Thursday, July 28, 2011

Salmon Patties

This is a recipe that I have been making for most of my adult life!  It was taught to me by my mother and, therefore, not a written recipe.  But, I will do my best!!

Salmon Patties

2 cans of salmon (14-16 oz. each)
1 sleeve of saltine crackers, crushed
2 eggs
2 T. lemon juice

*Cream of Mushroom Soup w/Milk

After opening each can of salmon - drain the juice and discard the bones.  Mash the salmon in a large bowl.  Add the eggs and lemon juice and mix.  Add the crackers until you have the desired consistency you would like.  (When I do 2 cans of salmon - it works to about 1 sleeve of crackers or 1/4 of a box)   I crush the crackers in my blender a small portion at a time and adding each portion to the salmon mixture and stirring it. 

I heat a little oil in a large skillet.  Then, I like to keep my hands moist while forming the patties - so I run some water in the sink and in between forming each patty I run water over my hands.  Form the salmon patties to your desired size and place them in the 'warm to hot' oil.  Fry them til done. 

* I always serve these with Cream of Mushroom soup that I mix with just a half can of milk.  I like a little thicker consistency.

This photo shows the salmon all mashed -

Eggs & lemon juice added -

Crushed crackers added last -

Salmon patties in the hot oil -

Flipped to the other side -

I always make sure each side is cooked a little again.  Love these with mashed potatoes and the cream of mushroom soup/gravy over both the patties and the potatoes.

Lucy loves to be part of the action!  She just blends in with the furniture sometimes!

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Odds & Ends - June/July Style

We went to the Libbey Glass Outlet again (love that place!!) in Toledo.  What a great way to start the month!!

There are really good deals in glassware here.  If you are having a party or any type of get together -- this is a great place to get some bargain glassware.  Especially if it is something that you don't use often - like martini glasses, etc. -

The clearance area -

I did a prior post that I thought these would be great to hold dish soap on your kitchen counter -

Here I am resting while the others are paying for their items -

I was very good - I just bought the 3 pitchers that I beaded for my daughter's tea (in a prior post), some really cheap silverware to bead, and these irish coffee glasses (I'll use them for other drinks, too) to use for St. Patrick's Day -

I love to look for holiday glasses here.  You never know what holiday you will find!!  Afterwards we stopped at Tony Packo's (one of their locations is just a block away) and I ordered the same as last time -

Ice cream on the way home -

A few weeks later I went with my friends to the Duct Tape Festival in Avon.  The parade was absolutely the neatest thing -

Miss America was even there -

Many of the parade units had items made with duct tape -

After the parade - we enjoyed french fries --

and nachos --

On the way out I saw a duct tape Brutus Buckeye -

We stopped at Toft's for ice cream on the way home (can you see a pattern here?) -

I was busy in June & July with my grandsons' baseball games.  Youngest grandson in the red -

Oldest grandson in the blue -

I have also been getting my Fall Notebook in order.  I will be doing a post on that soon.  I have it organized, but I am still printing some ideas or recipes that I have been collecting online during the past year.  This is what it looks like right now -

The papers laying on top were "ideas" just printed today.  All the 'tried and true' decor/recipes are in the plastic sleeves and the papers in the back are possible "ideas" I might try.

Let's see -- what do I hope to accomplish or do in the next month??  I hope to go to another Festival, get my Christmas notebook going, and - maybe - cross stitch a towel or two!

This is how Mr. Cardigan and Lucy looked last night waiting for the pizza to be delivered -

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dilled Chicken Pasta Salad

I love this!!!  I love dill - and I love chicken - so this is a win-win!!!

Dilled Chicken Pasta Salad

16 oz. pkg. seashell pasta, cooked according to directions
2 C. cooked chicken breast, cut into chunks
2 C. chopped tomatoes
1/2 C. diced celery
1/4 C. minced red onion (I just used a regular onion)
2 T. dried parsley flakes
1 T. vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
1 1/2 T. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. grated parmesan cheese
dashes of garlic powder
salt & pepper (dashes)
1 1/2 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing

Combine pasta and the next 5 ingredients in a large bowl.  Set aside. 

Combine remaining ingredients (but not the Miracle Whip) in a small bowl - mixing well with a whisk.  Pour this mixture over the pasta mixture.  Then, add the Miracle Whip and mix well - gently.  Cover and chill for at least several hours.

If you want to use this more as a Main Dish (rather than a side salad) then you might want to add more chicken).

Here is a photo of the pasta -

With the chicken and vegetables added -

The spices and oil mixture -

Everything mixed together -

So so good!!!!

Love how Lucy is stretched across this blanket when she was still a kitten -

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Monday, July 18, 2011

I Love My Cloche & Apothecary Jars

I am participating in a Summer Cloche Link Party at A Stroll Thru Life

I still have my 4th of July decos out and about -- because I believe in celebrating these holidays for a while.  Mr. Cardigan actually brought in the totes and I said Nooooooo - not yet!!!!  So, you will notice red, white, & blue amongst the cloche!! (A little note -- I don't have all my cloche and apothecary jars out for the summer so this is just a small sampling!)

Love my little red, white, & blue bottle brush tree that I found on Ebay -

A faux cupcake in an animal print liner -

More faux treats -

Some close-ups --

Some faux lemons in an apothecary jar -

On my kitchen island I have blue ornaments in a trifle dish with a 4th of July streamer in the middle -

More ornaments in an apothecary jar -

I have shells from Bonita Springs, FL in the vase on my dining room table -

Lucy seems to only have eyes for the birds outside.  Although she can only look at them thru the glass or screen - she will still try to talk to them.  Here she is communicating with a bird that is out of our view -

I hope that you will stop to see more of the decorations at A Stroll Thru Life.  You will get lots of ideas just by clicking here.  Enjoy!!