My Sweet Marie

Archive for March 2011

I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance – waiting to get into the bathroom.

Bob Hope


Love your enemies. It’ll make ’em crazy.


Laughter is the shock absorber that eases the blows of life.


Last night I made a dish that turned out real good so I thought I’d share with you all! Try this one out. If you have a lot of leftover chili then skip the first few steps! Go directly to the corn batter! I used a store-bought packaged batter mix, easy as pie!

For the chili you need:

  • 1 lb of ground meat
  • 1 can of beans (black, kidney etc)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 rib of celery diced
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1/2 red or green pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno (if you like) minced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (stewed or not)
  • 1 tbsp of cumin
  • 1 tbsp of chilli powder
  • 1 pkg of cornbread muffin batter prepared or 1/2 of a homemade recipe (recipe below)
  1. Sautee the meat with the veggies till the meat is browned.
  2. Add in the tomatoes, beans and spices. Stir well. Pour into a baking pan, about a 9×13 size.
  3. Pour the cornbread batter over the chili and bake at 350 for an hour and 15 minutes. let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Scoop into a bowl and top with a dab of sour cream if that’s your thing! Or even a bit of cheese would be lovely!

Cornbread Muffin batter

You will need:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup milk or soya,almond or rice milk.
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin pan or line with paper muffin liners.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add egg, oil and milk; stir gently to combine. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
    3. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

    Bon Appetit!

    Don’t be sad-
    I am in a snowflake,
    I am in the rays of sun,
    I am in the sparkling of stars


    Our dear friend Glen lost his father this week. Our hearts go out to you Glen and Paulette and your families, we are thinking of you. Above is a little poem for you all.

    Sweet Marie


    At long last we have filed our taxes. I don’t know why but every year we put it off!! Procrastination is my husband’s middle name! We do the taxes ourselves now, to save money and believe me it is not difficult. The big job is getting it all ready!! UGH!! What a pain in the butt! So far, so good, looks like we both will get a return, not a big one but we are not paying!

    Have you done your taxes yet? Do you do them yourself or pay someone else to do them? Either way it’s a pain! I remember one year when I was doing a contract job and had no taxes taken off all year, and then I had to pay over $4,000, that really stung! And to top it all off, I had to pay to have them done…UGHHHHH!

    Remember the days when you had day care or education receipts to write off…sure miss those days but not the day care or education expenses!! LOL!

    Did you ever wonder when taxes started? Well, according to Wikipedia, The First World War had mostly been financed by traditional means, but in 1917, a tax on income was introduced as a temporary measure to fund the war. The income tax has since become a permanent feature of the Canadian tax system. The Second World War led to dramatic change in the tax system. The percentage of Canadian government revenue from indirect taxes fell from 90% in 1913 to less than 40% by 1946. Instead, Canadians began to pay income taxes and direct taxes has since provided the greatest bulk of government funding.

    Now, I’ll bet you didn’t expect a history lesson today now did you? Hope that was helpful, I feel better now!

    Sweetest regards,

    Sweet Marie

    Still 49 and Feeling Fine!


    On  Your Graduation

    Very well done, dear Jodie-Lynn

    You’re special through & through.
    You’ve had sucess with flying colours 
    We’re  so very proud of you.
    You were once a helpless baby,
    But, even then I knew,
    You had strength and determination,
    To always see you through.

    Good luck Jodie in your nursing career and in future endeavors!

    Love you,

    Aunt Marie and Uncle Denis