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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sweet & Savory ~~ Painted Desert Chili

Painted Desert Chili will not disappoint even if you don't live in the desert!  It makes enough to almost feed Coxey's Army, so this is the perfect recipe for Sunday Dinner or your upcoming Super Bowl Party. Serve it with green-chile cornbread and butter. Double yummy!


  • 2 Tbsp. dried onion flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow cornmeal
  • 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup small dried white beans
  • 1/2 cup small dried black beans
  • 1 cup dried kidney beans


  • 16-20 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 - 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 12 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 48 oz. tomato juice or V-8
  • 2  lbs. ground beef


  • Brown ground beef with diced onion in skillet.  Drain and add to 12 quart stock pot along with all other ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil; simmer for 3-5 hours or until beans are fully cooked.
  • You may need to experiment with the total amount of water you add to the recipe.  Some folks prefer a chili that sticks to the wall while others desire it with much more broth.  I happen to fall into the second camp.  In addition, if you have extra liquid, the cornbread can be added to the bowl of chili.
  • The beans do not need to be soaked prior to cooking; however, it's a good idea to rinse them in a colander before adding to your stock pot.

Happy Dining, stay warm, & enjoy your chili!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Poetry & Prose ~~ 'Tis The Reason For The Season

In the hustle and bustle of the season,
             have you stopped to consider the reason?

Why do we toil so everything will be first rate,
             waiting until December 25th just to celebrate?

Is your heart stirred by the good food,
             tree or gifts,
The music, cards, and parties,
             or the opening of ski-lifts?

Do you long to meet with family and friends
            that you all love so dearly,
To reminisce of times long ago
            that you still remember clearly?

Perhaps the passing of loved ones
             makes you feel lonely and sad,
It’s hard to get through this time
            because you’re just not very glad.

Millenniums ago, the prophet Isaiah foretold,
            that the virgin would bear a son,
Born in Bethlehem, and called Immanuel,
            His advent was a most humble one.

This baby boy, better known as Jesus,
            came to die on the cross for our sin.
Until we repent and accept Him as Savior,
            there’s no way we will ever win.

Is Jesus knocking on the door of your heart,
            or have you already let Him in?
Are you wearing your robe of righteousness,
            or are you still living in your sin?

So take a moment, amidst your frantic pace
            to commune with the King of Kings.
For no one else can deliver joy and peace;
            none other gives the life He brings!

This poem is featured along with twenty-nine others in Volume One of Poetry Time which is available on Amazon or in my Etsy shop, BooksbySheilaEismann.

Happy Reading in Poetry's Presence, & Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Poetry & Prose ~~ "Give Thanks"

Think about God’s wonderful gift of love,

Having sent Jesus, His only begotten Son.

Always rejoice with thanksgiving in your heart.

Never give up for He holds you safe in His arms.

Keep your eyes upon Jesus in the midst of the storm.

Stand strong in faith and give praise to our saving Lord.

Grant mercy and grace to others in their time of need.

Inspire others to reach out and be filled with His peace.

Value and treasure His gift of eternal life He freely gives.

Invite others to open their hearts to believe and receive.

Now and forever give God all the glory for all He has done.

Give thanks forevermore for His wonderful gift of love.

Contributed by Lesta of Heartsong Treasures.

Happy Reading in Poetry's Presence.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  All of us have so much for which to be thankful.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sweet & Savory ~~ Chorizo Empanadas

Excellent empanadas!  After making the meat and potato variety, we want to try our hand at creating some dessert ones next time around.


  • 2 1/4 cups white wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp salt, optional
  • 1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, diced into cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup ice water
  • 1 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar


  • Mix flour and salt together in a mixing bowl
  • Blend in butter with fork or pastry blender
  • Beat together egg, water and vinegar
  • Add to flour mixture and mix with fork
  • Turn onto lightly floured bread board or counter top
  • Knead a few times to blend dough
  • Form into a rectangle on a cookie sheet
  • Cover with plastic wrap
  • Chill dough in refrigerator


  • 1 lb. ground chorizos
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 large red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 medium sized yellow potatoes
  • 1 egg slightly beaten with 1 Tbsp. water


  • Brown ground chorizos with onions and garlic
  • Add red bell pepper and potatoes
  • Add spices
  • Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender
  • Cool mixture to room temperature 
  • Remove bay leaf


  • Divide dough into equal pieces (depending upon the size of the empanada maker you have, this recipe will yield somewhere between 6-12 empanadas.
  • Roll out piece of dough with a lightly floured rolling pin to about 1/8th inch thick
  • Spoon approx. 2 Tbsp. filling into each one 
  • Fold dough in half
  • Press edges together to seal

  • Place on baking sheet
  • Lightly brush empanadas with some of the egg wash
  • Bake in 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool on baking rack before serving


  • Serve with fresh, sliced tomatoes and green olives
  • Serve with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream
  • These are tasty enough to be served without any condiments as the ground chorizos have enough kick of their own!


