Tuesday, October 13, 2015

At The Gas Pump

I cut it close running to the end of my 18 gallon tank! haha.
I usually cut it close but not THIS close!
I usually fill up when I have about 1/8 of a tank left.
So, what kind of driver are you?
Do you panic when you're below half a tank or do you
wait until you know you're on fumes?


We laid pavers around my little flower garden.
The cats think we made them a sidewalk. ha.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bacon Mushroom Stroganoff

I guess that's what I'm calling this.  
It was one of those make dinner by cleaning out the fridge.
It ended up being SO yummy that I wrote down how I made
it and gave it a name so we can have it again.
It's rich and creamy...the ultimate in comfort food.
Can't wait to make it again!

Here's what I did...

Betsy's Bacon Mushroom Stroganoff

Cut a package of thick sliced bacon into 1" pieces
using a pair of kitchen scissors.  Saute that in a large
skillet with 1 pound of sliced mushrooms and one 
large onion, chopped in 1" pieces.
Saute over medium heat until bacon is cooked
through and crispy, about 15 minutes.

While that is simmering away, in a small bowl, 
whisk together 1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
and 1 cup of sour cream.  Add 1 minced garlic clove.

When the bacon is crisp, drain about half the drippings
out of the skillet.  Stir in the creamy mixture and add enough
Half and Half to thin the sauce to the right consistency.
Reduce heat to low and stir until heated through.
Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

To serve, spoon over cooked rice.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Indian Summer

Indian Summer 
~ a period of mild, dry weather,
following a period of colder weather, occurring
 in October or early November.

Last week we woke up to damp chilly mornings around 
45 degrees.  We dug out our jeans, slippers and jackets
and ate soup and drank hot tea!

This week we have warm breezes blowing through
open windows and some days it's so warm the A/C comes
back on!  We're barefoot and in our shorts again!
Yep, it's Indian Summer!

So, why is Indian Summer called Indian Summer?
The more probable origin of the term goes back to the very
early settlers in New England.  Each year they would welcome
the arrival of a cold wintry weather in late October when they
could leave their stockades unarmed.  But then came a time
when it would suddenly turn warm again, and the Native 
Americans would decide to have one more go at the settlers.
"Indian Summer", the settlers called it.

No matter how the term began, I'm welcoming the
warm weather....it's letting my tomatoes have one
more chance to ripen on the vine!

Info taken from The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

What's For Dinner

Here's what I've been creating in the kitchen lately....

  1. Saute Kielbasa, onions, and bell peppers, then add garlic and Half-and-Half and Parmesan to make a little sauce.  Toss in al dente pasta and spinach.  Taste and season.
  2. Rotisserie chicken, baked beans and green salad.
  3. Scrambled eggs, bacon, broiled tomatoes and a danish.
  4. Grilled Ahi tuna steaks, spinach salad.
  5. Quesadilla soup.  Make broth from a jar of salsa, chicken stock, Velveeta, chili powder and cumin.  Add cans of corn, carrots and black beans.  After spooning into bowls, top with sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, tortilla chips. cilantro and Sriracha. 
  6. Homemade buttermilk pancakes and syrup.