This Week’s menu.
April 2nd – 8th

Before we get to the menu I thought I’d let you know about my new ads.  I’ve switched to a new ad network.  An ad network is a place somewhere far, far away that supplies my site with advertisements so I don’t have to run around knocking on the CEO of Toyota or Mercedes door.  Ditto for the folks at Activia.  Who has time for all that knocking?

The ad network is completely different from the last one I used so it’s gonna take a week or so to get all the crinkles ironed out.  I need to figure out ad placement, and make sure none of the ads pop up and scream at you in the face.  To run video or  to not run video.  That sort of thing.  For the past 24 hours for instance I have had a weird diaper ad that mysteriously appears right over my mailbox post.  It’s not supposed to be there, I don’t want it there, but no matter how hard I try to wish it away … it remains.  Is it O.K. to call a diaper ad a wiener-face?  Seems wrong for some reason, but nonetheless true.  Oftentimes the truth, harsh though it may be, is still the truth.

O.K.  So there you go … there will be a few bumps along the way, I trust the 3 of you that read my weekly menu will pass the information along to everyone else.

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Penis who?

Meh.  I just felt like saying Penis.




Recipe Links

Chicken w/ Goat’s cheese and Roasted Red peppers

Potato Pancakes

White Trash Salad


See you all on Monday!


  1. Diane says:

    Frikadeller ?

    • Karen says:

      🙂 It’s Danish. It’s kind of like a fried meatball, only I don’t really do mine the traditional shape because they take too long to cook on the inside. It’s basically ground beef, bread or breadcrumbs soaked in milk, a bit of onion, salt and pepper all mixed up into a ball (or in my case more of a patty). Fry in pan. ~ karen!

      • Diane says:

        lol I had to Google it. Can’t wait to find out what the Fella makes!

      • Sandye says:

        My mom’s family is from Germany, where they are called Frikadellen. My father, a native Texan, couldn’t pronouce it correctly, so he renamed them. Now the entire family, including those still living in Germany, call them fricka-dickies. Ours are more pattie-like too.

    • Danielle m. says:

      I’m with you Diane! Had no clue…

      • Sandye says:

        My mother’s family is German, where they are called Frikadellen. My father, a native Texan, couldn’t pronounce it correctly, so he renamed them. Now the entire family, including those still living in Germany, call them fricka-dickies.

  2. gloria says:

    A question about ads. Do these ad wranglers send ask you what you would and would not want to appear on your page? Do you get to ok which ones? Alright, that’s two questions. I’ve always been curious about how that works. If you don’t mind my asking.

    Right now, all I see are the ones that have been on your page for a while, those neat businesses that sometimes give you very cool stuff for contest.

    But there’s also an ad for Advil. I think that’s new, right? Did they just slap that up there, or did you give the go-ahead for that? What’s the low-down? Inquiring minds, and all that.

    • Karen says:

      Gloria – How’s about I do a whole post on advertising in the very near future and explain how it all works? I know I would have benefited from that when I was new to all of this. ~ karen!

  3. gloria says:

    Ok, six, it was six questions.

  4. gloria says:

    Ooh, yes, please. I’m hopelessly naive when it comes to the heady business of commerce. Even more so when you pair it up with computers and The Internet. I’m kinda working up a cold sweat even as I type this.

    But it’s something that might be down the road for me, so anything you can explain about the subject would be greatly appreciated. Cold sweats are not attractive.

    • Karen says:

      Gloria – I’m going to say something that might make you angry towards me. I notice your last blog post was in December of 2009. You will need to at LEAST double the amount of posts you’re doing right now to get advertisers. Maybe even triple. That’s one a year. Fingers crossed for you!! ~ k

      • Bindswa says:

        That was THE nicest and THE funniest response to a comment I have seen in a long time. Heavy emphasis on nicest. You have a heart of gold Karen. And I’m not being sarcastic, I swear.

        • Marti says:

          Bindswa, Karen WISHES her heart was made of gold, but she’d have to start posting on weekends to get it to silver. (That was pretty darned funny, though!)

          So a post on advertising how-to’s and maybe one on making frikad… um, how do you spell that? Oh yeah, frikadeller. (Does it matter how I spell that since you made it up?) Is the advertising post like asking to peek behind the curtain or look inside the Magician’s hat?

  5. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    I remember your post explaining the White Trash Salad and I still chuckled when I read it on your menu board. Just saying it in my mind makes me laugh. Of course I have recently had a gin and tonic and I don’t usually drink, so that might be influencing me. But still,so much funnier than calling it Ambrosia Salad. I mean, who are we trying to kid here?

  6. gloria says:

    Angry toward you? Never. Yeah, I know that blog is a little under posted to say the least. I use it mostly as an archive for older writing samples. It’s not the blog that I would be wanting ads for. I’m thinking of starting a new one. Going in a different direction.

    Strictly in the “thinking about it” stage right now. Pulling together ideas and learning everything I can. Thanks for the crossed fingers.

