Friday, October 27, 2017

Avery's Pond - October Trail 2017

This was a beautiful little quick walking hike last Friday. My lungs were a bit congested from bronchitis, so I didn't run, but I kept a good hustle.   But this would have been a lovely trail to run.  It has rained the night before so the soil was damp and kind. It was the first time for a rain in a quite a while in this part of Northern California.  The trail is shady and had green moss and wet oak tree smell.  It runs along the the North Fork of the River.  The river sounds were beautiful.
It was a beautiful trek and very therapeutic.  Here are some pictures.  I just went out and back 4.2 miles and I truly want to go again.  There was not a single human on the trail.

Little bridges, the sound of the river, lizards, squirrels and according to the danger sign, Mountain Lions really made it blissful. Like I was visiting their home. It was a Nirvana of sorts that day, the kind that the universe gives you when you need it most but maybe did not even know it.  I will go back and trek some more before it gets tooooo muddy.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Marathon Fall 2017 - a story


About that Marathon... AGAIN...  I say that because I know my poor Facebook friends have been hearing about this all year.  Marathon training... Never give up... Yay... Marathon Done... ect.  So my apologies for what seems endless talk of this 1\2  marathon.
I never wrote my story about this day.  Today I will.    I had planned to write it in they day or two after when I was floating in the clouds and invincible feeling.   Then I went to write about it,  a week later, and I was thwarted by the "Toni get over yourself...." dialogue in my head.    Then there was the drag of not having a new "thing" to train for.... and would I even set goal for a full in 2018?  Now as I sit here I'd like to collect my thoughts and write about my journey.
 Where it all began was last year (2016) I ran/walked a 5k at Urban Cow.   I was under trained and the year was a hard year personally and my running was suffering.  Life .. you know?  Regardless, the 5k  was fun. All the spunk and energy of the race, and the Cow Bell finishing medal really gave me a good feeling even if I had the slowest 5K time for me and mostly power walked it.   I was jog / walking on my own still and doing some organized newbie trail runs and personal trail miles.
It wasn't long after the race that I got notification for the early bird registration special for the next years 5K and Half Marathon.    I debated for a while and thought about my goals and I decided that I would run The Urban Cow Half-marathon 2017.  I was nervous to think of it but I thought seriously, anything is possible in one year.  I can do this.   The excitement kept me going, despite injuries to my ankle and foot (both feet) and REALITY.   
2017 -The training.   I started off the year with the good intentions to run and train better, get stronger and build up endurance.  Basically the first six month of the year brought personal circumstances, work and family... and while I never quit running, or training for this,  I found myself doing some (much) trail running, hiking and not even focusing on street miles.  Always for the reason that I love trails and so does my body.  And on trails, for me, time doesn't matter  as long as you keep moving and the scenery matters and yes a junkie for elevation!!!!  (Always in hindsight, never  at the time).
Flash to 8 weeks before marathon and I  had to get serious.  I was now to turn my training to the street miles, if I could.  My shins and calves hated it, I was  not doing as well as I should be.  I had not ran a current training distance of even more than 5 miles.  So I started walk jogging... and walking intervals.  I put longer and harder distances on my legs.
So by 3-4 weeks before the marathon I had gone 6 , 7 and even 8 miles on the street at a time.  I had good recovery even though I was jog walking.. more walking than I liked.  I wanted longer running stints and less walking.  My race had a four hour limit which is generous, however I was feeling stress that I would complete it on time.  And I also questioned what I would feel like on those mystery miles... 9-13.  The time to get a 9 mile run in before the race was so limited.  I was also working 6 days a week, week after week and shorthanded at work.   
I had very good assurance from my girl, that if I could already do half the mileage, that I was going to be fine.  (but that girl runs up mountains, over night, and hundreds of miles a month!!!) I also went to my running group online (Mom's Run This Town) to get feedback on jog/walkers in this race.   I got a lot of good feedback and was assured that this race was joggy / woggy friendly. (MRRT - Best running group ever)  Everyone said there would be people who walked the whole thing ( that was never my plan, but I love plan B).  I had friends running it and I had it on good authority that the spirit of the race was FUN!
I trained harder in the three weeks before, careful not to hurt myself, but making sure to put in the miles 3-4 times a week.  I was also on a goal to eliminate  the 17/18 minute miles. I wanted assurance that many of the jog/wog miles were 16mm  and even some in the 15mm, I also wanted so see some 14's. I kept training making sure that every mile counted, and  also  even buying a cheap treadmil to use when the weather or fires got bad.    I broke in new shoes and found out on longer runs that my toes went numb around 4-5 miles.  Two weeks before the race.. OH no!!!!     I didn't have a lot of time to adjust, but I got some great tips from the MRRT group (also always tips from my wonder runner daughter).   It seemed that I should start with the lacing issues  since  it I had new shoes, new problem.   I ended up using a special lacing pattern for my right foot.  And race day would be the real test because it was too close to race day to run long and get it to go numb.
