Five Minute Friday: HERO

It’s time for another Five Minute Friday.  A blogger named Lisa Jo Baker posts a random prompt every Friday with the challenge to write for five minutes, a free write. Bloggers from around the world (literally) are challenged to silence the inner critics and just write… whatever comes out is what comes out.  OK, ok… I admit, I might correct spelling and grammatical errors.

Today’s prompt?  I’m glad you asked:  HERO

Ready, set, go…


5:47 am

I found my hero-of-a-hubby about 12 years ago.  Actually, we found each other.  Online.  Yes.

We dated for about 15 months before we got married.  (We eloped actually.  What fun THAT was!)  But, as he tells it, he knew he was going to marry me on date #2.  He asked what I wanted to do for our time together that night … and I said I just wanted to go to McDonald’s for a caramel sundae.

He keeps me grounded.  He is patient with me (most days).  He wants the best for me (every day).  He calls me on my attitude.  He always tells me the truth (even if it hurts).

We are good for each other.   As he explains it, he waited 30 years for the right woman of God… and what an answer to prayer that was.  I’m glad we found each other.

After many hurts and lost nights of sleep, wondering if I’d ever find a companion who would understand me, take care of me, love me and want the best for me… God gave me those things in a {very handsome} package, tied it with a bow, and hung a tag on it that said “here’s your hero, love your Heavenly Father”.

as i see it, I have two heroes.  both my Heavenly Father and my hero-of-a-hubby know me and love me.  sometimes better than i know myself.

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Thank you for the challenge Lisa Jo Baker…

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how to play along:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}.
3. Go and comment on the post of the person who linked up before you. This is the one rule of this community.


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On living in fear

Had lunch with a friend last week… and the topic of fear came up.

We talked about altering our daily plans because we are afraid that something bad was going to happen to us. Call it logical or not, we discussed literally changing how we live our lives… mainly because we were fearful of a negative outcome.

And yet, as Christians, we are admonished not to fear.  In the Bible there are over 500 verses that remind us to not be fearful.  500 Bible verses?!  That’s plenty of reminders! 

Simply put, the Heavenly Father does not want us to fear!  He does not want us to operate our daily lives from a place of fear.  He does not want us to be fearful of ANYTHING.  And He wants to remind us of that often… even on a daily basis?  He wants us to rest in His divine peace…

And yet, in the thick of things it’s so difficult not to fear.  Yesterday I received a phone call from my cycling husband… and the call came mid-ride.  {And a mid-ride phone call isn’t typically a good thing… an accident?  bad news?  what happened?}  And I immediately switched from “happy-to-be-alive / it’s-a-beautiful-day” mode into full-fledged fear mode… in 5 seconds flat!   Did he get hit?  Did he crash?  Are there broken bones?  Is my husband ok?

And I sat down on the porch steps and tears rolled down my face… and the words escaped like a quick breath, “Lord Jesus, please protect my husband!” 

He’s as close as a prayer.   He never leaves us.

There is no power in fear.  But there IS power in His name.  In HIS NAME!  His name drives out fear…

I’m happy to report that my cycling-fanatic husband was fine.  And my worst fears were un-founded.  My Heavenly Father DID protect him!  His bike was not ride-able at the moment… but not a scratch on him.  And I recognize that my fear in those moments could not have changed the outcome.  My fears put my head in a bad space, an unproductive space.  And my Heavenly Father knew how to care for the details of that situation better than I could have ever imagined.

Soooo, I renew my daily study of the “do not fear”, “be not afraid” Bible verses… and I rest in the knowledge that my Heavenly Father knows what He’s doing.  THERE is power in that acknowledgement… there is healing in Him… there is peace in His name.

Deep thoughts from my husband…

The hubby and I are watching a show on the history of pizza in the United States.

The show is comparing New York pizzas (thin) to Chicago pizzas (deep dish). You know the controversy!

