Friday, December 31, 2010


When my niece Jaysa was here she mentioned she loved breakfast for dinner. We had not done that for a long time. Neither of us were very hungry last night and wanted something light. So I said, how about an omelet? Sounds good, hubby replied.
This turned out to be a very yummy omelet. It holds in it's center, sweet onion ,cilantro, Anaheim pepper and cheddar cheese. We topped it off more cheese and a sprinkling of crispy fried bacon and served a small toasted slice of our favorite Tuscan bread along side. We shared the omelet, two thirds for hubby, one third for me. It was perfect.

This afternoon late we are going to the Oregon Duck Store and buying new OREGON DUCK BCS shirts, we are so excited about the championship game on the 10th of January. We will stop and have something to eat after.
Our New Years eve will be low key. Imre found an appetizer on the food network that he wants to make, we will play games and perhaps wander down to my sis in law's later. Who knows if we will be awake at midnight. We try is all I can say, sometimes we see the ball drop at Times Square, sometimes not. So tomorrow starts a new year. We hope it will bring lots of work for us and others that are struggling so.

This is short today.
Happy New Year to you all.
I will write again next year!
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Timothy Lake Or.

I am so busy today so will make this short and sweet.
Another photo compliments of my son. This is Timothy Lake near Mt. Hood. What a serene lake, looks like a Christmas Card. Wouldn't you love to sit there bundled up in winter gear sipping a hot toddy? I would.

Well the scene here today is dismal once again. It has rained throughout the day so no walk again. I could have probably made a short jaunt this morning early as the showers started about nine. But hey I was not through with my coffee and newspaper. I do feel guilty though as exercise is more important than news in my opinion.

Hubby and I are going on a little outing on Friday. We are going to the Oregon Duck Store at the mall and hoping to buy long sleeve BCS Championship tee's. We figured by Friday we may be able to get into a store. We will also go to lunch have not decided where yet.
I went to Fred Meyer yesterday as I needed a few staples for the cupboard. I was pretty perturbed as I circled the huge parking lot for ten minutes bumper to bumper along with everyone else. You just had to be in the right place when a car was leaving a spot to get the space. I finally was getting so irritated(not a good trait that I have) that I went to the adjoining business and barely found a parking space then had to walk in the rain to the store.........bah...hum...bug! I thought Christmas shopping was over. It looked like crazed folks just grabbing this and that. The line at the customer service counter must have had over thirty people in line all chatting it up, this is fun? No one ever told me. A few times I came upon ladies just a beaming and grabbing at things in a excited state. I had to dive out the way approaching an isle as I almost got clipped by an out of control cart, I don't think the driver could see me as the pile in the cart was above her head. Give me my chair and a good book anytime, I am a dull person I have decided. I was so happy to get home I pulled in the driveway and shouted YES! To no one at all...............perfect!
Well on that note I will leave you until tomorrow.

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Monday, December 27, 2010


Today our sky is a gray flannel blanket that is starting to give off moisture. Typical for a northwest winter day. I hope I can get my walk in today as yesterday was a deluge!

It is definitely going to be turkey week at this household. We had a repeat of Christmas dinner last night and tonight we are having Turkey Divan, tomorrow night turkey taco's. Then with the final remains we will have turkey soup with home made egg noodles. Then enough already!

We were sure laid back yesterday. I read snuggled in my chair as the rain assaulted the windows. Hubby was cozy on the sofa with his blanket watching the telly. We will take the rain any day than what is happening in the northeast right now. The paper said that the New Jersey shore had a foot and a half of snow and 40 per mile thanks.
Watching the news and all those vehicles sliding everywhere conjured up memories of the years spent driving in Central Oregon, white knuckle driving as I called it.

Here is the recipe for the Turkey Divan. I have been making this recipe for longer than I can remember with left over turkey. It is yummy and easy to make.

