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Allison Soto

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    Gardening, Cooking, Baking, Canning, Crafting lol Homelife really and just being me. I do enjoy a good book though!

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  1. 4 Daikon Radishes 1 3\4 c Water 1 oz. Gardenia Fruit 1/4 of Kosher Salt (a little less is better) 1/3 c Sugar 1/3 c White Vinegar 1 Tbsp Mirin 1 c Rice Bran Powder Wash your radishes and clean off the roots. Dry and set on counter for 2 - 3 days... Then, In a plastic bag, smash the Gardenia fruit and then add it to a cotton or Cheese cloth bag. Place it in a pot with the 1 3\4 c water. Let it come to a boil and turn the heat down to a simmer. Let simmer for about 20 - 30 minutes. While you wait you can prepare the radishes. Peel them and if any dark spots cut away. Next you have 4 ways you can prepare them. Cubed, Sticks, in the Round or Whole. Up to you. Set aside. Once the water and Gardenia has finished let it cool to touch. Take out the bag and squeeze out the water. DON'T get rid of it! Set it to the side. Now in a bowl add 1 cup of the mixture. If it doesn't add up to a cup just add water until you have a cups worth. Now add in the rest of the ingredients. Salt, Sugar, Vinegar, Mirin and the Rice Bran. Mix really well until smooth. You can either add it to a large freezer bag (my preferred method) or an air tight container. add your radishes how ever you prepped it. Massage it well add the bag that you set to the side seal it up and put into the refrigerator. Every 2 or 3 days take out and massage it. Do this for minimum 1 week - a month. Eat with rice, Bibimbap or whatever you'd like.
  2. This park so reminds me of when we were stationed at Fort Irwin! lol I don't miss the dessert!
  3. So, it's been for a few Planting time, others have already started and then those who are not quite sure. Especially since this dang weather Switch! Up until last week, We still could only seed plant Lettuces, Radishes and well any COLD hardy plant. That is, until last week. We hit a high of 86 degrees fahrenheit!! Birds, and bugs are now EATING my garden, yes I'm an organic gardener. I like to pick my food and be able to eat it lol... It's frustrating when you see your plants die because of something you had no control over. Some areas are getting a cold front. Which now I'm getting. But, don't quit. In fact, that's all the more reason to push forward. Next week I plan on replanting everything that died... Yeah I'm now 2-3 weeks seed planting behind, (yes I seed plant) but that's okay. Point is, don't let anything stop you from doing what you love. Even when it seems like there is no way up, well, there is! Ya just gotta look forward and find another way. I've been going crazy with how stupid this garden setup is here, but my first garden year here at our new home... lol But, Makes me realize exactly what I want and MORE determined to do it!! I hope this helped! Much Love to Y'all
  4. I know this is an older post, But I am like Paige. I didn't learn from books, heck I didn't even learn from a parent or grandparent. I bought some yarn a hook size that it recommended and a pamphlet that showed basic stitches. Chain, Single, Double and how to turn lol that was it. I was self taught. In the last year, 2019 that is, I did buy a few books, but they suck lol Now don't get me wrong for one person it could work great, but not for me. So, no I'm sorry no books. Really, and this is best, got to Joann's or Michael's er some kind of craft store, heck even Amazon, bu;y books there. Now days though, It's FREE and EASY lol YouTube! And there are 1,000's of channels and videos to learn from... Damn wish YouTube had been around when I taught myself hahaha Hugs
  5. Well, YUM! I'll have to try this... It's similar to my cabbage soup... I LOVE IT!! Meh dun do diets lol but eating healthy is always a great thing!!! Kudos to ya!! (shhh yes now my belly is saying feed me lol)
  6. Pre-Heat oven to 450 INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbs Oil *I used Avocado* but use what you have 2 lb bag of frozen shredded potatoes 1 lb of frozen corn (you can use canned OR any Veggie!!) 1 Dozen Lg Eggs 4 different types of meats (or Hard tofu) your choice 1 lg Onion 3-4 Cloves Garlic or 1 - 1 1\2 Tbs 1 Stick of soft butter (1/2 Cup) Pepper to taste 3-5 Cups HOT water Bullion or Stock (optional) 1 - 2 Tbs Cornstarch to 1 - 2 Tbs Water MIX WELL 1/4 - 1/2 Cups of your fave cheese 1 tsp. Sugar 1/4 - 1/2 Cup milk (any is fine) Stir in the thickener slowly on low... You don't WANT a thick gravy Turn heat off and set aside. Mix the EGGS, SUGAR, and MILK. Mix well, Pour over the potatoes and mix well again. Now is the time to add the frozen now almost thawed potatoes! Again mix well. Put into a greased baking pan cover with foil, bake at 450 for 25 to 30 mins. Remove the foil and spread/sprinkle the cheese on top! Bake until golden brown.
