and the summer of 2018 she was going to have two litters to choose from. We were fourth on the list to pick and we could not be happier. But the wait was so hard to do. We knew that we wanted another boy. We started to look forward to the day we would bring him home. Jon had for the first in a very long year smiled again. Through this process Candace Hall the owner of Rustic Silver Labs kept us in the loop about the process of the puppies. Once they were born, she immediately notified us. Few weeks later we were visiting the puppies not necessary there to pick one just to visit and see them. Candace showed us the litter that we would soon pick from. We were talking with her and telling her how this new puppy would go everywhere with us and Jon would take it to work every day. She then looks to her husband and says “should we show him”, and he said yes. She told us that a lady from the second litter could not take this puppy because she just found out that she had breast cancer and it would be too much for her. Now Jon loves the bigger, stockier labs and she knew this. She went to get this puppy, so as she placed this chubby silver puppy in Jon’s lap, I knew we found our unconditional love giver, joy bringer, and our new family member and his name would be Captain.

Bacon Wrapped Provolone and Mushroom Stuffed Meatloaf


I was scrolling thru Facebook the other day and saw this Bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe with peppers and onions stuffed in it. I thought to myself that looks amazing. But what if instead of the peppers and onions we use mushrooms. So here is my take on the Bacon wrapped stuffed meatloaf.
First you want to sauté your mushrooms so that are cool when you put your Meatloaf together. I used butter on the mushrooms to add flavor and salt to draw out the moisture and for flavor.

Then you mix your meatloaf. I like to use the pork, veal and beef mixture for my meatloaf. Then I add one egg, chopped onions, garlic and all-season salt, panko crumbs.


Mix that all together.
Flatten the mixture on a cookie sheet under foil to a rectangle.

Add provolone cheese slices.

Then on top of the cheese add your cooled mushrooms.




Then using the foil start rolling it up until the end.


Lay your bacon out on foil the same way start rolling it up again.


Ok I was really excited to make this I forgot to take a picture of it wrapped in bacon before baking it.

But here is the after picture.


Now when I make this again I will not use thick bacon. The reason why is because it was a little to chewy for me I like my bacon crisp. I am thinking thin bacon would work better.

Then end result was amazing. I will definitely be making this again.


Bacon Wrapped Provolone and Mushroom Stuffed Meatloaf

1 pound of veal, pork and ground beef mix

1 pound of bacon… use thin not thick.

1 egg

1/2  tsp of garlic salt

1/2 tsp of all season salt

1 cup of panko crumbs

1/2 cup of chopped onion

7 slices of provolone cheese

1 package of baby cremini mushrooms

2 tsps. of butter







Tuna Garbanzo Salad


Looking for a healthy lunch option that will keep you full and satisfied? Well I created the perfect one. It has such great flavor you will want to eat the whole thing. Between the tuna and the garbanzo beans you will not be hungry after eating this because both are packed with protein. Plus Garbanzo beans are a great source of fiber. I also have this fight between eating well and enjoying a great food. I think this recipe not only tastes good but it good for ya!

Tuna Garbanzo Salad

1 can of tuna {I used tuna in olive oil} drained

1 can of garbanzo beans rinsed and drained

1-2 tsp of capers

1-2 Tbps of kalamata olives sliced

I Roma tomato

½ lime juice

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

I could tell you that it was really hard to put this together but it truly is a throw it all in and stir. But what I did before I threw it all in is some minor prep work. I took the tomato cut it into four pieces and spooned out the seeds and then cut it into pieces. Then I threw the tuna, garbanzo beans, capers, olives and tomato into the bowl. Stir it all together, squeeze the ½ lime over the bowl to add the juice and then add a splash of olive oil. Taste then add salt and pepper to taste. You will get the vinegar from the kalamata olives so no need to add vinegar. Watch the salt because the capers and olives have enough salt. I used very little salt.


A Letter to My Husband

20180118_151622.jpgEver wonder how God knows exactly what you need.

He knew I needed you.

God knew I would need someone strong to hold me up the last few years.

He knew that you would also need me to help you through your grief because I was already there.

God knew that you were the one that can make me laugh when I feel like crying.

He knew our love would be unbreakable.

God knew I needed a best friend.

He knew that we both needed someone who loves the lakes, oceans and boating.

God knew that I would be forever grateful for finding you.

He knew that you were needing someone who loves you as much as you love me.

God knew that when everything seems to be falling apart we will still have each other to hold on to through the storms of life.

He knew that you would be the best husband for me.

God knew that when everything is falling into place for us we would still be so grateful for everything we have.

He knew that if one of us is down the other would build us back up.

God Knew…. Our story will be full of adventure.