Saturday, October 25, 2014

Finally Friday!

Friday’s weather was a repeat of Thursday, but with more clouds. Both walks were outside and both were refreshing.

I went to Time Out for lunch and got my Friday fish and chips. Thank God for cod!

After work, I refilled the feeders before I changed clothes. I checked the vegetable garden and found one green bean big enough to harvest. So, I did and promptly ate it.

I spent a lot of time on the computer making list, paying bills (it was pay day), etc.

I took some things up into the attic and brought down the rose cones. It's too early to put them on, but at least they're in the garage now when I do need them.

I ate leftover Salisbury steak and more mashed potatoes for dinner and read until bed time.

Friday, October 24, 2014

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ~ Eric Bogle

I was totally blown away when I heard this song at lunch in Time Out. It was an early 70's Folk Song by an Irish folk singer named Eric Bogle I loved back in the day...  I'm sure it was in line with the antiwar sympathies back then, but I do remember the first time I heard it, I cried.

Why it was on their playlist, I'll never know. But, I think it puts a real face on the "glory" of war. Ask me and I'll post the written lyrics.

Quote of the Day

"Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip."

~ Winston Churchill


It was a little warmer on Thursday, and sunny, which was nice. But it was still a jacket kinda day. The high only reached into the upper 50’s.

I went to the Newburgh Grill and got some soup and a patty melt. Then I took a ride through Hines Park. Most of the trees that were so beautiful on my last trip through have half their leaves down now. I did see one on my way there I thought was pretty, though.

Once I was home, I started the Wednesday wash (a day late). Then I got started on dinner. I peeled and cut up the last four russet potatoes I had and boiled them.

Meanwhile, I got out a pound of ground chuck. I opened the window, turned on the stove vent and, using the box grater, grated 1/3 cup of a yellow onion. Despite my precautions, I still cried like a baby!

I took out 1/4 cup of the grated onion and added that to the ground chuck, along with 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and two garlic cloves I minced. I divided the mixture into four and made each portion into 1/2 inch thick patties.

I heated a skillet on medium-high and coated it with cooking spray. Then I fried the patties about three minutes per side until browned.

I removed the patties and set them aside. I melted a tablespoon of butter in the pan and added eight ounces of crimini mushrooms I had quartered. I sautéed them four minutes, then I added 1/3 cup of dry red wine and the remaining grated onion. I let that cook two minutes.

I combined 1 1/4 cup of beef broth with a tablespoon of A/P flour. I added that to the pan and brought it to a boil. I cooked that about five minutes until it was thick. I added the patties back in with a teaspoon of red wine vinegar.

I let that get happy while I mashed the potatoes. I added too much chopped parsley to the potatoes, though. It didn’t wreck the taste, but it wasn’t the look I was after. Then I plated my dinner.

It was pretty good for just being ground chuck!

I cleaned up and started the dishwasher. Only then did I allow myself to go back to my book. I read until bedtime.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thanks Steph! I couldn't have said it better myself!!!

Wednesday Woes…

It was cold and windy Wednesday morning. I walked outside at 10:00 a.m. and wore a raincoat. But it still sucked.

Fortunately, the sun finally broke through the clouds around 11:00. It wasn’t all that warmer, but it look better.

I went to Time Out for lunch and got a bowl of the potato and ham soup and a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. I was hamming it up!

Next I went and got the truck washed. It’s not supposed to rain for the next five days or so and it needed it.

Then I dropped some books off at the used book store I found on Wayne Road. I found two books I hadn't read so I bought them.

I didn’t do much after work. I started reading one of the new books while watching the evening news (not a good idea). When the news was over, I moved to the living room.  I decided the Wednesday wash could wait. Ditto for the dinner I’d planned. When I got hungry, I made a turkey sandwich. I read up to bed time.