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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


The D.E.A Breaks an Egg


Remember this thing?  Wait, let me show you the picture that explains it better.


Now do you remember?

Friday night one of my sweet friends came over to help me cook for a little job I got catering a brunch for a ladies horse clinic.  Did you know I’m a caterer?  Me neither, but apparently I am.


This is my sweet friend, Dea, better known as The D.E.A.  Don’t mess with her, she’ll take you down town in handcuffs!  Okay, just kiddin’, but she is pretty tough and cute and funny and, get this, she and her husband were my Damn Ramsey advisers.  So, I can’t spend any money when I’m around her…ever.

Dea is a big time city girl.  She’s lived in California and Chicago, where she got her master’s degree, she’s a physical therapist.  Dea, I have this pain in my lower back.  Now Dea lives in a big house at the end of a culdesac.  She thinks it’s ‘cute’ that we live out in the country and have animals and a garden and ‘stuff’.  The first time she came out to my house I gave her the grand tour which lasted all of 2.9 seconds and she said, “Hmm, I think I might be able to do this for a day or so, but then I’d need to get back to the culdesac.”

Just so you know, before Dea came out I emailed to warn her that I would be taking pictures of the whole ordeal and there was a pretty good chance that most of them would end up on my blog.  She thanked me and put on make-up before she came.  Isn’t she darling?  That’s how I described her to Clay before I knew her, “She’s that darling little woman with the dark curly hair and sparkly eyes.”

100_8220One of the items on the menu was an Egg/Cheese/Asparagus thing, or casserole, or souffle, or something.  I think in my kitchen it will always be called a casserole.  I’m from western Kansas we say casserole and we say it with pride.

I decided it would be fun to have The D.E.A crack open that big ars egg and she was happy to oblige.  Let’s take a look and see what the egg beheld…..

Fast Tube by Casper

Just twoooooo!


Dea and I had a great time.  We talked the entire time we worked.  We covered all the important things: food, faith, kids, finances and family.  The only time we weren’t talking is when we were shoving something yummy in our pie holes.  In the span of three hours we made the egg casserole, a cheesy potato dish, a rasberry vinagerette, chocolate cookie muffins, cinnamon coffee cake muffins and these….


pumpkin muffins adapted from Jenni’s most holy of holy pumpkin bread recipe.  Dea has a little boy that is allergic to eggs and these muffins ain’t got no eggs!  I would share the recipe with you, but then I’d have to kill you.  Just kiddin’, kinda.   I’ll ask Jenni if I can share it or maybe she’ll be kind enough to post it on her blog.  Jenni?  Jenni?  Hellooo, throw us a bone here Jenni.


I will share this with you.  That old alluminum shaker is one of my favorite things.  I bought two of them at an auction for .50 cents.  One has cinnamon and sugar in it for toast and rolls and such.  This one is always full of powdered sugar to give a proper dusting to any muffin or cake or child that needs a little sugar on top.

Thanks for helping me Dea, you’re a gem!

Stay tuned I’ve got lots of great pictures of the horse ranch we delivered all the food to.

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