A Very Long Hiatus and Two Recipes with Similar Ingredients

OK. I’ve been missing here for a long, long time, friends. How are you all doing? 🤗 Happy New Year!

Honestly, I’ve been on the fence about deleting my WordPress account several times now. I’m still debating. I know I need a .com for links but also know I’m rarely here now. So much has changed here; I’m not sure I’m doing things right on WordPress anymore. 🤔

On a side note, I haven’t shared about life in awhile. You know blogging can be much like a diary choosing what and how much to share. I did lose both of my parents in the past 3 years. with my mom just passing on June 30th of last year.

Taking care of mom the last few years and then all the dealings with one of the messiest estates (in our attorney’s words) well, let’s just say it has been a long and exhausting trial.

You wouldn’t even believe the things we have encountered if I told you. Ie We had a property burn down and the contract holder went silent, complex issues with selling other properties, bizarre mistakes and delays just so many things it would take forever to write about even if I even wanted to. You really couldn’t make this stuff up!!

I do believe both me and my husband have become “semi-experts” whether we wanted to or not on: real estate, finalizing estates, making wills, insurance, nursing homes & meds, burial info, veterans affairs, SS…just being 24/7 detectives-what a learning curve!!

So, initially this outlet/hobby, if you will, helped keep my mind sharp, motivated me to keep on learning, and was a welcome distraction from my own health issues being nearly homebound for 7 years.

I’ve been just too darn busy to write here or give it much time now. In the beginning, I did need something to do and initially thought to write about health info here that I researched for decades. I just wanted to help others. I know doctors don’t have the answers much of the time. I wanted to write about Lyme Disease, eczema, GERD, resistant asthma, auto immune issues, dry eye disease, muscle issues and treating naturally vs meds, etc. And if any of you are suffering or know someone who is, with any of those diseases, feel free to pass my info on. It can be a lonely place not knowing where to turn and your health IS truly everything! You come to understand that if you lose it. But, I just might not check here as often as I used to and going through the gram might be a better way to communicate. I’m so willing to help anyone!! But I found actually trying to go back to write about it all would bring back so much PTSD, that I just wouldn’t finish a post. I have several on draft. 😞

That’s not to say I don’t struggle anymore and presently struggle with new things. I am considering another avenue now, but so far it just hasn’t happened the way I thought.

So, I learned about starting a blog and lots of other things after having to leave my teaching job, well all activities at church etc behind. My camera and my PC really saved me.

Back then, I went on to learn all I could about social media and then as a business. I have found all facets of it so very interesting. Learning blog design, SEO, how to make videos, then on my better days was able to create/share recipes, and more recently decorating tips. This all became a fun distraction and a healthy way to try and escape from physical pain. But also could become helpful if well and able to work again.

I say all of that to say, I don’t know yet what I’ll do here anymore. I hate losing everything I’ve written throughout the years but know the amount of time and effort it takes to write up one post is just… well you fellow bloggers all know. And I find myself on Instagram more and more and have met so many good friends there, as well. It seems to be an “easier” creative platform for me. In the meantime, I’m trying to decide by posting one more blog post, catching you all up, and like other cooking blogs I’ve read, I just threw all my life update into a post with some recipes. HA

Tomorrow, my daughter and her family actually will fly here. We’re just now celebrating Christmas since we all took turns being ill with COVID throughout the last 2 months. I don’t know about you and 2022, but I’ve been sick for 4 months this past year. What a year huh with the flu and everything?!! I am always down longer than most I know due to my asthma. However, this year so many seem to have been very ill as well. Has that been the case with your family? We even lost several people we knew over the past few years to COVID. It’s so sad.

I was discussing with my Aunt recently and we both felt that virus might have contributed to my own dad’s death as they didn’t know all about COVID at the beginning of it all in 2020, and he was having heart and breathing issues.

