So, then, last Thursday Tom and I drove to Seaford, Delaware to spend a few days visiting my 96-year-old mother,
My fear was that my camera would give up the ghost entirely any minute now, and I awarded myself a big HUYA (see post from 5/9/2015) for being dumb enough to leave a brand new camera still in the box sitting at home.
Still, I kept my fingers crossed for the next couple of days I and managed to take lots of pictures in spite of the recalcitrant shutter button and non-working zoom-out. I took mostly pictures of my mom, of the things we did and the people and places we visited. I took pictures from our Friday night dinner at my brother and sister-in-law's house where they made the most delicious home-made chicken pot-pie, mashed potato casserole and corn bread.
Those pictures are, alas, among the lost, but I did get the super-easy recipes from my sister-in-law, which I share, pictureless, below:
CHICKEN POT PIE
COOKED CHICKEN PIECES
2 CANS CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP
1 CAN CHICKEN BROTH
ONE BAG OF HANOVER FROZEN VEGETABLES
PILLSBURY PIE CRUST
MIX CHICKEN,SOUP, BROTH AND VEGGIES TOGETHER
POUR INTO GREASED 9X13 INCH CASSEROLE DISH
ROLL OUT PIE CRUST WITH ROLLING PIN AND PLACE ON TOP OF DISH TO COVER INGREDIENTS
BAKE: 350 DEGREES FOR ONE HOUR and 5MINS OR UNTIL MIXTURE IS BUBBLING AND CRUST IS
MASHED POTATO CASSEROLE*
5 LB RED SKINNED POTATOES
1- (8 OZ) CREAM CHEESE (OPTIONAL)
1- (8 OZ) SOUR CREAM
SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE
ONE STICK MELTED BUTTER
2 CUPS SHREDDED CHEESE
ADD WHOLE MILK FOR DESIRED TEXTURE
WASH, COOK AND DRAIN POTATOES. DO NOT PEEL.
MASH POTATOES AND ADD SOUR CREAM, BUTTER, SALT, PEPPER AND
MILK. (OPTIONAL TO ADD SOUR CREAM)
ADD SHREDDED CHEESE LAST TO POTATOES AND BLEND SHREDDED
CHEESE INTO POTATO MIXTURE. ADD MORE MILK IF NEEDED, TO CREATE
PLACE INTO GREASED 9X13 INCH BAKING DISH.
TOP WITH EXTRA SHREDDED CHEESE, AS DESIRED.
MAY COOK IMMEDIATELY OR REFRIGERATED OVERNIGHT. IF
REFRIGERATING OVERNIGHT, THE DAY OF THE DINNER, BRING TO ROOM
TEMP FOR AT LEAST ONE HR BEFORE BAKING. BAKE, UNCOVERED,
AT 350 DEGREES FOR AT LEAST 30-40 MINUTES OR UNTIL HEATED
IF DOUBLING RECIPE, YOU MAY NEED TO ADD MORE COOKING TIME,
UNTIL POTATOES ARE COOKED THROUGH AND TOP IS BROWNED
CORN BREAD RECIPE
2 BOXES CORN MUFFIN MIX
2 SMALL CANS CREAMED CORN OR ONE 14 OZ CAN CREAMED CORN
16 OZ SOUR CREAM
1 ¼ STICK MELTED BUTTER
MIX INGREDIENTS IN A LARGE BOWL. POUR INTO A GREASED 9 X 13 INCH PAN. BAKE AT 400 DEGREES
FOR 30-45 MINUTES (UNTIL TOOTH PICK IN CENTER COMES OUT CLEAN). COOL AND CUT INTO SERVING PIECES
What happened was that when I returned from Walmart I removed the memory card
However it wasn't until Monday during our drive back to Columbus when I pulled out my camera to look over my photographs, as I'm always doing, that I saw to my shock that I no longer had over 7400 pictures. There were only a few dozen pictures left, those I took since removing the memory card from the blue camera and returning it to the pink one.
And that's all I really know.
Where did my pictures go? When I thought I was deleting one picture was I in fact deleting thousands? If that's what happened, how did it happen?
(Sigh) Don't know.
In truth, I guess I feel less sadness over losing those thousands of pictures from the past year - after all, the best ones are saved on my blog - as losing the ones I took on this last visit to my 96-year-old mother.
Who knows if I'll get a chance to take another?