Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I'm really starting to forget what day it is.

I KNOW it is Tuesday. I went to my monthly MOMS Club meeting this morning, and my daughter went to school. I KNEW this AM I needed to come up with a recipe for you guys (since I'm SLACKING on the whole PostSecret Sunday posts, as well as other posts too). But here it is almost 7:30 at night and I am just remembering to share a recipe with you. *sigh* I am starting to feel a little creative as fall approaches (I say approaches because yesterday it was 90 degrees, today was warm but windy, and tomorrow is supposed to crap weather). And I have pulled a few recipes out of my saved files to try. For the MOMS Club meeting today I whipped up (and I DO mean whipped up) a recipe I found on a blog called Stephanies Kitchen. I found her right about the time she had a baby, and so I haven't shared her site with you yet, because she's been on leave. I made Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites. They were soo good, sooo easy to make, yes they weren't the healthiest choice (I wasn't trying to derail any one's diets, I promise) but I thought they might be a good thing to make for Christmas. So try them out, and check out Stephanie's blog, there are some fun recipes on there. Let me know what you think once you make them! And I'll be sharing some other fun recipes in the weeks to come, as long as I remember that it is Tuesday. (Just so you know, I am going to start paying homage to Dooce, by writing words in all caps when I want to emphasize them. There are some nutso people out there that seem to think it is their right to send her emails telling her how to write. Whatever, ass hats, get a life!)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I'm a Mom sharing more girly food!

I found a great recipe for Fresh Strawberry Dressing that The Table Runner served on a chicken salad at a bridal shower this summer. I made the recipe and served it to some MOMS Club friends, and they loved it! It was soo yummy, and was great on the salad I made (mixed greens, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese on the side) but I wanted the recipe of the salad Cristie made for the bridal shower. So I asked, and she gave it to me. Well, she posted it on her blog. I tried the chicken part of the Citrus Chicken Salad was soo good! It is totally chick food and a great recipe for a spring or summer get together. One tip: even though it says you can marinate the chicken overnight, I don't recommend it. The fresh juices cooked parts of the chicken, so next time I make it I will only marinate it for 4 hours or so. I am also going to try the salad with it, it looks sooo good! I guess I'm going to have to have a "girl's only" party soon, huh?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I'm a girl too. And I like girly food sometimes!

Sometimes all I need for dinner is a bowl of soup and half of a sandwich. Or a salad. Or something without meat in it. You know, what some people refer to as girly food. Or Cowgirl Food. Or chick food. A few weeks ago a neighbor gave me three beautiful fresh tomatoes from her home garden. I love tomatoes, but my family is pretty so, so about them. I wanted to use them, and give my family a fairly healthy dinner, so I found a recipe for Tomato Pie. Tomato Pie? Yep! It looked so yummy, I had to try it. Go HERE for the recipe, and great photos (not photos I took, those didn't turn out). I thought this was sooo yummy! It would have been so good with a salad with it, or a bowl of soup. If you decide to make it, make sure you follow the directions and get as much liquid out of the tomatoes as possible. My pie ended up a little liquidy (I know, not a real word, but moist is not the right word), but still good. Try it the next time you have a girlfriend over for lunch. As long as she likes tomatoes, it will be a big hit! AND Allison- this might be a good dish to take to that MOMS Club Meeting. You can slice the pie in small slices, so that you can serve everyone. And use some of the tomatoes I am sure you have growing in your garden!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I'm a Mom spreading the "word".

No, not THAT word. I just found out about a new online free classified ad service (not THAT kind of ad). Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry wrote a post about Kijiji. Kijiji is a family friendly way to buy and sell things locally. We've all heard some of the horrible stories about Craigslist, and yes, it might work for some people, but I'm personally a little paranoid about having someone respond to an ad looking for a little more than just the rocking chair I'm selling, if you know what I mean. From what I can tell about Kijiji, they have more security measures set up to protect not only the sellers, but the buyers too. There is a HUGE list of what cannot be sold on Kijiji, and tips on now to stay safe while using Kijiji. Check them out! I guess I should also tell you about the giveaway Beth is having, but I really don't want to since, well, I want to win. She is giving away a $100 gift card to Organize.com. Do you know how cool $100 in organization tools would be? I could get some great stuff for the new bathroom (renovations are coming along) or get some stuff to finally get my "food storage" organized. (I put food storage in quotes because it really only consists of extra things I can't fit in my small pantry, its not really a "proper" food storage.) Think of all the organization YOU can do with $100. Check out I Should Be Folding Laundry to learn more about Kijiji and to learn how you can enter to win that sweet gift card!

Friday, September 11, 2009

I'm a Mom sharing an extra recipe this week.

A lurker of mine (Hi M!) asked me for the biscuit recipe I used to make the biscuits featured in this post. I found this easy recipe on Tasty Kitchen (seriously cool recipe site) and I will for sure use it again. My biscuits turned out a little dry, but that was my fault, I handled the dough too much, and I think I added too much flour to my rolling surface. Anyway click the link to find the recipe! Buttermilk Biscuits from the Food Processor

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I'm a horrible housekeeper too, well, some of the time.

