Monday, October 30, 2017

Bucket List, Herb Harvest, Irish Pork Stew, Mr. Bean and Que Sara Sara

Well, I did the gluing and George did the nailing, but our bucket list is on the wall.  I failed to realize that when I hung the sheet up it would cover up much of the decor.  Duhhh.  I love to beeeee crafty but never said I was really good at it.  But it looks pretty cute to just cut the paper around it and have "tabs" that clip into the board.  

George fixed an awesome seafood dinner Saturday night.  He kept on buying things at Kroger.  We had Lobster, Cod, and seared Tuna, with leftover Pineapple Curry Rice with Bamboo Shoots, and (Stauffer's Spinach Souffle).  

Then Sunday I made an Irish Pork Stew.   Oh my word.  I'm not bragging on myself here, as it's not my recipe.  However, I will brag on the one that created it.  It came from a website called Ireland Calling.   (<----Link)

Check out the link and watch the short video and make it SOON!  This is going to become a winter staple dish in our house.  Oh my gosh it was so good.  Now, instead of putting it on mashed potatoes, I added a few small tiny round potatoes - to keep it Irish, lol.  Next time I'll probably leave out the potatoes all together, b/c I think it's best serving with toasted and lightly buttered french bread (crunchy crust and soft inside).  We dipped the bread.  Oh my heavens, it was good.  

You know what is weird?  Ok so I've been cooking soups for a long time with beer and balsamic vinegar.  I usually add the 4 elements of flavor:  salt, sweet (sugar), heat (red pepper flakes), and sour (vinegar).  This recipe called for the stout dark beer and also had the balsamic.  However very minimal seasoning.  Salt, pepper, and caraway seed.  

I was skeptical about adding the greens.  In the last 30 or minutes or so you add fresh Brussel sprouts.  However, I found I really liked it and it gives you your greens!

I added a few halved small potatoes (to keep it Irish, lol) as mentioned instead of the mashed potatoes.  Sometime we will do the mashed potatoes though.  But I like the bread dipped.  This was a perfect dish for yesterday's VERY cold day. 

So I think we had our first true frost last night.  We have come close before.  But George harvested the herbs.  He has rosemary. 

This was the stew after an hour and half or so.  It gets darker as it cooks.  You actually cook this uncovered.  And you cook it for two hours.  It's really simple.  You do need to chop a pork butt (which is misleading as I found out is the same as a shoulder - not really a butt, lol).  

Here is Thyme harvested.  I always think these make the prettiest of pictures.  

Well, we had a busy weekend of errand running on Saturday.  We took Maisy to get the chip number read so we can register her to us now.  It was very easy.  I have not gone in and registered her but I will probably do that today at lunch.  I had no idea how that worked but they waved a wand over her and it beeped and gave them the number.  Interesting.

We then took her back home and went to Hardee's drive thru for a "Burgah".  We had a lot more errand running at it was 11 and I'd not had anything to eat yet.  George said "we were home all morning, why didn't you eat then?"  I said "b/c we don't have hamburgers at home".

Anyway, went to Target and bought the gifts for the 5 children.  We will be wrapping those this weekend.  We then went to Kroger and bought what we needed for the weekend and the upcoming week.  We bought all the chili fixin's for his work, my work, and ourselves.  Yes we are fixing a batch for ourselves.  So I'm making 3 batches tonight.  I will probably scoot out of work a little early b/c there will be a lot of chopping and prepwork and gonna have to clean out some space in the fridge to set it after it cooks and cools a bit.  We will each be taking a crock pot.

So we came home and worked on our projects but it was about 4 by the time we got home after all we did carefully picking out Toys from Target and thoroughly going through Kroger.   Oh George went to a yard sale too while I waited in the car.  So dogs out and then George worked on his pumpkin for work.  He has done a little bit each day.  And then he fixed our seafood dinner.  Pic above.

We ate it and watched Mr. Bean, a video that he has.  Love Mr. Bean!

And I little humor I had with the Paint Shop Pro group below.  (Someone needed to have a little humor in that group, lol.  For some reason they did not like me and I think it was because I worked and did not stay home and play all day like they did, but...who knows.  People are weird and hard to figure out sometimes. I'll Amen to that.  lol  Alas, some of us have to work for living.)

So yeah, Mr. Bean, Mr. Bean.  He does lighten the spirit.

Sunday we went to church and then to Home Depot as George is "debugging" the tornado room in the basement.  It is a little alcove in the basement and once called my "tornado room" until the spiders starting showing up.  Now I guess I'd prefer to just blow away with the wind as to be tucked into a room with spiders.  This room also has a ton of storage shelves.  But I'm afraid to go in there.  George decided to "debug" the room and is spending a fortune on rubber spray stuff around the ceiling where they are coming in.  Yuk.  Anyway, not me.  I'm staying clear of there.   Then we went to Aldi.  We needed more food.  We have a freezer full of things.  We needed some "quick" things to eat though as we are often busy this time of year.  Aldi's also has scallops, reasonably priced and they are very good.

We got home, took doggies out, and worked on projects again and I did laundry and fixed the stew.  Did I have time to clean? No.  That's about two weeks or more that I've not had much time to clean.  I did get our sheets changed and the toilets swished.  Added toilet paper to each bathroom and the laundry and cleaned the kitchen but no vacuum time or dusting time.  I am going to have to try and do a little after work each day I guess, in addition to the laundry.  That will about usurp any of "my time" which is already minimal.

So, that said I need to get to the real reason that saps all my time - the real work - the work that puts the stew on the table and the coffee in my cup.

I guess I need to do a mini devo before going in the doors this morning.  I need something to keep the good spirits boosted.  It's so easy to let things get you down.  But nose to the grindstone so as not to think of all the things that are bothering me right now.  Just overlook them and go on.  Let go and Let God.  What will it matter 100 years from now anyway right?  That is just so sad to have to think like that.  But I guess it's true.

Que Sera Sera!

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty
Will I be rich
Here's what she said to me

Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be

When I grew up and fell in love
I asked my sweetheart, what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows
Day after day
Here's what my sweetheart said

Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome
Will I be rich
I tell them tenderly

Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be
Que será, será

We are not ever really in control are we?  We have influence, but we are not truly in control.


But.....there are lots of choices in life, so that is good.  If one road closes up another opens.  One thing is for sure, we keep trying!  And we keep trying to control it.  lol

Ahhhh each person's struggle for happiness.  The struggle is real eh? 
And I'll end on that note.  

I'm just glad to have had the weekend to shake off a few things.  And now we shall gallop toward the work week as Tiny Tim tip toed through the tulips and shall wear the hat of uncertainty and sing the Que Sara Sara song, lol lol lol. 

And we will smile and sing and have blue birds flying around.  

I better close here before they send me off in a straight jacket.  lol


  1. Both your weekend meals looked wonderful. I'll have to look up that pork stew recipe. I've had beef stew but never pork stew and the addition of Brussel sprouts makes it look intriguing. May the Bluebird of Happiness be with you today as you start this new week!

  2. It sounds like you had a decent weekend and spent some quality time with your man. :)
    The laundry etc. will get done. There's never enough time, especially when you work full time.
    But it is so important to just BREATHE.
    Have a great week & just ignore the "idiots".

  3. great song and sentiment, que sera sera. dinner looks delicous.


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