What Happened?

After two weeks of daily recipes, I have missed two days. I have recipes to share but I haven’t had the time to sit down and write! I have a very good reason. I have an exciting reason. I have a new job!

For about two years now I have been a community lead for The SITS Girls. I have enjoyed writing posts for them, helping with their Saturday morning Twitter parties, called Share Fests; #sitsblogging, and other sundry things. In December I did some work for them and found that I quite enjoyed it. I am now a regular, working with The SITS Girls team. I am excited and honored to be a part of this amazing group of women.

I am learning a lot and spending a lot of time currently, learning the ropes of the jobs I have happily been given the chance to work on! My own blog is still very important to me and definitely will continue, once I get my groove back.

Thanks for your patience and keep checking back because this lull is only temporary.

 

Upside-Down Meat Pie

Today I am posting Upside-Down Meat Pie for my 365 easy recipes. It is Sunday as I write this, and I shan’t be cooking (yes, I just said “Shan’t”, it must be all the Downton Abby we are watching!) I will be on a quest to feed my burger junkie self today!

If it seems I am a little heavy on the meat recipes, then I apologize. I’m not actually posting the recipes as I cook them, I’m just grabbing the first photo I see, or catching sight of the first recipe on hand that I have cooked. So here goes!

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Upside-Down Meat Pie

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

1-1/2 cups biscuit/baking mix

1/3 cup water

3 slices process American cheese, halved diagonally

Green pepper rings, optional

In a skillet over medium hear,, cook beef, celery, onion and green pepper until the meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender drain. Stir in soup and mustard; mix well. transfer to a greased 9-inch pie plate. in a bowl, combine the baking mix and water until a soft dough forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a a 9-inch circle. place over meat mixture. Bake at 425º for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes. Rum a knife around edge to loosen biscuit; invert onto a serving platter. Arrange cheese slices in a pinwheel pattern on top. Garnish with green pepper rings if desired.

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If you think I made alterations then you would be correct!

No celery, onions or peppers (except for garnish).  Everything else remains the same!

 

 

Hash Brown Pork Bake

I am running so late on getting this recipe posted! I have been busy today, but I cooked! I cooked hash brown pork bake minus the pork, but we’ll get to that later!

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I had chicken and turkey on hand, so no pork; poultry worked in it’s stead.

Hash Brown Pork Bake

2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream

1 can (10 3/4) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 package (32 ounces) frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed

2 cups cubed cooked pork

1 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 cups crushed cornflakes

1/2 cup margarine, melted

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

3 green pepper rings

In a bowl, combine sour cream and soup. Stir in hash browns, pork, process cheese and onion. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Toss cornflake crumbs and margarine; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350º for 50 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake 10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Garnish with green pepper

 

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Hash Brown Pork was a great addition to my 365 easy recipes collection. There was a lot left over, albeit there were no kids home to partake tonight. Not to worry, however. It will get eaten!

I didn’t add an onion but instead used onion powder, and I used Italian Cheese instead of mozzarella. We forewent the green pepper as I didn’t have one on hand

 

 

Spinach-Parm Casserole

I like spinach. I usually eat it in salads. I hear it’s actually better for you to eat it slightly cooked. Well this recipe, Spinach-Parm Casserole, fits the bill, and it is my 365 easy recipe for the day!

 

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Spinach-Parm Casserole

2 lbs. fresh baby spinach

5 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. olive oil

3 garlic gloves, minced

1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

3/4 tsp. salt

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400º. In a stockpot, bring 5 cups water to a boil. Add spinach’ cook, covered, 1 minute or just until wilted. Drain well.

2. In a small skillet, heat butter and oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic, Italian seasoning and salt; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until garlic is tender.

3. Spread spinach in a greased 8-inch square baking dish. Drizzle with butter mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.

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The casserole was quite tasty, albeit a little…slimy? But I got past that and enjoyed the yummy, nutritious dish.

The Next Right Thing

There is a slogan in Al-Anon: Do the next right thing. Putting this into my own word it means you don’t have to know the outcome of your entire life, or even a decision that is weighing heavily upon you, you just need to do the next right thing. It reminds me of the old adage how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, of course!

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I see where knowing that you only need to do the next right thing brings peace to one who has been living in turmoil. In fact, this very slogan has allowed me to slow down and decide that I really don’t have to make any major decisions RIGHT NOW! No, I just need to do the next right thing. Sometimes that ‘s all you have the wherewithal to do.

But what if you don’t? What if all you can muster, what if all you have the power to do at this moment, this day, is to do the next thing? Forget about doing the next RIGHT thing! Sometimes all we have the ability to do is get through the day, or maybe even the next hour, and that can come by simply doing the next thing.

Doing the next RIGHT thing? Sometimes the situation is so complex; the event so devastating, that all you can do is the next thing, and then the next. Sometimes the next thing is simply to breathe.

