Saturday, April 23, 2011

Capitol Ministries: A Lot More Nonsense

Picture this: You're trying to remember how to find a family blog. There's this family that you know. Cute kids. Funny videos of clueless t-ball players. Where is it again? It has something to do with diapers... Kids in diapers... three in diapers? No, that's not it. Diapers for three. That's it. Doop duh doop duh doo... Probably You try that.

Kind of reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood... Happily skipping along, carrying her cake in a basket, going to visit Grandma. Just instead of a path in the woods, it's the interwebs.

It was a bit surprising today to find that someone had been messing with our blog name. We've been for a while. Today, we found that someone had purchased The site contains this simple statement:
The Board of Directors of Capitol Ministries has investigated the accusations made in 2009 against our President and Founder, Ralph Drollinger, and found them to be unsubstantiated. We have known him personally for years, and continue to stand behind his biblically-based, biblically-qualified leadership of Capitol Ministries.
This site is an obvious response to our 2009 post about Ralph Drollinger and Capitol Ministries. (A friend of ours made a similar post on her blog. Now there is a lovely rip-off of her blog as well.)

Whodunnit? A little research shows it's the same person who purchased in an effort to steal attention and potentially donations from the real Capitol Commission.

Whois shows the registrant is none other than Capitol Ministries and Ralph Drollinger:
Capitol Ministries
22831 Market St
Newhall, California 91321
United States

Registered through:, Inc. (
Created on: 18-Feb-11
Expires on: 18-Feb-12
Last Updated on: 18-Feb-11

Administrative Contact:
Drollinger, Ralph
Capitol Ministries
22831 Market St
Newhall, California 91321
United States
(661) 288-2622 Fax --

Technical Contact:
Drollinger, Ralph
Capitol Ministries
22831 Market St
Newhall, California 91321
United States
(661) 288-2622 Fax --

Domain servers in listed order:
For the record, the board referred to in the statement above was not the same board that all but unanimously resigned due to Ralph's behavior in 2009. And knowing quite well the details of the situation, I can assure you that the extent of the current board's investigation was tantamount to saying, "Well, those are Grandma's clothes, so that must be Grandma!"

But as far as the real story goes, you can find that here.

Moral of the tale? If you're thinking about donating to Capitol Ministries, don't. Unless, of course, you don't mind your money going toward buying women's clothing for the big bad wolf.

Video: Face-off at First Base

Friday, April 22, 2011

Chicken Enchiladas!!

This is definitely not a food blog, but one of our all-time favorite meals in this house is my mama's famous chicken enchiladas. With a sour-cream base instead of the traditional red enchilada sauce, they are scrumptious and typically a bit different than expected, but quite popular amongst many. It's my favorite meal to bring to new mamas, and with that, I'm often asked for the recipe. I've been meaning for sometime to type the recipe up from the hand-written notes I took while watching over Mama's shoulder so I could share it. But of course, it's taken me a long time and now I can't even remember all the people who have asked for it! So, I'm hoping that blogging about it will serve the purpose of reaching those who want it! =)

1 big onion, finely chopped
1 rotisserie chicken (Mama says to avoid bbq or lemon pepper flavors; I often will get a Costco sized rotisserie chicken and double the batch with it)
1 can chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 4.5oz can chopped green chilis (I rarely have these in the house. Most likely, if I have made these for you, they lacked the green chilis. Sorry.)
1/2 teaspoon adobe seasoning
1/2 tablespoon southwest seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
16 oz shredded cheese (I used the mixed shredded from Costco. Mama uses mexican or colby jack mixes)
1 package corn tortillas (a single batch typically needs 15-20 corn tortillas)

Saute onion in a little bit of oil in a big pot. Add some garlic powder to taste (or I just typically throw in a small scoop of minced garlic from the big jar I keep in the fridge). Over medium heat, add green chilis and 1 tablespoon of flour. (And keep in mind that all these measurements are estimates from two people who rarely measure while cooking!). Add cream of chicken soup and half a can of chicken broth (you can swish the chicken broth in the the cream of chicken soup can to get the last bits out!). Wisk to stire. Add 1/2 - 3/4 cup sour cream (I typically "lose track" and add a bit extra. You can never have too much sour cream!). Wisk, wisk, wisk. Add adobe, southwest, and salt seasonings. Wisk a little more. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to low to medium.

Pull apart the chicken meat and remove skin and bones. Add meat and any juices to the mixture and heat until thoroughly warmed, then turn off.

Heat oil in a frying pan to soften corn tortillas, making sure the oil is hot enough to fizzle when you put the corn tortilla in. It just takes a second or two on each side. Soften tortillas individually and lay out on layered paper towels.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray 9x13 pan with oil. Fill the tortillas with filling, sprinkle with cheese, roll and line up in pan. After the pan is filled, moisten the tops with liquid from mixture and cover with shredded cheese. (Any leftover mixture is yummy over rice the next day!). Bake approximately 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and looking yummy!

Rice: I typically make rice with this meal. I make my rice in a pot on the stove, and I substitute chicken broth for the water when making rice to go with these enchiladas.

Green beans: I usually saute some green beans in BUTTER and a bit of garlic, then salt to go with this meal. Sorry if any of you thought this side was actually healthy! ;) My mama uses celery salt and pepper on her green beans. They are yummy, too.

Toppings: MORE sour cream and some guacamole go well as toppings on these yummy enchiladas. Or not. Depends on the mood. For my guacamole, I typically just smash up an avocado with a little bit of lemon juice, a couple tablespoons of mayo, a bit of garlic and a sprinkling of salt.

Now I'm hungry. =) Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Video: Money Saving Workshop

One of our plans for this blog was to share "money-saving tips" from time to time. We haven't been very good at doing that lately, but I think this video more than makes up for that.

Christina and two of her friends recently shared their shopping strategies and money saving tips with other ladies at church. Although she does talk about me a lot, I think she did a great job.

Here's the video so you can watch. If any of the tips don't make sense or you need more explanation, feel free to leave a comment below.

You can also find all of the videos, including the presentations by Doria and Margaret, here.

Saturday, April 2, 2011