Pigs In a Blanket (Minis)

I had 5 left over hotdogs … and a can of croissants …


Serves: 4 – 6
Total Time Estimate: 30 Minutes (or less)



1 Can Croissants – Cut into sections

5 Hotdogs – Cut into 1/3 portions



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper

Open can of croissants and cut each portion of dough into 2-3 sections.

Cut hotdogs into 3rds.

Roll each hotdog portion into the cut dough.

Place evenly on the lined cookie sheet.

Place prepped Pig Minis in preheated oven and allow to bake until golden brown.

Serve warm, Enjoy!



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Instant Pot (Lux Mini) – Beef Curry

The Instant Pot (aka Insta-pot) has been a great addition to my kitchen!

I recently made a pot of  curry and was very impressed with this little, but powerful tool!

Serves: 4 – 6
Total Time Estimate: 30 Minutes


1 lb. cubed beef
3 oz. curry cubes (S&B Golden Curry)
1 lg. red onion, cubed
1/2 small bag carrot, matchsticks
3 C. water or broth, your choice
1 T. oil, of choice
2 med. white potatoes, cubed


Read entire set of instructions before beginning …

Turn on Instant Pot and press ‘Saute’ button.

Heat oil in pot, add onion and carrot – saute’ until onions are translucent.

Add beef and slightly brown on one side.

Add potato and water/broth, heat till liquid is warm.

Add curry cubes and let dissolve. Once dissolved, stir until all is blended well.

Place the lid on top and twist into the ‘locked’ position with vent closed.

Press ‘Pressure Cook’ and set for 20 minutes.

Sit back and let the Instant Pot work its magic!  Once it is done cooking and pressure has been released, gently stir and serve…

This curry is best when served hot! I like it without rice but a lot of folks like this over rice. It is delish in any way you serve it – Enjoy!  

Caution – Caution : Contents Will Be Under Pressure – Be safe and read the manual enclosed with the cooker before starting and/or making any recipe!




An Egg-cel-lent Year Awaits !

Happy New Year ! 

To kick things off, my recipe for Deviled Eggs and  ‘cheers’ to an egg-cel-lent, 2018!

Deviled Eggs

Total Time Estimate: 30 Minutes 


6 eggs
¼ cup mayo
1 t red wine vinegar
1 t yellow mustard
add  salt to taste
add black pepper to taste
add paprika (for garnish)


Read entire set of instructions before beginning …

Place uncooked eggs in medium size sauce pan and cover with water. 

Heat water/eggs to boiling (on medium heat) and time for 5 minutes, once water begins to boil.

Place ice in a medium size glass or metal bowl and fill 1/2 with water, set aside.

Gently, drain hot water from the pan. Begin to crack each egg-shell with a firm smack on the top of the egg with the bottom of a metal spoon. Note: crack the egg while still in the pan to avoid burning your hands. 

Once cracked, place each egg in the bowl of iced water. The eggs will cool quickly, once cooled enough to handle comfortably, peel off the shell and set aside.

Slice each egg length-wise and spoon the yolk from the egg-white into a mixing bowl while placing the empty halves on a serving tray. 

Gather all items from the ingredients list and mix together until very smooth. You may need to use a fork during this part in order to crumble the yolk finely. 

Evenly spoon the mixture into the egg white halves and sprinkle with the paprika, serve and enjoy!

These are a great ‘make-ahead’ type of appetizer and can be stored in a container, in the fridge for the following day. 






Letting Go…

At times, I find that I am fighting for things to happen in this life.

Fighting by way of punching air, not hitting anything but I have the best gloves and the best right hook and by God…

I am fighting with all I have, with great force! 

I also find … I am most times fighting for a job, a relationship, a task, a destination – that will let me down again, dismiss me, and take me and my effort for granted – over and over and over. Why am I fighting for these things?

What is this fight really about? 

Today, I choose to fight … To Let Go!

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Date: 8/9/17

Written By: Beverly Stephens

Photo: Taken w/ iPhone 6 Plus – by Beverly Stephens

My Son & TBI

My son was born on Christmas Day…this was such as beautiful gift … I can not even express the gratitude I have for this event …

The years flew by and during the summer of my sons 17th year of life he was hit by a van that was traveling at 45 mph while he was crossing the median on his skateboard.