Our family doesn’t always get to celebrate Christmas together with some of them being in Georgia, but since they found some reasonable tickets, had vacation to take, and other business to tend to here, we decided to celebrate as a family along with my son’s family. TBH I’m really over looking at Christmas decor.

Today, I was thinking up things to make ahead and know they love spicy food and I KNOW my daughter loves dips of any kind, so I decided to make two recipes out of the same ingredients. I only had to add cream cheese and subtract fluid to change the latter one.

Hungry yet?

The first is Mexican soup then a Mexican dip. I had a rotisserie chicken I needed to use up.

The first is

Mexican Soup

You’ll need:

Cubed or shredded chicken

Chopped onions & bell peppers in OO

1 can of chili beans (you can use any type of beans really)

1 can of enchilada sauce

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 can of chicken broth

1 T of green chilis (canned)

1 can of cream of chicken

1 can of corn

Oregano

Taco seasoning

Crushed garlic

1 cup of water

Crushed tortilla chips or masa for thickening

Cilantro, shredded cheese and avocado for garnish

Directions:

I cut up the chicken into small pieces with scissors.

Cook till onion and peppers soften.

Add all ingredients but chicken.

Bring to a boil. Thicken or thin with less or more water and or Masa.

Add in the chicken.

Top with garnishes.

Yum!

The second one was 👇🏼

Mexican Dip

Okay easy.

Just add smaller amounts of the other items above, a block of cream cheese and really no liquids hardly at all. Top with same garnishes. Oh, and add more cheese.

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Corn Chowder

Even though it’s been so incredibly hot this month, this recipe caught my eye. I decided this chowder recipe looked good enough to try even though I’d been sweating bullets lately.

I usually only make soups in the fall and winter. However, my daughter came up from GA with her 4 month old to stay a month. Having been on prednisone for 3 weeks (for my 3 ongoing, herniated discs) well, as usual, it made me SO hyper, able to stand long hours again and cook to my heart’s content. 😜 I really miss doing things pain free and cooking being one of them. Getting old can really stink!

In Indiana, the fresh corn 🌽 is becoming abundant and it just sounded so yummy to add some right off the cob to complete this recipe.

I actually tweaked a recipe from Natashaskitchen.com this time and let me tell you the family absolutely loved it! My husband said it’s one of his new favorites now. Mine too!🤗

Do you love corn? Try it out for yourself?

Here’s the direct link to her recipe:

https://natashaskitchen.com/corn-chowder-recipe/

Note: Hayes never had clothes on because it’s been so hot around here. 🔥 😓

Here’s a picture of our first granddaughter Chloe enjoying her first corn on the cob, too!

Quick Naan Pizzas

Have you ever used prepackaged Naan bread? What about for individualized pizzas?

I just bought some Naan at ALDI (as well as my other ingredients) and began experimenting and these mini pizzas turned out great! And they are quick and easy to make. Plus it’s fun individualizing them. 🍕

I was thinking I can’t wait for my grandkids to grow up then they can come over to make their own lil pizzas. (Wait, I don’t want them to grow up!) 🤗

You really can use any ingredients you want, but here’s the ingredients I used:

Naan bread

Tomato paste

Italian seasonings ( all types)

Chopped sweet peppers

Shredded cheese

Tomatoes

Pepperoni

Hot honey

Watch our video. 😁

Instructions:

I baked them after they were all assembled for only 15 minutes at 350 degrees but every oven is different, so be sure to watch them; you don’t want them too brown. And then, I broiled them at the last minute to melt everything and make it all brown and toasty on top! Yum!😋 Oh, And I’ve been hearing about people ordering this hot honey from Amazon to put on top of their pizza, but I actually found some at Aldi. I have to say it is delicious on top of pizza.

They were hubby approved, and we’ve now made them more than once. 👌🏼

Tell me if you try making them.

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Mexican Pork Carnitas Bowls

When I’m bored I cook.

When I’m stressed I cook.

