Thursday 22 February 2024

In the Kitchen ~ 1940s Hamburger Pie

A very Happy 91st Birthday to this lovely lady... my dear Mother in Law. Although she decided not to come live with us and stayed up in Washington.. we talk often.  
Shes more tired than she used to be... but shes still as smart as a tack. 
Someone sent us an up to date photo of her taken this morning but she dosnt like it because
"it makes her look old!!"
So these from a couple of years ago will have to do
And Im so very grateful to her for giving me my amazing hubby.
Hopefully we will get to see her again this summer.

Im also grateful that she has gifted me her recipe box. Its full  of recipe clippings stretching back  to the 1930s..A lovely addition to my 1940s collection which includes this one

Hamburger Pie

A very simple dish from Better Homes and Gardens, August 1946. It makes and tastes amost like a Cottage Pie.. but Im not sure why we leave the middle of the mashed potato topping open!

The only changes I made to the original recipe..was to add some chopped carrots that were leftover from another meal... and a few splashes of Worcestshire sauce. 

Not too bad at all!

4 potatoes
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1 (15 ounce) can green beans, drained
Salt and pepper to taste

  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 
  • Peel and quarter potatoes, and introduce into boiling water; 
  • Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. 
  • Drain and mash. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion until beef is brown. Drain. 
  • Stir in tomato soup and green beans. 
  • Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish. 
  • Top with well seasoned mashed potatoes in a ring around the meat mixture (do not cover meat).
  • Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes, until potatoes are golden
Better Homes and Gardens Magazine
August 1946

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Job Well Done MrD...

Well... he fiddled...
and he faddled...
he frowned...
and he smiled...
he measured...
and stretched...
and he crouched.
And finally the new water tank was in place..
And its so much better than the old one

Only problem is..
the utility toom now needs a nice coat of paint...

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday 19 February 2024

Whats For Dinner ~ Meal Plan Monday

Heavy rain started early this morning and its set to continue til and least Wednesday. I was hoping to get out in the garden and do some prepping in the Victory Garden.. but I guess it can wait til later in the week. 

This weeks dinner menu is warming and comforting with  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday using recipes from my 1940s  recipe collection. Im finding that even though Im on doctors orders about my poor liver and carb intake, I can still eat "normal" food just limit the carbs. Im feeling so much better.. the pain and discomfort has actually gone.. and Ive lost a staggering 20lb since the middle of January. 

I hope the doctor will be as happy as I am

Have a great week x

Weekly Plan - 19th February 2024

Monday              Chicken and Zucchini Casserole, Baby Potatoes

Tuesday              Mexican Baked Chicken and Rice in Tomato Sauce

Wednesday        Hamburger Pie, Cabbage 

Thursday            Shrimp Curry and Rice 

Friday                  Pizza 

Saturday             Pineapple Teriyaki Turkey Burgers, Coleslaw

Sunday                Beef Stew and Dumplings

Saturday 17 February 2024

Party Girl...

A very grey foggy morning was soon brightened with a FaceTime call from the Uk 
so we could watch our Little Tufty celebrate her first birthday party
I’m not a fan of technology.. but sometimes.. 
it does make the miles melt away..

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Friday 16 February 2024

Snow Pup...

We have a busy weekend ahead... so we decided to take a drive up the mountain..
and introduce Prince to snow.
We didnt knowhow he would react... but he loved it...
especially eating it...
and watching the skiers..

We will try and go again before it melts.

 Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Thursday 15 February 2024

Happy Valentines Day...

 For those who celebrate... I hope you had a lovely Valentines Day
Mr D and I dont go overboard, but we do love spending time together.
This year he bought me some pretty roses, and some heart shaped chocolates
and we had a delicious meal out... the first time I have had fries in thirty days
We had a lovely time... as did our granddaughters across the pond.

I do so love all my Valentines

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Birthday Girl...


I dont know where the time has gone...
but Happy First Birthday to our Little Tufty

who loves her books
loves her music
loves her food
and who has a killer death stare...just like her nana
We love you Miss Sassy Pants

Have a wonderful Birthday Week

Lots of Love xx

Monday 12 February 2024

Whats for Dinner ~ Meal Plan Monday

The weekend seemed to get away from us.. and we didnt get much done... unless you count doing our monthly shop, mowing lawns, MrD replacing a couple of light fittings. gpomh to church and taking Prince to and from the dog park a couple of times. The water tank will have to be replaced next weekend. MrD also managed to fit in a bike ride...and we did relaxon Sunday with a movie and hot chocolate. Looking bsck...I guess it wasnt a total loss after all

My low carb "diet" is still ongoing and Im managing to juggle recipes and meals that will be nicer to my liver. Apart from not being able to have the occasional cookie..Im coping quite well. Im actually losing weight and already am less tired.Im hoping the doctor will be pleased next time we visit

That in mind...I am going to cheat a little on Wednesday... as its Valentines Day and we are going to our favourite steak house...and Im going to have ......fries. And boy am I going to enjoy them

Im sure the doc wont mind too much...

Have a great week x

Weekly Plan - 12th February 2024

Monday               Leftover Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Coleslaw

Tuesday              Chicken Frajitas

Wednesday        Valentines Dinner Out 

Thursday            Vegetable Pasta 

Friday                  Pizza 

Saturday             Turkey Burgers

Sunday                Baked Chicken,with Onions and Leeks, Baked Potato

Saturday 10 February 2024

Another Saturday...

Having an old house means there is always something to do... and we always seem to have a full weekend. This week we had to buy a new hot water tank.. to replace the one that should have ideally been changed out six years ago.We didnt realize it was so out of date..and when we found out thought we had better change it asap. We really dont want to cope with no hot water... or need a flooded house. 
And talking about flooding...the rain storms have passed.. and with a months rain falling in a couple of days.. we luckily escaped any damage. But now the cold weather has hit. The sun may be warm but there is a bitter wind blowing from the frozen.. snow covered hills.
It was chilly at the dog park but Prince needed his run... and he loves it. But one day.. he will definitely trip over his tongue.
And no matter how busy the day is... there is always time for a bit of stitching... and of course... a nice cup of tea.

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x