Monday, July 4, 2011

Super Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Tried this recipe for the first time tonight and it was a hit with my husband.

3 cups cooked chicken (shredded or diced)
1/2 cup salsa
1 can green chilis
1 can southwest vegetables (corn, peppers and black beans)
1 can Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup
1/2 cup milk
10 flour tortillas
1/2 cup shredded mexican blend cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix soup and milk together in sauce pan and warm over medium low heat stirring occasionally.

In a seperate bowl mix cooked chicken, salsa, chilis, vegetables and 2 Tbsps of Soup in a bowl. Fill and roll each tortilla with chicken mixture and place in a lightly greased baking dish. Pour remaining soup over the top of the tortillas. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle shredded cheese over the top and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve plain or topped with sour cream and black olives.

Friday, July 1, 2011

You might be a Cop if...

Dedicated to my dearest husband, who laughed at every last one of these...

Disclaimer: I did not create this list... I don't necessarily agree with the points of view presented in this list... This list is for entertainment purposes.... Lighten up, everyone!

You might be a cop if...

•You have the bladder capacity of five people.
•You believe that 50% of people are a waste of good air.
•Your idea of a good time is an armed robbery and a car chase.
•You conduct a criminal record check on anyone who seems friendly towards you.
•Discussing dismemberment over a meal seems perfectly normal to you.
•You find humor in other people's stupidity.
•You believe in the aerial spraying of Prozac and birth control pills.
•You disbelieve 90% of what you hear and 75% of what you see.
•You have your weekends off planned for a year.
•You believe the government should require a permit to reproduce.
•You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says, "Boy, it sure is quiet tonight."
•A little "stick time" has nothing to do with baseball.
•(Can you say "TAZER"???)
•You refer to your favorite restaurant by the intersection at which its located.
•You have ever wanted to hold a seminar entitled: "Suicide...getting it right the first time."
•You have ever had to put the phone on hold before you begin laughing uncontrollably.
•You believe the Watch Sgt. is a crap magnet possessed by a demon.
•Your favorite hallucinogen is exhaustion.
•You think caffeine should be available in IV form.
•The person you're speaking with states, "That's not mine. I have no idea how that got there."
•You believe anyone who says, "I only had two beers" is going to blow more than a .15
•You find out a lot about paranoia just by following people around.
•People flag you down on the street and ask you directions to strange places.
•You can discuss where you are going to eat with your partner while standing over a dead body.
•You are the only person introduced at social gatherings by profession.
•You walk into places and people think it's high comedy to seize their buddy and shout, "They've come to get you, Bill."
•You do not see daylight from November until May.
•People shout, "I didn't do it!" when you walk into a room and think they're being hugely funny and original.
•You've ever started a sentence with the phrase "We had this awesome dead body earlier. You should have seen it."
•A week's worth of laundry consists of 5 T-shirts, 5 pairs of socks, and 5 pairs of underwear.
•You've ever referred to Thursday as "My Monday".
•You've ever written off guns and ammunition as a business deduction.
•Anyone has ever said, "There are people killing other people out there and you are here messing with me."

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vacation; all I ever wanted! Vacation; had to get away!

San Antonio, Texas!
a.k.a. Our First Family Vacation in WAY TOO LONG!

Tater Tot and me on the River Walk. A stroll down the River Walk is a must for every San Antonio trip, as far as I'm concerned. Even on a Texas Hot day (101 degrees this day) it seems a few degrees cooler down on the shady walkways that border the river.

Tater Tot is a good photographer! He too this shot of Copper and me in front of the Gruene Watertower just before one of the best dinner's I've had in a while!

Just North of San Antonio in the river community of New Braunfels there is the sub-community called Gruene (pronounced 'green'). Gruene is a historic cotton town, home to Gruene Hall which is the oldest continually run dance hall in the State of Texas. There are also several antique stores, a general store, several bed and breakfast options and two notably delicious restaurants. The Gruene River Grill has a Peppercorn Steak that is TO DIE FOR! The Grist Mill Restaurant has the best Chicken Cesar Salad I've ever had in my life. I literally had to tell Copper to take it away from me before I made myself even more miserable! I just couldn't stop eating it!

