Happy New Years Breakfast

Having a big breakfast for New Years is a tradition for many.  One reason may be the amount of drinks consumed the night before.  Another is the last opportunity to binge eat before one starts the diet for the new year.  Yet another reason would be you just want to start the new year right.  Our breakfast consisted of French Toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, potatoes and fresh fruit.

The one thing I forgot to get?  Black eyed peas!!!!!!!!!!  My dad would be so disappointed!

Happy New Year to you all!  I pray that all of you have a happy and healthy 2017!

From my family to yours!

Wednesday Weekly-Oatmeal Sausage

Joining Beauty That Moves for the weekly in my kitchen blog hop.

 

Reposting an old post here today.  But one of my favorites and one of the more popular.  This recipe came from my grandmother who would make this on Saturday mornings.  Thinking about her today, and all the joy she would bring her family with her food.

Hope you all enjoy.

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Have you ever heard of this delicious sausage?  You probably have if you are from the south or the Midwest, but I crave it.  My grandma used to make this on Saturdays when she would cook up yummy fried breakfasts.  But it is equally tasty cold on a sandwich with ketchup.  Very similar to a meatloaf sandwich.

Well, I made a batch of it yesterday, just for that reason.  To place on sandwiches.  We are going on a road trip this evening and do not want fast food. So I decided to pack up a variety of meats and breads for a picnic in the mountains on our way to our destination.

I am going to share this tasty sausage with you.

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1.  Use a large saucepan with the bottom just covered with water to brown 1 lb of ground beef and 1 pound of ground pork in.

2.  Use a potato masher to mash it in tiny pieces.

3.  Add the spices of your choosing. I added sage, season salt, salt and pepper, paprika, crushed pepper flakes and garlic powder. I added all these to taste as well.  We like things well seasoned, so I dumped a great deal in.

4.  When browned, more like white brown, add your oatmeal.  This is all done by sight.  I added about a cup and a half, but it really is just to the consistency of a ground sausage mound.

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5.  When mixed and simmered together for about 5 minutes, take a bread pan or stone and place your sausage mixture in it.  This is so it can take on a the form of your pan.

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6.  Chill your mixture for about 3 hours.

7.  Slice and fry up to serve.

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So truly delicious!

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I hope you enjoy

Love,

Suzy

Wednesday Weekly-Ham Dinner

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Joining Beauty that Moves for their weekly kitchen blog hop!
Our Easter dinner went really well, and the menu I planned last week was carried out, except for cream of asparagus soup.  We instead had cream of mushroom.  It seems I waited to log, or stored it the wrong way, but the asparagus went bad.  Oh well, live and learn.  But oh my goodness the cream of mushroom was so delicious!

The highlight though was seeing my son make deviled eggs.  After we hunted Easter eggs, my son who loves to cook went into the kitchen and whipped up some eggs.  This was not even on the menu! I was so proud of him and happy to see that my kids are willing to create in the kitchen.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter dinner, and a great week of cooking!

Cannot wait to see your creations and pictures!

Love,

Suzy

Wednesday Weekly-Planning Easter Dinner

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Joining Beauty that Moves for this week in my kitchen blog hop!

 

I am so excited for Easter this year.  It is going to be warmer than usual, and much more of my grass is greener than it has been in the past few years.  Whenever Easter is in March, the weather is a toss up on warm or cold, snowy or sunny or sometimes everything in one day.

There is nothing as wonderful as waking up on Easter Sunday with the sun warm and glowing, going to church in cute spring dresses and then coming back home for a wonderful Easter dinner served outdoors.  The forecast says it will be 70 degrees on Sunday, so I am going to be ready!

I thought it would be fun to put a vintage spin on Easter this year.  I have so many vintage cookbooks and of course I have the wonderful Record Book, which are recipes from my great-grandmother, to help me plan a delicious menu.

Here is what I have for Easter:

The star of the show:  Baked Ham.  We have a nice ham in the freezer from the pig we had butchered in the winter.  SO excited to doctor it up with a recipe from m great-grandmother.

Soup:  Cream of Asparagus.  We have some nice asparagus growing in the field behind our house. Cannot wait to try this recipe from a 1950’s cookbook.

Side:  Au gratin potatoes.  Yummy!!!  This is another recipe from my great grandmothers Record Book.

Salad:  I have lettuce growing in my garden, and I am ready to make a lovely fresh salad with home-made dressing.

Finally Dessert:  Strawberry Shortcake.  Again from my great grandmother.

