Grandpa’s Hands

I received this in an email at work and just had to share.  Happy Sunday!

This is good. I’ll  never look at my hands the same!


Grandpa, some  ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He  didn’t move, just sat with his head down staring at his  hands. When I sat down beside him he didn’t acknowledge my  presence  and  the longer I sat, I wondered if he was  OK.

Finally, not  really wanting to disturb him but  wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if  he was OK.

He raised his head  and looked at me and smiled. “Yes, I’m fine. Thank you for  asking,” he said in a clear strong  voice.

“I didn’t mean to  disturb you, Grandpa, but you were just sitting here  staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were  OK,” I explained to him. 

“Have you ever  looked at your hands,” he asked. “I mean really looked at  your hands?” 

I slowly opened my  hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms  up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really  looked at my hands as I tried to  figure out the point he was making. Grandpa smiled and  related this story:

“Stop and think  for a moment about the hands you have, how they have  served you well throughout your years. These hands, though  wrinkled, shriveled, and weak have been the  tools  I  have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace  life. They put food in my mouth and clothes on my  back.  


Dr. Pepper Pot Roast

So a while back I was reading Life with the Edwards and Rebekah talked about making PW’s Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork.  I remembered seeing that on PW’s site and thinking boy that sounds good but brushed it off.  Then when Rebekah said that she made hers in a slow cooker, I though, “now there’s an idea!”  Put it in in the morning and when I’d get home from class, you know a late night, dinner would be ready.  Clever!  So I took her Que and made it for us too.

Dr. Pepper Pot Roast adapted from Pioneer Woman with help from Life with the Edwards

1 whole Large Onion
1 whole Pork Shoulder (“pork Butt”) – 5 To 7 Pounds
Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 can (11 Ounce) Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce {I really don’t remember using this but maybe we did…}
2 cans Dr. Pepper
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

Preparation Instructions

Get out the Crockpot.  Peel the onion and cut it into wedges. Lay them in the bottom of the pot.  Generously salt and pepper the pork roast, then set it on top of the onions in the pan.

Pour the can of chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) Pour in both cans of Dr Pepper. Add brown sugar to the juice and stir in.


I Think I’m hungry

Won’t you join me?


Ranch Oyster Cracker Snack Recipe:

2 bags oyster crackers
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix
¾ cup oil
Mix in a large jar.  Roll and roll and roll until you see no more oil.  Pour into ziploc bag to store or leave in the jar.

Nacho Chicken

2 can Minute Rice
1 can cambells Fiesta Nacho Cheese
1 can Cream of Celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom or chicken
1-10oz can white chicken
1 bag frozen chopped broccoli

Mix all the above together well.  Pour in a 9×13 pan sprayed with pam.  Bake 350 degrees 25-30 minutes until all is hot through and rice is tender.