I’m not here to argue with a fellowship such as Al-Anon or AA, or any other 12 step group, for those groups have helped far too many people change their lives one day at a time, for me to take issue with a slogan. Quite the contrary, doing the next thing is helpful indeed.No, there is no issue here.

Sometimes, however, I actually do know the next right thing to do, but for weightier matters, decisions that will affect others that I care about, long-term, life-changing decisions, well sometimes the next right thing escapes me. But I have come to learn that that’s okay too. It’s okay to be where you are in the process, as long as you are actively engaged in the present, fully aware of life and your power to change what you can change.

I have found much peace in knowing that all I have to do is the next right thing. I sometimes garner even more peace in knowing that sometimes that baby step is beyond me and I allow myself the privilege and grace of doing the next thing. I don’t have to have it all figure out. In fact, I don’t have to have anything figured out. I can leave that to my Higher Power. That’s what faith is all about.

As I come along in my journey to wholeness and emotionally healthy living and communicating, I allow myself to do the next thing next, as I am searching for the next right thing.

I hope you allow yourself the grace to do that as well.

Braised Brussels Sprouts

I have never been much of a fan of Brussels sprouts, until I tried Braised Brussels Sprouts. Honestly, when I was growing up I didn’t eat vegetables. None, except for potatoes. Does that count? I didn’t like the texture of most vegetables.

It really wasn’t until I had kids of my own that I decided to venture out and try new things in the food world. By that time I had expanded to the basics; salads, green beans and corn, but that was about it. And now, I am proud to announce I’ll try about anything once!

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Braised Brussels Sprouts

2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts

2 bacon strips, diced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup chicken broth

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Trim Brussels sprouts; cut an “X” in the core of each. Place in a saucepan and cover with water’ bring to a boil. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp’ remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels.

Sauté onion in the drippings until tender. Stir in the broth, caraway seeds, salt and pepper,. Simmer, uncovered, until liquid has almost evaporated. Drain sprouts. Add sprouts and bacon to onion mixture; toss to combine.

Turkey Tetrazzini

I have been doing this 365 easy recipes thing for about two weeks and I haven’t missed a post yet. However, this one: Turkey Tetrazzini, is a little late, but better late than never, right?

Here is the problem I am running into. It’s not a big deal about cooking new things every day. Not even a big deal to take pictures while I’m doing it. It IS a big deal to actually sit down and write the post, even if it is just copying a recipe. This is definitely a challenge, but I’m not throwing in the towel just yet. Maybe it will become 365 easy recipes over a ten year period. Kidding! We’ll just see how it goes. I didn’t marry the idea.

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Turkey Tetrazzini

2 cups broken uncooked spaghetti (2-inch pieces)

1 chicken bouillon cube

3/4 cup boiling water

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

1/8 teaspoon celery salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1-1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons diced pimientos, drained

1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a bowl, dissolve boullion I water. Add soup, celery salt and pepper. Drain spaghetti; add t soup mixture. Stir in turkey, onion, pimientos and 1/2 cup of cheese. Transfer to a greased 8 inch square baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350º for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.

As always, I made alterations! I was totally out of chicken bouillon so I used beef. Yes I did! I don’t do mushrooms. I just don’t so needless to say, no mushroom soup. Whenever a recipe calls for mushroom soup, I use cream of chicken or some other such substitute. I didn’t have any celery salt. I’m not a huge fan of onions. I love the flavor but not the texture or how it feels in my stomach. Too much info? Sorry. And last but certainly not least, no pimientos. I don’t have a problem with the little red devils but I just didn’t have any.

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There you have it, my pretty much massacred recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini!

Veggie Chopped Salad

I made this yummy Veggie Chopped Salad for my 365 easy recipes challenge. I know this will come as a big shocker to you but I altered the recipe a wee bit.

Some times I prefer my veggies uncooked, especially broccoli and cauliflower. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I often steam those two together, with a few carrots, however, I do like them in a salad. That’s why I was drawn to this recipe.

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Veggie Chopped Salad

3 cups finely chopped fresh broccoli

3 cups finely chopped cauliflower

3 cups finely chopped celery

2 cups frozen peas, thawed

6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

1 1/3 cups mayonnaise

1/4 cup sugar

2 Tbls. grated Parmesan cheese

1 Tbls. cider vinegar

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 cup salted peanuts

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. in a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sugar, cheese, vinegar and salt until blended. Add to salad and toss to coat. Stir in peanuts just before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

Here are my alterations:

I omitted the celery. Did I ever tell you I detest celery? I don’t actually detest it. I just don’t like it. I also never add salt to anything. And…I didn’t put bacon in the mix. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy bacon, it’s just that I decided to go a little more healthy since I was serving it with Mini Party Burgers, which made for a good combination.

