How do you occupy your time? Since I had knee surgery, I have been nursing a bum knee. However, it is not hard to
find things to do: Such as ordering things on the internet, saving recipes, organizing, and cooking.
Scanning Old Recipes
I spent some time scanning old recipes I found in my mom's recipe box. My Aunt Bea could turn plain old hamburger into a gourmet meal. She was an excellent cook
and always made delicious recipes for my family when she visited. When I was a kid, I didn't like zucchini until Aunt Bea made her Beef Stuffed Zucchini. Ahh...the memories. I think it was the beef that did the trick. I plan on adding the Beef Stuffed Zucchini
to my recipe box after a bit of editing. My Aunt Bea did not measure a lot of the recipes she cooked.
Aunt Bea's Stuffed Zucchini
A Little Melancholy Feelings About Walking
This morning I felt a bit jealous as my hubby took my dog on her daily walk. These are some photos I took awhile back of the beautiful views I see when we walk
our dog. I am so ready to get back to walking my dog and enjoying the beautiful part of Colorado I live in.
Whirlwind of Organizing
I have been on an organizing kick lately. One organizing chore I gave myself involved
the refrigerator. I stood back, or I hobbled and marveled over my organizing feat for the day. Perhaps, not a feat, but a least a small organizing accomplishment. I found this placemat idea on pinterest to spruce up my refrigerator.
Before I had knee surgery, I bought some plastic placemats at Wally World. Time
somehow got away from me and I never got around to doing this refrigerator project, until now. I don't know about you, but I really dislike it when the glass shelves get scratched up in the refrigerator. I am hoping I am saving the refrigerator shelves from
those ugly scratches. My son said, "The milk slides easier." I have the shelves that slide out, but my son doesn't use that wonderful feature. So, I feel quite pleased that my organizing skills will save another glass shelf.
Placemat Cut to Fit
Cookin in Lela's Kitchen
Yesterday, I was looking for something easy to make. I found a taco salad recipe. I needed a taco seasoning mix for the recipe. I searched the Allrecipes site
for a taco seasoning mix and made the Restaurant Style Taco Meat Seasoning. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Restaurant-Style-Taco-Meat-Seasoning/Detail.aspx<
Taco Seasoning From Scratch
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Review:The seasoning mix was a nice change. My family gobbled up the beef tacos. I had a salad. My hubby and son loaded up some homemade tortillas with the meat and all the toppings. Whenever my hubby likes
something, he will say. "This is a keeper!" The seasoning mix gets 5 stars from me!
Tacos using the Restaurant Style Taco Meat Seasoning
The Restaurant Style Seasoning mix would be perfect for the Confetti Beef Taco
Salad I picked out to make. As I was reading the Confetti Beef Taco recipe, I noticed this one liner. "This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron,
selenium, zinc and a good source of fiber." I think the Excellent Source one liner from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is a great way to let people know the benefits of beef.
Lela's Take on Confetti Taco Salad
The Confetti Taco Salad called for crushed up tortilla chips, but I did not crush
up the chips. I started building my salad with a bottom layer of whole tortilla chips. Next, I added the lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, Semigourmet's buttermilk ranch, and black olives. It was DELISH!
I love taco salads and this was a simple to prepare recipe. A homemade taco seasoning
beefed up the taste and adding a homemade ranch dressing really made this recipe a 5 star recipe.
Buttermilk Ranch Recipe
The Confetti Beef Taco Salad calls for ranch dressing. I love ranch dressing; however,
most bottled ranch dressings have soy. Soy is like kryptonite to me. So, I avoid soy products. Trust, me there is soy in almost everything.
I asked for a ranch dressing mix on the buzz. Semigourmet suggested
her Buttermilk Ranch recipe. Everybody loved Semigourmet's recipe. Thanks Semigourmet! For
the dressing on my taco salad, I went for the thinner version she suggested. If you look at the photo of the salad, you can see the dressing under the olives. Here it is as a dip.
I will definitely make Semigourmet's Ranch Dressing Again! The dressing will be added to my hubby's Keeper List. 5 Stars!
Lela's Rummaging Around in the Pantry Recipe
Here is another recipe I made using what I have in my pantry.
Baked Ziti 1
My family never gets tired of eating Ziti. I gave this recipe 5 stars. I used ground
beef and made own sauce. We ate this delicious Ziti for dinner and the next day we ate the rest of the pasta for lunch. 5 Stars!
Thanks for Taking a Peek! Enjoy your Day!