Saturday, January 5, 2019


You didn't really think I would 
abandon you, right?
I know sometimes bloggers
say they are 
and then they disappear forever.
I sometimes wonder if their mate
got tired of them blogging and
"offed them"-if you know what I mean!


When you wake up and it is 
27 DEGREES outside it is 
Winter calls for food that

This is what Midwesterners
like to refer to as
Mostly because it will put you at
coronary risk...
don't say I didn't warn you. 
Now- If you are looking 
please run away from here as fast as your
bony little butt will take you.
This is none of those!

I had SOME hamburger but not enough 
to feed two kids and two adults-
and-I did need to use it up.
Isn't raw hamburger kind of gross to look at?

So...I thought- if you can make 
why can't you make 
Guess what?

I had about 2/3 pound of hamburger.
I added 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese,
and 1/3 cup of the Shake & Bake crumbs.
Mixed it all together with my hands 
(yes my hands)
then formed patties that were less than 1/2" thick.
Is 3/8" of an inch too calculated?

Then I turned them once in the flour,
then put them in the beaten egg,
then put them into the 
Shake & Bake mixture.
Lined up and waiting-
Then I cooked them in medium hot oil 
for about 2 minutes per side.
They were delicious.
And while EVERYONE ELSE likes theirs
with a bit of gravy,
I like mine with KETCHUP.
It tastes like a cutlet that way (to me).

Listen- Here is my advice for 2019!
ALWAYS eat before you go
grocery shopping.
Otherwise you will be posting 
a sign like this one.
Have a Happy Saturday night
and a wonderful Sunday!!!!

I will be around soon with another
I am back in the loop
or loopy-you decide!
your photo name


Ann said...

Oh my that looks yummy! Glad your back. I actually am going to try to do better this year with posts! Did one yesterday. Happy New year.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Hey there girlfriend! How fun to see you here sharing something yummy! I think it's time to make your corn chowder again too! hugs!

Donna said...

Hope your holiday was good! Now it's back to reality...just kidding... xoxo

Cecilia said...

Haha, you're always a day brightener! Yes, raw hamburger looks gross but chicken fried burgers? Yes please! Brrr, I'm freezing my not so bony butt off at 40 can have your more chilly temps. 😜Have a great week...what will our next pick our favorite be?
Hugs, Cecilia

Lowcarb team member said...

I'm sure the food was simply delicious …
Love the courgettes (zucchini) and carrots LOL! ( Had to say that didn't I )

… and retuning your Happy Saturday night, and wonderful Sunday wishes.

All the best Jan

Adam said...

We've hit a warm spell here.

Debby Ray said...

Mmmm....they do look delicious! Is that something like making a silk purse out of a sow's ear...I mean a COW'S ear??? I need to try this! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

David Gascoigne said...

That’s the kind of concoction my doctor calls heart attack on a plate!

Lorrie said...

Looks delicious! Happy New Year!

Doris said...

Oh dear, I wouldn't be able to eat it....I am gluten free. (but I don't have a skinny butt, haha!)

CHERI said...

I'm SOOO glad you are back. Yours is one of my very favorite blogs; I just like your writing style:) As usual, I have had a lull in both writing my own blog and reading others. I seem to take things by spells. One of my 2018 goals is to BE A BETTER BLOGGER...we shall see:) At any rate, HAPPY NEW YEAR...hope the year brings you lots of fun adventures you can share with us (and maybe a few you can't:)

mxtodis123 said...

Looks delicious. Welcome back.

bobbie said...

Welcome back, our lovable loopy Nana!!
Unfortunately, hamburger and my tummy no longer 'play well together', but it does look delish!
I hope you are feeling much more centered in life and soul now ~
I'm looking forward to your next table party!
Hugs ~

krishna said...

I'm so glad that you are back. Happy New Year!
I yet to start writing. :D

Vee said...

😁 This is sabotage I hope you know. Many of us are trying to behave after holiday eating. It has precious little to do with a skinny little butt. Sounds good though...

Terra said...

Oh Diana you are too funny, shopping on an empty stomach results in purchase of aisle 4. The dish you created sounds delicious. I know what you mean about bloggers who say taking a break and who never return, glad that isn't you.

Kim said...

This week I sent my kids to the grocery store for me. They did a great job, but they bought aisles 4 and 5!! ;) Happy Weekend!

Junkchiccottage said...

Welcome Back and what a great recipe. Yum yum!!! We here in the cold midwest need that comfort food for these cold days. Have a great weekend.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Ha ha, I bet Aisle 4 is the cookie aisle, amirite? That's the one I'd like to own!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

You’re too funny! I’m neither a gravy or ketchup girl- I’m a mustard or butter girl and either would be goon on this! Couldn’t you have filled some onions too? As a nice touch🤓

jack69 said...

Sounds great, but the truth rests in shopping and now owning Aisle 4!

SWEET. I thought you would never come back! LOL

Blondie's Journal said...

You are so darling! And, of course, I'm glad it was just s small break!

Of course we can't et things like this every night, who could? But answer this: can I use my own bread crumbs rather than Shake 'n Bake? I seriously want to make this. It was standard truck stop food in my little town and we loved it!


Rose L said...

My mom used to use hamburger sometimes as steak was expensive. I loved the burger gravy! Mmmmm.

Barbara said...

It's so good to have you back. Your sense of humor and cheer are wonderful!

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Good to see you back and love the recipe. Will have to give it a try.

Sandi said...

That looks so good!

And your white plates are beautiful!!!

Aisle 4...ha ha...I have aisle 5 in case you need anything. :)

Jeanie said...