On the last week, I trained  up until the Wednesday before the Sunday race. (again more advice from my daughter who reviewed my training plan).  "Perfect" she said.    The two days before the race I was careful not to eat anything different and to stay calm.  I didn't want to loose any energy from bouncing around.  I have also had too many races where all that excitement did not add up to anything except exhaustion on race day.    I also was careful about worrying too much, worry is a big energy suck.
I asked a few friends, and even my therapist  "better to start and not finish....???or never start...?"  Of course the response from all  is that it is always best to try, than to never try.  I guess in my mind I was not ready for a fail, or the thought that I would eventually for myself have to redeem if I didn't make it.
Friday night before the race my daughter confirmed that she would be running too. That made me happy... we car pooled and took our group photo with our favorite group.  I saw familiar faces and got hugs, my ex coworker  and MRRT members.  And always I met new MRRT members.  I don't know how l much I could have taken without my Jess near by and  The MRRT ladies emit a calm love and support in all events that is like soul soothing support and care.
So my girl goes up to the fast group and I get in the big crowd and start walking towards the  start.  I made my excuses in advance to people..."I am probably walking a lot of it..." A sweet running friend was with me at the beginning and she took off nice and strong.  (Stacey).
Mile 1  - Getting settled in..  I recall saying to myself  "12 more to go " when I had finished it.... and then I said to myself.. "don't do that or this is going to be a long race."   I had the words of my running group in my mind. "RUN THE MILE YOU ARE IN" come in to my head and I said it often to myself.  I had other words for myself  such as:  "this is it....!!!  it is here now... !!! Enjoy it and take risks, have no regrets, it is race day and you can do this, and smile. "   True Story all that good self talk went on the first mile and into the second.  And I believed it.  I told myself, this is what all that sweat and worry was about..this is the day to push, succeed, and have fun.  It's a hobby...it has to be fun.   And from then on, I enjoyed it.
Mile 2 - calf shin issue but over all good vibes.  Starting to get happier...and each mile had it's own sweetness.
Mile 3 - feeling better and heading to Down Town... Music and volunteers... great weather.  I had broke away from the masses and had my own little zone that I was in  and I was happy.  There were some Happy Marathon walkers to distract me.  And make no mistake, I memorized the three people in front of me and just how I would pass them. After I passed them I would pick three more.   I did this for the whole race, after all it was a race too. It was time to be competitive.
Miles 4-5... More volunteers......music....  and I was feeling great.  And THEN I was gifted the surprise of hearing... "Go momma..."  My son was standing in front of a building as I passed, I ran to the side to get a kiss. I was completely surprised.   I was strong and happy until I rounded the corner and I started to bawl my head off.  Happy tears,  then I stopped crying because I thought that everyone would think something bad happened to me.  That was the best jolt of love and the endorphins kicked in.
Mile 6 - Volunteers!!!!!  and I knew some of  these ladies from the MRRT Group... all that support and smiles and photos being taken. I can see Fran's smile and hear her voice.  "GO TONI."   I felt super happy and I knew I was half way done.  I felt special, and to show how wonderful it is to have that support, after seeing my son and the mile Six gang, I ran my fastest 1 mile,  2 mile, 5k, 10k.  I was jogging at  faster better pace 15's and 14's.  I can still hear that "go Toni."   And I didn't even care that she chased me down for photos.
Miles 7-10 - These were happy wonderful miles along the River.  I felt the miles just go easy and I ran and walked.  When I ran, I ran well and when I walked, I was powerful.
Mile 11  - It was nice but afterward I felt my first twinges of  pain.  I was not hungry or thirsty and I felt strong, but I was getting stiff in hips and feet.
Mile 12  - it was about being strong.  Nothing was bad and I knew the end was coming so I just let it ride.  I actually finally spoke to a fellow runner, probably to her dismay but she was kind and  she removed her ear plugs and we talked about mile 11 and how was cruel to have us run behind a restaurant.  She was looking forward to a bath and some food.   I was thinking about beer, and we wished each other good luck and ran off.
Mile 13 - Jessica... my girl found me and walked and jogged me in!!!!  There are few words to describe this feeling, happy tears as I write this story.   She gave me some tips and wisdom.  The wisdom that she shared with me will last forever.  And it has to do with me running so fast when I do run.  And for me this year and in the future that will be my goal to find my true sustainable running pace and obviously get faster.  Because  that has been my block and it was revealed to me during this 13th mile. FIND my pace and keep it, running outside my pace to make the "mile" time count, is only a quick fix.  So I learned something big in mile 13.
The finish  - Well.... my feet had odd pain at this time and we walked it to the last 10th of a mil or so and then jogged it in.  I heard my name, I got my Cowbell and I drank beer.  I felt happy.
I had so much fun running downtown, running places that normally would be trafficy or possibly unsafe... it was the best getting an Urban Tour while making running dream come true.
What is next?  I am still deciding.  Here are the pictures of the day.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The First Signs of April - Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe

