Sunday, March 28, 2010

Posole....hoo wee, it's a scorcher!

I tried a new recipe that came with raves from my daughter and son-in-law, had all the ingredients on hand, was a quick recipe, and it was time to kick out dinner.

Assembled all the ingredients, chopped, measured, sauted, simmered.....

Oh MY!!!  This is REALLY hot, and I know my daughter likes spicy food, but when her dad says we need to cut it with something, I knew I had something off in the recipe.

So I cooked some white rice, sliced some avocados, lime and had some corn chips.  It was late so I was unable to call my daughter and decided it had great flavor, just so much heat that it made it difficult to eat.

Shared it with our son and a friend that can take the heat with a warning and in the meantime, emailed my daughter and asked what I did wrong.  She called back laughing hysterically!!!  I was supposed to use 1 canned chipolte chile in adobo sauce chopped, NOT 1 CAN of chipolte chile in adobo sauce!!!  LOL, we were all rolling on the floor!!!  Honest mistake and made for a good laugh.

So, I do recommend the recipe, it is really flavorful, but definitely only use ONE pepper from the can, like Ang said, that would "burn a hole in your stomach" !

I used frozen "just chicken" from Trader Joe's and it was a good substitution, I know Ang used a roasted chicken from the store.

The recipe is below.

This Mexican stew is topped with shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, cilantro, and lime wedges.
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)


  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1  canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 3/4  cup  finely chopped onion
  • 3/4  cup  finely chopped celery
  • 3/4  cup  finely chopped carrot
  • 2  tablespoons  minced garlic
  • 2  teaspoons  chili powder
  • 2  cups  leftover cooked turkey, shredded (light and dark meat)
  • 3  cups  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2  cup  tomato puree
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  (15.5-ounce) can white hominy, drained


Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Finely chop chile. Add chile and next 5 ingredients (chile through chili powder), and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer.
Cover and cook 45 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally.

2 Bears, Tell Me A Story

As I discover more & more of the digital world, I am like a kid in a candy shop, or better yet a camera store!  I have joined a few new groups on FB and they have assignments, which could take all day if I allowed it too, but I have a life that does not include taking and playing with pictures, but I am loving the new found friends with common interest and learning new ways to play and create.

One group is Digital Photography School and they have weekly assignments, pretty sure I am not going to be able to do this on a regular basis.  But I did submit one for this last week, but it is a different format, and I am not sure I posted correctly, though it seemed to at the time.  The assignment was "Tell Me A Story" and this was my submission.

2 Bears       

I explained the origin of the bears, the small brown bear "Teddy B" was Angela's 1st stuffed animal and it has a music box inside, well loved.  The 2nd was made from my sisters chenille poncho.  When she died, some women took clothes that we selected and made them into Teddy Bears for keepsakes.  So I keep these two nestled together on the guest bed and smile each time I peek at them.

I look forward to doing more challenges and assignments along my journey.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring, Friends and Renewal

Here it Friday morning, the end of March!  Where did the first 3 months go?  Not sure what to blog at this time and quite honestly, reevaluating many things, the whys and so on.  This blog being one of them.

 One conclusion is I just want to share what I consider to be fun and a part of my life.  Not going to go deep on this so I am going to continue to post when I can & remind myself that I do this for me and for fun.  Not sure where, if any place this will eventually lead.  So here goes for today, just worry about tomorrow...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Zoom Blur....

Good morning world.  The weekend was a busy productive one.  First I was able to take a workshop, part 2, of Photo Shop CS4.  I took the first part months ago, and as with any new skill, if not practiced, disposable.  Some skills came back, reinforced others and learned some new.

Then we have some friends in town to share some time and laughs with, always good.  Though I am not used to the late hours, then up for work and way too much food, great food, but way too much.

The pictures though, I am posting are continued tries from a DPA workshop in SF.  Zoom blur, for as "out of focus" that they are, it actually takes a skill to keep the center focused and the edges blurred.  I played around a bit the other day, while I was fitting in the things "needing" to be done, which is a whole other discussion.

Contemplating Angel

Hopefully, I will post a few pictures of a sunset walk we took at the beach.  The more I attempt to learn, the more I realize that this world of digital photography is immense and open to so much personal interpretation.  Which I love, because it combines my love for both art and photography.  So, I have decided that this I do for me, because I love to do it, and not for any other reason....which I need to remember.  I will continue to play, and learn and most of all, enjoy.  Hope you do to.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Ideas & Family

My sis

My Sweetie

I have pretty much spent the day in my "studio"!  and loving every minute of it, well almost every minute.
I decided today was the day to connect my battery backup...knowing it would take at least an hour.....ok, so 2+ hours.  But a good opportunity to reacquaint myself with everything, and I mean everything, that is plugged in, connected to my computer.  Shheez Louise!!  So cleaned, vacuumed, re-routed wires, and after a call to my daughter & son-in-law for help, they weren't available, APC, who is only available M-F and then my Mac Tech, again unavailable!!  So, once, twice, three times over the instruction sheet, I knew I could do it ?!
Done!!! And it all works!!!
Thank you God!!

Then I decided to attempt to download some Light Room Lightroomkillertips  presets that I learned about from the Art Center Photo Society   San Luis Obispo Art Center   meeting that I finally got my ....self....up and out the door the attend.

So, then I played..... :)

My "studio" is still a mess, but I am "as happy as a clam in high water"

Shell Creek Rd  March 13 2010C
 My sis & her hubby came for a visit, Yeah!!  So good to have them here.  We wanted to show them the area and made a large loop around the county.  From SLO town to Shell Creek Rd. Shandon to Paso Robles down hwy 46 to Morro Bay for lunch and home.

I wanted to see how many flowers are starting to bloom, with all the rain we have had it promises to an explosion of color, but it was only in the 40's over the grade mid morning, still too cold, but the weather will be in the 70's this week and then it will really change.

Shell Creek Rd.

A few Poppies

Only a small section of Poppies on the hillside

My sis Connie and John, thanks for coming!  I miss you!

Shandon Chapel

Shandon Chapel, Shandon Ca

Bathroom Window
Shell Creek Wildflowers

View from the Chapel, old farmstead

Shandon Chapel, want to to a walk? 

 A perfect day, with shredded beef waiting in the crockpot for tacos.......