Friday, June 30, 2006
When we went into my little village to get the mail this afternoon, they were putting up bunting, banners, and flags every where. Stuff like that just puts me in a good mood! Tomorrow is the first night of the rodeo so the town is getting spiffed up. Kinsey and I are actually going to my parents to go to a big rodeo tomorrow. DH is super busy so we wouldn't hardly see him this weekend if we were home. He already told me he was going to be late tonight....wished I had know that and that I wouldn't have to work this afternoon....I would have taken off to my parents early. Oh well, tomorrow morning is soon enough.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
How fun is this! Thanks to Linda at All & Sundry I found this cute little doll to make. This is basicly what I look like except I'm a little "fluffier". I have a pair of capri pants just like these that I wear at least 2 times a week! This is a lot of fun to play with. Have fun!
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Today I made bean and cheese quesadillas. I take a tortilla and spread it with refried beans then sprinkle with grated cheddar jack cheese topping it with another tortilla. I put this on a comal or round griddle and cook until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are golden. Slice it into wedges and serve with corn and pears.
Our menu has more of a Tex-Mex flair to it because that's what our kids are use to. We do make a few Italian dishes including Pizza sticks and spaghetti. The rest of our menu consists of sandwiches and chicken or fish.
A new show starting this summer is Treasure Hunters. I watched it Monday and it seems like it will be pretty good. It's some what like Amazing Race.
This week re-runs of Survivor All-Stars have been on OLN. It's fun to go back and watch these shows knowing who is going to win. You look at the contestants in a whole different way. Knowing that Amber wins amazes me because she just followed what Boston Rob told her to do.
It's nice not having to watch re-runs all summer like we used to have to do. Of course it's also nice having over 200 channels to chose from instead of 3....LOL!
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Here's something my Mom sent me about aprons and I thought I would pass it on.
I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs,fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Here's one of my favorite recipes using ground meat.
Green Enchilada Casserole
1lb ground beef
1/2 yellow onion-chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 small can chopped green chilies (mild)
1/2 big box Velveta cheese (or 1 small box)
1/2 block mild cheddar cheese
1 bag tortilla chips (I like Santitas yellow corn chips)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef with chopped onion. Drain grease. While the meat is cooking, put soup and 1 soup can of water in a sauce pan. Mix well then cut cheese into cubes and add to soup mixture. Cook over medium heat until cheese is melted. Make sure you stir often to prevent cheese from scortching. Spray casserole dish or cake pan with cooking spray then fill with chips. Sprinkle the meat over the chips then pour the sauce over the top. Use a spoon to push cheese sauce down into the chips. Cook in the over for 12-20 minutes until bubbly. Take out of oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Serve with refried beans and a green salad.
***This is a family recipe so I had to write it from memory. All amounts and times are approximate.
I find that when I bake I have to adjust for the altitude. Not all recipes have those instructions so I have learned to add a little extra flour to any baking recipe and it usually comes out great. I live in the central mountains of New Mexico near a ski resort. We live at about 6500ft. The ski resort is at about 9000ft.
My name is Brenda and I'm 36 years old. I've been married to N for almost 6 years now. We have a beautiful 5 years old daughter I've nick named Pumpkin Pie (my favorite pie). I work part-time at a daycare. I cook lunch for 8 to 16 children every day.....now that's fun! Actually, they are really good eaters. I have tried out several new recipes lately and they have loved them all. I finally worked out a 4 week menu that is tasty and nutritious. We have state guide lines to follow that are a pain in the butt but ensure that the kids eat healthy.
I hope to share ideas, recipes, and life in general here........ENJOY!