Thursday, April 17, 2014

Week 15 Thursday (4/17/14)

Recipe Review               
Today’s Recipe and Location:  Breakfast Bowls
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
                           Pages  56 - 57     Copyright:  2009  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 435 calories per serving, if 8 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         I had one of these beauties for breakfast this morning.  Ree suggests that we use her Basic Breakfast Potatoes but I cheated and used frozen potatoes. Once again, I also substituted hot sausage for regular breakfast sausage. These bowls are spicy, hearty and cheesey.  What else can anyone want to eat for breakfast?
         I did make a major mistake. Prior to pouring them into these individual glass bowls, I should have sprayed them with nonstick Pam because they have been a pain to clean. However, they were worth the trouble.
         It is worth the calories because it is very filling thus helping you avoid snacking during the morning. Another perk is that I froze them after they were assembled. Ree’s food all freezes well and tastes great, a week or two later.  Who would have known?

The Glorious Garden              

         I can’t get over that there are so many weeds already up in the gardens. This is the time when a gardener has to get a hold of the yard before it gets out of hand.
         The first step is to pull out any remaining debris from last year’s gardens. Most of this was taken care of in the fall, but there are a few things that I need to accomplish, soon.
         After that, I need to haul out the Round Up and spray the weeds so they don’t take hold. I also like to dig what I call “the trench.”  This is a ditch that keeps the grass from entering the gardens. 
         I usually do not order the mulch this early because I like to make sure all of the plants are up before they come or they will bury them under mulch or step on them and possibly kill them.
         I usually spend about a half hour each day in the gardens at this time of year to prepare it for summer, except on cold or rainy days.  Then it is on its own.

Irksome Ideas and Images       

         This is a problem that no one really intentionally causes, but it does occur a lot. The Midwest is a very windy place. The problem occurs when people put the garbage and recycling cans out too early or on the night before pickup. By morning, the garbage is strewn all the way through the neighborhood. I realized this problem as I was driving to STC the other day. The cornfields were littered with garbage from the day before. I’m sure I have been guilty of this myself so from now on I need to check the weather report the night before pickup, so that I am not guilty of this myself.

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