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Mimi’s Cafe

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I have a new favorite restaurant…sort of. It’s Mimi’s Café. Truthfully, I have a few favorite restaurants. I have a hobby of trying new places to eat and sharing them here in my Around Town posts.

Here’s my story of Mimi’s Café, there’s always a story.

My first time to eat at Mimi’s Café came about four years ago. A few fellow homeschooling moms decided to get together for lunch one day. Some of us had kids who graduated the past school year and we missed seeing each other once a week at the cottage school our kids attended. Mimi’s Café was the chosen destination to meet and catch up.

I was the last to join the party of 5 or 6 women and was greeted by the waitress with this question: “Have you been to Mimi’s Café before?” My fellow diners were surprised to hear I hadn’t. I was in for a treat, I was told. First time visitors get a free muffin! I’m always up for free and I remember the muffin being quite yummy and large in size.

I have been to Mimi’s Cafe a time or two since that occasion, and have always been asked the first time patron question.

Last week, on President’s day, which also happened to be a major blizzard day in our city, my husband and I decided to go to Mimi’s Café, or rather I asked him to go and told him, since he had never been before he would get a free muffin. :)

When we were seated and our beverage orders had been placed, I noticed our waiter had neglected to ask us if we had been to Mimi’s Café before. I decided to inform him that this was my husband’s first visit. He smiled and left to get our drinks. I thought that was weird.

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When he returned with our iced teas (half sweet), I asked him if they still had the free muffin thingy for first time diners. He assured me they did. Oh great, I thought, he has this under control.

When he brought our order, we split a meal (can you say saving room for dessert?) he did not have a muffin on the tray. I was starting to get worried.

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But I simply must tell you the food was very tasty. You do know I’m a burger junkie, right? I told you in my Cheddars post didn’t I? I’m not proud of this addiction, just stating the facts. As much as I wanted to try their burger, we didn’t. We ordered the French Dip sandwich instead, which was served with not only au jus, but a ranch sauce too. Well played, Mimi’s Café! But I was still holding out in hopes of a free muffin for the hubs.

When our waiter brought our dessert, Crème Brulee Cheesecake which was to die for, he was again muffin-less.

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If I was thinking clearly, I would have told the waiter that we would take our muffin to go. I wasn’t. We didn’t. I see a return visit to Mimi’s Café in our future; our very near future.

I want to hear about your favorite restaurant, and burger joint!

Downton Abby

“Do you watch Downton Abby?” It seems like that was the question I was asked over and over by so many people the past few years, and my answer was always the same, “No”. I would qualify it and tell people that I heard it was good, addictive even, but I just didn’t have time to add a television show to my too full schedule.

I’m not a huge television watcher. I watch U of L basketball when I can. I will tune into a few reruns of Boy Meets World, or Everybody Loves Raymond when my daughter is watching, but as a general rule, I don’t watch T.V. I watch movies, but not many TV shows.

Times they are a changing.

I took the plunge and purchased Season One of Downton Abby earlier this week. I watched the first show (along with another family member who wishes to remain anonymous), and I gotta tell you, I wasn’t that impressed. I really didn’t see what all the fuss was about. So I watched the second show and truthfully, I was still wondering what the deal was, and did I just waste $17.99?

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Enter the third show and BAM, I’m hooked! So is my co-watcher.

I get it folks! I get the addiction. We had to immediately watch the fourth show. And last night, we finished the season…there were seven shows in all.

Here’s the deal, when I purchased the first season at Target, I happily noticed there were plenty of second, third, four and fifth DVDs on the shelves. I was planning on an addiction to set in, so I figured I could go back and get season two any time I wanted. WRONG!

Last night it was decided by me and my husband co-watcher that I would go to Target this morning and purchase the next season. I went. I saw. I failed to produce. There were no second season DVDs. Zip, zilch, none. While standing in the very aisle, I texted my husband. Here is the convo:

Me: We have a problem, Houston. Downton Abby season 2 is sold out.

Him: Oh no, that is indeed a catastrophe. What to do?

Me: Trying another Target.

Him: Thank heavens there are options.

I’m only exaggerating this texting conversation, or rather we were overplaying the whole thing.

But here’s what I did do, I called another Target right there, standing in the DVD aisle.

Good new! They had eight copies! Yes!

I drove over to the other store and determinedly walked to the movie section of the store. I found the TV series grouping and then found Downton Abby. There they all were, right before my eyes, all except season two. Really?!!!

An employee asked me if I needed help. I told him I certainly did and explained my dilemma. He was sorry but assured me there were no other season two DVDs in the store.

I stood. I looked at the Downton Abby set of seasons 1-4. I wasn’t really prepared to buy an entire set so I paced. I thought, I paced some more. I picked up the set and headed to the check-out before I could change my mind.

I am now the happy owner of Downton Abby seasons 1-4 and it’s official. Yes, I do watch Downton Abby, and now I am addicted too.

Are you addicted?

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