I know that my blog has an interesting name. A name/title that no one gets, because there are no 'friends' writing posts every week. There is only me.
Long before I knew what a blog was, I had a group e-mail forum that included my friends from near and far...and originally I would ask them a question on Fridays, cut and paste their answers and share with all.
So there is the history of my name. Well, not MY name, (that would be 1950's Debbie Reynolds popularity) but rather my blog's name. It started as a joke, when I thought that only they would be reading this blog. Now, over 800 posts later, a few other people do read my blog.
It's nice to have made other friends thru this. But too late to change my name (my blog's name ) to something catchy like " Debbie's Dishes" or "Dining with Debbie" or even "Debbie is a hot dish". Okay, we can leave the last one out, but you know what I mean....you are stuck with the Friday Friends.
I have about 50 of my closest friends on the e-mail forum. At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 15 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions, exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts, had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.
AND, we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
I was looking at the cookbook the other night and I said, "I should make every recipe in here for my blog."
The Handyman--who knows me better than I know myself (this happened to be a question on the Friday Friend forum once---does your spouse/partner know you better than you know yourself?)--said, "you'll never, EVER do that."
WELL---maybe I'll show him! Maybe I will.
Maybe I'll start with these little Mexican Pizzas!
They are wonderful and very tasty little Mexican Pizzas and they were submitted by my friend in California, Traci Marques.
I met Traci the first day of my job as an aide at the elementary school where I had just gotten a job. We had just moved to CA from NV and I didn't know anybody, they sent Traci and I to get a TB test, and I had no money. (I didn't realize I was being sent a the time) so she loaned me the $10.
It was a great way to begin a friendship! (I hope I paid her back)
That was over 20 years ago and I have since moved back to NV, but Traci and I email each other every day...sometimes all day long, as we both are alone in our offices in front of the computer.
Thanks Traci for these Mexican pizzas. We really enjoyed them a lot.
The Handyman still doesn't think I'll make every recipe in the Friday Friend Cookbook. We'll see.
Now you dear reader.....should make these if you are looking for something tasty, quick and really easy. Everyone at my table (Handyman, son, daughter-in-law) said they were a keeper.
My friend Traci Marques via the Friday Friend Cookbook
1 lb chorizo or pork sausage (I used pork sausage)
3/4 cup salsa
4 ready made mini-pizza crusts (like Boboli)
1 can refried beans
2 cups shredded cheese
2 chopped tomatoes
broken tortilla chips
Brown chorizo or sausage. Add salsa and simmer 5 minutes. Put crusts on foiled pan (I just sprayed my pans with Pam) Spread the beans on pizza crust, add meat mixture on top, then cheese (about 1/2 cup on each).
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
Top with the last 4 ingredients.
** while we did do this exactly as written, my family will exchange the ranch for hot sauce next time, but that is the only substitution this recipe should have, and then, only if you like things real spicy.
It was good just as it was.
If you are still reading....would you say that your spouse or partner knows you better than you know yourself?
how long did you think about and how much effort did you put into giving your blog a name/title?
an update: (I decided I should put a picture with a name.)
Traci Marques--a Friday Friends and her husband, Larry.
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