Holidaze …

As we draw closer to Yule &/or Christmas, life becomes crazier. We are bombarded with ads for what we have to buy to make our loved ones happy. Our society has become obsessed with following what some suit says at age 5 a child should have his own mega gaming system and smart phone. I’m sorry, but this is not what I consider a worthwhile pastime for preparing for the season. I would rather have family and friends visit on the day with empty hands and stomachs so we can enjoy food and company sharing the joy of the season.



Happy Thanks/Turkey Day (even if I am a little early!)

So what do  you all feel thankful for this year.  I am glad the the hubster is feeling a little better, for my family and friends in the Dakotas and on this site. I am thankful that I didn’t break my neck when I fell off the porch of my studio. And that I have my fur babies as well as I get my lower chompers on the 30th of this month as well as a new set of specks to correct the astigmatism the right eye! I am thankful that winter hasn’t really hit yet and the weather is cooler now which suits my body temp quite well. Chime in on the things you are thankful for!

I really hate doctors!

It is called the PRACTICE of medicine for a reason. We are the guinea pigs for their trying to “cure the world” of all its ailments. My husband was tentatively diagnosed with something called Parvo B18. He was given Pregnizone to help. It helped all right and two weeks after he was off it, the pain returned. Instead of renewing the meds the doc. had him wait in pain for two weeks while he ran another battery of tests. When he got up this AM, his right hand was swollen twice the size of his lift hand which was also swelling. Guess what! He’s back on pregnizone and has an appointment with a specialist for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

For my part I was told I will need shoulder surgery and possible knee surgery from the spill I took off my porch! One good thing in the last three visits went from 165 lbs. to 158 lbs. to 154 lbs.  Just another eventful day in my life in the Dakotas.

Samhain or Halloween MY take.

This is not meant to be a put down, but some people keep posting this as a negative. Sounds like someone didn’t get to have fun on that day when they were kids… Anyway, it is a day to honor my ancestors, to dress up and be someone I am not without people looking at me like I was nuts (as if that would stop me) … It’s a time for families to participate, or not as they take their children to carnivals, houses which are lit up and decorated and allowing the elderly to remember when they were young as they pass out candy. Sure it is commercialized, what isn’t now a days. My celebrations do not include alcohol but taking a sack to treats with me to pass out to friends, neighbors so they can enjoy too.

Shepherd’s pie


Thought I would try my hand at a shepherd’s pie.


  • 1 – lb. ground lamb
  • carrots
  • onions
  • celery
  • peas
  • seasoning
  • Mint
  • salt/pepper
  • heavy cream
  • sweet red wine
  • potatoes
  • Wiltshire sauce
  • unsalted butter



  • preheat oven to 425 f.
  • place in chopper ½ onion, shredded or whole carrots and 3 – 6 celery sticks. Chop on the pulse setting until small pieces but not mushy. Set aside
  • peal and cut 4 med. potatoes and set to boil. When it starts to boil, cover and leave for 20 mins.
  • Spray a lrg. skillet with pam or some other non stick spray,
  • On Med. heat fry out the lamb using about a T. Wiltshire sauce and 2 – T. Sweet red wine, add a hand full of Itl. seasoning, mint and a dash of ground salt and pepper.
  • when the meat is cooked through (no red showing) add the carrots, onions, celery and peas.
  • simmer while you butter the ramekins and prepare the potato topping.
  • Take potatoes, drain, add butter cream and salt & pepper. Mash and mix to a creamy consistency.
  • Rue (optional): when the meat is in the ramekins, add to skillet drippings 3 T flour, ¼ c. sweet red wine and ¼ c. cream. When well mixed. put a spoon full on top of meat, then cover with the potato mixture.
  • Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top and place in oven for 20 mins. Let cool before serving. Makes 6 small portions. Serve with salad and a glass of wine.