Thursday 21 January 2010

If there is light . . .

If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in

the person.
If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony
in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, there will be order
in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace
in the world.

This is an old Chinese Proverb I found. It certainly conveys a number of wise thoughts that I can't help sharing. could this be the solution to many of the problems that ail society today?

I think so!

Short but sweet this morning.

I had my tooth extracted yesterday afternoon, and am not sorry to see it go. This tooth had been causing me no end of problems over the past couple of years. We spent a quiet evening eating rice pudding and watching a new film we had gotten, called One Good Man. It was really, really good, and we both really enjoyed it alot!

This is the ultimate movie watching snack. Something very tasty to make when you are having a movie night with the kids! (Obviously I didn't have any of these tonight with my sore mouth!)

*Ultimate Nachos*
Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer
Printable Recipe

Crisp tortilla chips with a delicious topping of refried beans, salsa and cheese. Garnishes and dips are optional.

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 fat clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 TBS olive oil
1 (16 ounce) tin of refried beans
1/2 cup fresh salsa
1 (13 ounce) package of restaurant style tortilla chips
1 1/2 cups grated Monterrey Jack cheese
1 cup sliced black olives
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
2 green onions, trimmed and sliced
1 cup quacomole (optional)
1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
Pickled jalapeno slices, drained (optional)

Pre-heat the oven to 220*C/425*F. LIne a large baking tray with some foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Scatter the tortilla chips evenly over top. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened. Add the salsa and the refried beans, stirring until creamy amd heated throuigh. Pour this mixture over the chips. Top with the cheese, and jalapeno slices, if using. Bake in the heated oven for 8 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the edges are lightly browned.

Remove from the oven and scatter the olives, green onions and tomato over top. Serve with sour cream and guacamole for dipping.

Over on The English Kitchen this morning, a delicious Salmon Casserole Bake.


  1. i hope your mouth gets to feeling better soon! tooth problems just stink:(

    and thanks for the awesome nacho recipe-YUM!

  2. Good Morning Marie,

    I hope your gum heals quickly and easily. I am sure you will be glad to say good-bye to that problem.

    The pudding sounds very nice. It is a rare treat here.

    Hugs and love.

  3. At last, no more trouble from the tooth! Hope your mouth heals quickly Marie, you ust be so pleased it's finally gone!

    The nachos look lovely, just right for a family gathering at our place, I'd have to double the quantity mind you, there are so many of us! ~~~ Love, Pat

  4. Good Morning Marie,happy to read you got your peggy sorted he-he we can smile again now.I hope the gum heals pretty quickly and no more problems for a long time.Rice pudding Mmm I could eat it till it came out of my ears LOL!!,just the thing too after an extraction.The recipe looks temting.I hope you have pleasant day with no afterpain.You are right about the Chinese Proverb.Take care God Bless Kath xx

  5. I hope you feel better! Those nachos should have helped!

  6. Oh poor you ,but if its been alot of trouble its best gone, hope your mouth soon feels better, keep it wrapped up you dont want to get cold in it ,Love the snowdrops ahhh Jan xx

  7. Hi, Marie! So glad you were able to get rid of that bad tooth... Do hope you will be feeling better soon, and now with the tooth gone, no more problems. :o) Glad you had a cozy evening. And those nachos are definitely the ultimate lazy evening at home treat... YUM! Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YOU HEAPS ((BIG HUGS))

  8. I am going to copy that Salmon casserole for future making. I need to get more fish into my diet and just don't eat enough of it. I do hope today finds that mouth feeling better. Hopefully now the tooth is gone all will be well. Have a great Thursday!

  9. Marie, I'm playing blog catch up today. The proverb you shared is something I need to remember. Peace begins with me.

  10. Hello Marie:

    I read about your tooth on Facebook. I hope you are feeling better now. I think rice pudding and a good movie with a good man is just what the Dr. ordered!

    And, I must say, those Nachos made my mouth water for Mexican food. Good thing I'm making homemade Tacos for dinner tonight!

    Feel better my friend:
    Gerushia's New World

  11. I hope all is well with your healing, Marie. It should be great in a few days. We always saw our patients again after a few days. It helped to catch any problems early.


Your comments mean the world to me, and while I may not be able to address each one individually, each one is important to me and each one counts. Thanks so much!