Well that just sucks doesn’t it.

img_2378I don’t know why I decided today of all days to check on my Google+ account and how the blog posts have been sharing over there, but I did, and oohhh well that just sucks doesn’t it.

Every single item I’ve shared over there for the last 12 weeks has been shared ONLY with me. WTF!*%$#@ I never changed the settings, never would have something just shared with me, hello the point is to SHARE the post with whomever wants to read it.

Every other item ever shared since I started linking the WordPress posts to Google+ shared automatically and publicly each and every time. Until it didn’t. Why did it decide to change without letting me choose? I guess I only have myself to blame because I haven’t looked at G+ in a while. But it still sucks because the last 3 months of posts have basically all been for naught.

I can’t change prior posts visibility status, unless there is a way and I’m too hyped up on Benadryl and Pseudoephedrine to find it and well that sucks even more because I can’t figure it out.

Argggghhhhhh Ok I feel a little better, not.

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#AtoZChallenge Z is for Zen


To end the A to Z Challenge I suggest everyone go find their Zen

For me right now it’s cuddled on the couch watching Doctor Who with my guy by my side and sipping a cup of tea out of my favorite coffee mug. 

Enjoy your weekend! ❤️

#AtoZChallenge Y is for Yummy Chicken Enchiladas with green chilies and sour cream sauce

One of my favorite dishes to make recently is a version of Chicken Enchiladas with green chilies and sour cream sauce. Of course I took a traditional recipe using flour tortillas and AP flour and used Gluten Free substitutions. So for this recipe we are using Corn Tortillas and cornstarch. Where indicated you can use flour tortillas and all purpose flour. Totally up to you but let me tell you, David had never had an enchilada before this one, and he fell in love with it. After having this version, and trying a “real one” he only wants it this way.

Here’s a little YUM for today’s letter Y!

Ingredients For Enchiladas 

  • 10 or 12 pack of Mission brand Super Soft Extra Thin Style or Restaurant Style, Yellow or White Corn Tortillas.
  • 2 C shredded cooked chicken (I use Rotisserie Chicken from the store)
  • 2 C Sargentto brand 4 cheese Mexican style shredded cheese (Measure 1 C of cheese for mixing in with the chicken and set aside)
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 3 Tbs cornstarch
  • 2 C of chicken broth
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 1 4oz can diced green chilies
  • 3 Tbs Pace Medium Chunky Salsa
  • 1 Tsp of black pepper
  • 1 Tsp Salt

Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

In a skillet warm 7-8 corn tortillas until each one is soft and pliable, place on a dish and cover until ready to stuff with chicken mixture. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine shredded chicken, and 1 cup of shredded cheese, spoon mixture into each of the warmed tortilla shells and roll up. Place seam side down in pan until all of your shells are filled.

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In the same skillet you warmed the tortillas up in, melt the butter and add cornstarch and coook for at least 2 minutes. Add in the chicken broth while whisking until smooth and no lumps. Heat over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken and bubbles slightly. Stir in green chilies, salsa and then sour cream. Continue to cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens again but do not let it come to a boil.

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Pour cheese mixture over enchiladas and top with remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 25 minutes until cheese is browned and bubbly.

Once removed, let cool for a few minutes before serving with your favorite guacamole. For us that would be a homemade version that David has become a pro at. Honestly I enjoy his version the best. Funny thing is before we started dating he didn’t really eat much as far as Latin inspired food was concerned, unless you talk about a trip to Taco Bell :0) Now he loves eating it and more importantly he loves cooking it and he’s really good at it too. It’s so much fun cooking together even when he smears avocado on my nose lol.

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  • 1 Avocado
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp Adobo seasoning
  • 1 tbs chopped onion
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

 

Slice your avocado in half around the rim of the seed, remove the seed and scoop out the meat into a dish of choice.

Chop onion, grate garlic, juice lemon and set aside. Using the back of a fork mash the avocado leaving it a little chunky (or mash away depending how you like the texture) Add in the onion, garlic, garlic powder, lemon juice, Adobo, pepper and salt to taste. Mixing the least amount as possible. Refrigerate for a few minutes until ready to eat. Serve along side your favorite dish or eat it right out of the container for no reason at all except that Guacamole is delish!!.

 

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I hope you get to try out our version of Chicken Enchiladas with green chilies and sour cream sauce. It’s a fan favorite around our place, and I hope one day it will be for you as well!!

#AtoZChallenge X-Marks the spot

Life is a journey. We can all agree with that statement. One of wonderful possibilities, if and when we choose to embark upon it.

Often times we feel we are held back by obstacles out of our immediate control, or by forces that interfere within our life, kinks in the master plan if you will. But what if those kinks are all part of the master plan? The plan we are not allowed to know where X marks the spot. We don’t always know where our destination is, sometimes it’s not within our control.

It is, possibly… predestined. image

Life isn’t like your summer vacation, where you pick and choose the hotel, airline, food, entertainment, etc. Sure you can lay out an itinerary of sorts, but be aware that even within the best laid plans, things pop up and plans change. Kinks in the master plan on your way to buried treasure.

Throw caution to the wind, accept the changes when things go awry and move on to the next location. You will get to your destination within the right amount of time, and along the proper path, even if at times it looks like the worst path possible. Sometimes we need to go through the rubbish. Enjoy the process, even in the midst of the garbage thrown your way.

So, where does your treasure map lead you? Do you know the path with which you’ll choose? The easy paved road? Or the one with gravel, dirt, and mud?
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At the end of the day, which ever path you partake upon, have sturdy shoes, a strong will, and an open mind and heart. For whatever is thrown your way, handle it with pride and strength, it will get you through thick and thin. And for all the garbage thrown your way, you will appreciate the treasure at the end that much more.

