To all my readers, I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that Jerry Ryan, alias “Grouchy Bear” passed away on Thursday evening, July 19, at about 6:30 p.m.



I will miss him so much, but the good news overshadows the bad news.


He is in heaven and has had biscuits and gravy “nonstop” since he arrived.

To all my readers, I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that Jerry Ryan, alias “Grouchy Bear” passed away on Thursday evening, July 19, at about 6:30 p.m.

I will miss him so much, but the good news overshadows the bad news.  

He is in heaven and has had biscuits and gravy “nonstop” since he arrived. I can see him sitting up there with a plate full of his favorite, smiling down at me because he knows there is nothing I can do about it. More good news is that there is no cholesterol, high blood pressure and such in heaven, so he is good to go.  

The “Bear” was an incredible man, and I will have many stories in the days, hopefully months, ahead. We had a happy, exciting life and God blessed us in mighty ways.  

Our five children are incredible adults who we both love very much. Our seven granddaughters are equally amazing, and I will have them to keep my life interesting. Thanks to all of you for your calls, emails, cards and prayers. I could not have made it through the last 10 days without you.  

The “Bear” loved the Lord and was a strong Christian. He loved life, and his top priorities were his children and grandchildren. In addition to family, his next favorite thing in life was food, and as most of you know his top was biscuits and gravy, but he loved pies, cakes, cookies, ice cream and any other fattening things you can name.

 We will go forward now and I will share with you some of his favorites in days ahead. Thanks again for your prayers.

 For laughs, he passed away with a piece of candy in his hand. It was placed there by Pete Royer, and I believe Pete probably cremated him with that piece of candy. If he couldn’t do that, I know the thought entered his mind. They snuck candy to each other at church and other places and thought that Barb (Pete’s wife) and I never knew.  

One of his favorite breakfasts (I say that with tongue in cheek because they were all his favorites) was something he called breakfast casserole.

 

Breakfast casserole

6 large eggs
1 ⁄ 2 cup sour cream
1 can (15 ounces) mixed vegetables, drained
1 cup frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 cup smoked sausage links, chopped
1 cup shredded pepper-jack cheese
2 tablespoons canned jalapeno pepper slices
1 cup broken tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium bowl, combine eggs and sour cream until they are smooth. Fold in remaining ingredients except tortilla chips. Transfer mixture to greased 11x7-inch baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until eggs are set and puffed. Top with tortilla chips and bake another five minutes. Serve with additional sour cream on the side if desired. Serve with fresh fruit for breakfast or for another meal. If you prefer a milder flavor, substitute fresh cilantro for the jalapeno slices.

 

He said this recipe was good for him because of the vegetables.

My life will never be the same without him but the memories will last forever. He was a great man and loved his title of “Grouchy Bear.”

 See you next week.