Two bunches of fresh broccoli trimmed
1/4 cup butter or margarine
6 tablespoons of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups of chicken broth
1/2 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons dry sherry, I prefer to use a splash of white wine instead
Three to four cups of roasted turkey
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Paprika for sprinkling on top of casserole

Steam or boil broccoli then drain
Melt butter in a saucepan, add flour and whisk together to make a roux while slowly pouring in the chicken broth while constantly stirring making a smooth mixture. Add the salt and pepper keep stirring until the mixture thickens and bubbles then stir in the cream and wine and remove from heat.
Place broccoli pieces crosswise in a 12x7 1/2 casserole dish sprayed with a little cooking oil for easy cleanup.
Add half of the sauce then top with the turkey pieces. To the remaining sauce stir in the Parmesan cheese and pour over the turkey. Grate more Parmesan over the top and sprinkle with paprika.
Bake 350 degree's for 25 minutes till heated and then pop under the broiler till the sauce is bubbly and golden.
Makes 6-8 servings.
I will serve this with the last of the apple sausage dressing and cranberry sauce. I hope you try this recipe it is a great way to serve left over turkey or chicken.

My husband is working today it has been so dreadfully slow for him. We need the $$$$ as well as I need my space at home for a few days. How do retired folks do it, you know being together all the time? I know we do quite well as we are compatible and we are quiet together so we have our own space but it's still not the same as being totally alone with one's thoughts and daily doings.

I have much to accomplish today so best get at it.
Have a great Monday whatever you are doing. I know the folks on the east coast are probably snuggled up in new cozy socks and sweats and spending the day indoors watching the snow pile up.

Golly, when this blog published for some reason the font size is huge, I tired to change it but no such luck. At least you can read it unless you are nearly blind..........sorry.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


We had a great visit with our niece Jaysa.
What a bright light she is. Her chatter and exuberance lit up our home. We had a fun evening filled with good food and drink, a gift exchange and movies.
I find that Jaysa and I are quite alike in many ways. We both love to read, we are into silver jewelry especially rings. We are both artsy. We both love to talk sometimes both chattering at once. She is not yet 30 and she is my younger brothers youngest child. My Mother her grandmother just adored her. My Mom would say to me, she reminds me so much of you Zo. Well she was right I think. I usually only saw Jaysa when she was at my Mother's home visiting. I miss that we could not have been closer when she was younger but there is still time for much sharing and becoming closer, I am looking forward to that.

Well the Christmas holiday has now come and gone. I am sorry I was so remiss about blogging these past couple of weeks. It is a busy time of year. I also have been negligent in taking food photo's.

Yesterday we had the most amazing turkey I have ever roasted and I forgot to take a photo the thought never passed through my mind. The last minute preparation is a busy time with turkey dinner. I was mashing potatoes and making gravy and getting the items on the table.
Our menu was. Roasted turkey, I rubbed olive oil on the skin and then put a rub of kosher salt, cracked black pepper, oregano, cumin, paprika and garlic power. The skin was a nice rich color and crispy just like hubby likes it. Inside the bird I nested fresh rosemary and lemon. The aroma coming from the oven was mouth watering. The rest of the meal consisted of my apple, sausage and nut cornbread dressing, sauteed brussel sprouts with crispy bacon and shallots in a buttery sauce. Mashed potatoes and turkey gravy made from the good pan drippings, cranberry sauce, and yeast rolls. For desert we had rum cake, a fave ours.
The table was festive in an old fashioned way. We had a large oil lamp and several candles for our lighting. I used my Mother's green plates with gold rims, and the xmas place mats she had made for me years ago and bright red napkins. The silverware I used was left to me by my aunt and is a gorgeous pattern in sterling silver. I makes my heart so happy to use these things that were so cherished and touched with loving hands so many years ago.
Tonight we will have the meal again.........hubby said this morning he cannot wait so I suspect we may eat early this evening.

We went to my sis in law's late afternoon to see family. Our two nieces Kara and Sarah were there as well as hubby's Mother and younger sis and husband. Sarah showed us photo's on her laptop of her time spent last summer in Europe. I will share more about Sarah and what she is doing after she forwards me her photo's so I can share some of those also.

Today is a lazy day now that the festivities are over. I am looking forward to sitting in my chair and reading. The book I am reading right now is rather heavy in that I mean you can only read a couple chapters then must set it down as it is quite draining. I think my next book shall be much lighter something I can flit though quickly.

