The last Hodgepodge for Jan 2024

From this Side of the Pond 



1. January 29th is National Puzzle Day. Do you enjoy puzzles?  Yes. What kind (crossword, jigsaw, sudoku, etc)? I like them all -  How often do you work a puzzle? 

I enjoy puzzles and we used to do them regularly. During the holidays we used to set up a card table and everyone would work on it. I need to get one of the felt puzzle pads because my cat, Susie loves to sit where we "puzzle" and do what cats do, knock them off the table. I'd have to roll it up or she would totally undo all our efforts. 

When we play cards, she is right there in the middle...


2. Something you currently find 'puzzling'?

I'm finding it puzzling why I am unable to think of something puzzling...


3. What's your go-to dish for someone who needs a meal (new baby, bereavement, etc)? 

My go-to casserole to bring for moms who just had a baby was Hamburger Pie. My best friend Susie (who has since passed and whom I named my cat, Susie after)  gave me this simple recipe. It was especially good for those who had finicky little eaters. 

1 lb of ground beef

1 can of tomato soup

1 can of green beans

Mashed potatoes on top - put in the oven to melt the cheese on top.

Children would actually eat it or at least they did back then. Children nowadays have a more sophisticated palette than our kids so I don't believe it would be a hit. 

Throughout the years I have spiced it up for us - by adding garlic, onions, and green bell pepper - Italian seasonings, a few generous dashes of Worcestershire sauce after dumping in the tomato soup - and before the green beans. 

whipped mashed potatoes - and top with shredded cheese. Oven 350 for 15 minutes or so. 



4. Do you watch any HGTV and/or The Food Network? If so, what's your favorite program there? 

We haven't had cable or satellite in 10 years -  I remember enjoying House Hunters. 


5.  Wrap up your January in five words, with a five-word phrase, or with a five-word sentence. 

Obsessed with the DMV exam. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 



My husband sent me this video from his hike yesterday...

We've had such mild weather - my husband was able to get the lawns mowed before the pineapple express rolls through. 

A Pineapple Express is what we used to call a Hella BIG Rainstorm which produces a lot of rain. Duh! 

Now they call it an atmospheric river characterized by a strong and persistent large-scale flow of warm moist air, and the associated heavy precipitation both in the waters immediately northeast of the Hawaiian Islands and extending northeast to any location along the Pacific coast of North America.

Anyway, I like the old version better! 


Thanks for stopping by and giving my Hodgepodge a read. 

Debby


31 comments:

  1. 1. I do like jigsaw puzzles which is a good thing because we normally have one going on all the time at my moms now. We sit and poke in a few pieces while I hang out with her. Something we started since her dimentia has gotten worse. It is something she can work on and it helps to have something to do beside watch TV.
    2. Dealing with the ins and outs of Medicare.
    3. I usually make a lasagna as a go to dish to take. Easy to heat and serve or stick in the freezer for later if not needed until later.
    4. I don't have any cable/satallite at my house but with the Roku I love watching the baking competitions.
    5. So over these overcast days!
    6. I have winter funk really bad this year, hoping warmer weather will bring me out of it.

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    1. I'm sure more sun and warm temperatures will clear out your winter funk. Meanwhile, hang in there.

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  2. I love this recipe and am going to print it and try it!!! I have been making a new one almost every day since covid, and like looking for them on Pinterest. How is a big rain associated with pineapple? I do like puzzles.

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    1. It's because the rain comes from Hawaii = Pineapples. Growing up that is what it was called.

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  3. Good morning, I grew up with puzzles-we would do them as a family. Now I love puzzles online at jigsawplanet.com one can upload your own photos-or they have lots to choose from. You can choose the look of the pieces, how many pieces, and the pieces turned or not. 2 was funny when I don't know what to make for our main meal I like a goulash type dish or hearty soup 4 I love watching those two networks -the magnolia channel especially 5 My Hubs is getting better 6 enjoying our spring like temps this week

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    1. I'll have to check that website out. I'm probably the only person on earth that has never watched the Magnolia channel. I've heard of it but never watched it.

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  4. Your recipe sounds simple and good! I brought a meal to someone yesterday and made one of my usuals which is called million dollar spaghetti. Kids like that one too.
    I think Pineapple express is a much more fun name!
    Looks like your hubby is having fun!

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    1. Have you shared your million dollar spaghetti?

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  5. I haven't done a puzzle in many years now. I think it's because I read books and in the past, did so many crochet projects. I've cut back on the crochet, so we can get the home repairs done now. My go to meal is chicken spaghetti or Mexican chicken. Both re-heat nicely.

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    1. Sometimes I find it hard to sit still to work on a puzzle because my mind is racing on something more constructive to do.

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  6. The sound of water is one of my favorites.

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  7. I agree! I think I like pineapple express better too!

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  8. You already know we always have a puzzle in the making all winter long.
    Our go to meal is pasta and sauce.

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  9. Puzzles are something I have recently started doing find a words and easy crossword ans some easy jigsaws, start easy is the way, I do them on my tablet.

    The state of the world in general is puzzling

    I don't have a go to dish, can't remember ever having one

    I don't watch a lot of TV now days but I do like a few of the baking shows

    January is full of birthdays and the start of another year of struggle.

    May the world have more goodness and kindness in it in order to make like happier.

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  10. I am into puzzles too. And that recipe sounds good - I think I call that Shephard Pie.

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  11. I do love me a good jigsaw puzzle. My grands sure do eat different food items more than I did as a kid, but probably because ethnic food was not in our small town. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Sounds good. Janice

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    1. Back when I was a kid, the only ethnic foods we had were Mexican, Chinese and Italian as I lived in San Francisco. Now we have so much more.

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  12. Hamburger pie sounds very interesting. While I don't do puzzles, I sometimes find patterns (both knitting and the directions for sewing) a bit puzzeling.

    God bless.

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    1. I don't knit. I used to crochet and after my cataract procedures, I still haven't picked up a crochet hook...I will I will

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  13. I love that poor mans shepherd pie idea. All in one dish meal is so good for transport and warming up. We understand that atmospheric rain. We have had nonstop fog for quite a spell. Happy last day of January to you!

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    1. Yeah and littles who don't like green beans can just eat the meat and potatoes.

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  14. Something I currently find puzzling? The list is endless, especially all the political shenanigans both in the States and in the UK. And all the strange things people do, like getting tattoos or cosmetic surgery or hoarding or getting 60 inch tvs. Human behaviour is one big puzzle!

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    1. You are right. Humans are puzzling for sure.

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  15. That's funny about your cat. Your hamburger pie sounds good. I would miss not having cable. That looks like a lot of rain. Stay safe and warm.

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    1. No we haven't missed it at all. We do have streaming services so it's not like I miss out on anything except for HGTV and the Food Network.

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  16. Oh that would drive me batty if I had a cat and they did that...we did have cats growing up so I know how they can be. Hamburger pie sounds good. That water is pretty. I just love a waterfall/rapids, moving water in general. Our weather has been on the warmer side recently

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