Friday, August 30, 2013

Green Chili Chicken

It's Food Friday again and I am so excited. I've never felt more TGIF-ish than I do today. I plan on a weekend full of windmill making, road-tripping, and wedding festivities for my cousin Mariah.

My friend Lindsay is the greatest person ever and will be helping me make windmills tonight. She doesn't know what she's getting herself into. She did send me a text though saying I'll pick up a new bottle [of wine] with a cute label. I judge wine by it's label. Obviously. To which I replied umm me too. Because they frown upon cracking one open to sample. Boo. I think we'll be just fine.

We're also heading to a wedding (where I will be rocking PipLey Boutique all week!!). Oh, I'm so excited!

To keep the excitement rolling, I have a delicious recipe for you!

I call this one Green Chili Chicken. If you want to save it for later, click on the hovering PIN IT button right over the picture to pin the image and recipe. I promise it won't disappoint! You will need:

  • 1bag frozen corn
  • 1c sour cream
  • 1c mild chunky salsa
  • 1c water
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans diced green chili peppers
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2c shredded cheddar cheese 
  • Soft shell taco shells
Mix corn, salsa, water, chicken, tomatoes, chili peppers, and taco seasoning in your crockpot.

Cook 4-5 hr on high until chicken is cooked through. Using two forks, shred chicken and return to crock for 30 minutes. 

Add (stir in) sour cream & cheese. Set to low until melted. 

Put your tortilla in the microwave for 10-12 seconds to make more flexible. Serve in a bowl lined with a soft tortilla. We tore the top of the tortilla and ate it like a taco, then ate the remainder like a soup. It was soooooo good.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Baby's First Birthday - Planning

I'm trying not to think about the fact that my child will be one... ONE... in a few short weeks. I can't even say months anymore because months turned to month. Singular. And you don't say My baby is ONE in one month, two weeks, and three days because people may think that you're counting down. And you normally count down for exciting things, right? This isn't really exciting. Ok, it is a little. But really it's a little sad that this whole year has already come and gone. Where did that year go? Did we do enough in her first year of life? I mean, a year is a big deal!

You see? I could ramble about this bizz for days and still say nothing. So, I've decided to distract myself. I am in full-out party-planning mode over here and I've finally hit a wall.

Our theme is Pinwheels and my poor, poor fingers are raw from making teeny tiny itty bitty pinwheels.

My poor friends who've volunteered to help make them this week and next week have NO idea what they've committed to. This'll be fun, right? RIGHT?!

I'm doing a variety of sizes and using them in nearly all of our decor. The draw-back? I have focused only on pinwheels and not on the food I want to serve. Or who to invite. Or basically any other detail other than pinwheels.


Ok, some may think I'm being irrational because I have a month and a half left, but I have a busy month and a half ahead including two business trips (where I FINALLY get to meet my blog friend, Samantha... AHHH!!) and frankly, I'm crunched.

I feel like there is so much to do. Including invites (which I didn't think of until RIGHT this second.. dang).

Who do you invite to the first birthday? Babies her age? Kids from her daycare? Or do you stick to family until she is a little more interactive and can play?

I need ideas. Food ideas, decor ideas, anything. I've never hosted a first birthday before so I will take all the help I can get!

Ready? Go.

Friday, August 23, 2013

White Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups

I made these last week and posted a picture on Instagram and Facebook where a few people asked me for the recipe. I ended up getting WAY too busy to post last week because of an impromptu camping trip, so you get it this week instead.

You will need:

  • 1 box of Lasagna noodles cooked and placed on wax paper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 large chicken breasts, thawed
  • 1 large bag of broccoli cuts
  • 1, 15oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup of cottage cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese separated
  • 2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350*

Put olive oil and garlic in a pan and saute over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. While garlic is cooking, cube thawed chicken breasts. Put into pan with 1/2 c water and cook through.  Drain water from chicken and place in a large bowl. Mix together with broccoli, eggs, ricotta, cottage cheese, and one cup of the mozzarella cheese.

