Froggie’s White Chicken Chili

From the Lilypad

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, frozen*
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans white beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannelini beans, drained
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans white corn, drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 (4-ounce) cans chopped green chilies
  • 1 8 oz green salsa verde or frozen green chili equivalent (Hatch’s is my favorite, medium warmth. But you can choose according to your heat preference)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, finely chopped, optional
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place frozen chicken breast on greased cookie sheet and then use spray oil on top…

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Flooding in Tillamook

Well, that didn’t take long. Before I bought the home I made sure the flood certificate was adequate (home is 16.8 ft above the river and no history of flooding in the home).

Or was it?

My land between the home and river turned into…………the river.

And after.

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Let’s not do this again, shall we? These photos taken from my front porch. And the water came up to the foundation of the home.

The Gypsy Frog

I sold my home in Hesperus and bought a fifth wheel. It is now my world when I’m out and about. And I like it.

My favorite features:

-it’s 13 ft high. Spacious. And with 5 slide-outs the interior has ample room.

-It has a fireplace that is fueled by either electric or gas. And a massive big screen TVs that lifts being the fireplace and can be lowered when not in use.

-There are two recliners with heat/massage and two couches that foldout into queen beds. This allows for six sleepers.

– central vac.

-I had two solar panels and two lithium batteries installed for alternate , earth friendly power. My ecological footprint is very small.

-two vanities and a full shower in the bathroom. The biggest I’ve ever seen in an RV. It also has washer/dryer hookups.

-there’s a walk in pantry in the kitchen! And an island with a full sink. But I really love the pantry as I can keep my critical appliances like coffee maker and blender tucked away. And tons of food storage area. The refrigerator and microwave are full sized.

It feels like a home. I sit in front of the base fire every morning and drink my coffee and listen to classical music on the Bluetooth interior/exterior stereo.

What a life!

I have decided to take it on the road for the summer so am dusting off the blog. I intend on taking a whole bunch of pictures. 😁

Indianola Indian summer

First I started near Indianola last summer and then moved to Mountain Shadows RV park for the winter.

Mountain shadows RV park, Draper, Utah

https://www.rvusa.com/rv-guide/2020-keystone-alpine-fifth-wheel-floorplan-3710kp-tr42279

Music and Nature

I have created a music video that pairs my photos with some of my current favorite piano music.  I have been playing classical piano since age 6.

Music:

  • John Field – Nocturne No. 5 in B flat major
  • (Smetana) Song / Chanson Op.2 No.2. This song is the second of six movements/sections from Album Leaves op.2 by Bedřich Smetana

I am addicted to the Smetana piece.

The photos are from various places I’ve lived/visited over the past few years:  Washington state, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

I hope you enjoy.  I will be doing another one shortly.

 

 

 

The Colorado Lilypad!

It’s been a while since I have posted.  I’ve been busy.

First the home.  It’s a place of peace and warmth.  Thus far I have filled it with all the things I love: my music, my art, and warm natural woods and sounds.

As I type this I’m watching two yellow-tailed hawks circle outside my window.  Thus far I’ve seen cougar tracks, dozens of deer, a whole flock of turkey, rabbits, foxes, and a bazillion birds who have taken up residence because I feed them.  There is no sound here but the chirping sounds of birds and the wind in the trees.

I am going to be doing all sorts of land and garden improvements to the home.   I am turning the pond into a Monet pond, I’m doing a large labyrinth in the front yard, there will be a salsa garden this year, and I’m turning the backyard into a rock garden. I will be sharing with you as I do these.  I take any and all suggestions for ways to do things better so I hope you will follow me and chime in with your expertise as you see fit!

I have fallen into Heaven.

Please take a moment to add me to your Instagram friend list! @Froggey007

Cairns
The Center of the labyrinth.

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View from the front East side. I’m standing near the massive ponderosa.

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View from the loft lobby

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This may be my favorite room. This sunroom is south facing and faces the pond

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Greenhouse filled tothe brim with plants for the salsa garden

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Basement bedroom

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Dream Catcher dead center in the middle of the home.

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Sunset meditations

 

 

 

 

 

A Wintry Day

A winter’s day
In a deep and dark
December
I am alone
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow
I am a rock
I am an island
I’ve built walls
A fortress deep and mighty
That none may penetrate
I have no need of friendship, friendship causes pain
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain
I am a rock
I am an island
Don’t talk of love
But I’ve heard the words before
It’s sleeping in my memory
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died
If I never loved I never would have cried
I am a rock
I am an island
I have my books
And my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armor
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb
I touch no one and no one touches me
I am a rock
I am an island
And a rock feels no pain
And an island never cries.
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