Remember that rainbows need rain as do flowers to bloom.

#AtoZChallenge W is for Wild

Never a shortage of Wild animals along the trail I walk. But this sighting this morning was a little extra Wild Wildness if you ask me. While making, Dave’s lunch for work today and getting my stuff ready to head out, I hear this sound that was like no other. Not your normal bird call, and it surely wasn’t Lilo or Stitch fighting with each other upstairs. Yesterday they got some fresh air and it calmed them down quite a bit, so they were like children, exhausted from the good weather. This sound was odd.

Dave was outside taking the recyclables to the curb and when he came inside he says

“Come over here and take a look at this, grab your phone”

So I walked to the picture window and I didn’t believe my eyes. What the heck were they?

Wild Pheasants? Wild Turkeys? And to top it off there was a white one. An Albino perhaps?

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Still shot from a video

We were trying to figure out what the heck they were for quite a while. I kept snapping pics and capturing videos but honestly even the iPhone 6S wasn’t getting the shots I desperately wanted of these beauties. I need to research a good quality camera that won’t break the bank but will deliver the photo quality I want.

 

 

They were eating the grass, and just browsing the yard for what seemed like an hour. But it couldn’t have been more than a half hour at most, because we did have to get going. They walked around to the front of the yard and at one point although it felt like the darker colored fowl were secluding the white one the whole time, they did come together when what we believe was mama called to them to gather round.

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Mama?

As any youngster would do, it took them some time to listen to her cries and they finally gathered around and listened to her.

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Still not sure exactly what these little guys/girls were, and debating about Wild Turkeys, or Wild Pheasents, I went on a hunt. To no avail. Until sitting down for my coffee at the shop and a customer came in and we started talking.

 

Wild Guineafowl or Guinea Hens. That’s it! That is exactly what these little ones are. Needless to say the wildlife around us is always amazing to me especially when I find something new that I haven’t seen in person before. Just like the snake on the trail the other day. Trying to figure out what kind of snake was slithering across the trail.

 

 

#AtoZChallenge V is for Good Vibes

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I’m sure you’ve undoubtedly heard the above saying during your lifetime, but how often do you really take notice of what it’s saying?

The vibe you possess and give off to the universe is the vibe you get in return. Like Karma returning to you as you send it out to the world with your actions, words, and good or bad doings. All things come back around.

So if at the end of the day you feel that your tribe is lacking sorely, then you should take inventory of your vibe that you’re putting out to the world. If your portraying negative vibes, you’re going to attract just that. However when meeting new people I immediately get a sense of them, their vibe no doubt. I often try not to overthink about this particular fact, but let’s be honest, first impressions especially a sneaky, conniving, despicable vibe is not one to just look over.

Those first instincts, gut instincts we get about people are 99% of the time spot on truth. So if your sensing negative vibes from those around you, and you don’t want to be surrounded by negativity ( I mean really who want’s that nastiness in their circle) then move on. It will do you so much good to keep moving on and away from the negative nellies.

And at the end of the day a little old school Marky Mark Good Vibrations always does some good. At least I think so 😉

#AtoZChallenge #MondayMusings :U is for Under the weather

The birds are serenading, buds are blooming, trees are sprucing, rain is falling, and mold is a growing. Ahhhhh the welcoming sights, sounds, and smells of springtime. Just what we needed after a winter of piles and piles of snow, and plunging temperatures.

The only downfall to it all is seasonal allergies. Ahhhchoo! The sound heard round the world. The foghorn signaling the arrival of pollen overload as I blow my nose for the millionth time. Oh woe is me.

That is exactly how I felt yesterday and today after a lovely weekend out and about in nature just enjoying the great outdoors. A few hours outside among the fields of grass, pollen, trees and flowers blooming, after a few days of sporadic rain showers too. The perfect combination of an allergy sufferers worst nightmare.

Benadryl and Advil Cold and Sinus were my friends this weekend as well as 3 boxes of Puffs Plus tissues. Dave jokes that he should invest money in the tissue market because of all the tissues I buy. 😉 He has a point, not one I’m overly fond of but sadly I do have to agree.

So there I was, undoubtedly under the weather but I didn’t let that stop me. Nope, seasonal allergies be damned if they were going to ruin a perfectly great weekend outdoors with me and my 3 guys.

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Lead the way guys I’ll be back here blowing my nose and sneezing among the trees, hopefully I wont scare off the wildlife. I’m happy we were spending time together enjoying the fresh air! This was a new trail for me, but I think Dave has been here before. It traversed behind some houses, and a gun range was heard in the distance. Part of the Greenbelt Trail, and by the time we reached a little over half a mile, we turned around and headed back to the car. Thankfully, because I needed more tissues lol, but I really wanted to continue the walk, so next time we try to venture a little further along the trail.

No wildlife to be found except for this little guy earlier in the day when we took the boys to the school fields to fly kites and their drones. I was just scoping out the field and for some reason I looked down and spotted this little fella pollinating the flowers. Yes to me a dandelion is a flower, and it’s the first flower that helps the bees!

Don’t get me wrong I know people don’t often associate dandelions as flowers, except maybe when your child gives you the first set of flowers they pick from the garden for you, but they are an asset probably more than we give it credit for. I get you want your lawns manicured and free of this weed, but before you cut them down, give them a week so the bees can pollinate. Just think, if the bees don’t get to pollinate, they probably will annoy you more during your summer days and nights in the back yard.

As for me and the dandelions and the pollen, I’ll just be propped up with some allergy meds today as I’m feeling slightly under the weather still. It’s a small price to pay for the seasons on the way…