Moment of Clarity

Have you ever just had a moment when suddenly everything is clear? You realize who will always be there for you, who was just using you, and who the people are that you only exist when they need something? I had that moment this morning. It is funny I have been trying to hold on to things for so long, never letting go of past mistakes, never letting go of things I have done. Suddenly I realized holding onto the past is what keeps getting me hurt now. When do we as humans say enough is enough? When do we stop doing for others? Is it when we have these moments? But what if they are fleeting moments of clarity only to be clouded in the next second? How do we know these moments are real or are just brought on by heartache and hurt?

I don’t know the answers to those questions but I do know that my moment of clarity has happened. No more. No more doing for others who really do nothing for you. If someone wants something from me you will pay me for my time or you can find someone else. No more being used, no more being hurt, no more being ignored. I am done. It is time to move on with my life and stop holding others hands.

I was heartbroken for someone this morning, hadn’t slept well because they were on my mind. Then something happened. I found out they had a facebook page and went to see it, wanting to add them as a friend. Only to find out I was used and lied too. No more, from anyone. In that moment a couple of other people came to my mind and I realized that I am always quick to be there for everyone but really can’t seem to find anyone when I need someone or something.

Sometimes heartache can be the biggest motivator ever. I have been blaming all my sadness, loneliness and everything on past events. Thinking maybe I deserved this but now I realize that no, I didn’t. I think God has been beating it into me that I need to quite being so stupid and taking everything at face value. I think I have finally realized that lesson and now I am moving on. So if you don’t hear from me, now you know why.

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Best BBQ Sauces we have tried in my house!

Best BBQ Sauces

Here are some recipes my Mom and Dad use when they are grilling out.

American BBQ Sauce:

1 med. onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp. butter

3/4 c. catsup

3 tbsp. brown sugar

3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. prepared steak sauce

1 tbsp. cider vinegar

Dash of hot pepper sauce

Saute onion in butter over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, simmer 20 minutes. Refrigerate cooled barbecue sauce in tightly covered container for up to 2 weeks.

This one takes a bit to make but OMG! It is so good. It is also good with grilled veggies believe it or not!

Sweet Hot BBQ Sauce:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 jalapeño chile, seeded, chopped
2 large plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup smoked sun-dried tomatoes or regular sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons mild-flavored (light) molasses

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, ginger, and garlic; sauté until onion is tender, about 7 minutes. Add both bell peppers and jalapeño; sauté until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add plum tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes; sauté until tomatoes soften slightly, about 5 minutes. Add wine and all remaining ingredients; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until all vegetables are soft and mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. Cool slightly.
Puree barbecue sauce in processor or blender until almost smooth, adding water by tablespoonfuls for desired sauce consistency. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Cool slightly, then cover and refrigerate.

Hearty BBQ Sauce

3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Combine all in a saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 40 minutes. Stir occasionally.

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