We have lots of out and about this morning, starting with a trip to the vet for blood tests for Kat. She is scheduled for dental surgery next Monday so we have to do a bit of pre-work to make sure she is good to go.
Yesterday was a quiet day spent hunkered down through another frigid day. I puttered around and worked on my latest jigsaw puzzle. It is much easier than the last one.
Last night we enjoyed the second coming of our homemade beef soup for supper. Since that didn’t take a lot of my time or effort, I pulled out my trusty ‘New Purity Cookbook’ and whipped up a quick family favourite desert. It is relatively quick now. When I was baking with the assistance of three pre-schoolers, it was a serious time commitment. Even then, it was always worth it because it tastes amazing and it never failed to amaze the kiddos. Now that they are all in their forties it is a bit harder to amaze them, but I still think it is magical.
It is time to get going, so that is it for today. Take care and have a great day!
Our temperature isn’t rising yet, but at least the sun is shining this morning. It looks quite picturesque, sunshine sparking on the ice and snow. Fortunately, I can enjoy the sight from the warmth and comfort of my livingroom.
We are still focusing on warm comfort food to see us through this cold spell. Last night’s main dish was one that I acquired the recipe for back in the late ’70s. My ex and I were living in small town Saskatchewan – Mankota, to be precise. There was the bank where my ex worked, a post office, a hospital, and the Mankota Co-op food store. The local entertainment consisted of getting together for pot luck suppers. The company was okay and the food was usually pretty decent, as people tended to bring their best, tried and true dishes. Carol, the bank manager’s wife, brought smoked beans. It was always a hit and she was happy to share the recipe. Over the years it has become a family favourite, and the recipe has been shared repeatedly.
Brown one pound ground beef – drain well
Add one chopped medium onion and one chopped red pepper. Cook until onions are translucent
Add one teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Add five slices of chopped cooked bacon
Remove from heat
Add two fourteen ounce cans of brown beans
Add one nineteen ounce can of kidney or mixed beans (I used Blue Label Six Bean Medley)
Add 1/2 cup light brown sugar
Add one tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
Add 3/4 tablespoon liquid smoke
Cover and cook in oven for 45 minutes at 325 degree
Note #1 – If you are not ready to serve supper in 45 minutes, turn the temperature down to 250 degrees and stir every half hour. As long as it is kept covered, it will be fine.
Note #2 – If you are feeding anyone who is allergic to seafood – skip the Worcester sauce or at least insure that your brand does not contain anchovies!! Many restaurants use it in a number of nonsea food dishes like baked beans and Caesar salad dressing.
That’s it for today! Take care and have a great day!
Here we are, cruising right into 2022. Dan and I took down the tree and packed away all of the Christmas decorations yesterday.
With Dan home for a few days and nights, it would seem our critters have retired to the basement to hibernate, or whatever it is that critters do when they feel unwelcome. At any rate there is no sign of them upstairs or down for the past couple of days. We still have a multitude of electronic and sticky traps about the place. So far the only thing to get stuck on any of the sticky traps was one small hairy dog.
After the packing up and housecleaning and laundry was done last night, we decided on a quick and easy basic comfort food supper. Shepherd’s Pie it was.
(Working Mom’s) Shepherd’s Pie
Brown one pound ground beef. Add one red onion, one shallot, two small cloves of finely chopped garlic, half a red pepper and a few sliced mushrooms. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add one can of Swiss Chalet beef gravy. Stir and simmer for a few minutes.
Make four servings of Idahoan mashed potatoes as per instructions on box. When ready, mix in one quarter of a cup of grated cheddar cheese.
Spread meat mixture in buttered casserole dish
Cover with one can of niblets corn
Cover with mashed potatoes. Top with bits of butter and a sprinkle of paprika.
Bake at 350 degrees F for one hour or until browned and bubbly
I used to make Shepherd’s pie with fresh mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, but this is quicker and easier. If you served them side by side, people would notice the difference, but honestly if this is the only option, most people will think it is real deal.
That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!