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Saturday, August 20, 2011

cute as a lady bug *** Lady bug card

This card I made to send to carolyns daughter Susan
I do hope she likes the cheerful ladybugs

a set of skeleton cards with matching envelopes

I made a set of these cards with different colored paper backgrounds

Toxic cards - skull & bones with matching envelopes

I made a set of these cards in several different colors

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chicken bean Tortilla Soup *** in the crockpot

Chicken Bean Tortilla Soup


4-6 Tbsp. El Cid Mexican Bean Seasoning (more or less to taste)
2 lbs. boneless Chicken
2 cups dry black beans
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup tortilla strips
1 (7 oz.) can diced mild green chilies
9 cups water


Crock-Pot Method: Cut meat into 1' cubes. In Crock-Pot, add meat, beans, onions, peppers, celery, carrots, seasoning and 9 cups water. Cook on high for 2 hours, reduce to low and cook for 6-8 hours. Top with cilantro, cheese, sour cream and tortilla strips. Makes 4 or 5 servings.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Healthier eating * a recipe I found to try * mini mushroom & sausage quiches

Mini Mushroom-&-Sausage Quiches
From EatingWell:

These crustless mini quiches are like portable omelets. Turkey sausage and sauteed mushrooms keep them light and savory. Small and satisfying, they're also a good finger food for your next cocktail party.

8 ounces turkey breakfast sausage, removed from casing and crumbled into small pieces
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
5 eggs
3 egg whites
1 cup 1% milk

1.Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 325°F. Coat a nonstick muffin tin generously with cooking spray (see Tip).
2.Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Add oil to the pan. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to the bowl with the sausage. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in scallions, cheese and pepper.
3.Whisk eggs, egg whites and milk in a medium bowl. Divide the egg mixture evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of the sausage mixture into each cup.
4.Bake until the tops are just beginning to brown, 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Place a rack on top of the pan, flip it over and turn the quiches out onto the rack. Turn upright and let cool completely.
Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap in plastic and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, remove plastic, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 60 seconds.

A good-quality nonstick muffin tin works best for this recipe. If you don't have one, line a regular muffin tin with foil baking cups.
NutritionPer quiche: 90 calories; 5 g fat ( 2 g sat , 1 g mono ); 105 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 9 g protein; 0 g fiber; 217 mg sodium; 108 mg potassium.