We woke in the middle of the night to a battering wind storm. The wind was howling and the rain was wild on the roof and against the windows. I was very happy I was warm and cozy in my bed and I thought about the homeless in our city trying to find refuge from the storm. It made me sad.

I do not know if a walk is possible today. I stepped out on the deck earlier and the air is chilled at it's edges and it raining lightly. I may skip the walk and just be a lazy girl today.
Till tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Another photo compliments of my son. Wow, how he loves his snowmobile trips and taking photo's. No wonder it is awesome in the mountains in winter with fresh snowfall.

At this moment we are warm. Hubby was just sitting out on the deck with his face to the sun. I just completed my walk and it was amazing. The sky was filled with crows once again and the sun was bright and hot on my face. Such a pleasure after these gray soggy days we have had.

I made a very yummy pepper crusted prime rib Saturday night and once again I had every intention of taking a photo. However we had company for dinner and all were starved so no time for pictures. I will admit this was the first prime rib I have made. I suppose that sounds odd but usually we have prime rib dinning out. I researched the best way to roast one on the Internet and I am going to share this good simple way of making one.
Prime Rib Roast
Let prime rib sit at room temperature for two hours
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
I made a rub of kosher salt, lots of cracked black pepper and garlic powder
I patted dry the prime rib and then rubbed olive oil on the sides and ends
I then patted in the seasonings until the ends and sides were totally covered. No need to put rub on the bone side.
Place in a pan with at least two inch sides bone side down. I sprayed my pan with cooking spray for easy cleanup
Into the 450 oven without covering bake for 15 minutes, without opening the oven door lower the heat to 325 degree's and continue to roast at 13 minutes per pound
When an instant read thermometer reads 120 degrees(for rare) or 125 for med-rare) remove from oven and cover tightly with foil and let stand for 20 minutes. It will continue to bake till perfect. To crave cut off the strings, and remove the bone side in one piece by slicing along the bone line next to the roast. This way you can then slice the boneless roast into 1/4 to 1/2 slices. This makes for a beautiful presentation.
Use the drippings in the bottom of the roaster pan for your Au jus juice. I scrapped up the bits off the bottom of the pan and added a can of beef broth and heated.
Serve with lots of horseradish sauce and small individual dishes with Au Jus for dipping.
The meat was a perfect med rare like we prefer it. It was juicy and so tender. I will not hesitate to make it again.

Hubby just got through vacuuming all the hardwood flooring. I first had all the area rugs to clean and remove from the floors. It is a project and for now all is free of dust bunnies.
Tomorrow we are having my niece Jaysa from Salem and her brother Aaron from Portland for dinner and they will spend the night. We put together a little stocking stuffer for each of them. This was a surprise, this visit. Aaron has a friend here in Eugene he wanted to visit, so we are happy they are stopping by to see us. We do not see enough of them. I am making my spinach lasagna will serve with Trader Joes' filone bread and a green salad.

Xmas Eve honey and I are having seared flat iron steaks with peppercorn mushroom sauce, sauteed garlic green beans and a relish tray assortment. We bought a nice bottle of King Estate pinot noir. This is a very special wine and comes right from our own Willamette Valley. King Estate Winery is world renown. We always try to do make our meal and drinks special on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day will be roasted turkey with all the trimmings. As we had ham for Thanksgiving we will enjoy the turkey. We eat on it for a days, the last remains go into a pot of soup with home made egg noodles.
The only baking I am doing this year is the rum cake we both love. I have made it every year we have been together which is a lot of years. This cake is so moist and rummy you do not need ice cream or whip cream to dollop on top.

Well I have chatted enough for one day. I still have some things I want to accomplish today so best get at it. I cannot say enough how wonderful it is to have the back door open this afternoon and let our winter house get a fresh breath of air.

