Easy Halloween Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe comes together in a snap and is a delicious treat for the Chef and the lucky diners.

  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken (a roaster from Publix will do)
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack Cheese with Peppers
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 (4.5 Oz.) can chopped green chilies drained.
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 (8 inch) flour or corn tortillas
  • Vege Cooking Spray
  • 1 cup (8 oz) shredded Monterey Jack Cheese with Peppers
  • 8 Oz of Sour Cream
  • 8 Oz bottle of green taco sauce.

Stir together first 5 ingredients. Coat tortillas with vegetable cooking spray. Heat them in a sauté pan just for a few minutes to soften them up. Spoon chicken mixture evenly over each tortilla and roll them up seam side down. Arrange in a lightly greased 13 x 9 baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Add 2nd cup of Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese to the top of the Enchiladas and return to oven for an additional 15 minutes. Mix 8 Oz Sour Cream and 8 Oz. of Green Taco Sauce together and spoon over HOT Enchiladas and before serving or at the table. Sprinkle with any, or all, of the below toppings.

Serve with toppings: diced orange peppers, diced tomato, chopped avocado, chopped green onions, sliced ripe olives, and chopped cilantro.

If you really like “Kicked Up” Enchiladas add a diced Jalapeno to the first 5 ingredients.

The Perfect Dinner Salad and a Blueberry Swirl Ice Treat

Lee and I enjoy a salad for dinner in the summer weather, and we find this salad to be delicious and satisfying and really good when followed by the Blueberry Swirl Treat below.

Pear and Endive Main Course Chopped Salad

2 Tsp Sherry Vinegar
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Heads of Endive (about 1 Pound total) halved and sliced into ½ inch half moons
1 Cup Parsley Leaves
2 firm but ripe pears, cut in quarters, cored, and sliced
½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 – 4 Oz Wedge Blue Cheese sliced.
Salt and Pepper

In a large bowl whisk vinegar, oil and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Add endive, parsley, and pear. Toss to coat in dressing. Arrange on 2 plates and top with pecans and blue cheese.

Blueberry Swirl Ice Treat

2 cups blueberries, frozen or fresh
2 Tablespoons honey or agave
2 cups Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Blend the blueberries in a food processor or blender until nearly liquified to a smooth consistency. Pour the blueberry liquid into a large bowl. Stir in the honey or agave. Add the yogurt and gently mix together. Leave patches of blue and white. Taste and adjust sweetener. Freeze in popsicle molds. This is a good recipe for a sweet treat.

Fabulous Honey Garlic Chicken

My favorite (at the moment) weeknight chicken:
This is a perfect recipe for a simple hot weeknight dinner made in a crock pot without heating up the house.

Honey garlic chicken in a slow cooker

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup honey
3 tbsp ketchup
½ cup low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
½ tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
Mix together the minced garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce and oregano. Pour this mixture over the chicken and stir to coat well.
Add the chicken to the slow cooker
Cover the slow cooker and cook for 3 hours on high. Top with sesame seeds and scallions.

The Florida Heat

I always equate July and August in Florida to January and February in NJ. Lee and I lay low in the Florida heat, just as we did in the NJ cold, but still, I think I would rather live with the heat instead of the cold. In the summer, we swim in the pools in the morning and in the evenings. During the day we explore indoor activities rather than outdoor activities. Of course, lots of folks continue to play tennis, golf, bike ride, enjoy the outdoor walking trails, etc. but I would rather take time to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle Florida offers. We tend to visit museums, see an afternoon show, enjoy an art class or a lecture, or sit back in the AC and watch a movie. During this time of the year you can find me walking the indoor temperature-controlled track in Solivita or tending to our potted plants on the lanai. In our lanai we grow all kinds of herbs and tomatoes. Lee has even planted a few pots with pineapples, they have never grown large, but they sure are sweet. It is a pleasure to have fresh herbs and tomatoes growing near the kitchen. Easy to harvest, plus who does not love strolling out to their lanai to pick some fresh mint for tea, or some basil for a salad.

To help beat the heat, summer is a great time to vacation somewhere with cooler summer temperatures. Snowbirds come to Florida to enjoy the warmth in the winter, so why can’t we escape the heat and take a trip to a cooler climate? Alaska, Washington State, Oregon, Up-State NY, Canada, etc. The list of beautiful places, with cooler summer temperatures is endless. It is always fun to plan, and fun to visit another place on the planet. We live in Solivita, so another worry off the list is safety and security. Solivita is a safe and secure community, therefore we need not to worry about our homes while away.

No summer vacation for us this year, thanks to our great clients. Business has been brisk, and I am keeping my “nose to the grindstone” finding homes for lots of folks relocating to Florida or moving from one neighborhood to another. Always happy to help anyone achieve the “American Dream of Homeownership and a Beautiful Retirement.”

Summer Time Is Soup Time; Chilled That Is.

Chilled Mango Chipotle Soup
Easy, Delicious and High in Antioxidants.

  • 2 Mangoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • ½ Tsp Ginger Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tsp. Chipotle Powder
  • 2 Cups Vegetable broth

Puree all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. More spices can be added to taste. Serve Chilled and Enjoy.

