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Take A Peek Double Dare You! 
Aug. 29, 2013 1:33 pm 
Updated: Sep. 5, 2013 11:23 am

   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 my 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 1:36 pm
I am sorry to say, when I edited the blog, the comments disappeared. So please post again.
Aug. 29, 2013 2:23 pm
Lela...I'm just reading this for the first time so I didn't have comments to repost...BUT have to tell you that I find your Blogs very enjoyable.....I hope you continue to heal well and take care of yourself....and no matter what...keep blogging...!
Aug. 29, 2013 2:25 pm
Lela the photos are lovely, the food looks great, and I enjoyed reading it. It's hard when you can't do what you used to do, like walking your dog. By the sounds of it you seem to be doing well. Hope that knee heals quick.
Aug. 29, 2013 2:47 pm
Great blog and great photos. What a perfect way to show Semigourmet's recipe. Awesome.
Aug. 29, 2013 4:27 pm
That is a cute way to use place mats! I wish I could take walks in your area. Those scenes are beautiful! I spent much of my day trying to read a book---it now takes forever!
Aug. 29, 2013 6:02 pm
Your photos are impressive - and the spice names over the piles! Clever! BTW Your Aunt's recipe was written on a California tablet - I grew up on Brookhurst & Cerritos in Anaheim and lived in Htg Bch as an adult...
Aug. 29, 2013 6:18 pm
Beautiful pictures! I enjoyed reading your blog and am envious of your scenery when you can walk your dog. Hope you are back to it soon! I like the placemats in the fridge idea!
Aug. 30, 2013 5:42 am
Hubby had a knee replacement almost 10 years ago-it really improved his life. His Doctor said horseback riding was an excellent exercise afterwards, but I can't get him on a horse very often-he loves things w/wheels. I might steal your fridge idea-haha.
Aug. 30, 2013 7:03 am
Good Morning, Ellie! Nice to see you here. I appreciate you stopping by. In my dreams, I can still run! Odd that I am dreaming about running. See you on the buzz!
Aug. 30, 2013 7:05 am
Hello, manella! I am getting better everyday! I hope to see you on the Buzz. My hubby bought some lemons and I am going to make your wonderful lemon loaf for my SIL. I just love your recipe!
Aug. 30, 2013 7:09 am
Hi there, bd.weld! I am having fun using a recipe template from Smilebox. However, I am glad I saved the template because Smilebox discontinued the recipe feature. I am looking forward to reading a blog from you since you have that nifty camera.
Aug. 30, 2013 7:13 am
Good Morning, sueb! I used to read a book in one day. I can't say that I can do that now. I do live in a beautiful state. I am sure you are busy with your recipe experimentation and that takes a lot of time, too! See you on the buzz sueb!
Aug. 30, 2013 7:19 am
Hello, scootersandi I used the free photo editing picmonkey to label the spices. Too bad the photo won't fit on the recipe. AR format is square and the spice photo gets chopped off. My Aunt Bea probably used paper from my uncle's house. She loved visiting everyone. My uncle and family lived in Huntington Beach, CA. My Aunt Bea and family lived in Redwood City, CA.
Aug. 30, 2013 7:30 am
Good Morning, Mother Ann! Isn't it amazing the ideas you can get nowdays on the internet. There are so many ideas on pinterest, that I could be organizing things from the refrigerator to the pantry. I was thinking about you and your close knit family. I hope Steve and his pet Paulie made it back to South Dakota okay. My son will be heading to Denver soon. He is looking for a job. I know when that day comes, it will be hard. I like you love having my family around. Have a nice day, Mother Ann!
Aug. 30, 2013 7:33 am
Hi, goodeats! I wish I had a horse to ride. I would ride horses when I visited my Grandma. I miss that. I have some exercises I am working on that are very boring. However, I am sure I will be better soon. I am glad your hubby is doing well with his knee replacement. Enjoy your day and see you on the Buzz!
Aug. 30, 2013 8:16 am
Lela, I, too, was intrigued by the First Team paper that your Aunt Bea wrote the recipe on! I like your style of how to bide your time following surgery! I wish I were that organized! I attempt but never really quite succeed!
Aug. 30, 2013 8:39 am
Hi Marianne, my Aunt was such a lovely lady with cooking skills I would like to emulate. She loved experimenting in the kitchen. She introduced me to jicama, artichokes, and my favorite cheesecake! I still can't make a cheese cake like she did. As far as organizing-I think it is because I can't venture out and about. Using the stool is a great asset. I have dragged the stool around all over my kitchen. Next task-kitchen drawers. At least, my kitchen will be organized by the time my knee gets better.
Aug. 30, 2013 10:09 am
Your photos just get better and better! You are so creative with your presentations. I, too,, am stealing your placemat idea for the fridge. Continue healing as well as you have been and you will be zipping around in no time.
Aug. 30, 2013 10:22 am
I always enjoy your blogs and photos. I, too, have recipes that just list the ingredients. Loved the placemat idea. I'm with you on soy, I can't have it either and it does sneak into so many things! Great Blog!
Aug. 30, 2013 12:41 pm
Good Afternoon, BigShotsMom! Yes, I want to zip around. The placemat idea is working so far! I can just take the placemat out to clean. The shelf doesn't get all those rings from the orange juice either! Thanks for the compliments.!
Aug. 30, 2013 12:44 pm
Hi, Cat Hill! Thanks for stopping by. Isn't soy allergy/sensitivity a bummer? If I go to a potluck I am playing Russian Roulette when it comes to other people's food. So, I always try to take a large main dish that I can eat. Enjoy your day!
Aug. 31, 2013 9:29 am
Your pictures are always so bright and beautiful. Didn't know about your knee surgery, hope you'll be out and walking that pooch soon enough, you sure live in a pretty place for long walks.
Aug. 31, 2013 10:02 am
Hello, Sherri! Thanks. I am truly blessed to live in such a beautiful state. My dog loves to take walks everyday. I see your pup is your avatar! What a cute dog!
Aug. 31, 2013 4:56 pm
Your recipes look great Lela, although I am a chicken and turkey fan for most of my main course meals. I do enjoy pasta when I need something to fill my empty plate for dinner. I seem to like rotini now with some grated cheese underneath and tomato sauce on top.
Sep. 1, 2013 9:01 am
Good morning cheerios. We eat a variety of meats from beef to fish. I like buying a 1/2 a cow from a local rancher. The beef is so much better than I can buy in the store.
Sep. 3, 2013 9:54 am
Love, love, love your blog Lela! Especially what you said about your Aunt Bea. Back in the day, I had a friend that could make anything out of a pound of hamburger. Do you remember that cookbook titled "101 Things To Make Out of Hamburger?" Or something like that.... I have an entire box filled to the brim of DH's Mama's (scribbled on little pieces of paper) recipes. Some day, I'm going to go through it and make every one of those recipes. I hope you heal completely and quickly Lela. In the meantime, have fun with these projects.
Sep. 3, 2013 11:43 am
Hello, Candice! I never heard of the hamburger cookbook. However, there were a lot of beef casseroles made in our house growing up. Those scribbled recipes intrigue me Candice. I hope you make a few recipes and let us know how your family likes them.
Sep. 3, 2013 8:01 pm
Great blog and impressive photos Lela. Thanks for taking the time to post for us all to enjoy. Continue to heal! (I love Colorado too, and try to visit there often! What a place.)
Sep. 5, 2013 11:23 am
Hello, Indiana Peggy! Thanks for the compliments. I hope to see you on the buzz!
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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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