I know a lot of you must be scrambling as there is not much time left before the holiday. But take a moment to reflect and be so thankful for the small and truly important things in life. Your health, your loved ones, having a place to live where you can stay warm and dry and having enough to eat. There are so many that have none of these basic things. So do be grateful for what you have in these hard times.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


These are such good potatoes. When I serve up scalloped potatoes for company they always disappear, not even a leftover spoonful.
I think the secret is making a Bechamel sauce and adding my seasonings and cheese to that. I also add another layer of cheese over the top with either some scallions, or in this case a few sliced jalenpeno's a sprinkle of paprika and into the oven for a hour and fifteen minutes (or until the potatoes are tender) at 400 degrees.
We had this dish last night with a side of broccoli and biscuits. Not exactly low cal but I used portion control believe me I could have eaten another portion easily.
As far as the recipe is concerned. Basically just make a white sauce enough to cover all the ingredients in the casserole dish. I added salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chicken broth and a cup of cheese to the sauce. Take the time to make your sauce slowly so it is really creamy and well blended. Then I sprayed a little cooking oil in the bottom of my casserole for easy cleanup. I put in four potatoes that had been sliced thin, topped them with sweet onions sliced thin, added a half rope of kielbasa cut into rounds. I added all of the sauce over the top and topped with additional cheese, jalapeno slices and paprika. I used a 7x11 casserole which is perfect for the two of us.

The sun is out this morning and coming brightly through the dirty living room windows. I must take care of that issue today. Yesterday I cleaned windows in the kitchen and nook, I so like sparkling clean windows.

We made a decision not to get a xmas tree this year. As far as I know no one is joining us for Christmas though my daughter he her honey will be here for New Years weekend. So yesterday I began creating a holiday scene in the house without the tree. I have a number of area's glowing with twinkly lights. There are snowflakes hanging in the windows on long ribbons. I have filled the old antique oil lamps with red oil and many candles adorn the tables. Today hubby and I will add twinkly lights in the kitchen area. I love the atmosphere that the little lights give to a home. I listened to Christmas C.D's yesterday while decorating, that is a tradition for me.

Hubby is away for a while this morning as he has a couple of bids. Work has been so slow so this is good news. Hopefully he will land both jobs. I will tidy the house and walk before he returns. Then we can work on hanging those kitchen lights.

Where ever you are enjoy the day. It is mild here through chillier than it has been for a while. At least we do not have to deal with those terrible snow storms that the upper Midwest is getting. Horrible. No thanks! Give me the good old NW any day.
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Saturday, December 11, 2010


Here are few more shots of my son's snowmobiling adventures in the Mt. Hood area.

I have nothing to chat about today in regards to food as we had frozen pizza for lunch yesterday and last night I made turkey and swiss panini's. But I have already blogged about panini's in a previous blog. So no new news there. We do love them and make them about once a month.

Yesterday hubby and I decided to dig into our office closet and check out our board games. We thought it would be fun to play Trivial Pursuit as we have not played that game for at least ten years. So we played and we were so bad, we were laughing like crazy as we could not even answer enough questions to move around the board. So we revised the game to" Trivial Pursuit for Idiots" so we could play. We had so much fun and spent about three plus hours playing. We will play again today, surely we will get better. We are gamers as we call ourselves. I loved games when I was a child and I am no different today and I am still so competitive. When I was a very young girl my Grandmother taught me how to play Canasta. Remember that game? Anyhow I went to a family reunion a couple of years ago and my cousin Ed said, remember how you would rope me into playing Canasta with you for hours? He said, you always beat me bad, then I found out that you were not even playing the right rules! Did I think they were the right rules? Now that is the question.

Our weather here today is very mild it is almost fifty. However it is showery. It was not showering when I got up but by the time I lallygagged away the morning the showers did move in. Now I cannot walk. My walk yesterday was miserable and I only managed half my loop and then cut back to the house. I was wet and cold it was not pleasant.

Well I must get on with my day. We are going out for lunch today as well as dinner at my sis in law's. So a day away from the kitchen and hubby made breakfast too!
Till later.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010


Hubby did have a good time with the salsa making. He made three different kinds. Two were keepers. The favorite was the tomatillo salsa. This recipe was taken from a food network show. The photo to the right on the bottom is the tomatillo's, arbol dried peppers, onions and garlic frying in a pan till caramelized. The skin of the onion is left on the wedges as well as the skin of the garlic clove. The tomatillo's paper like peel is removed and the tomatillo is rinsed well under the water as they are a little sticky. The above mentioned is all put in a skillet with a little olive and cooked about twenty minutes or so until the tomatillo's are soft and slightly caramelized.
When the veggies have cooled remove the skins from the onions and garlic and then put all in a blender with a handful of chopped cilantro and the juice of a half lime and salt and pepper. Blend well and you have the salsa shown in the blue dish. It is a pretty yellow green color and taste amazing. We had it on our scrambled eggs this morning.

