Attack of the Machines, A Leftover Food Idea, and other trivial pursuits

No, no, not the game Trivial Pursuit–just my life, the past week or two which has been focused on trivial pursuits more or less.  Except, of course, trivial things can fast become major…’s part of the on-going war on the home front, you see…..

It went like this:

TV guy fixed the TV connection (refer to previous post), causing the electricity to stop running to outlets, the vacuum system and the lights under the house; Electrician fixed the electricity issue, causing the computer to not work (Mouse no longer ‘recognized’ by computer); IT computer guy fixed the computer, but the ‘Mouse’ had, evidently overnight, talked to the coffee pot and it would not make coffee.  I fixed the coffee pot (called the company for advice), and then the toilet started leaking.  The Plumber came and fixed the toilet.  We are still waiting for the Appliance Repairman to come back to install parts in the refrigerator water/ice dispenser system which started all this mess to begin with.

We are on ‘red’ alert…..

Meanwhile, Poppy decided to eat the top of a safety razor I’d stupidly thrown into the bathroom trash.  She is not allowed in the bathroom, but we made a mistake and left a door open one day in the midst of a repairman being here to repair something (take your choice from the above list!)   A week of anxiety, watching her (and anything she excreted!) and it never appeared.  I have looked everywhere.  And I do mean everywhere, Weeders!  This was two weeks ago, so evidently it’s done her no harm or she’s hidden it somewhere in the house–a secret place of her own?  She’s had no ill-effects from said razor, so perhaps??  I don’t know.  She has also ingested portions of fringe off of rugs, eaten a hole in said rugs (two of them, small holes, but holes none-the-less), the stuffing out of an old chair I was taking apart to reupholster (this was months ago), dishwasher machine soap tablet (only a part of it, I found the remains this morning), pens, reading glasses (two so far), and assorted paper napkins with which she absconds and runs madly away from us, chewing as fast as she can and swallowing.  We can not turn our backs in the kitchen–she grabs and runs with knives, spoons, forks, plastic bags, and the occasional food particle she can reach.  It’s quite a circus…..

So far, she’s survived despite her own best efforts.  The vet asked, quizzically, “Doesn’t this dog have any chew toys?”  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  Bones, several (the safe kind), a “Kong” which is stuffed with a chewy treat and peanut butter once a day and keeps her busy for an hour or two, she is taken to school twice a week to play (run down her energy level), she is walked two or three times a day, she takes a ride in the car every single day to go somewhere or another to entertain her, she has company several times a week–smaller people with which to play and chase–a swimming pool of her own outside which gets filled and emptied every time she uses it, a fenced-in backyard (where she won’t stay alone).  I spend time ‘training’ her, which she enjoys for the ‘treats’ rewards, not to mention the attention.  Her food and water bowls are never empty.  If they are, she tells us by banging the blinds next to them in the kitchen and we run to refill them.

Poppy with a dog ‘cookie’ from the pet store. Of course she went!

Does this sound like a dog who is ignored?  No, I don’t think so either.

She’s just, well, very very curious……..about everything evidently!  Chew toys?  Good grief!  WE are the toys!

Yes, well, this is why we love her. Can’t help ourselves.

All is quiet on the western front at the moment.  (Even the Poodlette, thank you very much.)  So, of course, I decided to cook something for supper.  I’d briefly seen an article about zucchini.  I had two zucchini in the fridge along with some leftover sauce, cheese

leftover sauce and cheese. Put the sauce in the pan with the hamburger and rinse out with water, pouring the water into the pan as well. Let it simmer until thickened.

and a pound of uncooked hamburger, so this is what I made for supper last night:

Cook ground beef with some chopped onion and peppers (the top off a pepper I was going to stuff)

I seasoned the hamburger with a bit of homemade taco seasoning mix (you can use packaged mix if you prefer):

Then add the leftover spaghetti sauce (as shown above).  Simmer until the sauce reduces and is somewhat thickened.

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise, remove seeds (with a spoon) and placed a teaspoon or two of cheese in the bottom.  (I also used a squash and a large pepper).

Spoon some cheese sauce in bottom of vegetables, add hamburger mixture and top with more cheese sauce if you have some left.  If not, leave plain or add a different type of cheese for a topping.  (Any kind of cheese will work with this recipe–remember, I’m using up leftovers.)

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes–check to see if the zucchini are done to your liking, the filling is already cooked.

To go with the zucchini ‘boats’, I made some Tater tots on the waffle iron  (just spray with a bit of oil, place the Tater tots on the griddle and cook until done).

Leftover Tater Tots cooked on a waffle iron

This is an easy method to cook them and quick, but I can’t say that they turned out very pretty.  The Tater tots were not completely thawed when I placed them in the waffle iron.  They might have formed a waffle shape if they had been.  Tasted good, though.

They cooked up fine, but presentation left something to be desired.

A salad completed the meal……


Zucchini Boats with ‘hash browns’

This was filling and tasty.  We have some leftovers for another night as well.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. harpethview
    Aug 17, 2015 @ 09:14:17

    Update on Washing Machines: Cupcake reveals that Tea Tree oil–about 10 drops in hot water run into the machine–will significantly help reduce the moldy smell. Also she tries to run several loads on hot water each time she uses the machine. This also seems to help reduce the odor.


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