This week's You Capture challenge was to shoot something you haven't taken photos of before. My creative juices just weren't flowing. I didn't go many places that had things I haven't shot before. I always take pics of my kids, and my friend's kids, and my husband (although he usually doesn't let me get his face). So, I got a little cheesy with my interpretation of the challenge. My house is not the most immaculate home I've been to, because, well, I have 2 kids! And not that all of the mess if theirs, I just don't have the energy to keep the house spotless. SO, since I don't normally take pictures of my messy kitchen or SHARE pictures of my messy kitchen, I figured that qualifies as an OK You Capture.
Messy Kitchen Table (notice daughter's leftovers from lunch still there?)
Kitchen Sink- Ewww!

Different angle of the gross dishes

Messy counter top-this never gets fully uncluttered, never.

Go check out the other great You Capture shots on I Should Be Folding Laundry, while I attempt to clean up the messes in my kitchen. Attempt obviously being the key word.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I'm a Mom sharing another enchilada recipe.

Ahhh! Today is Tuesday! I am so messed up in my schedule. I'm starting to get it together and I am now writing my Tuesday food post. These enchiladas used to be the only Chicken Enchiladas I would make. My husband loved them, the kids loved them and they are so easy to make. I combined two recipes from a cookbook I got for my High School graduation and made my own version of chicken enchiladas. Although, I know the recipe isn't exclusively mine (I'm sure there are other versions out there) I was pretty proud of the meal I created. Anjie's Chicken Enchiladas 1 can cream of chicken soup 2 cans (5 oz each) Chunk chicken 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (plus more for the top) 1 can chopped green chilies, drained 1 small onion chopped 1 small can enchilada sauce (or more if you like is saucy!) corn tortillas Preheat oven to 350. Combine first 5 ingredients to make filling. Pour some enchilada sauce in a baking dish enough to cover the bottom. Warm corn tortillas in microwave for approx. 30 seconds or until pliable. OR use a spray bottle of warm water to spray tortillas (just a trick I learned somewhere!) Put approx 1/3 cup filling onto a tortilla and roll up. Place it in the baking dish with the seam side down. Finish rolling enchiladas until filling is all gone. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. These are really yummy topped with sour cream and chopped olives. OR with Spanish Rice and black beans as a side! Hope you enjoy!

Friday, September 4, 2009

I'm a good mom!

And know that because White Trash Mom Michelle Lamar told me so! She wrote a hilarious (and totally true) Friday Eye Candy post for MamaPop letting us slacker Moms know we are good Moms! Check it out and laugh your ass off here!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I've participated in another "You Capture" Challenge.

I tried to be creative for this weeks "You Capture" challenge, but I haven't been able to get out of the house with my camera to capture some "Old Signs". I only know of one place in my city where I can find an old sign or two (or more) but it is in the middle of construction, and I hate taking the kids if I have my own things to accomplish at Gardner Village. So, I took a few pictures of the old signs I have in my "Dr Pepper Bathroom". Not very creative, but I did try a few new angles and I took a few with different camera settings, so I think I did OK.
Check in next week to see what I come up with for the new challenge...and believe me it's a DOOZY!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm a cook that has another enchilada recipe to share.

OK, so this recipe can be made into actual rolled enchiladas but it is the signature dish of a friend that doesn't like rolling enchiladas. So do it either way, whatever floats your boat. It calls for beef, but I am sure you can try it with a pork roast or even chicken breasts. I use the beef roast because I've already got my favorite chicken enchilada recipe (see, here). I've even used the leftover meat for nachos/taco salads and it was divine! I guess it is just an all around useful recipe (thanks Mel!) Mel's Enchilada Casserole 3 cans of Old El Paso enchilada sauce (19 oz can) 6 C shredded cheese (Mexican mix, cheddar, or whatever you like) 12-18 corn tortillas (depending on how many layers/enchiladas you like) 1 3lb. beef roast (or pork) 2 cloves garlic, minced vegetable oil Add 2 Tb. oil to large skillet. Cut roast into 2" pieces and brown on all sides with garlic. Once meat is browned turn heat down to medium and add 1 can enchilada sauce and enough water to cover meat. Cook for 2 hours or until liquid is almost gone. DO NOT LET BOIL OVER, or you'll never get it off your cooktop. Shred the meat (it will look hard to do, but if you've cooked it long enough it will be so easy!). Spray 9x13 dish with cooking spray. Use 1/2 C enchilada sauce and cover bottom of dish. Lay down 3-4 tortillas, overlapping them. Put about 1/2 C enchilada sauce on top. Cover with meat and sprinkle with a large handful of cheese. Repeat until you run out of ingredients. (Or place approx 1/3 cup meat on tortilla and roll like an enchilada). Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. Enjoy! Next week I'll have my very first chicken enchilada recipe. I still make it every so often, it is kind of a "go-to" recipe since I usually have all of the ingredients handy!