Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lazy Isn't What It Once Was: August Poetry

Another month has passed us by,
since my last dismal poetry try.
Monthly Poetry group and I,
chose Lazy as our theme {{sigh}}.

My poem's below, that much is true,
though I want to just mention to you, 
If lazy, I were to follow through,
I'd stop right now, let this much do.

But I won't (sorry).

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If Lazy is as lazy does,
and lazy were as it once was,
I'd lounge in a hammock picking belly button fuzz,
listening to bees and flies as they buzz.

But lazy's different, this I know,
kids crush relaxation like a tornado.
Responsibilities, bills we owe,
relaxation hits an all time low.

Cook and they'll refuse to eat,
bake and they'll demolish that treat.
Each day there's laundry, wash, dry, repeat,
lazy's got a permanent back seat. 

Garden Vegetable, Ham and Twice Baked Potato Casserole starts with sautéed vegetables, layered with cooked ham and topped with mashed potatoes. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner

Garden Vegetable, Ham and Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Garden Vegetable, Ham and Twice Baked Potato Casserole starts with sautéed vegetables, layered with cooked ham and topped with mashed potatoes. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner

Even after those kids have grown, 
they'll wait til your birthday, then break a bone.
To speeding tickets, they'll remain prone,
still blowing through your life like a damn cyclone.
Getting old, it truly sucks, 
more rest needed . . . and more bucks.
And now I need a few nips and tucks,  
yeah, I'm one of those poor schmucks.

But back to lazy, I'm here to say,
don't put it off, lay down and sway.
This problem and that, they're here to stay,
seems lazy can actually save the day.

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends:
Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares Lazy No More
Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares Lazy
Diane of On the Border shares Training My Lazy.

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Garden Vegetable, Ham and Twice Baked Potato Casserole

1 TBSP olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large zucchini, rinsed, dried, ends removed and sliced
1 large yellow squash, rinsed, dried, ends removed and sliced
2 beefsteak tomatoes, rinsed, dried, cored cut in half and then sliced
salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
2 TBSP seasoned bread crumbs 
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1# cooked breakfast ham steak, chopped  3 potatoes
4 TBSP butter
1/4 cup half and half
salt and pepper to taste
1 green onion, chopped

NOTE: I often make this recipe in smaller baking dishes for individual servings 

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8 X 10 casserole dish.
*Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, zucchini and summer squash. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to taste. Cook and stir until they are still crisp but start to soften. Add the tomato and cook one more minute. Remove from heat, drain the pan, then mix in the bread crumbs.
*Place the vegetables evenly into the bottom of your casserole dish. Top with the mozarella cheese, then sprinkle with the chopped ham. 
*Rinse the potatoes and pat dry. Pierce multiple times with a fork, place on microwave safe plate and cook for 5 minutes. Turn potato over and microwave for 5 more minutes. Pierce to be sure they're soft and if not, return to microwave and cook at 2 minute intervals until they are. Remove from microwave and slice in half.
*Protecting your hands, remove the potato from the skin and discard skin. Mash the potato with the butter, half and half, salt and pepper. Mix in the green onion. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the ham in the casserole dish. Sprinkle with paprika to taste.
*Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until hot and the potatoes are browning.


  1. Replies
    1. Yes! Now if I can only put my money where my mouth is . . .

  2. Yum!!! I want that dish.
    Great poem as always.

  3. I liked Lazy and not just because I am lazy

    1. I don't know about you being lazy, Jo-Anne, you seem to keep pretty busy to me.

  4. Such a good reminder. The things can wait!

    1. Easier to figure out in retrospect than when you're overwhelmed with those things, though.


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