  7. Mary Werner says:

    I guess I’m number 5 – better than No. 2 I guess. No offense No. 2, just meant the “other” No. 2. (Writing is very difficult!) I don’t see any other ad except the normal ones (which I have visited and like their products). And since Karen did it first and I’m basically a copy cat, tallywacker, tallywacker, tallywacker. It is very liberating to say what you know you should not HA.

  8. Sally says:

    Wait! you mean I actually have to write a blog to get advertisers? Gahh…just kill all my dreams while you’re at it, Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Sally – Well, technically only your dreams of “blog advertising” are dashed. You still have the option of writing the phone number of your local realtor or autobody shop in Sharpie on your forehead and parading around town. ~ karen!

  9. Tracy says:

    Karen, first of all, you should know that I’m pretty sure we were separated at birth. Second, YES please to the post on advertising – I’m Ontariariarian also, and the whole thing bewilders me. Unbewilder me Oh Wise One. (ps, I also have posts more recent than ’09, hoping that helps).

  10. Heather says:

    Hey Karen,

    I made those Swedish style hotdogs last night for dinner. Delish! I was a little nervous because I was feeding them to a former Montrealer who is passionate about steamies. Hotdogs can be so controversial! Anyway, thumbs up, they were a hit.


  11. mariaurora says:

    ok I clicked for the video…but I think my iPad doesnt like it cause I got nothing. So I shared it on Facebook, hopefully any clicks there will count towards your total .
    When I log in on my PC I will come back and check it out.

  12. Melissa says:

    After wondering about white trash salad – I figured it was that salad that contains iceberg lettuce, green peas, bacon and mayonnaise – I see from Lauren’s comments that it the white trash dessert I knew and loved as a kid, LOL.

  13. Melissa says:

    Oh, and I almost forgot… while I was reading this morning’s post, my 3 1/2 year old came by the computer. Seeing the picture of your room with the bookcases, she exclaimed, “Wow, that’s a pretty room.” Then she remarked on your dinner chalkboard and said, “That’s a pretty chalkboard. Wish I had one like that.” Next thing you know, she’ll be asking to go fishing with that fun lady at the top of the page 😀

  14. Lorna says:

    Yup – the diaper ad is now hovering over the comments – and I like reading the comments almost as much as the post. I haven’t had a baby in the house for more than 20 years – diaper ads are still garish aren’t they?

  15. Fella says:

    Saturday will be take out pizza.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. NO! That doesn’t count. You have to *make* something. Those are the rules. Unless you mean pizza from The Bread Bar. ~ karen

  16. Pat says:

    Ah, marshmallow salad. It was part of every community fall/fowl supper back in my youth (together with tomato aspic (sp?))and I could never believe it would be part of a turkey dinner. However, just to freak out my 16 and 20 year old, it’s going to make an appearance at Easter dinner this year. I mean look at those pastel colours! It’s so Easterish!

  17. Fella says:

    I’ll “make” my way down to the Bread Bar and pick up pizza.

    • Nancy Blue Moon says:

      Here is what you do Fella..MAKE your way to the Bread Bar..MAKE them MAKE a pizza for you..MAKE your way back home..then MAKE Karen eat it..after you eat you could MAKE her clean up cause you are so tired from MAKING everything..HA!!!

  18. Since I’m a fairly new reader I had to click on the link for White Trash Salad to see what it was. It took me right back to the sixties and I can’t believe that all those readers had never heard of it! (by it’s “other” name, lol) Every special dinner, every church supper, every meal made up for someone, HAD to include ambrosia. White Trash Salad is the perfect name for it and I’d be really interested in seeing how it could possibly be updated without losing that sweet, trashy taste.
    And just BTW, the ad I’m getting is Alvin and the Chipmunks. I’m quite pleased with that targeting; usually I get weight loss ads.

  19. Barbie says:

    Enjoying the go between you and the fella this morning lol

  20. shauna says:

    Ha, I’m getting an Activia ad & funny enough I’m having tummy issues today. Would love a post on advertising, but my guess is the reason I don’t make anything from my ads is I simply don’t post content on a regular basis. Need to get more serious & have more time in order to do all that. Job, husband, kid, cats & chickens take up most of my time;-)

  21. Laura says:

    This is the only blog I read (and I read lots!) where the comments are almost as much fun as the post.

  22. Kim says:

    I was going to nicely ask you to post some pictures of the fella in the kitchen next Saturday but maybe we’ll have to settle for pictures of him as the pizza delivery man…..please? 🙂

  23. Chris Todd says:

    Thought about you last Saturday, as I stood in line at the end of the Swedish Maze and watched the line-up at the hot dog stand. It was like everyone read your blog and decided to try one before they left. The place was actually closing so I decided your idea was better and picked up the necessary items. Enjoyed every unhealthy bite and then I put the Swedish chair covers on to prevent my two newly adopted rescue cat from shredding new chairs. Now all is right again!!

  24. Caroline says:

    I love frikadeller! We have it at Christmas in memory of my Danish stepdad who passed away a few years ago! I just might add it to my menu for next week – thanks!

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