Four tomatillo's
1/2 onion cut into two wedges(these may separate when cooked, does not matter)
3 arbol dried peppers (these are available at the grocery store in the ethnic section)
1 large clove garlic
olive oil for frying
juice of lime
salt and pepper

The second salsa is a smokey roasted salsa. Myself I do not care for the smokey salsa's. In a dry skillet you char the tomatoes and onions and the cloves of garlic. You keep turning the tomatoes with tongs to get them blistered on all sides. Remove from pan when charred and let rest until cooled. Then cut the tomatoes cross wise and remove the seeds. In a blender add the charred vegetables and combine with canned chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce, fresh lime juice, fresh cilantro leaves and the oil. Whirl to desired consistency(either chunky or smooth). Cover and keep in fridge for up to three days. Makes 3 cups.

3 cloves of garlic peeled
one medium onion quartered
3 large tomatoes
1 canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons salad oil(canola)
1/4 cup cilantro leaves

The third salsa hit the garbage disposal and disappeared from sight. It was horrid. It looked very interesting but we were sorely disappointed as it tasted very bitter and bland. Should I say I spit it out? Well you get the picture.

We had fun. I sat at the nook table and watched hubby for a couple hours doing his thing in the kitchen. He was sipping wine and having a enjoyable time. Later we worked together to clean up the mess.
Tonight we are having bean and veggie tostada's and I know I am topping mine with the tomatilla that is some good stuff!

Must walk in the rain today, so best grab the umbrella and get to it.
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010


This wok food is such good healthy fare and a great way to eat your veggies.
I chopped up chicken tenders, salt and peppered them rolled them in corn starch and fried in the wok till done. I then removed them and sat aside. Then I wiped out the wok and added a little canola oil till the wok very hot and added the chopped veggies. I always love that first sizzle when the vegetables hit the hot wok. While stirring them around I added a little Bragg's amino's. This is a soy based product but natural and very nutritious and not as salty as soy sauce.
These are the vegetables I choose this time. Bok choy(Chinese cabbage) radish's, zucchini, onion, carrot, celery, edamame, orange bell pepper and green bell pepper. After the vegetables were crisp tender I added the chicken back in to heat.
Then we spooned the veggies and chicken over sticky rice in bowls. Topped with a little sweet and sour sauce and little more Bragg's and crunchy Chinese noodles. I like this wok food with shrimp and chicken mixed or just shrimp, beef or pork. Or you can skip all the meat and have a straight veggie meal. Of course as always you can use any vegetables you prefer.
To make the food pretty and interesting I sliced the carrots two ways. One way was into ovals the other was thin strips I made by using the peeler. Also I cut the peppers two ways. I made match sticks and slices.

We went shopping for the ingredients to make three different kinds of salsa. I will post photo's with the results, hubby is doing this. He thought it would make for a fun day. I will tell all about his adventure in the kitchen with the many kinds of peppers and such.

Till later have a good day and eat your peppers. They keep your digestion system operating efficiently and the doctor away too. Or is that the apple? I forget. Silly me!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


This photo is compliments of my son. He is what I call a throttle guy! From the time he was so very young he has loved anything that made a roar and had a throttle. He comes to life in cold snowy weather. He has always loved a challenge and enjoys doing things that push him to his limits. Snow camping alone, no problem. Hauling a pack, tent and gear on a mountain bike for miles to a remote camping spot, no problem. He thrives doing such things. He is quite amazing with his outdoor skills and knowledge. I gave up worrying about him years ago, but it still relieves me to know he takes his cell phone and lets someone know where he is heading off to. I post will one of his outdoor photo's every once in a while.

