Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge!

So it's Wednesday, and Joyce, at  From This Side of the Pond,  has decided (temporarily, at least) to revive the Hodgepodge for our blogging and reading pleasure!  Here are Joyce's questions:

1. Howdy Hodgepodgers. It's kind of fun to be back, isn't it?  Last time we met was September, 2018. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that's happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don't know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

It IS fun to be back, Joyce!  Thanks for doing this!
Probably one of the biggest and most fun occurrences actually happened in September-October 2018 when we were blessed to be able to take our local daughter and her family out West with us for a wonderful visit with our Nevada daughter and her family.  The girls were so close growing up (much like your own daughters) but distance and expense had kept them from getting together and they had not seen one another for 3 years.  So it was high time, and it was such fun seeing the ten cousins together too.  An unforgettable adventure for all of us!
My NH daughter, her hubby and their youngest at Bruneau Dunes
Moonrise at Craters of the Moon National Monument
Six of the cousins in a cave at Craters of the Moon
2. Might as well get this out of the way early on...COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi - I didn't create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi - we won't only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

1-Not at all, living normally

2-Cautious but still going out

3-Going out as needed, mostly home or working from home, still seeing friends/family

4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people

5-Full lockdown, no one in or out

We are at #3 and I sincerely hope we don't go beyond #4.  Our governor (who has a great deal of common sense) is being pushed to order "Shelter in place" but so far he has resisted it.  His feeling is that once you begin something like that it's very hard to know how or when to undo it.  I pray for wisdom for our leaders every day. 

3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it's all said and done? What's something delicious you've cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week?

I don't think I will run out of steam in the cooking department, but one never knows.  If this goes on long enough and everything gets completely shut down, my creativity as a cook will definitely be tested.

In the past week,  one of the best things I've cooked was chicken divan over rice, which I made last night.  Instead of cream of chicken soup I made my own substitute, having recently learned that even the "healthy" cream soups have high fructose corn syrup in them.  A mix of bread crumbs and butter was suggested for the topping and I used stuffing mix instead of bread crumbs.  (Frugal move as I had some stuffing mix to use up.)  It was scrumptious!
Photo from Taste of Home
Then today my hubby decided he wanted to learn to bake bread.   He made 2 loaves of wonderful maple oatmeal bread.  Fantastic! 

4. What's a television show or movie you've seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?

I can't think of anything in that category that I've seen recently.   Probably the most recent was It's A Wonderful Life on Christmas night.

5. Share something funny you've seen or heard this week.

Drawing a blank here.  I know there are lots of funny memes about toilet paper and so on.  I guess one of the funniest was earrings made to look like rolls of toilet paper.  But that isn't as funny this week as it was last.  (I've also learned that toilet paper was available in Walmart this afternoon, though I doubt it stayed on the shelves long.)

 Another thing I thought was sort of funny was that prior to Monday night's snowstorm, when shoppers would typically buy up all the milk and bread, Walmart still had plenty of milk and some varieties of bread.  😀

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Hmm ...Well, tonight Mr. T and I attended a webinar concerning Amtrak Rail Vacations ... something we are planning for the future, possibly in 2021.  It was fun to look at the various National Park destinations and think about which one, or more than one, we might like to visit.  Below is a screenshot of one example.

And so ends this Wednesday Hodgepodge for March 25.   Thank you, Joyce!  We needed that!

(For those interested in joining in the Hodgepodge, do head on over to  From This Side of the Pond and link up.)


  1. Hi Mrs. T,
    It is fun to be back.
    I have to chuckle because I call my husband Mr. T our last name is TePaske.

    I loved the story you shared in question #1. Very sweet.

  2. Your travel photos are beautiful! Looks like a lovely trip and so glad you were able to get your family together for that. Take care and stay well!

  3. Hello Mrs. T. Looks like you are handling the pandemic nicely in your corner of the world. That chicken does look devine! Great substitutes, too. I'll track down the recipe. Stay safe!

  4. Oops clicked on publish too quick. That was a very priceless gift you gave your kids so that they could all be together!!

  5. High fructose corn syrup in canned soup -- I did not know that. Thanks for telling us.

    An Amtrak vacation sounds like fun. We've thought about doing the Canadian Rockies, maybe, some day.

  6. I can only imagine the wonderful memories made on your trip to visit your daughter with her sister and family! like you and Mr T. we are trying a lot of new items on our food choices, I am also enjoying my dh's grilled cheese sandwiches, just so delicious.
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. It was good to see your comment on my post...funny thing is, all of my inbox has become hidden somehow but they are still on my phone. Still not want to text all of those replies back that way. Glad to hear you are getting along well thus far. Your chicken dish looks so good and I sure would love to taste some of that bread your hubby made...sounds delish! Take good care and stay safe and healthy!

  8. That was a lovely trip. Hope to do some travels with my James someday. We are trying to stay around #5 but will need to do a grocery pick up soon. Your meal sounds delicious. Awesome movie, my favorite! I saw those earring on Facebook. True, no toilet paper to be found except for some unknown stuff on Amazon. That would be a fun trip. Take care and stay well.

  9. Your family trip out west sounds like so much fun. Would love to do that someday. Glad you are doing well in this "crisis". Also glad that NH still is maintaining their "Live free or die" state of mind. They are hearty people who normally have good common sense, at least that is what we thought when we lived there. Praying the virus detours around your state. So far where we are in Florida is pretty safe, but not further south where the crowds are (and the New Yorkers who keep trying to come south to escape) Your chicken divine looks delish. I like the idea of the stuffing on top. That sounds really good. Yes, I try to avoid using the cream soups as much as possible, because they also have MSG in them. Sometimes it is just easier to open a can of soup, but I try to keep chicken broth on hand (low sodium) and use that as my base to create my own cream sauce for chicken dishes. Our Walmart has not had any TP for a while. I wish people would give it up. They really went crazy over that one! Have a safe and happy weekend. May God watch over you and yours and keep you healthy and strong. Amen.


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