Thursday, October 08, 2015

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

During autumn and winter I love "comfort food" 
and to me a good casserole or soup is comforting.
This tasty enchilada recipe is tasty and satisfying - perfect for the cooler days.
Plus this recipe is great for using leftover roast beef.
When I made this dish I pretty much threw in what I had on hand
and it turned out quite delicious :)

Here is how I made it. . .


about 2 cups shredded cooked meat
(I had half of an uncooked roast so I cooked it in the slow cooker all day in some broth)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons oil
1 - 2 cans (10 oz) red enchilada sauce
1 can (10 oz) Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilies), drained
4 freshly roasted green chilies (4 oz can of chilies will work too)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups cheddar cheese 
(I did not have enough cheddar so I mixed in some mozzarella and it was very good)
6 flour tortillas (burrito size)

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook garlic for about 5 minutes.
Mix in the can of drained Rotel, shredded meat, one can of enchilada sauce,
green chilies, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer uncovered for 5 - 10 minutes,
or until mixture has thickened.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish 
and spread a little bit of enchilada sauce from the second can on the bottom.
Fill each tortilla with about 2/3 cups of the mixture 
(my mixture was slightly juicy which is the way I wanted it).
Add some cheese and then roll up and place into prepared baking dish.
Do this will all 6 tortillas.
If there is any mixture left over then pour it on top of the enchiladas.
Pour however much of the 2nd can of enchilada sauce on top as well
(you can use all of it or just some of it - it depends on how saucy you like it).
I used about half of the second can.
Cover with remaining cheese and bake for 20 - 25 minutes.

Serve with beans and rice for a tasty meal on a chilly autumn evening.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Love and hugs to you, 
sweet friends.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Roses Of Inspiration #40

What a joy to have you here at Roses of Inspiration.
Thank you for making this party part of your week
as I know there are many lovely link-up parties in the blogging world
and it takes extra time to link up.
Please know I greatly appreciate YOU!

Just a little heads up, my friends. . .
I will be taking a blogging break in a week or two
 so this will be the last Roses of Inspiration for a while.
The party will return at some point in the near future
and I would be honored and blessed to have you by my side when it returns.
You know I love seeing your sweet posts, beautiful creations, tasty recipes
and stunning photography - all things inspirational, my friends.

I truly look forward to "seeing" you when Roses of Inspiration returns.
Now onto the party!

Let's start with some beautiful features.

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. . . { Spiritual Inspiration } . . .

shared a beautiful post both in photos and words.

. . . { Crocheted Inspiration } . . .

showed us her lovely crochet blankets.

. . . { Embroidery Inspiration } . . .

showed us her stunning lid cover - what pretty stitching!

. . . { Autumn Inspiration } . . .

shared a darling autumn chalkboard tray.

shared some cute bargain pillows that she "dressed" up.

. . . { Autumn Cooking Inspiration } . . .

shared a wonderful recipe for maple roasted acorn squash.

. . . { Lace and Sweetness Inspiration } . . .

shared a beautiful lace wedding card that she made.

. . . { Tablescape Inspiration } . . .

showed us her incredibly lovely tablescape -
I am in love with the color combination.

. . . { Family Inspiration } . . .

shared a precious post about her dear aunt Helen.

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I will simply add up the amount of people who participated in one of the link ups,
write the numbers down on paper and draw the number of the winner.
So if you link-up more than one post you will have a greater chance of winning.
These giveaways will be random

so you never know which link up I will choose for a giveaway.

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Have fun, sweet friends, and enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 04, 2015

O Breath Of Life

Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray-
while the world perishes, we go our way.
Purposeless, passionless, day after day;
set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray!
- Unknown -

A passion for Thee; O Lord, set a fire in my soul, and a thirst for my God.
Hear thou my prayer, Lord, Thy power impart-
not just to serve, but to love Thee with all of my heart.
- Joe Zichterman -

O Breath of Life, come sweeping through us,
revive Thy church with life and pow'r;
O Breath of life, come cleanse, renew us,
and fit Thy Church to meet this hour.

O Wind of God, come bend us, break us,
till humbly we confess our need;
then in Thy tenderness remake us,
revive, restore - for this we plead.

O Breath of Love, come breathe within us,
renewing thought and will and heart;
come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us,
revive Thy Church in ev'ry part.

O Heart of Christ, once broken for us,
'tis there we find our strength and rest;
our broken contrite hearts now solace,
and let Thy waiting Church be blest.

Revive us, Lord!
Is zeal abating while harvest fields are vast and white?
Revive us, Lord - the world is waiting!
Equip Thy Church to spread the light.
- Bessie P. Head -

Wilt thou not revive us again:
that thy people may rejoice in thee?
- Psalm 85:6 -

And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
- Romans 5:5 -

O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid:
O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years,
in the midst of the years make known;
in wrath remember mercy.
- Habbakuk 3: 2 -

Vitality is essential to any Christian ministry;
complacency is deadly.
There must be the fervency of divine life infused into us 
by God the Holy Spirit.
Just as a healthy vine manifests itself in producing foliage and fruit,
so it is with a healthy Christian-
he or she will bear evidence of an infectious enthusiasm 
for the furtherance of the gospel
and a life that produces fruits of the Spirit.
- Amazing Grace - Kenneth W. Osbeck -

We need God's continual reviving, renewing, refreshing, 
comforting, and equipping power if we are to effectively "spread the light"
and meet the needs of this hour.

