Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen, Book Club & Enchilada's

Book Club: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen and Elaine's Famous Chicken Enchiladas~

“When you’re happy for yourself, it fills you.
When you’re happy for someone else, it pours over.”

Where did the time go, a year ago Elaine along with adorable Chloe hosted book club and we were back at Elaine’s last March where she whipped up her famous Enchiladas’, served with a tossed green salad and of course chips and salsa! Hey when you have a winning recipe we all agree that you should stick with it!

And for dessert…Lemon Balm Pudding Cake, well not sure if Elaine actually infused the cake with Crushed Violets but it was delicious!

Elaine also greeted us with a surprise, her husband John usually creates a presentation on their TV with great photos of the book and a welcome greeting, which always makes us feel special. Well this month John outdid himself! He created a booklet which included Elaine’s menu for the evening, the book club questions, a list of Sarah’s other books and a description of the magical effect of Claire’s plants, you will just have to read the book to get the list!

I first read Garden Spells back in 2008 and fell in love with the Waverly women; Claire, Sydney, Bay and Evanelle. When Ann suggested this book I thought it would be fun to read it again. Who doesn’t’ love a book about a mysterious apple tree, magical plants and recipes, secrets, love and family. A story of unusual women that are quirky, secretive and just plain fun to spend time with.

Claire and Sydney are sisters who each have a particular gift, some might call it intuition, others hmmm maybe a little magic. Bay is Sydney’s daughter, who has a particular talent for making sure everything has a place and Evanelle is just plain fun and we all agreed she is our favorite character. Toss in a little mystery, a dash of romance, family love, friends lost and found, magic and you have the perfect recipe for a great book.

One of the book club questions asked “If you possessed magical powers what would you do?” My response without even thinking was cure cancer, we all agreed that was a good one. My Mom, Mother-in-law and so many of my friends are breast cancer survivors and we have lost too many to cancer. My Dad is a colon cancer survivor, need I say more.

As always we shared laughs, a little bit of our inner thoughts, opinions, yes we all have those and just had fun!
If you haven’t read any of Sarah Addison Allen’s novels spring is here and a perfect time to spend time with some of Sarah’s great characters. What books are you reading, we love suggestions!

Just cook something! Oh and read something! Cheers! Kary~

 Elaine’s Famously Delicious Enchiladas

4 cups boiled chicken breast cut in cubes
1 can mild enchilada sauce
1 small onion diced
16 oz. sour cream
4 cups four blend shredded Mexican cheeses
1 can minced green chilies
12 tortilla shells, Flour, wheat or corn- My favorite is corn tortillas, that said Elaine's are my favorite with flour!

Pre-heat the oven to 350 decrees.
Place the chicken breasts in a sauce pan and cover with water, about 1-inch-high, bring to a boil, turn down and simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes. Watch closely, when the chicken is fork tender it is done.

Mix chicken, sour cream, 2 cups of cheese, minced green chilies and onion in a large bowl. Dip the tortilla shells into the enchilada sauce and fill with a spoon full of the chicken/cheese mixture, roll with the seam side down. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the rolled up enchiladas and bake 30 minutes @350 decrees.
It’s that simple, now enjoy!

And for a side dish, a green salad, black beans & corn or Spanish rice well do nicely.  Oh don’t forget the tortilla chips and salsa!

Just cook something! Cheers! Kary~

2016 Selections:
Month       Book                                           Author
February      Garden Spells                                         Sarah Addison Allen           
March           The Hummingbird                                                 Stephen Kiernan      
April              Rogue Lawyer                                                       John Grisham           
May               Maybe in another life                                         Taylor Jenkins Reid 
June~August                         Summer Break                                  
September   Comfort and Joy                                                   Kristen Hannah
October       Marriage of Opposites                                         Alice Hoffman         
November    The Nightingale                                                     Kristen Hannah
December      Christmas Party and Book Selection for 2017 

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