This is what’s for dinner!

Hi all. I wanted to share an amazing recipe I found. This is out of the world delicious! A definite must try. Enjoy!

Easy Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

So simple yet extremely rich, creamy and absolutely delicious!

An unbelievably easy sour cream chicken enchilada casserole recipe that it can be a weeknight recipe

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P.S. I didn’t add either the onion or the green chilis bc my kids don’t like them but these are still great!

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Servings    Prep Time    Cook

Time
    

8            25 mins.        20 mins

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Ingredients:

2 lb chicken breast diced. Could use as little as 1 pound

1 onion medium

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

8 flour tortillas 8 inch each

2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

15 ounce chicken broth

1 cup sour cream

4 ounce chopped green chilis

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 convection or 400 conventional.

Trim and dice about 1 (or 2) pound skinless boneless chicken breast into about 1/2 inch or smaller pieces. Dice one medium onion.

Add one tablespoon oil to a large fry pan over medium-high heat and when hot add chicken and onion together. Cook until chicken is done. About 5 minutes.

Spray a 9 by 13 baking dish with PAM. Heat 8 tortillas (8 inches) in a microwave for 15-20 seconds to soften.

Assemble the enchiladas. On a tortilla add about 1/4 cup of chicken/onion (more if you increased the chicken) and about two tablespoons of Monterey Jack cheese. Place this not in the center but about at the 1/3 mark then roll over the short end and roll tightly. Place seam down in the baking pan. Repeat until done.

In a medium saucepan melt four tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) butter over medium heat. When melted, add 1/4 cup flour. Whisk together and cook for a few minutes then add one can chicken broth and continuously whisk until thickened then a few minutes more.

Remove from heat and add 1 cup sour cream and 1 (4 ounces) can chopped green chilis.

Pour over the assembled enchiladas. Top with 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese.

Bake until golden brown and bubbling. About 20 minutes.

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Summertime is here again…

Good morning everyone! Wow, what a day. The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the birds are chirping. At least they are where I live. Good ‘ol Arkansas. With weather like this, it makes me think about the upcoming summer months and how much fun it used to be for us when we were kids. And being a writer, one good thought leads to another and another and another and so on…

As my brain drifted from one thing to another, it occurred to me that as summer is approaching, it is time to get our children going on some favorite activities. No, not what most kids nowadays consider fun–sleeping in, playing video games, staying indoors watching movies, streaming music, and surfing the web. I’m talking about REAL summer fun.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here, let me remind you.

CATCHING FIREFLIES:

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CAMPING IN THE BACKYARD:

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PLAYING IN THE CREEK:

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ROASTING MARSHMELLOWS:

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STAR GAZING:

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PICKING BERRIES:

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MAKING HOMEMADE ICE CREAM:

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SWIMMING WITH YOUR FRIENDS:

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BIKE RIDING:

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BLOWING BUBBLES:

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FISHING:

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PICKING WILDFLOWERS:

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HAVING A  PICNIC:

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RUNNING THROUGH THE SPRINKLER:

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These are the type of summer activities I was talking about. Simple, fun, and everlasting. So this summer, put the tablet, phone, pager, laptop away and take a few moments to relive the real meaning of summer. Drag your family along with you. They may grumble a bit but in the end, they will thank you. Enjoy!!

Sensual Saturday’s presents…Crystal

Good morning everyone. Today I am happy to have a return vistor. It’s Crystal Firsdon and her newest release, Almost Ordinary. This is book two in the The Song Wreckers series.

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Welcome back Crystal!  I’m so glad you stopped by again. 

So we recently talked to you about the first book in this series, Almost Wrecked. Just by reading the blurb, I was instantly hooked. So what can you tell us about Book 2, Almost Ordinary?

Okay, let me give you the blurb. 

Three men changed Molly’s life forever, and now . . .
The one who violently attacked her is caught, though not without unexpected consequences.
The one who abandoned her, needs her, though he doesn’t know it.
And the one who loves Molly stands by as she engages in a quest for answers, though that quest may tear his and Molly’s family apart.
All Molly wants is an ordinary life, but after all is said and done, it may blow up right in front of her face instead.