  7. That is the TRUE reality! You can momentarily shut it down, but your past WILL always inevitably (?) come back to you! For me it's little things that I see and hear or when my daughter brings it up. Believe me, I'm not one with a clean clear past, though, is anyone? I do understand what you mean about how just one person in or out of your life can alter it in many ways! But that also goes with, had I never been adopted, abused, married etc. Any and all of our roads no matter which way we go will ultimately lead us to the final road. I still mourn my son, I miss my daughter that chose to leave, but me talking about it only brings tears, so and this sounds cold I'm sure, why talk about it? Why put yourself in that heartache all over again when you yourself do it all of the time. Well now I'm just ranting and I apologize. Especially for the LATE reply. Big Hugs, Allison
  8. The last few weeks I've found myself wondering why I'm even here! My daughter and husband don't need me. So I've been told. Sure maybe it was out of anger but, non the less it hit straight to my soul. Every day I have had to wake up get my daughter up just to endure her yelling and disobeying me, Honestly, I'd rather just let her sleep in. At least that way I'd get less of the hate. I dread when 2-4 comes around in the afternoon cause that's when my husband comes home. The innuendos begin. Grabbing sneak peaks and touches whether I want it or not. Being told, Hey I love you, but I know the truth. I love my husband and I love my daughter. They ARE my world! But, lately it's so hard to want to wake up and do anything. I have, been working in my garden, and when I try to get them to help, well if you've watched my video you can see how well my husband takes it. I feel so safe and alive when I'm in the garden. Though, that ends once I have to come back in. I hate it! I wish I could just live in my garden! I'm stupid I know. Well anyhow, don't even know where this journal was suppose to go, but hey who am I? Loves Y'all and Big Hugs
  9. I found myself in the same situation many many years ago. with my oldest daughter. We wrapped every individual thing (and still do lol) to make it look like it's so much more... but to see her disappointment is heart breaking. We do give her what she wants, (when we can afford it) but also when she's earned it. sad thing is, CPS has told her, that she doesn't have to earn it, that she can tell us what she likes and and doesn't like as well as what she will and wont do.... whatever another story Point is, I Know that the cycle is there, I also know it'll never change. just wish I could get my kiddo to understand what words mean... I hate you, I wish you were dead,,, she acts as if they're just that, word, but they're not
  10. I'm really not sure how to respond to this. Other than this is bitter sweet and a story in itself. I should tell you though, you are one amazing person. Most people, would ignore this and move on. I'm not sure who or what was pulling you or well telling you but I'm glad to know there are still people out there like you. I watched a video the other day. It was an experiment to see how or what people would do in a situation. (it was an older YouTube video) but none the less, the out come was and is still the same. Everyone around just ignored, kept walking on by. They would stop a few of them and ask them, why did you ignore what was happening? All of their answers were the same. Not my place to butt in, if I do I could be the one dead or in trouble. So Thank you Andrew! Because, even though it was your job, it wasn't your job to do more than what you did. That was you! Allison
  11. Growing up I was raised in a religion and I felt then as I do now. Hypocrites is honestly the first word that comes to mind. If you don't act, speak, dress etc. like them, then you were not living the godly life. Organized religion really just makes me NOT believe in god. The whole thing was made up by man in the first place. If someone NOW said that GOD come to me, and told me that this is his word and we need to live by it, lol y'all know they'd be considered freaking crazy (insane) I asked one question to a few different religions and they all answered with the same... So, here was my question. Why is it that you say GOD allows FREEDOM of choice when in fact, choices are taken away from people everyday. A child, A mother, A man: Raped, Murdered, Beaten! Their CHOICE was TAKEN away from them. They didn't CHOOSE for that to happen. So here's my Question again, Why did those EVIL people GET their choice but the victims didn't? You know, they were praying to god to save them, to help them. Yet, their choice was taken. Their answers were ALL the same... Because god doesn't interfere with peoples choices... lmbo My response was quite simple, Well then that's HYPOCRITICAL and NOT a god I'd want to believe in. So No, I don't believe in any Deity. I don't raise my daughter that way either. She knows that when she's grown up she can make that choice for herself. My husbands mom shoves it down my daughters and I's throats but I just smile and show respect and so does my daughter, but I finally had enough of her BS lies and told her straight up, for being catholic, you sure lie a lot. Just saying! Obviously, we're not speaking anymore. Doesn't hurt my feelings. Her choice, Her life!
  12. Wow, this story brought tears to my eyes. I have to say I understand the not talking about him from your parents though. I have lost a son and it's still hard for me. My daughter tries to get me to talk about it sometimes, but I just tell her that he's in a better place and leave the conversation at that. It breaks my heart all over again. On the other hand, I can see where it would've been wonderful for you to have known your brother. And you're right Dave, the picture made the story really come to life! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! Big Hugs
  13. I couldn't imagine losing both my children in that manner. My son has passed away but that was natural not by evil. What amazing people. They have more strength then I could ever imagine.
  14. Paige, I'm the same way. I'm a stay at home mom and so I can't afford to buy everyone something. I make things even for my daughter. I know how fake the oh it's lovely thank you. And then it's never used. My daughter is the worse with this lol. I just smile and remind myself how much fun I had while making it. So I focus on that! I still make things and I'll continue to do so. Even if I was rich I would continuing doing that. To me, it's more meaningful and priceless!!
  15. So this has been a hard topic for me. I don't know how or who to turn to. I have some mixed feelings on this subject. So, lets start at the beginning! My daughter's new counselor diagnosed her with ADHD. Now, I'm not saying that adhd doesn't exist okay. I just think its too easy nowadays to say oh its this, give them pills. What happened to good ole' fashion parenting? Its too easy for kids to get away with shit nowadays! And now they say oh its because they have this disease. When really its because they're spoiled with no consequences to speak of since the system has given them the power and taken it away from the parents. Now, don't get me wrong. I know that there are real dirt bag parents out there and that's why we need the system, but damn all's a kid has to do nowadays is cry abuse and BAM you have the system on your ass telling you what you can and cannot do! How to live, shit, eat and sleep! I mean for crying out loud, get a damn clue. Anyhow, sorry, now I'm off topic. So her counselor wanted to give her meds and of course I said no because I know that there are other options out there. She hesitated, then admitted that as their diets are not proven it could help, but that to give her coffee to sip on throughout the day. lol Yep, you read that right. Coffee! Well, hell to me that's WAY better than giving her meds. So we are on day 3. Haven't really seen a change. So I've written a letter to all of her teachers asking them to once a week at least, to email me any changes if any. Since that is where she is for most of her day. Honestly, though, it's her just using the fear and the system to get her way. I don't know. Any advice?
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