Dishon thought it would be a good idea to start preparing some of the Thanksgiving food today since we have the day off. So far, we have gotten most of the dessert done. Dishon has done most of the work, but I have had the privilege of assisting him with the rolls, the banana bread and the first pumpkin pie. He decided to make another pie because there was a lot of remaining dough once the first one was put together. Tomorrow, my sister and her two children will be coming for dinner. Hopefully all goes well and we will be able to post a video. Since Dishon teaches blind adults how to cook for a living, all should go smoothly. So far so good.
Hello all. This is just an update and it happens to be my birthday. I hope you enjoy it.
While a lot of people are employed, not all people feel like their co-workers are also family. Some people go to work and somehow manage not to get close to anyone. They don’t meet a colleague for a drink after they clock out. If that’s how you choose to treat your work, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. At the Colorado Center for the Blind, we are a family. I think a lot of that has to do with the nature of the facility. Every day, we bring our students one step closer to independence. We know every student and staff member’s story. You almost can’t help but bond with everyone in a different way. Do we agree all of the time? Of course not. But that’s the icing on the cake. You will not agree with your blood relatives all of the time, either. But one tradition the Center has is a Thanksgiving meal that takes place every year a week or so before our Thanksgiving break. The students and their home management instructors work hard over the course of a couple of weeks to get everything prepared. Once the day of the meal arrives, everything is warmed up and set up with Braille labels so everyone knows what they’re getting. Once everyone has gotten their plates, everyone goes around and says what they’re thankful for. Of course, I said I was thankful for my husband, my blood family and my CCB family.
Since I am always behind the camera, I thought it would be fun to do a video with the front camera. Now you have a Face with the voice. I hope you enjoy.
While Dishon loves to cook, I sometimes get the itch to cook a specific dish. Yesterday, I wanted to make beef stew. The beauty of beef stew is the ability to let it simmer for hours. It’s also very easy to clean up when you’re done. Every step of the process can be done with a knife, cutting board and a big pot on top of the stove or the crock pot. I chose to cook my stew on the stove. All you need is the following:
2 pounds stew meat
6 cups beef broth
1/4 cup onion
1/2 cup celery
1 clove garlic
2 large potatoes
1 pound baby carrots
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
The recipes says to saute the meat first, but I saute my vegetables first. It will make the meat more flavorful. I can’t take credit for that suggestion since it came from Dishon, but it works. Once everything is cut and sauteed, add the broth followed by the potatoes and carrots. The recipe only calls for one clove of garlic, but I put two in because I’m Italian and garlic is good for you. It is always important to season your meat before cooking. Garlic powder, black pepper and salt is nice and simple, but you can always use other seasonings. The stew should only need to cook for two hours on the stove top, but you could cook it longer. This is a great dish for the winter time. On a personal note, I always get nervous when I cook for Dishon, but he loved it. To me, that’s huge.
Being blind and getting a business started is not impossible. That said, it may take awhile. Since I’ve been trying to get my travel agent business started, I have had potential clients say where they would like to go and a general time frame. So my job is to do the research for the best deal out there. While it’s not difficult to search for a specific destination, it still takes time to get comfortable with numerous web sites. So far, all of the web sites I’ve used have been pretty blind friendly. That was the main thing I was worried about. Now it’s just getting my foot in the door. Maybe some of my followers would like to travel but are a little apprehensive about putting their vacation bookings in my hands, the hands of a blind woman. Well, I assure you, The computer, the internet, and the sites I have access to are not the biggest challenge I’ve faced in life. As much stock as we put into technology, there’s more to life than facebook and the internet. I’m using it to reach people, yes. But I couldn’t spend every hour of the day on youtube. I would rather spend hours on the computer making client’s dream vacations and/or weddings come true. So, just think about it. Use me to book travel and I will find the best deal for you and your family. Feel free to visit my web site at http://royaltyandhoney.com or give me a call at 303-374-4297. Your next trip could just be a phone call away.
Couples are always looking for other couples to socialize with. Dishon and I have a few couples both from work and outside of work that we often spend time with. Tonight, we have invited a couple from work to the house for dinner and drinks. Being that Dishon is quite the chef, he started prepping food last night so there would be less to do today before their arrival. For instance: He prepared the marinade for salmon and chopped some items. On top of that, he cleaned. A lot of people always ask me, “do you help?” Yes, I help when he wants my help. Often times, he finds it easier to do things himself. But all he has to do is say the word and I will assist in any way possible. So the word of advice for the day is to prepare what you can the night before you are expecting guests. It will cut down on stress like you wouldn’t believe. If you are anything like me, I stress when I cook for other people, even Dishon.
Right now is not the right time for me to get a dog. I love Randall and I see the advantages of having a guy dog. However, I don’t think I will get a dog due to the fact that I have a full-time job and it would be difficult to leave. Plus Randall is plenty of dog to go around. He’s energetic and loving and protects us. Today I took him on a nice walk after work. Dishon likes to run on Mondays so I take him home once the work day is done. If I ever decided to get a guy dog I would get a girl. They say if you already have a male dog in the house to get a female. They will get along better. But for now, Randall is our baby. So I can spoil him. Of course Sean doesn’t like it much when I do that.