Autumn Bucket List – Make 4 Autumn Themed Meals

November 29th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cooking No Comments »

This year I went with the less traditional autumn meals.

During October I made the Pumpkin and Feta flatbread. It was good considering I am not a fan of flatbread. I prefer a more “doughy” base. But the toppings were good with the caramelized onions and feta/pumpkin flavor.

The other meal I made in October was on Halloween night. I made nachos with orange and black chips. There was enough toppings on the chips to consider this a meal. Meat, refried beans, jalapeños, cheese sauce and shredded cheese, sour cream, olives and avocados. This year I only had 5 kids show up at the house. Way too much candy. Some years I have had 100 kids so it was hard to guess the number of potential trick or treaters.

My other autumn themed meal was a medley of butternut squash, cranberries and onions with slices of feta and apple sausages. A warm meals with a burst of autumn flavor.

My other meal was a breakfast. I saw a recipe for cinnamon rolls from the tube but with brown sugar, butter, cranberries and pecans. Very tasty for a breakfast. Fast and easy.

I also made a taco soup that was more like a chili. Warm and comforting.

And finally as a bonus I had my traditional Aldi Jack O’Lantern pizza. I did add some additional toppings to make it tastier.

Not very traditional this year but nevertheless the feel of autumn foods prevailed.

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Autumn Bucket List – Autumn Themed Soup

November 28th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cooking, Recipes No Comments »

I must say my cooking skills have deteriorated over time. Since I only cook for myself I rarely make a new recipe. So this did not go well…or at a minimum it did not go as planned. Not a disaster but more of a “Oops, not what I expected”. This is my story and I am sticking to it.

I wanted to make an autumn themed meal by making Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes and Kielbasa. As you can see from the picture below it should be a nice meal with potatoes.

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes and Kielbasa

Prep Time 10minutes minutes

Cook Time 3hours hours

Total Time 3hours hours 10minutes minutes

Servings 8

Calories 

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Kielbasa I used Beef Kielbasa, sliced into bite-size (about ½ inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter I used salted butter, but unsalted will work perfectly
  • 3 cans 14.5 oz. diced potatoes, drained (I used Del Monte Fresh Cut Diced New potatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup chopped onions I used sweet onions, but you can use white onions or red onions
  • 3 cups fresh shredded cheese I used 1 ½ cups Colby Jack and 1 ½ cups mild Cheddar. You may need more if you want to top each serving with cheese approx ½ cup.
  • 1 can 10.5 oz. cheddar cream soup
  • ½ cup milk (I used 2% milk you could use whole milk but would not recommend heavy cream)

Instructions

  • Spray the slow cooker liner with non-stick spray.
  • Add melted butter. Pour the potatoes and the spices. Mix to coat.
  • Add the sliced Kielbasa, chopped onions, and cheese. Mix well.
  • Add the cheddar cream soup and the milk and mix until all ingredients are well blended together.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours until the potatoes are nice and soft.
  • Serve and enjoy with your favorite toppings!


But what I got instead was cheesy potato soup with kielbasa. Lol. It was not bad at all, just not what I was expecting. So this autumn meal became my Autumn Bucket List for soup. Wha-la!

So at least I don’t need to make another soup.

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Autumn Bucket List – Make Pumpkin Bread

November 26th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Cooking No Comments »

I have given my Autumn Bucket list a deadline of November 30th to complete. I still have a few things left to do. Oh the pressure. When Thanksgiving is over I feel it is Christmas time so it feels weird but I will call this last week a “grace period” for the slacker in me.

Since I got up early this morning I thought I would tackle the pumpkin bread since it takes a long time to bake. Normally on the weekend I finally get moving around 10-11ish. But today was 5:30am. Very odd for me but it makes sense because I went to bed early last night due to traveling most of yesterday.

Every time I make pumpkin bread I think of when I forgot to add the pumpkin purée to the mix. Sadly it was the day after my Mom passed away and was making some breakfast for my sister and brother in law. To say the least I was distracted.

The Libby brand of pumpkin bread always makes two loaves. My sister told me that she slices up the second one and wraps individual slices in press and seal and freeze for another day. A good idea that I will try.

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Thanksgiving 2023

November 24th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Cooking No Comments »

This year I spent Thanksgiving with my sister and her husband. My brother came out with me and was the designated driver. We put his large dog in the front seat and I sat in the back with my two little dogs.

Penny was a dream and sat staring at me for an hour or two.

We had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and stuffing. Everything was so yummy. Scott and his girlfriend Nicole came out to celebrate the day with us. But they had to leave the next day for work.

We have a running joke about Thanksgiving about my brother in law Barry wearing a ratty T-shirt as his Thanksgiving attire. The very first time I met him was Thanksgiving at his house. He answered the door in a ratty T-shirt and I thought, Wow! My sister hooked up with a white trash kind of guy. About 3 hours in he looked down and saw his shirt and said, Oh my gosh, I forgot to get dressed. I said Thank God, I was worried about you. So every year I tease him and ask about his attire for the day.

Chances are we won’t get together for Thanksgiving until I retire in 2025. This was a nice treat and I really enjoyed myself relaxing and talking.

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Cookie Baking 2023

November 24th, 2023 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Cooking No Comments »

Since I am up at my sister’s house we decided to make Christmas cookies/candies. Every year we used to get together and make treats for our co-workers and family. Since I work from home I would have too many goodies that I would throw away. Covid prevented people from taking the treats so we stopped. As my brother lives with me now and we can consume the treats without guilt. At least the guilt of throwing away food, not the guilt of eating too many treats.

This year we are making the following:

Peanut Blossom Cookies
Nut Clusters
Fudge

We were going to make Snowballs but we are old and tired and opted out.

I made the fudge without the candy thermometer and basically f*cked it up. The five minute method did not work. Grrrr.

I will do a redo at a later date.

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