Open Thread WE 5 May 21 ~ scrambled eggs


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Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs. - Nora Roberts

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Happy hump day. Not sure how a 15-meter-tall squirrel caught peeking into a botanical garden
relates to scrambled eggs, but there must be a thread here somewhere.

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QMS's picture

In celebration of the battle of Puebla in which Mexico defeated the French, I have included a recipe
for Huevos Mexicano.

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How to make Mexican Baked Eggs:

**scroll all the way down for full ingredient list and printable directions**

Roundup all of the ingredients for the Mexican Baked Eggs and preheat the oven.
Using a large skillet, saute the onions and peppers with the spices. Add the beans, diced tomatoes (with juice), and green chilies and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened up a bit.
Using the back of a spoon, make a small indentation or pocket in the tomato mixture and carefully crack an egg into it. Add the rest of the eggs, about an inch apart and one in the center.
Place your skillet into the oven (make sure it’s oven safe – if you aren’t sure, wrap tin foil around the handle), and cook for 5 minutes.
Remove the skillet and switch the oven to BROIL. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top of the egg mixture, then return to oven. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Be careful not to burn!
Remove and serve topped with chives, cilantro, sour cream or Greek yogurt, and tortillas if desired.

Ingredients
1/2 large jalapeno diced
1 small onion finely diced
1 tsp olive oil depending on the pan
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 14.5 oz. can Fire roasted diced tomatoes with juice (do not drain)
1 15 oz. can black beans rinsed and drained well
1 4 oz. can diced green chiles
6 large eggs
2 ounces colby jack cheese, shredded
whole wheat/corn tortillas for serving
chopped cilantro or chives for garnish, if desired
sour cream or greek yogurt for garnish, if desired

served with a Cafe de Mexicano (lite on the Tequila)
Cheers to Benito Juárez and General Ignacio Zaragoza
for refusing Napoleon III the conquest of Mexico
on May 5, 1862! Viva la revolution!

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As to squirrels, we've got a high population this year. Even had one hop on the window sill the other day. Once saw a hawk pluck one out of a tree top.

Its what you get if you live in a forest full of nuts.

Have a good one everybody!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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that egg recipe here, just finished off some sourdough pancakes.

Today is also our wedding anniversary, a date cleverly selected to guarantee that, as long as wwe stay in California, there will be a plentitude of parties and gatherings we can attend or drop in on should we see fit. Instead, we are wandering off for a celebratory lunch at a restaurant in Half Moon Bay that has outdoor seating and an ocean view as well as a storied history - a one time smugglers' landing + speakeasy + bordello.

That's about an hour away by car with a couple of potential serious bottlenecks in route, so we will probably take our binos and go early just to be on the safe side.

Viva Mexico

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris

Sounds like a fun adventure seaside.
Hope the traffic flows smoothly.

Cheers!

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@enhydra lutris @enhydra lutris I hope the drive was easy.
I am sitting on the balcony of my rented condo, admiring the beach and waters in Gulf Shores, Alabama. We booked it for 2 nights, so tomorrow, we will explore a bit.I had the options to extend my trip until Sunday, but a couple of clients have very tough hearings coming up soon, and I need to get some prep done. Sigh...play time got cut short.
Your breakfast sounds great.
And the recipe above is one that egg lovers around my community swear by. Try it sometime.

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if you have a piece of lawn with six fruit trees on it and the lawn area is very uneven and makes mowing a task that I don't want to deal with, what do you do to make something useful with the lawn area? I would like to have vegetable beds and wild flowers to attract bees etc.

Do I have to dig under the grass and make a new even soil area and then plant into some row-like made new the beds, or what should I do? I want to plant potatoes, veggies and some wild flowers.

Please don't tell me I should read the literature on this blog without giving me a specific link. I have no time to read, no strength in my muscles left. I want to start by the weekend when it is getting warmer. We had 50 F here, and stormy, rainy weather and I worked my bones and muscles off in that weather to get mulch and branches under control in bins. I won't do this again. There is no Mr. mimi or any person to help, just lazy smart folk, who put me down and mock me for what I try to do, that is all I get. Revenge! Nobody will get to eat my apples, cherries, pears, etc NO ONE! Life made me a greedy bastard lately./-(

When people ask me where I want to be, I say: in heaven. I hope I end up there. You think God can be bribed with my apples to let me in there?

Sigh.

