Friday, February 12, 2016

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Potato Casserole - UYW

Do you like spicy food? Buffalo sauce? Buffalo chicken or hot wings? I do but can not eat it due to a sensitive system, cry baby tummy or female taste buds. Don't be offended! Guys pride themselves on being able to eat "hot" stuff. I have always wanted to eat it but haven't been able to. I have found, that if I combine the "hot" with ranch dressing, cheese or potatoes I am able to tolerate hotter/spicier food. Which is great because my guys love hot food and W really really enjoys it when I eat it with him. This is one of the reason I did this casserole. It was delicious and not overwhelmingly hot either. Yum

I was at the store looking for some buffalo sauce and saw that Sweet Baby Ray's had their version. Hoover the teenage vacuum loves SBR bbq sauce so I thought I'd give this sauce a whirl. I am so glad I did. Great flavor with just enough kick to satisfy the guys and keep me from going to the ER. Here is what I did:

1 lb boneless skinless chicken, diced
5-6 medium potatoes, peeled, diced and parboiled
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded double cheddar cheese
1/3 cup Sweet Baby Ray's buffalo wing sauce & marinade
I parboiled the potatoes and sauteed the chicken in a pan with 1 TBSP of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drain the potatoes and mix in a bowl with the chicken and sauce. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 casserole dish and cover with the cheese. Bake until bubbly at 350 degrees. About 20 minutes. I served mine with a salad.
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Your words are:
hearts ~ squeezable ~ ketchup ~ mardi gras ~ surprise

For 2 years I have been writing "Pearl and William" then I added "Cindy and Dillion". I hope you enjoy these chapters of the ongoing saga as much as I do.Thank you for stopping by and if you need to catch up, the links are under this installment.

Cindy's ex-husband had never taken her anywhere. She was so exciting to be going to Louisiana AND Mardi Gras! What a surprise when Dillion had told her about this trip. He was so sweet, so perfect for her. Her hearts desire and the cute squeezable bear lay on her bed as a reminder of their one year anniversary...well of dating. Where had the time gone? One year? WOW...glancing around the room to see if she had packed everything she saw her shirt on the sink in the bathroom. Shoot! She had forgotten to pre-soak that. She walked in the bathroom and grabbed it. She smiled at the ketchup stain. They were sharing a hot dog like kids the night before when a blob of ketchup fell on her shirt. They both laughed uncontrollably and passerby's just stared at them. This made them laugh even harder.
Laugh...she shook her head. Laughing among other things was something new with this relationship. She laughed so much she was starting to get wrinkles! But she did not mind. She would take all the wrinkles in the world to be with this man. He made her heart sing. Made her laugh. Made her feel secure, loved and important. Yes life was certainly different and she was enjoying every minute of it.

Previous chapters to this story:

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Groundhogs Need Love Too!

How about some more poetry? Or another attempt? Okay okay, I'm not proficient with the "poetry" but if it's free form I can hang. At the end of the post you'll find links to the others. There are just a few of us brave sure to visit.
The theme for this month is "LOVE" but I wanted it to be "Ground-Hog Day" just because I like to be different. Karen told me that if I could incorporate both, go for it. It was a joke, she really is very tolerant and allows us to do whatever in most cases. So I took her joke as a challenge, because I wanted to, and thought I'd come up with a poem about both. HA! Easier said than done. I am no poet but I am a great story teller. Most people either love my stories or complain because I can't get to the point, I have to tell it as a story or too many details. Sorry, it is just who I am and how I function. So I'm sweeping my kitchen and thinking, I do my best thinking while cleaning. If I deep clean I'm mad but when I just sweep the same spot over and over I'm thinking. Hey, at least my floors are clean.
Hogs...Love...Ground-hogs and love what a combination... wait, wait, I smell smoke...
Ground-Hogs Need Love Too! That was my brain storm. Now what? Time to research Ground Hogs...Did you know
The groundhog (Marmota monax)is also known as a woodchuck,land beaver or whistlepig, and is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, which belongs to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. There are other marmots, such as the yellow-bellied and hoary marmots who live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the groundhog is a lowland creature
20-30 inches long including the tail and anywhere from 6-12 lbs. For some reason I was thinking they were bigger. When I lived in the mountains of NC, I would see groundhogs on occasion. It always thrilled me. I love nature, especially wildlife in the raw, not in cages or in magazines.
Their life span is only 3-6 years. So I guess if they want love it better be quick. LOL, sorry.
Ground-hogs are mostly solitary animals, only seeking out other groundhogs to mate. So hermits! Cavemen so to speak, since they live in underground holes/caves. However as a species, they work to protect each other. They use a high-pitched shrills to warn each other of approaching threats.
Ground-hogs are skilled climbers and swimmers, which helps them to escape predators.
Ground-hog burrows are so complex that each has its own "bathroom" chamber. I guess they can get lost and wander around in there for days so they need a loo. Of course I'm being silly but think about it.
Ground-hog burrows are known to have been responsible for uncovering a historic village in central Ohio - now a famous archaeological site.
To read more about groundhogs go to:

Through all my searching I found these ADORABLE cookies! Not mine! So you'll have to visit her site for the recipe but I wanted to share them with you!

Groundhogs Need Love Too!
Groundhogs get a bad rap
when all they do is dig in the ground.
They want to be left alone
except once a year when they need a bone!
Squirrels are cute
and people love to feed them.
Beavers tear down trees
and people wear them (hats ya know)
A fox is a fox
and quick, sly and pretty.
A rabbit is soft, fluffy
and makes a great stew.
But a poor groundhog
gets no respect.
He lives in the ground
where it's cold and wet.
We hold him up high 
into the sunlight.
Then blame him for the cold
which is six more weeks long.
I say it's time we give the devil his due.
Groundhogs Need Love Too!

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Blogger and Blog: Karen of Baking In A Tornado
Name of Poem: Do Not Retreat

Blogger and Blog: Steena of The Angrivated Mom
Name of Poem: A Lovers Valentine

Blogger and Blog: Robin of Someone Else's Genius
Name of Poem: Deepest Desires

Blogger and Blog: Candice of Measurements of Merriment
Name of Poem: Love Poems

Blogger and Blog: Dawn of Spatulas On Parade
Name of Poem: Groundhogs Need Love Too!

Blogger and Blog: Jules of The Bergham Chronicles
Name of Poem: Love Lovely Love

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday 162

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