hey everyone! hope you had a great last day of september. mine was fantastic, thanks for asking.
breakfast, lunch and my snack were all boring today. how about i skip the details and go straight to the good stuff?
kristen and i decided to hit the high school track for another fun workout. it was a cardio day and both my lower AND upper body are still super sore from my lifting workouts this week. i sucked it up and did the best i could, regardless of my sore muscles.
we went to a different high school today and there were bleachers on both sides of the track. for our workout, we ran the north and south ends of the track and then we ran up and down the bleachers (which were on the east and the west sides of the track).
the bleachers were 30 steps high, so we would go up and down twice for each set of bleachers and also run the length between the steps. that is a total of 120 steps per bleacher, and we did a total of 12 sets of bleachers. sooo.. the math freak in me says we did a total of 1440 steps! and 6 times around the track total.
i know that ramble means nothing to you, but i like to look back and see what i did. so there :)
before the workout, i had prepared green chile chicken enchiladas for dinner. i had marshall pop them in the oven while we were exercising. when we got back to my house, all i had to do was heat some black beans and dinner was ready!
i never use the same ingredients or measurements when i make enchiladas. that is one reason i love them: they are so versatile. tonight’s ingredients really worked well.
green chile chicken enchiladas with mushrooms.
- 24 oz chicken breasts, boiled & shredded
- 28 oz can green enchilada sauce, divided
- (2) 4 oz cans diced green chiles
- 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro (or more if you are me), chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup cheese, shredded
- 16 tortillas (i used some wheat and some flour)
- optional garnishes: black olives, avocado, salsa, sour cream, greek yogurt, shredded cheese
boil your chicken, let cool, shred with two forks. the plus side of boiling your chicken is you can put it straight into the pot of water while the chicken is still frozen, no need to thaw.
set aside 1 cup of enchilada sauce.
combine chicken, remaining enchilada sauce, green chiles, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and cream of mushroom soup. if your husband hates mushrooms, don’t add the mushrooms until you’ve filled his half of the enchiladas!!
fill a tortilla with some of the filling.
roll up tightly and place in 13 x 9 pan. repeat with remaining tortillas. i was able to get 16 enchiladas but it is always different because i never fill them the same. if you have leftover filling, you can make extra enchiladas or do what i do, save it and use it as a delicious topping for nachos.
see the toothpicks? they are to help me remember which is which. this was interesting.. i made 3 white tortilla no mushrooms or onions, 3 white tortilla no mushrooms, 2 wheat tortilla no onions, 2 wheat tortilla with mushrooms and onions. gotta please all 4 of the eaters! then i made a separate pan of 6 enchiladas with the remaining filling, which had onions AND mushrooms.. which means i will be eating those (marshall doesn’t do mushrooms, in case you are just joining us.)
pour the 1 cup of enchilada sauce over enchiladas.
you now have a boatload of enchiladas!
cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until they are warmed through. remove foil right at the end so the cheese gets nice and bubbly.
i served the enchiladas with chips, salsa, guacamole and black beans.
for my garnishes, i did greek yogurt, guacamole and kristen’s mom’s yummy salsa.
nutrition info based off using my wheat tortillas, which are 80 cals/11g carbs/5g protein per tortilla, pre-garnishes and 16 enchiladas for the entire recipe.
the guacamole was made lovingly by marshall.
great dinner :)
the next chunk of this post is going to be very verbose and, to be honest, may bore quite a few of you. if you really don’t care about the issue of commenting on blog posts, feel free to skip!
i recently stumbled upon a new-to-me blog.
hollaback health is a blog that is geared toward healthy living bloggers of all kinds. there are several different contributors who offer advice and know-how when it comes to blogging. how did i not know about this blog previously? the day i discovered it.. i read nearly all the posts.
um, the blog has been around since last march. yeah, i was reading for hours.
anyway, they cover such a broad range of topics! these topics include (but are not limited to) blogging respectfully, not plagiarizing, spelling & grammar, how to network, the difference between mindcasting and lifecasting, and commenting.
that is what i wanted to elaborate on today. there are two sides of commenting: you are the one leaving the comment or you are the one receiving the comment. hollaback health had two great posts that talked about both ends of the playing field.
the comments you leave on a blog post.
hollaback’s post on the topic can be found here. (i am going to copy and paste some of the content, but don’t worry.. i have asked for their permission.) basically, they broke it down into two groups: reasons NOT to leave a comment and reasons you SHOULD leave a comment.
here are the lists.
cases where you should definitely leave a comment:
- If you’re new to the site and want to offer a compliment.
- If you identify with something the blogger has revealed.
