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how do you handle a week’s worth of cold gray windy rainy crappy NC weather?

Ok how do you handle a week’s worth of cold gray windy rainy crappy NC weather? With a pot of AWESOME clam chowder that’s how!

Steam open and save broth from 100 Cherrystone or Mahogany clams. Get them while they are on sale, and freeze the broth in quart containers. Don’t even bother with canned clams, clam juice, clam broth, nothing compares to the REAL DEAL but if you don’t have fresh clams, I guess you gotta use what you can get your hands on…

  • 2qts clam broth with clam meat. Separate clam meat and keep in fridge until needed.
  • 1qt heavy cream.
  • 1 1/2 white onion, finely diced.
  • 3-4 celery sticks finely chopped
  • 3-4 white potatoes, peeled and finely diced.
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped.
  • 1cup yellow corn (if desired).
  • 1lg spring onion finely chopped (also called salad onion, get them in February and March and freeze some).
  • 4slices bacon cooked crisp, drain on paper towel.
  • 3-4 bay leaves.
  • 1tbsp thyme.
  • 1/2tsp mace.
  • 1tsp white pepper.
  • salt to taste.
  • 2/3cup light butter roux.*

In a cast iron skillet fry the bacon until crisp, set aside. In the bacon grease saute the onion until it begins to turn clear, then add celery and corn (if desired) and cook until softened.

At the same time in a separate 3qt. pot, add the potatoes, garlic, and spring onion to the clam broth and bring to boil until potatoes are tender. Add bay leaves and thyme and mace during this time. Add white pepper, salt to taste.

Add the celery, onion, and corn mixture to the heavy cream in an 8qt pot, bring to boil and start reducing over medium heat. Crumble the bacon into the cream mixture.

*After adding celery and onion to the heavy cream in an 8qt pot, melt 1/2 stick butter in cast iron skillet, add wonder flour until you get a light roux, let this brown only slightly.

Add the butter roux to the cream mixture in the 8qt. pot, once the potatoes have reached the level of tenderness you like, add the potatoes and the clam broth to the cream mixture in the 8qt. pot and bring to boil. Boil for 30mins, reduce heat and add clams. Stir and simmer another 30mins then ladle into bowls, garnish with chopped chives or parsley, serve with fresh baked bread!



The financial side of Plexus

The financial side of Plexus is becoming harder for us to talk about because¬†David and I are not sure how to bring it up without sounding like complete braggarts or just flat out liars because it does seem WAY too good to be true. But if you are that person who was like me, who is a momma who worked hard to contribute to their family, who enjoys feeling accomplished and has a strong drive, but also who struggled because at one point had to say no to certain things for the family because of financial reasons, who sacrificed so her babies could have…. listen up. Or maybe you are the dad who worked tirelessly for his family, who left for work before the kids woke up and got home after they went to bed, who did everything just to get ahead a tiny bit but sometimes just wished he had more freedom and wasn’t working for someone else.

I’m speaking directly to that mom and/or dad who dreams of something more, something bigger. Who believes their family, not just her or him, is destined for something more. I never dreamt of being a real millionaire or someone who had ZERO financial worry. I mean, that would be great! But what I wanted more than anything was to be able to buy my family things they wanted/needed and not cringe at the cost. I never wanted to say no to something my kids wanted to pursue because I couldn’t afford it. I never wanted to have to say no to going out to dinner because of our budget. I never wanted to have to tell my kids why we couldn’t take a family vacation this year. I never wanted to have to pray to make it to next payday and eat PB & J at the end of the pay period to survive. I wanted to be able to go to dinner and actually get tea if we wanted it instead of water, or buy that precious new dress for my baby at Target, or not have to space out my gas in my car. Little tastes of financial freedom..

I wanted that for my family. Plexus gave us freedom. I will be eternally grateful for that. I can’t even begin to put into words how that has changed our lives. If you are a dreamer, and you want that, please don’t wait any longer. Do this for you.. do this for them.


Praying for this poor baby!!

I don’t know where his posts keep going, so I am posting another to update on Thor.

11/4 at 9:20am: Just received a call from the vet. She said he is about the same. He continues to have a lot of saliva and mouth erosion. He is also jaundice due to liver failure (most likely, as she put it). She explained that force feeding him is uncomfortable for both him and the staff and wants to put in a feeding tube. She explained that he is high risk to go under the anesthesia due to his low WBC count and poor liver function, but if they don’t do this, he is even a higher risk of fatality.

So they will be putting him under tonight and inserting the feeding tube. She believes this will allow his mouth to heal and bring his levels back up since he will be getting more adequate nutrition. They are discounting this for us, but we still need any assistance financially for this. Please keep sharing Thor’s story and his youcaring page. Or contact Dr. Savino’s office directly.

