Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Night W(h)ine 2/22

Ouiser here. I'm sick. Again. But I'm not drinking wine. Just whining.

This week has been an adventurous one in the Old Ouiser Homestead. I actually showed some ovarian fortitude and walked out on my job. What does this mean? Essentially nothing as I had a new job the next day. Okay so it pays a quarter an hour less, but am I really going to notice that? Not so much.

However, let it never be said that Ouiser didn't have a plan. I had my coupon binder at the ready and a list of bills that we have every month and a plan by which we could live quite happily on one paycheck. Then again, there's that whole I don't like being at home all the time and NEED to work (c'mon as mommies we NEED a break sometimes*lol*)

Now granted, I didn't walk into work Monday with the INTENT of quitting my job, although I knew that it was a distinct possibility given the current situation with a certain member of Corporate who had had a target on my ever expanding ass for years (I was with the company for over 5 years just to give you a little idea there). Long story short, finally promoting me was the opportunity she needed to try and get rid of me. So anyway, going into work I knew that it was a possibility. I was correct. The Evil Corporate Scum wrote me up. Again. Mainly because they didn't like the fact that I followed policy and called them out on it when they wrote me up for following their own policy which had not changed since 1991. Whatever. So I stripped off my shirt, threw it on the floor and told my manager that I was sorry, but I was done with the ECS BS and told her to tell the ECS to go 'f..k herself' and walked out essentially in my pants and bra (I had a tank top on but you really couldn't tell). Now I've become something of a folk hero to former (and disgruntled) employees of that particular company. Perhaps I should get a fan page??

But naturally, right after that, I got sick. I officially have no sense of taste or smell. Oddly it has not caused my blood pressure to go up much. Yeah ol' Ouiser had to go to the hospital last month (yay insurance) due to waaaaay out of control blood pressure. Sadly, because it'd been so high so long I do have some minor heart damage. This however, if I follow doctor's orders and take my meds, should not shorten my lifespan in any way so I'll be here kicking around and causing general mayhem for years to come. Besides someone's gotta teach the Wee Man how to curse properly...

Now pass the kleenex please?

Truvy's Mexican Lasagna

"Take me to tortilla land!"

This song has haunted my dreams for the past few months. Until a couple weeks ago, the Tortilla Land ad has been playing on my store's in-store radio station once an hour, if not more often.
So I did it...I bought some. The tortillas were marked down 50% because they were close to the sell by date, so I *had* to. And then I was faced with a challenge...what the hell was I to do with these all natural, uncooked tortillas.
*Ding!* Mexican Lasagna time!!
I made this again the other day with some pre-cooked fat free flour tortillas, and it was delicious as well. This recipe can be easily tweaked to suit your family's tastes and what is currently in your kitchen. I will put changes I made the second time in parentheses as I go.
Side note: unless I'm following a recipe card, I don't measure. I go by smell and feel. Lol.

As far as dish size goes, the first time I used a glass pie plate. The second time I used a 9"x13" glass dish. Both times it was delectable. The latter fed 5 or 6 adults and a snarky toddler. Think of your feasting horde when choosing a pan size. Seconds will be requested.

Truvy's Mexican Lasagna
1 pound ground beef
Seasoning for meat
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Shredded lettuce

Diced tomatoes
Black beans
Bell peppers, tomatos, onions, etc.
Tortilla chips or tostados for a crunchier yum
Cheese sauce
Refried beans
The list goes on!!

Preheat your oven. I think I set it to 350 degrees, which is good for just about anything.
Brown ground beef. I used 1 pound b/c I had it on-hand. Use more if you have a deep casserole dish, if you please. Or "beef" it up with some beans. Season with your choice of seasonings. Use taco seasoning if you have it, but salt, pepper, and garlic powder is delicious as well. That is my go-to trifecta with just about anything.
Spray bottom of pan with Pam or another non-stick spray, or rub on some butter or whatever you have on-hand. Lay tortillas across bottom. Don't worry if it doesn't completely cover, it will still taste just as good and hold together fairly well. Heat any other ingredients that require heating.

Throwing It All Together
With the tortillas on bottom, spoon on a layer of ground beef, sprinkle with cheese, add a layer of tortillas. Repeat until your pan is filled. Top with a final layer of tortillas, and sprinkle with cheese. If you wish to add more cheese to the top, do so a few minutes before you remove the dish from the oven. GO BY FEEL! ;)

Heat at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Check it and let it go a few minutes longer if you feel it needs it, or if your dish is very deep.

Top each serving with shredded lettuce and sour cream (and more cheese if you please!) and devour.

Om nom nom!

I miss my hubby.

First off, HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm back! I, Truvy, have both a laptop *and* internet for the first time in forever. It's pretty awesome.

Now the meat and potatoes. And why I really really miss my hubby.

Our schedules are strange......hubby works 10pm-7am. I usually work in the mornings and occasionally the afternoons and evenings. So here's a typical day when both of use have to work (I'll pick a Wednesday because I always work 5am-2pm):

4:30am-Hubby calls to wake me up and we chat a few minutes while I get dressed and head out the door by 4:45am...pull up at work a little before 5am.

7am-Hubby gets off work (SIL is at the house while we are both away) and comes home to take care of the kiddo.

11am-I typically take my hour lunch break around this time or a little later. So I come home and spend about 40 minutes with the crazy kiddo and hubby and eat something.

2pm-I get off work and come home...kiddo and hubs are asleep.

between 2pm and 4pm, depending what time kiddo went down: wake up the kiddo and do our thing.

8pm-bedtime for kiddo...doesn't always mean sleep, sadly. *sigh*

9:30pm-wake hubs up for work. out the door by 10pm. again, SIL is at the house while I take him to work.

So...the majority of our daily communication is by phone calls and texts. bleh. Better than some people get, yes, but it still isn't any fun. We are blessed to live super close to both our jobs...he works a mile and a half down the road and I work about 7 minutes away. But in a way, when we lived 25 minutes from his job, we got 2 chunks out of each day to chat. Now we only have about 3 minutes once a day since a friend gives him a ride home from work. Unless I'm off, he's off, or he's still awake when I get home.

Another un-fun part is the day before an early morning, an early bedtime would be *magical* for me...but I still have to take him to work. And I would chop my arm off for a nap some days. But instead I sleep in on my off days and lose out on more hubby time...and house cleaning time....but ain't nobody got time fo dat.

However, it is pretty awesome to have the bed to myself. And control of the remote at night. Because the kid controls the TV when she's up.

And now I want to snuggle my hubs.