Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Week 10 Wednesday (3/12/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Quesadillas de Camarones

         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Page 156 - 157      Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 365 calories per quesdaillas, if 12 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         I love love love quesadillas.  I had never made them at home before because going out to eat and ordering them was a heck of a lot easier.  These quesadillas are made with shrimp which is something else that I wouldn’t normally order but gosh darn it I was wrong.  I love shrimp and I love quesadillas so of course I love them mixed.
         These tortilla filled wonders are amazing.  The peppers and onion add such flavor that I just want to cry.  Okay, maybe not, but they really make this yummy.  Of course, no self-respecting quesadilla would be caught dead without a lot of cheese, and in this case Ree recommended Monterey Jack. As usual, she hit it right on the head. 
         This is a quick fix dinner and I’m sure your family would love it as much I do now. 

Today’s critics:  just me

Gabbin’ About Gratitude

         Today, I am grateful for my friend and neighbor Nicole. She is a person I totally trust.  She is in charge of my most important possessions – Sage and Willow. 
         There are so many things that I admire Nicole for each and every day.  First of all, she is a fabulous mother who goes way above and beyond to support, instruct, and enable her kids to live their best life.  She is a certified teacher, which gives us another thing in common. I have watched her work with each child on homework and keep a high standard of expectation for grades and effort.

         She is also a dog lover, another commonality. Nicole and Joe have a sweet dog, named Bandit. I love this dog as if she were my own. Bandit is a calm, loving dog that doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. My dogs have a love/hate relationship with her.

         Nicole is also a great friend. We speak a lot on the phone and I really enjoy talking and spending time with her. Summer is the best time because we see each other more often. She also has a great sense of humor and we are the unofficial co-chairs of our Neighborhood Watch, which basically means we keep an eye on everything.  You could even say that we are a little snoopy.  HA!!  I love this neighborhood and can honestly say that our neighbors are the best.
         I hope that all of you have a Nicole in your life.

Memory Musings

         When I lived in Panama City, Florida, I worked for a wonderful family. The Andersons were very good to me over the years.  I officially worked for Pam and Ken Anderson, but the Senior Andersons were still very active in the businesses.          One of my favorite memories is of going to Mrs. Anderson’s home for lunch.  Now I didn’t go there very often, but it was such a learning experience when I was invited.  Mrs. Anderson prepared a dinner-like luncheon. I had never seen so many vegetables, most of which I had never even hear of before. Have you ever heard of butter beans, okra, “greens” , lima beans, and field peas? Now everyone knows that I do not eat green food, but I felt a lot of guilt when I turned down a veggie.  I could feel Mrs. Anderson’s displeasure. I don’t believe she was angry with me, but she wanted to please me as a guest in her home. I truly liked Mrs. Anderson and hated to let her down.
         I learned to divide and conquer. I would take a small spoonful and then as the meal progressed, I would spread it all around my plate and under other items to hide the evidence. I always hoped she didn’t notice, but if she did she was too classy to ever comment.
         To this day I still love the entire family. I miss seeing Pam and Ken and their beautiful daughter Susie.  I hope that I will get to see them when I return to Florida.

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