MexiCali Squash Casserole

Mexicali Squash (1)At my home, we’ve been incorporating more and more organic foods to our pantry and fresh fruits and vegetables. This means we have had to severely curtail our intake of meat, as there just isn’t the room for it in our budget. But that’s ok. As I’ve talked about before, I’ve been trying to cut it out of my diet as much as possible anyway.  That means I’ve had to get creative, and sometimes, the results haven’t been so good.  But we keep trying.

And then, out of the smoke haze of failed dinners past, comes a creation so good, it’s worthy of sharing.  Not only that, it makes a goodly amount so there are delicious leftovers for lunch.

But I wax poetic and you just want the recipe!  So, without further ado, here it is.


 MexiCali Squash Casserole

2              lbs yellow or zucchini squash, cubed or sliced

4              eggs

½             cup of milk

1              lb. Monterey jack cheese, shredded

1              tsp. salt

2              tsp. baking powder

3              tablespoons flour

½             cup chopped cilantro

4              roasted, chopped poblano chiles

1 ½         cups of crushed tortilla chips


Cook squash in water until barely tender.  Drain.  While squash is cooking, combine all the other ingredients, minus the chips; pour into a greased or Pammed 9 x 13” baking pan.  Put half of the chips on the mix, then top with squash, then sprinkle the rest of the chips on top.  Bake at 350° for 40 minutes.


Serves 6 – 8-ish

I served it with my version of Mexican rice.  If enough of you want the recipe to that, let me know and I’ll post it also.  That is a tried and true dish that is sure to please.


National Chocolate Cake Day

So easy, so delicious

Why?  Why did no one tell me?!  Well, yours truly will be whipping up a fast and delicious Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake.  Yup.  And that’s a previous one that I made pictured above.  It is a universally loved recipe, but it’s origins are unknown.  Does anyone know where this may have originally popped up?  Would love to hear that story!  I’m going to add my version of it here for your perusal.

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake


2              cups flour

2              cups sugar

2              eggs

½             tsp salt

1              tsp vanilla

½             cup sour cream

1              cup butter

1              cup water

4              TBSP cocoa


Mix all ingredients together, except last 3.  In sauce, bring last 3 ingredients to a boil.  Then add flour mixture while hot and cream well.  Pour mixture into greased cookie sheet and back at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Frost while hot.



½             cup butter

4              TBSP cocoa

1              tsp vanilla

6              TBSP whipping cream

1              lb. box powdered sugar


Mix all ingredients well.  Frost while cake is hot and refrigerate after.


See what I mean?  What is your favorite chocolate cake recipe?  How often do you make it?  Let me know!

Click on the image and it will take you to a website with interesting chocolate facts.

Sickly Sunday

Notice the now useless Powerball ticket!

Notice the now useless Powerball ticket!

It’s a dark and dreary Sunday up here in the mountains. El Nino is bringing northern California much needed rain. A cozy fire burns in our stove, warming the whole house. My husband and I are coughing and sneezing, our bodies the latest victims of this nasty cold everyone seems to be getting. Nothing we consider watching is airing on television right now and since we don’t have cable internet up here, we have to rely on satellite, which is dodgy at best, especially when it’s raining.  So, Netflix casting is out.

This will be an R2D2 beanie

This will be an R2D2 beanie

But all is not lost.  I have a commission to knit an R2D2 beanie and have cast on the required amount of stitches…3 times.  Don’t ask.

One of many angles to use for design purposes

One of many angles to use for design purposes

But I’m still working on the design part.  That will be the challenge here.

And what better way to concentrate by putting in the DVD player the classic movie “The Outlaw Josey Wales”?  Yea, you’re right.  That’s why I’ve had to restart the beanie three times!  How many of you use Josey-isms?  “Vultures gotta eat, same as worms” or “Whupped ’em again, Josey” and let’s not forget one that I have posted before and is my favorite “That big talk don’t mean doodley-squat”.  This is one of those perfect movies that came, surprisingly, out of the 70s.  Everyone played their part perfectly…with the exception of Clint Eastwood’s then current girlfriend, Sondra Locke.  We wonder how much better this movie would have been with a better actress.  Oh, well.

And here she is again, cackling at Fletcher's naivete.

“Granny Hawkins” cackling at Fletcher’s naivete.

Hope you’re having a better time today in your neck of the woods!


An Interesting Yet Disturbing Concept

Why is it that certain information becomes available to me at certain times, and when it does, that’s all I see or hear robotabout it until the next thing comes along or, this idea is realized?  For those of us schooled in the old-fashioned way, which is discussed in this article, the coming AI revolution will change the many aspects of our lives in ways we hadn’t anticipated, much less even dreamed.  By the title of this post alone, you may correctly assume that, yes, I was raised to think in the old school fashion.  For most of us, this is disturbing.  But, like it or not, this appears to be, in varying degrees, a high probability for our future.

Who was is it that said nothing remains the same except change?



Biscuits and Gravy Bake Recipe Review

Let's eat!

How many of you have seen this recipe in your Facebook feed?

For me, it was love at first sight.  I adore biscuits and gravy, eggs and sausage.  I imagine if you’re reading this, you’re a bit of a fan also.

I did have my doubts about mixing it all together like the recipe shows, but I thought – eh. *shoulder shrug*  How bad could it be?  Of course, the video made the whole process look easy, but there was a bit of work in cooking up the sausage and grating the cheese.  It wasn’t all whisk, whisk, pour and eat, but close enough.  From start to eating, it was about an hour and ten minutes.


As you can see by the pictures, it looks just like it does in the video, and yes, it was as delicious as it looked.  I will definitely be making this again, but I may modify it a bit.  No matter how a good a recipe is, how bloody fantastic I think it tastes, I’m always looking to tweak it a little bit to make it even freakin’ better!  I was thinking of doing biscuits from Bisquick, but that would probably require several runs to get it just right.  Not only that, it would definitely stretch out the prep time, but I’m willing to give it a shot at least once.  And maybe some green onions or chive sprinkled on the top for a little brightness?  At least if that goes south, it’s easy enough to remedy.

Have you tried this?  If so, what was your take?

Death of a Legend

I just found out. He’s dead. David Bowie, born David Jones, died of cancer. I was unaware he’d been sick.


I’m lying in bed, crying. I don’t know why, as I never met the man, but his music was brilliant and his public persona was so unique. I first heard his work during my troubled youth and know I wasn’t the only teen who related to him. And the nice thing was that when I moved out of my teen angst, his music came with me.

I imagine I’m truly upset and crying a little about losing an iconic part of my youth.

Good-bye, Mr. Jones.