Friday, February 26, 2016

Pozole Verde-ish Soup Crockpot Friendly

I have found us an oldie but goody, this soup has been around for years. Where have I been, we all know how to make taco soup from our memories, and we have tweaked our way.
This time welcome to


Pozole is a word for hominy (you know that white stuff in the can, that I don't ever hear about many eating. We ate when we were little with butter and salt and pepper. I still love it to this day. My family not so, but I don't have much to serve it with.

Verde means green. This is a salsa made with the green tomatillos and such to make a salsa.
(here is an example of one from Wally World)

Soup, well we all get this one. This one actually depends on how you like your soup. Do you like more juice? or you like more stuff. I lean more to the stuff. Also this one is a go on meat or not. Most recipes used the shredded chicken or the pulled pork. The next time I make I will skip the meat, I didn't miss it the salsa Verde made it so flavorful. Needed no salt, I didn't even put the chips in it.
And let me reiterate....Crock pot Friendly....Freezer Friendly..

Another thing alot of recipes, have condiments at the end you can add. Thin radish slices (that is kinda appealing to me, so maybe next time) diced onion, cheese, sour cream...well you get the idea.
I again just enjoyed it plain. Actually ate it with a side of an avocado, with lemon and sea salt and a few chips.

Regarding the meat. The pulled pork and the chicken. The pulled pork you would have to make it ahead and save some for this soup. The chicken you could throw in with it and at the end of day, just shred it. I am sure that would add to the basic chicken broth flavor that it needs. Also would actually keep you from adding chicken broth.

If you didn't want to add the broth, add water and the chicken breast, and 4 chicken bouillons along with the ingredients. I found it still the same and saved me about 4 bucks. In this first attempt I used 4 cups of water and the boullion with shredded chicken and got a tasty result.

Pozole Verde-ish (cause I thought it could use a can of diced tomatoes.) Soup

This was really good and very crockpot friendly.

1 medium size jar of verde salsa (any heat)

4 quarts of chicken stock

1 pkg of hidden valley ranch mix

Here is the tricky preference part if you like alot stuff in your soup, or alot of juice.(we like stuff) 

1 -2 cans of black beans(drain)

1 can diced tomatoes (juice and all)

4 cans of homily (the more the better, i think that is what makes it)(juice and all)

1 medium diced onion

Here is another tricky preference part if you like a meat in it, you can use shredded chicken (you can put a few breasts in the soup with a few chicken boulion cubes and leave all day and at the end, pull out and shred) or pulled pork. Honestly the homily and the verde sauce was enough for me without the meat.


 1) Dump it all in, and go.

You leave on low for hours to cook or 4-5 high for a great bowl of soup.

Now at your own delights, you can top it with all kinds of topping, but I preferred mine plain.

Easy Peasy

Crockpot Friendly and I am sure this will freeze really well. Make a few extra quarts and then just throw back in crock in morning and come home to a nice meal. 

So tonight we having this. It has been chilly here Ga. and it is a nice warming soup. I am also serving refried beans grilled tacos. Yes, I will post them after I finish, came up with a quick, new way. My beans are also the batch from the dried that I froze. You know I like the savings I get from that.

So my friends, I am off to another adventure.. Please don't be jealous...I am going off to the mountains....
you know them.....sigh....sigh...

LAUNDRY       the mountain of laundry

It really is just that simple..have a great day..

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Gosh, I was just in a hurry and wanted to tell you what I have been up to. I know everyone know I love to cook and share recipes. I love to share stories and family.
But this time I have become addicted to the SWAGBUCK frenzy. It seems for just doing surveys, watching videos, and purchasing certain items, I can win swagbucks.
The cool thing about swagbucks is that they are dollar for dollar. I have already cashed in 3 get you this 25 dollar Amazon gift cards. I just take them and add them to our Amazon Account, we order all the time from them. There are other options available too.

