Quadly Cooking

Quadly Cooking: Cheeseburger Soup

I love soup. Warm. Easy. Comforting.

Watch the video to see how easy it is to make cheeseburger soup.

The recipe, as well as Tip and Tricks, are below.


1 pound ground beef
1 cup canned sliced carrots, diced
3 cups diced potatoes
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon asafoetida
2 tablespoons dried chives/green onions


Brown ground beef. Add potatoes, broth and spices and bring to boil. Then let it simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until potatoes are cooked. Finally, mix in the carrots, cream and cheese and cook until cheese is melted and carrots are hot.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Place diced potatoes in a plastic container and cover them in water to prevent discoloring. They will stay good several days.
  • Fiskars Easy-Action Scissors are my go-to for opening packages. I have enough of a grip due to my tendon transfers to close these spring-loaded scissors.
  • Ziplock Slider Bags. I use these for easy, airtight storage for chips, cheese, bread and more. (And they work great for traveling, too!)
  • Substitute green onions or chives for onions and asafoetida for garlic to prevent stomach upset. I use Mother Earth Dried Chives
    and Rani Asafoetida.


Kiss the Wave – Video

I’ve had many requests to post the video from church last weekend.

I’d like to encourage you in one thing. My story is in this message, but that does not mean I’ve figured all this out. I still struggle. At times I despise the words endurance and perseverance. But I can look back and be grateful for the many opportunities I have had as a result of my injury. I have learned to “kiss the wave.” Continue reading “Kiss the Wave – Video”


My Doctor Made Me Do It

I didn’t know what to expect. But I’d heard the horror stories. The inaccessibility. The discomfort.

I was past my doctor’s recommended age to have a mammogram. But my primary care doctor was relentless in her pursuit, so I made an appointment at an imaging center several miles from where I live.

At Bard Care we’re getting the word out about the importance of mammograms. Three of six of the women on our team have had breast cancer. Read my entire Bard Care article by clicking the link below.

My Dr


Why Traveling to a Developing Country with a Wheelchair is Not Impossible

Do you want to travel to a developing country, but think it’s impossible? Don’t dismiss the thought. It might take a little extra planning, some additional help (how much depends on your disability) and possibly a little extra cash. But it’s well worth the effort. Continue reading “Why Traveling to a Developing Country with a Wheelchair is Not Impossible”


BCIR Update #5

I started to write this update 10 days ago. It began: “I’m dressed. I transferred into my chair. I’ve been spending about 45 minutes twice a day outside here in Florida’s fresh, breezy warm air. But Thursday or Friday will be the true test: I will begin intubating (using the stoma to empty the new pouch).”

Today (Thursday, May 17) I’m still sitting in a Florida hospital room, drinking Miralax to clean my system out for a second surgery to repair a fistula (same one as last time). Continue reading “BCIR Update #5”


To All Moms

On my birthday this year, my thoughts turned to my mom. I realized at 45, she was three years into having a 19-year-old daughter with a spinal cord injury.

Read more at Bard Care by clicking the image below.

to all moms


Abundant Living

After my injury it took me quite some time to learn, or re-learn, the concept of trying. My go-to response was, “I can’t.”

Eleven years after my injury, I finally attempted a sport again. I tried playing wheelchair tennis. I was awful. Seventeen years later, I’m still bad at tennis. But I try. And I play.

I’ve learned to live. What’s the use in being alive if you aren’t living boldly? Click below to read about 4 principles I try to put into practice to live an abundant life.

Abundant Living


BCIR Update #3

Well, I knew when I decided to have this procedure there were risks of complications. Unfortunately, I’m one of the people to develop a fistula. A fistula is a small hole. Mine is located near the top of the pouch and leads to the surface of the skin. When a I began intubating on Wednesday, it didn’t go well. By evening, I was back on suction with a scope scheduled for Thursday. After the scope confirmed the fistula, I had a CT Scan with contrast. Continue reading “BCIR Update #3”


Don’t Be Like Rosie: A Lesson in Self Care

I want to introduce you to a coworker. Rosie works in my office and she has a big job to do. It’s stated in her job description that she is supposed to periodically re-energize herself so she can finish her assignment. Regrettably, we find Rosie in odd places in the building, simply having lost her ability to do her job because she ran out of energy. Continue reading “Don’t Be Like Rosie: A Lesson in Self Care”


On Being Single

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. With that in mind, I’m re-posting this Bard Care article.

I’m single. I rarely sulk in my singleness. I am free to do what I want and when. The remote is always in its place, except when my dad comes over. As an introvert, I truly cherish my alone time. I’m in charge of my finances. (Read: I like control.)

Read the rest of the article by clicking on the picture below.

On Being Single



Welcome to my site! To be honest, this is a bit overwhelming and intimidating. But let’s take this journey together and see where the path leads.

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, an article I wrote was published by The Mighty. To say it has resonated with many people is an understatement. Unfortunately, just as surprising is the number of people who are unaware of the financial issues that some of us with disabilities face.

Read the article at the link below. As a disclaimer I do not agree with the title. I do not think society is the problem; government policy is where the problem exists. I shared my story with the hope that my voice will be heard in Frankfort. I urge lawmakers to reverse the income limits for personal care programs so that others with disabilities will not find themselves in my position.

Click below to read this article.

The Mighty Link