Wow. This sounds like an incredible sequel. I can’t wait to read it. Speaking of reading, what is the first book you remember reading?

Saturday, the Twelfth of October by Norma Fox Mazur. It was written in 1975, and I read it in the early 80s. Now that I think about it, I really need to reread it, then force my kids to read it too. Awesome book.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that one but I’m always game for new books. As you know, writing and reading go hand in hand. Do you have a specific routine when you write?

When I need to be creative and have longevity of thought—creating and writing the story or developmental editing—I need to be alone, have complete silence, and a clean kitchen/ living room (because those are the areas I see when I write at my kitchen table). If I’m only checking for typos and format errors, I don’t need all that.

It’s so hard to find quiet time to write. At least it is for me anyway. But I love to write. Tell me though, if you could be anything but an author and your current job, what would it be?

An actor/ comedian on a show like Saturday Night Live. Could you imagine: getting paid to be completely silly and act goofy all day? I know it’s actually a lot of hard work, but I’d absolutely love to have a career out of making people laugh and acting like a moron with over-the-top, slapstick comedy.

I love comedians but I am so afraid of public speaking, I know I couldn’t do it. What is your greatest fear?

I have two, which together create a third. First, losing my children. Second, porta-potties. Third, losing a kid to a porta-potty by them falling into the hole.

LOL! 😄 I am afraid of losing my kids too but I never thought of the porta-potty thing. Great, now I’m envisioning giant smelly holes swallowing kids by the handfuls…*shakes head to clear mortifying thoughts*  What about a pet peeve? Do you have one?

I have so many, but it boils down to people who don’t exercise common courtesy. By this I mean people who don’t take the time to walk their shopping carts to the racks provided in the parking lot, who don’t hold the door for the person behind them, things like that.

Arrgh. That is totally annoying. I think if everyone would be courteous of each other, this world would be a much better place. Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

Well, here are some basic facts about myself:

I’m a former high school teacher turned stay-at-home mom turned part-time substitute teacher and school volunteer. I graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn where I earned my Master of Arts in Education so hopefully soon I’ll be back in the classroom teaching.  I absolutely love the romance genre but I can’t decide whether it’s better to read it or write it.
I have a long background in physical fitness so I include exercise in all my heroines’ lives. Lately, regular exercise is quite difficult, but hey, I’m trying.
I live in Michigan with my husband and children where the weather makes it impossible for my naturally curly hair to behave most days. You’ll almost always catch me sporting a messy bun and several bobby pins.

It sounds like you are always on the go. But hey, at  least you can’t say you’re bored. I do have one more question before you go. Where can we find you and your new book?

No problem!  I can be reached at one of the following places:

Website: 
http://crystalfirsdon.com/

Facebook: 
http://on.fb.me/1mRBOfe

Almost Ordinary buy link:
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Crystal, thank you so much for stopping by again and congratulations on your new release.

Weight Loss and Me

Hi everyone. A couple of days ago, I looked in the mirror and it hit me. I mean REALLY hit me. I can’t stand the way I look. I mean, I’ve always has issues with my looks but I’m talking weight wise. I’m 5’5, 38 years old, and weigh 165. Ick! I’m overweight. I even checked my BMI. Its 27.5 which falls into the overweight catetgory. If you would like to check yours, here is the link:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm

Now most of us don’t look like a Victoria Secret model. You know with the sleek arms, flat tummy, tight butt, and slim thigh gap.

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Actually about 90% of us don’t. And some of that percentage don’t want to. But I do.

I know there they are born with great genetics and of course, they can afford to have personal trainers and a good consultant/dietician. Plus free time to exercise. And we can’t forget that there is probably plenty of photoshopping and brushing going on. And possibly even some plastic surgery here and there. All of these things, we are either not born with or is something most of us can not afford. But still, those girls are FIT!

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Most of those things we can’t do anything about unless we have money. But exercise and eating, those are things we can try and control. I say TRY.

With our busy lives, I know how hard it can be to fit in time for exercises. Take me for example, I work 4 days at the hospital and have 3 days off. And sometimes I sub at the local school. Sounds like I have plenty of free time right? HA!

