Monday, August 31, 2009

Beef Pot Pie

I used to make this the day after we had pot roast with the leftover meat....but we've come to like the pie better than the original now I just go directly to this pie...since I have lots of meat I make two or three and put a couple in the freezer for later or give one away!
For one pie (9x12 glass dish or 2 qt casserole dish):
2 C cooked beef, cut up
3-4 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables (10 oz)
1 bottle beef gravy (10 oz.) can use the leftover juice from the pot roast, thickened with cornstarch or flour, but the bottled gravy is lower in fat and saves a step.
1 pie crust...I just use AllReady Pie Crust, rolled a little to fit whatever pan you're using.

Peel and dice the potatoes first; cook in a saucepan with a little water until tender.
While the potatoes are cooking, cut up the beef.
Add the vegetables to the cooked potatoes and the meat and gravy; pour into a 9x12 glass pan or a casserole dish.
Roll the pie crust a little to make it conform to whatever dish you are using...tuck under the edges and crimp if there's enough dough. Poke air vents in the top and brush with a little milk so it will brown. Bake at 350 about 45 minutes...
Cooking pot roast....I used to do it in the oven in foil or a cooking bag with some onion soup mix, but it comes out better cooked in a crock pot...with a sliced onion, and a package of soup mix and about 1/2 C water...cook on low 6-8 hours.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fire in Clayton

There was a big plume of black smoke hovering over Clayton this morning...up the creek above Skidmore's...I walked up the "path" to the creek (along with everyone else out for a walk this morning)...the fire is in one of the old Seeno houses across the little bridge down by Lydia park. Evidently they're basically abandoned...kind of a "hang out" are some picts...I even beat Claycord!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Who's That Baby?

A...a happy guy

B...eating cookie dough on the counter

C...too cute!

D...Bob the bird on my head...

E...tiny guy...

F...what a smile!

H...looks like???

I...same hairline?
J...Shirley Temple curls...

K...bathtime baby...

L...big brown eyes... my grampa...

N...six months...sitting pretty
O...big boy...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Recently Read (Aug-12-23)

Nudge:Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness

This is about "choice architecture" ....behavioral economics...similar to's fascinating reading about how we make decisions.

The second book of Nancy Turner's trilogy based on the journals of her great grandmother's experiences pioneering near Tucson, Arizona...unlike most sequels...this is just as wonderful and the first book! I'm looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy:The Star Garden...thanks Kristi for the recommendation!

(Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life)

Another book on the emerging science of how our brains work...the author also wrote The Ghost Map and Everything Bad is Good for You

The Girl Who Played With Fire

This is the 2nd of three books by a Swedish author, Stieg Larsson, who actually died, at the age of 50, before any of his books were published. The books have received many awards, but are not for the faint hearted...a lot of grisly crimes, bad beware...I sort of hate to admit to reading them.

This is the first book...the last book in the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, is due to be released in October. Larsson said he based the character of Lisbeth Salander on his idea of a grown up Pippi Longstocking....she'd have to be VERY grown up....

Monday, August 24, 2009

Strawberry Freezer Jam

This is so easy...but I usually have to read the instructions on the package again.

This is a "double" recipe. I always use the Sure-Jell pectin. Other brands, MCP, Certo, use corn syrup instead of sugar...I don't know if it matters, but I usually have sugar...I got a great deal on Sure Jell last summer at Walmart: 2 pkg for about $3.00. Sometimes it's over that for one box at Safeway...
Also...the strawberries in this picture are some I crushed last summer and put in a zip lock bag in the freezer. To make this batch I let them thaw out in the refrigerator overnight. The berries have more juice this way, but use all of it...the jam turns out great.

So for a double batch:

4 C crushed strawberries (= 8 C fresh -just moosh with a potato masher)
8 C sugar
2 pkg Sure Jell
1 1/2 C water

Mix the berries and sugar; let sit for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally;
Mix the water with the Sure Jell; bring to a boil; boil 1 minute; stir into berries;mix 3 minutes.

