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So, to follow up on my last post, I've been reading a series of books by Joel C. Rosenburg starting with 'The Twelfth Imam'. I'm on my seventh book and have found them to be very interesting. I have one more to read in this series, 'Dead Heat' and I look forward to finishing soon.
Our newest Grandson, Nix, is being blessed this coming Sunday. I usually make an outfit for our grandchildren when they are blessed. Kimber had an idea of what she wanted for him, so I got out my patterns and pulled together some ideas. I made the pants, shirt and suspenders and Kimber made his bow tie. It all came out so cute and, of course, Nix looked so handsome for his big day.
For our anniversary this year, #38, we decided to take a little trip to Hawaii. Robert's brother and his wife are there for a couple of months and we thought it would be fun to spend some time with them in our favorite place. We also got to spend some time with Brad and Emy. All in all we had a great time!
We recently visited Hawaii and were staying at the KoOlina Resort on Oahu. We were there with several of our children and every day they would post pictures on Instagram and Facebook of all the beautiful places we saw and the activities we did. I didn't feel the need to take a lot of pictures, but one day while I was sitting at the pool, waiting for everyone to come BBQ, I decided to snap a quick picture and post it. I really didn't hardly try at all, but it came out so beautiful, I wanted to share it here...
It's hard to take a bad picture when you're in such a beautiful place...
We have been trying to eat a little more healthy lately, so I was trying to make one of our favorite meals a little more healthy. One of the casseroles that I have made for years is Hamburger Casserole or Shepherd's Pie. Usually it is made with hamburger meat and green beans. Last night I made it with the usual hamburger meat, but instead of green beans, I used red and green bell peppers and some yellow crook neck squash. I also used some sweet potato instead of all regular potatoes. It turned out pretty good and the colors really made it look much more appetizing.
So here's the recipe I used...
2 lbs. hamburger meat, cooked and drained
¼ onion, diced
4-5 bell peppers or more if you like more, sliced and the seeds discarded
1-2 yellow crook neck squash, quartered then sliced
2 cans condensed tomato soup
4-5 potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
1-2 sweet potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
milk, butter and Ranch dressing for the potatoes
½ tsp. garlic salt
½ tsp. garlic and parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Brown hamburger in a large frying pan and add onions. Break apart the meat as it cooks. Cook till done and drain grease. You can start the potatoes cooking at this point so they are done when the meat is ready for the oven.
Prepare the bell peppers and squash by cutting.
Set aside until meat is done cooking, then add to the meat, squash first, then peppers.
Cook till barely done. They should still be a bit crisp.
Next, add the tomato soup and seasonings. Cook until just heated up.
Pour mixture into a baking dish, then sprinkle with shredded cheese if you like.
I like them cheesy, so I added a little bit here...
I put both potatoes together and mashed them using half a stick of butter, some milk and just a spoon or two of Ranch dressing. You can make the potatoes any way you like them.
Place potatoes in mounds on top of the meat, then sprinkle with more cheese.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. This serves 8-10 people
We have been lovers of Hawaii ever since the first time we visited way back in 1977. We recently returned from a trip with several of our children and I wanted to share some of our pictures. All of these pictures are from our hike of the Diamond Head Crater on the island of Oahu. We have never hiked the crater before so it was a new experience for us. It was a little bit hard, but if you pace yourself, you can make it! And the view makes it totally worth the effort!
This is a panoramic view from the top, from one side of the volcano to the other
this is the right side of the volcano...
...and this is the left side. You can see the parking lot and part of the trail we came up.
this is a view of Waikiki
proof that we made it!
a cute lighthouse that we saw from the top.
I would recommend this hike to anyone visiting Oahu.