Sunday, April 27, 2014

Week 16 Sunday (4/27/14)

Recipe Review       

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Lazy Chiles Rellenos
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman blog

I figured out that there are 166 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 really enjoyed this recipe but I might have screwed it up a bit. You have to bake this in a water bath and a little of the water got into the dish. This made the cooking time doubled. Even after that thought, they were a little watery. The flavor was amazing, however. Since the calorie count was low, I doubled them up to make a larger serving for myself. I like them a lot but I think my sister, Susan’s, chili cheese bites beat them out.

Here is Susan’s recipe (seen in the blog earlier):

Susan Kunzelman’s Chili Cheese Bites

8 Tablespoons butter, melted
10 eggs, beaten
½ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt
2 (4 oz.) cans chopped green chilies
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheddar cheese
Frito scoops to serve

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
         Add ingredients in order and combine as you go.   When all ingredients are blended, bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Then, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes.
         Serve with scoop Fritos.  Yum! Yum!

Trivial Triffles

         Two weeks ago I discovered a problem with my six foot fence. One of the panels had broken away from the post. The bottom stayed intact, but the top was apart. One of my greatest fears is of my dogs getting out of the backyard. They do not understand cars and would be killed.

         I notified Classic Fence and made arrangements for them to repair the fence a.s.a.p. I am happy to report they fixed it in two days. I also paid them to inspect the entire fence and repair anything that would be a problem this year. 
         I believe in being proactive and not reactive. They pounded in a few nails and declared it fit for the season. I think I got off easy since I have seen many fences in total disrepair after this rough winter.
         I feel so relieved that this problem was discovered and taken care of quickly. The wind would have played havoc with it if I didn’t react immediately, and then the bill would have been much larger.

Memory Musings

         My final year at WIU was a great deal of work. The last year is primarily 400 level classes, which are more intense. My cumulative project for my SS methods class was to create a teaching unit on Friendship/Citizenship using the Peanuts theme. I wrote all of the lessons and prepared the bulletin boards and learning games, but I needed something dramatic to pull it all together.
         My brother-in-law, Greg, came to my rescue. I talked to him and asked if he would create a doghouse that would hold worksheets. Greg is quite brilliant and the doghouse was so cool. The worksheets were held vertically, which I know was a tremendous amount of work. I talked to my Dad who had it mailed UPS to me at the University.
         I then painted it a shiny red and black. I received an A on the entire unit, and I owe a large part of my grade to Greg and my Dad.  I couldn’t have done it without them.
         I am so blessed to have Greg in my life. He has always been so supportive of me. I love him very much and can’t imagine my family without him.  I love ya, Man!

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