Oh my! This screams comfort food to me!

Jenny said...

Low carb for me but I will eat my LC feast on one of those gorgeous white dishes of yours. xoxo

Carol Slater said...

This sounds like a nice meal. I may have to try it soon. I am glad that it is not cold here as we are to have highs in the mid 50's today.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

You are a creative cook! My husband and son would be all over that meal but the only way I could eat it is if we fried it in my husbands new Air Fryer! I am eating light these days after a recent barbecue feast at a wedding! Glad to see you back! I am still in hiding :-)

Theresa said...

OH MERCY, that looks delicious:) I can't believe you had that and didn't invite me over, hehe. I have ground beef in the fridge and just might give that a try. Have a blessed day dear friend, I am happy to see you again! HUGS!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Happy New Year and welcome back. So nice to see you and I do like that recipe you shared ! Winter always brings lots of comfort foods here too and probably not so heart healthy. Thankfully, I do not have any heart problems, at least not yet anyway!

Gay Van Beek, Canterbury Cottage Designs said...

Welcome back and Happy New Year!!!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

And here I am under Doctor's order to cut out the white stuff. Bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, flour, fried food lol. Look yummy!

Jan said...

So glad to see you back, fed and sassy, ready to go! Hope your holidays were calm and ferocious!

Sally said...

Wow - that's quite a comeback, Diana! :)

Love the look of your what looks like "country fried steak". I'm going to give it a try. If it turns out good I'll let you know(I'm not really a cook per se, which makes me wonder why I watch all the cooking shows) but if it doesn't turn out? You'll never know.

Happy to see you. Have a blessed Sunday.


Anonymous said...

You are so your blog!
Happy New Year

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Happy New year! You are making hungry. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe. Have a great weekend. xo

Missy George said...

Welcome back. Sure took you long enough! Happy new year. Thanks for the cooking lesson. Did you shake while you baked?xxoo

Connie said...

Well Diana, when you said, "please run away from here as fast as your
bony little butt will take you"; I knew that you were not talking to me, LOL. So I stuck around for the recipe and I might say you are very adventurous to try this . . . and it worked. Bravo!!!
It's good to see you back and to know that your break was not long lasting.
Happy New Year!
Connie :)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Ooh yummy! I love chicken fried steak, so I know I'd love this. I have that same Mikasa English Countryside pattern, but my bowls are shaped differently than yours. I love that pattern.
Happy New Year, Diana!

Saimi said...

Warm and comfy is just what the body needs on a cold winters day. Looks like you hit the jackpot and made up a hearty dinner. My bony butt was very curious so I stuck around to see the recipe!
Happy New Year my friend!

Red Rose Alley said...

This looks Yummy, Diana. I've always wanted to try "Shake 'n Bake" but still haven't. 27 degrees, brrrrr, freezing. I love your Winter Header, and is that Bright Eyes looking up at the snowy trees?

I hope the new year is being good to you so far, Diana.

love, ~Sheri

Terri D said...

Missed you!! Nice to have you back! Chicken-fried anything covered in gravey is delicious!! Yum!

Katie Mansfield said...

Happy New Year. I'm trying this. It looks delicious. I'm glad you haven't ridden off into the blogging sunset like so many others. I promise I'll let everyone know if I call it quits.

Carla from The River said...

Happy New Year my friend!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi my friend. Hope you had a happy holiday and glad you are back. Seems like my Mom used to make something like that. I remember us kids loved it..Happy New Year..xxoJudy

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Those look great and that is my kind of food for sure. Good to have you back. Oh and Aisle 7 is mine so stay away!!

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Hope you had a nice Christmas and New Year. Glad to see you back. Fun to read your posts. Food looks delicious of course...but I shall be on a diet this year again...trying for another 20 lbs. Oh and you won't be able to email me at my juno email, I cancelled it. I am decluttering...:)

LV said...


Chatty Crone said...

It is good to 'see' you back. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will have a great new year.

PS It is in the 60's here - way to warm for winter.


Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

It looks delish, but my cholesterol went up 20 points reading the recipe.

Creations By Cindy said...

YUM! Yes mam that looks so good. Girl, I knew you would not stay away from blogging too long! LOL! Praying for you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Pom Pom said...

It's nice to see you back! I love ketchup. I'm cool like that.
Stay warm, friend.

Carole said...

It's high summer here but that still looks fine to me! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Jill said...

Great to see you back!!! Unfortunately my diet is very strict now.... :-( But it all looks good.


Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Happy New Year, Diana!! Your chicken fried hamburger looks DELICIOUS!!! Ok I'm starving, time for lunch!

Vintage Girl 901 said...

Oooh! It looks yummy! I must try that!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

The hamburger steak sounds delicious Diana, and so very easy to make and far cheaper too! Thanks for sharing the lineup of ingredients... what a great way to please hungry bellies! Trust your new year is off to a great start... sure hope I don't miss your next "pick your favorites", I do love to play along, but I always seem to miss your initial post, lol... Happy New Year to you!

Ricki Treleaven said...

Ha ha definitely good advice about the grocery store!!! Happy New Year!!!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

I love chicken fried steak but have to admit that I won't eat it. Well, if I'd been there and you made it I would've cuz my momma taught me to always be polite!😁 Gravy please! Would be so good with what Abigail calls mashum potatoes and corn. So much for low carb, right? Lol! All the stuff that tastes good is never on the "eat this" list! Glad you're back!💝

Ron said...

Glad to see you are back in business...... I hope you are having a happy new year! Cheers!