Simple Cheesy Chicken Sausage and Potatoes Foil Dinner

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Simple Cheesy Chicken Sausage and Potatoes Foil Dinner

These foil packs loaded with chicken-apple sausage, potatoes and green beans are sure to become a summertime family favorite.  Credit:  Pillsbury Recipes.

Cheesy Chicken Sausage and Potatoes Foil Dinner

Ingredients

1      package (12 oz) smoked fully cooked chicken and apple sausages,                                           cut into 1/2-inch slices

1      bag (20 oz) refrigerated garlic herb hash brown potatoes

1/2   cup chopped onion (1 medium)

1      package (12 oz) fresh green beans, cut in half

2      tablespoons olive oil

1/4   teaspoon pepper

1      cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

 

Steps

1     Heat gas or charcoal grill. Cut 4 (18×12-inch) sheets of heavy-duty foil. Spray with cooking spray.

2     In large bowl, mix all ingredients except cheese until well mixed; divide evenly onto foil sheets. Top with cheese.

3     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.

4     Place packs on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 8 minutes. Rotate packs 1/2 turn; cook 9 to 10 minutes longer or until sausage is heated through and beans are crisp-tender. Remove packs from grill. Carefully fold back foil; stir before serving.

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Summer Coolers

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Summer Coolers

Ice water is refreshing, but sometimes you just want a little flavor in your glass.

Don’t these look refreshing?  And they are so simple.  And delicious!  You can make each of these in a pitcher, or your glass, or even in a quart canning jar.

Herbaceous Cooler – Muddle a few sprigs of mint and cilantro and a couple of basil leaves in the bottom of a glass with a squeeze of lemon juice. Add a handful of ice and top off with soda water for a refreshing herbal treat.

Cucumber Mint Water –  To make a single serving, put a few slices of cucumber and a mint sprig into your glass, add a handful of ice, top off with water, stir, and sip!

Citrus Soda – Over a handful of ice, combine 1 part orange or tangerine juice, 1 part grapefruit juice, and 1 part soda water. Mix and serve.

Citrus Berry – Combine orange slice, a handful of blueberries, and a handful of ice.  Top off with water, stir, and enjoy.

Lemon Berry – Combine lemon slices, a handful of raspberries, a handful of ice, and top off with water (or lemon water).

Coconut Water – You can drink your coconut water chilled on its own or add a squeeze of lime to brighten it up. It’s also great for adding a tropical twist to your morning smoothie!

Iced Ginger Tea with Lemon – Boil 4 cups of water and pour over large bowl with 4 bags of ginger tea. Steep for 15-20 minutes, then remove the bags and transfer to a pitcher. Pour the tea into glasses full of ice and add a squeeze of lemon.

Iced Orange Chamomile Tea – Bring 3 1/2 cups of water to a boil, then turn off the burner and submerge 4  bags of chamomile tea. Steep for 5-7 minutes, then transfer to a pitcher and  let it cool completely. Add 1/2 cup of orange juice to the pitcher and pour it into glasses full of ice to serve.

Simply Grateful

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One way to simplify our lives is to simplify our attitudes.  When we look into our hearts and begin each day being grateful for what we have that’s good and positive, we rid our lives of the stress that negativity creates.  Below is a partial list of things that I am grateful for (I continually add new things as they come to mind.).

  1.     First and foremost, my salvation.
  2.      My intimate, personal relationship with Jesus.  Without Him, I would have no hope.
  3.      God’s Word (Bible)…my instruction manual; my words of wisdom and comfort.
  4.      God’s mercy.
  5.      My birth family, because without them I would have no life.
  6.      My adoptive family, because they are the ones who raised me.
  7.      My amazingly wonderful husband, who is my best friend and partner in  this journey.
  8.      My five amazing children, ranging from 46 to 13.  They have been my source of pride, joy, laughter, and some tears.
  9.      My  numerous foster children, who taught me to love someone through the midst of their pain, and then to let them go.
  10.      My grandchildren…8 living and 3 who are in a heavenly nursery.  They are the legacy that we leave behind to validate our lives.
  11.      My siblings:  3 living; 3 not.
  12.      My source of enjoyment; my five senses:  sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste.
  13.      My best girl friend Prisca.  I love her laughter, her wisdom, her common sense,  her honesty, her friendship, and her cooking.
  14.      President Donald J. Trump!  I know there are a lot of liberals who don’t agree with him…even some who hate him…but, I think he is a true Christian man who is good for America.  I believe he is God’s answer to long-time prayer for a better America.  I believe he wants to rebuild its wealth through debt reduction and by bringing jobs back home, to rebuild our military strength and to give our military and veterans respect through giving them the benefits  they deserve and need. I believe he loves America and truly cares about its future.   (Please don’t comment in hate.  You are entitled to your feelings, as am I.)
  15.      The ability and freedom to homeschool my children.
  16.      White, fluffy clouds.
  17.      Gentle rains.
  18.      Quiet moments.
  19.      Fresh water.
  20.      Christian movies.
  21.      Good police officers.
  22.      Homeopathic treatments.
  23.      Money in the bank.
  24.      Baby giggles.
  25.      A baby’s hands.
  26.      Laughter.
  27.      The four seasons.
  28.      Hot showers.
  29.      Sweatpants.
  30.      Daytime dreams.
  31.      Nighttime dreams.
  32.      Prayer partners.
  33.      Sweater weather.
  34.      Good books.
  35.      Blanket forts.
  36.      Puppy kisses.
  37.      Family traditions.
  38.      Creativity.
  39.      Farmers’ markets.
  40.      Coffee.
  41.      Family vacations.
  42.      Freedom.
  43.      Rainbows.
  44.      Light jazz.
  45.      Forgiveness.
  46.      Sleep.
  47.      Homesteading.
  48.      Second chances.
  49.      Holidays.
  50.      Entrepreneurial opportunities……..

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.