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Chicken enchilada soup
1 tbs vegetable oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
½ cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup masa harina (corn flour)
3 cups water
1 cup enchilada sauce
1 pound processed cheese, cubed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp ground cumin
1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Brown chicken breasts for 4-5 minutes on each side. Shred and set aside.
2. Add onions and garlic to the pot and sauté until onions are translucent. Pour in chicken broth.
3. In a medium bowl, combine masa harina with 2 cups of water and whisk until well blended.
4. Add the masa harina mixture to the onions and garlic. Mix in the remaining water and next 5 ingrediants; bring to a boil. Add shredded chicken. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!


Thinking about going solar?
Before you purchase solar panels or enroll in a solar lease program, here are a few things to consider.
1. How much will going solar save me on my monthly electricity bill?
Solar lease programs advertise a monthly savings of 15% off your current monthly electricity rate. This rate is locked in for the length of the lease and will not rise with inflation. On the other hand, purchasing a solar system outright (costing an average of $15,000-$30,000) may take years to pay off.
2. Will installing solar panels add to my home’s value?
Nine out of ten homebuyers prefer to purchase an energy-efficient home even if the purchase price is 2-3% higher than a similar non-energy-efficient home, according to the National Association of Home Builders. However, a 2-3% price increase is not worth the $15,000-$30,000 investment in most cases. So is a zero-money down solar lease the solution? Maybe. But there are complications to consider with solar leases, as well.
3. Will a solar lease derail the sale of my home?
There have been cases of solar lease contracts putting a home sale on hold or even cancelling a sale. To avoid these complications:
ask the solar leasing company about the requirements for transferring a solar lease to a homebuyer before you sign a contract;
do the math to figure out if the monthly savings are worth the potential complications with the eventual sale; and
if you decide to go with a solar lease, disclose the solar lease to all potential homebuyers upfront to make sure it doesn’t become an issue before closing.


Your May Maintenance Tip

Maintaining a healthy lawn requires plenty of water and fertilizer, but you don’t have to empty your wallet to keep your lawn green. Cut your costs by:

  • watering your lawn only one to two inches per week;
  • keeping mower blades sharp and clean to trim grass for maximum moisture retention;
  • mowing your lawn to no lower than two or three inches to reduce root exposure and water evaporation; and
  • investing in a self-mulching lawn mower to allow the cuttings to fertilize the lawn.

A vibrant yard doesn’t always mean having a lawn, either. Consider replacing your grass with cost-effective alternatives, such as:

  • drought resistant plants;
  • seeds or young plants as they are cheaper than buying full grown plants;
  • trees and plants native to your area to eliminate the need for extraneous watering; and
  • fruit trees or a vegetable garden.