Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas

Here is the recipe that I was raving about yesterday. I found it on Pinterest. The website the recipe is on is called

The recipe calls for four skinless,boneless chicken thighs. I used boneless and skinless breasts instead. I also left out the Jalapeno pepper. I used a whole bag of mozzarella cheese to make it more cheesier.I also used the chicken broth instead of the beer.

These flautas freeze very well and can be reheated in the microwave for 2 minutes on high.

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs (about 4)
  • 16 ounces Beer (or chicken broth)
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Jalapeno Pepper, minced
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach, chopped
  • 5 burrito-size Flour Tortillas (9 inches)
  • 6 ounces Queso Quesadilla or other melting cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil, or cooking spray
  • Salsa, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 450*F.
  2. Put the chicken thighs in a deep sided saute pan and cover with the beer and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the chicken from the liquid and shred it. Mix together the chicken and seasonings.
  3. Pour out all but ¼ cup of the cooking liquid. Add the jalapeno and spinach and cook over low heat until for 2-3 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted.
  4. Cut the tortillas in half. Spoon 1/10th of the chicken (about 1 tablespoon) along the long edge of a tortilla. Repeat with the spinach and cheese. Roll the tortilla up, starting with the straight edge. Place seam-side down on an oiled baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  5. Brush the flautas with olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn them over and bake for until 10 minutes, or until crispy. Serve with salsa.
I hope you will try these and let me know what you think.
Until later,

My week so far

I hope that your Memorial Day went well. Mine was quiet but restful. For once, I didn’t make too much I usually make way too much then have trouble eating all the leftovers.

The garden is going very well. I have harvested two batches of spinach, twenty strawberries, and my first romaine lettuce. Camden will be arriving tomorrow night to stay for his two weeks so I am looking forward to that. The tomatoes are blooming heavily and I do have some small marble size tomatoes on the vine. I can’t wait until they are big enough to eat.There is nothing like a homegrown tomato right off the vine.

I have been decluttering here a little at a time so that next wednesday, we can have a garage sale. I am hoping to make enough from that to get a umbrella for the deck. There are no trees nearby so an umbrella would be great to have have to extend the time relaxing on the deck. So keep your fingers crossed for me.

Tomorrow I am going to put up a recipe for chicken and spinach wraps. I made these once last week and fell in love with them. Also they freeze well for a quick lunch.

Until tomorrow.


Happy Memorial Day Weekend

For most of us, it will be a long three day weekend. A weekend to spend grilling goodies on the grill, spending time with family and friends. It is also a time to spend remembering the ones who are no longer with us physically but always in our hearts. I have memories from the time I was a small child, of spending at least part of the holiday weekend, putting flowers on graves and listening to stories about the ones already departed. Does this still happen? We still do this in our family. Let me know if you have a story to share or comment. I would love to hear it.

As far as what will be on my grill on Monday, this is the plan so far. Pork steaks, hot dogs, brats, corn on the cob. My tummy is making noises just thinking about it. Add a salad with lettuce and spinach from the garden and a meal is to be had. What is going to be on your grill?

I had planned to be back sooner than this morning but the best laid plans can go awry. I am battling a sinus infection and have had another stroke. The stroke this time has messed with my being able to walk as well as I would like. But it left my arms alone so I can still type. I am still in the weepy stage and a bit foggy in thinking at times. Thank goodness for the draft feature here so I can check myself. Please bear with me.

Thank you for the likes, Tilly. And to my new readers, I say, welcome.

Until later,


Garden 2014

After spending a delightful weekend with my kids and grandkids, I am trying to get use to the house being quiet again. It was wonderful having them here.

So now on to garden 2014.

After such a strange spring, the garden has come into its own. Blossoms on many of the plants promises an interesting harvest time. I picked spinach this morning for the first time.

This year, I have put in a couple of different types of tomato plants and green pepper plants,corn, green beans, peas, and spinach. I don’t have a large area in which to garden but I try to make what space I do have work hard for me.

With rising prices on everything from groceries to electric, growing your own food can make a real difference to your budget as well as the quality of food you eat.

Here are a few pictures of my garden this year.


I also am raising strawberries, blackberries and one watermelon plant. If all goes well, I may have to set up a booth at the street to sell some vegetables.

Two weeks from now, after my oldest grandson is out of school, he will be here to keep me company and help out with the garden space. He really has gotten bitten by the gardening bug. He checks the garden every morning to see what is ready to be picked and helps to keep the weeds down.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and the post.

See you tomorrow.

Family Weekend

I opened my front door thursday night to find my kids on the other side for a long weekend visit. So at the moment, I have a full house. It is a wonderful surprise. The house will be too quiet when they leave again.

I thought I would pop in here for a minute and let you know about my surprise. I will be back here tomorrow afternoon with the garden pictures and a longer post.

Sleep tight, everyone.

Starting over

AS some of you know, this past year has had its ups and downs healthwise. I am happy to report that things are on the upswing so I will be here posting away. I will be putting up pictures of the garden outside tomorrow.

Update on new grandson. He is seven months old and 22 lbs. A real cutie. lol 

Until tomorrow,




Just wanted to let you know why there have not been any posts for such a long time. I have had sixteen strokes since June. I am on the road to recovering my strength and thinking processes. I have missed being here and sharing with you. 

The grandbaby boy did arrive October 2. His name is Landon and such a cutie he is. I will post a picture when I am able to.

I am looking forward to getting back on track and being here more often. Thank you to a friend that helped me get my post online.


Grandma in the country. (Mary)


Happy Friday

We have had a very busy week here in the country. Harvested the romaine lettuce, still have some strawberries on the vine with blackberries soon to follow.

There are 13 tomatoes, three zuchinni, and one cucumber on the way.

Our glow in the dark rocks turned out very well. We are working on the flower pot now. That should look pretty at night as it glows.

My grandson and I made two kinds of ice cream this week, vanilla and strawberry, without an ice cream maker. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I had found the recipes on pinterest .

He and I also made a hot fudge pudding cake. yummy!!

I have my grandson a couple more extra days. I always look forward to that.

Well, that is all I have for the moment. I will be back as soon as I can.

Have a great weekend.


The Garden




This is the progress I had so far until the middle of last week. Then everything started blooming.

There are three cherry tomatoes , romaine lettuce ready for harvest.

My grandson, who is almost nine, is here for the summer. The first place he goes of a morning is outside to check to see what has changed with the garden during the night.  He loves to water at night.

In one of the pictures, you can see one of our other projects, glow in the dark rocks. Just remember to watch which way the nozzle on the spray can is pointing. lol  I had to stop my grandson before he got a face full of paint.  Our other glow in the dark projects will be a large flower pot and the bird bath. What a sight that will be.

We have been baking and cooking every day.  I find that the things he cooks, it is easier for him to try new foods. I bought him a small cookbook and he picks recipes to try several times a week. I will try to snap a picture or two of his favorites.

I will be back tomorrow with the latest saga from grandma in the country.