Sunday, September 14, 2008

Movies and a Casserole

Well, we had a happily uneventful day yesterday -- lots of wind and rain, but no damage other than a couple of fallen tree brances. We never even lost our electricity or water, so we were very lucky. We spent most of the day watching TV (Mr. F.C. was bored to tears since golf was absolutely out of the question of course) or movies. After watching about all the Weather Channel we could stand, I decided to go digging through my movie 'archives' and found the old VHS version of 'Yanks'.

I love this movie, and first saw it with my mother when it was released in 1979. My dad really was one of the Yanks, although he might not have liked being called a Yank -- being from Texas and all ;-). He spent several months in England before the D-Day invasion, so my mother told me a little about what she knew of his experiences there (Daddy died in 1974). I guess this is a big part of why I like this movie -- because the story really hits so close to home. Anyway, if you've never seen it, you might want to take a look. I think (from what my mother said), it gives a fairly realistic look into that period of our history, and it's a pretty well made movie with a good love story -- of course.
Here's a picture (below) of my parents right before my dad left to go overseas. He was gone for three years -- hard to imagine what my mother and grandmother (like so many others) went through.
Anyhoo, because of all the stormy weather (but who really needs an excuse?), I thought a little comfort food might be a good idea, so I made Poppy Seed Chicken. We do love a casserole around here. Here's the recipe:


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 oz. container of sour cream
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers
2 T. poppy seeds
1 stick of butter
Jane's Crazy Mixed Up Salt

Poach chicken breasts until fully done. Mix sour cream and cream of chicken soup together into mixture. Crumble package of crackers into small pieces (I put them in plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin). Melt half a stick of butter in the microwave.

Chop chicken into large chunks into the casserole dish and sprinkle with about 1/2 teas. Jane's Crazy Mixed Up Salt and a little pepper. Spread sour cream and soup mixture over chicken, completely covering it. Sprinkle cracker pieces and poppy seeds all over the top.
Pour melted butter evenly over the top.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 - 40 minutes, until crackers are golden brown.
Oops -- I intended to take a picture of the finished product but was so hungry, I forgot! I know it looks kind of gloopy and bland, but it gets bubbly, brown, and crunchy on top and is really good with rice and green beans topped with almonds and browned butter.

And one more thing -- between watching movies and cooking, I finally finished Maleah's little blanket. I wouldn't say it's my finest hour ;-), but I think she'll love it in spite of its wobbly edges and 'no rhyme or reason' pattern. At least it is really soft, warm, and cosy.
This is a better picture of what the colors really look like.

God bless all along our Gulf Coast who weren't as lucky as we were.


Anonymous said...

what a neat place you have :-)

I also have seen the movie and enjoyed it.

The blanket will keep her warm...does it get a bit chilly where you are?

Here in the North, we are experiencing a bit of late summer, very balmy and hot today.

I am glad that you weathered the storm well.

blessings and thank you for stopping by,


Cowboys and Custard said...

Hi Gigi.. thank you so much for your visit the other day.. It is lovely to meet you!
I am so glad you have survived the storm.. I have a sister in law who lives in New Orleans and I heard it was pretty bad a week or so ago...
I can't imagine how awful it must be to experience something so devastating!
I loved the film Yanks but maybe not quite as much as An Officer and a Gentleman..
Best wishes

Gigi said...

It does get cold here in the winter -- sometimes. We might have several days of freezing weather followed by sunny days in the 70's?
Thanks for stopping by!

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