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Sunday Brunch – SuperBowl

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by juliannah

Super Bowl. It is one of the most celebrated events in America. It is probably the most watched event on television all year. I could be wrong, but I am sure it beats out the Pope’s Christmas Eve service.

I worked in the retail grocery business for 12 years and even though Thanksgiving and Christmas were busy holidays for us, Super Bowl by far, was the busiest day. I worked in the Deli and I would go in at 2:00 am to prepare the sub sandwiches, party trays and fried chicken for the customers hosting their Super Bowl parties. The week before I could tell which customers would be hosting the parties just by looking at what they had in their shopping carts. Hot Wings, Chips & Beer. Yes, the Saturday before was crazy. Corvette wanted me to go to the grocery store yesterday. Yea. No!

So he went. Yes, he did return without too many battle wounds, but I warned him. It was as I suspected. Chaos!!! He also ran into several neighbors and friends. Because I believe everyone goes to the grocery store before Super Bowl. Sorta like Black Friday, but with food.

So, I really do not have a preference on who should win today. I am mainly in it for the commercials. I am told that Doritos, CareerBuilder and Budweiser are the commercials to watch for.  We will see.

It is pouring rain here in the Desert Southwest. I do not mind. After all, I will not be leaving my warm house, except for shoving Lucie, my big red dog, out the door, to take care of business.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! If you have to go to the grocery store, may the force be with you!

juliannah’s Super Bowl Burritos

  1. 1lb rump roast, in crock pot or oven until done
  2. Season with onion powder, sea salt, pepper and seasoned meat tenderizer
  3. 1/2 cup ranch beans, 1/4 cup Jarlsberg cheese, 1/4 cup Dubliner cheese & leftover Portwine cheese ball
  4. 1/4 cup salsa mix all together in food processer.

Prepare Mexicali Rose refried beans (can be found at Albertsons)

Put meat, cheese and beans in tortilla and enjoy! This recipe was made on the fly. So feel free to change ingredients. This is mainly how I cook. I had to use leftover items. So there you go. BTW Corvette loved it!

Sunday Brunch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2009 by juliannah

This was the week of replacing credit cards. Last Sunday, Corvette thought he lost his wallet. We looked high and low and could not find it. I had to get online and transfer all the money from one bank account to another to make sure nobody get access to it. Next, numerous phones calls were made to cancel debit and credit cards. We had to pay a few bills from the account with the money and organize the amounts so we knew where the money was going and what was left over. We have two accounts because that just works for us. Corvette is a stickler for recording everything in his check book. Me, not so much. I prefer to check online for the amounts to clear. As far as balancing a checkbook, that just doesn’t happen with me. I am far too right-brained to even attempt it. I think in pictures not numbers. That is one reason I like blogging so much. Trust me if math was involved I would not be blogging!

So, after taking care of all the financial issues this weekend we went to work on Monday. After work I came home and went to change my clothes. I found a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to put on. As soon as I picked up the t-shirt I saw it. What did I see you ask? You got it. The missing wallet! We have no clue how it got on my shelf but, what really baffled us is how we did not find it as we went through the house several times before giving up and taking action. Oh well, chalk it up to fairies, trolls or the black hole that eats car keys, remote controls and every ink pen we bring in the house.

The rest of the week was uneventful until Thursday when I receive a call from my credit card company. Seems someone hacked my account! Apparently there were three charges all on the same day from a questionable company. The card company asked me if I made the charges and of course I did not. So thank goodness the card company was on the ball and questioned the charges in the first place. They immediately cancelled the card. I will not be charged for the mysterious charges. Thank goodness another catastrophe averted!

100_1442On a good note, Fuzzy and Wuzzy turned three months old on Friday the 13th. Not bad for a day associated with bad luck. That’s Wuzzy on the left and Fuzzy on the right. You see those shoulders on Fuzzy. I think football just might be in his future! Especially if Hippie Guys has anything to say about it Green Bay Packers look out! Fuzzy’s coming!

We rounded out the week by purchasing a new TV stand for our flat panel TV. Thetvstand TV was sitting on an old stand and it was not a good match. Now the TV will sit up higher and everything will be flatter against the wall. Corvette bought it without me at the store and generally that is not a good idea. He did call me and I got online to look at it but there was not a picture of it. He was going to get one made of wood but they were out of stock so he went with this one. I think it will have to grow on me, but this is definitely better than the old stand.

