I had a terrible nightmare last night. I dreamed it was 2 days before Christmas and I wasn’t ready. I woke up thinking, “Thank heaven it was only a bad dream!” It’s a good thing I woke up thinking for a change, because on second thought..there is only one day left until Christmas Eve and I still have to grocery shop, make something to take to our daughter’s house Christmas Eve, and buy 3 more presents.
I wasted too much time making soup!
A while back, I invited our friends Pat and Jerry over for corn chowder and cornbread. I found a recipe that sounded good, yet was easy enough for me to make. Shortly before it was time to eat, I stirred the soup and discovered it was sticking to the bottom of the pan. As I stirred, little black burned pieces appeared. I quickly scooped them out with a spoon, sacrificing some good soup with each scorched piece I scooped out. Everyone sat down to eat. I took a small serving and said I wasn’t very hungry. Luckily it didn’t taste burnt. Kip and Jerry wanted seconds, so I gave them the little that was left and said it was a new recipe and it didn’t make as much as I thought it would.
I was trying to decide what to fix for dinner last night, and asked Gus if he liked corn chowder. He said he did, so I found the recipe and bought the ingredients.
“What does the recipe say to do now cat?”
I was really carefull not to burn it this time. I was about ready to dish it up, when once again I found little burned pieces floating around in the soup. Well shoot! How could that have happened? This time I didn’t panic. I looked closer. I did not realize that cream of mushroom soup had little dark pieces of mushrooms in it. They really stuck out in the yellow corn chowder. Much more so than in tuna noodle casserole.
Gus read my story that mentioned minced ham sandwiches. If you’re not from SD, you probably call it bologna. Gus is a SD native too, and he said it made him hungry for a minced ham sandwich. I said, “Good deal. That’s what we’ll have for Christmas dinner.” I think I was kidding. Heidi is having the big family Christmas Eve at her house. It’s just going to be Gus, Kip and me Christmas day. I heard IHOP is going to be open, and Walmart has the best pumpkin pie. We’ll be good to go! It’s okay if you’re not a good cook when you know where to buy good food.
My son’s wife asked him, “Of all the meals your mom cooked for you what was your favorite?” He couldn’t think of anything right off hand. Then he finally said chocolate chip cookies. I made 4 batches when I was in Wyoming and they were all as hard as a rock. My cooking ability comes and goes.
That’s enough about my food failures. I was writing this while Gus and Kip watched the football game.
Look at this picture… I said, “Awe Gus, that’s so cute. The cat figured out you wanted her to sit on your lap.” He smiled and said, “I really don’t though.”
I love Christmas time and I love having fun with all of you!