Esther 4:14b

"...and who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this."

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My Awesome Craigs List Find

I was browsing Craig's List over the weekend to see what people were giving away for free and came across some dressers. Hubby and I went to pick them up on Saturday morning and yesterday I got to work on refinishing the first one.

I forgot to take a picture before I started, but here is a photo after I sanded the drawers and top. I have to finish sanding the drawers in a few spots by hand and the main part of the dresser, but hopefully it will be finished by mid June. I'd say sooner, but hey, I leave on Friday for a week and a half so mid-June would be awesome.

Do you do Craig's List? If so, what treasures have you found? Hubby was very excited that I am enjoying this project so much and he already has pointed out an old sofa he wants me to learn how to recover. Hopefully I can find many more Craig's List deals to furnish the house!

The best "Before" photo I got. The top was nasty, but sanded out really nicely.

The drawers all sanded for the most part.
My new best friend. This hand sander made the job go so fast and much more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be. You can also see evidence of some of the spray painting I did earlier in the day.

The dresser partially sanded. It's going to look awesome once it's distressed white with new hardware. Can't complain about FREE! I love the curve in the front.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Great Memorial Day Weekend

Whew! It was a busy and wonderful weekend here. To kick start it all, I played domestic diva on Friday and scored some great deals at the grocery store and made a delicious meal that will definitely be a summer repeat.

I've been trying to spend around $200 a month on groceries, or about $50 a week. This covers the 2-3 meals I cook a week for hubby, me, the in-laws and a friend who works with us for one of our companies and lunches for me at work and breakfasts. This week was the biggest bill of them all, but I was pretty excited to score everything below for less than $50 (I forgot to include the shredded cheese and bean sprouts in the picture). The big ticket items were spare ribs, bacon and chicken. They took up a little over $25 themselves. I also bought some lighter fluid which took up another $5. I got the eggs and all the fruit and veggies (except the corn) for about $7! I love the farmers market (an actual year-round indoor store) where I score all my produce and I'm really going to miss it whenever we move away.

Here are the meals I'm planning on getting out of the above groceries: chips and guacamole (mother-in-law had avocados already), 2 pizzas for Sunday pizza night (already had some things for toppings), BBQ for Memorial Day (see recipes below), apple cake for someone at work, BLT (have lettuce and tomato in garden), roasted potatoes to accompany meal m.i.l makes, and chicken fajitas (already had tortillas).

Friday I was in the mood for a BBQ so I decided to make spinach salad (recipe courtesy of my dear friend Katie's mom), honey garlic pork spareribs, sweet corn on the cob, baked beans and rhubarb cobbler (to use up some fresh rhubarb someone gave us). It was delicious!

Saturday and Sunday I worked on things for my shop (which is opening in a few days!!!) and had dinner out at On the Border with hubby before church Saturday night. We also rented two movies which the four of us really liked: Valkyrie and Mall Cop.

Monday brought glorious weather and hubby and m.i.l worked on fixing a fence to keep the cows in a certain pasture while d.i.l worked on fixing his John Deere so we can hay the fields. I kept myself busy working on projects for my shop and starting to refinish a dresser I scored for free on Craigs List (pictures to follow in another post). A great day ended with a delicious hamburger cookout.

Here are the three recipes from the BBQ I did on Friday:

HONEY GARLIC PORK RIBS (modified recipe from Taste of Home for grill)

3.5 - 4 lbs. pork spareribs, thin skin removed off bone side, extra fat trimmed
1 cup honey
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground mustard

1. Tenderize ribs by placing serving size portions on a rack (bone side down) in a shallow baking pan. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour; drain.
2. Meanwhile combine the remaining ingredients in a large resealable plastic bag. Place cooled ribs in bag and marinate in fridge for several hours, turning bag occasionally.
3. Cook ribs on grill for about 30-35 minutes to reheat, occasionally brushing with marinade from bag until they get a nice sticky coating.
NOTE: Ribs can also be made in 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes, or until meat is tender, brushing occasionally with pan juices.


1 lg bag spinach
1 cup bean sprouts
2 hard boiled eggs diced
3 slices bacon, crumbled

3/4 cup veg oil
3 Tbl vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup sugar
3-5 green onions chopped

Mix dressing and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Pour over salad before serving.

