Friday, March 10, 2017

Fully Loaded Chicken and Potato Bake - SSS March

Loving potatoes, bacon and cheese but wanting something a little different I thought I'd give this a go. I saw a video on FB but changed it up a little bit, of course, you know I had to. 😊
You could use leftover chicken or omit the chicken and use this as a side dish. My son loved it as did I and honestly ate some warmed over the next morning.

Fully Loaded Chicken and Potato Bake
2 boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
2 lbs red potatoes, diced and parboiled
1 lb bacon, cooked and chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup ranch dressing
2 TBSP hot sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp white ground pepper
1 tsp chili powder
Mix all the ingredients except for the cheese, pour into a 13 x 9 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, remove and top with cheese, return and bake until the cheese is melted.
 Spicy, filling and delicious!

Sara sat at her kitchen table gazing out the window while her boys were playing. Running and shooting each other with their Nerf guns carefree and enjoying the gorgeous Spring day. Her thoughts went back to the day she met their father.
A handsome young soldier, shy and kind of nerdy but mysterious and attractive. She was drawn to him and they became fast friends. Oddly enough she was dating someone at the time but it wasn't  serious.
The more time they spent together the more she realized she was falling in love. Dang, this was the last thing she wanted. She had just come out of a divorce and really wanted to be her "own" person.
They began to date, get engaged and married. There were never any signs of infidelity. They were happy. 
Life went on, they had two boys, the happy go lucky little guys outside the window.
Everyone said it was too soon, she had only been divorced for 4 months when they began dating. They met 2 months before that. No it was too soon. When they married just 9 months into dating her friends cautioned her but strong headed she moved forward in the relationship.
Now sitting here just 8 years later she questioned her choices. Was it really love? Was he a way out of being single and struggling not just financially but also emotionally? Was he faithful? No, she knew this now. With a flash drive hidden in her desk, there were files on it of the conversations between him and her best friend. Did he know? No, not yet.
If she had it to do all over again would she listen to her friends? Yes. Then on second thought, no. Without this deteriorating relationship that will obviously end in her being alone again if she chose to change her past, she would miss her present. Yes, presents. Her boys.
Life can be tricky, our decisions, good and bad, shape our futures. If we could know what the future holds I'm sure we would each change some of our choices. Sara thought about her life. Yes, there were many decisions she regretted. Her first marriage, her second marriage, trusting her neighbor to be her best friend, quitting her job, dropping out of college, not trusting her own instincts...yes there are lots of decisions she should have done differently.
She took a deep breath, looked out the window at her boys again and sat up straight. 
Yes, today she had to make another decision, she hoped it was the right one. She stood and walked into their room and to the closet. She began to pull out his things and pile them on the bed.
It was time to be her own person. Decision made.

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado                                       
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy   
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver 
The Lieber Family Blog           
The Bergham Chronicles          
Never Ever Give Up Hope        
Simply Shannon                      
Confessions of a part time working mom      
Southern Belle Charm               
The Angrivated Mom                          
Your “Secret Subject” is:
You get ONE do over on a decision that impacts your life forever.  Do you make the same decision?  Why?
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  1. Been there done that! I left my first husband because he was a cheater among other things. Luckily, I met my husband of years a short three months later and we moved in with each other the next day! It's not worth living in a miserable relationship. I'm sending this recipe to my daughter she is going to LOVE it!

  2. Regret is ok as long as we move forward. Happiness matters more than almost anything, we don't function well when we aren't happy.
    I absolutely love the ease of this recipe.

  3. It's so hard to dissolve a relationship sometimes. Even when you know it's a bad one.

  4. Do I only get one do over? Good post for some thought. I love your recipe and will definitely try it when I am home the end of the month. Thank you