Saturday, August 2, 2014

Black Bean Salsa

Who doesn't love Chips and Salsa ?  I seriously don't know a single person.  Everyone likes it right?  My personal favorite is Black Bean Salsa.

Here is my go-to recipe

Black Bean Salsa

3 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (11 oz) can Mexican-style corn - (I like Green Giant Steam Crisp Mexicorn)

2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, partially drained (I like Rotel Original)

2 tomatoes, diced (depending on the time of year, if I can't get good fresh tomatoes, I will use a can of Del Monte petite diced tomatoes, drained well)

Fresh chopped cilantro (optional)

Mix all together and chill at least 8 hours (I typically make the night before I plan on having it).  The flavors need time to infuse together.  The more it sits, the better it gets.

Serve with your favorite chips (I like Tostito Scoops)
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Friday, August 1, 2014

July 2014 Movies

These are new (to me) movies that I saw in July 2014

Jersey Boys - I saw the broadway show and loved it so was happy when the movie came it - it didn't disappoint.  Very good!  Great music!

Grown Ups 2 - I love Adam Sandler and liked Grown Ups but this movie was awful.  Sorry Adam :(

Take Me Out To the Ballgame - a 1949 musical.  Starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Esther Williams &Betty Garrett so you know it was good !

Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr. - a documentary about the artwork of Robert De Niro, Sr. (the famous actor's father).  Very interesting.

Coyote Ugly - yes, I think the entire free world has seen this movie and yes, I know it is about 14 years old, but I never saw it, believe it or not, so finally decided to watch it.  I liked it.  It isn't something I would watch over and over but it was a decent enough movie.

Edge of Tomorrow - If you know me, you know that I LOVE TOM CRUISE MOVIES !!!  The man is so incredibly talented and he not only is an amazing actor, he does his own stunts and they are phenomenal stunts !  On top of that he has the looks and the charm.  I can't believe he hasn't ever won an Oscar - so unfair!  Anyway.  this movie, by far, has been my favorite so far this year.  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.  It is futuristic - about an alien war.  The plot is easy to understand but hard to explain to someone else.  JUST GO SEE IT !!

Wish I Was Here - written and starring Zach Braff and my favorite young actress, Joey King, as his daughter.  It is about an out-of-work actor who can no longer afford private school so decides to home school his kids by teaching them real life.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Buddy Epsen - The Tin Man

I am sure that most people know that Buddy Epsen (well knows as Jed Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies) was supposed to play the part of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.  However, due to a severe allergic reaction to the aluminum powder makeup, he couldn't.

(Note: They used aluminum paste makeup on Jack Haley to ensure they didn't have the same problem that Epsen had)

What a lot of people may not know is that he did record "If I Only Had a Heart".  I really like it but in the end, I am glad that Jack Haley ended up with the role.  I have a great fondness for the tin man.  He is so sweet and gentle.  While Buddy Ebsen does a wonderful version of this song.  I love Jack Haley's angelic voice and can't imagine anyone else as the Tin Man.

Interesting Fact 1:  Did you know that Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland's (aka Dorthy) daughter, became Jack Haley's (the Tin Man's) daughter-in-law?  Liza was married to Jack Haley, Jr. 

Interesting Fact 2:   Did you know that Jack Haley (the Tin Man) was the Godfather to John Lahr, who was Bert Lahr's (the Lion) son? is Buddy Epsen's version of "If I Only Had a Heart"

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cheater Pot Pie

I love Chicken Pot Pie - but not the frozen variety.  I only like homemade.  I think the reason I don't like the frozen kind is because of the meat - the squares of chicken just do not taste right to me.  I don't know....I came across this recipe about 7 or 8 years ago on and gave it a try.

I thought it was pretty good and I hadn't made it in a while. 

Here is the ORIGINAL version on but I changed it more to my personal tastes.

3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (8 ounce) can mix peas & carrots
1 (8 ounce) can corn, low sodium, drained
1/2 pound  cooked chicken, diced or shredded
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
Black pepper to taste (the soup and veggies have enough salt so I don't add extra)
1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated layered biscuits
1/2 cup shredded cheese (optional)
Dash of Italian Seasoning (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly butter a 9 inch deep dish pie pan with melted butter; reserve some of the melted butter.
2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine vegetables and chicken; cook until vegetables are tender. Fold in soup; mix well. Pour in milk and mix until smooth; mixture should not be runny. Add pepper to taste. Bring to a boil.
3. Remove from heat and spread mixture into bottom of pie pan. Separate biscuits into layers and place gently on top of mixture. Drizzle remaining butter on top of biscuit layers.  Sprinkle with cheese and Italian seasoning (if desired)
4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Cartoon Cussing

I do not care for foul language - I always say there are better choices for words.

One day at work, I was miffed at an email I received and forwarded it to a co-worker and I prefaced it with:


My co-worker replied back - what the heck does that mean?  I said "you know it is cartoon curse words".  I had to explain it but now we use cartoon curse words when we aren't happy with a situation at work now.

Here are good examples....brought to you by Yosemite Sam.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Funny Friday - Joaquin Phoenix's Forehead

I've been super busy and not much time for blogging lately but have to post a Funny Friday.  This one is a big uh... different.

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