Thursday, February 28, 2013


 Teddy was out before the sun came up this morning.  When the sun did rise, I noticed that Teddy had a butt tree.

 Hey've got a tree on your butt.

 Don't we all, mama?

Whatever.  I sure hope there aren't any squirrels in that tree.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Belated Valentine's Present and Breakfast

 My go to breakfast seems to always be a version of a Turkish breakfast these days.  I've been so busy cooking for the shelter that I have been neglecting the fam so I whipped this up for the guys yesterday.

 A type of sucuk sausage with cheese.

 A salad of cucumbers, oven roasted tomatoes, olives, green onions, celery, parsley and dressed with oil and vinegar.

 I made some simit too.  My family loves simit.

I poached some eggs.

And finished them off in a butter, paprika and sumac sauce.  It is so good to dip simit in these eggs.
Here is a new ring my family bought for me.  Sorry it is so blurry, here is a link to a better pic.  My daughter searched high and low for this ring. She showed it to my husband and The Blog Tech and they all agreed it was perfect for me. It is made out of oxidized silver with gold on lays, black diamonds and clear diamonds. It has a turquoise stone covered by a faceted quartz dome which reflects light and looks like a pool of liquid. The band is covered with gold and diamond on lays.
I thought the band was too flimsy looking for the size of the top of the ring so I mixed it with some of my black gold and yellow gold stacking rings.  Thanks did good!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ice Is On The Way

 I couldn't find Teddy when I went out to check on her after I let her out this morning.

 Finally I found her way up on the back porch. I think she knows we have an ice storm on the way.

 We are supposed to get up to 1/2 inch of ice.

 Just when my little glacier is melting.

 Yet the Clematis is budding out.

Poor little melting baseball snowman is about to get glazed.  If you are in the line of this storm, stay safe!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

I bought ground meat at a very good price and made a rare treat for the shelter....meatloaf!

First I made a huge pot of gravy.

I strained out the solids and ended up with 14 quarts.

The meatloaf was a combination of ground beef, pork, Italian sausage and lots of vegetables.  You can find the recipe here:

To make them a bit fancy I topped them with a lattice of bacon.
I also made an avalanche of mashed potatoes and immediately forgot to take a photo.  I've never made so many mashed potatoes in my life.  I could hardly stir them. I made about 20 quarts.

Aren't they cute?  And huge?  Each one had 10 pounds of meat along with all the other ingredients.  They are sitting on large cookie sheets and they barely fit.

Now that is a meatloaf.  I made three. They took 3 -1/2 hours to bake.
And 6 loaves of bread.  I took it there for lunch today which is when the shelter feeds the main meal.  I also made another huge batch of banana pudding which I also forgot to photograph.  There were lots of happy guys when The Blog Tech and I walked in there this morning.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Busy Day

 Hi everyone.  Sorry but my mama has no post today.  She and The Blog Tech/Thumb Sub are very busy cooking for the shelter.  They promised the shelter a big meal for lunch tomorrow and have to deliver it by 10:30 am.  So most of the work has to be done today.

So don't be sad.  She will be back tomorrow and will show you everything they made.  Her post won't be up until tomorrow afternoon when she returns.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe and Corn Bread

We made broccoli cheese soup for the shelter yesterday.  It is one of their favorites!

A very sleepy, rumpled Blog Tech stepped up to the plate very early yesterday to replace my injured thumb.  I turned on a movie for him to watch and he was riveted to it, not realizing he was prepping tons of veggies.  I don't think he ever fully woke up.

All the fixin's lined up.

He shredded 5 pounds of carrots for the soup along with dicing about 8 pounds of onions.

This recipe is for one normal sized pot.

Broccoli Cheese Soup:

3 # broccoli cut in pieces.  I used frozen.
4 cups of chicken broth
1 large diced onion
1 large shredded carrot
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup of flour
2 C. milk
1 cup 1/2 & 1/2
1 # Velveeta cubed
2 cups shredded cheddar
S & P
1 T. granulated garlic

Saute' the onion in the butter until it begins to soften.  Sprinkle with the flour and cook for 2 minutes while whisking.  Add the chicken stock and the milk.  Add the broccoli and carrots and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

Add the cubed Velveeta and stir occasionally until the cheese melts.  Add the 1/2 & 1/2 and salt and pepper to taste.  Add the shredded cheddar about 10 minutes before serving.

I made the guys more corn bread to go with the soup.  This is by far their favorite thing to eat.  I now add extra honey butter when it comes out of the oven because they like it sweet.

I took these to them fresh from the oven and I looked like the Pied Piper when I walked through the door. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pasta Pizza Pie recipe

 This is a good change for either breakfast, lunch or dinner and you can make it very kid friendly too.

 Make any kind of pasta you like drain it and set it aside.  This even works well with spaghetti.  In a bowl, mix 5 eggs, some parsley or basil, 1 cup of milk and 3 tablespoons of pepper or tomato paste.  I used red pepper paste.  Whisk this together adding some salt and pepper.

 Slice a small onion.

 Melt some butter in a frying pan and saute the onion.

Add the pasta and pour the egg mixture over it.
 Sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese.

 Cover it with a lid and turn the heat to low.

 Check on it in  a few minutes.  If it has not entirely set, finish it off on a 350 degree oven in the pan for about 15 minutes.

 This is the good part.  Polish herb pizza ketchup.  Many places in Europe put ketchup on their pizza.  When I first encountered this, I was horrified.  After trying it, I was converted.  The ketchup you find there is very different from ours in the states.  Look for this in Russian or Polish specialty stores.  The Bum Dumb Thumb with last years scar right below the bandage.

 After it sets, let it sit for a minute to cool a bit.
Cut it into wedges and serve it drizzled with the ketchup.  This makes a good leftover when warmed up.