Simply Salsa Chicken Foil Dinner

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Simply Salsa Chicken Foil Dinner

Make this fun, all-in-one chicken dinner in the oven or on the grill for a quick, flavorful meal.  We used to call them Hobo Dinners.  Credit:  Pillsbury Recipes.

Ingredients

2      cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)

2      cups uncooked Minute™ instant white rice

1      cup frozen whole kernel sweet corn, thawed

1      medium red bell pepper, chopped

2      tablespoons butter, melted

1      teaspoon dried oregano leaves

4      boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 oz each)

1/2   teaspoon salt

1/4   teaspoon pepper

1      cup Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky hot salsa

1      cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend (4 oz)

 

Steps

Heat gas or charcoal grill. Cut 4 (18×12-inch) sheets of heavy-duty foil. Spray with cooking spray.  If you don’t have heavy-duty foil, use 2 pieces of regular foil.

In medium bowl, mix chicken broth and instant rice; stir and let stand about 20 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed. Stir in corn, bell pepper, melted butter and oregano.

Simply Salsa Chicken 1

Divide rice mixture evenly among foil pieces (about 1 1/4 cups on each piece). Place chicken breast on rice. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over chicken. Top each chicken breast with 1/4 cup salsa.

Simply Salsa Chicken 2

Bring up 2 sides of foil so edges meet. Seal edges, making tight 1/2-inch fold; fold again, allowing space for heat circulation and expansion. Fold other sides to seal.

Place packs on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 10 minutes. Rotate packs 1/2 turn; cook 9 to 11 minutes longer or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Remove packs from grill. Carefully fold back foil. Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup cheese; let stand about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Simply Salsa Chicken 3

To make in oven: Place packs on cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F 35 to 40 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F).

 

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The Road Not Taken

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Not only a great poem by Robert Frost, but some great advice.

The Road Not Taken

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads onto way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence;

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

 

Robert Frost (1916)

 

 

Chigger Relief

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The one thing I hate about this time of year is chiggers!  Pesky little critters that leave red, itchy, bites that allow for no relief.  But, in all of my research, I have found a new form of relief for the torment.

Disclosure:   The following is not under any circumstances intended as medical advice, or intended to be used in place of a physician .

Recipe:   Pine Sap Drawing Salve

Gather as much pliable pine sap as you can.  Put it in a clean container that can be thrown away when you are finished.  Place the container in a pan of water and heat on the stove until the sap is melted enough to stir.  Use something disposable for stirring.

Add an equal amount of tallow, using just enough that it is not  real sticky.  Continue heating until the mixture is melted and well mixed.  Cool.

Pour into disposable plastic containers that have lids.  I like to use empty prescription bottles.  Label.

Put a dab on the chigger site and cover with a band-aid, or bandage, as needed.  Repeat for a couple of days and they will be gone!  RELIEF!!!

*  Note:  It is a great drawing salve for splinters that refuse to come out.

Homesteading

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I love the simplicity of a homesteading life.  Simplicity doesn’t mean that it isn’t hard work; it is.  Simplicity is a frame of mind…that sense of peace, joy, and happiness that comes from doing what you love; what you are called to do.  And I am called to teach my children to love the Lord and to live a life that is centered on Him, rather than the world.

Homesteading includes not only making a self sufficient living off the land through growing your own food and raising animals, but it includes teaching those skills to our children (homeschooling), and our children’s children, so they can continue living that life.

There are many ways to monetize a homestead.  One of our favorites is to raise chickens.  Farm fresh eggs are a really big, growing market.  The eggs can be sold from home or at a farmers market.  We can sell chicks to other farmers and homesteaders.  We also use the chickens for meat.  (You can do the same thing with ducks.)

Chickens

We have raised  rabbits.  They can be sold as pets, or for 4H projects.  They can be processed, or sold, for the meat.  The pelts are sought after for coats, accessories, or even for crafts.  Angora rabbit fur can be plucked and spun into very valuable yarn.

