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Company for Supper

With covid, I got lazy about cooking.  I personally wasn’t going to the grocery store and I think that left me a little uninspired.  I’ve told a few friends of mine that I so appreciate Karl doing the shopping but I really have missed looking at the strawberries and seeing how great they looked and impulsively buying them.  I miss seeing the discounted cold rotisserie chicken and not being inspired to take it home and make chicken and noodle gravy over biscuits.  There is just something about being in the story and seeing the groceries that inspires me to have more variety when I cook.  I am sure some of you who do grocery pick up or have someone in your life like Karl who is doing the shopping for you can relate.

Well a month or so ago I had Kalissa’s family and Karl here for supper.  It was so nice so I wanted to try some new recipes.  The first was Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas.  Oh my they were good…and so easy.

You can find the recipe HERE.

I was so excited about actually cooking that I forgot to take pictures until Kalissa said, “Mom, are you taking pictures for the blog”.  Yes, after 11 years of blogging I still forget to take pictures from time to time.  I guess I was in the moment.  Forgive me.

So after whipping up a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla and strawberries, I put that in a tortilla and rolled it up.  Then I fried them like you would a chimichanga.

After that there were rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
We all tried some right away and it was good…but, they are much better after being refrigerated.  Don’t they look yummy??? Continue reading

Sauerkraut Hotdish

I grew up eating Sauerkraut Hotdish.  It isn’t something many of you will be excited about and might be tempted to just skip this post thinking it’s only a recipe and one I won’t eat, but I’m going to tell you the story that goes with it.

My dad was a good eater and mom was a good cook.  I don’t ever remember my dad complaining about or even suggesting what mom cooked.  That didn’t happen.  Both of my parents grew up during the Depression and I think that taught a lot to be thankful for food.

One day Dad was in the barn milking cows and he heard a recipe being given over the radio.  He ended up coming in the house and told mom that he thought he’d like to try that.  Dad thought he remembered all the ingredients but wasn’t sure.  He told them to mom and then he told her they could write in to the radio station and get the recipe.   Remember this was in the 70s long before internet when all we’d have to do is click a button and we’d have the recipe.

Mom wrote down what Dad could remember and she thought being there were so few ingredients, she was sure Dad was missing some so she wrote to the radio station to get the recipe.

Here it is:

1 1/2 pounds hamburger
1 small onion chopped
1 bag of egg noodles
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
1 small can of sauerkraut

Set noodles to boil.  Brown hamburger and onions.  Mix cooked noodle together with the other ingredients…Done.

It’s a very simple recipe and once the recipe came in the mail, Mom checked what Dad had written down and he had remembered everything.  It seemed to simple.

Mom made it…and we liked it.  Mom ended up taking the recipe and taping it to the inside of the kitchen cabinet door.  She taped all her favorite recipes to the inside door of the cabinet.

I grew up and moved away.  My Mom passed away in 1990 and my Dad in 2007.  We went to clean the house…what a task.  I was working in the kitchen and a smile came to my face when I saw the sauerkraut hotdish recipe taped to the cabinet door.  It had been there for at least 30 years.

I went home and made if for my family.  There were mixed reviews.  For the most part…they liked it or at least ate it.  Kayla told me, “I have fond memories of it as a comfort food of home, but don’t eat it anymore because the meat.”  (she’s a vegetarian now).  I asked Karl what he thinks now.  He said, “Sauerkraut: yes. Hotdish: yes. Sauerkraut hotdish: Big ol’ NOPE.”  That’s okay..more for me Karl.

Kalissa has gone on and made it for Craig.  Craig is a big NO.  Well actually when Kalissa asked if he liked it he said, “It’s okay.  You can make it once a year or so.”…and then Craig went into his usual question of why it’s a hotdish or a casserole.  I was born in southern Minnesota and everything is a hotdish there.

So the recipe isn’t something everyone will like.  I know I like it…I know Kalissa likes it.  In fact when Craig was working at the farm implement dealer, he’d have to go to continuing education and would be gone for 3-4 days at time.  Kalissa would call and say, “Craig is going to be gone, can I come over and we can have sauerkraut hotdish?”

When Georgia was here last, I tried it out on her and she loved it.  Here she is eating it… Continue reading

The Very Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

My life has changed in so many ways since Kramer, my husband, passed away.  When he was here, I made cakes, apple crisps, brownies and bars all the time.  It was easy to make a cake for him to pack in his lunch and it lasted all week.  The same with other treats made in a pan.  Nowadays, if I make something like that, half of it goes to waste unless I send it to Kalissa’s house.

So now, I’m into cookie making.  Cookies work so much better for us now.  I make a batch and put them in the freezer.  Then when I want one, I take one out.

I have some pretty good cookies in my arsenal.  My most made are:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Monster Cookies
Soft Ginger Cookies
Rice Crispies Cookies
Chocolate Cookies
Sugar Cookies

The cookie recipe that I hadn’t found the perfect recipe for was Oatmeal Raisin.

Well…after trying this recipe that is no longer true… Continue reading

Busy Day

Today has been a busy day.  Carver and Gannon were here for a grandma day while Kalissa was sleeping after working the overnight.  Then I got a call from Craig.  The Waucoma Firemen were moving their meeting to tonight.  If you’ve been reading my blog long, you know that our family is a big time supporter of our local fire department.

Everyone on the department has been awesome from the moment Kramer, my husband who passed away last year, joined the department.  I think that was back in 1997.  Since then our son Buck spent time on the department and now our daughter Kalissa’s husband is on the department.

Our family decided that we want to have a tradition of supplying supper for the firemen at their meeting every June.  We aren’t thinking anything fancy…this year we’re just doing pizza, chips, drinks and bars.

The firemen have been so good our family.  When Kramer was sick they came and did our yard work, tilled our garden, fixed the siding on our house even did some landscaping.  Here’s a picture of them all from that day.  We couldn’t have been more thankful.  Kramer and I both appreciated that so much.  (Read more HERE)

Then once we knew Kramer didn’t have long… Continue reading