January 18, 2021

Currently & Tuesday 4

 In Latrobe...

The time...8:00 p.m.

The weather...25 degrees with snow flurries. It's been one of those days where it's just seemed to chill a person to the bone.

Reading...I have to choose something new. I finally finished The Radium Girls last night. It was well written and very well told, but it was such a difficult read in that my heart broke for everything those girls endured and everything they lost.

Listening to...American Pickers on the History channel.

Mourning...the loss of a dear friend on Saturday. He lost a month and a half long battle with Covid-19.

The weekend...

Friday...I babysat our daughter's kids for a while so she could have lunch with an old friend. We watched Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Honey, I Blew Up the Kids. Both were a huge hit with the kids.

Tim asked me to make my crockpot stuffed peppers again since I had given the leftovers to Megan when I made them on Monday. So, that is what we had for supper. If you're interested, here's the recipe. It is really good and different. The chilies in the tomatoes combined with the brown sugar and chicken broth give it a unique flavor.

  • 6 Large Bell Peppers (Any Color)
  • 1½ Pounds Lean Ground Beef
  • ½ Cup White Rice, Uncooked (I used brown rice and it was fine)
  • 1 Sweet Onion, Finely Diced
  • 2 Tsp Garlic, Minced
  • 2- 10 ounce Cans Tomatoes with Green Chiles (I used diced tomatoes with peppers and onions instead and left out the fresh diced onion)
  • 6 Ounce Can Tomato Paste
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper

  1. Cut off pepper tops and remove seeds/ribs.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, rice, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir in one DRAINED can of tomatoes with green chilies. (Reserve the liquid).
  3. Evenly stuff peppers and place in slow cooker.
  4. In a medium bowl mix reserved liquid, the 2nd can of tomatoes with green chilies, broth, tomato paste, and brown sugar. Pour over peppers.
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.

Saturday...Tim worked and I hit Walmart for a few things and stopped by Goodwill to see if they had any good stuff. I got quite a few books, but nothing else.

Tim came home earlier than normal, got cleaned up and we were at Olive Garden for dinner by 4:30. We still had to wait 30 minutes to get a table since Covid restrictions only allow them to be at 50% of their occupancy limit. The food is always worth the wait...at least at the one near us. Tim had the shrimp scampi with tomatoes and asparagus over angel hair pasta. I had the baked 5-cheese ziti. We both had the Zuppa Toscano instead of salad. The best part? Leftovers to bring home!

We also stopped at Barnes & Noble. They had rearranged everything so I spent a lot of the time trying to find things. I only got one book, but I found a pair of the softest knit gloves with tech tips on the index fingers and thumbs so I can use my phone without taking off my gloves. Those were on the 50% off table.

Sunday...we hit Walmart again to get what Tim wanted for his lunches this week and I did a little bit of grocery shopping. He was going to get tires on his truck, but in the two weeks since he'd priced them, they sold out of them.

The afternoon was spent doing nothing but watching movies and napping. Megan and the kids were here for a while in the evening.

Today...I rode along with two friends and the husband of one (he did the driving) to Pittsburgh. We went to Hobby Lobby. They both had lists of things they were looking for. I didn't need anything, but found several small things that ended up coming home with me.

We had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. It was my first time there. I had such a hard time deciding what to have. These days I'm used to restaurants having much smaller menus because of Covid closures and doing most of their business as take-out. The Cheesecake Factory is still offering their full menu and it is ridiculously huge and varied. I finally settled on chicken and biscuits. Comfort food seemed a good choice on a cold day. I brought a slice of caramel apple cheesecake home with me.

The Tuesday 4

Let's talk about work!

1. What kind of work does not bother you at all?  Any kind of school work or studying. Also paperwork. I am weird. I love to do that stuff. As long as it doesn't involve math.

2. What kinds of work do bother you and why?  Any kind of home improvement that requires Tim and I to work together because he's been a boss in the construction field for as long as I've known him and he has a really hard time turning that off when he's working with me. I usually end up getting annoyed and then we either start grumping at each other or I walk away.

3. Is there a job you've had you loathed or perhaps one you loved? Why was that?  I loathed my last job. Well, I liked the work with the residents at the nursing home, but I didn't like my boss at all, the way some things were handled, and physically it was really taking a toll on my leg. I ended up in physical therapy over the summer to recover from it. As for a job I loved, I loved working in the office of a grocery store.

4. Do you have a job or kind of work you wish you were doing? What would make it attractive to you?  My dream work would be to buy and sell antiques and/or books. 

Thanks to Annie for the Tuesday 4 questions!


  1. I like doing paperwork to! I'm a stationary geek at heart :)


  2. Hi Stacy. The recipe sounds great. Thanks for sharing. I am like you - whenever I go to a Thrift Store, I buy mostly books - and I ALWAYS need more books. You are absolutely right about supporters of the POTUS. Have a good week.

  3. Stacy,

    I'm sorry to read about your friend's passing. Saying prayers for you and the family. So sad. I have never made stuffed peppers before and haven't had them in forever. My grandmother used to make this dish. I will lift your recipe to save for a future meal. :) I don't know how I feel about school work these days but when I was in school I hated it. I hear you about on how some bosses are nightmares. I like visiting antique stores but I wouldn't want to own a business. That requires so much work!

    You can find my Tuesday 4 on Curious as a Cathy. Join me when you can! ;)

  4. I'm currently reading The Radium Girls; oh my, those poor girls! I saw it on your list of books and so I checked it out through the Libby App.

    I love Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana. It's making me hungry thinking about it. lol

    Have a great day.

  5. Great recipe thanks!! Some bosses are just the worst and you wonder what makes them so mean.

  6. Wouldn't it be fun to have an antique/book store?! Yes, but only if money wasn't an issue! LOL I would buy too much inventory and then not want to sell it! Glad you had a good weekend! I haven't been to a Cheesecake Factory in over a year - probably two. We have to go to Tampa for the closest one. I just started "Where the Crawdads Sing". It is going to be a movie and I wanted to read it first! Have a good week, Stacy!

  7. Have you thought about working as a secretary at a school? I bet you would be great at that! Loved your answers! Have a nice week!


  8. I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your friend... that long fighting COVID, bless his heart giving it a fight.
    Yep... I can rarely walk out of Hobby Lobby without something needing a spot in my house

  9. Wow, a lot of good stuff to read here. I will start at the end...I would also love an antique/old book store. Antiques or vintage good stuff, not necessarily expensive antiques, but interesting OLD stuff that can be sold at a reasonable price. I also love refinishing old furniture. I've heard the cheesecake factory is good, but we don't have one anywhere near us so I've never been. Someone gave us a $50.oo gift card there one year, and I had to "regift it" to someone else who could go there. bummer! Hey, those knit tech gloves sound great. I've never seen those. I wouldn't mind having some as when we take our walks my hands are cold enough for gloves, but sometimes my phone rings and I have to answer it and have to take off my gloves. I didn't know there was such a thing...now I want a pair! Your recipe for Stuffed Peppers sounds really good. I haven't had any in a LONG time. Never thought about doing it in the crock pot. Great idea!! I am sorry to hear about your friend who died from Covid. It just keeps going on and on, doesn't it? My friend's good friend also died from it yesterday after about 3 weeks of suffering. So sad. Praying the vaccine will help stop it from continuing.

  10. I read your comment on my blog. I hope you and your husband get to
    retire too!


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