It is a depressing day here in Eugene. Once again we are under lock and key of low fog. Now there is a cold drizzle to accompany the fog. I tried to walk, came back to the house though before doing my usual loop. My legs were cold and getting damp from the drizzle and my face and hands were freezing. So I bagged it! I came in and fixed a hot cup of tea and curled up in my cozy chair and started a new book. It is always exciting starting a new book, like opening a special gift.

This after noon I am going to do some needed things in the office. Not that I have had much work related office duties to tend to as it has been so slow for hubby. However there are always things to do in here. Right now a good furniture waxing and desk top cleaning are in order. I really need to to shred. The huge basket I use for paper work that needs shredding is overflowing. What a boring thing to do, sit on a little stool and shred the day thanks!

We are having stir fry this evening. I ran to the store today for fresh produce. I bought an array of nutritious and colorful veggies. I have some chicken tenders thawing out so will chop and fry those first in the wok, then remove and fry up the vegetables and add the chicken back in. We are serving it up over sticky rice. We like to put a little sweet and sour along with amino acids over the top. Bragg's liquid amino acids is better for you than soy sauce and it taste better also. I also add a little of that to vegetables while I toss them in the wok. You can buy that product in the health food section of your grocery store.
I have a rolled steel wok that I have had for over thirty years. It is well used at this point as it is totally black on the inside and does an amazing job. I love it for deep frying also. We bought a little electric deep fryer a few years back and tried it once. That was enough, it now sits in a storage cupboard in the garage with other useless items. The wok works better, gets hotter and requires way less oil.

I picked up frozen berries from the farm before they closed for the season. So I am going to make jam to go with some other stocking stuffers for the holiday's. Food items in jars are cute with a fabric top and decorative label. I enjoy doing things like that. I am also going to give our family down the street some homemade marinara sauce made from our own tomatoes. Remember I made freezer tomato sauce the end of summer? I also have a good recipe for wine mustard it is very good served with sausages. The mustard has a sweet/hot bite. It is easy to make. I think food items that you have taken the time to make from scratch are always appreciated, especially by those that are full time workers.
We are unconventional I suppose in our holiday traditions. I love to decorate the house and hauling out the same things year after year comforts me. Our tree is usually tall, large and loaded. I use a combination or white and silver ornaments with red bows and clear lights. We put on hundreds of items all selected for their sparkle. My Mother has been gone for quite some time now but in a way she is here for the holiday's as usual. I have all of her rhinestone and crystal jewelry and it adorns our tree. It sparkles and shimmers and I remember all the pieces as she wore them all (not all at once of course) on the holidays. So decorating is big for us. The two other faves are food and drink and sharing our hospitality with others is important to us. Seems every year we have different family here but it all works. I just always say, whoever shows up is meant to be here! Where we are different is that we do not shop for gifts. We do exchange with those that come but the gifts are small, usually home made or home crafted and thoughtful. That way we have something under the tree to look forward to. But the food is abundant and the drinks flow. At the end of the eveing I will sit at the piano and play Christmas music. It just brings back to me my memories from childhood when my grandmother and I would play together for our family. I have always done that and everyone seems to enjoy it. Most of the songs are traditional and I play a few that I have composed myself. A big request is Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells, boy you can rock with those songs!

Well I must now get to my office chores.
I just looked out to see if the sky is any lighter. Appears there is no hope for that today. Maybe the sky will be brighter tomorrow.

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Monday, December 6, 2010


Posted by PicasaThis was a very good dish. We ate half so tonight it is on the menu again.
The pork roast was tender and juicy with a hint of heat. I already mentioned yesterday in my blog what I did with the roast. Here is how I put it all together.
I used a 7x11 casserole dish. But you can use any size you like just make less or more enchilada's. I also used a large can of the green enchilada sauce and about two cups of cheese for the top.
The recipe is so easy, just simple enchilada's. I sprayed my casserole dish with cooking spray for easy cleanup. Then I put a ladle full of the green enchilada sauce in the bottom to cover. I sprayed my corn tortillas with cooking spray and heated them till limp and then added the shredded pork and rolled them and placed them seam down in the casserole dish. Then I completely covered them with all the enchilada sauce. Then I topped them with lots of cheddar cheese and nacho sliced jalapeno peppers. I baked them at 375 degree's for about thirty five minutes till all was bubbly and the cheese had started to brown. After serving up we topped them off with a dollop of sour cream, splashes medium hot taco sauce and minced orange sweet pepper and sweet onion and served with black beans along side with the same toppings.

