Monday, 20 September 2021

Whats For Dinner ~ Meal Plan Monday

Its not quite Fall yet .. but the decoration is done. We even had a slice of pumpkin pie yesterday after church. I doesn't feel like Autumn yet as the temperatures are still in the top 90s...and due to be over 100 for the next couple of days. But... when we get up to get MrD off to work at 3am..  there is a definite chill in the air. it doesnt last long once the sun comes up. I better start stocking up on cold medicines...cos you know its gonna happen.

Apart ffrom buckling down and finding us a GP closer to home than an hour away... theres nothing planned for this week... and hopefully we can get a restful weekend because next week is a busy one

This weeks meals from my favourite vintage recipe books include lasagne, Speedy Baked Beans.. and the Pork Chops in mushroom sauce. 

So thats it... everyone have a great week

 Weekly Plan - 20th September 2021

Monday               Sweet and Sour Chicken, Stir Fry Veggies

Tuesday               Carne Asada Tortillas

Wednesday          Pork Chops in Mushroom Sauce, Potato Cakes, Broccoli

Thursday             Lasagne, Homemade Garlic Bread

Friday                  Pizza Night

Saturday              Grilled Ham, Speedy Baked Beans, Potato Salad

Sunday                 Chicken Tenders, Mac and Cheese

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Looking For "The Look"...

Well the trip to LA didnt materialize... MrD found what he wanted in a local Harley shop... So it saved us gas money... but also revealed a new shopping mall to us that we didnt know about. 
As you know... we are planning to go to Dapper Day at Disneyland next year for my 60th MrD will need a snazzy outfit... and we found the perfect shop to look for it..
Lots of the  cut that he likes...
Countless pairs of flashy shoes..\
Perhaps not the style that he likes.
A nice selection of sweaters....
Dozens and dozens of hats....
and hundreds of hats.

He has a few ideas....and it will be interesting to see what he chooses

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday, 13 September 2021

Whats For Dinner ~ Meal Plan Monday

 Im tired... very tired. its not that we did anything special over the weekend. Just a couple of hours at the Swap Meet again watching a tribute band and having a late lunch out. But yesterday we missed church as I felt unwell and if I was coming down with anything...I didnt want to pass it on to anyone else. I feel better today...just lethargic... 

Since moving to the Blue House and Hubbys insurance changed.. we havent found ourselves new GPs yet... but I think that should become top of our list. And I need to find an oncologist as my 4 month check up is looming. I dont think this tiredness is cancer related.. it could just be my age or lacking in vitamins..but best to be on the safe side.

This coming weekend..MrD has decided he would like to take a drive into Los Angeles.. to visit a Harley shop of all places. I dont mind as we are going to take a stroll down the Walk of Fame...The last time we took a dtive  into LA was when the riots were on. Hopefully no trouble this time...and a change of scenery will do me good

Anyway.. this weeks menu features meals from my favourite vintage cookbooks.. The Stuffed Peppers are filled with the leftover Company Spanish Rice from last week... The Spaghetti Sauce, Vegetable Bake and of course.. Pork Chops and Mashed Potatoes is a classic

Have a great week

Weekly Plan - 13th September 2021

Monday               Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Tuesday               Stuffed Peppers, Salad

Wednesday          Spaghetti Bolognese and Garlic Bread

Thursday             Chicken with Potato and Vegetable Bake

Friday                  Pizza Night

Saturday              Day out with Hubby

Sunday                 Grilled Steak with onions and mushrooms, Fries and Peas

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Never Forget...

They say you will always remember what you were doing when you hear shocking news. For me..thats true. I still vividly recall where I was.. what I was doing and how I felt when I heard about the Aberfan Disaster (even though I was very young).. Elvis had died.. John Lennon had been shot.. Princess Diana had been killed.. but nothing affected me more than when the planes hit the twin towers

I was living in Wales and I had just got back from the garden centre with my then mother in law and was prepring to walk up to the school to collect my young children. Something told me to switch on the tv and it was just after the first plane had hit. It was on every channel...but I tuned into Sky News and I stood watching in disbelief as the horror unfolded... and saw the second plane hit!

Standing at the school gates with the other mums... the fear in some of their faces was evident... especially in those whose husbands were in the armed services.If an attack like this could happen in America... it could happen anywhere.

I got home to see the towers fall...

That day... my view of the world changed. Like many others.. it became a little less safe and I became a little less niave

Some may have forgotten what happened that fateful day... come up with ludicous conspiracy theories or even play down the reasons why

but I will never forget

Phoebe x

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Company Spanish Rice..