Well, that is it from the chocolate household. Today’s Sunday Brunch recipe is in honor of Thanksgiving. Although I am not preparing Thanksgiving dinner this year as we are attending Hippie Guy and Flower Child’s first hosted Thanksgiving dinner. This is my recipe for Sausage Stuffing in the Crock Pot.

Two 6 oz. bags Mrs. Cubbison’s stuffing
1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter or margarine
6 oz sweet Italian sausage, browned and crumbled
1 granny smith apple, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups broth

Combine dressing with butter or margarine and vegetables.  Stir liquid in gradually.  Spoon into the crock pot and place setting on low. The stuffing will be ready in about three to four hours.  Makes 12 (1/2 cup) servings.


Sunday Brunch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by juliannah

This week has been a bit stressful. My marine son was supposed to deploy last week but the ship had problems so that did not happen. Now we are doing Semper Gumby and waiting for the word to go. Since we have to pick up his car, we can not really make plans for any thing. 

We went and visited our twins yesterday. They have really grown and are more alert than ever. Wuzzy even smiled at us! I did not take any pictures because the other grandpa was taking many pictures and I hope to get a hold of some of them. But it was a nice day with the boys.

Cinderella and Tango went on a hike and encountered a rattlesnake but managed to avoid a snake bite. Tango walked away with a bee sting. Butterfly won a Huffy bike from her daycare. Now she owns two bikes. Very exciting for her!

Today I am doing laundry and I cooked a tortilla casserole, that I just winged. I tastes good and I will be eating it for lunch tomorrow. I have to work overtime next week in anticipation of not being at work on Thursday and Friday. Sometimes I hate Semper Gumby.

Today’s Sunday Brunch recipe is Juliannah’s Tortilla Casserole

Start with a basic white sauce:

In a small, heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over low heat. Blend 2 tablespoons of flour into the melted butter. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook over low heat, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes. Cooking for this length of time will minimize ‘flour’ taste. Slowly add 1 cup of milk, stirring constantly. Continue cooking slowly until smooth and thickened.

I added some Jarlslberg Chesse that I needed to do something with. Next I added some chopped onion and tomato, about 1/4 cup of each. I boiled  about a pound of chicken and cut five corn tortillas in strips and then cut them again.I layered the chicken and tortillas and then mixed in the sauce mixture. I seasoned with onion powder, salt, and pepper. I then put about 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese on top and baked this at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes.

Picture 032Yum, it turned out well and tastes great. I am just not good at following recipes and much better at improvising.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday Brunch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2009 by juliannah

I have not been posting too much lately. I guess that is because I just do not have the gumption (sp?) or the ideas to talk about. I am going to try and post everyday. I need to get back to posting because it helps me get through my life. I have already established Military Monday, Wordless Wednesday & Quote of the Week. I want to include Sunday Brunch which I think will be a little recap of my week and a recipe that maybe someone might like to try.

I decided to include Angel Tuesday. Lolly Pop Kid went to heaven on a Tuesday. I know that I will never live through a Tuesday without thinking about him leaving us. That is just the way it is. I think that I will profile a child that is going to heaven or a famly that has lost a child. I know what it is like to have a lived with one that is sick with a possible terminal illness. Please pray for Sydney

There are a lot of children out there that need prayers. There are a lot of parents’ that lost their child. I just need to reach out.

So here is the recipe that I would like to share:

Chipolte Chicken with Flaming_Tequelia Pepper Salsa Avocado Ranch Dressing



    4 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided 6 slices smoky bacon, chopped

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground chicken breast
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons puréed chipotles in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 3 to 4 shots tequila
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
  • Crushed tortilla chips, for garnish


Place a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken to the pot and continue cooking until golden brown, 5-6 minutes.

Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook until the veggies are tender, 4-5 minutes. Add the puréed chipotles, cumin, coriander, paprika and tomato paste to the pot and cook until the spices are aromatic and beginning to caramelize, about 1 minute. Add the chicken stock, some salt and pepper to the pot and bring up to a bubble. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Step While the chili is simmering, place a medium skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the peppers and red onion to the skillet and cook until the veggies are tender, 4-5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and add in the tequila. Return the skillet to the heat and flame the tequila to burn off most of the alcohol. Add the lime juice, cilantro and some salt to the salsa. Reserve.

In the bowl of a food processor combine the avocado, buttermilk, lemon juice and chives. Process until smooth then season with salt and pepper.

Serve up the chili topped with some of the tequila-pepper salsa and avocado ranch. Garnish with some crushed tortilla chips.

All I can say is pray for us and we will pray for you. This recipe probaly seems over the top, but it is just the way I feel at this point.