Friday, February 8

Last night after pool...

On Thursday nights we play in a pool league. They are doing it different this year whereby you draw for your partner as you enter thus playing with a new partner each week. The new format seems to be very popular. My partner, Jerry Walker and I won 3 out of 5. I think Butch and his partner won 4. Not sure on that. It is more about the fun than the score. At least it is for me.

Yesterday was a hot one. The weather has been unseasonably warm and gives indications of staying that way. So after pool it seemed a good idea to soak my feet in the hot tub/swimming pool. And indeed it was. Peggy joined me and we enjoyed the warm pleasant evening and the warm pleasant water while looking up at the star-filled Texas night. Butch also stopped by for a bit of a soak and conversation before heading off to watch "Person of Interest".

Tuesday, February 5

H.E.B. Superbowl Ad

 If only we could have H.E.B. in Jefferson. Hey, I can dream can't I?

Sunday, February 3

Saturday's South Padre Kite Festival adventure

You can read about the kite festival and what it took to get there on the magnolia blog. I will post the walk on the beach photo's here.

They met at the beach...

...It did not work out.


Portuguese Man-of -war

A girls day at the beach

South Beach Phase one recipe-a keeper

This one is a keeper! We enjoyed it for supper and since there are 8 servings we will be enjoying it again. Butch gave it a thumbs up.

Spicy Green Chile Mexican Casserole with Ground Beef, Black Beans, and Tomatoes
(Makes 8 servings; recipe created by Kalyn and Jake with inspiration from Layered Mexican Casserole
with Chicken, Green Chiles, Pinto Beans, and Cheese.)
1 can (26 or 27 oz.) whole green chiles, drained (be careful not to buy whole jalapenos, which look
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed well with cold water and drained
1 onion, chopped
2 tsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. extra-lean ground beef (less than 10% fat)
1 T taco seasoning (I use my homemade Taco Seasoning, but a purchased seasoning will work.)
1 can (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes with juice
3 eggs, beaten well
1 cup Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (from a 15 oz. can, freeze the rest for another use.)
1 1/2 cups Low-Fat Mexican Four Cheese Blend (I use the blend from Costco which has 6 grams of fat in
1/4 cup)
low-fat sour cream for serving (optional)
I used my favorite Anchor Hocking 12 Cup Bake-and-Store Glass Casserole Dish for this recipe, but you
can use any dish that's 8"x8" or 9"x9" with high sides. (If you don't have a dish that size, I think a
rectangular glass casserole dish would work to make a flatter casserole, although you might not be able
to make an extra layer of green chiles in the middle.)
Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Dump the whole green chiles into a colander placed in the sink and let
them drain while you prep the filling. When the green chiles are drained, move them to a cutting board
and then put the black beans in the colander, rinse with cold water, and let drain.
Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a large heavy non-stick pan, add the onions, and saute over medium-high heat
until onions are browned, about 5-6 minutes. Remove onions to a small bowl. Add the other teaspoon
of olive oil and the ground beef and cook 6-8 minutes, or until the beef is well browned, breaking it
apart with the turner as it cooks. Add the taco seasoning and cook 1-2 minutes more.
Add the diced tomatoes and juice, drained black beans, and onions and turn heat to medium low. Cook
until the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated. (When you use the turner to push the mixture aside,
the bottom of the pan should look nearly dry.)
While the meat mixture cooks use your fingers to open each of the whole chiles and then use a paper
towel to wipe away the seeds and blot each chile as dry as you can get it. (You will need 6-8 paper
towels to do all the chiles, but don't skip this step. If you don't remove the seeds, this dish will be extra
spicy.) Divide the chiles into 3 piles as you dry them.
Spray the casserole dish with non-stick spray and make a layer of 1/3 of the chiles in the bottom of the
dish. Top with 1/2 the meat mixture. Make another layer of chiles on top of the meat mixture, and top
with the other 1/2 of the meat mixture. Finish with a top layer of the last 1/3 of the chiles.
Beat the eggs and then whisk in the cup of Green Chile Enchilada sauce. Pour this over the casserole and
then use a fork or knife to gently push the ingredients aside so the egg/sauce mixture can run down into
the layers. Top with the grated cheese and cover the casserole dish with the lid or foil.
Bake covered for 30 minutes, or until all the cheese is melted and the casserole is starting to bubble.
Remove the lid or foil and bake 20-25 minutes more. If you want the top well-browned, switch to broil
the last few minutes and brown the top. This is easier to serve if you let it sit for about 10 minutes
before cutting. Serve hot, with a dollop of low-fat sour cream on top if desired.
This printable recipe from

Princess Elise

It is always a treat for me to see Elise on Facebook and then I snip her cute little picture and get it on here. That way her Great Grandpa can see it without having to go to Facebook. The things I don't do for that man!