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One of our favorite animals to raise is goats.  We have raised Nigerian Dwarfs, Nubians, and Boers.  The Nigerians are a small dairy goat, that gets about knee-high at their shoulders.  They give about a quart to a half gallon of sweet milk a day.  The Nubian is a larger animal, and gives a gallon, or more, milk a day.  The Boer is a meat goat, rather than dairy.  All three breeds can be butchered for the meat though.  They can be sold for the meat, milk, for breeding, or as pets.  But goats are a herd animal and you need at least two, to keep them out of trouble.  Not only is the milk great for drinking, you can use it to make cheese, cheese curd, butter, yogurt, cheese cake, and soap.

Nubian goats
Nubians Enjoying the Sun

Beekeeping is another great way to make money.  You can build beehives to sell, or to rent to other homesteaders, or farmers, to help with pollination.  You can process and sell the honey.  You can make and sell beeswax candles, or just sell the beeswax.

And then there is the garden.  We have had to make a few changes in our gardening.  Rather than the regular garden in the ground, we have changed to raised-bed gardens due to the fact that I am confined to a mobile chair.  My husband built wonderful raised beds that measure 3′ x 3′, and are at just the right height for me to sit in my chair and be able to work the soil and harvest the plants.  Not only do we have a wonderful variety of food on the table, but we can sell young plants and the produce at farmers’ market.

Raised Bed Garden

In order to monetize your homestead, it is important to “Brand” yourself.  You need nice packaging and labels for your products.  Your homestead needs a name.  You need to reach out to your community so they know who you are, and the quality of your products.  Our homestead is called the Rocking Bar M Farm.  Our logo is a bar and M over a rocker…

Rocking Bar M Logo

 

 

Avocado Chicken Enchiladas…Simple and Delicious!

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Salsa-Verde-Chicken-Enchiladas-Recipe

These are the best  Avocado Chicken Enchiladas ever!!!

Ingredients for the Enchilada Sauce

1 tablespoon butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp flour
1 cup chicken stock – (you could use vegetable stock)
2 teaspoons of cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup mild or medium salsa verde
1/2 cup fat free sour cream

Ingredients for the Enchiladas

3-4 cups cooked chicken breasts, chopped or shredded
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
3 avocados, peeled and chopped
8 flour tortillas

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In medium sauce pan, saute garlic in butter for about 1 minute on Medium – High Heat. Stir in flour let it cook for about 2 more minutes.
2. Next stir in the chicken broth, cumin, salt, pepper and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream, salsa verde and cilantro until smooth (or at least as smooth as you can get.)
3. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Add about 1/2 cup sauce to the bottom of the pan. and spread out until bottom of the baking dish is evenly coated.
4. Lay out a tortilla and add chicken, shredded cheese, and avocado to the end of the tortilla and roll. Then place the rolled tortilla seam-side down and repeat until the pan is full.
5. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Cover with 1 cup of cheese and bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.

My Mama’s Simple Homemade Egg Noodles

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Mama’s Egg Noodles

4         medium eggs

4         half-eggshells water

2         teaspoons baking powder

1/2      teaspoons salt

flour,  as needed

Mix eggs, water, baking powder, and salt thoroughly.  Add enough

flour to form stiff dough.  Roll out thin on a floured surface.  Cut

into narrow strips.  Let dry (preferably overnight).  Drop into

boiling chicken broth.  Stir lightly.  Cover and let boil, without

stirring, until tender…approximately 10 minutes.

Simple Meal in a Pan

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We had this for dinner last night.  It was delicious!  I sprinkled a little basil on the potatoes though.
 
Chicken, Potatoes, and Green Beans
In a 9×13 pan, place 3 chicken breasts cut in half.  Add 2 cans green beans (drained) on one side, and cut up red skin potatoes on the other.Sprinkle a packet of zesty Italian dressing mix over the top. Drizzle a stick of melted butter over it.Cover it with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour.