~Southern Fried Gal
Saturday, May 30, 2009
~Southern Fried Gal
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Green Chile Chicken Quesadillas
3 frozen boneless chicken breasts
1 can Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
1 can Rotel (tomato and chile mixture)
1 can diced Green Chiles
Shredded Cheese (I use 4 cheese blend)
BONUS - this chicken is a great base for several other uses. Sometimes I throw in corn and black beans for a southwestern soup. Sometimes I use in enchiladas. Mostly I use in my quesadillas as described below.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Yippee! My new computer is here. I have been without a computer for one week and it has been so hard. I don't realize how much I depend on it until I don't have it at my fingertips. I even had to go to the library to do a little work one day - oh the horror!
Seriously it turned into a fun time because it was BBC's first visit and he LOVED it. We ran into some friends there and then he got to check out four books. We went upstairs to the computer room and he sat there quietly for over an hour and studied those books while I knocked out a few things. I was so proud! We even went back again yesterday to turn in those books and get some new ones. We are going to join the summer reading program and we are both excited!
I have lots of blog business to get back to like announcing the winner of The Middle Mom book. And the winner is Heather! I will be in contact to get your name/address information so we can get the book in the mail to you! Thank you to everyone that is helping spread the word about this book!
I received my first bloggy award ever a couple of weeks ago from Mommyto3andahusky! I was tickled pink and I'm so excited! Thank you again! I want to pass it along but know I will leave out someone that I love. So if you have a lovely blog and want to grab this award please feel free to do so - you know who you are!
I also have lots of replying to do on all the wonderful comments you have left. If you sent me an email in the last two weeks and I haven't responded, please resend to me because I lost some email when my computer went down and I haven't been able to retrieve them thus far.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Next day we came outside and there were four toads in the pool. BBC was so excited that Todd found his family and brought them over for a swim. According to him it was his mom, dad, and brother. His dad seemed a little lazy because he was riding around on mom's back. Ewww! BBC fished them all out and let them go on the back side of the yard.
DH came home later that evening and we were telling him about all the toads that we fished out. You can see our pool looked like a pond due to the monsoon season and not being able to keep it balanced. I think he thought I was nagging to get it cleaned up. Maybe I was. At any rate, I noticed a long black cord in the bottom of the deep end. I asked DH what he thought it was from - we figured it was something that blew in from one of the storms.
So skip ahead past a few very rainy days to last Friday. BBC and I ventured out in the afternoon to find SEVEN toads in the pool. This time I fished them out and put them out even farther in the yard thinking they for sure would not venture back in.
DH came home later in the day and went to clean out a skimmer. He squealed and jumped back when he opened it. (Sorry to bust you out, babe, but you did.) I came to investigate and found SEVEN toads in the skimmer. It looked like the same crew that I fished out earlier in the day.
At this point I was tired of fishing toads out of the pool so I dug around in the storage chest and found a mesh bag. I fished the toads out one by one and put them all in the bag. I made DH drive me over to one of the lakes. I got out and walked down the road with the toads in stow. A couple were walking ahead of me and the toads were being quite noisy. The man turned around I confessed to having a bag full of toads. I told him I was tired of fishing them out of the pool so I was relocating them to a nice new home. He thought I was a TOADal weirdo. I guess I am but I didn't have the heart to dispose of them and did not want them in my pool again . I found a shallow area that fed into the lake. It looked like toad heaven. DH chuckled as he told me he thought they would just become a nice meal for a snake or turtle. At least that would serve a purpose. At any rate, I don't expect to see them in my pool again.
At this point if you are easily grossed out OR if you plan to swim in our pool this summer you may want to stop reading here. But if you are a brave soul and must continue on, remember I warned you!
So on Saturday DH was out vacuuming the bottom of the pool. He tried to get the black cord up but it kept breaking. He thought it was weird but kept going until he finally got it all off the bottom of the pool. He also found a weird gel with black dots in the skimmer earlier and wasn't sure what it was. Then he put two and two together to figure out that the black cord was toad eggs. Double ewww! Of course I came in and googled a toad's life cycle (don't you love google) and sure enough that is what it was. It made for an interesting science lesson for all of us.
Can you say TOADally DISGUSTING? Now I am TOADally glad I relocated those suckers!
