Sunday, May 12, 2019

Our first Fly-in as volunteers

We've been to Fly-ins before as we worked to learn more about opportunities for youth and flying. The 80th Anniversary of the AOPA was the first Fly-In Honor and I got to participate in as volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol.

There were tons of aircraft, booths and displays all over, some amazing WWII era aircraft and a veteran's paratrooper jump. CAP cadets helped with crowd control, serving breakfast, color guard, etc. It was a fun two days' work... despite part of it getting rained out!

I was able to grab some great photos - (photos are clickable for full size)

When the rain came.

That sky...

Prepping for flight

Crowd control

Getting ready to jump

Starting up

Taxi out with the door open

Heading out

The flyovers were awesome! 

AOPA banner

Sixteen? Seriously?!?

Guess who turned sweet 16 recently? Honor! Yeah, I'm late. Not to celebrate. We managed to catch the right day, just late to post about it. Honor had a ton of school responsibilities and Brian was off at college, but we did our best to make her special day a happy one. Her friends at school did a great job too. 

Happy Birthday to my awesome daughter! You are amazing!! Now, have been, and always will be. 

The cats were NOT sure about the cat balloon

This is Honor's gift, but Pixie likes it too

Honor trying on her momster's hair... 

Did I mention how talented she is? 

Enchilada 'Lasagna'

Taco Cat - acrylic on canvas by Honor

Enchilada 'Lasagna' 

Well, it's not really enchiladas or lasagna, but I wanted to make a dish that would be good for a potluck. Tasty and easy to serve up in 'sample' size portions for our neighborhood Cinco de Mayo potluck.

(note - my cooking is more method than recipe, portions are approximate)

Onion                         Bell peppers           can black beans   cheddar cheese
Chorizo                      Poblano peppers     flour tortillas       sliced black olives
Ground beef               Spices                     queso                   lg can red enchilada sauce 

I browned onions with a small package of chorizo, using the fat from the meat instead of butter or oil to sautee the onions, then added a pound of ground beef and got that cooking too.

Next I cut 2 bell peppers (I chose pretty yellow and red ones) and 2 poblano peppers into chunks and threw that it. I added a bit of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, chili powder and cumin too.

Preheat the oven to 350F

I sprayed a large glass casserole dish with oil and proceeded to layer goodies.
One layer meat mixture
next layer black beans, drained
next layer flour tortillas cut into bite-sized pieces
next layer queso
next layer more meat
next layer, more tortillas
next layer, the rest of the meat
top layer, shredded cheddar
Pour one large can of red enchilada sauce over the whole dish
garnish with sliced black olives.

Bake at 350F for one hour.

No photos. We packed it up, took it over, and it was eaten.

Random meme of the day (thanks to whoever created this - I post memes as I see them and try not to hide signatures or copyrights)

And a cat photo - When your blanket tries to eat you but you don't care...