 Hello my friends I have a book review due today.  I send you this taste of my review...a preview if you will.

This is a beautiful book so far...and Yes, that means I did not finish it. YET.    I know already that I will gush about the book as I completely feel the words and connect to the story.  I love the writing style and my heart is drenched in compassion and understanding with this memoir.   (great elements for a memoir).

Also I think the emerging story is intriguing from the start of the book.  I cannot see anyone wanting to stop.  I know I was always annoyed when pulled away from reading and annoyed that I am not finished.  I feel it is a draw for those wanting  or needing to know a real experience of grief and this is also a beautiful telling of the things that happened along the way.

I will post my review in the next few days.   Life happened with me all kinds of things and I completely overbooked myself in work, violin, running and my blogging.  ( and always my healing... and being). 

Serena...so sorry to be tardy with this.  But this might be the kind of a review that some want.... A taste of a review....

About the Book:
Wounds fester and spread in the darkness of silence. The swirling reds, oranges, and yellows of fall’s foliage dance alongside Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe like flames as she tears through the winding back roads of the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont. Desperate to outrun memories that flood her mind, no matter how hard she rolls her motorcycle’s throttle, she cannot escape them.

Shut down and disconnected, Briscoe has lived her life in silence in order to stay alive. Her grief is buried, and shame is the skin that wraps around her bones—but then, following the brutal murder of a local teacher, she is forced as a grief counselor to face her lifetime of unresolved sorrow. Will she finally be able to crack the hard edges of her heart and allow in the light of truth so real healing can occur?

About the Author
Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe is a licensed mental health counselor currently on sabbatical from her private psychotherapy practice in northeastern Vermont. She currently spends her time between Cape Cod, Vermont, and Ireland. She has a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lesley University and is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and a Certified Trauma Professional. She has been a lecturer for Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies St. Johnsbury, Vermont campus. She has contributed to Cape Woman Online and Sweatpants and Coffee magazine. This is her first book.

 Visit her website, her Facebook, and on Twitter.


Link to the book:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34014139-the-first-signs-of-april
Link to book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2x3hZ1n



Tour Schedule:
Sept. 7: Teddy Rose Book Reviews and Plus More (Book Spotlight/Giveaway)
Sept. 20: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom (Review)
Sept. 28: Debra Smouse (Review)
Oct. 3: Soapy Violinist (Review)
Oct. 4: Diary of an Eccentric (Guest Post)
Oct. 18: The Book Connection (Guest Post)
Oct. 24: Bibliotica (Review)
Nov. 3: Life’s a Stage (Guest Post)
Nov. 4: Readaholic Zone (Review)
Nov. 15: Donna’s Book Reviews (Review)

Follow the tour with the hashtag #MaryBriscoe

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I was born - For the record


Looks like I made it into two newspapers.
A daughter to Edward Coker
&
To Mr. and Mrs. Coker, a daughter.
According to the paper it was a Blessed Event

And here I am three months later in a Santa suit (December 1963), with my father, My Grandma Coker and my sister.


