Saturday, February 1, 2014

Week 4 Saturday (2/1/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Breakfast Pizza
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Pages 26-27      Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 320 calories per serving, if 15 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         This was a wild cooking weekend. I made several dishes, trying to get ahead. I made one for both of my amazing critics and then a small one for myself. Unfortunately, I was so exhausted from trying to be a fabulous chef that I didn’t even take a bite of my own.  What is that about? Too tired to eat – that may be a first for me.
         On the second day, I loved the way the flavors melded together.  Maybe this was a sign – by eating it on the second day it might have been even better than the first day – but how would I know that for sure??? This is a hearty breakfast and gave me a warm feeling.  I would love to serve this on a brunch table.  It would be a real hit. I think I am now in love with pepper bacon.
         What is pepper bacon?  I had never heard of it until this recipe.  I can attest to the fact that I am now a big fan of this spicy bacon.  After tasting this gem, regular bacon is a thing of the past, at least in this household.

Boo Boo time.  The eggs were supposed to stay whole and not break!  Oops!

Today’s critics: 
         The Serpicos: While cooking the pizza the eggs on top became rubbery-like. The girls said it was spicy. Even Nicholas ate it!  The kids said they don’t like green peppers but they ate it anyway.  Yeah!!! It was a very southwestern dish: heavy and filling.

Random Reflections

         I love winter.  I love the white snow, the brisk air, and the hot chocolate by the roaring fire.  For some reason, I have been so cold lately.  I don’t know if it is the weight loss or if my windows are beginning to fail. I really should look into the cost of replacing my windows because I believe the glazing is not holding this year. Darn it – I really wanted it to be the weight loss – better luck next time. 
         I watched a show that suggested just replacing a room at a time.  This is a smart idea if money is a problem.  I don’t have a lot of money sitting around so maybe this summer I will investigate the cost and companies who replace windows.  Next year could be a lot more comfortable and cozy than this one.

Fabyan Park, Batavia, IL

Helpful Home Hints

         I met a wonderful woman at Curves named Lois.  She shared with me an amazing window cleaning solution that is the best ever.  My windows and mirrors look amazing after using this concoction.

         The recipe:
                  1 pint of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol 90%
                  1 teaspoon Joy dishwashing soap
                  ½ cup sudsy/cloudy ammonia (found at Amstads in Batavia –                                                   other stores may carry it but that is where she bought hers).

Directions:  Add all ingredients to a gallon jug and fill the remainder with water. 

         Unless you have a mansion, this will last you for some time to come.  I love it so much that I just had to share it with y’all.

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