Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

This is about sharing your furry friends. These were my two best buds and BFFs for each other. The black one is Lucky, the gray and white one was Critter. 

Yeah, was. He became ill and had to be put down at the old age of 17. Two years later, I still miss him, he looked out for me. 

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Tasty Tuesday, February 17

This is in memory of a friend who had gotten it from one of the many restaraunts she had worked at.

Cass’ Squash Casserole

1 lb yellow squash, sliced into 1/3 inch slices
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 Tbl. Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup butter

Cook squash with onions until tender, drain.
In casserole dish, add cheeses and sour cream. Salt and pepper to taste. Add squash, onions and wine.
Melt butter and combine with bread crumbs until mixed, evenly top the squash mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly, 15-20 minutes.

Tasty Tuesday, February 3

Several years ago, a dear lady who was a friend of mine passed away. Some months later, I was visiting her son. He was going through the house, which he still lived in, and getting rid of things he didn’t need. There was a stack of cookbooks and recipe scrapbooks on the floor. He offered them to me knowing I like to cook, I accepted.
It was an amazing gift. I got to know her even better after reading through everything. She clipped recipes from everywhere and someone had given her a small photo album to keep clipped recipes in, and had started her off by adding several, and she had filled it up. There was also an old copy of The Joy of Cooking and every blank page was filled with written-in recipes.
I also saw her challenge to find things her son and her husband both liked, there were notes on some that one or the other had liked or not liked and a couple that everybody liked. Those usually looked like they had been well used.
Here is one of the recipes we like. I have changed it from the original to cut back on salt and reduce the size .

Italian Cauliflower

1 small head or half a large head of cauliflower, washed and trimmed
1 Tbl olive oil or butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp flour
1 can Italian stewed tomatoes (I use Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes)
1 small green pepper, coarse
Y chopped
1 tsp oregano

Separate cauliflower into bite size pieces. Put into a saucepan containing a small amount of boiling salted water, about 2/3 cup. Cook, uncovered, 5 minutes. Cover and cook 8-10 minutes until tender. It will go from completely opaque to slightly translucent. Drain of necessary and keep warm.
Heat oil with garlic, stir in flour and cook until bubbly. Add tomatoes and bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Mix in green pepper and oregano. Cook until pepper is tender and sauce thick.
Pour sauce over cauliflower, stir and serve.

About 3-4 servings.

Friend, gone

Ever get news that just tore you up?
A friend you knew way back when, BFF ‘s back in elementary school, you hugged and said I miss you when you saw her but lived too far apart to really re establish that friendship. You follow each other on Facebook but that’s all the connection you have left.
And then.
She is diagnosed with cancer. Fights the battle and comes out alive. Yay!
And then.
There’s a spot on her lung. It’s the cancer, alive again in a different place.  It’s  serious but there’s still time. But there isn’t.

Couple of weeks later, there’s a trip to the emergency room and liters of fluid are drained from her chest and the cancer is advanced. It’s stage 4 lung cancer. So she goes to hospice expecting weeks or months stay there.

A little over one week later……..she’s gone.
It was all so fast….
She always envied me as the one who escaped the small town we grew up in and went on to better choices and a better life. She was wrong. She had children, grandchildren and worked as an EMT and made a difference in people’s lives there. I work at Walmart and I give occasional cooking advice and help people find things in the store. Nothing life changing. At all.
I know she had some hard times in her life that were the result of the choices she made but we all make some of those choices. And we deal with the result of those choices and move on.
So tonight, I cry for the friend I lost too early in life and hope her next journey is much smoother.
Dear Tammie, give my mom a hug when you see her in Heaven and tell her I love her. I miss you both. Love, me.