Monday, February 27, 2012

Chicken Taquitos Recipe

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This chicken taquitos recipe has been a staple since it’s introduction into our family several months ago. I found a recipe via Pinterest and tweaked it to our tastes ~ but it’s one that is asked for at least once a month and has also been requested by friends when visiting.

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This recipe will make a double batch, so you can make one to eat right away and flash freeze another to use later in the month. They are best fresh out of the oven {not reheated} since they are crispy when freshly baked and a wee bit soggy if they are reheated. If you happen to have leftover filling it also makes a tasty chicken salad.

Chicken Taquito Ingredients

{makes 24 taquitos}

  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup green salsa
  • 4 ounces cream cheese {1/2 a block}
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 3 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 green onions, diced
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh chopped basil {can use cilantro, but we prefer basil}
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 4-5 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese {Walmart has a shredded blend}
  • 2 packages of tortillas {about 24}
  • non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle chicken with granulated garlic and cook chicken until no longer pink. Chop finely and set aside {I use my Pampered Chef food chopper for this}.
  2. While chicken is cooking, cream together sour cream, cream cheese, cumin, green salsa, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic. Mix in green onions, chopped basil and lime juice.
  3. Preheat oven to 425.
  4. Fold chicken and cheese into cream mixture.
  5. Lightly spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  6. Spoon several tablespoons of chicken mixture into center of a tortilla. Tightly roll the tortilla up and place on baking sheet.
  7. When baking sheet is full {mine will hold 12 taquitos}, lightly spray the taquitos with the cooking spray.
  8. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes or til edges are golden brown and crispy.
  9. Serve with sour cream and extra green chile sauce.

Note: I make up the extra taquitos and pop them into the freezer until they are frozen and then transfer them to another container. When we are ready to use them, I pull them out and bake at 425 for a little longer than 15 minutes {or til they are golden brown}. Makes a great freezer meal!

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Source: adapted from Pennies on a Platter

Monday, February 20, 2012

Menu Plan Monday ~ Week of February 20, 2012

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Menu Plan Monday

Back to life this week after a little time off for me last week! Everyone seems to have survived ~ but I have to admit it was wonderful to have a group of fabulous ladies and be a little bit spoiled last week! :)

Here’s what is on the menu for this week:

Monday

  • Breakfast ~ Bagels
  • Dinner ~ Poppyseed chicken with rice and veggies
Tuesday Wednesday
  • Breakfast ~ Eggs & toast
  • Dinner ~ leftovers
Thursday Friday Saturday
  • Breakfast ~ Scrambled eggs, bacon & toast
  • Dinner ~ Lentil Stew and bread
Sunday
  • Breakfast ~ Cinnamon rolls
  • Dinner ~ Popcorn & chocolate milk

As Always: I’ve linked to any recipes that I’ve already posted.  That’s it for the week ~ what on your menu? 

Don’t miss my Main Dish Menu Planner and go-along Monthly Menu Planner that you can fill in with your own text and save on your own computer ~ go on and try! I have examples on how I use it to help sort and plan my meals.

 

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Different View

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Yesterday morning, this was my view from outside my window at 6am. Not my typical view, but definitely a beautiful one.

 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall {Book Review & Giveaway}

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Margaret Macy is just a few month’s away from her twenty fifth birthday and a rather large inheritance. Her new step-father intends to marry her off to his nephew and get his hands on the money that she inherits. In a rash decision, she runs away with her recently discharged servant. With little funds to support her, she is forced to disguise herself and is hired as a servant.

Reality sets in at 5:30 am each morning and Margaret attempts to learn the ins and outs of a life in service. Unfortunately for her, she has been hired to work in the house of one of her former suitors and there are numerous people looking to discover where she is hidden. Will she be able to keep her identity a secret or will she be discovered and forced to marry someone who only intends to take her inheritance?

My Thoughts

Right now one of my favorite tv series focuses on the differences between the lives of servants and the society families. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen was a fun look into the life of a girl who is thrust into the role of servant ~ when she is far from accustomed to doing any bit of work and her attitude has been anything but thankful. As her character adjusts to the new circumstances and her attitude changes toward others, you are pulled into the story and the lives of those that surround her.

I truly have not read a book by Julie Klassen that I have not loved or would not recommend. When this book showed up in my mailbox early one Saturday afternoon, I immediately pulled it out of the envelope, sat down on the couch and read it cover to cover.

I only stopped to make dinner for my family. Even then, I had the book in my hand while stirring the cooking food. {ahem}

Hopefully, that will give you some indication of how much I enjoyed it! Here are a few more books by Julie Klassen that I have also enjoyed: The Girl in the GatehouseThe Silent Governess, The Apothecary's Daughter, and Lady of Milkweed Manor. If you enjoy period fiction, you will really enjoy her books!

