Friday, November 26, 2010


My Sweet Johnny has gone home to be with our Lord! He passed yesterday at 12:10 pm.
Please keep me in your prayers as my heart is breaking :(

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Prayers Please!!

Tango's DH has had a heart attack & needs all the Prayers she can get!!
Will update soon!

Please forgive her for not commenting on your blogs, will catch up when she can.

Monday, November 15, 2010


So life at Tango's is a mess!!!
I had to take DH to the ER Thursday night. He was having excruciating pain in his head.Crying, whining, hollering men are not a pretty site! We get there & get back in a cubby & another guy thought the whining crying thing was a good idea too! So for 4 hours this goes on! ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
So all of his sinus's are infected, causing the pain & he's now diabetic. They gave him a pain shot & a antibiotic shot in the butt. Gave him a script for Avelox & pain meds. So the Avelox is too strong for him & off to the clinic we go this morning. He's gasping for air & from 8am till 12:30 we are there. So now to stop the Avelox & get a z pack & Augmentum. And yes he's still whining & crying & I can't take it anymore! I'm ready to have a nervous breakdown. I had to call in to work & she wanted me to find someone to take my shift?? I was like I don't have time for all that?? WTH!!

So on to me the chiro called on Friday & that mass is a fibroid attached to the outside of my uterus & he said that because it's calcified they are benign!! Thank you Lord!

I was off Sunday but had to go in for a meeting at 9 which was very productive all was aired & I feel better about it!
I made`a pot roast in my new dutch oven!! Love it!
I finished my stocking for the giveaway!! I think it starts December 1st!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

So I cooked again! LOL

I decided on Tuesday morning I was going to cook up some ground beef before I had to go to work at 3. This way I could sew on Wednesday when I was off!!
So I made

Baked Shells with Pesto, Mozzarella, and Meat Sauce

1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground beef
2 cups chopped canned tomatoes, drained (from one 28-ounce can)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup store-bought or homemade pesto
3/4 pound medium pasta shells
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Oil a large baking dish (about 9 by 13 inches).

In a large stainless-steel frying pan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the ground beef and cook, breaking it up, until the meat is no longer pink, about 2 minutes. Drain off any excess fat.

Add the tomatoes and salt to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the pesto.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the shells until just done, about 10 minutes. Drain and toss with the sauce. Put half of the pasta into the prepared baking dish and top with half the mozzarella and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan. Repeat with the remaining pasta, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Bake until bubbling, about 15 minutes. Yummy!!!

Scottish Beef and Potato Pie
This was a little time consuming but very good!!

For the Beef and Potatoes:
1 pound boiling potatoes
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound ground beef sirloin or top round
1 cup beef broth
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the Sauce:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese ( about 4 ounces)
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of grated nutmeg

Peel and slice the potatoes into a 3/8-inch-thick pieces. Put the slices into a pan with cold water to cover, add 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, bring the water to a boil, and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Drain and set the potatoes aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil and sauté the onion until lightly golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon and cook for 1 minute. Add the ground beef and break it up with the spoon. Sauté the beef for 10 minutes, scraping the bottom of the skillet with the wooden spoon. When the flour and beef are brown, pour in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, the remaining salt, and the pepper. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, until thickened. Set aside while you make the sauce.

Whisk the butter, flour, and milk together in a nonreactive saucepan. Heat to a boil, whisking constantly and vigorously, until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, whisking frequently. Remove the sauce from the heat, and whisk in a 2/3 cup of the cheese and the egg yolk. Season with the salt and nutmeg.

Spread the meat mixture in to a 9-x-9-inch casserole, then cover the meat with the sauce. Top the sauce with the potatoes, overlapping the slices to make a scalloped pattern. Cover with the remaining cheese and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly brown. (For an extra-brown top, run the pie under a hot broiler.) Let the pie set at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Than a hamburger & rice that's got chow mein noodles on top , cause I had a bunch left over from the cupcakes!! We haven't tried it yet!!

My back is still bothering me?? I went to a new chiropractor on Thursday morning. He took x-rays, my spine is curving to the left & starting to straighten. Plus he sent out the x-rays to be read there's a calcified mass in either my abdomen or bladder:(
Waiting on the results!!

Than here's another chance to WIN a GO!! if you haven't like me won one yet!!!
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Monster Cupcake Anyone??

LOL I saw these in the Taste of Home magazine & had to make them!! Too funny!!
I didn't buy the M&M's for the eyes? forgot to get them, guess my age is catching up on me!!
Orange You Spiky

Southwestern Pork & Rice Soup
6 cups Kitchen Basics® Unsalted or Original Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. boneless pork loin, or pork tenderloin, cut into cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapeno chilies, seeded and chopped (left out, DH is spicy wimp)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped (left out forgot to buy one:?()
1/3 cup long-grain rice
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lime

In a large saucepan over medium-high, heat 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil. Add the pork and cook until golden brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Cook in batches if necessary to avoid crowding. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium and heat the remaining oil. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeno, red pepper and rice and stir to coat with the oil. Add the stocks and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer about 15 minutes until the rice is tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

Added a can of White Acre Peas ( variation of field peas) to make it a full meal. Served it with corn muffins. Yummy!!
I would add a bit more rice next time.