Here is a link if you would like to be my referal, it gives us points to share.(if trouble with link, copy and paste into your browser)

So come on over to the frenzy. You actually have nothing to lose, Even if you dilly dally on it, it can add up. I watched the videos while I worked on the Amazon Turk site...oh my, I gotta share the scoop on that one too. I will be back soon to catch you up.
Until then.. click my referal link ( if it doesn't work then copy and paste into your browser) and join swagbucks...check it out.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Greek Gyro Inspired Pizza

(updated must get the cucumbers and tomatoes for it. It made it heavenly)


I again, am cooking up a storm. The end of 2015 for us brought a relief , that we survived. During the  2015 year, we survived me having 3 hip revision surgeries, 2 disclocated new hips, the youngest, ear tubes, adnoids, and with a final end of the Daddy, falling and breaking his ankle, just with that in health problems, I guess we could have done worse. But we are all alive and kicking. We go into the New Year, with a little more hope and faith, that we made it through the fire and we can revitalize our lives.

Pinching those food pennies as always and trying to never waste a thing. I created this Pizza.

I have always had such a hankering for the Greek Gyro's. I think this comes from eating such different, cultural foods that I found while I lived in NYC. In the last few years that I lived in NY, I actually live in the Long Island City, Astoria part. It was known for alot of Greek restaurants and Diners. I always was a push over for a Gyro, with lots of the Tzatziki Sauce (white cucumber sauce) I would have to have oodles of napkins. MMMMMMMM I can almost taste it. Also in Astoria there were street vendors that would sell souvalakis, meat chunks on a stick, with a little piece of french bread stuck on the end. A little hot sauce and you were good to go (I think that will be next).I can smell them in my imagination.

Over the years, I have tried to duplicate this at home. I may just try to tell you that it is a challenge. I can always get just that taste, but then, you know.. I finally found this..
 I found this in the spices at our local Walmart. They have a no salt version. I think this is as close as I can get. I did try Alton Browns way and it was pretty good too, just took more time. I like this in meatballs. I actually last night mixed it into my turkey meat. We had Greek influenced hamburgers for dinner. With the leftover seasoned turkey, I browned up, and used on this wonderful pizza. My pizza was yummy, the next time I think thin slice cucumbers and tomatoes would take it even further and finish it out.

Isn't that a pretty pizza.. Don't forget when you make it put a little tomato and cucumber on the end with the lettuce and onions.

Greek Gyro Inspired Pizza


1/4 lb of ground turkey (or any meat..lamb would throw it out a bounds)
1 tablespoon of seasoning ( I seasoned alot, because we love the taste)
feta cheese
black olives (if you have them)
pizza crust ( I used just a Pillsbury quickie on) (pre-bake for about 5 minutes)



Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt plain0
1 lemon
1 med cucumber
1tsp dill
1tsp minced garlic

( I peeled and de-seeded my cucumber, threw it all in a food processor and blended, at end tasted if it needed some sea salt, pepper or even a little more onion.)

1) Take the turkey and mix with the seasoning and brown and make into crumbles.
2) Take pre-baked pizza crust and sprinkle a little spice on it.
3) Take the spinach and cut into little pieces (sprinkle on pizza dough) a little sliced black olives(if you have them)
4) Sprinkle on the feta cheese (you could use a little motz if you would like, but feta was good)
5) Then add the turkey meat.. Throw in oven until brown

When it is done, garnish it with cold shredded lettuce, onions (julienned), tomatoes, and thin sliced cucumber. Not to overwhelm it just to add just enough balance of tastes.

When you serve it. Give each person a small container of the tzatziki sauce (cause I love it drenched)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015


Merry Christmas to all my Family and Friends.
I have learned this year about many things, I have seen the end of my rope and I have climbed back out of the pit of darkness, I have visited many ERs this year and spent a few days in a three hospitals. I am very thankful and grateful for all the doctors and nurses that took care of me. My family have been through worry and just the despairing anxiety of not knowing what to do next.
I am blessed beyond belief with my family. I am blessed for such loving and supportive friends, and FB friends. When I was down, I always seem to have found a a loving hand, thoughtful message, prayer, or thought to pull me back up.
This has been a ugly year for us, but through it all we have grown, learned and loved. We have stuck together through the fiercest times. God has brought me to and it and one day, I pray I will come through this. Never lose hope, and never forget the blessings you have right there under your nose.
Be kind, treat others, like you want to be treated. And as My Wise Mom once said, "Think of good things and this will be what you think upon."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chorizo Potato Hash w/ Fried Corn Tortillas

 Shipped the family off to Calloway Gardens to see the Christmas Lights. I unfortunately still am recouping from hip revision surgery and can't ride that long in a car. And to be really honest, even though these places are to be handicap friendly, they always seem to fall short. Either the chairs are too short, or the potties... That is okay, I guess, but it sure would be fun, if I could have gone.. Well is what it is..

