At The Time

This week in San Antonio was wonderful.

The above shot was taken from the sweet balcony off of our living room.

It made me sigh…….

The city holds many memories for me, good and bad,

but I love it so much.

We have good friends who live there

and

favorite restaurants.

Larry took me to our favorite

on Wednesday night.

We sat inside, but our window overlooked the Riverwalk

and

we could hear the Mariachi playing outside.

I sat across from Larry

and we talked.

A lot.

We talked of life, love and  the happy things in our lives.

I have come to the conclusion that

just being with Larry, wherever in the world,

is my favorite  place at that time.

Right now, we are home….

my favorite!

Love you.

Me.

 

 

A Kismet Day

This morning, as I am far from home,

my reflections of life and love had taken a small turn.

Last night at dinner, I met a young woman.

Forthright and beautiful.

Talented and inspired.

I found myself imagining her mother.

Even though they are seperated by hundreds of miles,

I felt the love and pride between them.

Larry and I had not planned on eating at this particular restaurant

but somehow we found ourselves there.

Kismet…to be inspired in a surprising way.

That is what happened to me last night.

Have you ever been touched by kismet?

Have you ever been the person who  inspired others?

What a gift that would be.

I wish you a KISMET day!

Love you.

Me

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

***

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