Sauted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon



Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

6 strips of thick-cut bacon

2 tbs butter

1 pound of brussels sprouts, halved

1 chopped onion

salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Once cooked, remove from the pan and chop.

2. Add butter to the bacon grease and melt.

3. Add onions and brussels sprouts and cook 8-10 minutes, until brussels sprouts are browned. Stir frequently so the onion does not burn.

4. Season with salt and pepper and add bacon. Stir and serve hot.

New Mexican Breakfast Casserole




New Mexican Breakfast Casserole


2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls

1 pound bacon or sausage, browned and crumbled

1/2 chopped onion

1/2 cup hot green chile (Bueno Autumn Roast is great!)

2 cups hash browns, diced potatoes, or tater tots

garlic, salt, pepper to taste

6 eggs, mixed well

1 cup shredded cheese


1. Preheat oven to 375

2. Spray cooking spray into a 9 x 12 baking pan.

3. Layer the bottom and about 1 inch up the sides of the pan with crescent roll dough, 

4. Put the meat down first, covering the bottom of the pan. Add potatoes, onion and chile. Season.

5. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the mixture. Pour eggs over the top. Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese on top.

6. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook an additional 10 minutes.


A Little Story Within a Story

This is a small story that will be a part of my current work in process…

The sun was shining brightly, but the wind carried a promise of snow. I adjusted my camera around my neck. Hopefully today would be the day that I caught that perfect picture.  I stopped to let a couple of cowboys lead their horses toward the grandstand. I smiled at them as they went by and then lit a cigarette.

I could hear music playing and I stopped, watching the pageantry from across the parking lot. Dust was kicked up by the horses galloping across the arena. I kept walking, wishing Bobby was here. He would have loved the buildup to the rodeo events. This was his element: high energy, loud. Always friendly, he would have been right in the middle of the action. I went to my first rodeo with him and Carrie, tagging along, wishing I could just go up and talk to people.

Crushing the cigarette beneath my boot heel, I realized why Bobby was in my head tonight. Someone was playing Alabama. The first song Bobby and I ever danced to was “Feels So Right.” I was 14 and had the biggest crush on my best friend’s brother. Carrie and I were at our first high school dance. We were giggling in the corner with several of our friends when Bobby came out of the crowd and pulled me out on the dance floor. I was pretty sure I was in heaven. We started dating shortly after that and were together every day until the day I ran away.

It’s amazing the pull a song can have. It had been four years and I had never felt that I wanted to go home until tonight. I walked over to the pay phone by the snack bar, pulled out a quarter and dialed the number that was indelibly imprinted on my brain. The phone rang several times and then the answering machine picked up. Tears filled my eyes as I left the message, “I’m ok. I miss you all.” And hung up.

Impatiently I wiped the tears away, took a deep breath and turned back to the arena. It was time to go to work.Image

Cranberry Chutney




This is a recipe I have posted before. However, in the spirit of the season and because I have tweaked the recipe a little, I thought I would repost it. We use this as cranberry sauce on our holiday table. I also use it in pumpkin bread. 

Cranberry Chutney

1 can frozen orange juice

6 cups cranberries

1 orange, diced, peel and all

2 apples, diced

2 cups chopped walnuts

3 cups sugar

2 tbs pumpkin pie spice

1 tbs cardamom

2 tbs vanilla


Put all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Put into pint canning jars and process in a water bath for 15 minutes.


Southwestern Hash

southwestern hash

Southwestern Hash

1 pound ground beef browned
salt, pepper, and garlic to taste
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1/2 cup green chile
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cup tater tots

1. Brown the ground meat and add seasoning to taste.
2. Add Rotel tomatoes, onion and green chile
3. Add Tater tots and cook until the tots begin to fall apart.
4. Top with grated cheese


Sorry I have been gone for so long. I haven’t posted much at all in 2013. Need to remedy that.

It has been an extremely strange year.The biggest sidetrack for the year is that I got divorced. This took a LOT of my attention and energy. Then I changed grade levels at school…went from teaching 4th grade to 7th. Lots of adjustments.

BUT fortunately, everything is mellowing out and now I can get back to my favorite things:)

Music, food, and writing…