Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday, Salad and bean recipe!

     We spent the last couple of days in Mc Call with daughter and grandsons.  It took us about 2.5 hours to drive there and we immediately went to the hotel, which was very nice, with an indoor pool for the kids and a great hot tub for the grandma!

     Daughter had secured ice bumper cars for us at the local ice rink. Hubs and I being from the warmer desert part of the state showed up in Mc Call in short sleeves, and sandals.  It is much higher there and we actually live below sea level.  SO now we are in a colder climate in an ice rink which has to be kept refrigerated.  We had a blast on the bumper cars but it was cold.

     Then daughter had rented skates for the family.  The 3 year old was not having it and Hubs and I although we skated a lot when we were younger, declined.  Hubs due to his balance issues , me due to fear of injury with my arthritis.  If I break or damage something, then I have to go off my meds and that is always a disaster.  Drat aging it takes some of the fun out of life.  So daughter and eldest skated while we walked the 3 year old around town,

     In the small towns in Idaho that have a highway running through them, they cannot afford to put a stop light at every intersection so they opt for flags.  Bright orange or lime colored flags are attached to every corner.  You pull out a flag and carry it in front of you to stop traffic. The flag is then replaced on the other side.  This is redneck traffic control at its best and works very well.  Out of staters think it is weird, but it is a cheap fix. and well enforced. Our grandson loved picking out a flag and getting across the street.

     I had the family go to a couple of second hand stores with me and let me tell you these resort towns have the best stuff.  All very high end.  But alas I needed nothing so we just looked.  I did find a penny at an arcade on main street so that was a plus.

     Tuesday afternoon we left daughter to her conference and then we brought the boys home.  So far so good with the youngest who has never been away from his mom or dad.  But he has big brother and that always helps.

     I came home and harvested two huge heads of lettuce from the garden and it is all washed and packed in the fridge.

     Here are a couple of our stand buy recipes for summer and well for any time.  Inexpensive, filling, lots of fiber.

Bean hot dish

1lb ground beef
1 onion
3 cans pork and beans
several other cans of any style beans.  We love garbanzo, kidney, navy, butter, and black.

Brown onion in oil
add beef and brown until done
add beans and stir
salt and pepper to taste.

You can also add bacon and more beef.  This can be made larger by adding more of everything.  My kids called this bean goulash and ate it with salad and ww bread.

You can also take a 1/2 cup of different dried beans and soak over night.  I always get my canned beans when there is a good sale. >50 or less a can, I stock up.  I also keep large quantities of dried beans in storage. But I always use canned pork and beans for the flavor.

Broccoli/bacon salad

 red onion
sunflower seeds

Chop broccoli into small pieces, you will have a lot of just fiber, it is okay.  Chop 1/2 a red onion fine.  You can also use any onions, I just like the color.

fry up several slices of bacon until crisp, cut into small pieces.

add 1/2 a cup of sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup raisins

add 1/4 cup vinegar,1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup mayo

Mix all together and salt and pepper to taste.

To make this low carb add sweet and low instead of sugar and you can omit raisins.

This salad can be made very large by adding more quantities to taste.  Also craisins can be added instead of raisins.

Broccoli slaw
  This salad is not super inexpensive unless you watch the sales

Winco has a 32 oz. bag of broccoli slaw for $2.99 it goes on sale sometimes.  But $1.50 a pound for the work being done is a good deal.

32 oz bag of broccoli slaw
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 yellow pepper
sunflower seeds
slaw dressing  equal parts sugar and vinegar, 1/2 cup mayo

ranch dressing I make my own or use bottled, 1/2 cup
salt and pepper

chop all peppers into 1/4 inch cubes add to broccoli mix add 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and  toss with dressings.  salt/pepper to taste.

All three of these dishes can be made larger or smaller.  They are great for feeding a large crowd.

The last broccoli slaw is the most expensive coming out at about 8 dollars for a large bowl.  But for a family gathering or a dish to bring not a bad price.

I always pick up sunflowers seeds, raisin, craisins and mayo when they are on sale. Seeds have a short shelf life so store in refrigerator or freezer and use within a month.  Mayo can be put in the fridge as it approaches it shelf life and has not been opened. I have two jars of mayo in the downstairs fridge right now that are about to expire.  We eat a lot of salads in the summer so I do not worry about it getting used.
So if you have any gatherings try one of these. Let me know if you like them or you have an adaption that is yummy.

I need to go a dress the baby.  Actually not a baby but he is their baby.

I was changing his pants at a rest stop yesterday and he was spelling out all the letters on the child seats.  U S E Use, T H E S E these in his little voice.  He could name all the letters, and pronounce the smaller words.  I told him any one who is three and starting to read should be potty trained. He is his mother's son.  She was reading  full books at 4.  Such a strange child.  Also not potty trained until late 3's.  She did not want to be bothered.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.



  1. Sounds like a fun trip. OK, I have never heard of the flag thing either - what a hoot. Hey, whatever works and saves money!!!
    I love broccoli salad - such a yummy dish. I am lucky once in a while and find the broccoli slaw on discount for .99/bag. A deal any time.

    My, my spelling at 3. Good boy! Sounds like he will be ahead of his age in many things - I have heard the most talented and those with higher I.Q.'s don't want to 'bother' with the menial tasks!!

  2. Yeah that was my daughter for sure.

  3. That flag business for crossing the "street" intrigues me! I'd be afraid the cars wouldn't stop. I found a penny TODAY, so I'm at two for the week!

    Both my boys were late potty-trainers, and they grew up to be National Merit Scholars, and valedictorians of their respective classes. I think you've got a little genius on your hands!

    1. My eldest daughter was so smart she was strange. She was the youngest prosecuting attorney in the state at one time. She married an attorney, the kid does not stand a chance. Very gifted as were the other two, we really don't know how they got that way. Neither one of us was that special.

  4. McCall can be so much fun! I', glad you got to go down and spend time with your family there. Jeff and I used to go down there to visit family when I was still in college. I cannot believe how much it has grown since then!

    1. I know I remember when it was this sleepy little mill town.

  5. Your trip to McCall sounds like fun, Kim. The flag system sounds like something from the past, I recall an episode from Walton's Mountain that used that system. I have a bean recipe similar to the one you used and it is a tried and true family favorite. You just can't go wrong with ground beef, beans, and bacon.

  6. My kids were all early readers. My girls were also potty trained early but my son wanted nothing to do with it. He was 3 when he finally decided he wanted to. They do it their way when they want to.

  7. I love the idea of the flags! Of course I had only boys and they would have marched back and forth across the street with the flag just to stop traffic.
    Speaking of boys, we had what you called the bean hoy dish but the kids hated it until I changed the name to cowboy stew. Amazingly after that they not only ate it but requested it. I found the power of name changes and after that they drank "bug juice" (greens mixed with apple juice) ate Frankentstein fingers and brains (weiners and kraut) and a host of things too foul to mention here. I would be embarrassed but it worked)

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