St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. ~ Adrienne Cook
Had your share of green beer? Then try a green martini. Spring is just a few days away and this drink can be served to celebrate the first day of Spring or for Easter. Recipe can be found at Beyond Mere Substance.
Growing up, I had some great teachers who inspired me to do more, to be more. Mrs. Lyles. Mrs. Pruitt. Mrs. Bourek. Mrs. Lawless. You get the picture. Which probably explains why I went through such a wide swing of career choices early on. It wasn’t until an 8th grade English teacher, Mrs. Brown, told me that I could really spin a story that I began to dream of a career in journalism. Did I make it? Not quite. At least not in the newspaper business. But Mrs. Brown’s initial suggestion that I had talent and her yearlong encouragement gave me hope. And from that hope, stories began to emerge. Spinning tales became more natural for me. Short stories gushed out of me I didn’t know I could write. Many a creative writing class later, here I am. So to all the teachers who planted the writing bug in me…thank you! After all this time, I still hear their echoes of optimism, their inspiration, their determination. They instilled in me a forever sense not to give up.
So take it from me, it’s never too late to thank a teacher.
My turn to host the book club slash brunch today at noonish. A few may be running late due to Daylight Savings Time. We’ll wait. I’m serving a southwest breakfast bake as the main dish. The rest of the menu is salad and a bowl of fruit. For dessert…brownies, of course. For anyone who doesn’t like chocolate, there’s always a slice of sour orange pie with whipped cream. Oh my.
Credit: Mr. Food recipe and photo
Grab the ingredients:
1 (30-ounce) package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1 1/2 cups shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
To make it happen:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
Arrange potatoes evenly in bottom of dish. Sprinkle with cheese, green chilies, bell pepper, and scallions.
In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well then pour evenly over potato mixture.
Bake uncovered 55 to 60 minutes, or until center is cooked through and set.