Your Guide to a Smooth-Running Construction Project

Imagine walking into your newly built or remodeled home and seeing it exactly as you had imagined it at the start of construction: the windows are all in the right places, the flooring is the right color, and the kitchen cabinets are a perfect fit.

Now allow me to pinch you on the arm, because for most people, reality is often different from that idyllic scenario. You might see missing trim around the bedroom doors or wonder why that small change in the kitchen cost so much. Looking back, you might ask, “And why did we have to hire another subcontractor to finish the bathroom?”

Of course, there are things you just can’t plan for, but there’s plenty that you can. Costly changes and additional time-consuming work can be kept to a minimum if you fully understand what you are building before you start. By understanding the construction process, being part of the team and keeping a firm grip on the budget, your construction project can result in the home of your dreams.

Read the full article at Houzz.com

5 Things Everyone Over 55 Should Do In Orlando

Retirement demands the most comfortable location for living and relaxing. Orlando, Florida is considered one of the top places people 55+ tend to move to for their retirement. But what is it about Orlando that is so appealing to this group of people? The climate? Perhaps the attractions? Orlando offers so much for both retired and younger people to do to maintain an Active Lifestyle. Read more


Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Living a healthy and active lifestyle is everyone’s dream. Unfortunately, most people do not know how to adopt such a lifestyle. So, what are the benefits of living an active lifestyle? There are hundreds if not thousands of different benefits that can be derived from this lifestyle. For example, it can improve one’s healthy, boost immune system as well as help drop harmful vices or habits.
For today, we look at how you can start living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Maintain a balanced diet:

Your health is determined by the type of foods that you eat. Based on this fact, it is recommendable to maintain a balanced diet everyday by consuming food that are rich in vadous nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats. If possible, go for foodstuffs that are organically produced as they are more nutritious and safe as compared to foods that are grown using conventional agricultural methods.

Indulge in physical activities:

This is no doubt one of the sure ways of living an active lifestyle. Physical exercises help to ensure that your body weight does not exceed the recommended as well as strengthen body muscles and joints. Examples of physical exercises that can keep you fit include Yoga, Swimming, Jogging, Weight Lifting, Salsa and many more. Such activities can be easily available to you via active adult communities. There you will find other people who share like interests, and who will push to to help meet your goals.

Community Involvement:

Take part in various community events that are held in your locality. Some activities such as tree planting will not only flex your muscles but also furnish you with information on how to take care of the planet for the benefit of the current and future generations. Joining groups who simply do things together is important to fulfill the social and esteem needs.

Living a healthy and active lifestyle will surely revamp your energy levels in your body and boost your productivity. Being surrounded by the right environment is key to reaching a your goal of living a healthy lifestyle.

Making The Most of Active Adult Living

If you have children there is going to be a time when you are going to be faced with the “Empty Nest Syndrome”. This is when your lifestyle really begins to undergo changes that are going to make you reconsider how you will be spending the rest of your life. Some individuals feel that all that is left is to while away the hours in a rocker on their front porch. This is a common misconception about the Golden Years.

During their senior years many people wonder if they will continue to experience the freedom and rewards that active adult living affords them. When you are still active and healthy there are going to be a number of goals that you want to achieve. Becoming an inactive recluse is not going to be one of your personal goals.

You still have to accept the reality of the changes that have occurred in your life. Over the course of time children leave home, friends may relocate to other areas of the country and that wonderful family home may become too challenging to maintain. Even that much-loved home seems to be too big and empty.

You might even have a home that is located some distance away from doctors, stores and shopping malls. You start wondering if you should make that move to a place which has a more convenient location. What you do not want is to lose any of your freedom to live your life on your own terms.

Those home maintenance tasks such as repairing a door, replacing floor tiles or mowing the lawn can be overwhelming to individuals who have reached retirement age. Even the routine cleaning of a large family residence can prove problematic. In many instances there are basement stairs or multiple living levels that add to the challenge of dusting, vacuuming and waxing the floors.

Downsizing can be a solution but then you have to wonder what type of real estate purchase is going to best suit the needs and financial budget of active seniors. The changing lifestyle of older individuals means that they now have to consider their personal needs as being a top priority. Instead of searching for a good school district they have other features that they should place at the top of their list.

With retirement comes time to enjoy a quality life that is centered on your personal hobbies, interests and desires. If you have always wanted to spend time relaxing at the beach then why not search for an adult community that offers homes near an ocean or lake? You can find a number of retirement properties that feature spectacular views and scenic landscapes. Some also include additional features such as golf courses, tennis courts and walking trails.

The major difference is that these homes and apartments are designed to accommodate couples instead of families. The living space has been scaled back so comfort and convenience are highlighted. Residents can spend their time indulging in sports and other community activities instead of worrying about home maintenance or yard-work.

You will not have to give up your independence when you choose to live in a community that embraces every aspect of active adult living. The only things you will be giving up are the mundane chores and time-consuming work so often associated with traditional home ownership. Why not discover the many benefits that an active senior lifestyle has to offer by visiting an upscale retirement property today?