Hey, y’all! I hope all is well in your world! This last story is my second favorite of the adventures of Brenda and Jan, a.k.a. Flash and Streak.

“The Unusual Ornament on the Christmas Tree” was my favorite and I still laugh. Before I get into it, the Girls Scouts used to have this saying, “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold!” It is so true with any relationship. The Gold stands for the old friends. The silver stands for the new friends.

Friends may not get to see each other as time goes by. Just knowing that they are out there they are still friends. When we get to a point in life that health issues prevail. It doesn’t keep you from loving them. Real friendships never die.

I know I will see Brenda again someday. She may have taken her journey home, however, I will always love and cherish her for the rest of my time on this good earth. See you later, Brenda.

As Paul Harvey would say, “And now, for the rest of the story.”

I told this a long time ago and a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then. I know some of you don’t remember it and others do.

We had more fun with our two Amanda’s than a barrel of monkeys. We were going down the road and we were talking about the cartoon the flea on the dogs back with a jack hammer.

Our destination was the China Palace in Morristown. We were faithful customers until they closed.

She and I started singing Food around the corner, like the flea did. “Oh there’s food around the corner, food around the corner, food around the corner for me, hallelujah brother food around the corner, food around the corner, food around the corner for me!”

The girls were so ashamed to be seen with us acting so silly, singing and making hand movements, they crawled down in the floorboard so they could not been seen.

We laughed and laughed and it’s one of the precious memories of my time spent with Brenda and all of her family!

To the children: “Even if your parents and the others in your family are no longer here, remember these words. I want all of you to be prepared for heaven and the reunion that is to come. God bless each and every one of you as you struggle to put the pieces of your lives back together! I love you one and all.”

“And that’s the way I see it.”

God bless and keep you my readers and families! You are loved! We are cooking something up that is good and hardy. Enjoy!

EASY OVEN STEW

2-lbs. stew beef

2-tbsps. All purpose flour

1-tsp. paprika

2 tbsps. Vegetable oil

4-small onions, chopped

4-small carrots, chopped

4-small potatoes, chopped

1-cup sliced celery

1-1-tsp. salt

Dash of pepper1-(14 oz. can tomato sauce)

2-cups water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the beef in a 3-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with the flour and paprika. Toss with the oil. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring once while baking.

Add the onions, carrots, potatoes, celery, salt and pepper. Pour the tomato sauce and water over the vegetables. Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake for 1¾ hours.

GROUND CHUCK CASSEROLE

1-12 oz. pkg. egg noodles

1-large onion chopped

2-tbsp. bacon drippings

2-lbs. ground chuck

1-15oz. Can sweet peas, not drained

1-10 ¾ oz. can cream of mushroom soup undiluted

1-10 ¾ oz. can cream of tomato soup

1 tsp. salt

4-ozs. Grated sharp cheddar cheese

Prepare the noodles as directed on the pkg. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a lg. pan on medium heat lightly brown the onion in the bacon drippings. In a frying pan on medium-high heat cook the ground chuck until no longer pink. Add the chuck to the onion.

Add the peas with their juice, the soups and salt. Drain the prepared noodles and add to the mixture. Stir lightly and pour into a casserole dish.

Top with cheese and bake for about 30 minutes or until bubbly.

OKRA AND TOMATOES

Serve this over rice with some cornbread for a great dish.

2 slices bacon

1 medium onion, chopped

1-14 ½ oz. can whole tomatoes, cut coarsely.

1-10oz. pkg. frozen or fresh okra,

Salt and pepper to taste.

In a heavy skillet on medium heat fry the bacon slices. Remove from the skillet. Add the tomatoes and okra. Crumble the bacon into the mixture.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until done.

TIP OF THE WEEK

I found this quote funny: “Well, butter my fanny and call me a biscuit.”