Black widows are actually pretty common here, in this part of Arizona. I’ve found more than my share of them. This is the fourth one I’ve found living right next to an outside doorway. They don’t seem to be aggressive toward people, only defensive when necessary. But, that’s my own observation.
This is the black widow spider that has taken up residence right next to the front door to my house. She’ll be evicted very soon.
I just added this and the other matching spider photo to the album, “Scenes from my City”. I expected it would showcase the two new photos with a new post and it didn’t. So, I reblogged both of them to do that. Be sure to follow the link (or go to album under the photography button) and view the other photos in the album too. Thanks.
I made this for dinner quite a while back. It was so quick, easy and tasty. And hearty too. I’m really glad I wrote and saved the recipe. Just came across it again and I’m thinkin’ this sounds good for dinner tonight with a salad on the side. I could use some comfort food.
Beef, Beans and Rice Serves 8
- 4 Cups of water
- 2 Cups long grain white rice
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 of a 16 oz jar of salsa verde (green salsa)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 ts garlic powder
- 3/4 ts onion powder
- 1/4 ts paprika
- 1 ts parsley
- 1/8 ts sage
- 1/16 ts or dash cayenne
- 1/2 ts salt
- 1/4 ts pepper
- 1 15 oz can of kidney beans, undrained
- 1 15 oz can of chili beans, undrained
- 1/2 can of water/ bean juice mixture
- 4 Tbsp white flour
Boil 4 cups of water. Pour in 2 cups of white rice and 1/2 ts of salt. Stir. Put on a tight-fitting lid and turn the burner to low. Take the pot off the burner after about 10 minutes. Keep the lid on.
Beef and Beans
Brown 2 pounds of ground beef in a really large skillet or large pot. Drain the fat, keeping about 1/2 of it. Return it to the burner and turn the heat to medium low. Pour in 2 Tbsp of soy sauce and stir. Pour in half of the jar of salsa verde and stir. Put in the onions and stir. Put in the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, parsley, sage cayenne salt and pepper. Stir the pot. Now, put in the undrained cans of beans. Pour into one of the empty cans, a half can of water. Swish that around getting all the remaining bean stuff at the bottom and sides of the can. Pour this into the other can and do the same thing. Pour the bean and water mixture into the pot and stir. Let the beef and bean mixture simmer for a few minutes. It should be pretty liquidy. Get a small bowl and a large spoon. Spoon about half of the liquid from the pot into the bowl. It’s ok if a few beans and meat chunks get in there. Mix 4 tbsp of flour into the liquid. Scrape this mixture into the pot and stir. This should thicken the beef/ bean mixture enough. Add more flour and water as needed and to preference. Simmer for about 10 minutes more, stirring every so often. Serve on top or on the side of the rice. This dish also goes great with sourdough bread and salad.