Thursday, February 26, 2015

Home Sweet Home #209

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home.  This week I photographed a little miniature rose in A Rose in the Snow.

The family requested I make my Chicken Enchiladas and I took new photos for the blog too.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post! Here are a few that caught my eye.

Marcia's Cottage shared a gorgeous Downton Abbey tea event she attended in Teapots, Nests, Roses, and Lemons.

Linda at Beautiful Ideas shared her Christmas kitchen a little late but; it is worth seeing no matter what time of the  year, in Kitchen Leftovers That Sparkle.

Kathleen at Charm Bracelet Diva shared How to Make a Map Coordinates Pillow-Ikea Pillow Hack.  I love decorating with maps so this really appealed to me!

Alexandra at Prairie Charm shared her lovely Kitchen Before and After

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe is a family favorite.  The guys ask me to make it all the time.  I posted it on my blog when I first started blogging and I thought it was time for a photo reshoot.  

Ingredients:
2 T.  butter
2  lg. onion, thinly sliced
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 (3 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, cubed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 (4.5 oz.) can diced green chiles
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can chicken broth
1/2 cup salsa
10 (7-inch) flour tortillas
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat; stir often; add onion and cook until caramelized. Reduce heat to low and add chopped chicken,  cream cheese, salt, and pepper.  Pulse chiles, small onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, and sugar in a blender or food processor until combined.  Bring chile mixture and chicken broth to a broil in a saucepan over high heat; cook 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in salsa.  Spread 1/3 chile mixture evenly on bottom of greased 13x9-inch baking dish.  Spoon chicken mixture evenly down center of each tortilla; roll up and place, seam side down, in prepared baking dish.  Top with remaining chile mixture; sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Recipe source: Southern Living


Here is my original photo from this recipe post from 2010.  I have improved a little on my food photography since then. 

Now, I like to shoot the photo like your sitting at the table about to take the next bite. 
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life

Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Rose in the Snow

I found a little miniature rose on clearance at the grocery store this weekend.  It was a welcome sight since we have been covered with snow for over a week.  The children have been out of school for the whole week too.  I am ready to see things blooming and the birds singing again.  

How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.
~ Victor Hugo

Have you been snowed in?  Are you ready for spring too?  It will be here soon.
Sherry

I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an  E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of the Home

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Home Sweet Home #208

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I shared three Warm Winter Soups I made for my son's birthday this past weekend.

I talked about My Role as Dr. Mom and the use of essential oils.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post! Here are a few that caught my eye.
Everyone was sharing many love filled posts for Valentine's Day last week.


Patti at Old Things New shared this recipe in Chocolate Raspberry Love.

Laurie at Heaven's Walk shared a post about a different kind of love in The Love That Breaks a Heart.  Laurie has shared a post like this before at HSH but I think it is important to highlight it because she has an unbelievably eloquent way of expressing her feelings and it is touching in so many ways.  I am so happy she finds a way to write about it and love her dearly for sharing it. 

Cathy at Vintage Paint and More shared a lovely DIY Valentine Mantel.


Monika at Handmade Creations shared some lovely things in Happiness is Handmade.

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything from your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button for the party is under the button tab at the top of the blog, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)
Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

 *If you are pinning a post submitted here, please pin from the original source.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My Role as Dr. Mom

My Role as Dr. Mom: The Charm of Home
As a Mom I have endured many aches, pains, and illnesses with my three boys.  Wether you like it or not you end up becoming Dr. Mom.  

Chicken Noodle Soup: The Charm of Home
My oldest son was so sick last week.   He couldn't eat for most of the week and what he finally could keep down was my homemade chicken noodle soup.  Here is the recipe.

doTerra Essential Oils: The Charm of Home
Something else that helped my son was the Digestzen digestive blend essential oil from doTerra.  I used the oil on his stomach and chest and with that and some Adagio peppermint tea he was finally able to eat some soup.   I have just discovered these oils from my niece who is a chiropractor.  She has started using these oils in her practice. I first tried the Breath blend when I had bronchitis this winter and it opened up my airway fantasticly.  I was most impressed.  I can't take a lot of medicines due to my allergies, so instead of using Sudafed as a decongestant I was able to apply this oil to my chest every 2 hours and have my airway clear so I could breathe!  It was such an improvement over the suffering I have done with upper respiratory colds in the past few years since I have developed all of these allergies. 

