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Pulled Pork with Corn Tortillas Casserole

Step One (slow cook pork)
pork loin (about 2.25 pounds)1 can (10 ounces) red enchilada sauce1 chicken flavor ramen noodles seasoning packetCook pork for several hours in a crockpot with the seasoning packet (not the noodles!) and enchilada sauce.  NOTE:  This will make enough meat for TWO batches of the recipe.  Freeze the other portion to have on hand for a quick meal for a later time, or take a meal to someone.
Step Two (pull the pork apart)
1 1/2 cups sour cream1 can (7 ounces) diced green chilisWhen the pork is tender and easily shreds, then using two forks, shred the pork, leaving small shreds, without any big chunks of meat.  Add the green chilis and sour cream.
Step Three (assembling)
 1 package of 10 corn tortillas HALF of the pulled pork mixture, warmed for assembly (if you refrigerated it previously)1 can charro beans (can substitute for any other kind of beans), drained1 can hominy (or corn), drained1 jar (11 ounces) HEB "That Green Sauce" (alternate creamy green sauce…

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Obviously, this isn't the actual picture of the finished enchiladas, but for now, this is all I've got.  I was too busy making a bajillion batches of chicken ahead for my Activity Days girls' cooking class, to actually take any pictures of the finished casserole.  I should be making it in the next few days, and will be sure to add some pictures of it. Thanks to my friend, Stephanie, for sharing her delicious recipe with me.  I've made a few minor changes.
Step One--cook chicken in grill pan skinless, boneless chicken breasts to yield 2 cups, cubedTony Chachere's Creole Seasoningolive oil Season the chicken breast halves on each side, then drizzle approximately 1 tablespoon olive oil in a hot grill pan on medium high, then heat the oil a bit, then place chicken pieces in pan, and place grill press on top of chicken.  Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes per side.  Be sure to only turn the chicken once, to leave the grill marks in the chicken and to keep the heat in the pa…

School started today!

Christopher, 10th grade, and Hannah, 5th grade, are very eager to begin a brand new school year. This will be Hannah's last year of elementary school. Christopher will be getting his drivers license during this school year, assuming he will meet or exceed our family requirement of getting at least an 87 or higher in every class.   They hope to have perfect attendance this year, and my fingers are crossed that they are well enough to reach that goal.  I always look forward to this time of year to get into new routines and habits. We had root beer floats to celebrate last night, and gave them a pep talk for success this year, followed by two beautiful father's blessings from Kelly. Best wishes to our wonderful children for an awesome school year. We love you both and are so proud of you.





Book of Mormon Stories Pool Party!

Hopefully this title, Book of Mormon Stories Pool Party, does not sound irreverent, because as an Activity Days leader, I felt compelled to come up with a fun end-of-the-summer event that is also uplifting, and after all, who doesn't love a splash in the pool on a hot day in August?  My current church calling, or official role that I volunteer for, allows me to plan two activities each month for girls ages 8 to 11, that will encourage them to learn and live the gospel, serve others, and use the talents Heavenly Father has given them, to learn to do many good things.  This year's seminary course of study for high school students is The Book of Mormon, and since I am a huge fan of this inspired book of scripture, I came up with this idea to have each girl show up to my house with a written summary of one of her favorite stories from within its many pages, and share it with the rest of the girls, while outside in our swimsuits near our backyard swimming pool!  As each girl shares…

Kelly's Texas Chili

Here's my own concoction of homemade chili, and I call it Texas chili because I live in Texas.  Clever, I know.  It's always fun to tweak recipes like this and add your favorite ingredients, but this is a good start.  I created this recipe on my own, and don't claim that it's perfect, but it's certainly been a hit when we have a hungry crowd to feed.  Enjoy!
3 pounds ground beef2 large onions, diced2 cans (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce1/2 cup chili powder1 1/2 teaspoons paprika2 teaspoons cumin1 1/2 teaspoon oregano1 teaspoon cayenne pepper2 teaspoons salt1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced garlic1 teaspoon onion powder6 cups waterOptional topping ingredients:
tortilla chipsdiced onionColby Jack cheese, freshly grated Brown the ground beef and onion, combined in a large pot. Drain excess fat that cooks off, then add the remaining ingredients and simmer for an hour or so.  It can be made a day or two in advan…

Triple Layer Brownies

These brownies are a family favorite, and one of the best recipes from The Pampered Chef's Delightful Desserts Cookbook.  I have made them so many times, as a special request from my children or to satisfy my own sweet tooth, and tonight when I did a search on my blog for the recipe, was surprised that I haven't put it here before, until now.  It has been posted on my Instagram, but that's not very helpful when I do a search for one of my recipes!  So, here's how to whip up this incredible, crowd-pleasing, diet-busting creation of melt-in-your mouth chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal, brownie heaven.

Layer 1:
1/2 cups salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped1 cup quick rolled oats1/2 cup brown sugar1/3 cup flour1/4 teaspoon baking soda1/2 cup melted butter Mix together, spread onto bottom of 9"x13" baking pan, then bake at 350° F for 8 to 10 minutes, and it resembles a slightly undercooked cookie.  Remove from oven, then gently add the second layer.  Here a…