My Grandma taught me to knit.  I have wonderful memories of her.  She sewed full barbie cases of clothing for my dolls,  and made me clothes, and sweaters.   I got to play on her organ during the holidays and she made fabulous candy.   She made other crafts like little Owls out of Styrofoam balls, felt, and so many more things.  I remember that when I walked into the room that she was so very very happy to see me.  I always felt pretty special.   A second divorce in my family would take me away from her by 3rd grade and I never saw her again until I was older.  I got to spend a little time with her in my mid 20's (long enough for her to help me made decent chicken gravy..."you really need to brown that flour, Toni, you are making gravy from raw flour.. get it hot and brown it first!!!"  She also taught me to knit Intarsia, and a few other crafts.   Another family circumstance would then separate us for the rest of her life.

I miss my grandma Coker.  I know she was always proud of me.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

About her

About Her
Do not shush her crying voice
let her weep, let her bleed
wounds run deep and then release.
Do not  press her lips to silence
chaos  then calm
then the waves of peace.
Do not stop  the falling tears
let them drench, let them flow
until there are no more.
Do not quell her need to die
she will surrender
she will love and survive.
Toni Coker Gomez 9/26/2017




Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Solitary Reaper

A favorite of mine....
The Solitary Reaper
BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH


Behold her, single in the field,
Yon solitary Highland Lass!
Reaping and singing by herself;
Stop here, or gently pass!
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
And sings a melancholy strain;
O listen! for the Vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.

No Nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers in some shady haunt,
Among Arabian sands:
A voice so thrilling ne'er was heard
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the farthest Hebrides.

Will no one tell me what she sings?—
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago:
Or is it some more humble lay,
Familiar matter of to-day?
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again?

Whate'er the theme, the Maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o'er the sickle bending;—
I listened, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.

........Those last two lines.....

Saturday, September 9, 2017

This Bridge - The Foresthill Bridge


 

Today I find myself writing about this local bridge.

I am using this picture to draw memories.
What are you writing today? Anything that you'd like to share?

Is there a local bridge, river, landmark or building that you obsess about?
Do you care to share?  Have you written about it?









The Foresthill Bridge

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Writing For Bliss - Diana Raab, Ph.D

A Review by Toni - Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab, Ph.D
Review and giveaway (see end of review for details)

If you are interested in a free give away copy, please leave a comment in the section below.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday, September 12th.



MY REVIEW:

     I had no idea that I would love and feel this book so much.  I thought it would be like so many other "how to guides."  I also had no idea of the connections I would find in reading this book.  I have been journaling since I was very young and I have journaled and written stories and poetry all my life.  I will try to write a sensible review and try not to just gush all over the "page."

     My normal way to read and absorb this kind of book is to read slowly and savor each bit of advice and do all the exercises, and in so many cases these kinds of books don't get finished and become neglected because of that process.  Thank goodness the author recommends reading it through and going back to work on the writing prompts, so I was able to read and take the book into my mind and just be with it without having to act right away.  I will confess to having a few side journaling experiences that did distract, but that was wonderful and it ended a three week journaling drought in my life at a time when I needed it so much.  And yes, the book talks about that too!

     In reading the book I truly learned  (am learning) how to "Write for Bliss." I learned what bliss means, and what it is, and what it is like to experience it through writing.  I learned some of the reasons why I write and how to write what I want and not just what I want others to "hear."  I learned to use my journal as a path into the wonders inside my mind, soul and heart.  I learned how to write the good, the bad and ugly.  I learned how to STOP writing when it is too much.  I learned (am learning) to be patient and cherish the unknown parts and that what I don't know now can be lived at a later time.  I don't need to have all the answers today.

     I found comfort that there could be breakdowns in exposing the raw pain onto the page and I felt comfort that it is okay to seek therapy for courage, healing, and emotional support.  I found courage in confirming statements that there is healing in writing and writing is therapy.  