Since I cannot be with my entire family on Easter, I might as well cook their recipes!  Helps me to feel closer.

I hope you all have fun planning a spring dinner!

Love,

Suzy

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Our Weekend

It rained most of the weekend, so we spent most of the time indoors.  But it was also strange because my kids must have been feeling opposite.  Here are some examples.

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My oldest bit who hates to cook, decided he would cook.  And it was really good.  He had an idea to stuff sausage, hash browns, and veggies into pizza dough.  Oh they were delicious.  But I honestly do not know what inspired him.

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Middle Bit, who hates to read, was found reading on the couch more than once.  This was so cool. No one told him to read, he just got a book from the library and started reading quietly.  We did not even know that he was in the room.  Too cool!

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But little bit, she had a hard weekend.  She just wanted to throw tantrums.  This is unusual on the weekends because she loves to play and have fun.  Kind of a bummer, but made for a cute pouty picture.

 

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend full of rest and surprises!

Love,

Suzy

One Life can be so Simple yet so Complex

CIMG4440My hero passed away on December 17.  She was not a millionaire.  She was not anyone famous.  Yet she was the richest and most loved person I ever knew.  Today people are striving to live more simple.  To make their life count, but very few people do it well.  My grandmother was one who did it extremely well.  Raised during the depression, lived in a barn for a little while.  On Christmas she would receive an orange.  One orange. Married a man who went straight to WWII the day after their wedding.  Did not hear from him for two years.  Except for one letter and one telegram saying he was wounded.  Lived in one house for about 70 years.  Watched her husband die.  Watched her daughter die.  Watched her grandchildren suffer loss.  I saw her cry, but it was short-lived because she wanted to smile.  She seemed to always have a content smile on her face, especially when family was around.  She never once complained about any of the crisis she faced.  She only discussed them when asked.  That is how I found out so much.  Even though she experienced so much pain, she never criticized others for their feelings, no matter how trivial.

She woke up and went to work at four in the morning for many, many years.  Why?  She was a cook at a Lutheran School.  She cooked for those kids by herself, completely from scratch every day.  You talk to anyone who went to that school, and ask them what was the best thing about school?  “Mrs. Betty’s cooking!” Her love came out in her cooking and every child felt it.  I watched as kids would come back for seconds on vegetables!  She would decorate the tables for the seasons just to make it extra special for those kids.  In fact, the school is being let out early on Friday, just so families and teachers can attend her funeral. Simple Love.

Her life was dripping with love.  She chose to see the goodness in people and would make them feel good about themselves when she was with them.  You could not help leaving her without a gigantic smile on your face.  She cooked every weekend for her family, not because she had to, but she desired to with all her heart.  She was the glue that brought us together.

The other day, when I was crying, my son came up to me and said, “Mom, she is not dead, she is still alive just in a different place.”  How profound.  From the mouth of babes.  So simple, yet so complex.  I went in my room and cried, and then suddenly heard my grandmothers laughter.  Her laugh was so wonderful.  Full belly, full of jolly fun.  This was a gift to remember and I realized she died perfectly.  In her home, surrounded by what she knew for 70 years, being welcomed “home” by those who went before.  All the while laughing.  Laughing so hard she cried.  Tears of joy.  Then I smiled, and realized for the first time in her life she did something for herself.

You see, living simply is not about choosing to live out in the country living off the land.  Not getting gifts, eating all natural.  It is about how you love.  My grandmother lived her life doing nothing for herself, but truly out of love for others and their well-being.  This is rare, special.  And as my mother said, “If only I could be  one tenth the person she was.”  Yes if only we all could.

I will miss you forever.

 

He Had to Make a Cake

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Middle Bit had to make a cake for Boy Scouts. I kind of left him to it. By that I mean, I was not always in the kitchen, but always on the outskirts. I fought the urge to tell him to clean, to take over, to tell him he is doing something wrong. Instead, I got my camera and took pictures. This distracted me. He did a great job. The funny part? This was a cake auction for his troop, and he bought his own cake. It is delicious.
Have a great day everyone!
Love,
Suzy

(P.S. I still do not know why the oatmeal was out for this recipe!  I guess he thought he would take everything out of the pantry! And he did not use laundry detergent.  We took the old buckets, cleaned them out really well and now store flour in them.  I do not know why I feel like I need to explain all of this to you.  I will stop now.)
(P.P.S. Yes he is still in his pajamas. Don’t judge. OK, now I am really done)