Most of us look forward to the weekend. It’s a time to unwind, do something fun, or hang around the house. Friday’s were never fun for me. That was my housecleaning day. I am not fond of cleaning. One of lives necessary evils. I think I hated it so much because when our son was young, before his third birthday, he was diagnosed with histoplasmosis. That’s a fungus in your lungs. In fact out of five of us, we all had it.
Eastern Tennessee is noted for this disease. We lived on a farm next to a river where the fungus liked the moist soil. We also had chickens and there were pigeons in town, lots of pigeons. When my son was diagnosed, there were six others we knew of who had the same disease. We lived in a town of less than 5,000 so you do the math. Not good figures.
On those Fridays I had to wash down the walls, mop the floors, clean the windows, wash the curtains, and air the beds. Yes, it was hard work, but we made it. After six years, he was deemed “cured.” Then I slacked down on my cleaning. I still love a clean house, but I don’t air the house out anymore, nor do I wash the curtains each week.
I will be cleaning today. Friday’s are also grocery shopping. We’ll honor our graduates Sunday with a covered dish dinner after morning services. I’ll have to cook. What’s my favorite dish to fix? Poppy Seed Chicken. This is my go-to dish for these occasions. The bowl is scraped clean each Sunday after our covered dish meal. Thankfully we only do them once or twice a month. I have a simple recipe, only a few ingredients. I’d love to share below.
Poppy Seed Chicken
3-4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
16 oz sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup (sometimes I use cream of onion to be different)
Mix the above together and put in a 9×13 dish,
Crumble 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers
1/4 cup butter melted
1-2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
Mix these three ingredients together and sprinkle on top of chicken mixture
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes
This is good to eat over rice.