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Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Hubby and I sing karaoke every Monday night and recently I chose this song because I so love the words....Here is a little bit of it....... It is sung by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton

When I get where I'm going
On the far side of the sky.
The first thing that I'm going to do is spread my wings and fly.
I'm going to land beside a lion
and run my fingers through his mane.
Or I might find out, what it's like to ride a drop of rain.

Yea when I get where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears.
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years.
I'll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear.
Yea when I get where I'm going
don't cry for me down here.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tues. night dinner

Old fashion hamburger goulash, cucumber and tomato and a glass of wine.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tues night dinner

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with pan Gravy
For the chicken:
4 chicken breasts ( two chicken breasts cut in half)
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated or shredded is fine)
1/2 tsp. EACH - garlic powder, pepper
1 egg
3 tbls. milk
3 tbls. olive oil

For the gravy:
3 tbls. flour and 1/2 tsp. EACH - salt, pepper mixed together
3 tbls. butter
1 large garlic clove (chopped fine)
14 ounce can chicken broth

Be sure the chicken breast are evenly thin so they can cook evenly.
On a plate combine the dry ingredients and mix well. In a bowl combine the egg and milk and whisk them together.

Heat the oil in a frying pan as you are preparing the chicken.
Dip first in the egg mixture and then in the dry mixture.
Cook in hot oil 5-6 min. per side or until done. Set on paper towels or in a warm over while making the gravy.

Pour any excess oil out and add the butter and garlic and cook over med. heat.
Once the butter is melted add the flour and stir together until it makes a paste. Cook for about 2 min. and then add you chicken broth stirring till it thickens.

Served with homemade mashed potatoes, chicken dressing (from the freezer) and peas.
It is a keeper....

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Something new

First day as a volunteer at one of my local hospitals.

Update: I am volunteering in the ICU so not so much fun but needed.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tues. night dinner Marathon

Easy Pork Tetazzini (for two) cooked in the toaster oven
1/2 pound ground pork
1 3oz. package softened cream cheese
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. salt
Dash of ground nutmeg
Dash pepper
2/3 cup boiling water
2 ounces uncooked spaghetti broken into 1 to 2 inch lengths
In a small skillet cook the ground pork till brown; drain well. In a small bowl combine the softened cream cheese and milk till smooth. Stir in the chopped green onion, half  of the grated parmesan cheese, the salt, nutmeg and pepper. Gradually stir in the boiling water. Stir in pork and uncooked spaghetti. Turn into two 10 or 12 ounce casseroles.
Cover and bake in a 350 oven about 1 hour stirring twice. Uncover dishes and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan  cheese.

I served this with summer slaw from the Deli.

Baked Cod with toasted almonds
1 lb. cod
1/4 cup silvered almonds
1 tbs. seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lime juice
2 tbs. butter
Rinse fish under cold running water and pat dry. Toast silvered almonds in a dry skillet over med. heat, stirring constantly until golden brown. In a small bowl combine the breadcrumbs and paprika. Mix well. Coat oven pan lightly with vegetable spray. Place fish on pan and drizzle with the lemon and lime juice. Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Scatter silvered almonds on top of fish and dot with small pieces of the butter. Bake in preheated 400 toaster over for 8 min. or until fish is opaque.

Serves 2
I served this with fried pot. and onions.

And now for the current dinner served last night. Let me say that this is one of those recipes that you need to get all the ingredients together before you start and it also is not a cheap dinner but is sure was good.

Creamed Spinach Tortellini with Seasoned Shrimp
1 lb. cheese tortellini cooked and drained
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cup half and half (I used fat free)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 oz. cream cheese softened
1/2 cup finely chopped smoked Gouda cheese (I bought two slices from the Deli)
16 oz. bag of spinach

1 lb. med large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
Rinse and drain shrimp and then mixed the seasonings and olive oil together in a bowl and set aside until you are about half way through making the sauce below and then place all in a pan over med. heat and cook on both sides until just done.

In a large skillet over med. heat melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and let it cook, stirring occasionally, for about a minute. Turn up the heat a little and stir in the half and half a little bit at a time until all thickened. Stir in all the other ingredients except the tortellini and stir until all the cheeses are melted and the spinach has begun to wilt slightly. Add the cooked tortellini and mixed until well covered.

Serve in a large bowl topping it with the cooked shrimp.
This serves 4

I served it with a fruit salad from the deli.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Did you know

Mail Pouch Barns

In the heyday of barn advertising (around 1900-1940) many companies paid farmers to use their barns as roadside ads, with other tobacco products (such as "Beech Nut" tobacco) and local feed and grain stores being the most common, but Mail Pouch was the only product advertised in so widespread and consistent a manner in this fashion.

Initially, barn owners were paid between $1 and $2 a year for the advertisement, equivalent in 1913 dollars to about $20–$40 today, but more importantly, they received a much desired fresh coat of paint to preserve the integrity of the wood. Mail Pouch painted their message on one or two sides of the barn (depending on viewability from the roadway) and painted the other sides of the barn any color the owner wished. Many of the barns were repainted every few years to maintain the sharp colors of the lettering.

In 1992, the owner of Mail Pouch Tobacco at the time, Swisher International Group, decided to suspend the use of barn advertisements when Warrick retired

Few are left standing today.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year from my family to yours

Granddaughter, Hubby, Grandson, Daughter, Son-in-law and me.