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

 

 

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

Perhaps I Can

It was a lovely weekend.

We worked around the house,

met  friends, Karen & John for dinner on Saturday

and

went to the country for dinner last night.

There was a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a 2 month old

{the 4 year old and the 2 month old are the

children of Lauren and Josh’s best friends}

at dinner.

I loved it.

I sat on the patio for hours,

enjoying the air,

the sounds of children,

delicious food

and

watching my family in the early autumn night.

I was very thankful.

Matilda held baby Salma.

***

This morning I hold Las Vegas in my heart and prayers.

After my wonderful  evening, last night,

I find it difficult to imagine such hate.

Where does a hard heart come from?

Today, perhaps I can do one kind thing

for someone who is angry or down or just needs a smile,

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

 

Days Of September

Yesterday was odd.

I worked on Christmas gifts,

Prayed for the victims of 9/11,

Reminisced about adopting Libby Pug Dog

the week after the Twin Tower disaster.

{16 years ago}

{Libby’s AKC name is 

Elizabeth’s Stormy Liberty}

I am tired of odd days….

I am looking forward to

halloween decorations,

the Texas State fair,

dinner at the fire pit

and

you know….

that happy feeling that comes in Autumn.

I shall be patient.

***

I forgot to post about Sunday dinner.

We had it on Saturday last weekend,

because Grandparents Day was on Sunday.

I made a chicken pot pie.

Awesome baking dish from Aggie!

It was delicious.

***

Off I go, in to Tuesday morning.

It is absolutely beautiful outside this morning.

I am inspired  and humbled.

Lionel Richie is singing – YOU ARE

Looks like it is going to be a great day.

Enjoy.

Love you.

Me

Bees

What is it  that attracts rudeness in people?

Do they do it on purpose or is it in reaction to something?

Is rudeness born in people or do they acquire it?

How much effort does it take to be kind?

I apologize  if I precipitated their rudeness,

I did not do it on purpose… but if they have a bee up the butt,

please do not take it out on me.

That feels awesome to say instead of holding it in.

*****

Love you.

Me.

 

 

Harvest Moon and Various Joyful Moments

Larry and I do not watch much network TV

but we have found a few series

in

Amazon Prime and Netflix that we like.

One of my favorites is

GRANTCHESTER

We watch it on AMAZON Prime

But it is PBS, so it is in other places too.

Grantchester link

There is something calming and charming about

this show…

*****

Yesterday was a wonderful day.

It was beautiful outside,

I worked on Christmas gifts

and last night was

the full, harvest moon.

Thank you Neil Young

for one of my favorite songs….

Harvest Moon Link

***

I found this video…

and when Larry watched it, he used the word, mesmerized.

Enjoy….

Have a happy, wonderful day.

Love you!

Me

Sunday, Dinner and Movie

Can you hear me sigh?

Sunday, Dinner and Movie was spectacular.

We had stuffed eggplant, zucchini and a cheese plate.

Blindfold, white wine

and our movie was

My Old Lady.

I must admit, we started laughing

in the middle of the movie and could not stop.

{we kind of missed the end of the movie…}

Did you  know that My Larry

Peels off wine labels for his wine journal?

I LOVE his wine journals…

they are ART and moments wrapped all together.

Was your weekend spicy?

Happy Labor Day.

Love you.

Me

So Much To Say

I have an awesome post in my head.

I hope you read it. I want you to read it.

It has the perfect amount of sarcasm and rude comments.

I have so much to say! Yes, I am smiling and laughing.

You  stopped listening to my voice 20 years ago,

But the wonderful thing is, lots of other people still hear me.

Robin’s Essay

After I did not fit into my “step mothers” idea of  family,

{i looked to much like my mother?}

you all found any reason to move me out of the family.

Granted, it was Norman’s {my bio father} idea,

but you went along with it.

This is important….you went along with it,

dragging cousins and friends along with you.

They thought I did something really awful. I didn’t. You know that too.

Remember when our cousin ripped off Normans charge card

and payed for an entire semester of college with it?

Do you know it was Larry and I who talked to Norman

and made the situation ok ?

But no one did that for me.

This past month, cousins that disowned me 20 years ago,

came out of the wood work. Not to reconcile,

but for information they needed to contact “other” cousins.

How rude and disrespectful is that?

It says more about them than it says about me.

But the funny thing is

I am not hurt, I just want you to know…

That I am so much better without your dramas….

To those who follow Robin Toujours,

I apologize.

Sometimes you just have to call ignorance

when ignorance is spotted.

Me

Of Course, But Why?

Matilda spent the night with us.

She was so amazing, fun, smart and easy.

We shopped, at UTLA and Hobby Lobby.

We had dinner at Pei Wei, and she ate mango CA rolls. {2 of them!}

We came home to watch Poltergeist

and she took a long bath in the  old cottage tub.

Then we had a Bewitched marathon.

THEN she went to bed….

 Larry and I turned on the big BOXING match.

While we were watching Mayweather

beat the stew out of McGreggor,

Matilda came into our room

and

asked to cuddle.

There we were, in the big bed,

with Matilda snoring in between us, watching boxing.

Next morning, we ate donuts and fruit,

played with the doll house and then…..

we went to the movies to see LEAP!

Yes, we loved it and will see it again.

It was time to take Matilda home.

We stopped for lunch,

and she asked:  would I take her picture.

I said: of course, but why?

She said: I want a before picture on your”blog”…

and when my stitches came out…. We can post an “after” shot!

I told you that she was awesome.

******

Love and prayers to our friends in South Texas.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me