Thursday, June 29, 2023

Birthday Dreams

Parties! Birthday bashes!
MY Bible Study Zoom GROUP met here on Monday. We had a catered salad lunch... My friend caters, and she is fabulous.  Our menu was potato, pasta, chicken, and fruit salads, croissants, and Better than "X" cake. New pioneer woman dishware and linens... so sweet to gather in person. 
The weather was perfect. 
Then on Wednesday a group of us from Bevier met here for brunch.  They brought cinnamon rolls, charcuterie, and fruit. I made a breakfast Pizza (new recipe) and beverages. 

We're getting some of the smoky skies and scented breezes from Canada. Those poor people who live  closer! 

Today it's hot and muggy and nearly stormy. We need rain in the worst way.  This is my 69th birthday! I shared 64 of them with my dear Mama... This is the first one since we lost her that I've been able to feel like a whole person.  Hard to explain.  I certainly had fun, but other years after she died, I kept thinking there had to be more... the part with her... 
We're getting lots of wind.  Makes me tremendously remember the storms on our birthdays from the past.  One year Mom kept telling Daddy that she wanted our old, unused outhouse removed for her birthday. Since it's the middle of haying season, he just couldn't.  I recall we had to go huddle in the basement with winds close to 75 to 100 mph.... Daddy went to check the skies and came back down the old stairs, two at a time, grinning... the storm had blown down our old out house at the back of the property... 
Here's my newest recipe! Since we're all tuckered out with outhouse tales!
Breakfast Pizza
5 cups thawed hash browns
8 eggs (divided)
3 c. Shredded cheddar ( I used a mixture of shredded and Kraft Singles)
2/3 to 3/4 c. Sour cream
1 c. Cubed ham, chicken, browned sausage,  bacon
Optional: chopped peppers, onions, mushrooms, black olives

Mix hash browns, 1 c. Cheese, 2 eggs. Press into well oiled 9 x 13. This is the crust. Bake at 400° until lightly golden.

Whisk 6 eggs and sour cream. Add salt and pepper.

After crust has baked, scatter meat and vegetables.  Pour egg mixture over top and top with cheese. Bake until set and golden. Time varies.

I used the remainder of large bag of hash browns and more toppings to make an extra small pizza for us. It was really well received by my guests! I used Swiss for our small one.  You could use cream or milk to replace sour cream but I like the taste it gives.  It would be really good with home grown tomatoes.  I mean though... slice home grown summer tomatoes on a little bowl of gravel...
 I'll try it!

Monday, June 26, 2023

Goodness! June post!

Hello,  my Dears! 

Not too much new here. We've just been very busy with all the Summer things. My Porch has been open for some great visits. And I think I'll see a few this week, too. 
Mostly I just enjoy each day and rattle around here in search of some calm in the storm. 
My cousin made these for my birthday!  So sweet!
My son was awake at 4 a m to welcome the first day of Summer with surprise s'mores and a rented-from- Amazon movie (John Wick 4)... He went to work and I sacked out in my recliner by 8. 
I have a new kitchen gadget, a George Foreman quesadilla maker.  It's very fun,  and we've tried a few recipes.  I made a pepperoni 2-crust tortilla pizza. It had Rao's sauce and mozarella. OF COURSE, pepperoni... I used some extra butter because I think the crust gets kind of dry... That was good.   But then I found the Taco Bell Quesadilla recipe. I've made that twice.  I'll say to Timber it down if you don't like spice... maybe sub pickle vinegar for the jalapeños... but it's the Bomb! 
Makes 4 (flapped in half) or 2 full size 
2/3 c mayo
2 t. Minced jalapeños 
2 t. Jalapeño juice/vinegar 
1 t. Paprika
2 t. Sugar 
1-2 t. Cumin
1/2 t. Garlic powder
1/2 t. Red pepper powder 
Mix all together (I'm sure I used more spice than it calls for)  

For each large flour tortilla (4 total)
Smooth a large scoop of sauce on half. Add one slice of American cheese (4 total. I used the kind you unwrap)
Add a scoop of shredded chicken. (I used the pregrilled frozen from Aldi's that was nuked 40 seconds) 
Top with a layer of cheddar/Monterrey jack blend shredded cheese.
Flap over top and grill until desired brownness.

I made them out flat with 2 crusts so I made 2... The second batch I added fresh diced tomatoes. Yum! 
Those are baby hash rounds on top... 
Well... I have to do a few chores and then get some sleep! It's already midnight.  My days and nights are so skewed!