- If you have a question about something in the post.
- If something in the post struck you as truly amazing [note: these comments should be used sparingly] Example: “Holy crap, I never thought of adding THAT to my oatmeal!”
- If you disagree with something the post states to be true AND can offer an insightful rebuttal.
- If you’re entering a giveaway or are answering a question asked by the blogger. There will be a buttload of comments on that entry, but hey – they asked for it. Comment on, commenter.
i agree with this list completely.
i also wanted to add that i also think it is great to comment if you simply are blog friends with someone and want to comment on something (or everything) in their post. blog friendships are often stronger than real life friendships (you may be shocked to hear that, but it is true) and one way these friendships grow is through supporting each other through comments. that does not mean you have to or should comment on every single post from every single blog friend.. but if you just want to say “hey, fun to see what you have been up to..” and ramble on about what you think of their post, that is a great idea. i love getting these sort of comments from my blog friends. i never keep track of who comments on what post, nor do i care, but it is always great to hear from a friend.
onto hollaback’s second list.
when leaving a comment is probably a bad idea:
- To simply plug your blog. “Networking” is more than dropping a couple of empty words on every site you visit; a comment isn’t a business card. And for chrissakes, don’t put your URL in the body of the comment. That’s spam, and it’s tacky.
- To remain relevant. If you’re still subscribing to a blog, still giving it pageviews, and still commenting when posts deserve comments, congrats – you’re still doing a great job as a blog reader! But not every single post warrants a comment, so if you find yourself scratching your head over what to type before finally deciding on “your salad looks yummy,” don’t waste your time.
- To give unsolicited “holier-than-thou” advice. If a vegan blogger has a headache, don’t tell him or her that meat is the cure. Conversely, don’t preach vegetarianism to a carnivore unless they ask for it. If a runner has an injury, don’t tell them they’re stupid to keep running. Be respectful of each blogger’s autonomy; if they didn’t ask for advice, you’re probably better off keeping it to yourself.
- To address a potentially sensitive issue. If, for instance, you believe a blogger is showing signs of disordered eating/exercising, a comment in a public forum might only make them defensive. A carefully constructed e-mail would be a better place for such concern.
- To give nonconstructive criticism. If you’re going to attack a blogger personally, at least do it in as helpful a way as possible, and definitely don’t call them names or use derogatory language. Hurtful comments will usually only get you ignored. If you want to have a real impact, start an intelligent conversation, not a mudslinging contest.
i think this list is so helpful and SO true. the first bullet is right on the money. i appreciate finding new bloggers and part of the way i do that is through the comments they leave on my blog. but if you leave a comment that simply plugs your own blog, chances are i will not be subscribing or reading your blog. if you leave an honest comment that somehow relates to my post and i see you are a new commenter and have a blog of your own, i always check that new blog out. always.
the second bullet is something i used to be guilty of. when i first started reading blogs, i thought i had to comment on EVERY post on EVERY blog i read. i honestly thought i would hurt feelings if i stopped commenting on peoples’ posts. then i had a wake up call. for one thing, it is impossible to always comment on all the posts of all the blogs. it’s ridiculous. and for another thing, the blogger really does not get offended if you don’t leave a comment all the time. if they are your friend in blog land, they will automatically assume you are still reading. that’s what i do. i realize that a lot of people don’t have the time to leave comments or really just enjoy reading what i have to say, but don’t necessarily have something to say back. that’s fine. and when i don’t get comments from people, guess what? i don’t care. i love hearing from everyone, but if i don’t—no big deal. i had to realize this one on my own. now i don’t feel pressured to leave lame comments that consist of a sentence of unmeaningful content, just for the sake of leaving a comment. that’s a waste of everybody’s time.
the rest of the list also contains great examples of what you shouldn’t leave in the comments section. that sort of thing is better kept to yourself, but if you really feel like you need to say anything of that nature, you would be better off sending it in a private email.
i wanted to share these lists with you because i felt like i could really relate to hollaback health’s point of view. gone are the days of feeling obligated to comment. i do ask questions at the end of all my posts, but that is not to get comments. it is to engage my readers and it really is fun to hear all the different answers. sometimes my questions are serious, sometimes (okay, most times) they are silly.. but i always read every single answer with a smile on my face. i don’t care if i get 1 or 100 comments on a post.. i just love to hear from whoever feels driven to comment. with that said, i want someone to comment on my posts because they want to. not because they think they need to.
i recently stopped commenting on as many blogs as i used to. this way, i am able to read and enjoy more blogs and when i do leave a comment, it is of higher quality. i am sure many of you have noticed this decline in my commentary, but i am also sure not a single one of you is offended. that is what i love most about this community.
