Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Yummmo!!!...and the Squirrel Battle Continues!!!

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.  ~Alfred E. Newman

I came home today and announced to my Hubby that he was going to be a guinea pig once again at dinner....most of the time that is a good thing, but I suspect he might get a little nervous when he hears that...I love to try recipes!!  A co-worker of mine gave me some homemade tomatillo sauce that his wife had canned and I have never had a sauce like that, so he told me it was used on enchiladas and burritos... so I thought Okay, I'm game!! 

Hubby wanted to know a little more about what to expect, so the conversation went something like this: 

I told him I was going to make some burritos...
he said "that sounds good"...
and I followed it with "*coworker* gave me some Tomatillo sauce today, and I want to try it,"... 
"what's that?" he says 
I followed with "it's a green sauce" should have seen his face, he scrunched up his nose and obviously was now much more nervous!!  He says "I'm not too fond of GREEN sauce!" but quickly followed it with, "but I guess I can try it." 

Later, when he came into the kitchen, I took off the lid and let him smell it (BTW it smelled wonderful!) , and he says "it smells like pickles!!" I guess green means pickles!! :) 

So here we go....this has to be the World's easiest recipe!!  (I took pictures this time...I still feel silly doing that!!)

As I mentioned before, we try to stick to veggies for meals during the week, at least for supper, it is healthy, and hopefully it will cut down on some of the weight gain that has been happening around here!!...(Sorry, I digressed!)

I got a can of fat free refried beans, low fat sour cream, shredded mild cheddar cheese, flour tortillas and medium salsa and a sweet onion at the store on the way home from work....oh and spanish rice mix.

I mixed about 1/4 cup of medium chunky salsa with the refried beans....

I then added 1/4 of the mixture into the center of one Medium size flour tortilla and topped it with about 1 Tbsp of the cheese...

Then I rolled it up (this takes practice, believe me!) and put it in a glass pan sprayed with nonstick spray, flap down...

I did this with 4 tortillas..... (I got better at it as I went along)

I then poured the Tomatillo sauce over the top, and added the rest of the cheese from the package....~1/2 to 1 cup or so I would guess....

Cover tightly with aluminum foil sprayed with nonstick spray....

and put into an oven preheated to 425 degrees for about 20 minutes....

While that is cooking....thinly slice 1/2 the sweet onion, and saute in butter or olive oil (I use low fat margarine) until transparent...

after 20 minutes, remove foil....(be careful not to burn yourself on the steam!!) put back into oven for about 5 minutes or until tortillas begin to turn slightly golden.

Put onto plate and top with sour cream and sautéed onions, serve with spanish rice on the side!!

It was REALLY, REALLY good!!!...and So easy, it even looked sorta fancy!!  This was the final result for both of us.... Hubby thought it was good too!! :)

I made 4 of them, but one each was more than enough!! so I froze the other 2 for another time!! You can spice it up as much as you like, maybe garnish with peppers, or even roll them in the filling....I wanted to make sure not to overpower the sauce so we could taste it!! It was great!! Thanks Deb....of course you know now I want the recipe!! :)  


Meanwhile......Outside the kitchen window

While I was playing in the kitchen, I kept one eye out of the window on the new setup of bird feeders....the squirrel ruined feeder number 3, so I regrouped and decided to try something different!! I got a new feeder on Monday....

I also strung a thin cord across  about 6-1/2 feet high and hung the finch sock and the new feeder on the string. Obviously the feeder is still too close to the shed, but that is an easy fix!! (and I think a little grease on the 'hat' to the right will be a help too!! )

I know, it looks a little bit like West Virginia, but I am determined to feed my birds, and not the least from the bird feeders!!

While I was cooking....I saw his silhouette on the shed!!

...Cue Theme Song "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"

..... I grabbed my camera, and this is what I got!!


I think I won the battle this time!! Yahoooo!!! I'm going to 'tweek' things, and we'll see how it goes!!




  1. That was great! Yay! The birds can have their seeds! Haha squirrel..Cheri foiled you!

    That sauce does look good...mmmm. In a pinch, if you have to, try the canned green enchilada sauce. It's pretty good. I bet you get the tomatillo recipe though :D

  2. Hi Shell Lady - wanted to say hello and wish you a happy weekend!

    Those tamatillos look delish - your Hubby should be glad he's the cooking guinea pig! Yum!

    Think I'm your newest follower (?) --- Love finding/following other beachy/coastal blogs!

    Tell your squirrel hi for me ;o)

    beachside cottage

  3. I just discovered your lovely blog and I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I've just put the finished touches on my new blog ‘Coastal Style’ It will have lots of inspiration on beach houses, resortwear, summer food, travel and anything ‘beachy’. I had a lot of fun putting it together so maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

  4. Linda...Welcome!! Not sure why or how you found my blog, since I don't live at the beach...but I do Love it!! So I hope I keep you entertained!

    Melissah...Welcome to you too! I too enjoy 'talking' to my blog, I don't live at the beach, but do try to visit often, I hope it proves enjoyable to you!!
    I certainly will visit your blog...thanks for the invite!!