Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rena's Steak Fajitas! Bueno!

It's been awhile since I've posted a recipe, but tonight I was making Fajitas, and I decided you might enjoy them just as much as we do! Cubed Steak fried to a crispy brown, Onions and Bell Peppers sauteed till all soft and smelling so good, Refried Beans, Shredded Cheddar, Sour Cream and Salsa Verde all wrapped in a Warm Tortilla! Can it get any better?? Absolutely Not!
1 family pack of Cubed Steaks (containing at least 4 steaks)
2 Bell Peppers
2 Large Onions
1 Can Refried Beans
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream
Salsa Verde
Tortilla's (Burrito Size)
Olive Oil and Canola Oil
Slice the Onions into 1/2 inch rings,  and Bell Peppers into 1/2 inch slices, and saute in about 3 tbls Olive Oil, untill wilted.

I buy the family pack of Cubed Steaks, containing at least 4 good sized ones, I use one steak on each Fajita.
This gives us enough for two for dinner and two for another meal.
Salt your steaks and dredge in flour, fry in canola oil, on high untill a good brown has formed, turn down to medium and fry till juices run clear.

Heat your Refried Beans anyway you like (stove or microwave)

In small bowls put your Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese and your Salsa Verde

Place your fried steaks on a plate and while they are resting, put the Bell Peppers and Onions in a bowl.
Slice your steaks in to 1/2 inch slices and heat your tortilla's in the microwave for about 10 seconds, just till warm. Do not overheat.
Place heated tortilla on your plate an put a generous spoon of Refried Beans and smooth the length of the tortilla, this will be the anchor you place slices of Steak in. I put at least one steak sliced on each tortilla.

Place your sauteed Bell Pepper and Onions on your steak slices.
Sprinkle with Cheddar Cheese and Dollop on Sour Cream. Finish with Salsa Verde.

 Bring up the two sides, Lift carefully and take a Big Ol Bite out of one end. You will absolutely want to do a Hat Dance! I hope you will try this very economical meal for your Family, it's so good, it's like having a Fiesta!! Ole!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Bargain is a Bargain!

When I get together with my girlfriends, or if I'm chatting on some of the Facebook sites I belong to, seems we always get around to the subject of shopping. And by that, I mean telling of  the great deal we have just found. And if we aren't talking bargains, we are chatting about a trash to treasure project we have just finished! We are all "Proud" of the bargains we find, and don't mind if you know that we got it at Goodwill for 99 cents! There was a time when you would have never told anyone what you paid for an item, but now with all the Shabby Chic projects, finding the bargain is the coup de gras! It's almost like a one up! I was telling the girls in one of the gardening groups about the great finds I have found at Goodwill, well, they wanted me to show them so I started taking pictures of the tops of my kitchen cabinets. They hold a lot of bang for the buck, so to speak. Most of the pieces are from Goodwill, with some from Big Lots and some from Mom. But I will say, I have amassed quite good collection of  Objects d'art,
 This right side of my Kitchen starts off with this great copper Rooster, (GW) Copper jello mold from Mom, Great woven basked with wood carved handles.
 Little house Cookie Jar and Squash Pitcher (GW) Moms Chicken.
 Little Bicycle , Rooster (GW) , Signed Tomato Painting on Wood (GW)
 Metal Rooster (GW) , blue pitcher and Huge Gourd Pitcher from Big Lots
 Chicken from Mom, little Veggie NeedlePoint from GW
 Large Fish Jello Mold from Mom, great sunburst basket and woven ones too.
Cow Jello Mold, that I love (GW), Little beige jug with Rooster (GW), and mini Jello Mold from mom.
If you look at the pictures top to bottom you can see how they run the top of my cabinets.

Hope you're not tired of this, but now these are the pictures of the Left side of my kitchen cabinets.
 Grapes and small Rooster (GW) Gorgeous Ewer from late 1800's was Moms
 Terra Cotta Rabbit (GW)
 Small Veggie NeedlePoint (GW), White Rabbit Pitcher (GW)
 Gnarly Birdhouse and Gourd Pitcher both from GW

 Wild Turkey Decanter from My Dad, Pitcher from Target.(on sale $2.00!)
Great Apple Painting, Signed. (Church Bazaar) Jello molds from Mom.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the fun bargains I have found on my little shopping sprees. Would love to see some of the treasures you have found too!

Summer is fast coming to a Close

Honestly I was so cold last Winter that I told myself I would not complain of the Heat whatsoever! But now that Summer is almost over, I find myself looking forward to some much cooler evenings. And a break from the heat as I work in the yard would be a great help, the humidity...please!! I'm not complaining, in a way we were kind of shortchanged on the Summer. Tropical storms, and rains days on end, have truly meant a shorter summer. Fletcher High has been in session a week already! And once school starts, the press is on for all the stores to start pushing Christmas, be damned Halloween, and Thanksgiving! Remember when you were a kid and Summer lasted forever...

My yard is still soggy in some places, the rains really did a number, but the worst of it all is the overgrowth of everything! Saturday I worked in the yard all day, pulling more weeds that I've seen all summer, and the vines have grown everywhere. I managed to get all the flower beds weeded and enough vines pulled to fill two large trash cans! Oh I am so gunna pay for this! I thought I had actually got some sunburn, but I didn't, it was towel burn!! I had wiped the sweat from my face so many times, I was actually chaffed!! Ahhh Aloe!
The Arrowheads have taken over my flower beds in the back, but look at the Pothos growing on the fence!! Some of the leaves measure 10 inches across!