Wednesday, January 26, 2011

FIRST “2011 hodgepodge” ANSWERS

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1.  While watching the Super Bowl 45, the STEELERS will be getting my cheers…I’m usually NOT an AFC girl, but the Packers beat our Falcons, nuff said.

Interesting info though:  This will be a better year to watch…no ‘half-dressed cheerleaders’ …. From B/R, BLEACHER,  “The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are two of six teams to not have cheerleaders in the NFL”

2. Ignorance probably is blissful until you discover you’re ignorant

View Image3. Would imagine most people would put me in the “Doc” category of elves...wanting to 'take care of things' and my waistline looks like his.  Although in this hormonal suspension, I’m quite Dopey, Grumpy, and Sleepy, too!   Lack of hormones brings out the ‘schizo’ side of life.

4. Our riding in the car with another couple changes up according to the “length / distance” of said trip…for close-by jaunts, I’m in the front seat with hubby.  Longer treks bring about ‘girlfriend discussions’ and ‘guy bonding’ so I go to the back seat of the Expedition.  Hubs tends to be a 'type a' so rarely would I be driving with a group.     Thanks, Lori at Mountain Woman at Heart, great question! Everyone go say hi to Lori.

5. Beauty is NOT seeing your “hormone-lacking, schizo side” looking back at you in the mirror'

6. Appetizers are my forte for taking to a party…helps me feel less guilty for not piling on tons of calories for my friends.

Southwest Layered Cornbread Salad
7. What is your crowd pleasing go-to appetizer?
Cornbread Salad
1 (1 oz.) pkg. of dry ranch salad dressing mix
1 (8 oz.) carton sour cream
1 cup mayo or salad dressing
1 (9 inch) pan cooked Mexican cornbread, crumbled (see below...prepare day before)
2 (16-oz.) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced green onions (Vidalia's are better)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
10 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
2 (17 oz.) cans whole kernel corn, drained
Additional tomato wedges and bacon if desired for garnishing
Combine salad dressing mix, sour cream and mayo; set aside. Place half of crumbled cornbread into a large serving bowl, layer half of beans, tomatoes, bell pepper, green onions, cheese, bacon and corn over cornbread.
 Top with half of the sour cream mixture. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients. Garnish with additional tomato wedges, and crumbled cooked bacon if desired.
Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Yields 10 to 12 side dishes or 8 main servings.

Mexican Cornbread
15 min.prep time  55 time 8 servings

1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup LAND O LAKES® Sour Cream
1 cup cream-style corn
1/4 cup chopped seeded mild jalapeño peppers
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons chopped mild green bell pepper
4 ounces (1 cup) LAND O LAKES® Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Stir in all remaining ingredients except cheese just until moistened.

Pour half of batter into greased 8-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over batter. Spoon remaining batter over cheese; spread to cover.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until light golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; continue baking for 4 to 6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cool.
8. BabyGirl is bringing her college room mate home this weekend, yippee! 
Looking forward to getting to know her better.

I'm eager to put "Johnny" back in the driveway to welcome them home...
Will be cleaning so may have to take a little time off from blogging Winking smile