Sunday, May 3, 2009

Galoshes, Waders, or Rubber Boots

No matter what you call shoes that keep your feet dry when there is lots of water or mud and I mean lots of water and mud...I could have used a pair this past week. Our land is now lake front property. I say "land" like we have a lot of it but it truly is only a "lot", a suburban lot at that. Just the same, when it rains pours, we have a lake out front. Walking in the yard means muddy feet, but in Texas it doesn't take long for the mud to become dry once the rain stops.

My front yard is not the only place with lots of mud. I have been spreading lots of mud in the bathroom that I am redecorating. My 5 gallon bucket of mud joint compound is almost gone.

Waiting on mud to dry is worse than waiting for paint to dry...

so I took a break from muddin' to make my monthly trip to my favorite place to find this stool with a coat of many colors...

...and you thought only Joseph had one.

When the very first flooding rain ended, there was a shipwreck landed ark and around here when there is so much moisture left in the ground, mushrooms pop up everywhere are a couple of Sunday Dinner recipes coming your way....

Shipwreck Dinner

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg of macaroni and cheese dinner
1 can of stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 cup of frozen peas
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown meat in skillet and drain. Stir in macaroni, cheese sauce mix, tomatoes, peas, and milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 12 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Sprinkle with cheese and let stand until cheese is melted.

Mushroom Steak

2-3 lbs round steak
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1/2 pkg. onion soup mix

Cut round steak into 2-3 inch pieces. Place steak, soup, and dry soup mix in a crock pot. Cook on medium for 6-7 hours or in 9X13 baking dish and bake at 225 for
3 hours. Serve over rice.

I don't have a recipe for "mud pies", but my mother's recipe for Chocolate Pie Filling is the best. It fills a 9" pie crust.

Mother's Chocolate Pie Filling

1 up sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 T. cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
3 egg yolks
2 cups milk
1 lump butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix sugar, flour, cocoa, and salt in a saucepan. Add egg yolks and milk. Cook on low to medium heat stirring constantly until consistency of pudding. Add butter and vanilla continuing to cook until thickened. Pour into baked 9 inch pie crust.

If the shoe fits, wear it well!