But his thoughts on the subject? “I’m an equal opportunity pizza lover”

enjoy your time in the kitchen…

RECIPES: 1 night, 2 new recipes… and “wife-of-the-year award”…

I was feeling bold and adventurous today… after spending most of the day in my favorite chair, reading my current favorite book and working up a true appetite. I decided to try out 2 new recipes tonight: Tender Pork Tenderloin and Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin.

Talk about ambitious. And just you wait… it gets exciting and dangerous at the end…

Starting with the pork tenderloin: Pat it dry on all sides…

And quick … find your garlic!

Next: cut a few cloves in half and smell the garlic…

You need these cloves sliced thin… so I sliced up about three or four cloves…

With a small knife you make little cuts into the tenderloin and slide the garlic slivers in… mmm…

Then sprinkle with the seasonings: I used kosher salt, ground black pepper and ground cumin.

Lower the tenderloin into hot oil … and brown on all sides.

Turn every 3-4 minutes to brown on all sides…

Then you’ll add the goodness that keeps this so moist… dry white wine and chicken broth.

Carefully splash the broth mix into the Dutch oven or skillet, cover and slide into hot oven.

Approximately 45 minutes later you have this…

A moist pork tenderloin that has reached at least 150 degrees F… keep it covered and let it rest for a while.

And when it’s ready… move it to a cutting board and find your best knife…

But first, take a look at those beautiful garlic slivers poking up out of there… can you smell them?!

Thinly slice and serve up … but first … don’t forget about the potatoes… let’s back up for a bit and start at the beginning…

Well, I’ll let the Pioneer Woman show us in all her glory. Check it out: Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin.

And for those of you who read all the way through this to read about the exciting and dangerous portion of tonight’s dinner… and, this is how I won the “wife-of-the-year award”.

My hero-of-a-hubby is on very strong antibiotics this week and cannot, I mean C-A-N-N-O-T, consume any alcohol. Fast forward to sitting down with this yummy-looking, fantastic-smelling plate of food and taking a few bites. My hero-of-a-hubby asked me what the meat was cooked in and I explained “chicken broth and white wine” and he just about jumped out of his chair. He had taken 2 or 3 bites and, wait… what is that?! He tasted something similar to wine…

Enter the “wife-of-the-year award”…

I promise… I will N-E-V-E-R make that mistake again! But I do get to enjoy the rest of the tenderloin… all-by-myself…

RECIPE: Tender Pork Tenderloin
Recipe courtesy Parade magazine (Oct ’01)

1 ½ – 2 pound pork tenderloin
3 clove of garlic, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
¾ teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 ½ cup chicken broth
½ cup dry white wine

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

With the tip of a sharp knife, make deep little slits all over the tenderloin and insert the garlic slivers. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin.

Place the oil in a Dutch oven and sear the tenderloin well on medium-high heat on all sides (3-4 minutes on each side), turning the meat over as it browns.

Add the chicken broth and white wine to the pan and place it in the oven for approximately 45 minutes (or until meat thermometer inserted into middle of largest part reads at least 150 degrees F . Remove it and let it rest for 10 to 12 minutes (covered), before carving. It will continue to cook as it sits. Slice and serve immediately.

enjoy your time in the kitcen…

Dear Husband Lee and my Papasita…

The Haraldsen side of the family got together last month. First we converged on Salem, OR… we packed into the Gene & Janie Haraldsen homestead. Mom had decorated the house up so beautifully for Fall… it smelled great and it looked great and it felt like home.

We gathered, we enjoyed time together, we had a big breakfast with amazing waffles and a whole pile of bacon. Life is good. Have I said that yet?

My hubby and my Dad… posing for the camera… aren’t they cute?! I think I’ll keep them … both!

Happy Birthday Lee!

Our wedding anniversary, Lee’s birthday and my birthday fall during the same week. So, I’ve been cranking out some cards… and I’m just starting to get the itch to work on cards a lot more. (You see, during the summer I close up the stamp/patio room because of the amount of heat in that corner of our house… phew! So, the only stamping I usually get done is on Saturday or Sunday mornings … but I digress…)

So, I got some stamping in last weekend when I went over to a friend’s house… here is Lee’s birthday card.

