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  • Dixie Ryan: They say this gets easier with time

  • According to the experts, each first holiday that passes after you have lost a loved one is the worst. They claim that after those first days pass things get much better.

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  • According to the experts, each first holiday that passes after you have lost a loved one is the worst. They claim that after those first days pass things get much better.
    I have made it through all of those holidays except the day he passed away. That will be next Friday and then according to those experts I will be fine. I sure hope they are right because I sure do miss him a lot. I think that is the hardest part, the loneliness, so I look forward to happier times.
    We have moved all his saws, tools, junk, fishing poles, tackle boxes and more junk to the old Outlet Mall in Odessa next Saturday at 10 a.m. there will be an auction of his things. The address of the building is 1288 W. U.S. 40. If you want to see a lot of stuff try to come, I will be there and would enjoy meeting some of you.
    I am preparing to do some remodeling, either in preparation for selling the house or just staying here and enjoying some new paint and carpet. Life is difficult at times.
    Grilled Glazed Mini Dogs
    This recipe is one of Paula Deen’s husband specials.
    2 Tablespoons ketchup
    2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
    3 Tablespoons Apricot Jam
    1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste
    One 12-16 ounce package mini wieners (cocktail franks)
    Light the grill or preheat the broiler to high. Whisk together the ketchup, mustard, jam and hot sauce in a small pan and set aside. Arrange the mini wieners in a grill basket or on a baking sheet, bruth then all over with glaze. Grill or bril the wieners for 2 minutes, then flip them and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Watch carefully to see that they don’t burn. Brush with more glaze and serve. You can also put the wieners in the crock pot and cover them with the mix also. Cook for several hours on low. If you try this method I would recommend you double the recipe for the sauce and pour over the wieners in the crockpot.
    Another of Michael’s great recipes is this:
    Navy Bean and Ham Hock Soup
    1 pound dried navy beans, soaked overnight
    6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
    1 or 2 smoked ham hocks
    1 large yellow onion, finely diced (about 1 cup)
    2 large carrots, finely diced (about ? cup)
    2 stalks celery, finely diced (about ? cup)
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    1 1/4 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon pepper
    3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
    Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook covered until the beans are tender, about four hours on high or 8 hours on low. Uncover and cook for one hour more, until thickened. Place ham hock on cutting board. Removed all meat and fat from the bone, cut the meat into pieces and return to the slow cooker. Serve hot.
    Page 2 of 2 - If you come to the auction ask where I am and introduce yourself. I always enjoy meeting my readers.
    See you next week.
    Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.
     
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