Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Random Dozen

Today's Random Dozen is all about the "one". If you'd like to join in or read other's answers then visit our lovely hostess, Linda, at 2nd Cup of Coffee.

1. What is one really fast, know-by-heart "go-to" meal to fix in a pinch? Other than Pizza 73, you mean?

Paprikash Krupmpli (Paprika Potatoes)

- 1 sausage ring, sliced in bite sized pieces ( I usually use Ukranian sausage, but any good sausage works, like garlic, keilbassa, even a package of hot dogs if that's all you have)
-enough potatoes to satisfy your family, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
-1 medium onion, chopped
-1 green pepper, seeded and diced
-1 - 2 Tbsp. sweet paprika
-1 Tbsp oil

In a large sauce pot or small dutch oven, heat oil. Cook sliced sausage and onion until onion is almost tender, stirring so that the meat doesn't burn. Add green pepper and continue cooking stirring occasionally until onion is transparent and tender. Add potatoes and paprika and stir. Add enough water to just barely cover the potatoes. Bring to a gentle boil and cook until potatoes are done. About 3/4 of the way through the cooking you can give a little taste to the dish and add salt to taste at this point. Adding it earlier will make the dish too salty as the sausage will release some salt as it cooks. Serve with fresh bread. My kids like to mash their potatoes in their dishes so that it absorbs the sauce, my hubby likes to leave his chunky. This dish usually takes me 20 minutes tops.

2. What is one item you won't leave home without. (Purse and license do not count.) My cell phone.

3. Where is one place you never tire of visiting? Locally, the river bottom or lake.

4. Share one factoid of your family's history. My parents came to Canada during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Something I didn't know about until recently was that they were dodging bullets as they escaped. UPDATE: Well, I just looked up the word factiod and it doesn't mean what I thought which I thought was a fancy way of saying "fact". It actually means "something resembling a fact, unverified, often invented, information given credibility because of repetition. Now that just changes the whole picture, now, doesn't it? Because what I mentioned as my factoid is, in fact, a fact. I have no idea about a factoid and my family history. So there ya go, thanks to Linda, I just learned the real meaning of a word today.

5. Complete this sentence: "Once upon a time I ...." I wanted to be a nun. In grade 5 I think. Yeah, really. One of my favorite teachers was nun. That very quickly changed to stewardess when I found out I'd have to hack off my hair for under the habit.

6. If you could win a one year's supply of anything, what would it be? Gas, please. Or groceries. Groceries would be good. Barring those two? Starbucks. A year of Starbucks sounds pretty good to me!

7. "One quirky thing you may not know about me is ...." I like a cool pillow to sleep so I'll flip it over all night. When I first lay down I always, always flip my pillow over immediately from top to bottom. I don't know why.

8. You have one dollar in your pocket. What will you buy? One dollar? Can anything be bought for a dollar anymore? Hmmm. Probably a bag of Miss Vickie's. And probably the Lime and Black Pepper or the Sweet Chili and Sour Cream flavor.

9. "One thing that always makes me laugh is ...." I'm having a sad week this week so you know, I'm really having a hard time coming up with something for this. Now isn't that sad?

10. What is one thing you could do today to help yourself reach a personal goal? Uhm, probably setting a personal goal.

11. What is one thing you could do today to bless someone else? Going and visiting my former neighbor who now lives in as assisted care home.

12. What is one thing you're looking forward to soon? The long weekend and getting the remainder of my flowers planted.


Melli said...

A Nun? Wow! Actually, my sister wanted to be a nun too - until she got pregnant at 16. My cousin is a nun though!

I'm sorry you are having a sad week, and I'm saying a prayer for renewed joy in your heart.

Maribeth said...

Oh I thought about the Nun thing too for a while after I was in The Sound Of Music at our Community Theater. I think I was 8 years old. But then I learned that I'd never be a Mommy and I really wanted to have babies, so that nixed that!
Thanks for visiting my blog and smile. Remember, God loves you and is always with you.

Rebecca Jo said...

Love you went from wanting to be a nun to a stewardess!!! AWESOME!

Joyce said...

Sorry you're feeling low...hoping you feel better soon.

I wanted to put some flowers out this week while my hubs is away but it has been RAINING pretty much non stop...oh well, it's been so cool here anyway I'm glad I didn't do it sooner.

takemetomaui said...

We make something very similar to your potato thingy...except we slice up carrots instead of peppers. I'll have to try it with paprika next time, sounds yum!

And hello, Starbucks! I hadn't thought of that! So much more fun than gas (that was what I chose).

I'm looking forward to planting flowers this week too...then it will officially be the beginning of summer for me!

I hope your week goes better and that God would touch whatever is making you sad and turn it into joy!

Mom24 said...

I'm sorry it was a hard week. I hope things are better soon.

Mocha with Linda said...

Cell phone and cameras are the two most popular answers I've seen for #2.

I'm sorry your week is hard. Hang in there.

Catherine said...

Ah yes, the cell phone. That's true for me too.

Hope your week improves, Susanne!


Faith said...

Oh my wanted to be a nun!! that's interesting!! (i wanted to be a stewardess but I do have to say nun never made it into my dreams!)

I'm sad to hear you say you are having a sad week....I kinda am too a close friend prayed with me and things are looking up!
AND...we had an answer to a prayer request I had posted the other day so...
keep looking up my friend...will pray for you now!

SouthLakesMom said...

We have a dear friend whose parents escaped Hungary at the same time and settled in Germany awaiting a chance to get to the US. They finally came when he was a teen. His father was a physician in Hungary and Germany, but was unable to pass the boards here due to language problems. But he made sure his children were EDUCATED! Our friend is an awesome cook of amazing Hungarian cuisine. I hope you can get those recipes from your parents!

I'm sorry it is a sad week. Thank you for sharing your go-to recipe. I'm copying and pasting!

Beck said...

I wanted to be a nun when I was 15 and thought that a life of Quiet Contemplation sounded dandy.

I'm sorry you're having a sad week. :(

That recipe sounds delicious!

Barbara H. said...

I am sorry you're having a sad week. Hope things will look up soon.

I like a cool pillow, too.

LOL at #10, :-)

Karen said...

I do the pillow-flipping thing, too!! I love a cool pillow. I've heard satin pillow cases are good for that.

So sorry you're having a sad week. I hope it gets better. Perhaps the nice weather for planting flowers will help:)

Robin said...

"having a personal goal" ... that made me chuckle.

I'm sorry you're having a sad week. Walking always helps me when I'm sad... that and a good cry or time with a girlfriend.

Teresa Dawn said...

Sorry to hear you are having a sad week. Hope it gets bettr soon. It seems everyone is answering cellphone, I don't even have one. I think I'm a minority haha.

Barbie said...

Oh yes, could never leave the house without my beloved iPhone! Praying you had a better day today. May He shine down on you and cause you to smile and laugh!

Anonymous said...

Your answers were great. The recipe sounds good very good. I'm sorry to hear you're having a sad week though. (((hugs))) I hope the next one is much better for you! <3