Monday, March 10, 2008

crazy hair

So, we did make an effort on this day to make it crazy, but frankly, most days do not look that much different!! Most fun stuff shown here is from Krystal Hartley. The page template is from Anna Designs at Alpha from Shabby Princess Promise.

Happy this is one day post-blizzard. Yikes, I do not recall the roads staying so bad for so long since the 70's perhaps!
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Friday, March 7, 2008

the warholizer

Pretty cool digi goodness from Big Huge Labs. I wish that lower blue block showed her face a little better b/c I think it would be very cool framed and hung on a wall, BIG. Add that to my list of things to actually do, not just think about doing.

Crazy amount of snow here, we actually have a Blizzard warning for the overnight. That, coupled with the 4-5" we got earlier, and below freezing temps, has us at home instead of at the Broadway edition of High School Musical. Only Olivia and I had tix, so I just could not muster up the nerve to take such a chance driving downtown, just the two of us. She is pretty disappointed, and I am too especially about forfeiting the money for the tix. Everything else in the city, EVERYTHING, is closed due to weather. Even the other shows or events at the venue are closed, all but that one. Oh well.

We still have a busy weekend ahead so I hope things clear out early enough tomorrow to allow us to do those things.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Deceptively Delicious

Not sure what even sparked my memory about this kid's cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld but I reserved it at the library and picked it up a few days ago. Interesting stuff. The main gist is to puree fruits and veggies and then add them, sneak them in, to regularly served foods. Like muffins, pancakes, chicken nuggets, meatloaf etc. I will admit to being intrigued, but also lazy. So today, I bought 3 jars of baby food, after all it is pureed fruits and veggies, right?! I made peanut butter banana muffins which included one jar of carrots, and I used an over ripe banana for my 1/2 cup of puree. The darned things are delicious. Well, I think they are. As excited as both girls were to try a muffin/cupcake; neither liked them. Not one bit. So apparently, I am deceiving no one but myself b/c I ate 3! Over the course of the day if that makes it any better. I froze them two at a time in baggies and will eat them for breakfast. I will probably copy a few of the recipes but mostly just try to remember to dump some of that stuff into items that might properly disguise spaghetti sauce.
On the topic of just plain delicious, I made a recipe called "easy cordon bleu" tonight and it was terrific. The recipe I followed was very much like this, but it called for cream of chicken soup instead of the cheddar cheese soup in this one. Pin It

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I'm back

without so much as a hiccup :) My new computer is up and running, or a better description is it is sprinting! I am so happy to have finally upgraded.

As promised, here are some recipes from the other night. I think I have posted all of them at some time or another but here we go again:

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

13 oz can black beans (drained)
15 1/2 oz can sweet corn (drained)
1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp honey1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp tobasco
1 tsp rice vinegar

Mix together and refrigerate. Serve with chips.

Enticing Enchiladas

1 lb. ground chuck
1 small onion, chopped
1 c. cream style cottage cheese (small curd)
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (4.5 ounce) can chopped green chiles (optional, I omit this)
10 6 inch flour tortillas
2 c. shredded Mexican Cheese blend

COOK ground chuck and onion in a large skillet over high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and meat is no longer pink; drain. Return to skillet, stir in cottage cheese.

PROCESS diced tomatoes and tomato sauce in a food processor until smooth. Stir in chopped chiles if desired.

SPOON 2 to 3 tbs. ground beef mixture down the center of each tortilla; top each w/ 2 tbs. tomato mixture and 1.5 tbs. cheese. Roll up tortillas and place seam side down in lightly greased 13x9 baking dish. Pour remaining tomato mixture over top, top with remaining cheese.

BAKE enchiladas at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly.

Chicken Enchiladas

10 enchiladas
Prep: 20 minutes Bake: at 350 degrees F for 23 minutes Cook: 10 minutes

4 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 onion sliced
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small dice
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles, drained
3 ounces cream cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
10 fajita-size flour tortillas
1/3 cup half-and-half
1 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken and cook 5 more minutes. Stir in chiles, cream cheese and salt. Turn off heat and stir until smooth.
3. Place oil in a small skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Place a tortilla in the oil and cook for a few seconds until tortilla becomes limp. Remove to a paper towel lined tray and repeat with the remaining tortillas.
4. Spoon about 1/3 cup of the filling down the center of each tortilla. Roll and set seam side down in baking dish. Pour half-and-half evenly over the top and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
5. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 23 minutes or until top is golden. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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Dixie’s Veggie Tacos

sauté: ½ zucchini, sliced + cut into pieces
½ carrot, grated
½ onion, chopped
¼ green pepper, chopped

add: 1 cup canned corn, drained
½ cup salsa (mild)
½ can (8 oz) stewed tomatoes, cut into pieces
½ can (8 oz) kidney beans

mix together and heat. fill heated taco/tortilla shells. add shredded cheese (any kind) and sour cream. makes ~4 servings. Pin It

Sunday, March 2, 2008

my pirate

Something quick. Shelby had this special day last week. I think she wore it all here, and once she was at school, everything went in her backpack. She is too busy to fiddle with such nonsense!
The February frame is from DigiTreats.
Anna Russel Paper. Page template: Blue Flombingo.
Alpha: Fat Alpha from Nikkie at Faith Sisters.

I hosted my Mexian fiesta for my 4 girlfriends on Friday night. It was such a good time! Two thumbs up for the premade Margaritas in the bottle, both varieties were very taste. I liked the Jose Quervo Gold the best.
I made several dishes from scratch but Blogger is not letting me cut and paste right now. Look for recipes tomorrow.

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