Happy Sunday, everyone! I just love this time of year for reading and relaxing…it is truly a time for comfy shoes, chicken chili and good books!
I purchased these comfy shoe-slippers at Rockport on sale in the fall and I have loved them…they are so warm and I can walk the dog or to the mailbox comfortably in them.
Also, if you love someone who tends to have cold feet, these comfy shoes would be a great gift.
They are still on sale! Just check out: Women’s TruTech Veda Moc Slipper at Rockport…one of my favorite shoe brands!
FROM COMFY SHOES TO CHICKEN CHILI
Leigh Ann makes this delicious, easy-peasy White Bean Chicken Chili. It is a perfect cozy time of year for it.
Here is what you need to know:
Leigh Ann’s Easy White Bean Chicken Chili
2 lbs. Chicken Breasts
2 14 oz cans of chicken broth
2 8 oz. jars of Joe T Garcia salsa picante (or your favorite one)
2 pkgs (2 cup size) shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
2 Cans (15 oz) Great Northern Beans
2 cups frozen corn (she likes Baby Shoepeg gold & white)
Cut the chicken into bite sizes and cook in olive oil or bacon drippings.
(she also recommends our local grocer, HEB’s marinated fajita chicken cooked slowly for two hours at 275 degrees and then shredded for the chili…also use these juices as the broth)
In a soup pot, combine cooked chicken with broth, salsa, and corn and simmer for minutes.
Next add the cheese and stir well until melted. Next add the beans and simmer for 15 minutes.
Serve with a favorite garnish such as the tri-colored tortilla strips, diced avocado, lime wedges, chopped cilantro, sour cream or more cheese.
FROM COMFY SHOES TO CHICKEN CHILI TO GOOD BOOKS
To me there is no better way to relax in the winter than with comfy warm shoes…a fire in the fireplace and a good book.
Recently, one of the readers asked what I am reading?
I love reading all types of books, but particularly auto-biographies.
Hayley Mills has almost been like a sister. I feel as though we have grown up together in many ways.
Some memories from childhood are so clear and this is one of them. A dark theater with a huge screen (to me) and the overwhelming feeling in side my chest when the movie began.
Pollyanna was the first movie in a theater I remember going to see…in fact between family and friends, I know I saw it 11 times in theater.
As a child, I would act out the scenes with neighborhood girlfriends under a big weeping willow…such fun memories. We even had a dress similar to the one she wore to the fair.
The tree behind the book in this picture is my own Pollyanna-tree…to me it looks just like the one in the movie and has grown up to the top of our two-story house.
I have always thought about the movie when I walk on to this balcony and I am so thankful that none of my children attempted to climb out on to it in order to escape the house.
One of the reasons Hayley wrote the book was to tell her story about Walt Disney. She realized upon visiting in California that no one currently working for Disney actually knew the man.
She adored him as a father-figure… gentle, happy, kind, diligent and driven to succeed.
And she was devastated upon his death in his 60s, much like the devastation expressed this week by the cast of Full House upon an unexpected death of Bob Saget.
Though the book is very honest about the struggles of growing up in entertainment, she also depicts a bit healthier woman (than other child actors) who survived from the protection of Walt and a large family.
Her relationships with her sister, Juliet Mills (Hayley’s precious “Bunch”) and her brother are still strong.
But, she takes the reader on a journey of discovery to find out who she really is. I will not share all the details. I loved it that she also loved The Beatles as much as I did and even went on a date with one. Hmmm, I am tempted to say…read the book. But, I would like to share her final thoughts about Pollyanna, because I believe this is how the movie powerfully impacted me:
“There is no doubt that playing that character at such an early age had a lasting influence on me. It made me aware of the importance of seeing the positive. It’s not always easy. We all face the struggle to know ourselves and to find the courage to truly be ourselves. When you learn who you are, you learn self-respect, and with that comes the potential for real love.” – Hayley Mills, Forever Young
As I promised, Alexander Hamilton is the next good book read. I have started it! So far, Chernow has taken Alexander from birth to his education in New York. It is well written and so far very interesting.
His life was destined for greatness and I never realized how much he had to overcome to get there.
Thank you for asking about what I read…. I love to read. I actually read a little bit of every thing from history to sappy romance novels.
It is so nice to have a slower time during the year. To sit by a fire…read a good book…and ponder the world about us.
I know so many of you are much colder than I, but embrace it as a positive.
You know…play the Glad Game! (Do you know what I am talking about?)
Stay warm and I hopefully will see you tomorrow…..
KEEP SMILING, EVERYONE!!
By Pamela Lutrell
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