     Diana Raab put in many beautiful insights of wisdom from writers, healers, seekers and teachers such as, Steinbeck, Jung, B. Siegel, Hemingway, Rollo May, Thich Nhat Hanh, Virginia Woolf  and Rumi.  And that is just a scant sample of the hosts she includes in her book.  This makes it more than a "how to book" it is a gift of medicine for living and pure care and love for the writer's heart and soul.

     And not to disappoint, it is all bundled up with the key ways in which we can prepare for writing through grounding, breathing, meditating, knowing your shadow along with many other techniques to help with cohesive healing and blissful writing.  There are sections on self awareness, transpersonal psychology and setting our intentions.  This includes segments on the wounded healers and storytellers and your inner child.  And still yet, even more! The book contains the "how-to" parts of writing poetry, writing about sex, and even sharing your writing, if you are inclined to share.

     Also, I don't want to leave out one of the best parts that helped me to connect.  In writing the book the author shares her story with us.  Throughout the teaching, she shares her own inspirational path and journey.   Her story is beautiful and transforming, brave and humble.  I feel completely enriched by her story and her book.  I connected to her story and her way of teaching and sharing.  What beautiful care and hard work she put into this book to share her writer's soul and a life time of reality and wisdom from with the words from so many enlightened souls.

     I am so truly grateful to have this book in my life.  I felt as though I entered into the souls of many writers and I don't feel on the outside any longer. I feel connected and pulled in and very encouraged beyond words.  But from the experience of this book, I am sure that  someday soon I will be able to find the words and heart to write more of what that means to me and how I feel about that.

     I recommend this book to all writers, all healers, and all humans whether you write or not.  Read the book with gentle compassion for yourself and your journey.  This book revived my heart and soul in just a simple read through.  I am so eager for a second pass and a third pass and to work on the writing prompts. And I feel so hopeful that I will be able to get deep inside me and find the courage to love, heal and share.  All the "feels" and love for this book.

     I have a therapist/mentor that I have been working with for the past year.  I can truly say that through that care and growth that I have been able to connect to this book.  I just don't want to leave that part out as it is through that connection that this connection became so real and possible for me. Each and every week I learn to live in connection and this book helped me make more connections.

     Thank you Serena at Poetic Book Tours for including me in the blog tour.  I received a free copy of the book so I could review it and have a place in the tour.

If you are interested in a free give away copy, please leave a comment in the section below.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday, September 12th. (USA residents only)  There is one copy to be "raffled off" by random number selection.   Winner will be posted on September 13th.

All the other lovely book details below:
Blog Tour Schedule: 

Aug. 18: Modern Creative Life (Poem)

Sept. 5: Soapy Violinist (Review)

Sept. 5: Modern Creative Life (Guest Essay)

Sept. 15: Mia Sutton (Review)

Sept. 20: Diary of an Eccentric (Book Spotlight/Giveaway)

Oct. 3: Katherine & Books (Book Spotlight/Review)

Oct. 6: Life’s a Stage (Book Spotlight)

Oct. 10: The Reader’s Handbook (Review)

Oct. 13: Life’s a Stage (Review)

About the Book:

A personal narrative can truly have healing and transformative powers. In her inspirational new book, Writing for Bliss, Diana Raab, Ph.D., examines how life-changing experiences can inspire you to write a compelling narrative of your life. A how-to guide for anyone interested in growth and personal transformation, Writing for Bliss will take you on a unique journey of self-discovery, and guide you to your own personal bliss.

Geared for the emerging writer, the seasoned writer, and those in academia, this book leads spiritual seekers down the path of self-discovery through writing prompts, tools for journaling, and embodied and reflective writing techniques; and offers ways to find the best vehicle for profound self-expression.

Those who can benefit from writing a life narrative may have been exposed to early-life trauma, loss, or addiction. Writing your story is a way to reclaim your voice, reveal a family secret, or simply share your story with others. Journaling is a cathartic and safe way to work through your feelings and “direct your rage to the page.”

With the help of this indispensable guide to therapeutic writing, you’ll understand yourself better and be able to deal with various challenges in your life, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, loss of loved ones, diseases, and life transitions.

Offering step-by- step practical exercises for journaling your thoughts, emotions, and memories, along with techniques to jump-start your writing, Writing for Bliss will help you achieve the therapeutic results of writing for healing, and provides essential information for using this technique to transform your life in a meaningful way.

