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Recipe: Lazy Enchiladas
Dinner last night was what I call Lazy Enchiladas. Instead of rolling the meat and cheese up in neat little tortilla rolls, I put down layers: tortillas, meat, cheese, sauce, tortillas, etc. until the 9x12 dish is almost full; then I finish it up with a last layer of tortillas, sauce and LOTS of cheese. Cover with foil, then bake at 350 for 40 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes until the top starts to get crispy.

It's basically an enchilada casserole. I can make it with beans, or make my own enchilada sauce, and spice it up however I want. It's always tasty. :)

Thanks to my new light box, I have completely redrawn the first page of Nameless. In the process, I fixed some anatomy things that were bugging me, and made some updates to character design -- in particular, Pau's hair and Feinne's costume. I'm much better-pleased with how it looks now.

I'm still wrestling with two things: one is how long it takes for me to get anything done with this, and another is debating how stylized I want it to be. Granted, the more I stylize things, the faster I'll be able to work. It's possible to stylize something and still pay attention to anatomy, and I need to figure out a balance that works for me.

The real point is this: last night my husband commented to me that if I'm going to be serious about this project, I have to make more than one page every four months. He's right! To do that, I have several options: 1) Be less picky about the art, 2) Stylize the characters more, 3) Find a way to increase the work time, 4) Work faster and more efficiently.
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I just ate the best salmon I've ever tasted. It came from this recipe, only I didn't have oranges and I substituted asparagus for the fingerling Yukons and haricots verts.

My husband, who is not a fan of any kind of fish, said he'd love to eat it again, and I must always cook salmon this way. Bean even admitted he liked it. That is saying a lot.

*files recipe*

With it, I served stir-fried bok choy, only I added some beech mushrooms (that we bought at the Asian market this weekend) to the recipe. It was also tasty, but not as much a hit as the salmon.

Now? I'm exhausted. It's been a long day. We had to hit the library this morning, after which I turned a bag of compost into the garden and then hurried to pick Bean up from school. I had to talk to his teacher about him not finishing his work in school. (He can do it, he just won't.) Then after lunch we had to go buy swim trunks for both sons. Then Bean had his first swimming lesson ever and it was a hit -- except that Sprout wanted a lesson too, and spent the whole time running up and down the pool side (you know, the part where it says "No Running"?) and I spent the whole time Not Running to catch him. Then Bean didn't want to leave, and insisted he wanted another lesson, and I insisted that he'd have another lesson on Thursday. There were tears. I finally piled the kids into the car, we went to pick brozinski up from work, and came home... and I cooked. So I'm tired of standing and walking and dealing with children, and I'm ready to go to bed NOW. But I have to get them to bed first, after baths.

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