"Remember the Alamo!"
This is a must for every visit to San Antonio. This wonderful monument to an amazing time in Texas History is absolutely worth seeing. While we were there, they were having a ceremony to remember all correctional officers injured or killed in the line of duty. We didn't attend the ceremony but we were inside what was a barracks during the famous battle when the 21 gun salute sounded outside. So we got a real sense of what it must have sounded like during the battle!

If you ever go to San Antonio, definitely take time to visit The Buckhorn Museum
With over 520 species of wildlife on display its not just a 'hunter's paradise - trust me - that's not my thing - it's a great chance to see and learn about a lot of different animals.
In addition to all the real animals on display they also have a saloon. You can stroll through the museum while drinking your favorite 'adult beverage' or root beer. There is also a large section of the museum dedicated to the rough riding law enforcement agency known as the Texas Rangers.

There is so much more in San Antonio than we could do in our short trip. Sea World, Schlitterbahn (in New Braunfels), the San Antonio Zoo, etc. Breakfast at Mi Tierra, Lunch at Mi Tierra, Dinner at Mi Tierra, Midnight snack at Mi Tierra... If you are looking for a great place to visit this summer that doesn't get so ever run with tourists that its unbearable I highly reccomend this Texas jewel as a great option.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What am I 'supposed' to be doing?

I haven't yet figured out this "summer's off" part of being a teacher. I'm sure I should be planning all sorts of self enriching activities that will enhance my abilities as a teacher once school starts back up. I know I should be planning enriching activities for my son....

More often than not I'm on my phone, or computer, or reading a book I've read before, or watching too much television. I'm spending lots of time with Tater Tot... so he's not being neglected but we've yet to make a single trip to the library... our play is more 'silly' than 'enriching.'

What do other teacher/moms do with their time during summer?

Copper's Fox

Friday, June 17, 2011

Where have I been?

Well, two things -
1. I'm going to de-classify my blog - its high time I let my cyber and real worlds collide. So I will let friends from all walks of my life have access. Hopefully this new change (and more followers) will help me be motivated to post more often.

2. I'm going to continue using my nicknames because they are cute and it took a lot of imagination for me to think of all of them.

Okay- there's always a 3rd thing:

3. The reason I've been so long in posting is because I got that teaching job I was looking for and what a whirlwind year it has been. I teach Middle School Choir and I love it! (I'm really loving the summer off!)

Copper's Fox

Friday, July 23, 2010

All Dressed Up and No Place to Go... Yet....

I have completed all of the training necessary to be a teacher in the State of Texas. I've applied at just about every district in a 30 mile radius from my house. I've sent mulitple emails to every principal of every Elementary and Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School in those districts. I've called in every favor, every reference, every friend who can help me in some way to help me in some way...

Talk about a tough job market... not a single phone call... a few 'thanks, but no' emails...

I'm not discouraged... Teacher inservice doesn't start for another three weeks... that's plenty of time to interview, get hired, submit two weeks notice, and start a new job, right?

If I weren't totally confident that this whole "become a teacher" thing was God's idea first... I would be worried, discouraged, and frustrated...

Instead I think I'll iron my interview suit... Noah built the ark before the rain started, after all...

Copper's Fox

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Unofficial Poll - which sounds better 'twenty-ten' or 'two-thousand ten'?

I have always been adverse to New Year's Resolutions because so many people treat them like a joke... and I don't want to vow to do something falsely...

So - in a moment of introspective resolve that coincidentally is occuring on the cusp of a new turn of the calendar - I am making some goals in hopes to change my life for the better...

We all have them - those rooms in our houses that are never presentable. Company comes and that particular door is shut tight (locked even). My bedroom is just such a room in my house and I want it to be better... I'd like to get it clean and organized and actually keep it that way.

I've been completely off track in my weight loss - Rather than calling myself a failure at weight loss... I'll say I've been a success at weight gain! I had lost 35 pounds in 2008, I gained 25 in 2009... one step forward and two steps back... I'm not making a big 'diet resolution' but I do have a goal of getting more active and making more purposeful food choices.

There are others - but these are the ones I'll share for now... and so on this day that just happens to fall in January I am saying 'its time to make a change.'

Copper's Fox