Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tired, Old, and Worn Out

Have you ever felt tired, old, and worn out? I think that even when you are young, you sometimes feel that way. My youngest son told me the other day that he just couldn't believe that he would be 23 years old this year.....and that is hard for me to believe, too.

There are some joys that come with age.....a little wisdom from experience and a 10% senior citizen discount. It occurred to me this past week as I was driving through the nearest Taco Bueno (didn't feel like cooking, but I did have a salad...Nacho Chicken Salad is the best) that this is my year. On the window of the drive through was a sticker that declared that a 10% discount was available to those 55 or older. I know, I know....10% is not much but in these times, won't we all take any kind of discount we can get.

Have you ever had a pair of shoes that were showing their age? They don't look like they did the first time you pulled them out of the box. Maybe the tongue is a little crooked, the sole is wearing thin, the toe is scuffed, or the laces are frayed, yet.......they remain in the closet. (I sometimes feel and look that way, especially the thin part...How about you?) You probably wouldn't wear them in public, but they are, oh, so comfortable. After all, your toes made an impression, the heel has conformed to your foot, and the color was perfect for that special outfit. Where is that outfit?

Our Sunday Dinner this week is like those shoes...a pair of worn out, definitely old, but no one around here is tired of Besides, these dinners could give you a 10% discount (both use ground beef, at least a cheaper cut than prime rib), but you don't have to be 55 or older. No carrot and raisin salad here!

Mexican Cornbread Casserole

2 boxes off Jiffy cornbread mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2 cups sour cream
1 can cream style corn
2 tsps chopped jalapenos
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups Colby/jack cheese, grated

Brown ground beef and onion in skillet. Salt and pepper the mixture. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour half of the cornbread mixture in 9X13 greased baking dish. Place meat mixture over first layer of cornbread mixture. Layer cheese on top of the meat. Pour remaining cornbread mixture over cheese. Bake at 400 for 40 minutes.

Salisbury Steak

2 cans golden mushroom soup
1 1/2 lbs. ground sirloin
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2/3 cup water

Mix 1/4 cup soup and all other ingredients, except water. Mix thoroughly and shape into patties. Place in 9X13 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and spoon off fat. Mix remaining soup and water and pour over meat. Bake another 10 minutes.

Along with Sunday Dinner this week, I want to share an easy, delicious, calorie-free dessert. Give me points for trying!

Apple Dumplings

2 Granny Smith apples
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
2 sticks salted butter, melted
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon to taste
1 1/4 cup Mountain Dew soda (yes, that is what I said)

Preheat oven to 350. Peel and cut apples into eighths. Microwave apples on high for 3minutes. Take each apple slice and roll in a crescent roll. Place rolls in a 9X13 buttered baking dish. In a bowl, melt butter, adding sugar and vanilla, mix well. Spoon butter mixture over each roll. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Pour Mountain Dew soda over the entire dish. Bake uncovered 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Try a Sunday Dinner and enjoy the discount. Like the tired, old, and worn out shoes.......comfortable shoes food!

If the shoe fits, wear it well!


tpillstrom said...

All three sound so yummy! I am going to try these for sure!

Vicki said...