Friday, October 28, 2011

Sentimental Fool

I will save you my little pumpkin baby!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Still Blooming!

I love this time of year!  I love the changing colors and the cooler weather.  I love the fact that I can still see my flowers blooming.  I believe these will be the last of the blooms though.   The weather will get colder outside soon.  It won't last long though! 


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rain

In every ones life a little rain must fall.  I am having one of those days.

 Even though I know things will get better, I can still have one of those days.  I am allowed. 

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Halloween Decorations are Up!

I have gotten most of the decorations up for Halloween!  Just a few more for outside!   Many of the decorations I have had for years.  Some are hand made.




 When the kids were younger they use to love helping me!  They seem to be to busy now.  Jack thinks many of them are babyish.  He would like more blood and gore!




Some of the decorations are from when I had an office.  Of course I decorated my office...wouldn't you!

And of course they do have their favorite decoration!  Everybody loves Frank!



 I know deep down inside they still appreciate the decorations!  We shall see when the time comes to take them down and put them away! 

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Dinner Tonight - Shepherds Pie

I was trying to think of something hearty and inexpensive to make for dinner tonight...then it came to me!  Shepherds' Pie!  I hope the family likes it!  I added frozen vegetables instead of fresh.  I even got Jack to try it.  He did not care for the cooked veggies.  At least he tried it though!

Recipe

Easy Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1-2 cups vegetables - chopped carrots, corn, peas
  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice

Method

1 Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).
2 While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.
3 Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.

4 Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.
5 Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.



6 Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.

7 Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.


Serves four.