The weather cooled down quite a bit and guess who began to get grouchy? The Bear wanted to know where his biscuits and gravy were, and I knew that winter is just down the road.

The weather cooled down quite a bit and guess who began to get grouchy? The Bear wanted to know where his biscuits and gravy were, and I knew that winter is just down the road.

We had biscuits and gravy the next morning for breakfast, and then he began growling about a chocolate cake. Guess it must be natural for him to get to be a true “Grouchy Bear” when hibernation time gets close.

How he can get so grouchy when we are still running the air conditioner is beyond me, but it happens every year.

So I have tried some of my old recipes that I know he likes to keep him happy. Believe me, it takes a lot to keep him happy.


Chicken enchiladas

4 chicken breasts

1 package flour tortillas

8 ounces grated cheddar cheese

1 8-ounce jar picante sauce

8 ounces grated Monterey Jack cheese

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 ounce sour cream

Boil chicken, let cool and tear into small pieces or shred. Mix cheese, sauce and chicken. Place in tortillas, roll up and put into baking dish. Mix soup and sour cream, add 1 tablespoon water. Pour over tortillas. Bake at 350 degrees for at least 30 minutes.

 

Missouri meatloaf

2 pounds hamburger

2 eggs, beaten

1 large onion, chopped

2 cups cracker crumbs

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 teaspoons dry mustard

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon water

Combine hamburger, eggs, onion, crumbs, salt, pepper and half of the can of tomato sauce. Press into baking dish. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over meat. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.

 

Old-fashioned cheese potatoes are great with the above meatloaf. Just wash the potatoes and cut out any spots. Cut into smaller pieces, place into water and cook until soft. Drain off the water, add a stick of butter and a cup (or more) of grated cheddar cheese. Mix well and allow cheese to melt.

 We love lima beans with the meal, and hot biscuits top it off.

 

Blueberry pie

4 cups blueberries

3⁄4 cups Splenda

3 tablespoons flour

3⁄4 teaspoon lemon juice

1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon

1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg

Dash salt

Dot with butter

Mix first seven ingredients. Put into pie crust, top with margarine. Bake in pie shell with a top for 45 minutes at 400 degrees.

 

Orange delicious cookies

1 package vanilla wafers

1 box powdered sugar

1 medium can frozen orange juice

1 stick butter melted

1⁄2 package coconut

Crush vanilla wafers, add melted butter and juice. Roll into balls. Roll in coconut. Put on tray and let set.

 

Nut cracker sweets

1 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 cup unsalted cashews

1 cup oyster crackers

Melt chocolate in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in cinnamon. Fold in cashews and crackers. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Cool. Store in airtight container.

 

See you next week!