UPDATE 3:40PM on 11/4:
Spoke with the vet. His feeding tube was inserted. She said that his throat is very swollen. She explained that she is very concerned about his mouth. When she touched his gums, even gently, they began bleeding profusely. She said this is not normal or good. She is giving him Vitamin K. She is hoping the feeding tube provides enough nutrition to reverse his liver failure, but with the bleeding- she thinks he might have sepsis. She explained that she will be running more blood work today to see if his levels improved from when I brought him in on Monday. She kept asking me on the phone if I knew what toxic substance he ate. She stated that various poisons can have bleeding effects such as this. She told me there is no guarantee that the feeding tube will work, but will be doing everything they can to save him.

As always, you guys have done so much. And I can’t thank you enough. Thor really is this communities baby! Please continue to share his page. More donations would greatly help this little guy!

UPDATE 11/5 at 9am:

Thor remains about the same. They are still awaiting the results of his blood work. She said that he seems to be doing ok with the tube. She explained that he stresses very easily- possibly due to the trauma his body has been through, and going under the feeding tube procedure was hard on him. She asked me to call around 4 for the results of his blood work. This will provide us with a more comprehensive understanding of what’s next. Keep sharing and donating! Ask your friends to share too! Thank you all ‚̧

UPDATE 11/6 at 11:20am:

Spoke with the vet just now. She said he seems to be slowly improving. She said he is sitting up and breathing well. They pulled his IV line today because it was tweaked and uncomfortable for him. So they will be hydrating him by hand. She said that his lungs sounded clearer today. She explained that we are not out of the woods, but his blood cell count has been improving, as well. She will be rechecking his CBC tonight.

Good update guys! I’m gonna go visit after work. Keep sharing his page and sending good vibes to Thor!!!

UPDATE 11/6 at 4:45pm:

Just got to visit with Thor. Everyone in the office is saying what a fighter he is. Vet warned me that he is going to look bad because I haven’t seen him since Tuesday, but he looks good to them versus where he was yesterday. She said his jaundice is resolving, the feeding tube is doing its job. His counts are still up. His lungs/esophagus/breathing are still in rough shape, due to the swelling and bleeding of his gums and esophageal tissue. I got to pet him- he tries so hard to purr! He is such a sweet baby. Vet said he’s so used to being handled now, due to being handled by the staff, that he doesn’t mind it anymore. There are updated pictures in the post below.

UPDATE 11/8:

Got a call from the vet. She said Thor is doing great! His mouth is no longer bleeding, although there is still irritation there. She said he has been purring and trying to get pets from all the staff. She is going to do one more CBC, but stated that Thor can go with his foster VERY soon. We have a balance on the vet bill (I will know more tomorrow). So please continue to share and if you can still donate, every little bit helps.

You guys are wonderful. Thank you so much for the support, financially and emotionally by wondering and keeping up with this little mans health.

Wake Forest Farmer’s Market

A special request for our wonderful community to have an unofficial “slam” tomorrow for the Wake Forest Farmer’s Market. They are open tomorrow from 8-12 at 405 S. Brooks Street in front of the Renaissance Center. Last week we had some rain and I watched our farmers bring their produce to sell and unfortunately watched them leave with quite a bit of it at the end of the day.

The farmer’s market is open during inclement weather. When it rains, obviously there are less customers. All the vendors have large canopies to protect their customers from the rain, but it stinks getting from the car to the canopy. It’s going to rain this weekend and I know it’s asking a lot, but please consider visiting the market tomorrow.

Our produce and egg vendors are particularly affected. Produce still continues to grow when it rains and it still needs to be harvested. However, unlike a non-perishable item like handmade soap, produce and eggs need to be sold or they go bad. Our farmers have literally been working in the rain to harvest these items and bring fresh local produce to you.

Ronnie Brogden is a Creedmoor farmer who lives about 10 minutes away from me. He probably should be retired, but still he comes to the market every Saturday – always with his hilarious wit. He never misses a Saturday and a few months ago, broke his toe on the way to the market and still showed up, limp and all.

Gabie’s Garden is less than two miles from my home, in Wake Forest. They are a very small family farm. Their son Richie plants and manages all the produce. Richie has three wonderful children who are often at the market to say hello. They are always the first to arrive at market to set up and the last to break down – they work very very hard and I promise you, their produce is far superior to anything you’ll find in the grocery store.

Green Knight Farm is our newest produce vendor and they offer wild-edibles and their newest addition is micro greens! They are passionate about using what grows native to this area.

Here’s our officially availability list. I will not be participating in the market this Saturday, but I will be stopping by to do my grocery shopping and supporting the market.