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It’s a love-hate relationship


By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Do you have many Love-Hate relationships in your life? I have a few and seem to find more everyday. I will preface this article by saying that I am truly grateful for everything and everyone in my life but am just acknowledging those “augh!” moments. My philosophy has been to embrace those people or things that are challenging and add some giving comic relief to those Love-Hate relationships before they drive you crazy.

LOVE Food. Oh my Lord, do I ever love food. Born in the land of bread, butter, and potatoes, I have paid tribute to those delicious foods for my entire life. What I have finally realized is that they have not done me any favors in the weight department. Additionally, my lack of willpower and good nutritional sense has caused me to hate my bathroom scale. This year I am working on that relationship and hope to be smiling at my scale by early May.

LOVE My Husband. Yes, I do, but does he always have to be right? We have had an antagonistic relationship from Day 1 since both of us tend to be right all of the time. He asks a lot of questions because he knows that I have to be reminded to do some errands, which drives me nuts, BUT if he did not remind me, then I would forget. Yes, the more I say this out loud it is clear that this is definitely my problem. Scratch that...sorry honey (smile).

LOVE My Intelligent Son. But alas, the smarter the child, the better the response. The answers you used to give to your child at ages 5, 6, and 7 were easy and taken at face value and all was good. Now, I have a teenager who can hold a great debate on the simplest topic of time management and getting chores done and, with incredible logic. I am going to have to take Debate 101 next semester just to improve on my game.

LOVE Minnesota. Born and raised in the land of 10,000 lakes and 5,000 days of cold weather, I cannot imagine living somewhere else and missing the first snow of the year and all of the hype that goes along with it. But, I do not like North Pole temperatures, toes that never warm up, scratchy wool clothing, and frozen dirt and salt on my car, shoes, floors, and clothing. It is so cold that our little chihuahua takes a bathroom break in three seconds flat---any longer and he would be a yard statue…with one leg up of course.

By the time you read this, we will be in the middle of a Minnesota heat wave with balmy temps of 25-30 degrees. Time to wash the car Minnesotans! If you are also thinking of the upcoming Super Bowl and looking for a new appetizer, try this one that includes my new favorite condiment---sweet chili sauce. Yum!

Yummy Wonton appetizers

1-2 pounds cooked shredded pork or chicken

1 package square wonton wrappers

½ package softened cream cheese (4 oz)

4-5 tablespoons Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce

1 bag fresh coleslaw

Shredded Swiss or Monterey Jack cheese

Dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder to your liking

Optional: Chopped cilantro and finely chopped onions

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook the coleslaw in a skillet with couple of tablespoons of butter until soft. Add the cream cheese and stir before adding the remaining ingredients. Reserve the shredded cheese to sprinkle on top.

While the coleslaw is cooking, spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. Place each wonton wrapper into a cup of the muffin pan, and press it into the bottom and sides. You will need to fold it a bit to make it fit. Lightly spray the wrappers with nonstick spray.

Fill the wonton skins with the mixture and bake for 8-12 minutes. If the mixture is hot when you put it in the skins, you will not need to bake as long. Keep an eye on them so the skins do not burn. Enjoy!

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