Well, howdy, y’all! I hope you guys made it through the cold blast and all the trimmings that came with it.

You talk about being in a whole world of hurt. Those of us who suffer through these times are so glad when it is over.

The cold and rainy months brings misery on the muscles and joints for everyone who suffers with any type of arthritis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disk disease, gout, neuropathy, or disease that affects the muscle, joints and nerves.

I want to ask you all to be considerate of people’s feelings. You may look at people and say there’s not anything wrong with him or her. Looks are deceiving. Those of us who suffer with any of these health issues, try’s to keep looking up and pretending we are ok. Usually, we are hurting so bad. We wish we were at home in bed. I stay tired all the time, anymore.

My lower extremities are so weak at times I can hardly walk. I have had a lot of falls and it does not feel too good. It shakes, rattles and rolls the body and makes you hurt all over.

There is one person who was with me one time when I fell. She stood there with her hands clapped over her mouth, trying not to laugh at me. I made every move in the book to keep from it, but to no avail. When I finally landed on my backside.

I looked up at her and burst out laughing. She sniggered and then laughed. We were both splitting our sides.

She said, “Don’t you ever tell me you can’t move.”

My arms and legs were flapping and flopping here and there. She has nicknamed me The Contortionist.

Try that one on for size you all.

I want to share my way of thinking about people taking pictures with their cell phones. I have came up with my own ration about “selfies:” 1 person = a “selfie,” 2 people = “us-ies,” 3 people = “friendsies,” 4 or more people = “groupies,” and 100 plus people = “crowdsies.” Don’t you love it! (giggle).

The selfie stick that is being used to get certain camera shots is taking it a bit far, if you ask me though (laughing out loud).

The sad part about “selfies,” text messaging, e-mail, twitter, online dating, etc. has taken the personal interaction of people out of the picture. I like to sit face-to-face with friends and family, pat them on the back, give them a hug and/or kiss them on the cheek.

For those who are dating, wouldn’t you rather have them with you, see them in person, sit side-by-side, hold hands, kiss or hug, or take a stroll? The list is endless.

I have lots of friends and family members that I hardly get to see and it makes me sad.

“And that’s the way I see it.”

May God richly bless you and yours this coming week! You are loved! Let’s take a peek and see what is in the old grocery bag, to cook up for supper. Enjoy!

SOUR CREAM NOODLE BAKE 

½ lb. flat noodles

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 T. butter

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. garlic salt, optional

1/8 tsp. pepper

1-8oz. - tomato sauce

1- cup cottage cheese

1- cup sour cream

1 small onion, chopped

¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cook noodles as directed on the package. Rinse and drain.  Brown beef in butter.  Add salt, pepper and tomato sauce. Simmer 5 minutes. Mix noodles, cottage cheese, sour cream and onion. Alternate layers of noodle mixture and meat in a well-greased 2 quart baking dish, ending with meat on top. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until cheese melts and is golden brown.

SAUSAGE GOULASH

1 lb.  Swaggerty sausage

1 onion, chopped

1 regular size can petite-diced   tomatoes

1 regular size can tomato sauce

1-12 oz. can Campbell’s tomato juice

2to2 ½ cups cooked macaroni (Al dente)

Salt and pepper to taste

Brown sausage and onion in skillet. Drain. Add petite-diced   tomatoes, tomato sauce. Tomato juice, salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot.

CHICKEN POT PIE

1 pkg. frozen vegetables, thawed

3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 c. Bisquick baking mix

½ c. milk

1 egg

Heat over to 440 degrees.  Mix vegetables, chicken and soup until blended.  Pour into ungreased, 9-inch pie plate.  Stir Bisquick mix, milk and egg until blended.  Pour on top.  Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Green pepper may change the flavor of frozen casseroles.  Clove, garlic and pepper flavors get stronger when they are frozen, while sage, onion and salt get milder.