Straight From the Horse's Trough - Gardening Help for the Suburbanite and Urbanite by [Eismann, Sheila]
  • This was a special treat for me as I was able to pick some tomatoes from my horse trough gardening method to serve with our empanadas.  
  • Here's the link to order a copy of this 
  • quick read e-book:

If you like Mexican food, you've got to try this recipe!  Give it a whirl, and let me know what you think.

Happy Cooking & Dining!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Poetry & Prose ~~ "As We Celebrate Freedom"

As we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy,
       with our fireworks lighting up the midnight skies,
Let us not forget all of the brave men and women who gallantly fight for freedom,
       many sacrificing their lives.

Let us pray each and every day for our great land,
       asking God to bless our leaders, guiding them along the way.
Praying God will be a shield for all those who protect and serve,
       with His hand of protection on them every single day.

May we speak words of kindness, of comfort and peace,
        giving thanks to God always with a humble heart.
Let us be bold as a lion to stand up for what is right,
        and be gentle as a dove, God's love to impart.

May we bring hope and healing to all mankind,
        and be a light to the nations, a city on a hill.
Let us ring the bells of liberty and freedom all over this land,
        returning to God our Father for He loves us still.

For it is in Christ alone that we are truly free,
        even when terror comes knocking at our door.
It is the Light and Fire of God that will heal us all,
        and enlighten the darkness as we proclaim Jesus is Lord.

Contributed by Lesta of Heartsong Treasures.

Happy Reading in Poetry's Presence.

Let Freedom Ring on the 4th of July!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sweet & Savory ~~ Individual Chicken Pot Pies

What's for dinner?  How about individual chicken pot pies? This is a great recipe for leftover chicken which can be doubled or tripled with the additional pot pies being frozen if you would like to cook them at a later time.  It happens to be one of our family favorites which we've enjoyed for over a decade.  So, here goes:

  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken
  • 1 - 14 oz. can cut green beans or vegetable of your choice or 1 - 10 oz. bag of frozen, cooked vegetable
  • 1 - 10.5 oz. can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • A few drops of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup of Bisquick mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 

  • Place diced chicken, vegetable of your choice, undiluted soup, poultry seasoning and hot sauce inside bowl and mix well.
  • Spray individual baking containers with vegetable or olive oil spray to prevent sticking during cooking.
  • Divide mixture into individual baking containers.
  • Thoroughly blend Bisquick mix, milk, egg and Parmesan cheese using mixer at lower speed for about 2 minutes.  Make sure batter is not lumpy.
  • Spoon Bisquick mixture over the top of the chicken and vegetable mixture inside the baking containers.  Make sure to spread the liquid mixture so that the chicken mixture is thoroughly covered.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • Rest for 5 minutes after removing from oven, invert onto dinner plates, and enjoy!

  • I have served these pot pies during all four seasons of the year.
  • For summertime dining, you could pair with a nice ear of corn on the cob.
  • A tossed green salad with additional veggies is a nice accompaniment year round as well.

Happy dining & enjoy.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Poetry & Prose ~~ "Abba, My Father"

Abba my Father, thank You for giving me life,
            For making me Your child, filling every need.
Your joy is my strength, and You are my song in the night.
            Come fill me up now with Your love and peace.

Abba my Father, thank You for sending Your Son.
            Jesus paid the price for a debt I could not pay.
Your awesome Love for me is more than enough,
            Showing me Your mercy, giving me Your grace.

Abba my Father, Your Holy Spirit sets my heart on fire.
            Breathe upon me now like a mighty rushing wind.
Being filled with more of You is my heart’s one desire.
            You are my Comforter, Savior, and my closest Friend.
Abba my Father, I will forever praise You,
            I come to You now on bended knee.
I worship You now in Spirit and Truth.
            You are altogether lovely, so beautiful You are to me.

Contributed by Lesta of Heartsong Treasures.

Happy Reading in Poetry's Presence & Happy Father's Day!

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