RHUBARB COBBLER (modified a recipe of Emeril Lagasse)

2 lbs. diced fresh rhubarb (I'm sure you could also use frozen)
1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1 pint raspberries
2-1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons + 4 teaspoons butter (plus extra to grease dish)
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon (yes, TABLEspoon) baking powder
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon (yes, TABLEspoon) vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk (or just add a little vinegar to your regular milk to sour it)

Preheat oven to 375. Grease 9x9 or 9x13 pan with 2 teaspoons butter. In saucepan, combine rhubarb, berries, 2 cups sugar, butter, and lemon juice. Stir and cook over high heat about 6-7 minutes. Remove from heat. Cream together 2 teaspoons butter and 1/4 cup sugar. Add egg. Slowly add remaining ingredients. Mil until resembles cake batter. Pour rhubarb mix into greased dish. Pour batter on top. Bake 30-35 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on top.

Friday, May 22, 2009

One Week...

until I get to meet my newest nephew! I'm so excited to see these boys (and the rest of my family too)!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Two Standby Recipes

Quick and easy meals are the name of the game at our house lately. With all four of us putting in LONG days, we have little time to make stuff to throw down the gullet eat like civilized people before getting back to work. Two of the standbys are Spinach Fettuccini with Chicken & Tomato Alfredo Sauce and Chicken and Pepper Fajitas.


1 package fresh (or dried) spinach fettuccini noodles (cook in about 3 minutes)
1 jar Classico Roasted Garlic Alfredo (this is by far the best brand)
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced (optional)
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast or 4 chicken tenders (optional)

1. If using chicken, cook in a sauté pan over medium high to high heat with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Only turn chicken once to get a golden crust.

2. Boil noodles according to package directions.

3. Meanwhile, in small saucepan, combine alfredo sauce, shredded chicken, and tomatoes and cook until heated through.

4. Drain noodles and serve with alfredo sauce combo on top.

1. On nights when we're really tired, we forgo the chicken and/or tomatoes.
2. Last night my mother-in-law used asparagus and salami instead of chicken and tomatoes because that's what we had on hand. That was good too.


1 package 8" flour tortillas
3 bell peppers (I use 1 red, 1 orange, 1 green)
1 red onion
1 jalapeno, seeded (optional)
1-1.5 lbs chicken tenders
Miscellaneous: Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil, Cheese, Sour Cream, Salsa

1. Slice peppers and onions. In sauté pan over high heat place a little olive oil. Add sliced vegetables and season with salt, pepper and cumin. Cook about 15 minutes until translucent, stirring occasionally.

2. In another pan over medium high to high heat, place a little olive oil. Season chicken with salt, pepper and cumin. Place seasoned side down in hot pan. Cook without turning for about 5 minutes (until you see white about halfway up the sides of the chicken). Season other side of chicken and then flip chicken over to finish cooking. Cooking this way sears in the flavor and give the chicken a nice "crust". Once chicken finishes cooking, shred into smaller pieces.

3. To serve, place some shredded chicken down the center of each warmed tortilla, top with vegetables and cheese. Garnish with sour cream and/or salsa if desired. Fold up and enjoy. I usually serve this meal with a side of fat-free vegetarian refried beans and salad or Spanish rice.

Do you have any quick and easy, go to meals for hectic nights?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I didn't know we were responsible for your cow eating your plug

Life on a farm is never boring.

Thankfully, it wasn't one of OUR cows who ate a plug. Although the party appears to be officially over now that the cows came home this past Sunday.

Alright. That was bad. But, I had to get it in their somewhere!

On Monday hubby had the pleasure of dealing with a customer of one of the businesses we run. It went something like this:

Customer: "Hi, I'm calling because my cow chewed through the cord and ate the plug to my [heat detection] system. Apparently my pasture wasn't appealing enough to her so she decided to try something with a little more zing to it's flavor. Oh, and silly me, instead of calling you and asking you to send me a new $10 converter plug, I decided to just plug the system directly into the wall and ended up frying the whole thing. I mean it's really not that important to convert the voltage to match the voltage output of the outlet, right? Anywhoodle, I know that this is completely your fault that my cow ate my plug so please send me a brand new system at no cost right away. After all, I can't afford to lose one penny of the $40,000+ I'm going to make when I flush these embryos after using this system."

Alright, so the parts in italics I completely added myself; but, they're a much more lighthearted version of a conversation that went more like this:

Customer: "Hi, I'm calling because my cow chewed through the cord and ate the plug to my [heat detection] system. I tried to fix this problem myself by just plugging the remaining cord directly into the outlet and my system started to smoke and now won't work. I need this system working right away because I'm in the middle of flushing all my embryos and can't afford to lose any of the money I'll make when I do that."

Hubby: "Well sir, I'm sorry that your cow ate the plug, but I wish you had called us over the weekend so we could send you a new plug. By plugging your system directly into the wall without using the converter plug, the board inside your system is now fried and beyond repair."

Customer: "Then send me a new system right away, please. I won't incur any cost, right?"

