In a world of pressure, stress and an amazing amount of patience I must have, sometimes, life gets the best of me. I wish to sell everything and take a job bagging groceries at Safeway. Of course, I will live in an apartment in Hawaii or Florida! Somewhere definitely warm and sunny! When all else fails, the chocolate doesn’t
"Carpet and Criket"
work, jumping up and down hollerin’, reading self help, stress reliever books! I call on the best guru, mentor and friend I know. Some know him as Wooly Grandpa, others as Walter, me….he is Dad, good ol’ dad. After all the frustration, questions, spiritual yearnings are said through blubbering and sniffles, he always has the best answer. Once it was go kick a cow and I never laughed so hard in my life. But the other day it was take my cow dog “Corky” and let him chase ol’ Carpet around the field a time or two. Do something to bring a smile to your face. Little did he know, the thought of him dropping all he had to do, to listen to his 40 year old daughter moan the blues that life is hard, brought that smile long before he said it.
I also have these two sisters, that are wonderful friends to me and each time I hear their voices it just lifts my heart. The next day after an hour long good belly laugh with them, I feel lighter. It’s like they are Ying and Yang — each one of them a beautiful individual but together, they can save my world!
Which leads me to today….it was a ‘bizness” day in Cheyenne and there wasn’t a meeting or person I met that didn’t leave me with a smile and that warm fuzzy feeling! Even the lady outside Sam’s Club that saw my 4 bags of dog food and offered to help me unload it, made me laugh, that good laugh, that humanity, integrity and just plain ol’ being kind still exists!
As I peruse (not sure of the spelling) facebook, I see a friend of mine getting ready for her dressage show this weekend and can just picture the beauty the judges will behold when she enters the ring on her black steed! I have pictured her ride in my mind and it’s perfect! Next I see one of my friends has planted part of her garden, I giggle, funny how did she know that’s what I was just thinking of doing! Then another friend is lying on a beach somewhere in Mexico and I wish I was beside her enjoying her friendship and of course a direct IV of margaritas being served to me!
I guess it’s like my dad says, it’s never as bad as it seems and not to be afraid of “it” – whatever “it” is — I can handle “it”!! To take me right back to the good life, the grateful life, late last night I watched my favorite cooks “Two Fat Ladies” and if you have never seen them, you have missed a lifetime of good laughs and good food! They cook just like me, or should I say I cook like them! And when my friend Faye is around, we can pull off “Two blonde Chicks” just like them!
I figure I haven’t been to prompt on the recipes lately and am working hard to get all my recipes together in a latest cook book called WTF! But the ladies reminded me of a great favorite. Heuvo Rancheros!
Of course you can double, triple or shorten this recipe, it’s not exacting and add what you like or leave out things you don’t!
I start with probably two cups of ground beef, or you can use pork sausage, or you can mix it!
I brown it in the pan (don’t salt it until it is browned) then add a chopped onion, two cloves of garlic smashed, grated or chopped. Next if it’s summer and you can go to the farmers market and get fresh roasted peppers(which I then grind up and freeze for later) add probably 1 cup of chopped roasted pepper. You can also buy cans of diced chilis or peppers. And either a can of crushed tomatoes or chop up some fresh tomatoes. I also add to taste, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, and crushed red pepper.
Next take some of those small corn tortillas and put a layer of oil in a fry pan, cook them very quickly in the oil, more to just soften them and make them pliable rather than crispy…I do about 6 (depends on the kinda folks you are feeding!)
If you are feeding cowboys….I fry two eggs per tortilla….Put the tortilla on the plate, then an egg, then a big scoop of our meat mixture, a good sprinkle of montery jack cheese and then another egg an last a dollop of my JT Salsa with a dollop of sour cream! Voila!
As I said, you can do the recipe how ever you want, some folks don’t even like eggs, so I will put more meat, then maybe some fried potatoes and melt the cheese! When I serve it for ladies I try to make the egg almost perfectly round and place it on top and then the cheese and melt it all up!
As you can see by the words, take, make and shape this to YOUR flavor, YOUR look! Don’t worry about exacting measurements, just worry how spicy you want it!!! lol!!
I wish you all a wonderful week and hope that you all have a “medicine man” like my dad to turn too when life seems awfully tough! And them some great girlfriends to bring that laugh back to the surface! And don’t forget I also have a wealth of waggin’ dog tails and big kisses that cure a lot of life’s troublesome days!
Cheers my friends!
"Life is good"