Sunday, October 17, 2021

Sunday Stealing

1.  What's something you've recently accomplished solo?

I sang a solo at Church this morning.  

2.  What's one product you use that never ever fails?

Cast iron skillet

3. Have you found your place in the world? Where is it?

You bet I have, right here

4.  Worst movie you ever saw?

I don't know, because if I hate a movie I stop watching it.

5. What's the last fun thing you did?

Finding wonderful veggies in my garden in mid-October

6. What's your favorite Italian dish?

Pizza

7. Have you ever been to France? Any desire to visit there, and if so what would site or city would you most want to see?

Haven't been and don't want to go.  England would be nice, but truly, I'd just like to see all of the United States.

8. Have you ever been to Disney, any of the parks at all? Are you a Disney superfan or something less than that? They're open right now so tell us, would you go if you had the time/money/a free trip?

I watched the original Mickey Mouse club in the 50's.  I remember when Walt Disney was on Micky Mouse Club telling about his new venture that had just opened: Disneyland.  At that time I would have given anything to go, but I never wanted to go as an adult.

9. Your favorite place to go when you want to be quiet as a church mouse? Would those who know you well describe you as more church mouse or perhaps more like mighty mouse?

I can be quiet as a church mouse here at home, or I can walk out to the woods at the back of my place.  I have no idea how others describe me. 

10. Do you bake your own bread? Last time you had hot out-of-the-oven homemade bread? What's your favorite kind of bread?

I have a bread machine, but I don't use it often because we can't stop eating it until it's gone; I probably used it 3 months ago.  I make corn bread often to go with soup or beans, and I make banana bread occasionally.

11. What's something you might say is 'the greatest thing since sliced bread'?  

The Internet

12.  Share with us five little things you're grateful for today. Small blessings. One catch-they all must start with the letter T.

Tea... Earl Grey, especially.  Tractors, because that's what keeps my husband happy.  Tomatoes, garden fresh.  The temperature today (72).  Time, because I've had 77 years of it already and I intend to live to be at least 80 .  

13. Tell us where you were and something about what life was like when you were 20- 21.

When I was 20, I was acting like an idiot.  I married Cliff when I was 21 and straightened out quite a bit.

14. What's on the menu at your house this week?

Anything that sounds good on a particular day.  With the cooler weather, I'm making lots of soups.

15.Something you recently purchased where a coupon was involved? Do you regularly shop with coupons? 

I like the concept of coupons, but I always forget I have them.

You'll find this little challenge every Sunday at the Sunday Stealing blog.  Join in!

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Thursday Thirteen on a Saturday

I forgot on Thursday.  Better late than never. 

Vegetables I use

1.  Potatoes.  I've seen some articles that say good old spuds shouldn't be counted as a vegetable because they're unhealthy.  Well, they grow in the ground: that makes it a vegetable, I don't care what you put on them.  I come from a generation whose parents served potatoes almost every day.  I don't cook them as much as I used to when I had children at home, but Cliff and I love us some taters, be it mashed, scalloped, baked, or fried.

2.  Onions.  I seldom go a day without using onions.  I put them in casseroles, soups, potato salad, meat loaf, and so many other dishes.  I made a four-serving ham casserole yesterday that calls for two teaspoons of minced onion.  Really? why bother with so little?  I put half a cup of onions in it every time I make it, and it's delicious!

3.  Cabbage.  Boiled, made into slaw, or stir-fried... with or without kielbasa; a little bacon grease doesn't hurt it.   It's also an ingredient in my hamburger stew. 

4.  Carrots.  I'm hardly ever without them, and they keep well.  They're good in soups, or cooked with pot roast.  If I'm low on vegetables for a meal, I'll make creamed carrots or glazed carrots.

5.  Celery.  I'm not a big fan of celery by itself, although I will occasionally put some peanut butter on a rib of it for a snack.  But so many of my recipes call for it that when I buy a bunch, it seldom goes bad. 

6.  Sweet peppers.  Cliff and I are crazy about stuffed peppers, and they are also a frequent ingredient in main-course recipes.  They go bad really fast, so I dice a lot of them from the garden and freeze them in a freezer bag.  That way they are available when I'm making spaghetti sauce and chili in winter.  

7.  Broccoli and cauliflower.  I like broccoli with butter or cheese sauce.  Cauliflower is good with cheese sauce too, and it's nice to munch on raw or use in salads.

8.  Lima beans.  I forget about them sometimes, but we both like them.

9.  Green beans.  Ah yes, the old staple almost everybody likes.  My sister, the best cook in the world, once told me green beans are better if you just put a teaspoon of sugar in it per can (or for two cups of fresh ones), so I add that, along with a little bacon grease.  They are also good cooked with kielbasa.

10.  Corn.  I like frozen corn from our own garden, but I don't buy much canned corn at the store.  I do have a meat-and-corn bread recipe that calls for a can of creamed corn, so I usually have a couple cans of that around.

11.  Sweet potatoes, any way you make them.  Mashed, baked, candied or just buttered a little.

12.  Tomatoes:  Home-grown for eating fresh, and canned, chopped ones for chili and spaghetti sauce.  I like to make my own sauce.  I also use canned tomatoes for my smothered okra, speaking of which...

13.  Okra when it's in season.  Fried is our favorite, but we like smothered okra too.  Sometimes I slice some and freeze it; I'll throw it in most any vegetable soup or hamburger stew, but not too much, or it will make the soup taste kind of slick-ish.