Revive us again - fill each heart with Thy love;
may each soul be rekindled with fire from above.
- William Paton Mackay -

Blessings and joy to you 
on this beautiful Lord's Day!

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Secrets She Kept - Book Review

Secrets a mother could never share. . .
consequences  daughter could not redeem.

All her life, Hannah Sterling yearned for a closer relationship with her estranged mother.
But when death closes that door, Hannah determines to unlock the secrets of Lieselotte's past
and is shocked to discover she has a grandfather still living in Germany.

Thirty years earlier, as Hitler begins his march through Europe,
Lieselotte's father ascends the Nazi ranks.
A proper marriage for his only daughter could advance his career,
but Lieselotte is in love, and her beloved, who secretly works against the Reich,
is far from an ideal match.
Yet Lieselotte never imagined how far her father would go to ensure er cooperation,
or how their actions would echo through the generations.

Both Hannah and Lieselotte's stories unfold as Hannah travels to Berlin to meet her grandfather,
who is hiding wartime secrets of is own.
Longing for connection yet shaken by all she uncovers,
Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family's tragic past. . .
and how their legacy will shape her future.

My Thoughts
If I were to give you my top five favorite published books in 2015
I would say Secrets She Kept is my number one book-
no, the year is not yet over, but any book I read from now until the end of 2015
will have a hard time topping this one.
The story of Hannah and her mother is incredibly rich and fulfilling
and the author shares the intricate details of their lives with passion and conviction.
After reading about these two special women you will be left with tears in your eyes
and a precious hope in forgiveness.

"There are ghosts and then there are ghosts."
She peered at me over her glasses.
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"It means leave the past alone. 
What you don't know can't haunt you."
{ Secrets She Kept - page 10 }

After Hannah's mother, Lieselotte, passed away
Hannah was left with an emptiness inside of her that only grew over time.
Her mother was not exactly the most affectionate lady and kept Hannah at arms length,
but Hannah feels as if she missed something about her mother growing up.
She missed out on a relationship that could have been, but never was. . .
Now she wants to find out what secrets her mother was hiding
and when she finds out that she has a grandfather in Berlin
she knows she must make the most of this opportunity.
But what she uncovers may not be what she was expecting or hoping for. . .

Lieselotte's life was not always pink roses and sunshine.
She faced battle after battle, struggle after struggle, heartache after heartache,
and after the events that took place in her younger years
she is ready for her life to be a closed book. . .
a book that she keeps sealed from even her own daughter.
As her story is unveiled in Secrets She Kept you will want to stay up all night
reading about this woman, supporting her, cheering her on,
wishing you could carry her heartache and ease her burden.

You will cry, my friends, and you will rejoice in the power of love and forgiveness.
You will wish the story never ends, but when it does conclude,
you will sigh with contentment and a heartfelt deep peace.
The lives of Hannah and Lieselotte are truly extraordinary.
This is most definitely a 5 star book.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Cathy Gohlke is a two-time Christy Award-winning author.
She and her husband divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore,
enjoying time with their grown children and granddaughter.
Visit her online at 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Hello, October. . .

Hi, sweet friends, and Happy October!

The mornings and evenings have cooled down quite a bit here
{ we've already had frost }
and the trees have turned a pretty golden yellow color.
Fall is in the air. . .

Since we've had frost I lost my outdoor flowers. . .sad, but it happens.
I miss seeing the cheerful colors on my porch
so I decided to bring the cheerfulness inside by making this colorful bouquet.

Let me show you how I made the flowers, my friends. . .


wire stem 
scrap fabric
spiky/shabby roses {I found mine at Hobby Lobby}
center embellishment
hot glue gun and glue
Spanish moss
sewing needle

Cut a strip of fabric that is about 3.5-inches wide and about 10-inches long 
{the longer your strip is the fuller your flower will be}.
Fold the strip and sew a gathering stitch along the raw edges.

Bring the ends together and sew both ends to one another.
You should have a small gathered flower like the one below.

Punch a small hole through the center of the spiky/shabby rose
{ I used a small hole punch }.

Poke one end of the wire stem through the hole and bend the top.

Apply hot glue to the bottom of the gathered flower
and place it on top of the spiky rose and bent stem.
I applied another spiky rose to the bottom side 
so that it has a nice finished look
{ sorry, no picture of that }.

Apply the center embellishment with hot glue.

Fill your vase with Spanish moss
and tie some pretty ribbon around the top.

Keep your home happy and colorful
with your own handmade flowers.

October's poplars are flaming torches
lighting the way to winter.
- Nova Bair -

Enjoy this beautiful month, sweet friends.
Love. . .Hugs. . .Blessings
to YOU!

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