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Yesterday's Doings -- and Today's

December 27th, 2014 at 09:41 am

My son's family came over yesterday. He set up the TV and he also got my Bose connected to the TV and my phone. Now I can play Pandora on the Bose, which is delightful! I'm listening to the James Taylor station now.

My DIL helped him a bit with the wiring, and she also put up new pictures of the grandsons and fixed some cranky doorknobs. I told them I got quite a deal! Afterwards I played Sushi Go! with the boys.

My son had me order a DVD player and some cables, which came to about $38 on Amazon. He didn't think I needed to get a Blue-ray, since I only use the player for Redbox and library loans, and Blue-ray rentals are more expensive on Redbox.

If it hadn't been for that order, it would have been a no-spend day.

Now I'm trying to figure out how to buy groceries for my New Year's brunch and keep it within 10 items. I'm tentatively planning to serve an egg casserole, home fries, fruit salad, Cheddar Bay biscuits, Monkey Bread, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese, punch and coffee. It looks like I will have everyone -- my son's family, my nephew's family, my ex and his wife, and my DIL's mother.

And now, something sad to report. No more quests on Candy Crush! I got to level 185, and it looks like going on quests to get to the next level is no longer an option. They want me to link to Facebook and ask friends for "help." That does not appeal to me. And of course I'm not going to pay!

Later today I'm going to walk to the post office, which is a bit longer walk than my usual one to the train station. I need the exercise, and I have to mail a hairbrush to one of the girlfriends, who left it here. I'm also mailing in a $3 prize claim to the Illinois Lottery! The lottery ticket was a gift -- I don't buy them as a rule!

Edit: I forgot about the pineapple-upside down cake! I think I will substitute that for the monkey bread. It was my brother's favorite dessert, and I always think of him on New Year's Day, the day he passed. It would be a nice way to honor his memory.

5 Responses to “Yesterday's Doings -- and Today's”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    This is a very good brunch dish, I don't put scallions because we are not fond of them and you can substitute the bacon with slices of ham. Here is the recipe:

    Biscuit Breakfast Bake

    5 eggs
    1/4 cup milk
    16 oz. refrigerated breakfast biscuits (I used the Pillsbury flakey kind) ***DO NOT COOK FIRST***
    4 scallions (green onions, spring onions, whatever you prefer to call them)
    1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
    If youre into the meats cooked center cut bacon or cooked sausage
    1117 pan, sprayed with cooking spray (Note: I think a 913 works better, but it might need to bake a little longer)

    1. Mix your eggs and milk in a large bowl. Cut each biscuit (Im all about scissors in the kitchen) into fours and add it to the bowl. I like to do this before I cook the bacon or cut up the scallions give the biscuits some time to really soak in the eggs.

    2. Cut up your scallions, shred your cheese, cook and break up your bacon (or sausage). Add everything to the bowl.

    3. Mix it all up and pour into your pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes (closer to 30 so it isn't runny).

    YUMMY!! Serve with Fresh Fruit Salad and coffee/tea and assorted juices

    *** BLC Hint/Tip *** - if you want to make this the night before leave it in the mixing bowl in the fridge covered with saran wrap. In the morning, give it a good stir then pour into prepared baking dish and proceed to bake as directed!!!

  2. snafu Says:

    Sound like the 26th was terrific! Your brunch menu is awesome. Are pan fries and 'Hash Browns' similar? I use 'Hash Browns' for brunch because like egg casserole, they can be arranged in a pan the night before and go in the oven to be joined by the egg casserole. If either time or $$$ is a factor, I'd elect to double cheddar biscuits and drop expensive, labour intensive bacon wrapped figs stuffed with goat cheese.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like a good day overall. And only $38 for a DVD player and cables? What a steal!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Thanks, Debbie! The recipe sounds wonderful! I usually make the Jimmy Dean egg casserole, because I am used to it, but yours sounds temptingly easy.

    Snafu, my home fries are made by parboiling the potatoes, then cubing and frying in butter/oil. They are not like hash browns, which are shredded. I think your suggestion to drop the labor-intensive bacon dish is a good one, but I did want to do something a little special and different this year. I can assemble them the night before, but if it gets too crazy, I'll just fry the bacon.

    Frugal Foodie, I thought it was a good deal, too! My son did all the searching and selecting!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like a good day!

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