March 25, 2012

I have a date tonight

With Mad Men season 5 premiere!

I'm hoping the show deals with the sexual revolution and civil rights movement of the 1960s more boldly than the brief nods in previously seasons. I've mentioned my obsession here in the past. The show may have "men" in the title, but it's the women who make the show - give it heart, depth and complexity. So don't call me tonight, I have a date!

March 11, 2012


Another eMeals hit! We love colored peppers and "minis" are super convenient to eat so I improvised the recipe a bit. I realize the photo is not as appealing raw as it would have been cooked ... I should have taken a photo after they came out of the oven. Oh well, such is life. Hubby couldn't get enough of these - sweet and juicy peppers with seasoned meat. Delish!

Stuffed Peppers
4-6 medium bell peppers, cut off tops & remove seed or one bag mini peppers
1 1/2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey
1 chopped sweet onion
14 oz can Italian style diced tomatoes, undrained
⅜ c cooked white rice
3/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper
6 T ketchup-divided
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano or italian seasoning + dry mustard

I used glaze from my favorite church cookbook:
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp dry mustard
1 Tb brown sugar

Combine ground beef, onion, rice, 4 T ketchup, salt, pepper & 3/4 tsp oregano. Stuff mix in peppers & set in 8x8 baking dish. Stir diced tomatoes, 2 T ketchup and oregano then pour over peppers. Cover with foil. Bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours or until no longer pink in center.

Mine only took an hour to cook. I added tomatoes, ketchup and seasoning to meat mix. Then I put in large Ziploc bag, cut corner and "piped" into peppers. Add glaze on top with teaspoon. I ran out of peppers (half bag) so made mini loaves - these tasted good, but because no egg to bind they fell apart when I took them out of the pan. Super yummy over mashed potatoes two days later though!

March 10, 2012

Hot Wheels

Our new handicap accessible van!

March 1, 2012

Kitty Love

Another cat post. Pre-accident hubby made fun of how close Sookie and I were. She follows me everywhere, cuddles and even likes to "chat" while I shower. He called her pathetic. Look who's all buddy-buddy now?!