November 11, 2010

A Restful Sunday!

Ahhh....Sundays are designated as a day of rest at The Maine House.....

Our weekdays  are hurried...stressful and full of rushing...to work, home, outside activities and obligations. Take Sunday as your day of worship, taking care of your mind, body and spirit. This is the autumn of the year....our November month of 2010.

 Hold the hand of your loved ones and take a walk in the woods, lose yourself in a good book and curl up with a soft quilt for an autumn nap. Then meet your family in the dining room and enjoy your Sunday dinner...together....grateful for your blessings!

Estelle's Chosen" Must-Read"....
The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote

Estelle's Sunday Night Chili Pie
1 lb. ground sirloin
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic or 1 t. garlic powder
1 T. flour
1 package of mild chili seasoning mix
1 t. chili powder
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
1 6 ounce can water from tomato paste
1 (15 1/4 ounce) can corn, drained
1/2 cup chopped black olives
1 8 ounce can of Hungry Jack Biscuits (10 count)
8 ounces of sharp shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef, onion, garlic, until no longer pink. Drain off excess fat. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Stir in chili seasoning, chili powder, tomato paste, water, corn and olives. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 10-15 minutes. Take biscuits of of the tube and separate in half. Put bottom halves in the bottom of a 9- inch square baking dish (lightly greased). Spoon chili mixture over biscuits. Top with remaining biscuits and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake for 18 minutes until biscuits are browned and cheese is melted.

What's for dessert?

These are a true family favorite! I've done them so many times, I can make them with my eyes closed. I love that they don't need a mixer, so they’re easy to throw together and enjoy. Not only do they complete a dessert buffet, but my children loved them in their lunch bags!”

Estelle's Favorite Brownies
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1 12-oz. bag chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13" x 9" pan. In a large bowl, pour melted butter and add in the cocoa. Mix in the sugar and add in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the flour. Add vanilla and salt, then add the chocolate chips. Stir in nuts if desired. Bake for 23 – 25 minutes. Let cool and serve!

Tucker relaxing by the fireside

"I write in the morning, I walk in the afternoon and I read in the evening. 
It's a very easy, lovely life."
-Margaret Forster

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