It’s official. Tater tots are the solution to all of life’s problems.
Overwhelmed with school/work? Eat some tater tots. Annoyed with people who really aren’t even worth your annoyance? Tater tots. Depressed because you know things will never work out between you and Christian Bale? Tots. Although, even if he wasn’t married and a dad, he’s too angsty for me. And I don’t do well with angsty people, in case you wanted to know.
Tater tots also help when you realize that you haven’t finished a book in over 6 months. In my defense, I’ve started many, many books. I just haven’t finished them. Crime & Punishment? Too depressing. Pride & Prejudice? I’m still working on that one… Dracula? *psh* Why bother? I only like books that have an ampersand in their name. Did you know that the “&” thingie is called an ampersand? I didn’t until the other day. Probably because I’m an illiterate loser. But do you know how to fix illiterateness and loserness? Join Goodreads.
I joined it the other day. It’s the 3rd social networking site I’ve joined! Woohoo! Pinterest, Twitter, and now Goodreads. Sadly, after joining them I didn’t attain the “coolness” I had anticipated I would. And really, the only reason I joined twitter is because Pinterest required a twitter account to register. Aaannnddd that’s why I’m not “popular”. That and I also have a bit of an obsession with quotation marks and ampersands as of late. I enjoy punctuation, ok?! Jeez.
But now that I’ve joined Goodreads (is that one word or two? Good Reads? Goodreads? I’m confused), I’ve realized that most of the books that I’ve read and enjoyed are children’s books. With the exception of The Giver and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, the rest of the books that I rated “5 stars” (see? Who doesn’t love quotation marks?) were classics like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Giving Tree, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I worry about myself sometimes.
I should probably tell you what all these pictures are of. Or maybe I won’t! BUAHHAHAHAHA. No, I’m joking. They’re all pictures of the Tater Tot Casserole I made yesterday. Meat? Yum. Cheese? Yum. Tater tots? YUM. Broccoli? *awkward silence* Ummm, I’m still learning how to appreciate certain foods. Like broccoli. And onions. And pretty much everything that isn’t deep fried and/or covered in chocolate and/or made with bacon. Ooooh, bacon. Off topic, but I really love bacon.
Oh, and when you realize that Christian Bale isn’t even on Twitter? Eat some tots to numb the pain. Christian “The Love of My Life” Bale isn’t on Twitter, but the dumb Kardashians are? *sigh* It’s a messed up world we live in, people.
Tater Tot Casserole
1 pound ground beef
1/2 of a medium onion, chopped
1 (10.75 ounce) can Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 cups frozen Tater Tots
1. Cook beef and onion in a skillet over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink, stirring to break up meat. Spoon out grease.
2. Stir soup and Worcestershire sauce into skillet. Spoon beef mixture into 12×8-inch shallow baking dish. Cover with tater tots
3. Bake at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes or until potatoes are done.
Forget about Stalker Sunday? I know I did. But luckily Tia didn’t :)
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/4 c. canned pumpkin
1/4 c. oil
1 t. vanilla
2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
2 t. ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
8 oz. light cream cheese – softened
1 T. sugar
3/4 c. flaked coconut
1/4 c. chopped pecans – toasted if desired
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 t. ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, eggs, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla.
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well.
Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, egg, and sugar until smooth. Drop tablespoonfuls over batter; cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.