Daily Archives: September 21, 2007

Eating Locally

I was tagged  or challenged for you nonbloggers by Big Binder to make a meal or few of them made from only locally made products where I live, so items within 100 miles of my hometown.  So I actually did it, and some of it by accident.

I made my Grandma O’s Taco Casserole.  I loved this meal growing up.

  • bag of Tortilla Chips – Frito Lay
  • 1lb Heffron Farms hamburger
  • (ok not local, made in Mexico refried black beans)
  • fresh tomatoes out of my garden
  • fresh local lettuce
  • onion from a local Farmer Co-op
  • cheese made locally bought at Horrocks

Crush 3/4 of the bag of chips (cheese ones like Doritos are great too).  Place the crushed chips in a 9×13 pan.  Cook meat, and mix in beans.  Spread this mixture over the crushed chips.  Cover with cheese and put in oven at 350 until cheese is melted and bubbly.  Then cut into squares and put in plates and top with lettuce, onion and tomatoes.  I serve with cottage cheese and sour cream.

For drinks I served milk minus the hormones made by Land O Lakes which I found out the milk is produced right in Michigan.  Bonus!

For the bonus round of the Eat Locally Challenge I went out to eat this past week with some girlfriends and went to Mangiamo’s for the first time since hubby and I went there prekids years ago when it was Gibson’s.  Did you know it is an Italian restaurant?  I has no idea 🙂 

So as a few friends can attest to going to eat with me can be a treat.  I am getting worse as I get older, it is the only thing I can blame it on.  When I go out I love to order the Burger King way, you know everything My Way.  So this night was no exception and it is heightened by the fact that I am pregnant, that’s my story and I am sticking to it.  So once I figured out that I was in an Italian restaurant I decided that egg plant Parmesan sounded pretty good, especially since the Clinque Pizza just did not sound like it would hit the spot.  Well of course eggplant parm is not on the menu.  I casually asked the waitress if they have it anyway?  Like maybe they print new menus everyday and eggplant was on last night’s menu.  I can hope right?  Well she says no but she was happy to ask the chef for me.  I say of please don’t bother him, but inside I am like, jackpot!  I mean here we are sitting in a fancy old mansion turned restaurant with picnic style table clothes, why not?    She comes back and says the chef is happy to make it.  How wonderful, 2 helpings please!  Just kidding.  That was Arby’s lunch, right Julie 🙂 

So the eggplant comes and guess what… the chef pulled this eggplant right out of his own garden and was elated someone ordered this.  Bonus, eating locally.  Of course who knows where the yummy risotto was from but I drank water so I figure that might cancel out the side dish 🙂  What do you think Jen, extra credit?



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So Teary Eyed

I am not an overly emotional gal.  I will cry at a good tear jerker but for the most part I am pretty sob free.  Of course that is before pregnancy hormones set in.  I find myself getting teary eyed over commercials, previews for upcoming TV shows, and even the slightest event in a movie. 

Tonight I was watching previews for a preview for a Lyrics Reality TV show and I felt my heart strings pulled as this girl is shown getting a call from her fiance over seas and then winning the money for her dream wedding.  Although this may seem minor I can pretty much feel my eyes water with every commercial featuring kids, love story, animals and even Oprah.  It does not even have to be a sad story, most of the time these are things that are good news or happy stories.  What is wrong with me??? 

I remember this part from my past pregnancies with J & Z and I also remember that even after giving birth to these adorable guys these emotions last awhile too.  So I guess I will have to just get used to the saltwater facial I get while watching TV.

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Twice as Nice, Who Moi?


Ok so now I have been voted as being nice twice now so the guilt is getting to me.  My friend Big Binder and blogging buddies over at Mommin it Up have passed this wonderful award on to me so now I am passing it on to at least two nice people I know.  Thank you so much to both of them for making me feel so special.  Who knew you could get this feeling just from bloggin’ 🙂

So first I am going to give this award to Fog City Mommy for being a totally funny mom with great stories about her crazy neighbor and for having a very interesting career all while balancing single motherhood.

Secondly I am throwing this award at Because I Said So for having the best Ebay listing I have every seen and then being such a talented writer.  I only wish she was not so popular now so that I could load her blog faster 🙂  But way to go and I can’t wait to see her book published!

So ladies thanks for being nice and be sure to pass on the award.  How nice it is to be so nice?   


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