Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tamale Pie

As I mentioned a few times lately, my husband has taken on a lot of the kitchen duties.  He plans the menu and makes the grocery list.  He is a very precise cook and his recipes turn out as they should.  I was taking a little creative licensing with my cooking and some times it turned out and some times it didn't.  Yesterday he made a Tamale Pie.  It was excellent.

Tamale Pie

1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup whole kernel corn
1 (2 ¼ oz) can sliced black olives, drained
1 small diced onion
1/2 pkg. taco seasoning mix (1 ½ to 2 T. of homemade taco seasoning mix)
1 (8.5 oz.) Jiffy cornbread mix
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl combine cooked ground beef, diced tomatoes, corn, black olives, onion and the taco seasoning.  Mix well and pour into a 8 x 8 cake pan.

Bake covered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Then prepare the cornbread mix according to the package directions and spoon over the beef mixture.  Sprinkle with the cheese.  Bake for another 20 minutes until the cornbread is done.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

We actually make our own Taco Seasoning Mix

2 t. chili powder
1 ½ t. paprika
1 t. onion powder
½ t. sea salt
½ t. garlic powder
½ t. ground cumin
½ t. oregano
¼ t. black pepper

Mix together and use in taco recipes.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Frankincense Oil Testimonial

I really like my essential oils but I don't feel comfortable recommending certain oils.   It is an individual thing and what works for one person may not work for others.  I sure don't want to get in trouble with the FDA for saying something is a cure all.  I believe essential oils work, and I always try them as my first course of treatment.  I don't take any prescription drugs and I attribute that to my home remedies which include using oils.  This is just a testimonial as to what recently worked for me.

It started one Saturday morning.  I was making some home made laundry detergent.  I like to use my immersion blender to make sure the ingredients are well blended.  Just as I was finishing up, I heard my daughter at the door.  I wanted to finish up quickly, but first I needed to check to see if there was anything in the blades before I rinsed it out.  I usually unplug the blender at this point but this time I was not paying attention and forgot.  The blades engaged and I cut my finger very badly.  I had two wide open gashes.  I probably should have gone for stitches, but instead I applied pressure and grabbed some stretchy tape.   I wrapped it and held it tight for quite a while.  When the bleeding finally stopped, we rewrapped it.

The next day I took the bandage off but because I hadn't put anything on it, the gauze stuck and I ripped it open again.  At this point I put on Frankincense oil mixed in some triple antibiotic salve.  I had used this oil on a few burns in the past and healed them without blisters in a few hours.  I rewrapped the finger every couple days.  Each time I applied more frankincense.  In less than two weeks my finger was healed with hardly any scars.  I could hardly believe it myself.

When I took the bandage off for good, I could barely see where I had cut myself.  Just a couple little red lines.  Now today, after some time has past, the finger is a little numb but I can't even see the two big gashes.  I give the credit to my Frankincense Oil.