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Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday's Fractured Features...

Today's Feature is another recipe to go along with the refreshing drink.  :O)
Chicken Tortilla Soup
(This makes enough for a big family or a nice luncheon)
1/3 C. Butter
1/4 C. Flour (More for thick & creamy or less for soupy)
1/2 Small Onion (More or less according to taste)
2 Cans (14oz) of Chicken broth (I use 1 can for thick & less soupy)
Melt the butter in a large sauce pan, add the onion until tender. Add flour to make a roux, then slowly  add cans of Chicken broth. Mix until creamy with no lumps. Add:
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder (or a fresh clove of garlic)
1-2 TBSP Chili Powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
Boil for a few minutes then add to crock pot of bean mixture:
Pace Picante Sauce to taste
2 Cans Great Northern White Beans
2 Cans Black Beans
2 Cans Kidney or Pinto Beans  (I use Kidney)
2 Cans of Whole Kernel Corn
2 Cans of Green Chilies
2 Cans of Chicken or (I use 2-4 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts) Shredded

  (I put the Chicken in the crock and cook for several hours until done, then shred it and add back to the Crock Pot.

 *Drain all cans BEFORE adding to Crock Pot of Chicken.

 ; then add the roux sauce to Chicken mix.


 Cook until heated through;

  serve with Tortilla Chips, Cheese, Sour Cream, etc.
Ladle into big bowls & go ahead and eat it with a fork!
Serve it with a refreshing drink such as the one posted here this week.  :O)
~ Enjoy ~

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wacky Wednesday...

Well, Wacky Wednesday is here
Gonna go for another year!
Now wackiness does abound
Over the town and all around.

Now I'm gonna share with you
Something so extremely good too
So you wanna quench your thirst?
This recipe is easy and versed.  :O)

Refreshing Water:

1 sprig of mint
1/2 slice of Orange
Ice Cubes




Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday's Musings- Big In Japan a Book Review...

The past couple of weeks, I spent some of my time reading. One novel I read was: Big in Japan by Jennifer Griffith.
This is Jennifer’s forth novel. Jennifer is another of those novelists that can grab your attention at the beginning of the book and keep you spellbound to the last surprising chapter and page. Jennifer has a knack of transporting the reader into the story where they experience the action, loves, and heartaches of the lively characters within.
This fictional account is a story set in Texas and Japan. Big in Japan is about Buck Cooper and his struggles as an obese man who seems to be invisible to his colleagues and the girl he has a ‘big-as-him’ crush on and those he comes into contact with. His life is changed drastically when he goes to Japan with his mother & father to help promote a product his father has invented.
Buck is faced with decisions that will take him from the life he has known, (which not only he’s good at but that he thinks he loves), to the love of another kind. Buck finds that a bigness that has caused him ridicule and grief his whole life is the very thing that brings him fame in Japan. I found myself frustrated with Buck at times and excited and happy for him as well. You will cheer for him and fear for him as he climbs a foreign ladder into the world of sumo wrestling, where foreigners are not so happily welcomed. Having grown up on what I lovingly call “a poor dirt farm” in Arizona, I could relate somewhat to Buck – the guy who never got the girl and with some of the crude ways he was forced to live (and this is stretching the imagination).
Life for Buck in Texas has been one of a total contrast from the life Chocho’s had to live being the “princess” daughter of the sumo world’s kingpin leader in Japan. She is impressed and inspired by Buck. It seems all of Japan is taken with his winning smile and ability to captivate those around him. But Chocho knows nothing can come of their friendship for it would be a forbidden love. Her father would never stand for a blonde, blue-eyed son-in-law; he would see his daughter sold to the highest sumo wrestler first… to him that would be an honorable match, love or no.
Buck finds life in the sumo world to be one of great challenge. The decisions Buck eventually makes seem to have little regard for the cost to himself and even to his beloved father’s successful venture in Japan. I found that I admired his tenacity and persistence in being able and willing to do some of the things required of him, and his stick-to-it-ivenesss (I know that’s not a word but regardless, it seems to fit).
In the end, does Buck go back to his accounting life in Texas? Does he finally win the girl at the office that has snubbed him before? Or does he climb to the top of the sumo wrestling world and the cash money that could save his family’s threatened farm? Does he stay in Japan, a country he’s learned to love and win the forbidden love and a true friend? Those are questions you may ask and certainly find out if you read this book.
Jennifer Griffith paints a picture of human struggles in epic proportions. Trials of integrity, loyalty, forgiveness and the courage to face the decisions we make are all an intrinsic part of this story, where Jennifer takes us into the characters hearts and the life of a sumo wrestler that will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you turning page after page. If you’re interested in a good book to read, I highly recommend Big in Japan by Jennifer Griffith. I would give this book five stars!  ~Joyce