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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall Outside My Window

Hello my friends,
yesterday was very windy, so I went outside with my camera and got a few good photos before all the leaves were on the ground.

Do you see the golden leafed tree outside my kitchen window?  

It's my crabapple tree, isn't it a beauty?

My Mountain Ash is showing all of it's colours, too.

My Mountain Ash has the prettiest colours on our street, I think.

There's a lot of work piling up in my back yard, but it'll have to wait for a week or so. I have just cut out a quilt for my daughter Carolyn's' Christmas present. I will be busy!

With the chilly weather comes the craving for comfort foods. Casseroles filled with carbs seem to fix the craving for us. So I have a recipe for you.

Do you eat perogies? 
What are perogies? They are a dough dumpling stuffed with a filling such as potato or cheese, typically served with onions or sour cream.
Most of my American friends have never heard of them, but if you're in Canada, then you have no doubt heard of them and even tried them. Perhaps, you even make them.
I love perogies, and homemade ones are the best by far, but it takes a lot of time to make them.
I found this recipe a few years ago and we love it.

Lazy Boy Perogies

6 - 8 Lasagna Noodles
6 cups mashed potatoes
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups cheddar cheese
Salt to taste
2 tbsp butter
1 cup onion, chopped
8 pieces of bacon, chopped up in one inch pieces

Cook noodles, drain them.
Line bottom of greased 9 x 13 pan with cooked noodles.
In a large bowl mix mashed potatoes, cheese, sour cream and salt.
Put one layer over noodles.
Put second layer of noodles over top.
Saute onion and bacon in butter until done.
Spoon over noodles. Cover with a sprinkling of cheese.
Lightly cover with foil and bake at 350 deg. for 30 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
Makes 8 servings.
Serve with sour cream.

It may not taste exactly like perogies, but it's a delicious and easy substitute.  I put even more onions and bacon on the top of the casserole.
I serve Farmer Sausage and vegetables with this. Fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden are the perfect accompaniment.

I'm eating leftovers for breakfast as I type this... so delicious!!!

Enjoy your week!

Hugs, Cindy

My Geraniums are still in full bloom. The Impatiens in the flower boxes froze a couple of weeks ago. You can see the Mountain Ash to the right, so pretty!


Betty said...

Beautiful clours both outside and inside. I like your string of flags.
Your recipe looks delicious and easy. I will try it sometime.

podso said...

Just love your windows and the views outside them! You are way ahead of us, of course. No color here at all and just a few stray leaves falling here and there. Your recipe looks yummy. When our weather gets cool again (we've had a hot spell) out will come the soup pot!

Thanks for your sweet comments on my post!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your trees are gorgeous. I love orange and yellow and gold leaves in fall. The recipe sounds soo good. Thanks for sharing it. My impatiens are still thriving! We haven't had frost yet here. It going to be 20C again today too. I love this weather in October. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Cindy! Blessings, Pam

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

The trees are glorious. I also love the blue, blue sky in the last picture.
Pierogies - yes! My hubby is Polish/Lithuanian.
Comfort food, indeed!

Rebecca said...

I've GOT to try Pierogies! Your recipe sounds SO good.

I'm especially enjoying the yellows this year. (Some years I'm more entranced by the reds or the oranges or the bronze, etc. but THIS year - the YELLOWS!) Husband and I traveled about an hour away today and I jotted some notes about the variants I observed: "shape, density, shades, size...." I'm going to try to get some pictures when we're not going 60 miles per hour :) (Hopefully before all the leaves are down!)


Gorgeous pics and comfort food. Fabulous!


Gail said...

Beautiful pictures of your trees Cindy! I have one tree in my yard that is beautiful and the others are just starting to show signs of fall. I have never heard of Pierogies! It sure does look and sound yummy! I'm going to pin this and will have to try it sometime. I heard that tomorrow is your Thanksgiving.....Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hugs, Gail

Anonymous said...

Your trees are beautiful! Ours haven't changed much, so far. The sassafras and ash trees are changing and pretty. Really didn't think there would be much color this year, because of the drought.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your autumn foliage is so beautiful! We still have a way to go here as it has not been too cold as yet.

I LOVE perogies! My maternal grandmother was Ukrainian, and made the best perogies! I think I will also love your east to do recipe, Cindy. It does save a lot of work! Thanks for passing this recipe one to us.

