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How Michele Makes Nacho’s

It was difficult transitioning from cooking for 2 to cooking for 1 after Joe passed. One of the easy dishes I discovered was Nacho’s.

In order to make cheese nacho’s put some tortilla chips on a plate, top with as much Mexican cheese as you like and then nuke until the cheese melts. Voila – Cheese Nachos!

You can then top with salsa and/or sour cream.


Then one day after cooking chicken in my crock-pot, it dawned on me all I had to do was put shredded chicken on the chips, top with cheese and nuke until the cheese melted and Voila – Chicken Nacho’s!

Yes, these are not the fancy nacho’s you find a restaurants but they are easy and quick – except for the crock-pot part.


Check back between 7-8 p.m. Eastern and I will show you today’s version of chicken nacho’s. The chicken is cooking in crock-pot.

Chicken Nacho's B.C. (Before Cheese)

Chicken Nacho’s B.C. (Before Cheese)

Chicken Nacho's after cheese, taco sauce and sour cream

Chicken Nacho’s after cheese, taco sauce and sour cream

5 napkins later - All Gone!

5 napkins later – All Gone!

Rommie got chicken nacho’s too.  I dropped a couple chips on the floor and then put some chicken in her food dish.  Needless to say she scarfed the chips and chicken down and is now one happy dog.

Night Of Song

Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl.  But it warmed more than your body.  It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with melody that would last forever. 

Bess Streeter Aldrich

May you feel that shawl around you and may it warm your heart today and always.

Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon virgin , mother and child
Holy infant so, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glory streams from heaven afar
Heavenly, hosts sings Hallelujah.
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

tall candle in glass with Jesus on the front.

Message In A Grocery Cart

Yesterday I was at the grocery store getting the ingredients for the cherry cheesecake tarts and the pumpkin chiffon pie.

As I put the groceries in my car, I noticed a 4 x 6 index card in the bottom of the shopping cart.  This was the message:

“Merry Christmas! May love, peace and abundance be yours this Christmas and in the New Year.”

What a lovely way to be like Ralph Waldo Emerson and “Scatter Joy” through out the holiday season. Most people would assume it was a grocery list left by the previous shopper. When they pick up the card to throw it away, they find the message.

The cards could be tied to balloons, left on windshields, or left behind on a table in the mall’s food court. There are so many ways this message could be scattered around town.  One never knows the impact a little gesture could have on a person.

Who knows how many people saw that card yesterday.  Hopefully it brought some comfort and joy to them. I know other people saw the card, because I left it in the grocery cart.

I was not about to hog that message all for myself.


It’s Friday which means another video.

May this video from Steven Curtis Chapman speak to you as it did me.  Thank you to Sarah blogger at “The Noontimes | Faith Reflections” for sharing this video on December 5th.

May you realize how much God loves you, and may you be so overwhelmed by it that you are speechless. You can find the lyrics below the video.

Words fall like drops of rain
My lips are like clouds
I say so many things
Trying to figure you out
But as mercy opens my eyes
My words are stolen away
With this breathtaking view of your graceAnd I am speechless I’m astonished and amazed
I am silenced by your wondrous grace
You have saved me
You have raised me from the grave
And I am speechless in your presence now
I’m astounded as I consider how
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechlessSo what kind of love could this be
That would trade heaven’s throne for a cross
And to think you still celebrate
Over finding just one who was lost
And to know you rejoice over us
The God of this whole universe
It’s a story that’s too great for words

Oh how great is the love
The father has lavished upon us
That we should be called
The sons and the daughters of god

We are speechless so amazed
We stand in awe of your grace
We stand in awe of your mercy
You have saved us
We stand in awe of your love
From the grave
We are speechless

We are speechless in your presence now
We stand in awe of your cross
We’re astounded as we consider how
We stand in awe of your power
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechless
We are speechless

I am speechless

“Christmas Is A Necessity”

Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.  

Eric Sevareid

Yes, what joy it is to be here to help other people.

Whether it is sharing an excerpt from my friend Gabriana’s book, or helping at church by setting up cookies, donuts and hot chocolate for the people who went out caroling.  It is a pleasure to make an impact, even in a small way, in other people’s lives.

So go help someone this Christmas.  It is a great way to help heal from grief or the season’s chaos.

Christmas Chant

I did a lot of thinking today and really do not have much to say.  I did find this quote that I wanted to share with you.

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! 

Hamilton Wright Mabie

Stop and share love this holiday season, even in the midst of your grief. Whether you express it to family, friends, animals or even just sit and meditate about God’s love for you.  A love so strong, deep and powerful that He gave you His only son.

However if you are not feeling love, why not try chanting this over and over until you believe it. Write it down in your gratitude journal today.  

Besides giving love this holiday season, may you also be blessed with people showering you with love.

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