Scalloped Potatoes, plus mouse 2

Listen folks, I’ve got a huge dog who’s supposed to guard and protect me.  I guess that works since no one’s attacked me.  Then I have a cat.  Cat’s are supposed to keep your feet warm at night and keep mice out of the house.  My last post gave you an idea of how effective that’s been.  We’re now into Day 2 of “The Mouse Incident”.  I really didn’t think I’d be seeing “Jerry” again but as I was getting a cup of coffee in the kitchen, I heard sounds of a scurfuffle in the family room and found this going on around Lola’s toy tub (notice the little ADHD at around 25 second mark):

I figured we’d be done with the mouse in a few minutes so I had my coffee, got on the computer, did a load of laundry… oh ’bout 2 hours later it was finally quiet so I went in to the pantry to get the dust pan.  And found this…

Wait for it….

Really?

Moe’s taking a lunch break while his new best friend is trying to get into a bag of birdseed that’s in a canvas bin.  Figuring I’d take care of things, I grabbed the dust pan and broom which scared Jerry who fell into the bin.  Aha!  Got you trapped you lil varmit!  Just as I was about to trap him under the dust pan, he popped out onto Moe’s butt.  Seriously – Moe turned his head with a “just a minute willya – I’m still eating”.  Of course Jerry went back into the baseboard as soon as I got close.  And now we’re into Day 4… but let’s move on to the scalloped potatoes.

Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes

4      Potatoes, large, peeled
2      Very large Vildalia or white onions
5      Tablespoons butter (start with 3 TBL, add more to thicken)
2      Tablespoons flour
2      Cups milk
1/4   Cup cream
1/2   Cup parmesan cheese, grated
Paprika, salt, pepper, chopped parsley

– Thinly slice potatoes and onions then boil together in large pot until just slightly tender.
– Melt butter in saucepan.  Stir in flour with a sprinkling of paprika, pepper, and salt until smooth.  Blend in milk and cream, stirring over medium heat until sauce starts to thicken.  Add parmesan, continue to stir until well blended and smooth.
– In a greased casserole dish, layer 1/2 potato/onions.  Sprinkle a little chopped parsley, then spoon sauce on top.  Add second layer of potato/onions and cover with remaining sauce.
– Bake uncovered at 375° for about 1/2 hour, until top is browned.  Sprinkle with more chopped parsley.

Ask cat how the mousing’s coming along.

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10 thoughts on “Scalloped Potatoes, plus mouse 2

  1. Ok, I’ve read Part 2 and watched the video. Mr. Foodie is here in the office with me and I went back and shared Part 1 with him then re-watched Part 2. I’ve laughed so hard I have tears streaming down my face. I’m sorry you have a mouse in the house but it sure makes for some funny stuff on my end!! And I can’t get the “galump, galump, galump” of Lola bounding down the stairs out of my head. Then sticking her face in the cabinet wondering if she can help. Because she really has no clue as to what’s going on she reminds me of the Bugs Bunny cartoon with the Abominable Snowman…”I will hug him and squeeze him and name him George”…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JlVqfC8-UI

    Lola: Hey Moe, whatcha got going on down here?
    Moe: Screw off. I’m mouse hunting.
    Lola: But Moe, he’s so little and cute.
    Moe: Little and cute my ass…he’s my entertainment and when I’m ready will be my Amuse Bouche.
    Lola: You named him Amuse Bouche?
    Moe: No you big overgrown ball of slobbering fur.
    Lola: Oh, well I would name him George and I would hug him and squeeze him and pet him and love him.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Aw man, I surely hope Lola doesn’t adopt this guy although I just saw him a minute ago & he really is cute. Moe’s catching up on his zzzz’s so Jerry was eating out of his dish when I walked by. John just put one of those little box traps that doesn’t kill them, down in the pantry. I heard a squeak & Jerry had set it off but wasn’t inside so now he’s back up in the baseboard. Okaaaay… John just set 2 traps. He’s got to at least fall into one of them & then John can walk him down to the end of the street – no harm no foul. Chances are, he’ll beat John back to the house no problem.
      As for Lola, she’s curious & about as helpful as that Abominable Snowman (thanks for that btw, love it). I remember once taking Lola out w/a friend & her German Shepard. My friend tosses snowballs & the Shepard’s catching every single one in his mouth. Lola’s bouncing all over the place – “hey-toss me some”… I lob one over her head & splat – right between the eyes! “hey, hey toss me one I got it I got it…” Toss another one – splat right between the eyes! She no got it & never did. Alas….

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    • Even in times of war, soldiers lay down their arms to have lunch…or something like that I think. I’m guessing that neither one of these guys was too serious about the whole thing. Moe probably just assumed it was like one of his toy mice – always going to be there when he feels like playing.

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