Hubby: "I'm sorry, sir. I can't do that because our warranty doesn't cover improper usage of the system or a cow eating the plug. I can though offer to sell you a new system at our cost."

Customer: "That's great. How much is that a few hundred dollars?"

Hubby: "Well, if we just needed to send you a new plug, it would have been about $10. But, because the board is fried beyond repair, the cost of that part is $1500."

Customer: "That's crazy! I'm beginning to see what my problem is. My problem was getting involved with your company in the first place!"


Apparently some ranchers do believe we are responsible for their cow eating the plug on their system, and their stupidity of trying to make 110volt AC and 12volt DC compatible without using a plug with a built in converter.

The customer did eventually call back later in the day and my father-in-law answered. The report is there was a remarkable change in attitude on the customer's end, so hopefully something can be worked out.

Life on a's shocking! (Alright...sorry for another bad pun.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

An Object Lesson

Many people don't know that my husband paid a large chunk of his way through college by shearing sheep. From the time he was in early high school up until as recently as this morning, he has been faithfully shearing sheep every spring.

Last night one of his customers needed him to shear their sheep and asked him to bring me along so we could all have dinner together afterwards. While I was waiting in the car for him to finish shearing, I was reminded of the passage found in Isaiah 53:7, "He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth."

The trueness of this verse rings even more true after witnessing my husband shear sheep. They make a lot of noise up until the point when he takes them in his arms, flips them on their back, and starts to shear their wool. Then they are silent. Not a noise is made until they are finished.

I learned some lessons from listening to the sheep.

First, they probably don't want to have their fleeces shorn even though it is in their best interest. They've gotten so used to the thick fluffy coat they wear that they may not even notice how dirty, tangled, and warm it has gotten. Their fleeces could be equated to our sin. How often are we satisfied to carry around the thick, mangy, and hot "fleeces" of sin instead of submitting to the Shearer who can free us of our burden? We like sheep make a lot of noise until we submit ourselves to be shorn.

Second, the sheep must allow themselves to be vulnerable in order to be shorn without harm. They are cradled on their backs between the shearers legs. One kick or move from them can result in a bad injury. They seem to know this because very rarely do they fight while the shearers are turned on. How about us? When the Lord is working on shearing us of our sin, do we submit quietly to what He's doing, or do we kick and scream and make a lot of noise which only causes us more pain in the long run?

Being on a farm and witnessing my husband interact with sheep and cattle and all that is required for caring for them has really brought me to a greater understanding of why the Lord compares us to sheep. Last night was just one more object lesson he shared with me.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Persistent Prayer

WARNING: A very LONG blog post ahead.

Hubby and I were talking a little bit ago after we were praying for direction in regards to how to deal with one of the businesses we own/run. I was disheartened because I was getting the sense that we were speaking the words, but did we really believe that God was going to hear and answer our prayers. I reminded him that all we need is faith as small as a mustard seed and was happy to see the lesson/talk taken to heart. But, I became discouraged again when I began noticing the same thing in the prayers of my in-laws about the same situation. You see, both of us (me & hubby and my in-laws) have practically ALL of our finances tied up in this one company. We've been dealt a lot of hard blows – embezzling employees, frivolous lawsuits from customers that they never should have won and did, employees who let the patent run out so that they could then sell the product under a different name once they were fired and the list could go on and on and on. Through it all, it has been difficult to see what God is trying to show us and difficult to trust that He really does have our best interests at heart.

All this got me thinking about the connection between prayer and faith and the purpose of prayer. First I looked to see what the Bible says about these topics. The first passage that popped into my head was one I shared with my hubby when we first had our talk on the subject. That passage is James 1: 2-8, 12: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does….Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."

This passage led me to reflect on the connection between belief (faith) and prayer. To start, I looked for a definition of faith and found one in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." The rest of Hebrews 11 talks about the great characters of faith that we read about in the Bible and mentions twice that many of these people "did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance" (vs. 13) or "these were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised." (vs. 39) Yet, though they did not receive what they were promised, they remained faithful in their belief because they knew that "God has planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect." (vs. 40)

The next passages that came to mind about faith where those that referenced the mustard seed: Matthew 17:20 and Luke 17: 5-6. These passages tell us "…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." I looked up how small a mustard seed actually is and learned that it is only 2mm yet grows into a tree large enough to shelter birds and with its persistent and powerful growth, it is strong enough to crack cement.

Then I looked into how we are to pray and how frequently. In Romans 12:12 we are commanded to "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says to "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Now I was beginning to see the role that persistence played in prayer.

