Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Moussaka

I made moussaka for dinner last night.  The recipe comes from a dear friend who is quite the cook.  A lot of years ago, she taught several of us how to make spanakopita, tzatziki and she had prepared moussaka and shared the recipe with us.  I made it in ABQ but it wasn't a hit with my family.  I thought the kids have matured with their tastes and I would give it a go again.  My husband doesn't remember it the first time around and tells me he must have been TDY.  I have one kid that doesn't eat red meat, of the three left, the twins liked it and my son didn't give it a fair try.  A recipe I enjoy but it will sit and be dusted off again in a few years.

Moussaka

sliced potatoes, fried (enough for single layer)
2 large eggplants, peeled and cut into 1/2" slices
2 lbs. ground beef
1C chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
3/4C dry red wine
2T snipped parsley (or 1T dried)
1t salt
1/4t dried oregano, crushed
1/4t cinnamon
1 beaten egg
1/4C butter or margarine
1/4C flour
1t salt
dash of pepper
2C milk
3 beaten eggs
1/2C grated Parmesan cheese
ground cinnamon

Bottom layer is sliced potatoes (you can use canned potatoes).  Fry them and then place in a single layer in the bottom of a 9x13 pan.

Bake the eggplant at 375 until soft and the water is out.  Layer it on top of the potatoes.  (Best to do this in the morning and then place a paper towel on them to absorb more water.)

Cook the ground beef, chopped onion and garlic until the meat is brown and the onion is tender; drain.  Stir in tomato sauce, dry red wine, parsley, salt, oregano and cinnamon.  Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.  Gradually stir the meat mixture into the beaten egg.  Layer on top of the eggplant.

In a saucepan, melt the butter; stir in the flour, salt and pepper.  Add milk all at once; cook until thick and bubbly.  Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes more.  Gradually stir the milk mixture into the beaten eggs.  Pour the hot milk-egg mixture over all.  Top with Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes.  Top with additional parsley if desired.  Makes 8-10 servings.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

One Direction Party

The twins are turning 12 this week.  One of them loves One Direction.  She has many posters on her wall of them, group and single pictures.  She has a spot reserved for one that she wants but doesn't have.  Her sister, while she likes One Direction, is into Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 but she agreed to go with a One Direction theme for the party.  Yay!

Still working out some details of activities and I haven't given a thought to the cake but I thought I'd share the invite.  I found several through Google images.  I took what I like from at least 2, perhaps all 3 of the ticket style invitations and created one for them.  I hear their friends thought they were cool and one of the friends hung hers on the wall.  Off to a good start for this event. 

I'm making moussaka for dinner tonight and don't you know I'm out of potatoes.  I cooked the eggplant this morning to get as much water as possible out.  My wonderful husband is stopping by the store on his way home to get potatoes.  Dinner will be yummy but late.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

We Have a Winner

Congratulations Kathy!  I've already sent you an e-mail requesting your address!


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Wasn't sure if we leave the comment here or on yesterdays - so I'm covering my bases :) Thanks for the chance to win. 

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

OWH World Card Making Day Blog Hop


I hope you have seen many great things.  I'm glad you stopped by my blog!  

 

I was going to shoot for a winter theme with this hop but it was 90 degrees here today and that just isn't going to work for me.  I went with a Christmas card using one of the sentiments that you might win if you leave a comment.  See my post from Friday for details, or just leave a comment and you are automatically entered.

I used Sketch Challenge 128 from OWH for this card.  I flipped it around so I could use the ornament set.  I had to make the banner slightly larger (7/8") and cut off some of the swirly to make it fit.

Stamps:  Hand-Penned Holidays, Ornament Keepsakes
CS:  Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Candelight Christmas DP, VV
Ink:  Early Espresso
Markers:  Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
Misc.:  Dimensionals, silver cording, 

Have fun hopping! Click OWH to get back to the hop.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Candy for World Card Making Day


Tomorrow is World Card Making Day.  I'm participating in a hop with Operation Write Home and will have a prize for a lucky commenter.  To enter, come visit tomorrow and leave me a comment.  I will use random.org to select a winner from the comments.  I will contact you via e-mail for your address on Monday and will post the winner here for all to see.

What is the prize you ask.  A very timely clear mounted stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

Hand-Penned Holidays

Come back tomorrow, leave a comment and check out the hop.  

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Honey Bunny



This little guy has had a rough couple of months.  First he ate some carpet or bedspread with the people that took care of him while we were away getting a mass in his stomach.  That required several medicines and about 6 weeks of trips to the vet for weigh-ins to be sure he was gaining weight.

Last week he had an abscess tooth.  They saved the tooth by filing it and removed the abscess.  Once again, he has an antibiotic.  He was dubbed a "honey bunny" at the vet when we went to pick him up from having the packing removed. We have to put honey into the opening once a day and let it drain.  Honey being a natural remedy for the bacteria to bring it out and not allow it to grow inside for infection.  I almost feel like he is a guinea pig for this procedure but this office has been so good and attentive with him I just have to trust they know what they are doing.  I'm surprised he can eat like he does.
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