Friday, March 18, 2016

Show Us Your Life-Favorite Recipe

I'm linking up with Kelly over at Kelly's Korner Blog for her "Show Us Your Life" favorite recipe.  I had bought the fixings to make enchiladas earlier in the week, so I decided to share the recipe here! I learned to make enchiladas years ago by watching my mom make them. (Ingredients listed at the end)
So, first off, chop up an onion and 3-4 cloves of garlic.  Begin browning your hamburger meat-I used about 4 lbs of meat today since I was making enough enchiladas to share.
Add the chopped onions and the garlic to the hamburger meat.  I also salted and peppered the meat a bit.  After the meat is browned, drain on paper towels and put it back in the pan.  Add the taco seasoning and the amount of water that it calls for.  I used 4 packages of seasoning since one package seasons 1 pound of meat.  If you prefer, you can make up your own seasoning using chili powder, cumin, cayenne and whatever else suits your fancy.  I like easy, so I used the prepared seasoning.  Let it simmer until most of the water cooks out-you don't want it too wet. Drain the meat again and get ready to assemble your enchiladas!
Gather the rest of the ingredients (enchilada sauce, tortillas, and grated cheese) and I just make an assembly line to make it easier to put together.  
I pour the enchilada sauce in a shallow pie plate.  I put the grated cheese in one as well so that I'm not putting messy hands, and they will get messy, inside the cheese container.  Now, you're ready to get to the nitty-gritty!  Dip a corn tortilla in the enchilada sauce and place it on a cutting board.  Add a couple of spoonfuls of the meat and top with cheese.  Roll up the tortilla and place in a baking dish. Don't overfill or the tortillas won't stay rolled up. You'll see what I mean!  Continue on until you run out of ingredients.  While you're assembling them, open up a can of chili, with or without beans, and have it heating on the stove. For the amount I made today, I used two big cans of chili, but normally I just open up one small can and then another if needed.
 After you're done rolling up all of the tortillas,  top each pan with chili and a sprinkle of grated cheese.
Andddd, 30 enchiladas later...I was tired!!  I made enough to be able to share with my mom and one of our neighbors and then I've got several pans to freeze for us for later.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until everything is heated throughout and the cheese is melted. If you make a large batch, you can freeze them without baking them at this time. Just thaw and heat up when you need them.

Plate it up and enjoy!  I also served refried beans and Knorr's taco rice.  Chips and salsa are a great addition too!  I hope you'll try them and let me know what you think. 
Ingredient list:
2 lbs. of ground beef (I used 4 lbs today since I was making a ginormous about)
Salt & pepper to taste
Garlic cloves
2 pkgs. Taco Seasoning
1-2 cans of Enchilada Sauce
Grated Cheese
Corn tortillas
2 cans of Chili-with or without beans, your choice
Extras-sour cream, jalapeƱos

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge #259

Welcome to this week's Hodgepodge!  
1. What do you think about luck?  I really don't believe in just pure luck.  I do say "good luck" to people when I'm hoping  for good things to come their way but I really think God's blessings come upon us moreso than it being luck. 
2. Not counting your own backyard, what's a favorite green space in your town, city, or state?  Well, with all of the rain we've had here in SE Oklahoma, my yard IS very green but green with weeds! And, not very pretty at the moment.  My mom's yard is always pretty with lots of different flowers, bushes, and trees.  I blogged yesterday about blooms in her yard right now!  I have to say the pond scene out at our property was gorgeous on Saturday!
 3. How do you make your life more complex than it needs to be? I have a TERRIBLE time saying 'no'.  I always have and I imagine I always will.  If someone asks me to do something, I rarely, rarely say no. My hubby has always told me to stand in front of the mirror and practice saying no to get in the habit of being able to turn people down at times.
4. I read here the three places you should visit with friends. They are-New York City, Hawaii, and Amsterdam (rent a bike, walk along the canal, visit one of their world class museums). I felt the need to expound on that one. Moving on...Of the three places listed which would you most like to visit with friends? What's one place not on the list you think should be visited with friends?  I think New York City would be a great place to go with friends!  There's just SO much to see and do that I imagine there's things that would appeal to everyone. 
5. What's the last live performance you saw? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being best) how would you rate it? Last July, I went with some church friends to the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival's play of "Shrek The Musical".  It was great! A 10 for sure!  I love musicals anyway, but the talent in this was just amazing.  One of our church girls did all the scenery backdrops and they were gorgeous.  It was just a great night overall!
  6. March 14th is National Potato Chip Day. Are you a fan? Your favorite flavor? Besides potato, what's your favorite chip type of snack?  I love potato chips!  BBQ, sour cream and onion, doesn't matter!  I also love corn tortilla chips...with salsa!
7.What rule is most important in your home?  When our kids were home, we had a lot of rules.  The kids probably thought there were too many...haha  Right now, I really can't think of any kind of rule we have just for Allan and I. 
8.  Insert your own random thought here.  We are still working on our log home.  I'm thankful for my hubby that is able to do so many jobs concerning the house.  Last weekend, he began laying tile in one of the upstairs bathrooms.  It's looking really good!
Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring Is In The Air!

