Friday, March 3, 2017

Repeal and Replace

Repeal and replace. Like a mantra we've been hearing those words over and over, daily. To a great extent they've come to represent everything that's wrong with our political system. And everything that's right with it. It's left many of our citizens up in the air in terms of their health care because, it seems, the reality will be less "repeal and replace" and more "repeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and after much discussion, infighting and posturing maybe, just maybe, replace."

Whatever the health insurance situation was, is, and will be, I've kinda got this "repeal and replace" earworm going on in my head. I've been resisting, fighting to ignore it but I give up. I give in. Health coverage is out of my hands but I've got my own agenda. Far less political, but here it is, my blueprint for a kinder and gentler world.

Eight things I'd like to repeal and replace:

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1) Childbirth: Can I hear an "amen"? Love my kids, really I do, but having them? That whole process could use a major do-over. Especially if your epidural doesn't work and, since it's one of the busiest days of the year, it takes hours for the anesthesiologist to stop back in. No matter how loud you scream . . . 

and speaking of the hospital:

2) The one sided nature of deductibles: any of them. All of them. Health, auto, homeowners, they all suck. So lets replace it with this: if they get to pay my claims after subtracting a deductible, I get to pay their bill after subtracting a deductible.

3) Winter: Enough freezing cold days and ice storms and a 10 minute trip taking 90 minutes. Not that I'm hoping for global warming. Nor am I denying it's a real thing, BTW. I'm not saying we should completely do away with winter, but I'm all for repealing and replacing it with a new and improved, one month version. February. It's shorter.

4) St. Patrick's Day: No, I don't mean St. Patrick's Day per se. Not a single thing wrong with St. Patrick's day. Not the food, not the parties, not the silly hats, not even the shots of Creme de Menthe or the green beer. But maybe the morning after St. Patrick's Day . . . that could use some work. I propose it start a little later? Or just be a nationally acknowledged day of rest.

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Crockpot Beer-Infused NE Boiled Dinner
Crockpot Beer-Infused NE Boiled Dinner, for St. Patrick's Day or any day. Brown sugar rubbed corned beef, baby carrots, new potatoes and cabbage slow cooked in beer. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #Crockpot #StPatricksDay


and speaking of food:

5) Calories: OK, maybe not so much repeal and replace. Just repeal.

6) Porta Potties: There has got to be a better way. Do you hear me? There has GOT to be a better way.

7) Earworms: This is not a personal request, but a public health issue. Sanity is at risk.

8) The electoral college. Repeal. Replace. One vote per person. Let the people speak.

Anything you'd like to add? Submit your proposal, I'll get a committee together and we'll hold hearings. It'll be about as painless as having teeth pulled. Without anesthesia. Sorry, insurance won't pay for it. 


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Crockpot Beer-Infused NE Boiled Dinner
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 approximately 4# corned beef with seasoning packet
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 (12 oz) beers
4 new potatoes
1# mini carrots
1 head of cabbage

Directions
*One hour before cooking, take the corned beef out of the fridge and allow to sit on the counter.
*When ready to cook, rinse and pat dry the meat. Place the beers in the crockpot with the seasonings from the packet tt came with the meat. Turn on to low.
*Press the brown sugar into the meat and gently place into the crock pot. Allow to cook on low for 5 hours, turning halfway through.
*After 5 hours, remove the meat, trim some of the fat and slice, against the grain. Rinse and pat dry the potatoes, cut into cubes. Place the meat, potatoes and carrots into the crockpot and allow to cook for two more hours.
*Rinse and pat dry the cabbage. Cut in quarters from the top straight down through the core. Place into the crockpot and cook for one more hour.

21 comments:

  1. I had a hard time looking at that recipe early in the morning. I "can't" do cooked cabbage in any form. Raw only.

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    1. Guess you're not someone who uses a slow cooker much then. Gotta look at and get started on recipes in the morning when using it. For me it's worth it to have dinner prep done and cooking, I have the rest of the day to do other things.

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    2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE cabbage...any way I can get it!! YUM YUM YUM!!
      I'm going to try this recipe!

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    3. The cabbage takes on some of the flavors of the rest of the meal, hope you love it. Let me know.

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  2. Hmmm . . . what to repeal . . . I think the necessity of workouts. In my world sitting all day on a couch or (more increasingly) in front of a computer screen will be all the exercise one needs.

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  3. I really like your list and some do not need a replace, like calories that cause fat! I went into sticker shock when I priced a brisket recently, $8.99/pound! My corn beef and cabbage I think will be less expensive chuck roast!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, I'm always searching the circulars for sales. Meat has gone through the roof.

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  4. Amen in #2!! I'm so sick of the insurance industry! They cancelled our healthcare without even telling us----Hubs and I were walking around for a month uninsured because of an error on THEIR part. Then another insult----our car insurance doubled once my son cancelled his policy with them. They felt justified in charging us because they said he was still a resident in our home and needed their coverage if he ever drove our cars. Ummm....NO. And don't even get me started on their damn deductibles. Anyway.....excited to see you shared a crock pot recipe for the New England dinner----this has always been a favorite of mine, but I've never tried making it in a crock pot. Yummy!! Lastly, if winter has you down, you know you always have a place to stay here in sunny SoFlo if you want..... :)

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    1. I have never recommended an insurance company before but we switched to Geico and I love them. Their customer service is unbelievable. The boys have had problems on the road and Geico went above and beyond. More than once.
      Flying PurDude to sunny SoFlo for Spring Break and meeting him there. Can't wait to walk the beach.

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    2. Where in Florida will you be??

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    3. We'll be at my mom's on Marco Island. The boys are dying to see her (me too, of course, but I just saw her in August and they didn't).

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    4. I'm not sure how far that is from me. I live just a pinch north of Ft. Lauderdale. I would love to meet you--we could drink your Mai Tai recipe (which is a big hit here!!) in my tiki bar! Think about it........I would seriously love to meet you <3

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  5. If you'll run for office, I'll vote for you......Oh wait, we're in different states, that would be voter fraud or something.

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    1. Ha ha, that's the second time today you had me literally laughing out loud.

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  6. Very nice. I love your post. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  7. Here here my friend I do so agree with you

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  8. Repeal bad backs. Replace with good backs. Oh, how I miss those days before my back went bad. Why are so many of us prone to back problems? Another one - repeal middle aged eyes. Replace with eyes of our youth that didn't need a magnifying glass for the small print. Repeal my sweet tooth - no, wait, don't! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.

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    1. I sympathize with you on the back problem and I totally agree with you on they eye thing. I have to wear glasses with my contact. Ugh.

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