Luke 18:1-8 is the Parable of the Persistent Widow:

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should ALWAYS pray and not give up. He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!'" And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith [persistent prayers according to one version] on the earth?"

Philip Yancey has written a book titled The Payoff of Persistent Prayer. I want to read this book, but found a few excerpts online that were good. He uses the parable found in Luke 11 of the man who asked his neighbor to share some food with him for an unexpected guest, but the neighbor told him to go away because he was already tucked in for the night. The man was persistent and according to Jesus, "I tell you, though he [the neighbor] will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness [his persistence, his shamelessness] he will get up and give him as much as he needs….So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Philip Yancey points out that his parable is positioned right after Jesus' teaching on the Lord's Prayer and gives new light to it in that we should "pray like a salesman with his foot wedged in the door opening" instead of a mumbled ritual.

Another example he shared was the persistence children show when they ask for something they want. Sometimes they only ask once and you know they really don't want the item. But, when they are persistent in asking for something it usually shows they are really serious about wanting that item. As humans we often get tired of hearing the same request from someone over and over and over. But, God is not like us. We see that he values persistence in the stories about Lazarus or the Cannanite woman who pestered Jesus about her daughter or the woman at the well in Samaria. God is interested in our persistence because he views it as a sign of "genuine desire for change, the one prerequisite for spiritual growth." When we are persistent in prayer, we are drawn together with God and learn what He wants to do on earth and our role in His plan.

Philip Yancey contrasted the difference between Christian prayer and pagan prayer by using a quote from Cicero, "We do not pray to Jupiter to make us good, but to give us material benefits." As a Christian, we may originally come to God asking for a material benefit but God is more concerned with our desires and plans coming in line with His and our spiritual growth. In other words, "we seek the gift, find instead the Giver, and [sometimes] eventually come away the gift we no longer seek."

This post is starting to become already too long. If any of you are still with me, let me summarize with a few more quotes I found while studying this topic.

George MacDonald: "A God that should fail to hear, receive, attend to one single prayer, the feeblest or worst, I cannot believe in; but a God that would grant every request of every man or every company of men, would be an evil God – that is no God, but a demon."

Augustine: A person prays "that he himself may be constructed, not that God may be instructed."

George Mueller: "The great fault of the children of God is, they do not continue in prayer; they do not go on praying; they do not persevere!"

What is the purpose behind the prayers of my hubby and myself and my in-laws? Are we more concerned with our company all of a sudden becoming profitable (like we know it could be) and being able to live a life of ease? Or, are we more concerned with growing in our knowledge of the Lord, trusting that He has and will continue to more than amply meet all of our needs? Sure, my in-laws would like to be able to go off and enjoy their retirement without having to work to make this company profitable again. And yes, my hubby and I would like to be free of having to constantly float this company money and having our finances tied up so we can't move to our own place. But, the more important thing we all need to be concerned about is being persistent in our prayers and coming to the realization that we may not receive material answers to our prayers, but we will molded and changed as a result of our prayers. After all, becoming more like Christ is a greater gift than any material thing we could ever receive.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Are you kidding me?

I ran out of time last night and today to compose my post on Persistant Prayer. I'm hoping to work on it tomorrow on the plane and have it posted sometime by Monday evening.

In the meanwhile, I'm off to be a beautician for the weekend and deliver my hubby's photo id to him.

The poor guy got food poisoning last night and was stuck in the house with no running water due to a leaky pipe connected to the water meter. We have to have the city come shut the water off at the main valve before we can do the mandatory government ordered replacing of the water meter, but the city workers weren't able to find the shut off valve when they came last week and just left it up to us.

You're kidding me, right? You're the city. You know, the one who installed the shut off valve. Shouldn't you have a record of where you installed it?

Hopefully hubs can get the situation remedied so we have running water before we "move" the end of this month and so he can flush the toilets that have filled as a result of his food poisoning.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Preparing for National Day of Prayer

**REVISED 2:41pm 5/6/09...SEE BELOW**
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. This tradition was established by our government in the early 1950s, but history shows similar instances were occuring all the way back to the time of our Founding Fathers. I had completely forgotten that tomorrow was the National Day of Prayer and I found it very ironic when I heard that this morning because just yesterday God laid it on my heart to do a topic study on persistent prayer and faith and I was planning on sharing that tomorrow anyways.

On my radio this morning, I heard that for the first time in 9 years the National Day of Prayer was not going to be publicly celebrated in the White House beyond a simple proclamation. No attendance at a prayer meeting or meeting with religious leaders. I did a little research on this and found this article from the Chicago Tribune.