He was flipped up and over the van due to impact and landed on the pavement below.

He was instantly lifeless… and not expected to live.

When I arrived at Children’s Hospital I was greeted by the Chaplin and a Social worker … my son was NOT going to die – why were they here?

They guided me to a private room and started to prepare me for the worst….

I broke down…

He survived …

He ended up with a broken orb, broken clavicle, lobe damage and a diagnosis of TBI.

The broken clavicle required surgery for bolt placement so he went under…

12 days after being admitted he went from being in critical condition to walking out on his own! I was told over and over by so many doctors this is very rare and they have only heard of someone surviving what he went through and most lost use of their legs…

He had a short set back and was readmitted due to an infection at the clavicle surgery site, which required an additional surgery to clean the wound and all I could think was he is NOT going to die… is he?

He stayed a few more nights and was sent home with a picc line. It was the first time I was alone to be his nurse… I had to go to work and leave him on the couch and hope that he did not start to bleed out at the site. I was a wreck leaving him there …

We made it …

He has gone through physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and other types of therapy… He has taken physiological tests… he has been measured, reviewed, watched, prodded…


He continues (years later) to experience issues with response time, fine motor skill, depression, anxiety, emotion control, a sleep disorder and involuntary limb movement when he does sleep… (there is more)

Sometimes I cry for myself because I am tired, sometimes I cry for him because he is tired and sometimes we cry together…

I have a lot going on … It has been a hard year with a few really good victories!

We are not giving up…
For more information about TBI please visit the below website and remember you never know what someone is going through, be kind, you don’t have to understand it all… just be kind :



“Depression has no appointment, it invades and controls. It’s like a dim lit dream with the exception of never waking from the darkness, the haze, the despair. Snooze…

You may consider yourself aware and with intelligence but…depression will trick even you… Fool…

You will look and never see the train, the cliff, the bridge, the ledge… Jump…

Your voice has been stripped from your throat and no one listens anymore. Silence..

You are erased, dismissed, counseled, looked down on, talked about in whispers… AND they think you do not know… Look Away…

You smile, nod, agree, go with it… Die’g…

The mask saves and kills. You long to be free. Depression…”

By bstephens


According to http://www.adaa.org: Depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.

For help contact: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)

Another great resource for individuals who know or suffer from TBI: http://m.brainline.org/content/content.php?id=782


Laxmi Road | India | Let Go …

One day, early… I hopped in a rickshaw and headed out for shopping!

My friend “Pradnya” introduced me to this way of taxing and to Laxmi Road, itself.

I had heard many times that, Laxmi Road was ‘the place’ to go at least once during any stay in Pune! Who was I to argue about a shopping experience… in India!?

Once I arrived- I hit the ground running,  little did I know at the time that this area is about 4 km (approx 2.5 miles) of pure bliss. Scarves, Kurti’s, Jewelry, Sandals and the list goes on and on.

Laxmi Road is a blocked off area on the streets of Pune which serves as an outside mall, in direct sunlight and without covering … Hot! Hot! Hot! … to be expected I guess because afterall, this area IS named after a Goddess !

This area is VERY popular and today is no different. People of all areas of India and beyond seem to be covering every inch of this place. It is remarkable, overcrowded, buzzing with energy and full of a language that I do not understand.

This day in my life, is one that, I will never forget.


Photographed by Beverly Stephens

Pictured above is traditional party jewelry. I absolutely loved this piece -and- it had matching earrings! I bought it no matter the price… I do not even recall how much it was because it just did not matter. The price was “Mine” dollars!

Unfortunately, I never wore this nearly as much as I thought I would…


Photograph by Beverly Stephens

The one thing I really liked about this piece and a lot of necklaces displayed in India is the portion that is placed around the back of the neck is made of cord or string. This makes it very comfortable to wear and also there is ease in adjustment by simply tieing it tight or loose.

In May of 2016, I decided to declutter more of my jewelry and this set was amongst the selections that I chose to purge. If you are interesting in seeing what other earring and necklace sets that I decluttered, the video is below.

Cherish your belongings and the memories they were a part of … but above all, when items no longer serve you… say ‘Thank You’ and let go…