21 June 2010

Friends, Meet a Friend

Hello, Dear-ios.

A while ago I had mentioned that maybe someone would like to post on this here loverly website and meet some of my new and used friends. Okay, not used, but old just didn't sound right either. Long-term??? Whatever. I digress. I had one such dear-io respond and she jumped right in with some of the most delicious sounding recipes that I am desperate to try.

I would like to introduce you all to a friend of mine from high school. A girl that I always remember with laughter and smiles. She was one of those girls that didn't look at my crazy because I was crazy, and one of those that didn't judge the bad hair, glasses, braces, or clothes. She allowed me to be me, she allowed everyone to be themselves and the girl could sing.

Oh, and when she says I would run up to her in the hallowed halls of LBSS, please remember that I run with the grace of a gazelle and my loud screaming voice has the dulcet tones of an angel in God's chorus. Really.

So, Dear-ios. May I present to you the lovely and talented Desirae, forever in my heart as Dee-Dee (sorry, maybe I'll just use D from now on).

Hello all. My name is Desirae (many of you would remember me as Dee-Dee). Why is it that in school we hated our first name and demanded to be called by our nick names? I attended Lake Braddock Secondary School Class of 94. I was in Choir my freshman and sophomore year. This is where I meet and became friends with Carin. I was a tomboy and tended to hang out more with the guys, but Carin was my huggie buddy. She could always make me smile, by seeing me in the hall and screaming huggieeeeeeeeeee. We bonded on the trip to Harpers Ferry and then at her house when a group of use were rehearsing for a skit in one of the Choir performances.

I lost touch with her as the years past, but now we have reconnected. Many of you I just passed in the halls, but in many ways I regret not getting to know you all a lot better. I am enjoying face book as it has given me the opportunity to get to know a lot of you on a more personal level.

As for brief bio – I reside in Cameron, South Carolina. I am married to a farmer (Bill), who manages the family farm of cotton and peanuts (the farm has been in their family since 1737). One day if you want to know our story I will tell it to you. He is my rock, my solid ground. There is a quote that fits us best and it is this: “I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage, or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. Anaïs Nin”

We have two little boys Jacob (2.5) and Capers (6 months). I recently have become a stay-at-home mom and trying my best to make it work for me. I am a work alcoholic by nature. I am however enjoying the boys and all their antics. Face book is my escape when I need a little break for myself and also Carin’s blog, which I enjoy immensely. Girl, you are a wonderful writer.

My hobbies are photography, reading, hiking, fishing, camping and just about anything to do with being outside. Anything else you would like to know, look me up on face book and ask away.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Pot Roast Recipe
2 Cans Golden Mushroom Soup
2 Cans Water
1 package Beefy Onion Mix (either Lipton or Knox)
Beef Roast or Pork Roast (both are good)

Mix Soup, Water and Beefy Onion Mix in Crock Pot, Place in Roast, and Cook on low all day while at work.

You can add the following Veggies if you like, Green Beans, Potatoes, and Carrots. I used just green beans and it was very good.

Serve with Rice or Mashed Potatoes and biscuits.

Desirae’s Chili


5 lbs hamburger meat
4 cans rotel tomatoes with chilies
4 packs of chili seasoning
3 large cans of light kidney beans or pinto beans
2 cups water – although you may want to add more

Mix all ingredients together, bring to a boil, then simmer for at least three hours. You can also cook on low for more than 3 hours, I have found the longer it cooks the better it is.

Linguine with Chicken, Leeks And Tomatoes

4 tablespoons of Olive oil
8 Boneless skinless chicken (thinly sliced)
1/4 cup of Butter; (1/2 stick)
3 large Leeks; (white and pale , & green parts only), thinly sliced or 1 large onion, chopped
1 package of sliced mushrooms
4 Garlic cloves, minced
one 28 ounce can of Italian diced tomatoes (pre-seasoned with basil, oregano and garlic)
3 tablespoons of Dry vermouth or a Dry White Wine
1 pound of Linguine; freshly cooked
1 cup of grated Parmesan

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and sauté until just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Cool slightly. Thinly slice chicken crosswise and set aside. Melt butter in same skillet over medium-low heat. Add leeks and garlic and sauté until leeks are very tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, vermouth and chicken. Cook until mixture is just heated through, about 2 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper. Combine chicken mixture, linguine and 1/2 cup Parmesan in large bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with basil if desired. Serve, passing remaining Parmesan. Serves 4. Bon Appetit June 1992.

Thank you, D. I think we can all see why she has Farmer Bill... wink wink. But, seriously. This chick rocks. I'm lookin forward to hearing the story of D and the Farmer, and if I don't then maybe I'll make it up and turn it into a fairy tale. "D and the Farmer". Anyways, I think you can all see that D still has it. It being kindness, open-heartedness, spunk (SAHM on a full-time 300 year old farm???!!!), and well, she gives GREAT hugs.

Sending one your way, D. HHHUUUUUGGGGGIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!!!


  1. Awww yeah... Hi Dee Dee... =)

  2. Awe Carin, you are so sweet. I will work on our story just for you and send it to you.

    Hello Lisa. :)

  3. I don't cook, but they all sound delish...I will print for my husband to make!

    Thanks for sharing!


  4. I dream of living on a 300 year old farm...my husband, not so much! Thanks for sharing these yummy recipes and a little bit about yourself! Looking forward to reading the fairy tale! I'm a fellow LBSS Bruin...but from another decade! I was leaving as you were arriving ~ wow ~ that makes me old!

  5. Kathie - how in the world have you found a man that cooks? Josh makes 3 grilled cheese sandwiches before one is edible. No joke. Maybe he does it on purpose so I'll cook.....

    Kristi ~ you are SO not old. You didn't head out of LBSS that much earlier than we did. There were still the same teachers and the same Rat Patrol, so that makes us just about even :)

  6. ummm, yeah I wish I could cook but as you and D probably saw, it took me 18 eggs, 5 cake box mixes, maybe 6 I lost count, too make 1 cake and 18 cupcakes. I fear if I try this recipe I might burn the house down.

  7. Kathie - my hubby cooks and cleans too. He loves to clean. It used to bug me about laundry cause he had his own way - so to make us both happy - he does laundry and I put it away. Although when it comes to the kitchen we both clean it together. He helps me clean cause he said it will get done faster and then we have more time to spend. I am truly

    I have a ton more recipes if y'all want them.

    Barn Owl - I will work on that story for y'all.

    Jenn - Honey these recipes are simple - you just mix it all in the crock pot and let it cook (well the first one anyway) I can send you more crock pot recipes if you like.

  8. Hi Dee Dee!
    Loved reading about you and your adorable family!

    Do share your 'story of us' with us all some time.

    And thanks for the recipes, I typically cook stove top, even for stews, but I've been looking into crock pots because of my long commute, which means less time to cook.

    Again, thanks for sharing!

  9. P.S. - so I was a little late to the meet and greet...