On a bright note, the pool is blue again and the water is clear and beautiful. DH started balancing out this evening and I am certain we will be swimming by weekend. Thank the good Lord for chemicals! What plans do you have for the long weekend?
Sunday, May 17, 2009
So sometimes I crack myself up (and only myself) but after all it is my blog, right? I can see DH rolling his eyes now. BTW - he found out I have been mentioning him in posts so he has become a regular reader now. Hello, sweetie!
Seriously, I have a HILARIOUS frog story to tell you, well really it is a toad story but it was impossible to find a rhyming scheme with toad. I hope to post it in the next day or so. The cog is my DEAD computer. We put a fix in place a couple of months back and knew we needed to order a new one. DH finally placed the order last Wednesday and I haven't been able to log in to the old one since Thursday morning - what are the odds? My new computer won't be in for a couple of weeks so I will have to beg, borrow, and pray between now and then.
And finally the meat of this post. Have you heard of MyRecipes.com? I have mentioned and linked to it in other posts but I wanted to take a moment and share a little more about it and what a great resource it is. You know I'm a Southern Living gal through and through. Well this is a one-stop-shop for recipes found in Southern Living and its sister publications (Real Simple, Cooking Light, Coastal Living, Sunset, Health, and All You).
Each day there are 5 featured articles on the front page. The picture in this post caught my eye and was the lead in to Healthy Grilling. We (read DH) did a lot of work to get the pool ready this weekend and Memorial Day weekend is in one week. Grilling and hanging out at the pool basically sums up my summer plans and I'm always on the lookout for new grill recipes - especially healthy ones!
Probably the feature I use most is the recipe search. I try to keep my magazines cleared out and I love knowing I can search this site to find the exact recipe I saw in one of the magazines. Or I can just search for a general recipe. There are tons of great recipes in the database and there are several options for optimizing your search.
Are you in a rut with your menu planning? Why not join a Recipe of the Day Calendar? There are several to choose from. I haven't taken full advantage of this feature, yet, but the Heart Healthy Recipes calendar definitely catches my eye. OK - the chocolate one does, too, but I am really trying to get us on the path to healthier eating!
And that is just the tip of the iceberg! There are so many useful features on this site. I can't even begin to cover them all. In addition to all this, there is an actual blog, too! Please be sure to leave a comment that Southern Fried Gal sent you. Who knows maybe I will be picked to write a guest post!
OK - this is probably officially my longest post ever. If you are still here thanks for enduring and I hope this information has been helpful! I would love to hear what you think! What feature are you most excited about?
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I have found that our price on subscriptions is one of the lowest out there. I am currently offering a 10% discount off all our magazine subscriptions so you can pick up any of the following for $17.95 each...
40779 Coastal Living (20 issues)
40993 Real Simple (12 issues)
40922 Cooking Light (24 issues)
40775 Southern Accents (7 issues)
40778 Health (20 issues)
40776 All You (24 issues)
40777 Sunset (12 issues)
My personal favorites are Southern Living (of course!), All You for value conscious ideas and lots of coupons, and Real Simple.
Why not pick up one magazine for yourself and another as a gift?
To place your order please visit my personal website...
Click How to Purchase
Select Carmella Fryar
In the Search box type the magazine number (for example, for All You, type 40776)
Do the previous 3 steps for each magazine you wish to order
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For more details, please review page 79 in the online catalog or contact me.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
My son, Carson, wrote a song for their daughter on the event of her adoption. The words to the song are written in the book. But, better than that, you can go to the web-site and hear him sing this song. He recorded this song alone in his rent house! He is playing the instruments and does the harmony vocal as well. I know you will be blessed. Thanks for letting me share my heart."
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Or how about creating a soothing candlescape with fresh flowers and either our Jamestown Votives (pg 9) or Abingdon Votives (pg 27) lined down the center?
It also makes a lovely dish to display your soap in your guest bath!
Friday, May 8, 2009
After a long visit to the Old Mill we headed to the nursery to check out the fish and then home. To round out the day, I convinced the boys to take me to Hot Springs for dinner at Rolando's! Yummy!
Monday, May 4, 2009
I did a lot better job this go recovering - experience pays off!
Also - notice that the doors are not back on the built-ins. Can you say project? I'm having trouble convincing DH of my vision. He'll come around and help me and it will be fabulous and I will share!