Thursday, October 11, 2018

October's Muse

Good morning!  I am finally writing another post after all these weeks. It seems as if I have fallen off the face of the earth, actually. I would like you to think I've been just that busy...  but...  those of you who know me realize that just isn't true.  I have just been AWOL. It seems as if I just got my old sleigh full of Whoville's treasures about half way up Mt. Crumpet to dump it... and it slid down around my ears. My Mom used to say, "I need to light a fire under you."  Well, yes. Yes, that fire needs to be lit, for sure.  

I tell you what happened if you have a minute.  I got the main body of the house presentable...  and then I have been sitting on my.... laurels (another of Mom's wise observations.) However, this crisp Autumn that has arrived is firing my senses, and I am raring to get more done.  Our temperatures this week are dipping into the mid 30's.  It fires me up. 

Where do I start?  Want a quick recipe? I made enchiladas the quick way for Sunday's lunch and served them with chips, sour cream, salsa, and a salad...  

Quick Enchiladas

1 1/2 # ground beef, cooked and drained

Mix in large bowl with

1 pkg. taco seasoning
1/2 bottle taco sauce (not salsa)
2 c. shredded cheese, Mexican style
1 -2 cans green chiles

This is my short cut. The real enchilada recipes layer all these ingredients, but I just moosh them together and fill the tortilla...  It seems not to matter to my family. I try to get sauce all the way out to the ends of the side of the tortilla that will be layered in the roll, so it isn't just a dry clump of dough.

Roll two large Serving Spoons of this into large flour tortillas.  I don't pinch in sides but put about 10 in a 9 x 13 pan.  I put 7 lengthwise and 3 across the end.

Pour 2 cans red Enchilada sauce over the top.  I added a drained can of Ro-tel, but I wasn't a fan of the extra tomato taste although I got no complaints! 

Top with a substantial amount of grated Mexican cheese.

Bake one hour in 350 oven

Did you ever have a string of things that made you just want to get cranky? Well, I think that's a sign that something is wrong with me when that happens.  My Mom told a story about a mother who watched a high school band go by.  Her son was named John and he was stomping quite energetically on his right foot when everyone else was clearly on "their Left, their left they had a good home but they Left." Mom said the mother of John watched them pass and turned to her friends around her and said, "Oh, my! Everyone's out of step but my Johnny." ....  yeah, that's how it has seemed at times lately. 

 I just painted my own little witch dancing in the moonlight...  It's what you call "Primitive."

I get up fairly early, sometimes really before I have to. Often I work on editing a book for a friend's husband. On this particular morning I was able to capture the blue hour...That's the kind of thing I had in mind when my son suggested we enlarge the kitchen and I decided to move the table to the windows...  I love to watch the rains come in, and soon.....  that four-letter word, SNOW...  

I made some potato soup yesterday, the first I've made since I used to make it for Mama. It was her favorite. 

Right now I think I will just enjoy this cup of Cinnamon Apple coffee and get ready to play chauffeur for a friend of mine. Have a good Thursday! I had this cup made with a photo enhanced of our old barn that is rapidly disintegrating before our eyes.  It was my grandfather's barn, and we need to have it torn down...   See you tomorrow.

Whimsy and Hugs!


From My Country Sunrise said...

Awesome day and love this weather~~ Know you are enjoying your new room~~Things will all come together in due time Love and hugs♥

kathleen sharp said...

Love your lovely home especially the views from your windows. Thanks for all the posts I've followed them for years!

Miss Merry said...

Take time to "smell the roses" and enjoy your new kitchen. All your dishes sound scrumptious and so does your coffee. The blue light window is wonderful. We have gone from 92 degrees early this week to 50's today. I do feel more energized in the cooler temps - those humid days just sap the "get up and go" right out of me.