Available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fLPC0o

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/isbn/9781615993239

Advance Praise:

 “Poet and memoirist Raab (Lust) credits her lifelong love of writing and its therapeutic effects with inspiring her to write this thoughtful and detailed primer that targets pretty much anyone interested in writing a memoir. Most compelling here is Raab’s willingness to share her intimate stories (e.g., the loss of a relative, ongoing struggles with cancer, a difficult relationship with her mother). Her revelations are encouraging to writers who feel they need ‘permission to take... a voyage of self-discovery.’ The book’s seven-step plan includes plenty of guidance, including on learning to ‘read like a writer,’ on practicing mindfulness meditation, and on addressing readers as if ‘seated across the table from [your] best friend.’ Raab covers big topics such as the ‘art and power of storytelling’ and small details such as choosing pens and notebooks that you enjoy using. She also helps readers with the important step of ‘finding your form’” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Writing for Bliss brims with the truths of Raab's life, as well as that of other established and beloved authors and philosophers. Writing for Bliss is far more than a "how-to-manual"; it enlightens the creative process with wisdom and a delightful sense of adventure. Bravo to Bliss!’ —LINDA GRAY SEXTON, author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back To My Mother, Anne Sexton and Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair With Thirty-Eight Dalmatians

About the Author:

Diana Raab, MFA, PhD, is a memoirist, poet, blogger, speaker, thought leader, and award-winning author of nine books and more than 1,000 articles and poems. She holds a PhD in psychology—with a concentration in transpersonal psychology—and her research focus is on the healing and transformative powers of personal writing. Her educational background also encompasses health administration, nursing, and creative writing.

During her 40-year career, Dr. Raab has published thousands of articles and poems and is the editor of two anthologies: Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge. Her two memoirs are Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey. She has also written four collections of poetry, her latest collection is called, Lust. As an advocate of personal writing, Dr. Raab facilitates workshops in writing for transformation and empowerment, focusing on journaling, poetry, and memoir writing. She believes in the importance of writing to achieve wholeness and interconnectedness, which encourages the ability to unleash the true voice of your inner self. Dr. Raab serves on the board of Poets & Writers (Magazine Committee), and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Santa Monica, California. She is also a Trustee at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

WEBSITE: dianaraab.com

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/dianaraab

FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/DianaRaab.Author/

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Easy Cheesey Fettucini Sauce by Toni


Simple easy dinner. Its just a bowl of pasta.  Ok..this is not diet.  But so good.

As usual I don't have a recipe....but I did try to get some adequate measurements.  The red utensil is a 1/3 cup measure.

Start boiling the water in the sauce pan.  When the water is boiling add 1/2 package of fettucini noodles. (Salt water if desired)

Then in a meduium sized skillet, add about 3 tblspoons of butter, melt and sautée with four cloves garlic and about 1/8 cup finely chopped onion.

Cook about 3 minutes, careful not to burn the butter or the garlic.

Add a few tablespoons of flour and mix well and then add about 1/3 cup of half and half. I was cooking lightly over medium or low  gas flame.

Stir in a heaping 1/3 cup of sour cream...(uh huh.... so now you know how good it will be).

Add salt and pepper as desired and 2 tablespoons of parsley.  Fresh is THE best but I was out and this was a no trip to the store meal.

Add a handful of cheddar cheese.  Mine was about 1/2 cup.. (Tillamook cheddar) I have big hands, so maybe more.

Stir in about 1/3 cup parmesan cheese.  Again fresh is best, I only had the Kraft stuff. Even more parmesan would work... cheese y'know!

Add in about 1/2 - 3/4 cup of water to thin and let cook simmer about 10 minutes. (Broth would be tastier...I had none)

When the noodles are ready, per package instructions, or how you like it best, strain and put back in the pan and add about 1 cup of the sauce...There will be an extra half a cup of sauce or so....
Go ahead and add it if you want.

Enjoy...then blog about it.  (Simple ingrediate list after the pics)



3 tbls butter, 4 cloves garlic, 1/8 finely chopped onion, 2-3 tbls of flour, 1/3 cup half and half, 1/3 cup sour cream, 2 tbls parsley, salt, pepper, handful cheddar cheese, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2-3/4 cup water..(broth would be better)