How are you and how has your week been so far? Mine is moving along. A little busier than I would like, but not quite as crazy as last week (thank God). I know I "brag" about my work and our CEO all the time, but I have to tell you about yesterday's virtual lunch.
It was supposed to start at Noon and when I logged on, there were already 57 people in attendance. Missing were Bobby (CEO and Dan (CFO) and a few others. They were in the Board Room at the office and were having some technical difficulties. Tom from IT was with them, but they still had "issues." Anyway, they finally came on around 12:20 or so. Talked about what a great year we had (our fiscal year just ended), how great we all are, etc. Then they started the raffle. I did not win anything, but some of the prizes were: $200 Amazon gift cards, Yeti Coolers (BIG ones), drones, a generator, Play Station 4, Wireless speakers, etc. Pretty amazing stuff (I think).
The first person to have their raffle ticket drawn was Shawn from accounting. Everyone mentioned a good thing that happened recently, or a happy thing before saying what they wanted for a prize. Shawn mentioned his 3rd baby is due in December (I think he just got married 4 years ago) and said he would take an Amazon gift card since they would be buying a lot of diapers. Everyone congratulated him and then Bobby said that's wonderful and you will need a lot of diapers, so let's double your prize!
When Ken from Purchasing had his raffle ticket drawn, he said he didn't want a prize. He was just happy that he was in a better place mentally than he had been at the start of the pandemic...he had gotten very depressed and missed social interactions, etc. He said he wanted to let people know that it was ok to feel that way and the help is available, etc., etc. Actually his "speech" was more detailed and more personal. Everyone was blown away that he would have the courage to say that, etc. Bobby tried to say you really deserve something and Ken just held up his ticket and ripped it up. Repeating that he didn't want anything and to donate his prize. So, Bobby asked what his favorite charity is and the company will be making a $5,000 donation to that charity.
That gives you a bit of flavor for the person Bobby is. It is amazing to work for a company where there is so much love and compassion.
Let's talk food! On Sunday I roasted a chicken (and it was so good!!). Tonight I'm using the left over chicken I pulled off the bones to make Brunswick Stew. Fletcher's Mom used to make this all the time. I had never had it - my Mom would always make chicken soup or turkey soup after roasting a bird, but never Brunswick Stew. I love it and typically use a recipe from the (old) New York Times Cookbook I have:
The Tabasco and Worcestershire are what make this! A great soup that also freezes really well. I bought a loaf of "Tuscan Bread" to heat in the oven to go with the soup/stew.
And - bonus!! - for dessert I will make a Pear-Cranberry Cobbler. We have a couple of pears that need to be used up and I found some cranberries in the freezer from last year (not freezer burned or anything!). I forget where I found this recipe, but here it is:
- 1 TBS Butter
- 5 Medium pears - cored, peeled and cut into 1/2" chunks (2 pears is really enough)
- 1 Cup fresh cranberries
- 1/3 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/3 Cup sugar
- 3 TBS Cornstarch
- 2 TBS lemon juice
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Melt butter in large skillet and add pears. Saute until slightly softened and remove from heat. Stir in cranberries and everything else. Spoon into a 1.5 quart casserole dish.
- 1 Cup unsifted flour
- 1/4 Cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 TBS milk
- 1 large egg, slightly beaten
- 1/4 Cup butter, melted
Combine flour, sugar and powder. Stir in milk and egg until just combined. Fold in melted butter. Spoon topping over filling. Place casserole dish on rimmed baking sheet.
Bake at 325 for 50-55 minutes or till top is brown and filling is bubbly. Serve with whipped cream.
Oh yum!! It is going to taste like Fall tonight at our house.
Well, it's Thursday which means it is my heavy report day. I need to get cranking on those as Fletch and I are running over to CVS this morning to try to get out booster shots! Fingers crossed we will get them today.
I passed this display on my way to the office yesterday:
My take: Caution: Yard Work May Kill You!! (see the skeleton pushing the lawn mower on the left - in the shadows? - LOL)
Mabel is doing well and will meet her brother (Colin) tonight!