Freakin’ Friday Bliss

Emmy graphic

Emmy graphic (Photo credit: Alan Light)

No, I have not been nominated for the ABC award (Awesome Blog Award) I assume because of the No Awards message on my blog. Although I still get nominations for other awards, I am just too lazy to accept them because I don’t want to fulfill the obligations (but I must say I am honoured when nominated). I want to celebrate my fellow bloggers as much as the next person, but I have to do it when I am inspired. If it becomes a chore, then it is not as much fun.

Having said all of that, I am going to pretend that I have been nominated because I like the concept of finding a word or phrase that means something to me alphabetically, and because I can think of nothing else to post about today. I just read another blogger’s list and found it quite interesting—but they said it was not as easy as it seems. So here goes:

Beautiful Red

Beautiful Red (Photo credit: Krug6)

A: Okay, I am stuck already so I will go with Apple or Awesome (a word I never use, but I do eat apples) Wait, wait—Adam—the name of my firstborn

B: Bliss (you know I had to work it in somewhere, and it is my word of the year)

C: Connie—my walking partner—she makes me walk and so that is why I am in as good a shape as I am (you have to take my word for it—no pictures) and Chocolate for my Looney friend and me.

D: Doppelganger—apparently we all have one—mine is a singer in Niagara Falls

E: Excellent – always liked seeing that on a report card; hated Satisfactory

F: Fungus – aren’t mushrooms fungus?

G: Gee, as in gee golly gosh

H: Happy

I: Indigo—such a nice word for blue

J: John—my husband; and my brother John (these are two different Johns–nothing funny here); and while we are at it, Jim, my other brother

K: “Kay”, as in okay

L: Lou (my nickname); and lace

English: Lace Nederlands: kant

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

M: Money (hey, I’m honest)

N: Nickelback (why do so many people make fun of them – I don’t know their music but their name popped into my mind for some reason—maybe because I like underdogs)

O: Okay—the long form of “kay”

English: Earrings with pearls

English: Earrings with pearls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

P: Peggy – my sister and one of my favourite people; and Pearls

Q: I love the letter Q—guess I will go for quirky which is what I think of the letter Q

R: Restaurant—a place where I do not have to cook

S: Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory – my son gave me a bobble head of Sheldon—he is sitting on the shelf just above my head

T: Tyler – my second born; also Thumb is at the forefront of my mind today—cause I have an awful infection in mine and am going to have to seek medical help—hopefully not amputation

U: Understanding (I need this from the people I know and love)

V: Victory

W: Woo Hoo; or we’re as in “we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time”—the hue and outcry of my university days

X: X-men – something my youngest son likes—video game, super heroes, movie—I am not sure—could be one and all

Y: Yes—(self-explanatory)

Z: Zephyr—don’t know why—just like this word

So what does this tell you about me—I love my family; I am quirky; and you do not want to say “no” to me—it can either be “kay”, okay or yes. And I will be trying to get a doctor’s appointment today before my thumb falls off—which is freaking hard to do in my neck of the words—I can hear the receptionist now—”I can give you an appointment in the first week of July, or last day of September, or January 2, 2015.”

Bliss is getting in to see the doctor when you need to—will update you on whether I achieved bliss today. What one thing would give you bliss today?

Oh, and by the way, I agree with the blogger twindaddy who said it was not as easy as it seems. Check out his 26.

Not Just For Holidays Anymore ~ Sweet Potatoes and Apple Casserole

Sweet potatoes with apple, bacon & maple syrup

Sweet potatoes with apple & maple syrup (Photo credit: SaucyGlo)

By popular demand (okay only livingsimplyfree  asked for it, but I am sure thousands of you out there were too shy to ask) I am going to break with the tradition of offering fine literature (lol) and give you my recipe for Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole.

You can thank my friend, Debbie for it. She sort of guides my cooking along on a simple path—which is the only path I can follow.  I made it without the ginger (because I did not have any) and the cinnamon (because I forgot to put it in) and with Aunt Jemima butter syrup (as I had no real maple syrup) and it was still delicious. Both my husband and brother loved it for Thanksgiving. My husband though was the one to convince—my brother is pretty easy to please.

This is a nice fall recipe—not only is it delicious, but it smells good. So without further ado:

Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole

4 large sweet potatoes (I used 2 humongous ones)

1 ½ lbs. apples (don’t really know how much this is, so used 5)

3 tbsp. butter (I guessed at this)

1/3 cup apple juice (again guessed at this as the increments on my measuring cup are faded)

3 tbsp. maple syrup (Aunt Jemima filled in here)

1 tbsp. lemon juice (I just squeezed some lemon into it)

1 tsp. or a little more of cinnamon (forgot it)

½ tsp. ginger (didn’t have it)

1) Peel potatoes and cut ¼ inch crosswise or in even chunks. Boil until almost fork tender but still a little firm. (I microwaved mine until almost tender, let them cool, and then peeled them—no ¼ inch crosswise stuff for me!)

2) Peel apples and slice (I did this exactly as instructed) Set aside for a moment.

3) Mix remaining ingredients together and boil in a small saucepan. Cook slowly for 10 minutes (this was hard for me, cause I always cook everything on high to get it done sooner—I am such a gourmet cook).

4) Grease a 2 quart shallow dish. Alternately fill with apples and sweet potatoes. Pour sauce over and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 – 30 minutes (apples will get softer- well duh!)

5) Baste with sauce before serving.

As you can see this is a very forgiving recipe and with all the changes I made, it still turned out delicious! So there you have it. Don’t ever say I never shared anything with you.

Published in: on October 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm  Comments (39)  
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