Walleye Patties

Walleye patties

Joel loves to fish and more specifically, Walleye fish.  Each spring he usually gets enough for us to freeze and then we enjoy it through the winter.  This spring he hasn’t been able to fish as much as he usually does, but I’m really hoping he can get out more in a few weeks, because he really does love it. Plus, it’s a blessing to have fresh caught fish!

This recipe is a favorite around here and my mom absolutely loves it.  She even requested it for the birthday dinner I cooked for her this year.

If you don’t have Walleye, I think this recipe would work with almost any kind of firm white fish.

1 lb cooked Walleye~  I usually just place it in a 9×13 with some melted butter and lemon juice, seasoned with salt and pepper. (350 degrees for 15-20min or until it flakes when pulled with a fork)

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

2 eggs

8 oz. shredded cheddar

4 1/2 cups potatoes shredded

1 onion chopped

3-4 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs (These are so easy to make.  I just take any leftover bread and crumb it in my coffee grinder. I place them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven after I have finished baking something.  It dries them out nicely.  Just stir them a time or two to make sure they all get dried out.  Then I place the dried crumbs in jars that I have in my freezer just for this purpose. When I’m ready to use them I get out the amount I need and season them up.

1. cook fish

2. par-boil potatoes and onion in boiling water for about 5 minutes.  You want to soften them, but you don’t want them mushy.  I always sample some to see where they are at.  Not very technical , but hey this is country cooking! Drain the water off and your ready to go….or you can go for the easier route and use frozen shredded potatoes. (I just never have these on hand!)

3. Mix fish, potatoes, onions, mayo, eggs, and cheese together in large bowl.

4. Add in the seasoned dry bread crumbs starting with 2 cups.  Then keep adding until you can make a patty that will stay together and not fall apart.  Again not technical….rather a trial and error type cooking!

5. Fry in small amount of butter or oil.  I use my electric skillet so that I can do 6 at a time.  I use just a smidgen of oil with it.  I don’t like anything that has been soaked in oil.  YUCK!  If your pan is non-stick it will only take a small amount.  Fry till golden brown on both sides.

As for the amount this makes…..I’m going to guess about 14-16 patties….depending on the size you make.  I keep forgetting to count the number of patties it makes….sorry. 

Serve with tartar sauce or ketchup.

Changes

I have decided to use this blog in totally different way from its intended use. I will be using if for a collection of my favorite recipes. Maybe someday I will have a large enough collection to put into a cookbook for my family and friends.

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  Has it not been told you from the beginning?  Have you not understood since the earth was founded?  He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.  He stretches out the heavens like a conaopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.  He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.  No sooner are they planted no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they whither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.   Isaiah 40:21-24

Our God is our eternal ruler.  He is our shepherd and guide.  We only need to look to Him for wisdom and guidance.  He will care for us, love us and hold us.  Look to the Lord, seek Him always!

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  Isaish 40:28

“The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing:  ‘Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants.’ ”   Isaiah 5:9

In this verse Isaiah is telling of the judgements that will face Israel, but I certainly can see how it applies to us today.  Our country is facing a hard economic time.  The news is full of the troubles we are facing.  Every time we drive somewhere we see another house in foreclosure.  It is sad, scary and unsettling.  But the Lord is our strength.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom shall I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”  Psalm 18:2

Only God can protect us from the oncoming onslaught, we will be facing.  We will see hardships, I have no doubt.  But I have the peace that the Lord is my shield, He is my rock.  I can stand on him.  I can run to Him to find refuge when life gets scary and unpredictable. 

Oh Lord, thank you for being my deliverer.  I am so weak and easily scared.  But, you know me and love me just as I am.  Help me Lord to run to you each and every day to seek the comfort only you can give.

Sluggard?

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” Proverbs 6:6

I have never considered myself to be lazy.  When I was 13 I worked in the corn fields of a local seed corn farmer.  I detassled corn.  I worked 7 days a week from 6:00am to 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon.  It was hot, dirty and labor intensive work.  The first few days, each year, I would wake up in the mornings with my hands so stiff I could barely move them. I got paid $3.75 an hour and if I was there every day they would add $.10 an hour to my wages.  I did this for 2 years before we moved.  What I learned from that job was how to work hard. And that the satisfaction you get from a job well done is well worth every ounce of sweat and grime.

While doing family devotions tonight, we read the above verse and I was convicted.  I’m pretty sure, this summer that I was a bit lazy.  Not overly lazy, but a bit slack nonetheless.  We finished school up the first part of May and I just kind of felt blah.  I didn’t want to do my spring cleaning.  I didn’t want to do the regular housework.  I let things go that I shouldn’t have.  What I did spend my time doing was blogging.  I let myself get consumed by it.  I still struggle with this, to be honest.  I love writing.  It is a passion of mine and a great outlet for this stay-at-home mom.  However, I let it take over my life.  I didn’t attend to my duties.  Looking back I can even say, I probably ignored my children a bit too.  I think I was just burned out and looking for relief.  I found it in the form of writing but at the expense of my family. 

My new goal is to consider the ant.  I won’t quit blogging, because it has been good for me in many ways.  It has brought me back to doing my devotions each day.  It is helping me to journal about my life and my children’s.  But, I won’t be blogging when my family needs me.  I will be blogging on my free time.  In the evenings or early mornings.  I want to be wise with my time and I am hoping to make a change starting now.  I really don’t like to think of myself as a sluggard, so I will be trying harder to be like the ant! 

I know that quiet time and relaxing are also important.  I know that I need some time to unwind and enjoy life.  So, I will be doing that too.  But, I won’t be letting my duties go ignored.  I will be straightening out my priorities.  Putting what needs to go first, first.

Isaiah 40

Isaiah 40 begins with comfort for the people of Israel.  They have had to pay for their sins, but now Isaiah brings them reminders of God’s power and love.  Here are just a few of the verses that struck me:

Verse 8- “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God stands forever.” The people of Israel are reminded of God’s promises.  God keeps his word, it never changes. 

Verse 11- ” He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”  This verse carries with it a vivid picture.  A shepherd never shifted his eyes off of his flock.  He was always expertly watching over his sheep.  Ensuring their safety.  So when I turn that bit of knowledge into a picture of the Lord.  I get this amazing sense of security.  God is watching over me.  He is protecting me from evil and harm.  What touches me even more is that the verse goes on to tell me that he gathers the children into his arms and envelopes them in his love and protection.  Can’t you just picture it?  God hugging our children close to his heart!  But the awesomeness of the verse doesn’t stop there.  God gently leads those who have children.  Wow!  Somehow I have never seen the significance of this verse until now.  God knew how hard a job being a mom is.  He knew mothers would need an extra measure of His guidance.  Can’t you just see Him leading a mom by the hand down a narrow, dirt, mountain path?  This makes me look deep inside myself and wonder why I try to navigate that path by myself.  How easy it is for me to wander off into the meadow or into the forest without my Lord.  Why do I let go of His comforting hand?  His love for me is amazing- how easily I forget that.

Verses 28-31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  These verses speak for themselves.  They give strength when I feel I have none.