Saturday, September 12, 2015

Classic Hamburger Pie and Star Wars Force Friday Nostalgia

Last weekend we had a really fun time with all of the buzz around the new Star Wars movie that will be coming out this coming December. I was a huge Star Wars fan as a child.  I was a child in the 70's and 80's when all of the original Star Wars movies were being released, and my kids were children when the three prequel movies came out. I am really looking forward to the new movie - Star Wars - The Force Awakens, which if I read correctly, takes place something like 30 years after The Return of the Jedi. So when I heard about various stores hosting Force Friday, the midnight release of the new toys and merchandise for the new Star Wars movie, I knew I wanted to check out all the new Star Wars things.

I decided to go to the Toys R Us midnight Force Friday event, and it turned out really fun. There were lots of people waiting in line, and at midnight everyone entered Toys R Us to see all the new toys. I was most excited to check out the new Micro Machine play sets, Micro Machines were popular in the late 80's and early 90's and I enjoyed them back then a lot. I love collecting miniature toys, so Micro Machines are right up my alley, tiny toys are easy to store and I just love looking at miniature little scenes. So I bought some of the new Micro Machines as well as cute fluffy Chewbacca dolls for me and the kids. It was a really fun evening.

Then Sunday after church I decided to head to Target and see if I could spot some of the Star Wars Cambell's products. I was excited to have found Chicken Soup with all the different Star Wars labels, and some Star Wars Spaghetttios. We aren't huge fans of canned food, but it is nice to have some things like this in the pantry and how fun to have Star Wars labels on some of our pantry goods. These cans definitely reminded me of something we might have had when I was a kid. Since the new movie is coming out in a few months, I decided it would be good if we watched through all the Star Wars movies, the kids haven't watched them since they were younger, and it has been awhile for me and Gary as well. We decided to watch them in chronological order verses release order so that we would end with Return of the Jedi and hopefully that will make sense with where the new movie picks up. I love having family movie night, I like to fix a good dinner and plan something for dessert or snacks after like popcorn or ice cream.

With fall just around the corner and cooler temperatures starting to show up more frequently, I have been baking quite a bit more. With all this Star Wars nostalgia reminding me of my childhood, I decided to cook one of my childhood favorite meals that was always a really great treat when my mom made it for us, classic Hamburger Pie! Hamburger Pie is also a favorite of my whole family, we all love it. So I thought I would share this simple recipe.

Hamburger Pie (recipe for 1 pie)

1 1/2 pounds hamburger
1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
1 can drained corn
1 can Campbell's condensed tomato soup
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground oregano
double unbaked pie crust (homemade or store bought refrigerated crust)

Brown, cook thoroughly, and drain ground beef, then mix in all ingredients thoroughly. Put your pie crust in the pie pan, then fill with hamburger mixture. put on the top crust, seal the edges, and poke holes in the top of crust like shown below. Bake at 400 F. for about 25 minutes or until crust is cooked through and golden brown. This recipe is for one pie, I often double the recipe and make two pies because we like left-overs. Let the pie cool for 5-10 minutes so it is easier to cut. I like to serve this pie with a simple green salad.

This is a very yummy dinner, and everyone always enjoys it, a perfect fall dinner!

Every year for back to school week I make a batch of cookies, one of my favorite cookies to bake this time of year are Molasses Cookies. This year my kids are both college age, and won't be headed back to school until the end of September. However, my son's girlfriend's little sister, who visits here often since our home is so close to the school, and they are often back and forth for soccer and cheer practice, she started school this past week, so I thought I would still make our Back to School week cookies. :) I love this time of year with all of its baking and harvesting out in the garden, and I am looking forward to beginning my fall decorating at the end of September as well.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Are you excited about the new Star Wars movie?

Here is the video I made about Force Friday if you want to get a closer look at some of the Star Wars toys found. :)

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  1. I first saw Star Wars in February 1978 in Cardiff. I will never forget the absolute awe of the opening sequence. After that, I moved to Florida and it was regular Saturday night viewing at our local Drive~in. Two showings a night, with a 'Troy McClure' style B class movie in between {something with dreadfully animated dinosaurs!} and I sat through it all until I knew the script by heart. I don't want to know how many times I've watched A New Hope.
    Your pie brings back memories of a chicken pie Mum would make when I was little, on a Monday, to stretch the Sunday roast that little bit further. She would use carrots, peas,and onions and mince the cooked leftover chicken in an old fashioned metal mincer. Ah, memories!

  2. My son is a big Star Wars fan and now my little grandson is becoming one. I'll have to be on the look out for some of things you have shown. Sounds like a fun time. Isn't it nice to be able to put summer behind us and look forward to meals like your hamburger pie?

    May the force be with you!

  3. Well I have a Star Wars confession... I buy the Star Wars macaroni for the kids, Spongebob is now not good enough! I also buy the Star Wars graham cracker cookies. I was also a huge Star Wars fan. I wen to the original movie in 1977. I stood in line and saw it three times. It was such a phenomena. I remember the stores written up in the paper how no one could watch it just once! It was that good. It will forever have made an impression on me. I will have to do a post about how I ripped off my bed sheet and went as Princess Leia for Halloween, before there were any commercial Halloween costumes related to movies of the day. May the force be with you.... Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!


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