Friday, December 2, 2016

Old Photo Friday: Christmas 1964

WHO: Mom and Grandma Virginia (that's Simon the world's meanest dog)
WHEN: Christmas 1964
WHERE: Eugene, OR

Isn't Christmas supposed to be a happy occasion?  I am not sure what is going on, but neither one looks very festive.

I hope your holiday season is merry and bright.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Recipe of the Week: Hash brown Waffles

In case you missed can put just about anything in a waffle iron these days that is not traditional waffle mix.  Have you tried cinnamon rolls in the waffle iron yet!?

I am not typically a sweet food breakfast person, so the idea of a savory mix of anything is extremely appealing.  So get out your waffles iron and experiment a little.  Here is a good base to start with, but the sky is the limit on the ingredients.


Ham and Gruyere Hash Brown Waffles


5 eggs, divided (only 1 egg beaten)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bag (20 oz) refrigerated hash browns (do not use frozen)
1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
8 oz thinly sliced black forest ham
salt and pepper, to taste
tablespoon finely chopped chives


Preheat waffle iron as directed.

In a large bowl, combine 1 beaten egg, oil, hash browns, cheese and ham.  Season with salt and pepper.

Coat the waffle iron with cooking spray. Use a generous 1 cup of the mixture per waffle and cook until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes.

Top each waffle with one fried egg and then a garnish of chopped chives.

Notes:  It's best to use a traditional waffle iron and not the Belgian style for a crispier waffle

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Saying Goodbye

We said goodbye to my Aunt Judy on Saturday night, after her long battle with cancer.  I believe that a higher power wanted her family (Ohio and Oregon) to all be together over the holiday weekend for comfort at the enormity of her loss.  She died peacefully in Ohio surrounded by her husband of 55 years and her three daughters and their families.

She was an amazing woman and I wished that we had lived closer over the years. I would have enjoyed getting to know her more and listening to her stories of our family.

Rest in Peace.

I also learned over the weekend that an old friend of mine from Melbourne, Australia took his life.  I am trying to wrap my head around the fact that he was in such a dark place that no one could help him and he chose to leave this world and escape the pain.

He seemed to always have a smile on his face and a laughed from deep inside his heart.

Rest in peace, Greg.  I will miss you and cherish the memories forever.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

48/52: Thanksgiving Eve/Day and Wine Tasting Friday!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend!

Amazing family time with great food and drink.  Thanksgiving Eve was spent pre-cooking, drinking wine and listening to a great mix of music that made us all get up and dance!

Our Thanksgiving meal on Thursday was wonderful and we were all grateful to be together and have such a great day of food and rest (despite 2 inches of rain).

Friday we went to 4 amazing wineries in the Washington County/Yamhill area....and they were all places that we've never been to before.  Each place was unique with wonderful food pairings and wine tastings.

How was your Thanksgiving?


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Menu Plan Monday: Welcome December

Welcome to the 12th month of the year!

How was your Thanksgiving?  Is it a turkey free zone around your parts?  I can't resist at least a couple turkey sandwiches, a good Christmas movie and a long nap this time of year.  How about you?

Here is our menu for the week ahead.


SUNDAY:  Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables and Cole Slaw
MONDAY:  Shrimp Salad with Texas Toast/Fried Oysters, Mashed Potatoes and Salad for Uncle Roonie and I
TUESDAY: Turkey Curry Buffet (just like Bridgette Jones's Diary)
WEDNESDAY: Meat Pie with Salad
THURSDAY: Freezer leftover?  Take away?