Friday, October 19, 2018

Picadillo and FOTW October

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

This is a Cuban comfort food dish, my husband loved it. Me...not so much.
Have you ever burned incense? Well, I had not.
So we had mildew in our storage closet due to a roof leak. I'm very sensitive to smells and having just come home from the hospital I did not want to get sick. So my husband thought he was helpful, he bought incense.
So, I light one, go in the kitchen and come back out in just a few minutes.
I step outside. "Dang honey, those things were expensive and they don't last worth a dang! I just lit one and in less than 3 minutes it's gone! Burnt up!"
He cracks up. Did you blow it out?
I said no how  would it burn?
He is cracking up big time now.
Trying to catch his breath he says "NO no you blow it out and it is the ember that burns slow".

So thankful to now be living away from the hurricane threat area of NC coast but I miss my home, what is left. Hurricane Flo really did a horrible number on my hometown. So many lost everything. Just like I did two years ago. We had to evacuate one of our sons, he lost his job and apartment, so until further notice, this mama bird has one of her babies back in the nest.
The below photo was sent to me by my Aunt, the tree barely missed her home. So thankful she is okay.

Quote of the month! "She's a serial monogamists, next week she'll be in a new relationship."

While at the hospital doing my pre-op and admission, I noticed the phone on the desk...two receivers?! I guess this is old school conference calls?
Picadillo - Cuban Comfort Food
2 TBSP olive oil
1 medium yellow onions, diced
4 cloves fresh garlic minced
1 lb lean ground beef
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes (drain would be better I forgot)you can also use ripe tomatoes and dice 4 large. the traditional recipe calls for 28 oz can)
1 TBSP red wine vinegar (or a good cooking red wine)
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 tsp ground cumin
1-2 bay leaves
pinch ground cloves
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup of raisins (up to 2/3 cup) I used the small amount but tradition calls for the larger
2/3 cup olives sliced and pitted (I used the ones with pimento)
In a large pan over medium heat put the olive oil, onions and cook until onions soften. Add the ground beef and allow it to cook, season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, vinegar, cinnamon, cumin, bay leaves, cloves and nutmeg, stir and lower the heat. Simmer 30 minutes. Covered. Now uncover and add the raisins and olives, allow to cook another 15 minutes and serve over rice. (traditionally it also calls for chirizo but I didn't use it)
My youngest son's daughter, he sent me this text and said "I don't know whose kid this is" LOL right! He was my only child that loved dirt, yes I had all boys but he was the only dirt lover. Like father like daughter.
Beau, my big love bug, he will not leave my side and as you can see, he likes to help me blog.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  

One evening I'm sitting on the couch and all of a sudden, there's a foot in my ear! Didn't bother him in the least. 
A lot has happened this month.
My oldest granddaughter got married. She's 21. (my adopted daughter's oldest).
My Sissy's daughter got married.
My husband's truck transmission went out so we bought him a Jeep Renegade.
The hurricane hit my hometown and it is devastated.
Our oldest son is living with us and working already.
We bought furniture! Our second NEW set in almost 30 years, everything has been second hand. I love it.
I had another surgery. Hopefully the last.
AND Little Miss Sassy Pants turned 8!!


  1. Wow, so much information. Miss Sassy Pants is 8? Are you sure?
    That tree that just missed the house, I'd hate to think what might have happened if it had hit.
    I'm glad your son is with you and safe and working.
    I hope you are all done with surgery.
    I think I'd like that recipe if I could leave out the raisins altogether.

    1. That tree is old and big as you can tell. If it had of hit...disaster it would have torn the house apart. So thankful.
      Yep, she's 8 going on 40!

  2. I'm glad to hear that the surgery went well. Hopefully the last one! Thanks for sharing the recipe for Picadillo---it's one of my favorite dishes!