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Mom’s Popeye Patties

My mom’s in town for the weekend and I asked her to help me make something that I loved as a kid and continue to love well into my adult life. Here’s her recipe for what we called “Popeye Patties” and this recipe should serve six (or three and a very hungry/reminiscent Ted):


  • 1 lb ground beef (I prefer 93/7 and I suppose you could use turkey if you really wanted to, but it would come out dry if you ask me)
  • 1 box frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (condensed is fine)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • cooked egg noodles or rice (optional)

Heat a pan with olive or vegetable oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Combine the hamburger, spinach, egg, and cheese in a bowl and make them into patties and then dredge them in the flour. Put the dredged patties in the pan and brown them on each side. Once browned, place the patties in an oven-safe container (9×9 baking pan or lasagna pan) and bake for 30 minutes.

After you’ve browned all of the patties, take the pan off the burner and let cool for a few minutes. Once cool, combine the cream of mushroom soup and one can’s worth of water into the pan and mix with the left over drippings from the patties.

When the 30 minutes have elapsed, pour the gravy made from the cream of mushroom soup and drippings over the patties, making sure that you cover the patties with the gravy as well. Continue baking for 10-15 minutes.

While I prefer to cover egg noodles with the patties and gravy and eat them that way, you could just as easily serve with, or over, rice.

Rest In Peace Auntie Gerry

Gerry and Claire

My great Aunt Geraldine Julia Shackleton passed away at the age of 89 today. Above is a picture of the last time I got to visit with her, four years ago. She was the only remaining person who called me “Teddy” without my getting upset and, as it turns out, she called me that because she knew it bothered me. That was Gerry’s personality, always trying to get under your skin but in a very loving way.

The world is a lesser place with her passing. Thanks for being there Gerry, even though we didn’t talk often, I always loved talking to you and spending time with you. May you rest in peace. Give Popo a kiss and a hug for me.


Posted on September 4, 2009, 22:13 By
1 comment Categories: family
Happy Easter!


…from my beautiful niece Maddie.

An Update on my Mom, from Mom

Many of you have been asking how my mom’s been dealing with her cancer and sending her your thoughts and prayers and they’re all appreciated. I got an email from mom today that I thought I’d share with you all. (Any emphasis is mine.)

Art and I have been home for 3 wks after 90 days in Seattle. I survived the transplant and all the poking and prodding after the fact and am doing very well. My doc here (Dr. Jafari) was thrilled to see me 2 wks ago and again yesterday, no more than we were glad to see him. All my #s are good and seem to be getting better, including my pesky liver function which is finally normal. My diagnosis was 1 year ago today and with any luck I have at least 20 more yrs!

Some of you have known me all or most of my life but I have known all of you for many years. I just have to tell you, and I KNOW you will all appreciate the irony: Jafari said I need to GAIN 10#s! I have waited all my life to have a doc say that to me! And Art was a witness! Having fought The Battle all my life, I nearly fell off the chair when he said that. But believe it or not am really am too thin. I have dropped almost 70#, not trying, just due to the therapies and treatments and this pesky metallic taste as my taste buds revive.

I will go back to work in the Fall, part-time again, but cannot go to see Junior play ball at Safeco this summer as I have to avoid crowds. Bummer. We do have some travel plans for summer, some driving, some flying. . .we had to cancel our Christmas trip to Hawaii, so hope to go in July, and we have a grandbaby’s 1st b’day July 3. (And a new one coming in Sept!!)

Are you bored yet? Well, I am done. . .thank you all for your love, support, friendship and prayers. I could not have done it without you!! Love to all

Happy Birthday Claire!

Claire is four years old today. How did this:
baby Claire

Turn into this:
Claire today

In such a short time? It seems like she was just born!

Happy birthday Bear, I love you sweetie!

I’m not really in a very good place right now…

So, with that in mind, I apologize for the stream-of-consciousness that is about to come spilling out right now but I need to write it down somewhere so I can get it out of my system and move forward.

I talked to my mom tonight about her situation and it’s getting a bit grim, with a (hopefully) silver lining.