Place about 1/4 cup of the mixture on one end of the noodle and roll. Line a greased 9x13" pan with these rolls. Bake covered at 350* for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5-10 minutes more or until they just start to turn a golden color.

Serve HOT!

So so yummy and EXTREMELY easy (while looking challenging).

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My First 5K

This post was a long time coming. I suppose that could be because it happened a month ago (today). Or maybe because I was planning and "training" for it for a few weeks before that. All I know is that I did it.

This all started last year in July when my sister and her friends did the Color Run. They had a BLAST and she made sure I knew. She also made sure to make me commit to doing it with her next year. I made her (what I had hoped was) an empty promise and I said I'd do it.

Months went by and it was forgotten (mostly because in that time I had a baby... which kind of takes your attention and runs with it). Then, registration opened and I knew I had to think of an excuse quick. Unfortunately, Becca got her way and we signed up (late, mind you... so I had to pay an extra $5. What IS that crap?).

And so - we ran.

I won't mention our time because quite frankly, it wasn't great (think 30). I suppose some of it may have had to do with the corn starch powder and the fact that Becca had one piece of advice: inhale before you get into the color.

Yeah, that didn't happen. Needless to say, it looked like a smurf pooped in my teeth throughout the run. The taste, the fact that it clogged all of my necessary breathing orifices, these factors may have all played a role in my sucky time. (I have to come up with excuses because my time when running at home was around 29 (still not fast but I'd have been happier with that))

I must have looked a mess at the end, or maybe it was because she was hungry and excessively tired, but the second Kylie saw me she started screaming and crying for her real mommy. It was pretty funny.

Now, will somebody please help me come up with an excuse for next year (or buy me a baggy of colored chalk to toss into the fan of my treadmill so I can practice)?

On a side note - I usually have the TV or radio on while I work so I have some background noise (man, I wish I worked in an office) and Juno is on... it just made me very excited for Fall. That's all.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Essentials for Camping with an Infant

Let's start by saying that this is what I've packed so far. You see, we've never brought Kylie camping before. So next week I may have a what you REALLY need for camping with an infant post.

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This is what we've packed. A list for the newbies, if you will. For our 4 day trip, we packed:
  • Pack and play - baby needs a place to sleep, right? Well Kylie HATED the pack and play when we first got it. We had a little case of Princess and the Pea and the little cootie didn't think it was comfy enough. We ended up at and found a reasonably priced (new, obviously... I have a thing about used mattresses... ick) pack and play mattress. Wrap that thing in a cozy blanket (TIGHTLY) and make sure there isn't any blanket the baby can get caught up in. Bam. Baby is comfortable and sleeps like a bear in hibernation in this thing. 
  • Bottles and spare-paci - Don't think oh, I can get by with one or two. Remember that you may not have running water so you'll want to have enough to get you through a good part of the day or at least until you can find somewhere to wash them. Fortunately we have a restroom with running water a short ways from our site. We should only need 5 bottles and 3 pacifiers.

  • Weather-appropriate clothing. You guys - today's high is 84 degrees. Shorts weather, no? During our trip, the weather is going to be hi 69* lo 47*. We are bringing pants, shorts (just in case the sun tricks us), sweatshirts, winter coat, and a hat for our kiddo. Not only that, but we still don't let her sleep with blankets. Ever since I discovered a family member passed from SIDS many years ago, I have been a bed-time-Nazi. I am so worried about blankets and (I was worried about) rolling over that I lost lots of sleep over doing things the safe way. So instead of tossing blankets on KJ to keep her warm, I am bringing her socks, pants, and a long-sleeved onsie to wear under her fleece PJs. She'll be juuuust right. This weather thing is stressing this mama out!
  • Baby carrier - We plan to go hiking a couple of the days and while strollers are awesome, I don't think they'll be able to handle the terrain, so we're huffing it. KJ will have a cozy spot on my back. We're big fans of the ErgoBaby carrier because of how it gives baby the most natural hip placement when baby-wearing and I know this thing is going to be a lifesaver when we get to the trails.
  • Backpack - You may need water or snacks or a meal for you and/or baby on the hike. Bring a backpack. Don't forget to include diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes for the little nugget though. Those carriers hold snug to their little bums and can cause an impromptu blowout. Be warned. Also, let someone else carry the backpack. A baby and a pack might be a little much on one person.
  • A backpack-friendly changing mat - You're going to want something that makes changing baby easy. Get a mat that has a spot for diapers and wipes so you're not trying to find everything when the moment strikes for your child to stink up the wilderness. Be prepared!