Have a good one all and I definitely will make scrambled eggs a la mexicana tonight.:-)

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@mimi Can be used for flowers or vegetables and varying shapes. Use the fill to level the ground as you want the area to appear. The physical effort by each person is different.

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Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
--When the opening appears release yourself.

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@studentofearth @studentofearth
with mulch and earth, but they sat on the lawn and I had to mow the lawn growing around the wooden boxes, which is no fun for me. So I could put them up again, when I got rid of the lawn the way QMS suggested. But I like the beds without wood borders better. I can still use the wooden boxes, the ones I have you can stack and make high bins out of them. hmm, getting a bit stiffer in the coming years I might enjoy some high beds. I will see. But first comes QMS method of getting rid of the lawn and even out surface. Smile
May be I make some pictures of my progress ... that forces me to not give up. Smile

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@mimi if the area is to allow deep rooted plants or not create a damp spot encouraging rot for some plants. Dowding generally used wood frames to create a temporary form to create and level the bed, once dirt is settled they are removed. The woman in Chile is in a very dry climate and finds the wood frames, with straw mulch, less water is required for her plants. Each situation is a little different.

If herbicide is not used on your sister's portion of the lawn grass clippings make a great weed blocking mulch. Skip the cardboard and cover with 2 to 3 inches of grass clippings. It is the technique I used when living in town on a small lot, easy to level land just takes a little time.

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Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
--When the opening appears release yourself.

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@studentofearth
mostly rainy, but climate changes here too, so I don't know any more, some say it is too dry in the last years or so. The wooden surroundings I had, started to rott a little bit.

NOw I wonder, where I get some manure. Ok, thanks for all your suggestions and help. Very kind of you all.

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@mimi

full disclosure -- I am not a real gardener
just the shade tree variety

my first thought would be to throw an old tarp over the grass
then cover it with dirt to even out the surface

put your plants in that. Eventually the tarp would break down,
but by then the grass should be also. Maybe something bio-degradable?

Good luck!

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@QMS
Thank you, I will use this method. From one shade tree gardener to the other a heartful thank you. Smile

UH, oh, and the soil is pretty good, black no sand and no clay. Yippie. Can't wait for my first veggies. I should get Rucola... Smile

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@mimi

If the long term goal is to garden in the area, adding manure or compost first would be my approach. The Dowding method SOE suggests would require a cardboard base layer first.

If you just want to level up and not to mow, consider woodchips. We can get them free from those who trim roadsides and power lines.

Happy gardening.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout @Lookout
so I want to have black soil everywhere. No wood chips (heck we have so many bush and tree branches, I have make wood chips of, and then let them turn into mulch, I can't see them anymore. And as my sisters part of the garden has 3/4 of an acre lawn, which she gets anal over (so the guy who mows the lawn for her then dumps all the clippings in what is now MY part of the garden, which has just 250 square yards of a lawn with fruit trees, and dumps it there. I have to gather all my authority (which he doesn't respect) to tell him he should dump his grass clippings in his truck and haul it away. ... ok. I will get him there, otherwise I play my trump card ... you are fired.
And on top of it, we can't get anything out of the garden. You know how Germans garden? The first thing they do is to fence themselves in, so that no neighbor could look into their gardens and everything is locked up, not the nice opposite way Americans keep their land ... open to their neighbors.

But then my sister would cry... so we will have to find some other solutions ... Smile

Life ... what a concept.

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@mimi
If you can, take the grass clippings and spread them over the area where you want to make your garden beds. Then cover them with soil/manure/etc. You can use them as mulch repeatedly, they can be very beneficial that way (IF your sister doesn't use chemicals on her lawn if so, forget it). They can also be piled up, in the exact spots he throws them on, to make compost piles. Grass clippings from our lawn are a great addition to our compost piles, assuming our chickens don't eat them :).

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These days, only the rich get given more. -- Martial book 5:81, c. AD 100 or so
Nothing ever changes -- Sima, c. AD 2020 or so

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Just another Bozo on the bus.

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@Dr. John Carpenter

eggs, legs, pegs, kegs, skegs
just can match squirrels to 'em.

Wink

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I thought of you today. We were traveling from Florida to Alabama, got warnings that traffic had stopped due to a wreck. When we finally saw it, a guy was standing near his truck that was in the ditch and had hit a tree head on, and his boat was about 20 ft. away, pointed in the opposite direction from the flow of traffic. I bet you would have figured out what happened by a glance.
Thanks for the OT.

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