When I’m wanting to rest my mind, I experiment with recipes. 👩🏻‍🍳

Well, I’ve been laying around the house for three weeks after surgery hardly able to move. So today, I can finally get up and move more freely able to do a little more, and use my arms. I’ve been so stir crazy I felt I should cook. I mean really cook. I mean like cook all day into the night cook. (Presently, I have a bowl of potato salad in the fridge that could feed an army.) We’re empty-nesters, there’s only two of us. Yep, I made enough food for an army today ha!

We usually shop at ALDI, so I tried to use up items we already had on hand.

One item we have really enjoyed are these packages of pork carnitas from ALDI. You just place them in the microwave, so they’re so easy to use. I usually shred the meat after I heat it.

Here’s the microwaveable package from ALDI.

I mean this was a really yummy meal with great flavor.

Here’s the ingredients:

1 pkg pork carnitas from Aldi.

Romaine lettuce, chili beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, sweet onions, rice, bell peppers, butter, olive oil, taco seasoning, avocado, salsa, Catalina salad dressing…really just anything else you want in your bowl.

I made mine different from my husband’s to try to be more “keto friendly” so I didn’t add the rice, beans nor the salad dressing. I also substituted the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt.

Instructions:

First, I thinly sliced bell peppers and onions and sprinkled them with the taco seasoning, then grilled them in olive oil and unsalted butter. These added the best flavor to our bowls! Do this step!

Yum!

Then, I heated up my Package of Carnitas as well as the chili beans and I just begin preparing my bowl with all the items listed above.

For our salsa recipe go here:

https://thentherestwo.com/2017/01/12/easy-salsa-recipe/

Season Finale Salad

I ate this almost every other day, all summer, and honestly… probably will continue.🤗

But when the ingredients are so fresh it is my favorite go to. It’s quick to make, healthy and flavorful.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Avocado

Tomatoes

Feta

Cucumber

Salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder

Drizzle with apple cider vinegar & olive oil OR balsamic vinegar.

Chicken Salad Recipe

We recently bought some organic chicken breasts on sale and cooked them on the grill. They were so large, we had a lot of chicken left over, and I thought hmmm…what else can I make out of this chicken? 🤔 I remembered I used to make chicken salad often and hadn’t made it in a long time.

We just had a snowstorm overnight and since my hubby was preparing to watch the Colts playoff game, he asked if I’d make him some sandwiches.

Every time I’ve made chicken salad, it has turned out differently adding or omitting different ingredients.

But, I did my best to try and keep track of all the ingredients as I used them today. (You know me, I rarely follow a recipe, never measure anything, and just throw stuff together. 🤪)

Ingredients:

3 large, diced chicken breasts

Red grapes halved

1 diced boiled egg

4 diced celery stalks

3 diced green onion stalks

Mayonnaise as needed (I used low fat.)

Seasonings: onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and fennel. (But you could use just about anything you want.)

Instructions:

I previously seasoned the chicken and grilled it. You could also boil your chicken, use canned chicken, or make things really fast and simple and go buy a rotisserie chicken.

Next, I cut the chicken up smaller to make it easier to add to the food processor. And, I added a little mayo to help it break down easier.

Food Processor: https://amzn.to/2TVcnh9

After the chicken was the consistency I wanted, I added it to the bowl of diced celery, green onions, and egg and added about a cup more mayo till it was even creamier.

I then added the seasonings to taste and that was it!

You could even add walnuts, cranberries, or apples to your chicken salad. Initially, I thought about using sweet pickle relish until my husband requested grapes. There’s really 1 million ways you could make it. Ok not a million, but you get it.

My hubby loved it and wanted his chicken salad on Hawaiian bread. He’s presently waiting for the Colts to play in this snow. (They’re one game away from the AFC Championship game.) 🤞🏼

As for me, I went gluten free, so mine was on top of greens. 👌🏼 Once again, my chicken salad was a different recipe, but oh so good!!