Well this blog will be short as it is Monday and I have much on my plate to take care of today.
Tomorrow I am going to post wonderful photo my son took while snowmobiling near Mt. Hood this past weekend.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Well thankfully we have not seen this white stuff yet this year. This was the view of our street from the living room window.
Today we have a clear skies well there are a sprinkling of clouds here and there very high in the sky. It is chilly out as there is a small breeze. I walked earlier and bundled up to much, I was peeling off clothes before I returned home.

The the main thing I have to say today is...........our OREGON DUCKS did their job once again. We are on our way to the national championships in January. This is an amazing feat for our university and team.
It amazed yesterday as were watching the game the amount of folks strolling along the side walks walking their dogs. Drivers buzzing by the house.............why aren't they in their houses watching the DUCKS play ball. After all they live in the very area that it is taking place and folks are watching from all over America. Go figure?
I did pretty well I never chewed one fingernail. Well I do not have any left to chew but that is beside the point I was being good. I did however twist my hair so much it looked like I had dreadlocks. I just get nervous and need to do something with my hands. If it is someone other than our OREGON DUCKS playing I will crochet. Now it is over till January. It will be a game I fear against Auburn. Their style of play is very much like our own. You know however even if we do not win we are winners. Just getting there is such a huge accomplishment. Somehow I do see Coach Kelly though with that crystal ball in his hands. I kept saying this whole season it is the perfect storm for us. Let us carry on to the end and win!

I put a pork roast in the slow cooker this morning. I first rubbed it with my spicy rub I make up and then put in the slow cooker and covered it with a few pickled jalapeno peppers and then topped with about a cup of salsa verde. Later when it is tender I will shred it and make enchilada's. We will have black beans to the side and load all with sour cream dollops and chopped sweet onion.
Our burgies were really good last night. We decided to wait and eat after the game which turned out to be a good idea. Hubby wanted bacon so we put bacon on them and two kinds of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, hot peppers, onions, special sauce all on toasted onion rolls. I made home fries to go with. We had worked up a hearty appetite jumping up and down and cheering while watching the game. So it was a fun day for us here in Eugene Oregon.

Today is a laid back day for us. Sunday's normally are. Whatever you are doing enjoy your Sunday.
Till later
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Friday, December 3, 2010


Well here is this big boy ten days young! He is a chunk and Jana said he is sleeping five hours straight at night. Good boy. He has already had outings with his mommy and daddy. To lunch twice and then downtown Seattle to see Santa. I wonder if he had his list ready? His Mommy said he was upset Sunday when the Seahawks lost...he was grouchy I think.

Another gray dull day in Eugene Oregon. My brother called earlier he was down at the river plunking. He said the sun was out though it was a tad chilly but not bad. I wanted sun today, I am jealous. Seems we get so much fog here and low clouds. We are trapped between the Coastal range and the Cascade range. So we have this tantalizing trap that all loves to hang out in.

Tomorrow is the day!!!! OREGON versus OREGON STATE. Our going to the National championships on the line. Hubby is nervous but is quite confident that we will prevail. However strange things happen in the Civil war. I do not know if I can stand another nail bitter, I have no nails left. Normally I have pretty nails, my own and natural. Of late they are ragged and splitting, they seem to be in my mouth a lot............hmmmm. I would have never thought in my younger years I would be so enthralled with college football. My hubby and his family have made me so as well as living here in the heart of it all. This city home of the OREGON ducks is crazy believe me. I know on game day if you do not wear the OREGON colors folks look at you with scorn. But of course I always wear the gear on game day, I am a girl in the know!
We are grilling burgers tomorrow at half time and then putting the grill away Sunday for the winter. I will make homemade fries to go with. I will have everything ready to go before the game starts as I cannot miss a moment of the game.
If for some horrible reason(cheating no doubt) we lose at least we go to the Rose Bowl, a nice consolation prize. However I say GO DUCKS onward to the Nationals, all the way you little quackers!