After talking with her doctor and specialists at the Univ. of Washington Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, she’s going to be going through some very harrowing treatment over the next few months.

They’re going to extract stem cells from her since she’s currently in remission and then give her chemotherapy to destroy all of her bone marrow. Once the marrow has been destroyed and starts to re-grow, they’re going to re-introduce the extracted stem cells to her system to help it produce healthy cancer-free white blood cells.

That might not sound so bad when you just read it, but it’s bad. She’ll basically be in isolation, boy-in-the-bubble style, for three to four weeks while she’s without marrow/infection-fighting white blood cells. As a bonus, it’ll be during Christmas so she and dad won’t be going to Hawaii after all. Fuck.

On top of that, it’s not like she’ll just be able to walk out of isolation and resume her normal life afterward, she’s going to be very susceptible to infection and disease for months after that. All told, she’s looking at six months of little-to-no contact with anyone.

All she wanted to do was see my daughters before she started treatment, but can’t risk getting sick now.

I’m in a really bad place. She told me tonight that this treatment should add another five years to her life. Should. Should.

All she kept asking me is if I was OK.

I don’t know what else to say, so I’m done for now.


Posted on November 13, 2008, 21:26 By
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Today, I’m Embarassed to be a Californian

Proposition 8 has passed. Not officially, but with 99.5% of the ballots read and a 400,000+ vote margin, it’s a done deal. Nail in the coffin of equality for all to marry.

What really pisses me off is the completely underhanded way the “pro-traditional marriage” people spun the issue, that they’d start teaching gay “butt sex” marriage in our schools and forcing our kids to know how dudes got it on.

Really? REALLY?!

Fucking liars.

Look, Prop 8 would actually amend the California State Constitution so it’s what would make changes, not the other way around. This leads me to a (rhetorical) question: Are they teaching our kids about gay “butt sex” in our schools now? No? Really? Why he hell are they arguing that point then?

Fucking liars.

Let’s call a spade a spade here, shall we? They want Prop 8 to pass because they don’t like “the Gays.” That’s what it’s all about, so don’t lie. “Homosexuality is an abomination towards God.” Really? There are so many counter-arguments I could make but won’t. I’ll just make mention of the wishes of our Founding Fathers, the separation of Church and State. You keep your religious views out of my government-funded whatever and I’ll keep my government-funded whatever out of your church. Deal? No?

Fucking hypocrites.

I am ashamed of California, and ashamed to call myself a Californian today. I should be dancing around like a fool today, what with Barack Obama’s election as President, but I’m not. I feel dirty because ignorant, bigoted fools don’t want to share marriage with “the Gays.”


Headed for the Hospital this morning

Jen and I are headed for the hospital in Antioch in a few minutes to have the baby induced. I’ll try to update this real-time (or as real-time as I can) but will be updating my TWITTER FEED more often I think so keep your eyes on that too.

Posted on July 2, 2008, 07:14 By
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So, it’s been a while since I’ve updated this site so I thought I’d sort of recap what’s going on in my life:

My Mom’s Cancer: She’s reacting VERY well to her chemo. She had her fifth of six chemo treatments yesterday (6/25/2008). Her doc is very excited about her treatment and doesn’t expect that the cancer will rear its ugly head again. Pure speculation at this point, but he keeps telling her that she’s the “perfect cancer patient.” Mom and Dad are flying down this Saturday to spend a few days with us and (hopefully) baby Lauren. (See below)

Baby #2: Lauren was due 6/21 and it’s now the 26th. If she doesn’t come naturally by June 2nd, we’re going in to induce at 9:00 AM. I’m taking the next three weeks off of work to stay at home with Jen, Claire, and baby Lauren.

I’ve been using Twitter waaaay more than blogging recently so if you wanna see what I’ve been up to, check it out.

Posted on June 26, 2008, 15:56 By
1 comment Categories: blogging, family, home
Congrats to Kishore and Amy!

Priya Jayaswal was born at 11:06 PM last night after her mommy’s water broke at 1:00 PM yesterday afternoon.

7 lbs, 10 ozs. 19 3/4 inches tall.

Mommy and baby are doing well according to Amy’s sister.

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