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Reflections on 2020 and the year to come

The year 2020 has finally left, but it has left us with many bad memories and difficult times. The year 2020 started out bad from day one for me.

It all started with a phone call January 2nd from my brother in Athens, Greece, that my sweet loving 97 year old mother had passed away. This wasn’t a dream but a reality when I was looking forward to visiting her again in the summer as always.

Every year when it was time for me to arrive she would sit in her chair at the door waiting for my arrival. I knew because of her age that the time would arrive to say good bye but one is never really prepared for it.

A short time after that the horrible Chinese virus made its entrance in the world changing peoples lives and devastating many families and businesses. We all hoped it would go away but sadly here we are, a year later, and the entire world is still battling this COVID-19 virus.

Thousands of people, especially older people, have lost their lives to this virus. Plus it has completely altered our way of living, doing things and acting.

Since when did we even think about wearing a mask and seeing almost everyone around us wearing masks and not only here but all over the world.

Many people continue to keep their distance from each other, out of fear, choosing not to host or attend family dinners, birthday celebrations or holiday gatherings for the first time ever.

Many of us know people who have died from the virus and have had family and friends that have tested positive and spent many days in the hospital.

I think that if the majority of the people had a wish it would be that we could erase 2020 and pretend that it never happened. Many continue to hope that in 2021 the virus will be gone and life can return to normal.

What will the future look like for us all?

So far it is looking brighter. I am a positive person so it is good to note that many people wished for a white Christmas, which came true. To our surprise we all woke up to a beautiful scene with everything covered with white snow which made this Christmas even more special. For the day before Christmas and Christmas day I did not leave the kitchen and I am sure if my over could speak it would be begging me to “STOP !! cooking and turn me off and go to bed “ LOL

We had a quiet Christmas with just the two of us and for the first time ever. No big get together and family dinner on New Years Eve like we usually have. It is difficult when are used to having at least 30 people here for the celebration and dinner and this year only the two of us.

Another bright side is that the vaccine is finally here. We need to be patient and follow all recommendations until it becomes our turn to be given the vaccine.

Let’s hope and pray that the coming year will bring health, happiness, peace and prosperity to everyone.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year.

Till next week

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DEER CASSEROLE

1 pound Deer burger

1 medium onion

1 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 package frozen small peas

1 tablespoon sage

1 package biscuits

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 stalk celery

3 cans mushrooms

1 (28 ounce) can of tomato sauce

1 (16 ounce) can of tomato sauce

Brown the Deer burger with onion and celery and drain. Mix drained mushrooms, salt, pepper, sage, peas, tomato sauce, cheese and burger in a large bowl. Preheat oven for biscuit temperature. Bake biscuits for about 2 minutes. While biscuits are baking poor mixture into 13 by 9 inch pan. Take biscuits out of oven and place on top of burger mixture. Bake until biscuits are done. You can save some cheese to sprinkle on biscuits after they have been placed on top of burger mixture.

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MEXI-CHILI CASSEROLE

1 and 1/2 pound ground beef

1 package taco seasoning *reserve a teaspoon for topping*

1 can tomato soup

2 (15 ounce) cans of kidney beans

1 small diced onion

1 cup pancake mix

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

Brown ground beef and onion then drain excess fat. Stir in taco seasoning (all but 1 teaspoon), tomato soup and kidney beans. Simmer until onion is tender Pour meat mixture into a 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Mix pancake mix, one teaspoon taco seasoning, one cup shredded cheese, milk and egg. Spread on top of meat mixture until covers the meat. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 25 minutes or until top browns. Served with tossed salad and Fritos.

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TUNA CASSEROLE

1 package Velveeta cheese

1 cup cheddar cheese

1 can mushroom soup

1 bag of noodles

some parmesan cheese

milk

Boil noodles and drain. Put Velveeta cheese cut into small cubes and noodles into a bowl and set aside until melted. Grate 1 cup cheese and stir into mixture. Add tuna in soup, then stir in 1/4 soup can of milk. Butter casserole dish and put tuna mixture into dish. Sprinkle top with parmesan cheese, then bake at 350 degrees for about half an hour or until lightly brown .

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