May 5, 2009

Swine Flu ( H1N1 ) in Texas

As a homeschooler, I do not concern myself much with what is happening in the local public schools. But with the Swine flu confirmed in Texas and public schools closing their doors for at least a week, I have had no choice but notice - it is all over the news. They have canceled UIL competitions and athletic competitions. So, are these kids staying home and not being around other kids? Not from what I have seen. They are at the mall, at the grocery store, at the park, in stores. So what was the point of closing the schools? Is this being blown out of proportion? Send them anywhere except to a government facility so it ain't the government's fault if they catch it? ....I don't know....

The Texas Health Services Department says there is 61 cases of confirmed Swine Flu in Texas. The CDC says about 36,000 people die every year around the USA from the regular seasonal flu. Government conspiracy websites seem to be having a field day with this! What is the government not telling us?? :) One day Fox news is talking about precautions and how to stay well and making it seem dire. The next day they are pointing out that you are more likely to **** (can't remember all they said maybe get in a car accident, hit by lightning, or something like that) than get the Swine Flu. So, which is it?

I get the flu, or should I say it gets me (and gets me bad), two to three times a year. I catch every cold out there it seems. I should own stock in Purell! ((I have an autoimmune disease)) I don't how worried I should be about the Swine Flu....I worry about getting the regular flu...

Texas Frito Pie

I'm not much of a cook! No surprise there to anyone who knows me! Usually, when my hubby gets home from work (around noon) he just says he will make him a quick something, no need for me to go to any trouble (isn't he a sweetie!). I don't know what happened today, but I thought I would make my hubby lunch.

We have been trying to use our stockpile. Hmmm, we have chili, Velveeta, and Fritos....oh yeah Frito Pie! I don't like Fritos but he does. We even have a few cans of hot Rotel! Perfect.

Frito Pie
- 1 pound of Velveeta cheese, cubed
- 1 can (10oz) Rotel (I used Extra Hot!)
- 1 bag (10oz) regular Fritos (or the chili cheese flavor)
- 2 cans chili (with or without beans) or 5 cups homemade chili
- 7 oz cheddar cheese, shredded (I had white cheddar)

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray a medium-sized baking dish with non-stick spray. Combine Velveeta cheese and Rotel in a saucepan (or microwave bowl - directions below) and heat slowly until cheese melts. Heat the chili in another saucepan (or in microwave).

Place half the bag of Fritos in the baking dish. Spoon half of the chili over the Fritos. Cover with all of the Velveeta/Rotel sauce. Scatter the remaining Fritos over the cheese sauce. Cover with the rest of the chili and sprinkle with the shredded cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes.

(four servings...or in my families case just enough for my hubby and son!)

Microwave: To microwave the cheese sauce, place cubed Velveeta cheese in a bowl. Microwave until mostly melted (about 1 minute depending on your microwave). Mix in all of the Rotel. Microwave 30 seconds, stir, then 30 more seconds. Do not over cook.

Pretty easy...even for someone like me.

And the final masterpiece....