Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yard Art and More on Sunday Drives

Hope you all don't mind.. I'm just goofing around a bit today and thought I'd add an "official" blog post..

Almost every Sunday, my brother, my mother and I get in the car and go for a drive.  We're not picky about where we go, we pick a direction and find some back roads and see what's out there.  We do lots of U-turns to go back and look at and take pictures of things we see..  We've found some restaurants that are out of the way and are well worth a trip back to sample more of the food.. All in all, we enjoy a day out being silly and seeing what we can see.. Here's just a sample of some of what we see:

We've found some really beautiful and creative pieces of what we call "Yard Art' sitting in people's front yards.

Yard art!

We've also found some old cars, trucks and other vehicles that are neat to look at as well as puzzle over.. There have been a couple that we still don't know what they were.. lol.. We still don't know what this one is.. Do you?

Mystery ? Couldn't get closer to it.
Back end of Mystery ?
We look at the crops growing alongside the roads and most we can identify, but we occasionally come across some that we have absolutely no clue what they are.
Mystery crop... Purple?
We'll stop to look at buildings "going back to nature" for one reason or another..

This poor house is slowly falling apart. Sad, isn't it? We loved the curved stairway in the "living room"..
Not really sure what this building used to be. A small barn, maybe?

Or we'll stop for wild flowers or other interesting plants and flowers..
The cattails are "Okay"!
I may do this again one of these days.. We'll see what kind of interesting things we see this coming Sunday...

Taco Pie

5 8" flour tortillas
1 lb. ground beef
1 16 oz. can refried beans
2 T. taco seasoning
1/4 C. water
1 jar salsa (I didn't really measure, just used big spoonful's)
2 C. shredded Colby jack cheese
2 green onions, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
In a skillet, brown the ground beef, breaking it up as it cooks.
Drain the grease, add in the taco seasoning and water.
Combine well and remove from heat. I used an 8" iron skillet for mine, but use whatever you have that might work...
Place a tortilla in the bottom of your pan, spread a couple big spoonful's of salsa over the tortilla, spread some of the refried beans over the salsa, then some of the meat and top with some cheese.
Repeat the layers ending with a flour tortilla on top (save some of the cheese for the top).
Cover the dish with tinfoil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and top with the remaining cheese.
Return to the oven, uncovered for 6-7 minutes or until cheese is nice and melted and edges of the tortilla are crisp.
Remove and top with the green onions and tomatoes before serving. Slice it like you would a pie.
Courtesy of JanetsAppalachianKitchen...
I wanted to hang on to this recipe for a bit, so I'm putting it here on my blog.. lol.. Anyway, I'm still alive and I still follow trials and such, but I don't watch the streaming stuff any longer due to the restrictions of my internet provider.. I'm limited by the data they allow.. Videos or streaming stuff just eats up the data allowed so that I'm cut back until the next month rolls around.  The hazards of living in a rural area where there's few choices in internet providers..  For the last year or so, my main public contributions (uploads) to the internet have been photos from Sunday drives that my Mom, brother and I take almost every Sunday... Lots of photos have been uploaded to Facebook.. Perhaps I'll try doing a post or two on here with some of the more interesting or odd things we've found on those Sunday drives..  Hmm.. Need more coffee....