Saturday, August 16, 2008

Over my new back yard fence

One of the hardest things about leaving our "old" neighborhood, was saying good-bye to our neighbors. Granted, we're not that far away. But it's far enough that it would be more practical to just drive to the store for a cup of sugar or an egg, rather than send one of the kids over to borrow one. I'll miss meeting my neighbor, Peggy, at the mailbox, where we would chat about her 15 grandkids, my three kids, and any number of subjects. On the other side of us, lived a couple that we had a connection with, in one of those inter-twangled ways of a small town. Their son married the daughter of the rancher who my brother worked for a number of years ago. I remember the daughter as a little girl. We would go up to the ranch every so often for brandings or whatever. Now, this grown up girl is raising her child up there. My neighbor, Val, was an excellent cook and one of the few people I know who still does home canning. We enjoyed her plum jam by the jar full each year. So, I couldn't help but wonder what our new neighbors would be like. And they've been wonderful in throwing out the Welcome mat. On the north side of us lives a retired couple. They're military folks. He is a large, barrel-chested fellow with a deep voice and a firm handshake. "We've got a good neighborhood here," he assured us. "No crime." And she is just lovely. "We're here if you need anything at all. A loaf of bread or a cup of sugar. Just ask." They have no children at home, but they have two Maine Coot Cats that are their obvious pride and joy. Until now, I hadn't even heard of the breed, but they are beautiful, long haired, docile, and HUGE! The male weighs 20 pounds, and is black with white markings, reminding me of Sylvester. On the south side is a young family with two boys, ages 5 and 7. They came over with their mom, shortly after we moved in, presenting us with a box of chocolates and a card, signed by the whole family. The boys have become Emily's fan club. Whenever she's out in the yard, they call over the fence, asking her to "come over for a play date if your mom will let you!" She may have a good babysitting job. Another neighbor welcomed us with a bag of Colorado peaches (the best!) and yet another brought over some produce from her vegetable garden. We haven't met the back door neighbors yet. The fences in our neighborhood are high, privacy fences, so I feel a bit like Wilson on the show, "Home Improvement," peering over the fence with just my eyes and nose showing.
We're finally seeing some progress around here, with all of the unpacking. We have a ways to go -- no pictures on the wall yet -- but at least we know where most everything is (except, ironically, the GPS! Thank goodness we know our way around here.)
I have to share a recipe that I made tonight for Chicken Enchiladas. They are scrumptious! I got it from Kim at Mom Musings. She has a wonderful recipe website called Happy Tummies. Oh, did this make some tummies happy at our house tonight. .
Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas
6 tablespoons honey
5 tablespoons lime juice (1 large lime)
1 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded (I used a rotisserie chicken)
8-10 flour tortillas
1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (I had cheddar/Monterey Jack combo)
16 ounces green enchilada sauce
1 cup heavy cream
Mix the first four ingredients and toss with shredded chicken. Let it marinate for at least 1/2 hour (Kim does hers in the morning and puts it in a ziploc bag in the fridge for the day). Pour about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9X13 baking pan. Fill flour tortillas with chicken and shredded cheese, saving about 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas. Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with the cream and leftover marinade. Pour sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until brown and crispy on top.


BClark said...

Hey Wilson! That gave me some laughs, visual of you or rather just your eyes peering over the fence. Sounds like you went from one nice spot to another and will get to enjoy them both. Our moves have all been big ones so keeping in touch more of a challenge. I like the looks of your dinner, did you put tomato and avacado on top? I will have to try this as it is different from how I do it now. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

It's always hard leaving friends, even if they're not that far. I'm glad you've met most of your close neighbors and they are nice. I think you're going to really enjoy your new home.

annie said...

Your new neighbors sound nice!
and that recipe does look delish! Does it taste really sweet? I'm not opposed to sweet :)... just wondered.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Karen said...

About the recipe --

Yes, Barbara, I did put tomato and avocado on top, and also a dollop of sour cream, because sour cream goes with everything. EVERYthing.

And, Annie, it was not super sweet. I think the lime juice balances out the sweetness. Also, the green chile enchilada sauce gave it a bit of a bite, although I used the mild. You could spice it up with something hotter.

Sandra said...

So glad you have such wonderful neighbors :)

The enchiladas look really good, I'll have to try those.

Have a great weekend,

justabeachkat said...

Hi Karen!

It's been fun catching up with you tonight. I love your new pretty and the yard looks wonderful. I'm sure you're so excited. And tired. Unpacking is hard work and deciding what to do with everything racks the brain.

My Mom and Aunt were here for a week, but left yesterday morning, so I'm working hard to visit all of my blogging friends. It seems like forever since I've been able to visit.

BTW...I'm celebrating my blog's 3rd birthday! Amazing! Thanks for being such a sweet blogging friend!


Trailboss said...

I can just imagine you peeking over the fence like Wilson. I am so glad you have been warmed by your neighbors.

Kim said...

Oh Karen--
I am so jealous of your new house and wonderful neighborhood. Life in all my blog friends states seems so much better, slower, more conservative, cheaper, ect...ect.. ect.. then here where I live!

I am glad you liked the enchiladas... :) We are having Alaskan caught salmon, grilled, tonight. OH, and just thought I would say that our cats are part Maine Coon and they are HUGE! that is always the first comment we get on them, "man your cats are ginormous!"

Hope you have a wonderful week. We are heading over the mountains tomorrow to some hot weather, for a little two day mini vacation. I can't wait to get out of Seattle. We have had the suckiest summer this year. It is either gray and cold and raining, or hot hot hot, or like today, gray hot and humid. We had some nasty thunder cells move through last night which woke us up at 4 in the morning! The high temp here on Wednesday may only reach 59--how pathetic is that?


Jen said...

Well it sounds like you are fitting in just fine. We had a great welcoming wagon too when we moved in. Its nice to have good neighbors....those enchiladas look great...I will have to go visit her site.....dont give up on your house warming gift...I ran into some mailing problems....but its coming this week....promise.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I'm so glad that you are settling in, but I know that it's hard to be away from the people that you've grown to love and depend on. Sounds like you have some great new neighbors!


a day in the life of bella said...

Those sound reallly, realllllly good :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's nice to meet you:)


Renna said...

Your new neighbors sound fantastic. Their kind acts makes me realize how negligent I've been when newbies have moved into our neighborhood. I'll have to rectify that. ;-)

My hubby wants to move, but I get really sad at the thought of losing our current neighbors. After 15 years in this house, I've gotten aquainted with quite a few of them. The bags full of garden produce from various ones would be sorely missed each summer, too.

The enchilada recipe sounds divine. I will definitely be trying it. Wouldn't you know, just when I discover we need to be lowering our cholesterol. Yikes!

Bill said...

This made me think of when my parents moved from the home they lived in for close to thirty years. It was hard on my mom for the first year, but the neighbors and townfolk around their new mountain home made them feel welcome, and were very supportive after my dad died. Ultimately, it was a very good change.