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 Ranch Homes/ Rambler A Ranch Style home is an American original. Originating in the 1920’s with the post war boom of the middle class, this architectural style home fused modernist ideas with the American Western period of wide open spaces to create a casual lifestyle. One story living with a long low pitch roof and deep overhanging eaves. The roof line was primarily cross gabled, single gable or hip. The home itself was either rectangular, L or U Shaped. Many had an attached garage, others none at all. The floor plan was simple with the living area separate from the bedrooms. Often times a sliding glass door leads to a patio and feature large glass windows. The exterior materials used where typically locally sourced and mixed such as stucco, brick, wood or stone. By the 1950’s, nine in every 10 homes built were a Ranch or Rambler style. By the late 20th Century the Ranch style home began to wane and Neo-Eclectic homes became the rage with their combination of the Cape Cod, Mission, T

Easy Weeknight Dinner: Fiesta Chicken Casserole


Ingredients:
 
1 jar (16 ounces) Salsa
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Cream of Chicken Soup
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 packages (12 ounces each) frozen whole kernel corn
2 cups rotisserie chicken
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 package refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts), at room     temperature                                       
 
What to do:
                                                 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
 
Stir the salsa, soup, sour cream, cheese, corn, chicken and beans in a large bowl.
 
Spoon the chicken mixture into a 3-quart shallow baking dish.     
                                              
Unfold the pie crusts on a lightly floured surface. Lay the crusts side-by-side so that they overlap by about 3 inches in the center. Press the seam to seal. Roll the pie crust into a 14 x 10-inch rectangle. Place the pie crust over the chicken mixture. Trim the excess crust. Press the crust to the rim to seal. Cut several slits in the crust. 
                                                  
Bake for 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

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