I just love SU’s Rich Razzleberry… does it still look masculine? I’m hoping so…

Either way… we had steak and potatoes for dinner, cookies and ice cream for dessert and plenty of our favorite t.v. shows on hand. We love getting older around here… it’s just so much fun…

Happy Anniversary to us…

Six years… it’s flown by and it’s taught us a lot… about life, each other, ourselves, love, relationships, trust, patience and friendship. How do you commemorate once a year, when you should really be doing it every day…

Well… we’ve learned to honor each other at the end of the day… to meet up in the kitchen at the end of every day for a hug and a kiss and a “how are you today?”… and at least a moment of “just us”…

But every now and then I truly need to stop and thank God for the gift of intimacy He’s given me in the love of my life… could it be a glimpse of the love He has for me? or is His love deeper? better? different?

Until we know… we will honor each other daily, celebrate annually, and thank Him for the love He has given us in each other. And I get to enjoy beautiful bouquets of flowers like this one… lucky me!

Fun card for my hubby…

So, time w/ my Hubby is much cherished… mostly because his days off are in the middle of the week (when I’m typically working). And his schedule during the week is such that we doesn’t have set “hours”… he comes home once he’s solved all of the day’s problems.

To solve MY problem… I took yesterday off (YES! right in the middle of the week! GASP!) with the sole purpose of hanging out with my husband. We decided to go check out a cooking store. Yes, this is how the Tisdale’s have fun… we shop for pots/pans, utensils, measuring spoons, etc! You got it… even a utensil holder!

So, to start off the day I gave him this card… what a fun day with my husband of nearly 6 years! We went out for our favorite breakfast burritos… then shopped our tails off! Seriously! We were in one cooking store for 4 hours, and then moved along to two more stores to continue the insanity! Then we came home and tried out a new recipe…

And the new recipe? Creamy rice casserole … Zarela’s specialty! Part of that recipe involved roasted poblano peppers… so I grabbed the camera… and wow, it IS melt-in-your-mouth yummy!

I’m a lucky girl…

About a week ago my dear hubby surprised me with some gorgeous flowers. I forgot to take a pic of the petals while they were still beautiful (they’re all droopy now, and not so beautiful) … but look at the nice lil’ card he wrote!

And this was from date night this week… we went down to Coronado Island for some pizza. We got a little crazy w/ the camera on the Crackberry…

I love laughing with my husband… and he makes me laugh a lot.

Has it been 5 years already?!

Five years ago today – dear hubby and I were off eloping!!! How adventurous of us! And I CANNOT believe 5 years has gone by already! 5 years?!
This week is also both of our birthdays. So, it’s a big celebration week … and I’m ever so excited to share this time w/ my hubby.
Here’s the card I made for him… which I just love. And he’s such a technically minded guy – where everything needs to be balanced… and I’m curious to see how he responds to this. Let’s see if I’ve successfuly walked the fine line between perfectly balanced and “off” by just a touch with this card. Let’s see what he says… I’ll keep you posted.
The embossed layer of More Mustard has some extra texture as I colored inside the embossing folder (by simply turning over the ink pad and inking up the top side of the folder) before placing my card stock inside and running it through the Cuttlebug. (Tip: make sure to keep clean the folder right away by running it under water or using a wet wipe – otherwise the plastic stains.)
I may not be around much again this week… our house is in disarray still – but I’m making headway to get it back in order. Will be glad once contractor is done making a mess in my house. Will also be glad to have this work finally done – I’ve been in this house for 9 years and most of this work has needed to be done for that long. So it’s all good. (Except I haven’t had much stamp time… I’ll live, I guess! But not for much longer… hmph!)
Details, details…
Stamp sets: Lovely as a Tree, Frames & Flourishes and Hugs & Wishes
Colors: More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke
Other: Cuttlebug / Textile Texture embossing folder, 5/8″ chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, hemp twine, glossy paper, watercolor crayons (more mustard, close to cocoa and always artichoke), water spray bottle and scallop circle punch