The potato soup was good last night and we will have the remains tonight. So I have night off it seems. Hubby had a big lunch out between jobs today. He is home now working on a jigsaw puzzle. In winter seems we always have the Scrabble board or a puzzle going on the dining room table. Keeps him out of trouble and my hair is what I think.

I managed to read a couple chapters today in my book. Oh I am so taken with so many of the books I read. You learn so much. Through books I have traveled the world, I have lived other lives in other places. I have experienced the heartache and emotions of others. I have cried, laughed, despaired and been lifted to amazing heights all because of books! It is hard for me understand that some folks do not read, they watch the boob tube and let it go at that or maybe read an occasional magazine article. Oh, they truly miss so much.
Well on that note, I think I may have time for another chapter. Cannot wait to see what is going to happen to Juliet, will she jump off Niagara Falls or not? See what I mean? She is only sixteen years old and has a self serving Mother who does not pay her attention and constantly hurts her with cruel words...........well it is life I suppose. There are so many realities out there, folks living lives we have no idea about. We live our own little lives comfortable in our reality of what is real for us. It is good to explore and wonder how others live. To at least feel sympathetic in our hearts and feel for their torment or in some cases their triumphs. It is good to read.
Best get off the soap box.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


I had fun yesterday afternoon making these cookies. They smell so wonderful when they are baking and the house fills with the aroma of warm spices.
I like these cookies much better now than when I was a child. My husband loves the soft interior and the gingerbread taste. They taste like Christmas!
I have my Mother's old cookbooks and use them regularly. I also use her colored Pyrex bowls that have never seen the inside of a dishwasher. They are still as colorful and perfect as when they were new. But they are not new and have been used for years holding delicious foods as well as fond memories. The photo in the background is one of my Mother taken when she was a young woman I was about two years old at the time.

It is a nasty looking day. It is damp and gray. The neighborhood offers nothing of interest. Piles of grimy leaves still lingering about, dirty driveways and rain rotted plants. Yesterday as I walked I tried to find one thing that was visually attractive. Then came to view the three huge sequoia trees I pass everyday on my walk. These trees never cease to thrill me with their grandeur. They make me thankful I can walk in their presence as many others have done in years past.

Last night the spinach cheddar pie was wonderful. It came out of the oven all puffy with crispy cheese on top. I did dabble with the recipe a bit. So I am going to share how I made it as it was so tasty. It would make a great brunch dish. In fact hubby had a piece for breakfast this morning.

Spinach Cheddar Crust-less Quiche.
2 1/4 cups of cheddar cheese grated(save some for the top)
2 tablespoons of flour
4 eggs beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt and dash pepper
paprika for sprinkling
3/4's of a bag of fresh spinach chopped

Toss the cheese with the flour. In a separate large bowl combine the beaten eggs with the spinach and salt and pepper. Add the cheese mix well and pour into a greased quiche plate. Top with a little more cheese and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
I served a salad with romaine lettuce, English cucumber slices, radishes and onion.
So we had a veggie night and it was filling and yummy. The quiche is especially good with a little hot sauce of your choice drizzled over the top.

Tonight hubby is working late so I have decided to make my sausage potato soup with Lisa's bread. The bread spread recipe was given to me years ago and it has become a favorite that we make often.

Lisa's Parmesan bread spread.
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 clove of garlic minced
salt and pepper to taste
a dab of Worcestershire sauce
1 bunch of green onions thinly sliced.

Mix altogether and spread on sour bread, artisan bread or rolls. You can toast the bread or rolls first if you like for more crunch. Then pop under the broiler on Hi until the cheese mixture is all bubbly and browned slightly.
If serving a crowd or using a whole loaf of french of sourdough bread make as much as you need. Just use equal amounts of the cheese, mayo and butter.

Well I have already been to the dreaded grocery store this morning. Grocery shopping is not a fave of mine but it is out of the way for another week.
I still have things I need to accomplish today so I best get at them. I want to relax in my chair for at least an hour this afternoon with my nose in my book. This one is a page turner, so totally hard to set it down.

Till later
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