doTerra Essential Oils: The Charm of Home
I ordered the Family Physician Kit from doTerra and I have used all of these oils already.  I find myself having a reason to use them every week.  I am starting to turn to them regularly instead of over the counter drugs or calling the doctor.  It is such a smart way to take care of the minor problems and stay in optimum health.  I have used the lavender for burns. When applied to the burn topically it immediately stops the sting.  I couldn't believe how great it worked.  The melaleuca (tea tree oil) helped with a skin infection.  The frankincense used topically can treat infection or lesions.  I used the Deep Blue blend for deep muscle aches on my youngest son and myself. Do you know how you workout and use muscles that haven't been used in a while and when you try to go to sleep you really notice the ache?  I applied the Deep Blue blend diluted with some oil (you can use whatever oil you have around the house, like olive oil) and the blend soothes the ache and he and I both went right to sleep pain free. I already described how good the results were with the Breathe blend.  So the list goes on and on in ways you can use the doTerra essential oils for general health and wellness.  I am still trying new oils out and have ordered other products also; like the toothpaste is great.  It is fluoride free which I really liked, because I am working at trying to get more chemicals out of the family's environment everyday.  I really can't say enough good things about doTerra essential oils I am so happy to have discovered them.  I speak of doTerra oils exclusively because they are CPTG, which stands for Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. That means they have the oils tested by an outside company source to make sure they meet the standards of quality they are striving for.  It looks like we are dawning on a new age of family medicine and I say bring it on.  It feels much healthier than the way we have been treating our bodies. 
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine       

Monday, February 16, 2015

Warm Winter Soups

Vegetable Beef Soup for a Crowd: The Charm of Home
This weekend we had a soup luncheon style birthday party for my youngest and I tried out some good new soup recipes I thought I would share with you.  This soup was a Vegetable Beef Soup for a crowd and it made a lot but; our immediate family is 30 plus people, so I needed a lot of soup.  
This was favored by the crowd so it must have been good.

Veggie Beef Soup (slow cooker version)

1-1 1/2 lb. beef stew meat
2-14 oz. cans cut green beans
1-14 oz. can corn
1-14 oz. can carrots, sliced
1-14 oz. can lima bean (you could use peas here)
2-28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
6 cups (1-1/2 quarts) beef broth (more or less as needed) 
1 large onion, peeled and diced
4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
4 stalks celery, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 whole bay leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil

Place beef stew in a large slow cooker with enough water to cover (about 2-3 cups) and cook on low for 9-10 hours.  I did this part overnight.  I shredded the beef and added the canned veggies, draining the juice on all except the chopped tomatoes.  Add the beef broth. I then sauteed the onions, garlic, and celery in a little olive oil and then added it to the crock pot.  I also made the cooking process faster by placing the potatoes in a medium pot and parboiled them and then added into the soup.  Add the oregano, salt, and pepper, and bay leaves.  Set your slow cooker to high for two hours and then set on low and serve.  
Serves: around 20-25  
This was made in a 5 qt. slow cooker. 
  
Taco Soup: The Charm of Home
This was Taco Soup.  I have had so many people tell me their family loves taco soup and I have never made it.  I made this with all the garnishes to go with it and it seemed to be well liked by everyone. 

Taco Soup (slow cooker version)

1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
1-14 oz. can black beans, drained
1-14 oz. can great northern beans
1-14 oz. can pinto beans
1-14.oz. can Ro*tel original tomatoes
1-14 oz. can tomato sauce
1-14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet Ranch dip
Brown the hamburger and drain.  Place this and all of the other ingredients into a 3 quart slow cooker. Turn it to high for two hours and then turn to low and serve.  Garnish with sour cream, black olives, shredded cheddar cheese, and serve with Frito Scoops.
Serves: 8    

Creamy Cheddar Soup:The Charm of Home
This soup is a long time favorite I have made for my family. It is from a Paula Deen recipe so it is sure to please.

Creamy Cheddar Potato Soup

1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 medium potatoes, peeled and parboiled
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons flour
3 cups chicken stock ( could use beef)
3 cups half-n-half
3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
salt and ground black pepper to taste
dash of paprika (optional)
Bacon, crumbled

In a saucepan saute onions in butter and cook until softened, 5-8 minutes.  Blend in flour with large whisk and make a roux.  Cook for 2 minutes.  Add stock, half-n-half, and potatoes and cook until thick.  Add cheese and whisk till smooth and melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add paprika if desired.
Serve hot.  Cook the bacon and serve crumbled with soup as garnish.
Serves: 8-12

We are still enjoying the leftovers of this soup warmed up and the timing was great for it because we had 7 inches of snow today.  #wintercanendnow!
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day

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