Month: August 2011

Maisy’s Cheeseburger Macaroni

The Meat Base

2 lbs. ground beef (organic, grass fed, if can find) (or 1 lb. if necessary)

1 large onion, diced fine

1 can/jar tomato paste (approx. 7 oz.)

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 tsp Ancho Chili Powder

Dash of Tabasco Sauce (to taste)

In a large pot (Dutch Oven size) start the onions in some virgin olive oil over a medium heat, cook until beginning to turn translucent, then add the ground beef, chopping into small pieces, cook until browned. Add the tomato paste, cayenne pepper, and Ancho chili powder. Stir well. Add the Tabasco Sauce, taste, add more to desired level of flavor.

Meat filling

Combine this with the macaroni and cheese, see below.
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The Macaroni & Cheese Part

Cheese Sauce

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons flour

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups milk

Tabasco sauce

1 box of elbow macaroni, cooked via package directions (make sure to add salt to the water!)

In sauce pan melt the butter and stir in the flour, mixing well. Allow to simmer (should be a loose paste, add more flour or butter as needed.) When the flour butter paste has cooked for at least a minute, add the milk, stirring well. On a medium-low heat bring the cream sauce up to heated through, it will thicken as it gets closer to the boiling point. Full thickening will occur when it boils. This is a thick sauce. Once the cream sauce is thickened, add the shredded cheddar cheese, stirring well until it’s melted and incorporated into the cream sauce. Add some Tabasco sauce to taste (I like a lot!)

Cheese Sauce

Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions, in a large pan or bowl combine the macaroni with the cheese sauce.

Macaroni and Cheese

Combine with the meat, just enough to mix them together a bit.

Macaroni and Cheese with Meat filling Oven (Optional)

If you want to, put the whole thing into an oven-able casserole then place into a 350-degree-F oven for 10-15 minutes, or until hot through-out.

Cheeseburger Mac

Serve and ENJOY!

 

 

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I made this for dinner last night, had the leftovers for lunch today. Everyone loved it and still loves it. It’s my own creation, based on the fact that it’s “out there” but this is my own concoction of it, including spice and sauces.

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[Recipe and Post Updated on January 3, 2015 at 8:12pm]

Crepe Myrtles in 2011

Our Crepe Myrtle didn’t start blooming until just this week, well, noticeable blooms forming the other week (finally!) and opening this week. It’s still a young tree, but had bloomed last year, the year before, and the year before that, and we expected it to bloom nicely this year.

In Georgia it’s notable how many Crepe Myrtles there are, looking at them you just can’t help but notice their showy full bloom splendor in the hot June, July, August months.

This year, I noticed other Crepe Myrtles not flowering, or flowering in a spotty, nastily skimpy way. I haven’t seen more than a handful of fully in bloom Crepe Myrtles (not that I’m a big traveler.)Crepe Myrtle Finally Beginning to Bloom

Our Crepe Myrtle is a Muskogee and is supposed to have a very long blooming period. Not starting until August (and not very much at that) isn’t even a short blooming period. 2011 = Very Bad Year for Crepe Myrtles

Gorgeous Pink Peonies: Eleven

Peony 2010 - photo taken May 14, 2010

Spring came early this year. It was absolute that many of my plants & trees did their Spring Thing weeks earlier than normal.

Gorgeous Pink Peony 1
Peony 2011 – photo taken May 1, 2011

With that impact noticeable it must have some sort of impact on Crepe Myrtles, I guess. Not enough “down time”? Not exactly, the Crepe Myrtle had no leaves for a long time, not too early at all, in other words. Pretty much when they usually do, I think. FWIW it’s just annoying, the one grace to a hot summer day is looking at lush, vibrant Crepe Myrtles blooming splendidly against a brilliantly blue sky.

Not in 2011.

August Begins

August begins on a Monday this year. It’s so ‘school’ feeling. 🙂

That’s odd. We homeschool. It’s not anything we don’t ever do, totally. I’m getting a few super-lax weeks souped up today. I set it up as a plan last week, and this is the day.

New Era. I’m using my calendars (google, of course) to be the glue that holds this all together. It’s not that I hadn’t ever had calendars and planning and such, but I’m going from being relaxed about it, doing it that way. I’m trying to MAKE things happen before too much time goes on, MAKE life happen, then have things done instead of me having to say “Did you … yet?” to each person, and get the “nah, not yet” answers.

It still is summer though. We are in a hot southern state and summer isn’t the same for us as many others. We are in A/C with some outdoor ability, but no pool or anything. We are more outdoor oriented in the Autumn and Winter. That goes over fine for me, being the sort of person I am, with husband not around most of the time, we just hang out together and wander the property looking at whatever there is to look at. Some running, mostly not for me, just the younger 2 children, and the Cedar Works structure we have just sits dormant, needing a new swing ladder probably. New swings too. It’s a sad testament to what once was, and what should be, and speaks loudly of what will never be.

I hear you loud and clear climbing structure … all hope is gone. (I’m holding out hope though, for something to happen sooner than later!)

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