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strawberry spinach salad

22 Jun

We’ve been home a lot these past couple of weeks. I’ve been saying over and over, ‘I love June.” and THAT’S because we’ve actually had a BREAK. I’ve put my kids to bed every night. I’ve cooked dinner every night. We’ve gone swimming as a family after naps. And I’m catching up on home projects, cleaning my house and office work that only gets done if you can be HOME. We love what we do. We love being as busy as we are. But there are a couple of months a year that are slower than all the others, and they are a welcome break! You can love what you do tremendously and still need a break from it to recharge, refresh and restore yourself. So it’s been absolutely refreshing. That was a lot of ‘R’ words.

I made this salad last week AND the dressing and it was SO good. I actually baked a couple of chicken breasts to put on the side. I try to eat vegan as often as I can. But a couple of times a week, I eat some meat. This was the perfect salad to pair some chicken with. It was a great meal. And yes, I made garlic bread with it out of hot dog buns. Does anyone else do this??? No? Just me? My mom used to do it ALL the time. She was a single mamma trying to make ends meet so she used EVERY bit of food for ANY purpose that we needed. So it’s nostalgic for me. You should try it. It’s sorta like breadsticks, but not. And it’s on hot dog buns. YUM.

Anyways. I digress. Back to the salad.

Ingredients

9 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 pint (2 cups) fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 cups sliced almonds, toasted

Dressing:

2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon finely chopped red or white onion
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (a couple shakes of the bottle)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Toast almonds in a small skillet over medium heat for a couple of minutes to brown and bring out the flavor.
In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries. and almonds. Place dressing ingredients in a blender; cover and process until combined. You can make the dressing ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Pour over salad right before serving and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Makes 6-8 servings.

* Image taken on my iPhone.

*Recipe found on Pinterest. But you can also find the recipe here.

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8 Mar

I wish I could say that we are buying a house. BUT. We are not. If you would have asked me just a mere two weeks ago, I would have answered differently.

We have PLANS to buy a house and hopefully in Scottsdale. We LOVE it here. It’s just exactly where we want to be. But I think we are going to wait another year before we buy so we can save some more money. THAT said, we ARE most likely going to be moving soon into a rental home. We don’t have one lined up or anything yet. But it is a huge priority. With two kids, we are just really realizing how much we need a little more space. That, and I’m DYING to have an office. You guys. I work almost 60 hours a week in my BEDROOM. There’s been nothing wrong with this scenario until lately. It’s worked fine. But our business is STILL growing and Jason and I just really feel like we need a space of our own to work in. A place where we can be creative in. Not a place where the laundry piles up behind me.

I’ll be honest. Working in my room has been a little paralyzing. But it’s been a better option for our family that having our computers out in the living area. SO. We are house hunting! And so of course that means I’m Pinterest hunting as well! But I stumbled upon this BEAUTIFUL office that I just have to have. Jason and I have already begun dreaming about how we can go about decorating it so it feels like a boy works there AND like a girl works there. HA. It’s actually been fun. I sort of envision my half of the office looking something like this:

Be still my heart. I love it. I’m SO desiring a creative space to be…well, creative. HA. And I’m also excited to have my sleeping space back without my computer in the same room. It’s just a little cramped and we need to spread out. Here’s to hoping and praying we find a GREAT house!

* Image found on Pinterest.

truth

23 Feb

* Image found on Pinterest.

macaroni + cheese

12 Jan

I’m making this for dinner tonight and I just had to share it. I found it on Pinterest, which is where I’ve been finding a LOT of new recipes lately. And each one has been a HIT. I know I already have a recipe on this blog for macaroni and cheese, but you could always use more than one, right? Well, I’m a fan. And it’s my blog. So here it is. In all honesty, it’s a GREAT recipe and I was able to make it really quickly. Which is a plus in my crazy insane life. So give it a whirl. I steam some broccoli and actually mix the two together.

Wow I cant wait to have this for dinner to tonight!

Ingredients

– 8oz macaroni, or any smallish tube shaped pasta
– 1 tablespoon butter
– 6 oz evaporated milk
– 6 oz freshly grated cheddar cheese
– 1 egg, beaten
– 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
– 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
– Hot sauce, to taste
– Salt and pepper

Directions

1. Boil the pasta according to package directions, but reduce the cooking time by one minute.  Drain and pour back into the cooking pot.

2. Over medium-low heat, add the butter and stir until melted.

3. Mix the egg, milk, and spices and pour over the pasta.  Stir until it begins to thicken, about three to five minutes.

4. Remove the pan from the heat then add the cheese in four installments, making sure the first is melted completely before adding the next.

5. Serve immediately.

Mmmmmmmm…….

sour cream chicken enchiladas

29 Dec

We always usually make mexican food for dinner on Christmas Eve. It’s been a tradition in Jason’s family for years to have tamales and we’ve sort of carried the tradition on into our own family now. And this year I was GOING to make tamales from scratch. BUT then I got scared and decided not to. I think this spring I am going to try to make a bunch and see how they turn out. Then maybe Christmas 2012 will be my year for homemade tamales.

SO. We ordered tamales from a local spot nearby and I made enchiladas at home to go with them. It was a plan that worked out rather well!

I found this recipe on Pinterest. Whenever I’m in the mood for a new recipe, I check there first as of lately. It’s SUCH a great spot to find really awesome recipes AND you can keep them in one spot until you’re ready to use them. I love it. So I found this recipe for Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas and new I wanted to try it for Christmas Eve. And it was a huge hit!

I’m sharing it here with you now. You’ve got to try these. YUM.

Ingredients

– 1 lb chicken breast, diced

– 1 medium onion, chopped

– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

– 8 8-inch flour tortillas , softened

– 1 1/2 cups grated monterey jack cheese or 1 1/2 cups Mexican blend cheese, divided

– 1/4 cup butter

– 1/4 cup flour

– 1 (15 ounce) can chicken broth- (I used vegetable broth and it was just as good!)

– 1 cup sour cream

– 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies

Directions

1. In frypan, cook chicken and onion together in oil over medium-high heat until chicken is just done.

2. Divide cooked chicken evenly between 8 tortillas; add 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese to each tortilla.

3. Roll enchiladas and place seam-side down in 9×13″ baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with no-stick cooking spray.

4. Melt butter in a medium saucepan; stir in flour to make a roux; stir and cook until bubbly; gradually whisk in chicken broth then bring to boiling, stirring frequently.

5. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and green chiles; pour sauce evenly over enchiladas.

6. Top with remaining 3/4 cup cheese (baking dish may be double-wrapped and frozen at this point) and bake at 400° for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce near edges of baking dish is bubbly.

omg.

15 May

Exactly what I need. Another time suck. Who else is obsessed with Pinterest??? I can’t seem to get away from it and I simply LOVE it. Wow. But I seriously don’t need SOMETHING ELSE to take up the little amount of time I have each day. This is crazy.

Life is crazy. Short and sweet. Check out Pinterest. If you want an invite, let me know. Follow me. I’ll follow you back.

You’ll be hooked.