Friday night date night….love spending time with this guy.Crazy wind (surfers were loving the waves) and hair, but I love our beach.He hates the beach, and I love it. We compromise by going to dinner at the beach and not touching the sand! Ha! (We took this picture on the Boardwalk–not on the sand.)
David and I just returned from a wonderful week cruise, and day one was at Key West. I so loved being there again. David and I had a do over so to speak as the last time we were there Stephen was very sick (both ends sick), and we were not able to do anything that day.
So we were able to go to the Southern Most point.We also ate at the Hard Rock Cafe.We had a ball. We walked a lot, and got a lot of sun.
I found this recipe at Dinner at the Zoo.
We had our couples weekend, and this was our night to cook.
- 8 small tortillas cut into halves, corn or flour
- 2 cups of cooked shredded chicken breast
- 2 cups of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 15-ounce can of pinto beans rinsed and drained
- 2 cups red enchilada sauce
- cooking spray
- optional garnishes: olives, sour cream, red onions, cilantro, green onions, avocado, tomato
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan or 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
Spread 1/4 cup of sauce over the bottom of the baking dish. Layer 4 halves of tortilla over the sauce so that the bottom of the pan is covered.
Layer 1/3 of the chicken, 1/3 of the beans, 1/2 cup of the cheese and 1/3 cup of enchilada sauce over the tortillas.
Place a second layer of tortillas on top and layer 1/3 of the chicken, 1/3 of the beans, 1/2 cup of the cheese and 1/3 cup enchilada sauce over the tortillas.
Repeat this process one more time for the third layer. Place the remaining tortilla halves over the top and spread the remaining enchilada sauce over the tortillas.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over the top.
Cover with foil that’s been sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned.
Let sit for 5 minutes to firm up, then top with garnishes and serve.
We used canned chicken, and used extra sauce, and tortillas. It turned out super yummy. It was better the second day. The last picture is all I could eat. My eyes were much bigger than my stomach.
Sunday was a new beginning for Stephen. We helped him move about 10 minutes away into a tiny room in a house with 4 other boys. He is twenty. He wants to be independent.
I want to help in every step. We have done our jobs as parents, and instilled in him good values. Raised him to be mindful of money. To be aware of peoples needs. I want to guide him in placement of stuff. Make sure he has everything that he needs. Food. Clothing. His phone charger. Stuff.
I am partly sad about this…scared for him. Excited for him. He is close enough to have help if he needs it. I doubt seriously he will need it. He is so determined to make it on his own. But we are here, and have made it clear that he is always welcomed to come home.
I am very happy about David and I being alone. Alone in the house only able to blame each other for the dirty dishes or not taking out the trash. We are happy alone together. We enjoy one another just being in the house. Just doing chores so to speak. We encourage one another. We are grateful for what the other one does.
Empty nest, but excited for our and Stephen’s new journey. Oh, and I am excited about my future craft room.
So I talked about our trip to St. Augustine yesterday.
One of the wonderful highlights of the trip was girl time at The Tini Martini Bar while the boys went to the Fort and Pirate Museum.We all got a different martini. B got Salted Caramel Tini (Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka, creme de cocoa, Godiva white chocolate liqueur and a pinch of salt); J got the Cinnamon Bun Tini (Three Olives Vanilla Vodka, Kahlua, RumChoto); and I got the Dark Chocolate Tini (360 Double Chocolate Vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, and creme de cocoa).
All were good, but all of us really liked B’s the best. We ended up getting a second round of the Salted Caramel Tini’s.
So much fun, just chatting, people watching, and relaxing. This is a great place to do all of that while enjoying the sailboats, water and drinks.
What is your favorite thing to do with your girlfriends?
David and I enjoy mini trips with two other couples that we travel with really well. None of us has to have our way. We are all very gracious with one another. I really find that is the key. If someone doesn’t feel well, we all understand. If someone really wants to do a side adventure, we all go, or just let them go. Comfortable with one another. Encouraging to one another.We traveled this past weekend to St. Augustine, Florida. It is a good six hour drive for us. One of the couples lives in Tallahassee, so we “picked” them up on Friday. Each couple takes turns for our destination, chooses the place to stay (3 bedroom, 3 bath), and tries to accommodate the date with everyone’s work schedules. A&J were in charge this time, and we ended up staying at Cinnamon Beach on the Palm Coast South of St. Augustine in this beautiful condo on the beach.
We each plan an evening meal or snacks. I ended up taking Egg Rolls (yes, again), BBQ meatballs, and nut clusters. A&J brought chicken fajita to cook, and breakfast quiches. J&B brought homemade chicken salad that I am still waiting on the recipe. We all take a part. Grateful for what each couple contributes. Help with clean up and trash.
Our evenings are spent just hanging out and enjoying each others company. Saturday and Sunday we spent driving into St. Augustine. The boys enjoyed the history, pizza, jail, Fort, and pirate museum. The girls enjoyed the shopping, Flagger College (Tiffany Stained Glass), the Lions Bridge, city gate, The Tini Martini Bar and people watching. Again, just being able to say “I want to do this” and all of us say “okay” is a huge thing.I love these peeps. I get to be myself in all times: anxious, panicked, happy, giddy, goofy, gas pains, and just plain happy. It was a good trip. I want to go again tomorrow. But we will wait just a bit for everyone’s budget to recover.