the comments you receive on a blog post.
and now for the second post from hollaback health that i wanted to elaborate on. it is in regards to responding to comments and can be found here.
truth be told, i used to never reply to my comments. sure, i would reply to any questions asked. but just a regular comment? no, i wouldn’t reply. this is because i wasn’t aware that i should reply to anything other than a question.
after blogging for quite some time and being involved with several other blogs, i realized i was getting a number of replies to the comments i left. i never expected to get a reply to the comments i left, but when i did.. it was always nice :)
i wanted to start responding to the comments i received on my own blog. unfortunately, a wordpress hosted blog does not have an easy way to reply to comments via email. you can receive the comment in your inbox, but when you hit “reply”, it actually replies to the comment thread, not to the email address of the commenter you want to reply to. in order to send the person an emailed reply, you have to delete the “to” field and copy and paste their email address into the “to” field before sending your reply. it may not sound like a big deal, but if you are trying to reply from your phone or if you have several comments to reply to.. this is a very tedious task.
i did the copy/paste method for awhile, but that got old. i decided to try responding to comments in the blog post’s comments section directly. i was doing this for awhile and then i realized something: i don’t look back on other peoples’ blog posts after i comment, so how would i know if the comments i was replying to in my own blog’s comments section were getting seen? was it just a waste of time? no idea.
lately, i have been trying to be more involved with both the comments on my own blog and on other blogs. i like that conversations are held in the comments section and i want to try to be more involved this way. the hangup i have is the time it takes to reply to individual comments, but i am trying to reply to more than i have in the past.
anyway, hollaback’s post touched on when a reply to a comment is a good idea:
- [If the comment is] the kind of thing you’d reply to in real life with more than just, “Thanks!”, Then you should reply with a comment.
- If a compliment is made on a specific point in the post, I recommend responding. It is important to give personal attention to comments that convey a personal anecdote that is relevant, tips related to the topic of your post (e.g. “Try spelt flour instead of coconut flour in your pancakes!”), and/or related links on the topic. Think of your blog post as giving a speech; if someone came up to you after the speech and said the same thing she wrote in her comment, would you have a real conversation about it? If you would, then have that conversation in your comments.
- If there isn’t much to say back, you don’t need to respond. Responding to every comment can come off a little fake. We know you’re overachievers, but most people don’t expect a response to every comment they write.
- If the reader divulged some very personal information, you might want to consider responding via e-mail as opposed to the comment thread. It’s good to comment, “I’m going to e-mail you about this because I have a lot to say on the matter!” This lets other readers know that you care enough to respond, but sometimes it’s better done in private.
i have based my replies lately on the first bullet point above. i realize not everyone is looking for a reply.. but if i have something to say about their comment and i have the time to say it, then i am going to.
it is hard to decide if i want to do the replying on the post itself or in a private email. with the private email, the commenter is sure to see the reply. but at the same time, other readers are not able to see the reply. i think i like the idea of everyone seeing my reply, especially when it is a question and the answer is something everyone can benefit from.
i guess there is no conclusion to this one.. but i thought it was an issue everyone should think about when it comes to their own blog and the comments they receive. i will continue to type my replies to comments in the comment section itself as i have been lately, so please check back on the post if you have time! if you don’t, i totally understand, because i usually don’t check back on comments i have left myself. see? what a strange situation. i would love to hear what you, as a commenter of my blog, would prefer in terms of how you receive a reply.
well that is the end of my comments on comments. told you it would be verbose ;) thanks to the girls at hollaback health for letting me pick their posts apart and use their great thoughts on my post tonight. make sure you swing by the hollaback health blog for more awesome tips on blogging!
and now, i am spent. i am in an enchilada coma and i have cookies to bake.
why, you ask? (pretend you asked..) well, tomorrow, october 1st, is national homemade cookies day! i am going to bake some to take to work.
i will be back tomorrow with october’s national food holidays as well as my own set of goals for the month of october. oh, and some flashback friday, of course!
1. on commenting: how do you determine what posts you comment on? do you feel obligated to leave comments? if you are a blogger, do you respond to your comments? which ones? if you are a reader/commenter, do you expect a reply to your comments or just your questions? discuss! would love to hear your thoughts on all of it. personally, i don’t feel like i have to comment on posts and i also don’t expect people to comment on my posts unless they want to. i am going to try to be better at comment replies.. make sure you start checking back if you do comment something that you’d expect a reply on :)
2. enchiladas: green sauce or red sauce? i am a green gal all the way! but red is nice every once in awhile.
xo. janetha g.