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Take a Peek! I Double Dare You! 
Aug. 29, 2013 12:16 pm 
Updated: Aug. 31, 2013 2:28 pm

      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

Recipe #1

     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


tyle="background-color:rgb(255,255,255); font-size:large; font-family:inherit; color:rgb(255,0,0)">My 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

Recipe #2

      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!

My Review:

      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.

Recipe #3

Semigourmet's 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.

My Review:

     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

 Recipe # 4    

     Here is another recipe I made using what I have in my pantry.

Baked Ziti 1

My Review:

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!

Aug. 29, 2013 12:36 pm
Hi Everyone, If you double click on the photo of the seasoning mix you can see an enlarged photo. I also have to apologize for the font, etc. AR Blogger is acting up today. Thanks for joining me for another blog!
Aug. 29, 2013 12:43 pm
Another awesome blog and photos. What a great way to show off Semigourmet's recipe.
Aug. 29, 2013 12:54 pm
Good Afternoon, bd.weld, I used smilebox and used the recipe template to create Semigourmet's recipe.
Aug. 29, 2013 12:55 pm
Lela, love your photos, you describe these recipes very well. It's hard not being able to do what your used to, like walking your dog. I agree with bd.weld about Semigourmet's recipe. Great read Lela thanks.
Aug. 29, 2013 1:35 pm
Lela, nice blog with lots of beautiful and colorful photos. I'm into the "basket" system in my fridge (one for jams, one for pickles/olives, one for condiments, etc.), but I like your idea of putting a placement on the shelf. The only shelf where I don't have my little plastic baskets/bins is the bottom shelf, and it is indeed scratched!
Aug. 29, 2013 3:17 pm
Lela, I think you've been really good through your recovery, and I hope that will help you get back to normal very soon! I can certainly see why you want to get outdoors--lovely scenery! And your food pictures just jump off the screen. I hope your recovery continues without a hitch.
Aug. 30, 2013 7:36 am
Sorry Everyone! Rats-this post disappeared and now it's back to haunt me. I have had trouble posting my blog here in AR. I apologize for the double posting, I appreciate all of you who responded on my blog. Thanks, for overlooking the annoying errors. Have a nice day everyone!
Aug. 30, 2013 7:38 am
Hi, manella! Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!
Aug. 30, 2013 7:41 am
Hi, lutzflcat! I thought the placemat idea was a clever solution to protecting the glass. I really like the basket system you described. I may have to see what I can find at the store to do some more organizing. Thanks for the great idea!
Aug. 30, 2013 7:44 am
Good Morning, Bibi! Since I got a new Nikon camera for Christmas, I hope to put the photos to good use. I am working on a family digital cookbook. It seems to be a never ending project. See you on the buzz, Bibi!
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
My favorite things to cook
I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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