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.
The first is Mexican soup then a Mexican dip. I had a rotisserie chicken I needed to use up.
The first is
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
1 cup of water
Crushed tortilla chips or masa for thickening
Cilantro, shredded cheese and avocado for garnish
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.
The second one was 👇🏼
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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