Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome, Spring!

In typical Colorado fashion, Spring has arrived with snow on the ground, leftover from a storm that blew in on Sunday night. I'm not disappointed though, because we really need the moisture.

Last weekend, I pruned the rosebushes back, taking a chance that it might be a little bit too early. I just couldn't help myself, it was such a gorgeous day and it was nice to get out in the garden and putter.

I know we haven't seen the last of the snow, but there's some comfort in knowing that Spring has officially arrived! 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mid-March Favorites

A day late and a dollar short, as my mom used to say. That's me, scooting in just before the week is over for Friday Fave Five.

Here are some of the best parts of the week.

Our little grandson, Sawyer, had to have some dental work done. Because there was anesthesia involved, he had the procedure done at the hospital. Everything turned out just fine, and Luke and Miranda were so thankful for the great staff and how attentive they were to little Sawyer. Here he is with Miranda, just before getting prepped to go in.

On Monday, Brooklynn and Bentley were here for supper. Brooklynn will be three this month, and Bentley turns two. These are my favorite ages. What am I saying, every age is my favorite, but I do love watching the development at this age. We decorated Easter cookies, and I loved watching how intent Brooklynn was to squeeze that frosting out of the tube by herself("I do it . . ."), and then pressing the life out of those little gumdrops to make them stick.

We tried another new combo for our Tuesday Soup and Sandwich Night -- Mediterranean grilled cheese and minestrone soup. So good! The sandwich is grilled with a little olive oil and filled with feta, mozzarella, sliced tomato and cucumber, drizzled with tzatziki ranch dressing. Dan threw some arugula on there, too.

More food favorites! Yesterday, it was such a gorgeous morning, so I treated myself to a stroll on the Main Street of the town where I volunteer on Fridays.  I stopped at the used book store and found a book to buy, of course . . .

 . . . then headed to the bakery across the street for a mocha and a delicious croissant/muffin kinda thing that was filled with egg, green chiles and kale. 

Our gorgeous weather is continuing into the weekend. Tonight, we're going to a St. Patrick's dinner and auction.

Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

I've had a couple of requests for this recipe, which I originally posted here.  I cleaned it up a little, so it's easier to read. I use the smaller sized tortillas, not the burrito size. And sometimes I double the sauce, because it's the best part;)

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

 6 tablespoons honey
 5 tablespoons lime juice (1 large lime)
 1 tablespoon chili powder
 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
 1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded (I used a rotisserie chicken)
 8-10 flour tortillas
 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
 16 ounces Hatch's green enchilada sauce
 1 cup heavy cream

Mix the first four ingredients and toss with shredded chicken. Let it marinate for at least 1/2 hour. I put it in a ziploc bag in the morning and put it in the fridge for the day. Pour about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan. Fill flour tortillas with chicken and shredded cheese, saving about 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas. Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with the cream and leftover marinade. I mix it right in the bag, so none of the yummy marinade is wasted. Pour sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until brown and crispy on top.

Serve with diced avocados and tomatoes. (***Melanie, I don't think this was on the original recipe, but it sure makes it good!)

¡Buen provecho!

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Daybook

For today, March 12, 2018

Looking out my window ~
the sun is breaking through clouds, there's a slight breeze, and Spring is peeking in from just around the corner.

I am thinking ~
about my son who has a meeting today, and glad that he told me, so I can say a little prayer for him. I wonder how often my grown children have something going on in their day that isn't really significant enough for a phone call, to tell me about it. It used to be that I knew all of those little details, and loved hearing about them around the supper table. 

I am thankful ~
that I get to be a mom.

One of my favorite things ~
When I have a menu plan. I'm not as good about this as I used to be.

I am wearing ~
jeans, a long-sleeved black knit shirt, and a pair of my favorite earrings.

I am creating ~
order out of chaos, room by room.

I am watching ~
movies with Dan. On Saturday we watched Darkest Hour. We both liked it, and next up is Dunkirk. Our goal is to watch most of the Oscar nominated movie, although there are a couple that we don't care to see.

I am reading ~
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman.

I am listening to ~
the hum of the washing machine, the clock ticking, and Lilly softly growling at someone walking by the house.

I am hoping ~ 
that when Spring gets here, it will linger.

In the kitchen ~
a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas baking.

Shared Quote ~

What we think, we become. (Buddha)

A moment from my day ~

The Simple Woman's Daybook is hosted by Peggy. If you'd like to join in, the guidelines are here.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Tulsa, part 2

For Tulsa, part 1, go here.

