Friday, May 11, 2012

They Made It!

  • TnT I Thess 3:11-13 May the Lord direct our way together, may he cause you to increase and abound in love for all, may He establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father....
  • Michael's Day off -  we have two events to attend ::snort:: This is what it looks like from his desk....a day off is an oxymoron. LOL
  • Fun to attend a medal decoration of one of our chaplains - then spent a bit o time doing a touch of work at the chapel.
  • Between events - Micahel and I grabbed Subway and took it to the ocean. Always fun to visit with my boyfriend. Lots to talk about as God gently moves us to new seasons.
  • Girls should be touching down in Tokyo in one hour....so much pent up excitement!
  • Catholic Parish Appreciation Dinner
  • Retreat work night
  • 12:14 a.m. and we're home with the girls. Seven Gherkins at home. Photos tomorrow.
Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

White Chicken Enchilada (Cindy's)

This is my friend Cynthia's recipe! It's a keeper. 


12 corn tortillas (I used flour)
1 cup heavy whipping cream (I used 1/2 n 1/2)
2 cups Mexican blend cheese
3 cups chicken, cubed and cooked
1 large onion, sauteed
1 cup roasted red bell pepper strips (canned) or fresh red pepper
4.5 oz can chopped green chiles
12 oz cream cheese, cubed

Mix chicken, onion, red peppers, green chiles, and cream cheese together.  Spread equal amounts onto each of the twelve tortillas.  Roll and place in 9x12 baking dish.  Slowly pour whipping cream over the top allowing it to soak into the shells instead of running to the bottom of the pan.  Sprinkle Mexican blend cheese over the top.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until warmed all the way through.



Next time I will use low fat or fat free cream cheese and maybe decrease to 8 oz from 12 oz...other than that I'm not sure what else to do to lower the calories and cholesterol in this one...but it is YUMMY and  filled my craving for White enchiladas. LOL  Below the info made with my substitutions. 


More of our favorites are at the recipe tab above. 


Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Boys Day

I've written about Golden Week and "Children's Day" or "Boys Day" before.  Now - Girls have a day to be celebrated - Hinamatsuri on 3 March. No one questions that March 3rd is "Girls Day".  I plan to buy Arielle and Stacia a set of hinamatsuri dolls before we leave Japan. I best remember that NEXT YEAR. I'll blog more about it then. 

  Traditionally, May 5th, is "Boys Day" - but in 1948 that was changed to "Children's Day." Nevertheless, my Japanese friends up here continue to call it a BOYS DAY celebration. Late in April or early in May "Carp Flags" or kites begin to show up. Traditionally a big black one for the father, a red one for the mother and then different colored ones for each son.  I also plan to buy koinobori (carp flags) before we leave.  Here are a few shots of koinobori that a friend in Okinawa took, which I borrowed.


Carps, according to legend, swim upstream and become dragons. Koi (carp) are symbols of a boy's strength and determination.

Another symbol for Boys Day (which is literally 5th of May but I can't quite remember all the Japanese) is the kabuto (samurai helmet). This is also a symbol of strength.

Last night Akikosan brought paper for us to do some seasonal crafts.




MY carp had a bit of personality....

We all made kabutos but Nolan got the big one
Check out the snacks.....


Dried Ramen noodles, Strawberry Crunky, mouse shaped consume flavored puffs, star shaped chocolate treats!

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...