Saturday, September 17

Fun week!

Butch and I accomplished quite a bit this week and had fun doing it!
After finishing the backsplash in the motorhome, I did the backsplash in the house bathroom with the same pattern. Now I have ordered a different pattern for the kitchen in the same material. It is something we had always planned to do so we will soon be able to scratch it off our bucket list.

I finally did some housecleaning this week. It was clean late Thursday and Friday. Not so much today.  It never lasts long no matter what so it is a short lived pleasure.
Butch's healing process(carpal tunnel) is coming along nicely and without incident.
Thursday night trivia group (partial) Came in 3rd this week!

Surprise visitors on Friday! We spent a fun-filled day with Myron and Susan Van Houweling. Lunched at the Jefferson tea garden. A rare treat for me. We have never had a disappointing meal there and we never leave hungry. Then we reminisced about Magnolia Park and wondered what the season will hold for us this season.
Today Mickey called and asked me to meet her at the museum at 1:50. So when I got there we found out we were on the wrong day. So 4 of us decided to visit the culprit who gave us the wrong info. Sue welcomed us in her usual friendly manner and we had a fun and lively conversation. When we left there we checked in with Butch then went to Deal's Orchard to pick up some special treats.
Shooting pumpkins. When asked what he was shooting at he said "Cows". And grinned!

Jerilyn, Mickey and Pete

Active bees making honey

Apples and apple products

Returned to our place and enjoyed a cocktail or two then went for supper at Casa de Oro, our fine and authentic Mexican restaurant.
Now sitting in the recliner with our feet up!

Wednesday, September 14

Still quietly living

We have been leading a very chilled life these days. We are doing a pretty good job of living in the moment. This is pretty good for me, a former worry-wart and micro-manager. We worry-warts and micromanagers eventually get tired!
I have made the following recipe two times and I like it so much I can hardly wait to make it again. And the real shocker? Butch liked it too!
We are thinking about our plans for fall travel. No decisions just yet.

Green Chile Chicken-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

1 spaghetti squash
1 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
1/2 cup green enchilada sauce, use a gluten-free version to make this recipe gluten-free, I use this
1 green onion, thinly sliced
4 ounce can diced green chiles
1/2 cup frozen corn, defrosted
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (optional)
1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, I used a combination of both
Spaghetti Squash
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with foil.
Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, spray the inside with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place the squash cut-side down on the baking sheet and roast until tender, about 30-40 minutes.
Let the squash cool for about 10 minutes before scooping out the strands with a fork and placing them in a bowl.
Reserve the squash skins placing them cut side up back on the foil-lined baking sheet.
Use your hands to squeeze out excess liquid from the spaghetti squash strands, then return them to the bowl. Important step!

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Filling
Preheat your oven to broil.
In a small saucepan over medium heat stir together the enchilada sauce, green onion, green chiles, corn, cilantro and shredded chicken.
Once the mixture is warmed through remove from the heat and stir in the Greek yogurt.
Pour the enchilada filling in with the spaghetti squash strands and stir together until combined.
Scoop the filling back into the spaghetti squash shells and top with the shredded cheese.
Place the spaghetti squash back onto the baking sheet and broil in the oven until the cheese is melted, then serve.

PS- I used my NuWave oven for the last step.

Sunday, September 11


We enjoyed our full and fun weekend. We went to Jason and Laura's for breakfast and the parade and I took a few pictures of their well-tended yard and fine art pieces.
A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones. So here is Jason's cairn.

And here is his pig. He made this one a few years ago.

After the parade, we wandered around the vendors to see if anything caught our eye. It didn't. 

After that we came home and having been invited to Leo and Keri's for supper we had a wee nap before going to their place to meet the grandboys. Brady has grown into a fine young 4 year old with very good manners and his little brother Beckett is a one year old who promises to hold much fun for all of us in the future. It was a good time watching these two. Supper was good too!

And today we are having a good Sunday. Went for a walk, have a roast in the crockpot and did some more backsplash work in the house bathroom.
So come on Monday we are ready for whatever you may have in store.

Pufferbilly Parade

We have missed the Pufferbilly Parade for a few years by going to the Clay County Fair so it was a treat to see it again. It is really a very nice parade with a hundred entries.  We enjoyed breakfast at Jason and Laura's place before the parade. Breakfast was done very well too! Delicious!
Here are some parade pics:

Two cuties waiting patiently

 Where is that parade?
 Our local police patrol

 We are ready for anything!

 Some vintage jewels