There are just a few photos for this post, because really the best of times with friends can't be captured with pictures. The best part of my visit with Pam and Jim was the time spent laughing, sharing news, and rehashing memories, of which there are many because we've known each other for years. Pam and I watched the Oscars, and even though neither of us had seen any of the movies, we still found a lot to talk about. One night the three of us watched a movie on Netflix, Life As a House with Kevin Kline. It's an oldie (2001), but very good.

On Saturday, we all went to the historic town of Claremore and wandered the main avenue. We spent the morning looking through some fabulous antique shops, and ended up at a bookstore called Boarding House Books. A heavenly spot for book lovers! Located in a 100-year-old building that was once a boarding house, it houses over 40,000 volumes, mostly used.

The parlor is a cozy space to relax.

The rest of the rooms were filled with books.

Books galore!


I could be very comfortable taking up residence here, if only they still rented out rooms.

Jim is a lot like Dan, and knew that Pam and I would have a lot of catching up to do. Even though we text and talk on the phone regularly, she is the sister I never had, so there's always something to talk about. One day, Jim left in the morning and came back at noon to find us in exactly the same spot on the sofa, still talking. He said, "Okay, you two must be doubling back around. There's no way you can still find new things to discuss." (Ha! He underestimates us.)

There's nothing like time spent with good friends. I'm already looking forward to our next visit, when Dan will be with us, and we'll be celebrating the wedding of Pam and Jim's son Matt.  More good times and memories in the making!


Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Favorites

I'm still planning to post a Part 2 for my trip to Tulsa. But now it's time to look back over the blessings of the week with Friday Fave Five.

1. Good memories of time spent with friends in Tulsa, including a visit to the Pioneer Woman's Mercantile and Lodge, that I wrote about here.

2. A memorial service for a beloved pastor. Father Ryan became our pastor the year Joey was born, baptized all of our children and he was instrumental in building our new church. A service was held Wednesday night. It was a beautiful gathering of parishioners from the years he was our parish priest.

3.  An impromptu date night. We rarely go out on weeknights, but Dan texted me at work and suggested a new place for dinner, the 5280 Burger Bar. Their specialty? Burgers, of course, available in all kinds of meat including bison and lamb. I had the Tree Hugger (sans the quinoa burger--can't pass up my beef) and it was piled high with goat cheese, grilled onion, pesto, roasted red pepper, hummus and arugula. We didn't have room for dessert, but I'll be sure to next time, because they specialize in ice cream desserts.

4. Our son Luke found a steal of a deal "new" used car for our daughter-in-law Miranda. It needs a little tweaking, but her brother is a skilled mechanic. So, two blessings there, the car and a mechanic in the family.

5. Signs of Spring. Daffodils are popping up already and this weekend we gain some daylight at the end of the day. I expect we'll have more snow before the month is out, but those Spring-like days are glorious!

How was your week?


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Meanwhile, back at the ranch

I took a little jaunt over the weekend. Can you guess where?

I was in Tulsa last weekend, visiting some dear friends. The Pioneer Woman's Mercantile and family ranch is not far from where my friends live, so we took a little road trip. The Lodge on the Drummond Ranch is open for visitors on designated days. It was such a treat to see it! It felt strangely familiar, as I've been a fan of Ree's blog and her show for a long time. But of course it is even more beautiful to see in person.

I think my favorite part of the ranch was seeing all the wild mustangs as we drove up the gravel road to the Lodge. At first, I thought it was a herd of cattle, there are so many!  There must be a couple of hundred, at least.

The mustangs aren't the only animal life. Once we got to the Lodge, we met Henry, the newest ranch dog. He was the center of attention even though he slept the entire time we were there.

I was positively envious of PW's big pantry. 

A little glimpse into the stock room area for her show. Wouldn't it be great to have an entire room for dishes, pots and pans, and kitchenware??

Before visiting the ranch, we went to the Mercantile for shopping and a delicious lunch.

I was in Pawhuska about a year ago, the week before the store opened. There have been a lot of changes since then, with the boarding house going up next door, and more businesses and renovations going on. We were told that 80 buildings in the town have received designation as historical landmarks. We waited in line a long time for lunch, but a little tip if you are planning to make the trip there and want to eat at the restaurant -- by 1:30 the line went down considerably and we were also told that dinner hour is a lot less crowded.

The Mercantile is wonderful! It has a beautiful, unique selection of merchandise, in a wide range of prices.

I came home with just a few goodies;)

More on the rest of the trip in my next post!