Between trying to write my next book, paying bills, taking care of 3 kids, a husband (he works 7 days a week and one of those days is a double), do housework, help with homework, cook dinner, ensure showers are taken and teeth are brushed, dogs taken out, and any extra domestic duties that need doing, I don’t have a lot of extra time to work out.

And what exercises do you do? There are only about a million different kinds targeting certain things and some people say to do them, some people say don’t do them. How do you know?

And as far as eating right…Have you ever tried to go grocery shopping for strictly healthy stuff? Its expensive. Like 2-3 times more expensive than the junk (and delicious 😋) foods that most of us normally buy. For me feeding 5 people and buying all healthy on a budget is damn near impossible.

Everyone complains about America being overweight and how we need to eat healthier.  But how can we afford to when the healthy stuff skyrockets our grocery bill by at least $100-200 dollars a week. And forget joining weight watchers, nutrisystem, or Jenny Craig. That is extremely expensive too. Or at least it is for me. There is Slimfast and Atkind which are cheaper but can get pricey over time. So what can a person do?

I really don’t know. But I know that I am tired of looking in the mirror and being disgusted by what I see. So, I am going to do my best to start a diet. This is what inam going to try first as far as eating healthier:

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And as far as exercise, I’m going to do what I can that will target my trouble areas. Arms, lower tummy, butt, and inner and outer thighs. I’ve got a few exercises picked out but if anyone has any suggestions, Please leave me a comment below. I can use all the help I can get. Thanks.

Ode to a Computer…

Hi everyone. Today is a sad and terrible day for me. I just list a very old, very good friend. My laptop.

‘Ol Red and I have been through a lot together.

From the first day I held it in my arms 9 years ago, I felt something special. And I had such high hopes for it. I just knew it would do wonders. When it needed energy, I plugged it in. When it was sick, I took it to the doctor. I took care of ‘Ol Red.

And it did! It connected me to my family that lived far away, it played games and music and it entertained my kids and I for many years. It kept my secrets, my pictures and videos, my memories safe. It showed us the world.  But that’s not all.

‘Ol Red helped me achieve my dream to become a published author. Yes, with Red by my side, we wrote not one but two wonderful stories together.

‘Ol Red was there for me and I was there for it. When it needed energy, I plugged it in. When it was sick, I took it to the doctor. We made a great team.

But lately ‘Ol Red’s health has been steadily going down hill. First, it began to lose energy quickly and had to be plugged in more often. Then eventually, it was able to wake up on it’s own without a shot of electricity. We went on that way for a long time until today when it’s life force, the cord giving it energy, gave up the fight.

So sadly, today, January 7, 2016, I have to say goodbye to ‘ Ol Red. We’ve been through a lot together and I will never forget you. You were my first laptop and you will live in my memory forever.

Goodbye old friend….

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LET’S GET DECORATING!!

Hi everybody. Well the Christmas season is upon us. You know what that means. Holiday decorating!!

Who doesn’t love to decorate their house, making it all cheery and bright? And the tree….oh boy. So many ways to make it come alive!

For those that love to decorate but want a little something different and unique for your Christmas tree this year, have I got just the thing for you!!

CUSTOM CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS!!

Made by hand, these ornaments are available in any pattern you want.  From your favorite colors to your favorite sports team and even your kid’s favorite movie and much, much more, these are just the thing to personalize your Christmas tree this year! 

**ITEMS BELOW ARE ONLY A SAMPLE OF DESIGNS AVAILABLE. (FRONT AND BACK IF EACH ITEM ARE SHOWN.)

*Taking orders now. Please allow 1 week to create.
**(DESIGNS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF MATERIALS)**

*Shipping rates will apply.

*If interested, please contact me by e-mailing at the address below.

DeasonDozier13011@yahoo.com

OLAF FRONT:

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OLAF BACK:

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OKLAHOMA SOONERS FRONT AND BACK  ( IN WHITE):

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OKLAHOMA SOONERS FRONT AND BACK (IN RED):

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ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS FRONT (IN WHITE):

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ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS BACK (IN WHITE):

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ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS FRONT (IN RED):

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ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS BACK (IN RED):

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So if you want a Christmas tree that reflects you and your personal style, order today!!

FOR ORDERS, PLEASE CONTACT AMY AT:

DeasonDozier13011@yahoo.com