Im loving using my vintage cookery books... and there are a list of recipes I want to try. This one from my 1953 Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook was a must as. I must admit.. I have been using the package type... and to be honest for some reason.. it was turning out sticky and mushy. 
This recipe however turned out practically perfect... and Hubby loved it... He even said it was better than his moms...a compliment indeed!

Now here's a confession. The recipe called for 2 1/2 teapoons of salt..which..seeing as we dont use a lot of salt.. I thought was a bit much. So I used just one teaspoon... and ended up having to add a little more to the plate. That was no biggie though... as its easy to add salt...than take it away. Oh...and I used olive oil instead of salad oil

It was a big dish full... but I gave some to hubby to take for his lunch at work the following day.. and froze the rest to stuff peppers with next week

Company Spanish Rice..

1/4 cup salad oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 cups long grain rice
2 1/2 cups tinned tomatoes
1 6oz can or 2/3 cup tomato paste
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 bay leaf
Few grains cayenne pepper
2 cups hot water
1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 10 1/2 or 11 ounce can condensed beef bouillon

  • Heat oil in heavy skillet. 
  • Add garlic and celery; brown, stirring constantly. 
  • Mix rice, tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, bay leaf, and cayenne with hot water. 
  • Add to garlic and celery in skillet; stir well and cover.
  • Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. 
  • Brown beef and green pepper. 
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Stir in chili powder, sugar, and beef bouillon. 
  • Combine rice and meat mixtures in 3-quart baking dish. 
  • Bake in moderate oven (350 F or 176 C) 35 minutes 
  • Add water or tomato juice if necessary; stir occasionally

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Teal Tuesday...

Its Teal Tuesday...and a flashback to the roughest time of my life. 
Nausea.. a scalp, face and mouth full of sores... 
but one of the easiest hairstyles Ive ever had.
The one eyebrow look never really caught on...
A timely reminder that pap smears dont detect Ovarian Cancer... 
so look for its sypmtoms... 
and push your doctor. 

It could save your life.

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Monday, 6 September 2021

Whats For Dinner ~ Meal Plan Monday...

Happy Labour Day .. and here we are in the last couple of weeks of Summer... although here in San wouldnt think it. Temperatures are still in the late 90s and 100s. Cooking outside is still on the menu... almost every night this week.. but Im starting to think of Fall flavours... as well as starting a bit of Fall decorating.

Yesterday.. after church.. MrD surprised me with a drive out to Redlands for a stroll around some vintage shops and lunch at Umbrella Alley. So today MrD and I are having a day at home... and its lovely to get an extra day together. He wants to work on his Bike...I want to get some housework done.. and we both want to get more prepping done in the back garden

We are enjoying the meal ideas from my vintage recipe books... and this weeks 50s recipe will be tomorrow... with Company Spanish Rice. I hope it turns out ok

Have a great week

Weekly Plan - 6th September 2021

Monday               Stadium Brats in Buns and Potato Salad

Tuesday               Company Spanish Rice

Wednesday          Japapeno Burgers, Coleslaw

Thursday             Grilled Garlic and Herb Chicken, Baked Potato and Salad

Friday                  Pizza Night

Saturday              Day out with hubby

Sunday                 Carne Asada Tortillas

Saturday, 4 September 2021

The Chilli Cook Off and Vintage Show...

We had a great time walking around the vintage car show
Its been quite a while since we've been able to see so many beautiful cars
 It was extremely warm(about 106/38 degrees)
 and I got a little pink shall we say.
but the chilli tasting was good.. absolutely delicious

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Friday, 3 September 2021

Happy Anniversary....

I would like to wish this beautiful couple a very happy 61st wedding anniversary.
I miss them every day.. Growing up... we may not have had much but they provided us with a comfortable cosy home.. made sure we were always clean and fed.. had fabulous Christmas's...and gave us a lifetime of memories.
They taught me so much.. especially how to love and respect and the value of hard work.... and the impotance of family
Mum and Dad... I love you loads. Its a comfort to know where you are... 
and that you are together... 
and a blessing to know that one day we will see each other again.

Phoebe x

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Wots Cooking?...

I have a large collection of Recipe Books from the 40s and 50s..  and the number is growing. As well as those gifted to me... I find them at yard sales... thrift stores and on Ebay 
These are a few… the majority of them originals and in various conditions. When we moved into our 1950s house in June.. I felt I could finally fully embrace the lifestyle of that era.. and began using these books that had been gathering dust. So once a week I have been trying out a new recipe. Im enjoying it so much.. and MrD is loving the meals... I have decided to up it to once a day... whether its breakfast lunch or dinner.. or a bit of baking

I will let you know how it goes..

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x