Faye Henry said...

Looks so beautiful, Cindy.. Will you take your geraniums inside? So pretty...
Happy Thanksgiving, my friend..

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I was introduced to perogies by my m-i-l years ago (she's from Russia) and we would eat them fried in a bit of bacon grease with some onion, too...yummy! I haven't had them in years. It's funny that you should post about your lazy boy version as I just saw a recipe for them today in one of my cookbooks!! LOL Great minds think alike, huh?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Cindy, I don't know that I've ever tried one. But they look yummy. And I love your shots of fall foliage! GORGEOUS!

I emailed you, but I got some sort of weird notice. You might want to see if I ended up somehow in your SPAM filter. It sounded threatening what I got in return, so I was a little afraid to open it. LOL! It wasn't from you, but it appeared to be your server.



Shelia said...

Hi Cindy! Oh, you do have beautiful autumn colors at your house. Love your view out of your window. I'm one who's never heard of perogies but they sound good! I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Thanks so much for popping in to see me and you're always a sweetie,
shelia ;)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

The views out your windows are stunning Cindy!! My mom is Slovak so I grew up eating perogies, LOVE THEM!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Marina Pérez said...

beautiful, there are places in the world where it must be easy to live...and I think you are in one of those places

Bluebells and Lavender said...

Hi Cindy, this is a beautiful time of year! Your home and autumn trees look so beautiful...I love seeing all the leaves scattered on the ground...have not heard of perogies, but might try and recipe, thanks for sharing and have a lovely Autumn day! Sharon

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Cindy! I am going to try again. In the other post, you had "CA" so maybe that was it. I'm not sure. It was very threatening whatever I got. LOL!

Anyhow, I will try this one, and I'm going to delete the post from you with the correct one because I don't want a spambot to pick it up if it's trolling blogs. Now, I act like I know what I'm talking about, but I probably don't. Still I want to protect you. LOL!

Just be on the lookout for an email from me. Thanks!



Anne said...

Your windows are GORGEOUS!!! I so love the colours of fall... and all the fabulous food that goes with them!

Yummy perogies, mail me some :)


daisypetals said...

The trees are just beautiful! My family is on vacation, so I hope to go home to some amazing color in my yard! I have never had a perogie? Sounds delicious. I long for cool weather and comfort food! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

cuori e perline said...

beautiful fall colours

French Kissed said...

So jealous of your changing leaves...we will eventually see a few here but nothing like the 3rd photo of the tree thru the window...gorgeous!!!


oldthings said...

Dear Cindy
Inside and outside your home is wonderful ! The tree looks like a gold tree ! I wish to you a happy autumn !

Rhonda said...

good morning Cindy
your fall pictures are beautiful, some of your cold Canadian air is sweeping down to OK for the earliest frost ever that is expected tonight.
I have never ate perogies but have seen them on TV cooking shows and they look delicious.
your casserole looks really yummy, truly a carb lovers perfect meal.

you better get to sewing on the quilt!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That Mountain Ash is so beautiful! I'll have to see if it grows well here since I like the size and I need some trees for along the side of my fence.

I'm so happy casserole/soup/stew weather is finally here. Summer was so hot we were living on salads!

Brittany said...

Beautiful pics, Cindy! I really love your colorful pennant banner on the white window - so pretty =) Happy fall to you!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Your photographs are absolutely amazing! I love the colors in the trees! Thanks for sharing....and for the yummy recipe, too!


Julie Harward said...

Hi there, your perogies look so yummy! Love your trees, nothing as pretty as Autumn if you ask me. You are so blessed to have the trees right outside your window like that! :)


What a gorgeous window from your house and the tree outside, in fall color leaves is stunning!! The perogis look yummy, I haven't had one in ages! Happy weekend, my friend.

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Cindy,
Beautiful Fall photos! What a pretty view from your window. I'm going to have to try your recipe for perogies-perfect for the cool weather and carb cravings that come with it!

Pamela said...

We love perogies and I have to copy this recipe. My husband will love it. Your home is so beautiful. I love looking at every special piece.

Ana said...

Hello my dear friend...just wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. Sending lots of hugs.

Much love,

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, I love seeing your colorful trees. We have a bakery that sells dinners to go and they have the best perogies. I only recently tried them and I am hooked! Thanks for this cool weather recipe. Have a blessed Sunday.