Monday, October 1, 2007

Good Morning!  I just love when I wake up a wee bit earlier.  I feel like I get so much more done during the day when I have this free time (Rylie is still sleeping) in the morning.

Today I plan on "attacking" Rylie Jo's bedroom.  It needs a thorough cleaning, changing the sheets and adding an extra blanket for the colder season.  Also dusting, sweeping, shampooing the carpet, going through the old toys and seeing what we can pass on to some younger kids and scrubbing down some of her toys, etc.

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Easy Cottage Pie
--similar to Shepherds pie, ground beef replaces the lamb
1  22-ounce package frozen mashed potatoes
1-3/4  cups milk
1  10-ounce package frozen mixed vegetables (2 cups)
1  pound ground beef, ground raw turkey, or ground raw chicken
1/4  cup water
1  teaspoon dried minced onion
1  10-3/4-ounce can condensed tomato soup or one 10-3/4-ounce can reduced-sodium condensed tomato soup (Or you may use brown gravy instead of the tomato soup)
1  teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4  teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2  cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
1. Prepare potatoes according to package directions using 4 cups of the frozen potatoes and the milk. Meanwhile, run cold water over frozen mixed vegetables to separate. In a large skillet cook ground beef, turkey, or chicken over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain off any fat.

2. Stir in vegetables, water, and onion. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in soup, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Return to boiling. Drop potatoes in mounds on top of the hot mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes more or until heated through. Makes 6 servings.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and this is the beginning of a wonderful week for y'all. 
Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!
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