Breakfast Scramble

Lately I have been enjoying breakfast scrambles. I take a few of those small potatoes and steam them in my vegetable steamer until fork tender. After they are cool enough to handle, I slice them into a frying pan that has a small amount of oil in it. Heat this pan on the stove on medium heat and fry the spuds until they are brown. I have also added a few sliced green onions to the skillet with the taters. While that is happening, crack an egg into a small bowl and beat with a fork. Add to the pan and scramble until cooked. Season with salt, pepper and your favorite spice blend. I also like to grate a little cheese on top. Enjoy!

If You Could Read My Mind

Writing prompt from class:  What is the person across from me thinking?

I blew on my steaming latte and watched as she sighed, rolled her eyes, and glanced repeatedly at her watch.  I imagined what she was thinking:  Once again another loser – set up by that stupid dating site to meet me – has failed to show.  And, all these idiots do, when they bother to show up, is talk incessantly about themselves. Self-absorbed, much?  Reminds me of the old saying:  “enough about me, let’s talk about me”. I’m sick of it:  done with dating.  If I get lonely, I’ll adopt a pet:  a cat, most likely.  It might give me attitude but at least it shows affection, provides companionship and won’t stand me up. Thanks Mom for signing me up on losersingles.com – how’d you like to go on my dates.  I’ll stay home with Fluffy.

Chocolate, Of Course!

writing prompt from writing class:  chocolate or vanilla?

 

Gift from my husband — he knows me well!

 

I love dark chocolate – the higher the concentration of cocoa in the chocolate, the better, although it can be bitter-tasting. Milk chocolate is definitely smoother but for me it lacks the oomph factor dark chocolate provides. You really know you’ve eaten chocolate when you have a piece of Lindt 80% dark chocolate.  My love of chocolate was overindulged a few years ago when my husband and I went to the chocolate festival in British Columbia.  Samples abounded at the chocolate fair and at the tour we took of the chocolate making factory.  I even like the smell of chocolate, and have purchased chocolate scented lotion and lip balm infused with cocoa. Should I chose to I can look at chocolate every day – a chocolate website, http://www.virtualchocolate.com/ has chocolate “wallpaper” you can download for your computer’s desktop – calorie-free of course.

The Ring

Our rings

 

writing prompt:  write about something lost or found

During our time in Hawaii, I had lost a diamond chip out of my engagement ring.  I suspect the chip had started to loosen in its claw prior to our arrival and eventually fell out.    I felt a bit sick.  It’s a matched set comprised of engagement ring, wedding band and first year anniversary,  all welded together to form one. This seems symbolic of the marriage ceremony.

When we returned home, we dropped the bands off at a jeweler for repair. Until the set went back on my finger, my left hand felt like there was something missing:  naked.  We’ve been married for over 16 years and, with the exception of another time where it needed repair, the set has only left my finger for a few hours.  As this symbol of our commitment has rarely left my finger, my husband and I have never spent a night apart since we’ve been together.

 

JFK and me

I was a wee girl living in the United States during JFK’s presidency and assassination.  The writing class I’m taking gives us three writing prompts per week to do.   This quote by JFK was one of them:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John Fitzgerald Kennedy from http://www.quotegarden.com/thanksgiving.html

Here’s what I wrote in response:

In reading this quote by JFK, I felt I needed to consider the context in which it was written. My research led me to the full text in which the quote is contained. This quote is part of a document entitled “Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation” signed by President Kennedy on November 5, 1963, declaring November 28, 1963 as Thanksgiving Day.  At that time, America was involved in the Vietnam War.

The words preceding Kennedy’s quote are as follows:

“Yet, as our power has grown, so has our peril. Today we give our thanks, most of all, for the ideals of honor and faith we inherit from our forefathers – for the decency of purpose, steadfastness of resolve and strength of will, for the courage and the humility, which they possessed and which we must seek every day to emulate. “

I believe this quote refers back to the last few words of the sentence it follows: “…and which we must seek every day to emulate.”  JFK is instructing America to walk the walk rather than simply talk the talk.

JFK was assassinated approximately three weeks later on November 22, 1963.

 

 

References:  http://www.pilgrimhall.org/ThanxProc1960.htm

http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/vietnam/

 

Pasta with Beef and Broccoli

A good use for leftover roast beef.

1 c. uncooked small pasta – penne, rotini, macaroni

1/2 small head of broccoli, cut up

1 onion, chopped

1 – 2 c. cooked roast beef, chopped

2 c. tomato pasta sauce

Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta in large pot according to package directions. Add broccoli to cooking pasta 3 – 4 minutes before the pasta’s finished cooking to partially cook the broccoli.  In a medium pot, brown onion in a little oil then add pasta sauce and roast beef.  Simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through.  Drain pasta and broccoli and return to the pot or place in  a large serving bowl.  Add  sauce mixture to pasta and broccoli and stir to combine. Serve with Parmesan.  Serves 4.

Ham and Broccoli Noodle Casserole

Taken from a church cookbook that was likely put together for a fundraiser.  A good way to use up leftover ham.

1 1/2 c. cooked noodles (such as medium egg noodles)

1 1/2 c. cooked ham, chopped

1 small onion, minced

1 1/2 c. broccoli, chopped and partially cooked

1 10 ounce can Cream of Mushroom soup – Amy’s has less additives http://www.amys.com/

1 1/2 c. shredded cheese

1/4 c. milk

1/2 c. buttered breadcrumbs (optional)

Grease large casserole dish.  Layer noodles, ham, onions and broccoli into it.  Combine milk, soup and cheese and spread over ham – noodle mixture.  Sprinkle with breadcrumbs if using.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  Serves about 6. Note – slightly undercook the noodles to avoid them turning out overcooked after baking the casserole in the oven.

 

Pumpkin Delight

Canadian Thanksgiving was this past weekend. American Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Here is an easy dessert that is slightly different then pumpkin pie.

1 package yellow cake mix
1/2 c. melted margarine
1/4 c. solid margarine
4 eggs
4 c. canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
1/2 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. white sugar
2/3 c. milk
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. chopped almonds

Reserve one cup dry cake mix crumbs. Combine remaining cake mix crumbs, 1/2 c. melted margarine and 1 egg, beaten. Press into a 9 x 13 pan. Combine pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, 1/4 c. white sugar, milk and cinnamon. Spread over base. Combine reserved cake mix crumbs, almonds, 1/2 c. white sugar and solid margarine. Mix until crumbly (I usually use a pastry blender). Bake at 350 for one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Serves at least ten.