Monkey Goulash and Kiddles

Thirty…30…little empty minded yet sighted sock monkeys laying on the floor…

started out with 6 chopped up pairs of socks and before long I had chopped up just about ALL the knee highs and over the calf socks I had in my bin-o-leg-wear-4-beasties…now all I have to do is stuff them, adding a squeaker or rattle to most, sew on the appendages and squashy mouths, embroider some lips…add the needed buttons, pom-poms and ribbon…then WA LA…many a box of sock monkeys to send to Operation Sock Monkey…there may be a few left over for assorted gift giving…so be ready to get a monkey this year! Whew 30…September 9th 2012



OK I’m not Hungarian, and have never encountered a recipe for realistic goulash, so here’s my approximate contemplation of not even close to the real thing!



2 pounds 93% lean ground beef

1 pound sliced mushrooms

1 small onion chopped

1 celery heart chopped

Simmer all of the above until the beef is browned through, drain off grease.  Add to the below in 1 big crock pot set on low:

2 jars 23.75 Prego chunky garden combo spaghetti sauce

1 can 14.5 ounce stewed tomatoes

1 can 2.25 ounce sliced black olives, drained

¼ cup frozen spinach

This will be very soupy to start with…


Simmer for 8 hours in the crock pot set on low, stir hourly, watch for scalding


When the mushrooms are totally done and yummy, boil a box of rigatoni according to the box, drain off water, do not rinse, stir into meaty sauce mixture in the crock pot.  Serve with a dash of parmesan cheese…have an extra jar of spaghetti sauce on hand if you’re going to make this batch last more than one meal…the pasta will tend to dry out the sauce in the crock pot.


This massive amount will feed a hungry family of 4 for 2 meals.

Shamus begging for Goolash…what a beggar! September 9th 2012

Jazmin’s really long hair! September 9th 2012

Squinty Olivia trouncing about Jim’s knees September 9th 2012

Careful Olivia will get you! September 9th 2012

Oliver – SLAYER September 9th 2012

Olivia wants to try her hand at photography…I think not at the moment September 9th 2012


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