Sometimes . . .

Apple Crisp & Goulash
L & El
El was snapping some pictures of the chandelier & I couldn’t 
resist adding a little sparkle to the simplicity!
Hardcastle with El & L

*SOMETIMES I prefer a boring weekend.  We had a picnic indoors and the next day we had my sweet Grandpa over for dinner.  It was cold outside.  In fact, it snowed for the first time.  And not just boring snow… the biggest snowflakes you have ever seen.  Like the ones you draw when you are in school, kind of snow flakes.  I decided to make something more comforting and simple than to slave and stress.  I made goulash!  What is goulash anyways?  I think it can be several different things but the kind I remembered from being a kid is basically noodles, ground beef and tomato soup mixed in.. I know not very glorious but kind of warm and comforting.  And the squidgy sound of mixing it together was kind of delightful (I am not afraid to admit I am a little weird, but not boring, you see)!
*SOMETIMES I do the most awful things at the most awful times.  I spilled twice this weekend.  Once at a friends wedding shower.  My plate of food all over the floor, very embarrassing.  And yesterday I spilled a quart of paint all over the floor and walls…. this was worse than embarrassing it was just plain horrible.  Thankfully we got most of it up.
*SOMETIMES, well most of the times, on Monday’s I get a little overwhelmed at everything that has to be accomplished during the upcoming week.  But Somehow it always gets done or at least what must get done gets done.  So somehow, I’m going to try not to stress and take things one day at a time.  I am pretty good at this SOMETIMES!
P.S.  Picture #3 is Hardcastle’s favorite meal.  We call it Minch!  His mom (from Scotland) used to make it and it is one of my fav comfort foods too.  I finally cracked the code in what in the world minch is when I was in England last fall.  After learning that they call ground beef, mince meat.. I figured that this was the original name but perhaps with my great grandmother’s Scottish brogue it some how turned into Minch!  
Here is the recipe (I like to think of it as poor man’s Shepherd Pie)
*Mashed Potatoes (made with with butter and milk, of course!)
*Brown ground beef and onions in the skillet, drain the grease but leave a small amount for flavoring.  
*Cover the meat in water and boil for awhile
*Scoop out mashed potatoes, spoon meat on top and serve with a side of peas.
I have a feeling this might sound gross or blah to most but to me it is a strange comfort.  What food is comfort to you or your family?


  • paula
    Commented on November 17th, 2008 at 2:53pm

    your kiddos are so adorable. i hope your week goes great.

  • Kasey
    Commented on November 17th, 2008 at 6:50pm

    you have a darling site.

  • Fifi Flowers
    Commented on November 17th, 2008 at 7:01pm

    I like your SOMETIMES… Monday I can soooo relate to… it is soooo overwhelming!
    Comfort food is pasta dishes to my family. Comfort food to me is anything I don’t have to make… LOL… actually bread, butter, cheese and I’m as happy as I could be!
    GOOD post.

  • Callie Grayson
    Commented on November 17th, 2008 at 9:32pm

    we eat the same comfort food as your grandpa, my family is from scotland and I go every year! I eat food just like this! I have even tried haggis and it actually is really good.

    love this post!!
    your kidlets are sooo cute!

  • The Lil Bee
    Commented on November 17th, 2008 at 9:39pm

    This makes me miss my grandpa:(

  • MGF
    Commented on November 17th, 2008 at 9:50pm

    See Shepard Pie makes me think of childhood. I have not had it in years.

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on November 17th, 2008 at 10:48pm

    Thank you all for the lovely comments.. Love knowing that some of you eat the same things! Callie – you go to Scotland every year? You lucky girl you! I haven’t made it to Scotland yet closest I’ve gotten is Yorkshire but one day!
    Lil bee – I know .. I miss my grandma so much that I’m trying to really make every minute count with my grandpa!

    xx To you all!

  • citysage
    Commented on November 17th, 2008 at 11:10pm

    What a gorgeous gorgeous family you have, Trina! Looks like a really comforting and relaxing weekend.

    When my husband and I want comfort food I make a dish I invented called ‘Pizzaroni’. I boil macaroni and then stir a can of diced tomatoes and a can of pizza sauce in, then put it all in a baking dish. I layer a blend of mozzarella, parmesan and romano cheeses on top, then a final layer of turkey pepperoni slices. Put it under the broiler until hot and bubbling and it’s divine! Tastes just like pizza and macaroni had a beautiful baby…

    Commented on November 17th, 2008 at 11:46pm

    Loving your ‘sometimes’ Trina…your family is beautiful!!
    Amanda x

  • Julia
    Commented on November 18th, 2008 at 11:59am

    This was such an excellent post :) I especially loved the photo with Grandpa!

  • annechovie
    Commented on November 19th, 2008 at 12:04am

    Great photos and recipe! Thank you. Your kids are adorable!

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on November 20th, 2008 at 9:26am

    Thank you again, everyone!

    And I’ll have to try that Pizzaroni

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