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  • Dixie Ryan: Finally entering the mysterious Bear cave

  • The weather at my house has sure improved, and I hope yours has too. The big problem is that after a week of wonderful weather they are saying that Sunday is going to be lightning, hail, tornados, rain, etc. What do they know?

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  • The weather at my house has sure improved, and I hope yours has too. The big problem is that after a week of wonderful weather they are saying that Sunday is going to be lightning, hail, tornados, rain, etc. What do they know?
    It has been such a pleasure to go out without a jacket on and enjoy the wonderful weather and I decided to begin cleaning out “Grouchy Bear’s” junk in the basement. His junk consumes the basement, and I spent every day last week working all day long. I have never seen anything like it. My daughter, Renee, and her husband, Jeff, made two trips out with his big truck last week and totally filled it both times. On two days I had help from Kayla, a granddaughter, and Michelle, a girlfriend of my son, and we still have not come near to conclusion.
    I have no idea why there were about a dozen milk jugs filled with oil and marked “used.” Nor do I understand why we had a bunch of expired batteries. I never saw so many jugs, cans and other containers filled with stuff we weren’t sure of, and some things were just a guess as to why they were on the shelves.
    He was such a fun guy but he sure had funny habits. The amazing thing learned this week (from other women) was that their basement looked the same way. Must just be a guy thing, but it would have been nice if he had cleaned the basement before he passed away instead of sitting in heaven laughing when I opened a box and try to identify what was in it.
    I am sure it will take at least a month to finish going through the boxes and that does not include going though his fishing tackle and tools.
    Most of my food this past week has been something I grabbed from Burger King, McDonald’s and wherever or something I could prepare quickly on the run.
    Taco Roll Ups
    • (2 ounces) cream cheese, soft
    • 3-4 green onions, chopped
    • 1 can diced black olives, drained
    • 1 can diced green chilies, drained
    • 1 jar diced pimentos, drained
    • 5-6 tortillas, warm
    Mix cream cheese and green onions together, spread on warm tortilla. Sprinkle on olives, chilies and pimentos, roll tortilla. Wrap in plastic and chill overnight. Slice and serve.
    Burger-bites
    • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
    • 1/4 cup grape jelly
    • 1 pound (about 20) small frozen prepared meatballs
    • 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
    • 1 large red pepper, cubed
    Mix BBQ sauce and jelly in large skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat 2 minutes or until jelly melts. Add meatballs to skillet; cook ten minutes or until heated through. Skewer each meatball alternately on long wooden skewer or toothpick with pineapple chunk and red pepper. Serves 24.
    Page 2 of 2 - I made both of these recipes this week. I put the skewers in the oven for a short while before eating. They were great.
    If you don’t hear from me next week send out the troops. You will find me under a pile of junk in the basement. See you next week.
    Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.
     
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