#2 son got home last night, and is currently out playing Ultimate Frisbee in a lumberjack costume.

I’ve done the grocery shopping and cleaned the kitchen, and now should do more housework and/or do the time for my Aussies and my Northerners, not to mention returning voicemails from clients, but it is a beautiful day and also my computer is running with such incredible slowness that there is hardly any point in trying to work.

Here are a couple of pictures.  First, one that attempts to show the neighbors’ Hallowe’en decorations, and then one that attempts to show #2 son’s sweater, currently a forest green stockinette rectangle, and how boring is that? However, the clear and brilliant sunlight of the morning has made my pictures even worse than usual, so you may not be able to see anything at all.

Regarding the grocery shopping, I was buying the ingredients for some dishes from a cookbook I need to review, Dawn Hall’s The Busy People’s Fast and Frugal Cookbook. It says it’s down-home cooking, but it is filled with exotic things like Chipped Beef on Toast Points, eggs with sauerkraut, and desserts composed of canned pie filling and Cool Whip.

There are Beefy Green Beans with potatoes and pimientos in them and a topping of French Fried Onions, and spinach salad with yogurt-covered raisins, Tuna a la King, Little Italy Sandwiches made with ground beef and pepperoni and a bit of cocoa powder, and canned peaches cooked with Red Hot candies.

What I’d like to know is, where do people eat like this? I’m thinking this might be Midwestern Cooking. If you recognize this style of cuisine, please let me know. We’re bold here, and willing to try these things out, but I want to know the background. The author doesn’t specify.