Tonight's dinner was Dining for one. Well of course you know I made it large and could have been for 3.

I am just a maniac for Chorizo, I love things that are already spiced and ready to go. My other love is onions, that is because they soak up just about anything you cook them with.. butter, chorizo (the oil and juice that comes out of the meat as you cook it) Then my other all time is potato, because it also just loves flavor and loves salt and pepper.

So for dinner I present to you >.. A Chorizo Potato Hash.  ( I had wanted to amp it up more and was going to put a sunny side egg on top, which I guarantee would have been to die for, but I couldn't reach the egg carton...booohiissssbooo) But is was still very good.

Chorizo Potato Hash w/Fried Corn Tortillas 


3 medium potatoes (wash and cut into small bite size cubes, I leave the peel, I like the texture and the vitamins)
1 large onion (diced in small bites, same size as potato)
1 tablespoon of oil (I used coconut oil)
2 small tubes of Chorizo (they were about 5 inches long, I would say after I browned it and crumbled it up I got about a 1/2 cups worth)
Corn Tortillas (how many you would like)
Coconut Oil


1) After dicing up the onion and potatoes, put them in a large saute pan with the coconut oil and start cooking them, starting to get them tender.

2) When the potatoes are about half way scoot them over to the side of the pan and put chirozo in and start breaking it up and cooking.. Then mix it all together..
Letting it cook and finish making everything tender. If you like the crusty bits you can get it all tender then raise heat and get the crispy on the edge. Just watch and flip often the chorizo has some of its own oil and it could burn really quick.

3) With this I took corn tortillas and fried them in 1/2 of coconut oil. I think this will be how I do it from now on. I went really fast. You have to watch them, the oil must heat up fast..So Please Keep and Eye on It.

I served in a large bowl (my own bowl) I topped mine with a little shredded cheese and sour cream. I am still wishing I had the egg, but I had a whole other serving I just put up. So I guess breakfast is Chorizo Hash and I am still not sharing.

 I could have stopped

It was very, very good and filling.. still wish I had an egg....

I thought I would post this quickie meal. I know you know that I love to share.. Hope you try it and enjoy it. I will be back after Thanksgiving, I am going to break down our entire meal into recipes. Atleast if the world doesn't enjoy them, then my kids and family will have them forever.
Take care and make wonderful memories. Put those phones and tablets down. Give everyone alot of attention and lots of memories. It really is just that simple....

Saturday, November 21, 2015

My Thanksgiving Menu 2015

My Thanksgiving Menu


Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy
Glazed Carrots
Bacon Glazed Green Beans (just like the wrapped but the easier edition) (see my blog for recipe)
Corn Pudding
Hashbrown Casserole
Sweet Potatoe Casserole
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Cherry Pie

Chips and Dip


Fried Stuffing with a Runny Egg on Top.

This year I promise I will take each and blog a recipe and a picture for future references. I just love to cook. I would love to hear from what everyone else is making. I am always looking for a new recipe or a new idea.

Going to use my new crockpot for the ham this year. Can't wait to see how that works.
If you are interested in the crockpot. I found it on Amazon and here is the link.

Friday, September 18, 2015

My Dear Daughter...

So it is Friday and my dear daughter who has worked all week comes in and says she needs a present. So of course I ask her why, and her response was just because she is her. So I the loving mother went on Amazon, and the first screen I see is about all the new tablets being released. She already has the FireTV and I really think she would like this. I am so proud of her and sometimes after long weeks we all need a gift for just being us. I know I might indulge her, but my kids put all the heart and effort into everything, and they don't usually ask for anything. Today was the exception, but then again I did teach them to speak their minds. So I am linking what I bought my Dear Daughter, and maybe you will buy someone you love something special just for being them. :)