Spring is definitely here in SE Oklahoma!  We had such a mild winter that signs of Spring started really early.  The daffodils first poked their heads out back in mid-February!  We've already had near 80 degree weather and had to turn on the air conditioner. 
I went out to my Mom's yesterday to visit and take some  pictures of her blooming plants.  Her forsythia was just beautiful!

One of my sisters-in-law and niece were there too.  And Buffy!  Mom takes a lot of pride in her yard and works really hard at getting it just so.  She's got such a green thumb, which I did NOT inherit.
She has had several peach trees over the years but lost one a year or so ago and really thought this one was dead too.  She just happened to look out a few days ago and there it was in full bloom!

Peach blossoms are so pretty!  I can't wait to see this tree just full of ripe peaches later on in the season.  We'll have to keep a close eye and pick them before the varmints get them all like last year.  I need a good ole peach cobbler! 
"K" had a good time running around and ended up in a tree!  I remember those days myself!
"K" had braided her hair and her mom's and couldn't wait to get a hold of me, too!  Someone mentioned that I looked like Pocahontas so she ran to their car where she just happened to have some feathers for me to wear.  So, I did! 
What does Spring look  like in your part of the world?

Friday, March 11, 2016

Show Us Your Life-Introduction

Hi, I'm linking up with Kelly today for her "Show Us Your Life" series that she sponsors.  Kelly's blog, along with The Pioneer Woman, is one of the first blogs I followed.  So, today's topic is sort of an introduction in order to meet new people.
Here we go!  I'm Cheryl and I live in Southeast Oklahoma. 
 I love my home state of Oklahoma and have lived here almost my whole life. I live in a small town and wouldn't trade it for anything.  There's just nothing like the coziness of small town life for me!

I am married to my wonderful hubby of 33 years.  We met at a Christian college in the big city and I was able to convince him to come back to my small town for us to begin our life together.   We have two grown children that we're so proud of!  I admit that I really don't like being empty-nesters since our kids are grown and out of the house, but I'm trying to adjust!
I'm very involved in my church where I am employed as the secretary and I also work in our Sunday school program.  I've taught pre-schoolers for the last 30+ years and I absolutely love it!  After being asked a rather deep, but hilarious, question a few years ago, my daughter told me I need to have a blog dedicated to the funny stories that happen in Bible Class.  So, check out my other blog, Does God Shave!
We live in a house where we are outnumbered by CATS!  We had never, never been cat people until about 10 years ago when our first cat adopted us.  Well, now there are many more that have chosen us to be their 'people'.  They provide so much entertainment and are just so much fun!  We absolutely love them...all of them! 
A couple of other things that are my favorites are...Dr. Pepper and chocolate!  I have to have them...both of them...every day! I blame my Dr. Pepper addiction on one of my grandmothers.  I say I inherited the DP gene from her!  Also, Sonic has made it so enticing since they have $.99 drinks in the morning and Happy Hour in the afternoons!
 I hope this gets me jump-started to blogging a bit more than I have lately!  Come check back to see what's going on here at Chery's Shenanigans!