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Friday, September 28, 2007

Chicken Enchiladas...as best I can remember it

This is my variation of the recipe. Actually taken from The Best of Cooking Light cookbook that my mother in law gave us, and it is a wonderful cookbook. It's not really called "chicken enchiladas," but I don't remember the official name, and this is close enough. If you want the official recipe, buy the book. Actually, buy the book, anyway.

1 lb. cooked, shredded chicken
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, plus more for top
1/2 cup Jack cheese, plus more for top
1 small onion
1 regular sized can Rotel tomatoes, drained, then processed or chopped finely
1 small can tomatillo salsa
1 egg
1 cup, plus more if needed, milk
corn tortillas

Basically, you mix cooked chicken (about a lb.) with a chopped onion and 1/2 cup each of Cheddar and jack cheeses (or whatever kind you have) in a bowl. Next, in a separate bowl, combine one can (regular sized) Rotel tomatoes, drained and chopped finely (as with a food processor), with one small can, not drained, of tomatillo salsa, usually found on the Hispanic aisle. Add one egg, and 1 cup milk (add more if needed to thin it out).
Next, simmer shallow water in a pan and with tongs, dip the corn tortillas in for just a second to make them flexable. Fill the flexable tortilla with the chicken mixture and roll tightly in a baking dish, seam side down. Finish until all mixture is made (about 12 or so small tortillas). Pour tomatillo mixture over. Add shredded cheese over the top if you so choose. Bake on 375 F until bubbley cheese on top, or until heated through, about 20 minutes. Yum.

Would also be good with the addition of black beans, corn, spinach, etc. in the filling.

North Carolina was fun. We were all crammed in my dad's decently sized truck, but the fact that it's not a small truck doesn't really matter when you've been driving ten hours with three other adults and an infant in a child's seat and you're still over 6 hours away. It was fun, though it may sound awful in writing. Knox did a good job staying content in his little seat for so long, too.

I have been cooking lately, too. Last week we had chicken enchiladas. They were wonderful. I will post the recipe in a minute. Last night I baked a chicken with herbed potatoes and pearl onions. We also had homemade macaroni and cheese with chips and salsa and bruschetta as an appetizer. So good. It was a lot of food, too, so we'll be eating it over the course of the weekend, as well. The macaroni turned out to be too much for Wes and I, so I gave some to my dad. Last week I made a pumpkin cheesecake from the Fall Kraft magazine from last year. It was yummy. If you don't currently get this magazine, click here: http://www.kraftfoods.com/promo/ffmag/FFMag_offer_signup_template.aspx?s=profile&m=/profile/profile_registration&u1=join&task=Join&taskset=Join&promo_id=2928&rmain=food_family_mag/ffmag_main&redirect=/main.aspx
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Tonight we are going to eat with my husband's parents and grandparents. It has been a few months since they have seen Knox, so they are here for a visit. Actually, I don't think they've seen him walk yet. I should have just enough time to clean the house, put Knox down for a nap, and knit for a while before we all meet up to eat.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Knox and I are visiting family out of town with my sister, dad, and grandmother. The car is cramped. I'm enjoying the trip, though. Tonight my uncle is in a play (The Doll House, really a modern adaptation) but I'm sitting in a lobby with my child. I saw the first half while dad watched Knox, but I'm watching him now. He missed both naps today, so he should sleep well. Our vacation in TN was nice. We had a beautiful cabin in the mountains. I hope we go again sometime. I bought some Halloween decorations today. Tea towels for the kitchen, napkins and placemats for the table, and a wobbley cat for probably the table, too. Maybe for the mantel, though.

I started working only half days since Wes changed jobs. It has been wonderful. I am really enjoying staying home more. I can actually clean up and prepare dinner. Wow. I also like that Wes and I have the same morning schedule now.

I'm planning Knox's one year birthday party, and I'm not really sure what to do. I'm sending invitations to family, and I know to get a cake, but what else? Not games, surely, since he's too young. I've never thrown a birthday party for anyone before, so any ideas on what I do?

Monday, September 3, 2007


Today is bittersweet. It is labor day, and i didn't have to go into work today. We got the day off. So, we decided to use the time to clean the house. It's still not finished, but it is MUCH better than before. My mom came to get Knox tonight to watch him for the week. Wesley and I are going on vacation this week, so we'll be leaving really early tomorrow morning. I'm excited about vacation, but I miss the little man, too. :)