Archive for August, 2013

Conserving Electricity/Energy and the Electric Company Paradox

August 7, 2013

What's For Dinner?

Do you live in a state that deregulated their electricity services?

I live in Texas, and the electricity industry was deregulated here for many years.

At first I was hesitant to change electric companies.  I bought into the talk from the original regulated company here in Houston about lack of reliability, etc. from the “new companies”.  Thank goodness I realized that was just that – a bunch of talk, from a company that wanted me to stay with them and keep paying really high prices. So, yes, I have changed electric companies many times over the years.  I do my homework.  I have learned a lot about what questions to ask to understand other charges are added on to the bill.  I must say I am now a very educated electricity consumer.   But, alas, that is not what this post is about.

This post is about the paradox of conserving energy (in this case…

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

August 6, 2013

YUM! and I have peppers in my fridge!

Where Flours Bloom

stuffed peppers

These great tasting stuffed peppers are slow cooked to perfection in the crock pot. Small peppers work best, so you don’t over-stuff, because too much will make them dry. These are so easy!

One package Spanish rice mix
1 pound lean ground beef, salt to taste
1/2 cup of diced celery
one small onion that has been chopped
one beaten egg
Four small /medium green bell peppers have lengthwise cored and seeded
One can of whole peeled tomatoes
one can condensed tomato soup undiluted
and one cup of water

1. Set aside seasoning packet from rice combine rice mix beef celery onions and eggs in a large bowl and mix well.

2. Pour tomatoes with juice into the crock pot slow cooker arrange Filled bell pepper  halves  on top of tomatoes.

3. Combine tomato soup water and extra. rice mix seasoning packet in a medium bowl pour over the bell peppers cover…

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