Monday Musings

Here it is almost 8 p.m. and it’s been a busy day. Have you checked the gas prices lately? Saturday evening I needed to fill my tank in preparation for the driving back & forth to church several times Sunday – at that time I was not too happy to be paying $3.69/9 per gallon when earlier in the week it was $3.49/9. Well, I got a big surprise today while out and about – noticed that it was up to $3.89/9 now! WOW! Not good, for sure!

Got an idea to research something for my grandson – accidentally discovered we still have our old Sega Dreamcast system and four games for it! Grandson has, lately, been wanting to play some of the games the boys play – to my estimation they are both (a) too old for him and (b) too violent/gorey, etc. so I’m really not ready to have him play them himself. The old Dreamcast games are things like Sonic the Hedgehog, a bike racing game, a car racing game and another drive & crash car/bus/truck game – just right for his abilities and age (almost 6). When I made this discovery I thought: wonder how much games would cost for this system now – that sent me on an adventure to Ebay. Well, my friends, even though this system is a good 12 or more years old, the games are still running ‘up there’ in price. Middle son suggested I check out a store called “The Toy Box” which sells used systems and games, which I did today. (I forgot to mention that our system didn’t have the power cord). Power cords on Ebay run about $2.99 plus shipping & handling; got one at that store for $5.99 + tax – better than waiting for it via mail. Now, when I mentioned to the salesman the kind & system of games I was looking for he took me to that area and pulled out an ‘oldie’: “Ecco the Dolphin” – an OK game for a young child but the price . . . $22.99 USED! That’s the original price back in the ’80’s! I was shocked! I’m thinking old system/old game USED probably $6-10.– boy was I wrong! Went on Ebay for a better idea on that – yes, some are cheaper BUT you’re almost at their mercy when it comes to finding the games you want – very few ‘little kids’ games out there now. I’m looking into “Centipede” and “Frogger”, but am waiting to see how my grandson reacts to the system BEFORE I put in bids on Ebay for these games – who knows? He might think they’re really silly and not even want to play them at all! (better out the $5.99 for the power cord than out lots more $$ for the games, eh?).

Oh! Forgot to mention the “Wild Game Dinner” Saturday! Had a fun time cutting pies – just for a small idea of what we did (there were three of us cutting) – we had over 100 slices of JUST APPLE, not counting all the other flavors available – chocolate, lemon meringue, cherry, berry, pecan, and other chocolate/chip combinations (plus 2 chocolate sugar free pies, for those who can’t eat ‘regular’). This year there was LOTS of food for the workers and lots of pie, too. I had a ‘smattering’ of all sorts of wild meats like salmon patties with dill sauce, mule deer pasties, pheasant al fredo (really yummy!!!), deer medallions (too gamey & salty – my estimation), wild boar, buffalo chili (REALLY yummy!), Swedish (deer) meatballs/Sweet & Sour (deer) meatballs, and more I can’t even remember right now. It was a fun, action-packed (and sweet/sticky) evening – came home after working & eating, after about 3 1/2 hours ready for a sit-down and rest!

Our weather was really nasty Friday night (our special needs group’s Gym Night); I spent a few hours on the phone calling everyone and cancelling – we were ‘supposed’ to be getting 4-7 inches of snow but it never came. We got ‘some’ snow (maybe 1 1/2 inches?) but the roads were slippery and it was melting some, then freezing – better to be safe than sorry – especially when we have kids in wheelchairs; plodding through slush/snow/ice pushing a wheelchair is not what we wanted for them or their caregivers.

Just finished dinner: breaded pork steaks, mashed potatoes & beets, now it’s time to ‘dish up’ some recipes for you!


 Creamed Chicken

1/2 C. flour
2 1/4 C. milk, divided
1 C. frozen green peas, thawed
2 tsp. chopped fresh sage
1 tsp. butter 1 (10 oz) pkg. roasted

skinless boneless chicken breast, chopped
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Cooked rice, if desired

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring
cup and level. Combine flour and 1/2 C.

milk in large saucepan over medium heat,
stirring with whisk until mixture is smooth.
Stir in 1 3/4 C. milk. Cook for 4 min. or
until mixture is thick, stirring constantly
with whisk. Add peas, sage, butter and
chicken, stirring to combine. Cook 2
minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Remove from heat; stir in juice &
pepper. Serve over rice, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
(recipe: RDJ 10/1711)


Confetti Upside Down Cake

4 T. (1/2 stick) butter,
2/3 C. packed light brown
10 maraschino cherries, cut in
1 (15.25 oz)can fruit cocktail,
1 (18.25 oz) pkg. yellow cake mix
1 C. water
1/3 C. vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 T. rainbow sprinkles

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Coat 9 x 13 pan with cooking
spray. Add melted butter to
dish; sprinkle with brown
sugar. Arrange cherry halves
evenly over sugar & sprinkle
with fruit cocktail; set
aside. In a large bowl, beat
cake mix, water, oil & eggs
according to pkg. directions.
Stir in sprinkles & pour into
prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes
or until a toothpick inserted
in center of cake comes out
clean. Let cake stand 5
minutes; loosen gently with
a knife and invert onto
a serving platter.
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe

Crockpot Tamale Pie

2 lb. ground beef, cooked &


2 (28 0z ea) cans diced tomatoes,


2 C. frozen whole kernel corn

1 (2 1/2 oz) can sliced black olives,


1 medium onion, diced

1 (1.25 oz) pkg. taco seasoning


1 (16 oz) pkg. cornbread mix (Jiffy)

1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded


In large bowl, combine beef, diced

tomatoes, corn, olives, onion & taco

seasoning mix. Mix well, pour into

6 quart crockpot. Prepare cornbread

mix according to pkg. directions;

spoon over beef mixture. Sprinkle

top with cheese. Cover & cook on

High 3 hours or Low 6 hours.

(recipe: Mr Food, via Victoria,


Coconut Cream Layered Dessert

1 C. flour
1/2 C. softened butter
1 C. chopped walnuts
8 oz. cream cheese (not
1 C. confectioners sugar
1 C. Cool Whip (16 oz)
2 pkgs. coconut cream
instant pudding & pie
filling (3.4-3.9 oz boxes, ea)
3 C. cold milk
8 oz. Cool Whip (remainder
of tub)
1 C. toasted coconut

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
First Layer:
Mix flour, butter & nuts together;
press into 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake
20 minutes until lightly browned;
cool completely.

Second Layer:
Beat cream cheese, confectioners
sugar & 8 oz Cool Whip in a bowl;
spread onto cooled first layer.
Refrigerate until chilled.

Third Layer:

Beat milk & pudding mixes
together in bowl on low speed
until pudding thickens. Spread over
second layer; chill. Spread remaining
Cool Whip on top of third layer;
Toasting coconut:
Spread 1 to 1 1/2 C. coconut onto a
baking sheet – brown in 350 degree
oven for approx. 10 minutes. Check
every 5 minutes; turning with a
spatula until browned. Cool
completely before topping Cool Whip


Sorry, friends but my server is

acting up again ( notice the huge

spacing between lines and the size

of the font?) Will have to try again,

on another blog entry to see if I can

get the recipes I had ‘planned’ on

giving you, to show up properly!



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  1. Good idea on dragging out the old game for the grandson. Lets hope he likes playing it!

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