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07:36 PM - 03/09/2014

The topic: I’ve made some good dinners this past week


Monday I made chicken enchilada casserole. I've had the recipe for years, way before I was online. We've always liked it, but I have to be in the mood to cook everything. Brian's mom had never had it (it's been a while since I made it and remember, when I can, I cook enough to send some over to her since she lives alone and it's hard to cook decently for one) and she was thrilled. 

Tuesday I made Bisquick chicken and dumplings casserole. I really liked this, it will be in my rotation. The veggie was peas. Next time I think I'll try adding the vegetables on top of the meat and make it more like a big pot pie.

Friday I made beef strogonoff. I don't have a recipe for this, I just cube a roast (I used to use round steak, but our local CostCo doesn't have that out in their meat section anymore), brown the meat, add a water to cover the meat, add diced onions and plenty of paprika. I cook until the meat is tender, then add some McCormick's beef gravy to a jar of water, shake it up real good, then dump it in the pan, add some dried parsley and let it cook down (heat low an cover pan).  When the meat is fork tender (I don't like chewy meat) I add sour cream to taste and serve it over noodles. We've found some great tasting noodles, made out of whole wheat. I served this with salad.

Tonight we had tacos and tostados, like I mentioned earlier.

Good dinners.

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11:01 AM - 03/09/2014

The topic: Could this day be anymore beeyooteeful?


It's absolutely gorgeous. 76°, light breeze, sunny....it's only ten am (real time, daylight savings sucks, I'm not there yet). This will be a great day.

Brian made cheese and avocado omelets for breakfast, with the avocado coming from the trees he planted two years ago. We left them on the tree for eight months, but they never got very big. I picked them a couple of weeks ago. Not bad for first fruit.

I need to do some cardmaking today so I can get them mailed in time for St Patrick's Day.  I'm looking forward to this as I've been so busy here in the office the past few weeks, but now the pressure is off.

I usually have the tv on when I do this, but it's so nice outside with the breeze in the trees, that I'd love to listen just to the outdoor sounds. But the Silhouette is kind of loud and I'll be running that, so I'll probably watch something on Netflix - we have awesome download speeds since the new router, have I mentioned that?

Oh, I did have a petty annoyance with my PC wanting to connect wirelessly instead of via the ethernet cable, but resetting the available connections to having the ethernet at the top of the list took care of that.

We're having tacos for dinner tonight. All I have to do is cook and season the meat, chop the lettuce, dice the tomatoes, and mash the avocados. Brian gets to cook the taco shells. We buy tortillas, the thin yellow corn kind because the regular kind are hard for me to bite and chew. I don't know if it's the way they're cooked, but it seems the ones at taco shops are not that thick. I was thrilled to find something lighter. And I don't worry about chipping my front teeth (don't laugh, I took a big piece off of one biting into a nectarine and hitting the pit).

I might heat up a can of refries and have a tostada or two. Not as messy as the tacos.

I can say I think this will be an awesome day.

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