Fill jars(leave a little space for expansion due to freezing; you can use any size jars or plastic containers; we had these cute jars left from Dave and Jess's wedding last year....they don' t hold much (4 oz)...but you get a lot...this batch made 24! The instructions say to let the jam set out on the counter for 24 hours, but this probably isn't necessary. Then either freeze or keep in the refrigerator.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cute Grandkids...

Are you talking to your daddy, Penny?

Kody "rocks"...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Frito Casserole

Another reliable casserole. I don't know if this is a very appealing picture...I took it the 2nd night we had it, so it might look a little "left-over" (but it's a good left-over, maybe better than the first night!)

This can be pretty healthy if you use ground turkey breast, fat free chili, and light sour cream.

Mix in 2 qt. casserole:

1 lb. hamburger, browned and drained
2 cans (15 oz) chili beans (or chili with beans)
1 can corn (optional)
1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce plus 2 T taco seasoning (this was originally a can of enchilada sauce, but I usually can only find a really big can)
3 Cups original Fritos (or most of a small bag)

Spread over top:
1 C sour cream (or a little more so it covers the meat mix)
1/2 C grated cheese

Cover and bake at 350 about 30-45 minutes. Serve with more Fritos.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dump Cake

Kendra made this yesterday afternoon when they were over...It was hard to get a picture before it was all gone! This is the last remaining bit.

"Dump" into a 9x13 pan (I usually use a glass one):

1 (20 oz) crushed pineapple with juice
1 (20 oz) can cherry pie filling
Sprinkle a box of white or yellow cake mix, dry, over the fruit.
Cut a cube of butter into slices and distribute over cake mix.

Bake at 350 about 30 minutes. Good with whipped cream, Cool Whip or ice cream...good all by itself!

Variations: I sometimes sprinkle 1/2 C chopped walnuts over the cake mix. And you can use other pie filling combinations: all cherry, all blueberry.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fish mostly...

Grandpa Lou (Eck), Patti in pin curls, Grandpa Roger, a couple of unknown fishermen....this is about 1949;

1958, Grandpa Earle (Dean), happy with his catch; we're camping at Blue Creek(about 20 miles up the Klamath River). This is the only time I remember a vacation with both sets of grandparents....usually we went to the Klamath in August with Grandma Della and Grandpa Lou.

No fish...but Kendra's holding a pretty big snake....Dad found it in the back yard...she was pretty brave! I think she's about 8.

Karl's fish...what's he saying, Karl!

Did you catch this fish, Karl?We're up at Grandpa Lou's in Gasquet, I think.

Grandma Janiece and Karl...another nice batch of fish.

Karl's first fish...he's about 4...

John's fish...

Patti's fish...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cookie Dough Topped Brownies

This is from My Kitchen Cafe...yumm!

Melt 1 C butter (2 cubes) with 12 oz. chocolate chips (I did this in the microwave for 1 minute);stir until chips are creamy, then beat in:
1 1/2 C sugar
4 eggs (room temp is best, but mine weren't)
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 C flour

Bake in 9x13 pan at 350 for 20 minutes; then lower temp to 325 for another 10 minutes. Cool.

Cookie Dough Layer:
1/2 cup (1 cube) butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown Sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips(I used mini ones)

Drop by tablespoons over cooled brownie and spread carefully (wet your hands and pat gently); cut into bars and store in refrigerator.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Grandma Evelyn's Potato Salad

No pickle relish, no hard boiled eggs...super simple...super delicious:

"Some" potatoes, boiled in salted water, peeled, diced (6-8 depending on size)
"About" 1 C Best Food Mayonnaise (I've used fat free, but real is best)
2 T yellow mustard
Season with:
Salt, pepper (white if you don't want it to show), garlic salt, paprika
1/2 C minced onion (brown or green)
1/2 C minced Italian parsley (or regular)

Mix and add more mayonnaise if it's not creamy enough. Sprinkle top with more paprika. Best if made the day before.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dogs We Have Known...

Here is Peanut...half Maltese, half long haired chihouhou...she was deaf.

Here's Harry sitting on dad's lap.

Our puppy, Montana - 1995.

What a good dog!

Remember when Link was a puppy?
A big puppy!