Chicken Tacos Perfection~ Chef Valentine

Chef Valentine’s Chicken Tacos Perfection

INGREDIENTS

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 rotisserie chicken shredded {about ½ pound}

½ packet {or entire packet if you like} Old El Paso taco seasoning

½ onion, diced

1 {14 oz} can diced tomato {important-well drained}

1 {4 oz} can Old El Paso chopped green chilies

12 Old El Paso crunchy taco shells

1 can Ortega can refried beans

2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat olive oil in medium skillet.

Add onion and cook for 5 min.

To onions, add chicken, taco seasoning, tomatoes and chilies.

Stir well and cook on low-med for about 10 min.

Line 13 X 9” baking dish with foil. {do not spray with pam}

{the foil keeps your tacos crisp while baking}

Place taco shells in baking dish, standing up.

Spoon 1 Tablespoon beans into the bottom of each shell.

Then top with the chicken mixture.

Top with all of the cheese.

Bake for 12-15 min till shells are browned and cheese melted.

Remove from oven.

Add your favorite taco toppings.

We like sour cream, salsa and Jalapeños

We paired this with red wine. AND IT WAS WONDERFUL

Salsa, chips and a salad.

This my favorite new recipe.

I predict that is will be a favorite old recipe soon.

Please enjoy.

Till next time,

Valentine

 

What A Weekend

On Saturday, we watched Matilda play soccer

and

visited friends at the Gunter, Texas School carnival.

 

Then….Sunday was wonderful, happy and sad.

the sky looked like Autumn.

 

We went to the Dallas FT Worth Pug Rescue

Pug-O-Ween celebration.

{this is where we would bring LIbby each year in costume}

Lauren, Josh and Matilda  were there

and

so were Dima, Levi, Ayah and Salma.

We had fun watching all of the PUGS in costume.

 

Larry and I  came home, and enjoyed Sunday Dinner and Movie.

We had chicken tacos {recipe tomorrow} Salsa, and watched BEGUILED.

That CRAZY movie. I kept thinking that it was boring, then things heated up.

CRAZY.

Then…. I had a reflexology appointment with Larry

and then off to bed.

I had started the weekend arguing with someone dear to me.

It weighed heavy on my heart the entire weekend.

Don’t you hate that?

Have a lovely day.

I love you beyond the beautiful autumn sky.

Me

 

 

Our Father

Good morning Friday the 13th!

I woke this morning with a positive energy.

A good energy that will define my day.

***

People who know me, know that I love the Lords Prayer.

I wear it on a bracelet every day, whisper it every day

{One day I will share my “Lords Prayer” Story with you….}

and I believe every day.

I am blessed.

Life is wonderful

and

I love you.

Me

Chicken Casserole, Baked Custard and Other Things

Yesterday was filled with lovely.

Lovely food, lovely moments and lovely people.

My heart is full.

There is something special about people who truly care about you.

Not love, CARE. {it is very different}

Our breakfast was perfect.

{I even baked custard for breakfast!}

The tablecloth was signed….

 

and this morning, I pulled from the freezer,

chicken casserole for dinner tonight.

I have a busy day today.

My Larry is home from Houston

and

life is pretty wonderful.

Love you beyond fresh strawberries.

Me, me me……

 

Soccer and Ghosties

Last Saturday,

we were invited to the country to watch Matilda play soccer.

She was ready….

 

and played goalie.

After the game, we went to Subway for lunch…

and then on to the MIller’s house

to make GHOSTS!

Larry and I brought the materials….and we got busy with Lars and Matilda.

{Josh opted to mow the yard}

We glued yards and yards of cheesecloth onto manikin heads.

Matilda was enjoying the process very much.

We left the manikin ghosts on the Miller’s kitchen table to dry.

But I know for a fact that they are now floating around their front porch.

After making ghost manikins, we brought Matilda to The Cottage

where she spent the night,

It was a PERFECT Saturday.

*****

It is drizzly and damp outside today.

I am getting the cottage ready for guests tomorrow….

sounds fun, yes?

Have a happy, kind day.

I love you beyond 100 yards of cheesecloth.

{YES. I have left overs}

Love you.

Me

 

GUEST BLOGGER TODAY~ Larry Tolbert

 

COURAGE AND COMMITTMENT

 

On August 20, Rob and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary. We also took a moment to celebrate Rob’s Five Year cancer-free and that was a celebration I will remember for the rest of my life! In November, we will take time to recognize November 10 , 2012 – the day Dr. Jett and the heart team at Baylor saved Josh Miller’s life – and celebrate life, true love, and family.

So much of our time here on Earth is marked by holidays, celebrations, and special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Yesterday, October 8, our daughter Jami should have been celebrating her One Year Wedding Anniversary. Unfortunately, ten days before the wedding, her fiancé, Jared, ran out….just “disappeared” without explanation or consideration.

I would like to say he had a change of heart, cold feet, as that would at least make it a little easier to understand, but as they are still living together, a change of heart just doesn’t seem to fit. We may never know what drove him to back away from the ceremony, the commitment, in such a cowardly manner. Perhaps it is not ours to know, but this much I do know – Jami has a heart of gold and the courage of a lion. When faced with such incredibly heart-breaking adversity, she kept her focus and took care of business with courage, commitment, integrity, and deep abiding love.

She deserves someone who shares that same level of devotion and commitment to the relationship and I hope someday she finds that person. We have not seen Jared since we delivered his birthday gift last September 2016 prior to the wedding date so I cannot say if during this year he has grown, matured, to be someone to share such a sacred bond of trust and love with our daughter. In as much as we have not seen him or heard from him tells me all I need to know.

***

Larry requested to be guest blogger today….

Thank you for stopping by during your busy day.

Love you.

Me

A Mothers Heart

 

In the ’80’s, when Larry and I wanted a family,

we discovered that I had to go on fertility drugs.

The drugs worked very fast with a first pregnancy……our Lauren.

But when I went on them, hoping for a second child, nothing worked.

Larry and I together decided that we were happy with one daughter.

About a year later, I became very ill and DR  told me that I was pregnant.

It was wonderful news.

Four months later Jamison was born.

We had two daughters.

I had two children. How absolutely perfect is that?

I have never read anything that describes how I feel about being the mother of two daughters.

Two beautiful, independent women.

I love them so much that my heart bursts when talking of them.

They do not  need me now.

I have become their, retired Mom.

That is OK, they have things handled.

But I must confess,

It is difficult for me to stand back if they need me.

At times of celebrations, I become  happy for them

and

at times of deep despair,

my heart breaks .

***

When the clouds come

I hope you can hear my heart.

A mothers heart.

It beats, smiles and cries

along with your

Life, Joy and sadness.

I pray that I did a good job,

being an example for you.

I stand back,

waiting

in the event you would need me.

But, you and I both know…

You’ve Got This.

Love you.

Me