After reading it, here are my thoughts:

It's sad to me how much people misconstrue the meaning of "separation of church and state" as originally intended by our forefathers. Their vision was not that religion would play no role in government, but rather that government would not dictate the religion to which people had to adhere.

Personally, Obama riding the fence on this issue like he does on so many others - trying to please both conservative Christians and liberals - gets him nowhere. I'd rather have a president who at least has a backbone and takes a strong stand for something even if I highly disagree with it. How does that verse go about being lukewarm?

Now more than ever our nation needs to be a nation committed to God and prayer. I wish that President Obama, who claims to be a believer, would have taken a stand that's not only in-line with his claimed beliefs, but that honors the tradition dating back to the late 1700s.
**REVISION: After typing this, I did some more research and was even more disheartened, because Obama had no problem having an event posted on his campaign website declaring a National Day of Prayer that voters would choose to vote for change. Check that out here.

Glad to hear security is so tight...

This morning my hubby left on a plane to go work on our house.

First he couldn't find my set of house keys that I loaned him last time after he misplaced his original set. But, while looking for them, he did find his original set.

Then I get a call from the plane saying he barely made it and guess what he forgot. I never got a chance to guess because I could hear the flight attendant saying in the background over the speakers that "all portable electronic devices must be shut off" followed by a quick "bye, love you" from my hubby.

Did he forget the house keys he was so frantically looking for this morning? Or maybe he forgot the keys to the car we left parked in the garage there. Don't know where those are...must be with my set of keys he misplaced.

Well, hubby just called to say that it was his license that he forgot. That's right his photo id. Did. not. have. one. And no, he did not call me from the airport he was dropped of at.

Excuse me? How did you get through security and convince them you were actually who you say you are? Guess all it took was some sweet talking and showing them a credit card and a health insurance card. Don't really see how that convinces anyone because he could have just stolen someone's wallet. While I'm very thankful hubby somehow made it to his destination, I'm also very disturbed that he was able to talk his way onto a plane with absolutely no photo id!

Thank goodness I fly out on Friday to work on my cousin's hair for her wedding and can bring him a photo id.

And, the verdict is still out on whether he remembered to bring car keys or not. Hopefully he did because I'm not looking forward to going on a wild goose chase looking for keys!

I keep telling myself I need to have his id and keys permanently attached to his body. Maybe now is finally the time!

Note: I don't recommend trying to board an airplane without photo id. Chances are they will not let you on. No matter how much you sweet talk them or show them a credit card and health insurance card.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Amazing Race

WARNING: Spoiler ahead! If you haven't watched the Amazing Race yet from yesterday, then stop reading now!!

Can I just say how glad I am that Keisha and Jen FINALLY went HOME!!! I never really liked them (thought they were kinda mean), but I especially didn't like them after they got into the tiff with Margie and Luke...a very cool mom and son (and they're from my home town!!).

Oh, and Jamie. I LOVE her! I think she and I would be very good friends because we have very similar personalities and get frustrated at the same things. This is also the reason why my hubby says he will NEVER run the race with me no matter how much I beg him.

Don't really know who I want to win at this point. I'll be happy with any of the teams in the final three, but would prefer Margie and Luke or Jamie and Cara.

Are any of you Amazing Race fans?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

In honor of Cinco De Mayo (a few days early) and mainly just because I LOVE Mexican food, here is the recipe I'm making tonight. If I've posted this one before, my apologies...I just love it that much (and it's super easy)!

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas (recipe courtesy of Kraft Foods)
Makes: 6 servings, 2 enchiladas each

2½ cups chopped cooked chicken (see note below)
1 can (10¾ oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup (I use the reduced fat kind)
1 cup sour cream
8 oz. shredded Colby & Monterey Jack cheese (I use the light version)
¼ cup chopped cilantro (optional)
12 flour tortillas (8 inch)
1½ cups salsa
1 small can chopped green chilies (my addition…optional)

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix chicken, soup, ½ cup of the sour cream, 1 cup of the cheese, green chilies and 3 Tbsp. of the cilantro until well blended.

SPOON about ¼ cup of the chicken mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place, seam sides down, in greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Top with the salsa and remaining cheese.

BAKE 25 min. Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp. cilantro; top with the remaining 1/2 cup sour cream.

NOTE: To cook the chicken, I drizzle a little olive oil in the bottom of a sauté pan over medium to medium high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and place seasoned side down in the pan. Season the other side of the chicken with salt and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil and place a heavy pot (I use a cast iron one) or brick on top of foil to weigh chicken down. Cook about 5-7 minutes and then flip chicken until all the way cooked. Cut or shred chicken into pieces. Cooking this way gives the chicken a nice brown and slightly crisp “crust” without the skin.