Friday, November 29

Thanksgiving 2019

Madonna and Liz

 Dave and Paul getting the TV ready

Nice large space for entertaining

Yup! Football

 Cindy and Fred

Playing "65" L to R- Butch, Sally, Paul, Liz, Madonna, Cindy.

 L to R Marie, Bruce, Kristi, Mrs. Randy, Randy, and Bob

Bob catches a quick nap.

Thursday, November 28

Happy Thanksgiving!

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This is the time of year when we wish we could be in two places at once. Our minds run through an address book of the places we have been and the people we know there and of course our family. We love you all!
 We are invited to the home of one of our Trophy Garden's friends to share food and laughter.

Wednesday, November 27

Yesterday's Mexico Excursion

I am happy to report that all the unnecessary folderol of last year at the border has disappeared. It looks pretty much back to normal. Of course, it will never be quite like it was as there have been too many bridges burnt between the two countries. It is nice to see at least a little sanity has returned.
Our new neighbors, Candy and Rick moved in behind our RV. They are us a little more than ten years ago. They are newly retired and full-timers. So being new to the area as well we are happy to show them around. We had a great time in Progreso. We went clear down to Hector's to pick up a few items. I needed some Abreva (cold sore medication) and it is an over the counter med in the US and costs in the neighborhood of $18 for a tiny little tube. Hector said he had a real bargain on it, 6 boxes for $7. I snapped it right up and Candy and I shared it. It always pays to ask Hector if there is a drugstore item you are in need of.
We had lunch at Jessica's and it was one of the best meals I have ever had there. I had fish and a salad while Butch had chicken fajitas. Love it when a meal remains memorable and that one does for sure.
Here are some pictures Candy took on our excursion.

Candy and Rick


5 on your side follow-up

The saga in Magnolia Park continues. Channel 5 KRGV news does features on residents who have problems of one sort or another.  And they sometimes do a follow-up to see if the issue has been resolved. Here is the latest.

Sunday, November 24

Ham and Cauliflower Casserole Au Gratin

Yesterday I put together this casserole that was a family favorite long before Keto but it fits the criteria so decided to give it a go. DEE-licious! I was getting a little impatient with salad and meat. It was time for a change and a welcome change it was. The recipe may sound a bit intense to put together but really it is easy.
I am much looking forward to leftovers today.

Ham and Cauliflower Casserole Au Gratin

(Makes about 6 servings; recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from Twice Baked Cauliflower.)

about 6 cups cauliflower flowerets, cut fairly small (1 large head cauliflower or 1 1/2 small heads)
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
2 cups diced lean ham
4 oz. cream cheese softened
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 T finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
 black pepper to taste
3/4 cup grated cheese (I used Four Cheese Mexican Blend)

Preheat oven to 350F/180C.  Fill a medium-sized pot half full with water, add 1/2 tsp. salt, and start to bring to a boil.  Cut up the cauliflower into small flowerets, discarding the leaves and core.  Put cauliflower pieces into the water and cook at a low boil until the cauliflower is starting to get soft, about 20 minutes. (One method of cooking the cauliflower is to cut/slice cauliflower in small pieces resembling diced potatoes, and steam it in a steamer. (Can poke it with a fork) Another is to microwave it for 12 to 14 minutes. Do not cover dish while microwaving and drain for at least 5 minutes after in colander or strainer.

While cauliflower is cooking, cut the ham into small cubes and slice green onions. Put cream cheese into a glass dish or measuring cup and soften it in the microwave.  When cream cheese is soft stir in the Greek yogurt, Parmesan, and sliced green onions.

When cauliflower is cooked enough to start to soften, pour into a colander placed in the sink and let it drain well (at least 5 minutes.)  Put the drained cauliflower back into the pot you cooked it in and mash with a potato masher until it's partly mashed but still has quite a few chunks left.  Stir in the sauce mixture and combine well with the cauliflower; then gently mix in the diced ham.  Season to taste with fresh-ground black pepper.  (I didn't use salt because the ham and the Parmesan are both salty.)

Spray glass or crockery casserole dish with non-stick spray or olive oil.  (I used a round dish that was 8 inches across, with fairly high sides.)  Pour cauliflower mixture into the dish, spread out evenly, and sprinkle with the cheese.

Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned and all the mixture is hot throughout and starting to bubble.  Let sit 10 minutes for any liquid to be absorbed, then serve hot.

I am assuming that this freezes well, but I haven't tried freezing it because I didn't have any leftovers.
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