  • Stroller - Even though we're bringing a carrier, I know we're going to need a stroller for when we stop for pie or something on the way to our camping site. A stroller is ideal for these occasions. A collapsible one is a super-bonus!
  • FOOD - Kylie is in an awkward stage where she loves to self-feed, but I also sometimes give her baby food to help compensate for all of the stuff that lands on her lap. I am in LOVE with pouches. They don't have to be warmed and can come with little screw-on spoons that make it easy to feed baby. I almost always make Kylie's food, but when refrigeration is unavailable, we don't hesitate to buy. We also got a variety of pick-up snacks so she'll always be plump and happy :) (We brought a lot more food than this... just so you're not concerned)

  • Travel/camping friendly toys - This means (if you want it right between the eyes) bring reasonably sized toys and make sure they aren't too loud and obnoxious to where you may tarnish the relationship between you and your neighbors who may be able to solve the issue of a missing ingredient so you don't have to drive 30 miles to the nearest gas station.

  • An amazing coffee mug - This isn't for coffee, friends. You know how sometimes when you're in a strange environment, baby might wake up in the middle of the night? Well, camping provides the strangest of environments and while it'd be nice to just stick a bottle in the microwave for 35 seconds to achieve the perfect temp, we don't really have that opportunity. Instead, spend the money on a nice coffee mug that keeps water hot for hours. I got this one at Caribou Coffee for $25 about 5 years ago, but I think Walmart is now selling them for around $10. This bad-boy keeps water at an undrinkable hot for hours. Sleep next to this, a bottle of cold water (to counter if it's too hot), and your formula separator and you're setting yourself up for a very quick midnight feeding.

  • A collapsible high-chair - I am and will eternally be a Joovy advocate (and no, they don't know, nor did they pay me to write this). This high-chair is easy to clean and folds up no bigger than a folding chair. This is IDEAL for travelling and I think you need one.

Of course you need all of the mommy essentials like a camera and whatnot, but those might just be covered next week when I tell you what we ACTUALLY used. Wish us luck, this could get interesting!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Potato Egg Bake

Have you ever heard of an egg bake? If not, you're totally missing out. It's easy and delicious. Simply the best breakfast to wake up to. Tip: PUT THIS IN THE FRIDGE OVERNIGHT AND JUST STICK IN THE OVEN IN THE MORNING. It really makes life so much easier. (And gets your tummy full faster!)

Here's what you'll need:

1 bag original Simply Potatoes (they're shredded)
12 large eggs
1c milk
1 bag frozen broccoli
1lb bacon cut into 1" pieces and fried/drained OR browned sausage
2c cheddar cheese
2 tbsp softened butter

Make sure your bacon is fried BEFORE starting to assemble the egg bake.

In a large mixing bowl, pour in the potatoes, some salt, some pepper, and the butter. (When we tried this, the potatoes were a bit bland, so I am recommending this step to jazz them up a little.) When mixed well, spread into baking dish evenly.

Sprinkle cooled, drained, browned meat and frozen broccoli as well as the cheddar cheese so that the potatoes are covered.

In the same bowl where you mixed the potatoes, scramble the 12 eggs and the milk until the yolks are all broken. Pour this over the top of the rest of the ingredients, cover the dish with foil, and put in fridge till morning.

Wake up (duh), preheat oven to 350*, and take straight from fridge to oven leaving on the foil. Bake for about one hour, checking periodically to see if they are cooked through.

After about an hour (when sides are bubbling a bit), remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more. When eggs are cooked through, breakfast is ready!

Happy weekend, everyone. Go do something fun!
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