Saturday, December 6, 2008

Got Leftovers?

A couple of months ago I attended our monthly meeting of the Friday Night Quilters and our gracious hostess, Judy, served a wonderful crockpot dish called Chicken Enchilada Casserole. I immediately thought that it could replace my usual Thanksgiving turkey leftover dinner. I usually make turkey enchiladas from a recipe from my neighbor Gail. It involved softening the tortillas in oil, then filling and rolling each one into a casserole dish. With this new recipe you just layer all the ingrediants into the pot! So Easy! So Tasty!

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole
(great for leftover turkey too!)

3-4 lb chicken
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 T. oil
10 3/4 can cream of mushroom soup
10 3/4 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
10-oz. can green enchilada sauce
4.5-oz. can peeled, diced green chilies
20 corn tortillas
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Boil chicken. Shred meat and discard bones and skin.
2. Saute onion in oil in saucepan until translucent.
Stir in soups, sour cream, green enchilada sauce and the chilies.
Heat until warm.
3. Tear tortillas into bite-sized pieces.
4. Layer half of sauce, chicken, tortillas, and cheese in
slow cooker, alternating layers. Repeat, ending with the cheese and sauce.
6. Cover. Cook on Low 5-6 hours, or High 2-3 hours

Friday, December 5, 2008

It's always something...........

Like my pretty new bracelets?

About 2 months ago my elbows started hurting and of course I ignored them!
Well, I did the ice thing and the heat thing and the Advil thing.........
but I didn't do the rest thing or the doctor thing.

Since it didn't seem to be going away
I decided that I really should go and see the doc.
As is bilateral epicondilitis.
He gave me a cortizone shot in one elbow,
pretty new bracelets to wear,
exercises to do,
and a prescription to start Physical Therapy.
2-3 times a week for 3-4 weeks.
I HATE going to PT and I told him that!
He very nicely said that I should probably do it if I wanted to continue quilting.
So when he put it THAT way.....
I made the appointment and I start next week.
Wish me luck!

Monday, December 1, 2008

So much to be Thankful for........

Thanksgiving turned into an entire weekend for us. First we had dinner at Darcy's house and then helped her get up her Christmas decorations. I think that is a cool idea! Wish I had thought of it!

Jenny and Rafael made deviled eggs. They had a contest to see whose recipe was better. I believe that Jenny won.........but or course it was Rafael's first time at making them so I imagine that he'll get better with some practice!

Lots of food at Darcy's!

Brian and Jen putting the garland on the tree.

Rafael, Mike and Brady trying to fix up the playpen.

Mike and Grandpa Jack put a peep-hole in the door.

Grandma Lou makes the best Apple pies I have ever tasted!

Thursday night we had our annual Thanksgiving Baldi Bonfire. Unfortunately mother nature did not cooperate and it started raining about a 1/2 hour before people started to arrive. The rain stopped, but it had rained hard enough for everything to be really soggy. Mike saved the day by bringing the firepit up to between the porch and the pool. We sat on the porch and enjoyed the fire from there. However we didn't get to burn any Christmas trees this year!

On Friday we did a little shopping, but most of the afternoon was spent preparing for cooking another Thanksgiving dinner which we had on Saturday. Mike and I, Brian and Jen and Jenny and Rafael all enjoyed dinner together on Saturday night. After dinner we played marbles.

It is high time to get back to quilting! BUT my Millie and I need to make friends again! It has been so long since I quilted that we have forgotten each other! AND to add insult to injury the weather has changed drastically since I"ve quilted so we are both a little on the cold side and it is taking us a litte longer than expected to warm up! My Millie (short for Millenium....the name of the machine I have) is being a little tempermental today, so I have turned her off and will resume quilting a little later in the day.