Find Out More

~ Visit Julie Klassen’s website

~ Buy The Maid of Fairbourne Hall at Amazon.

The Giveaway

Would you like to win a copy of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall ? I have one copy to mail to one of my readers! Leave a comment on this post ~ be sure there is a way for me to contact you. The giveaway will be open until Tuesday, February 21st at 8pm.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day LOVE from What’s in the Bible!!

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To celebrate Valentine’s Day and God’s love for us, What’s in the Bible has a special Valentine’s Day card and coupon code that is available today only {February 14th}. The coupon code will give you $10 off Volume 1: Genesis and includes FREE shipping and handling.

Bottom line is $5.

Just click on the valentine card with Sunday School lady {she just cracks me up} and use the code LOVE4 during checkout.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Menu Plan Monday ~ Week of February 13, 2012

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Menu Plan Monday

For some reason I didn’t pull out my monthly calendar ahead of time when filling out my monthly meal plan ~ which was super obvious when I sat down to write down our meals and realized that I would be out of town from Wednesday through Sunday leaving no one to make the meals I had planned.

Oops!

So a little adjusting the meals, some pre-cooking and freezing and everything should hopefully be set for the rest of the week. While Daddy is home with the kids at the end of the week, I’ll be at a conference {with some WONDERFUL ladies}, and back in time to enjoy popcorn and a movie next Sunday!

Monday

  • Breakfast ~ Bagels
  • Dinner ~ Chicken Gyros {trying out a new recipe this week!}
  • Extra ~ 4 loaves of homemade whole wheat bread
  • Extra ~ make ahead Chicken Taquitos & freeze for later this week
Tuesday
  • Breakfast ~ Baked oatmeal
  • Dinner ~  Chili in crockpot and homemade cornbread
  • Extra ~ Homemade granola bars
Wednesday
  • Breakfast ~ Eggs & toast
  • Dinner ~ @ church
Thursday
  • Breakfast ~ Whole wheat pancakes {frozen batch}
  • Dinner ~ Leftovers!
Friday Saturday
  • Breakfast ~ Scrambled eggs, bacon & toast
  • Dinner ~ Chicken Taquitos {really need to post this recipe since I altered one I found and it is truly AMAZING!!}
Sunday
  • Breakfast ~ Cinnamon rolls
  • Dinner ~ Popcorn & chocolate milk

As Always: I’ve linked to any recipes that I’ve already posted.  That’s it for the week ~ what on your menu? 

Don’t miss my Main Dish Menu Planner and go-along Monthly Menu Planner that you can fill in with your own text and save on your own computer ~ go on and try! I have examples on how I use it to help sort and plan my meals.

 

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Battery Storage and Organization ~ #PinterestChallenge

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I’ve officially documented my first Pinterest challenge ~ well, aside from the various recipes that I’ve been trying. Our battery storage was one of the first areas that I wanted to tackle. While this doesn’t include our rechargeable batteries {those are organized in a kitchen drawer}, I did want to get our other batteries out of sight from certain children who feel the need to swipe any and every battery.

Thanks to this lovely Pinterest idea from BHG, I picked up a craft box at Walmart {couldn’t find a tackle or bait box that was deep enough}, and sorted all of our batteries.

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The box was deep enough that I was also able to hide a few of our extra flashlights and a headlamp inside {in case of emergency}.

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Now the batteries are all organized and stored up in our pantry {a.k.a. away from the eyes of children} and I am moving on to another Pinterest project that I’ll share with you next week!!

I’m linking up with Julie from Dutch Being Me and her Pinterest Challenge ~ and trying to accomplish all those fun ideas from pinning!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Come Out to Support Compassion International

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Does your family sponsor a child through Compassion International? If you would like to learn more about the ministry of Compassion International, singer Shaun Groves will be in concert representing Compassion on the evening of Wednesday, February 15th at Eastern Mennonite University {Martin Chapel}.

Compassion's mission is releasing children from poverty across the world. Join Shaun for an evening of songs and stories inspired by his travels with Compassion. Although the concert is free, they are accepting the donations at the door. There will also be an opportunity to sponsor a child ~ something we as a family truly enjoy!

I would HIGHLY recommend attending and spreading the word to your friends and family that may be in the area. Not only is Shaun’s music wonderful, he will be sharing his heart {and humor} with everyone. It will be an evening that will bless you on so many levels, so be sure to mark your calendar to attend!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Menu Plan Monday ~ Week of February 6th

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Menu Plan Monday

Company is coming and we’re finishing up Superbowl leftovers too this week. Later this week, I’m also going to attempt making pitas and trying out a new recipe for Chicken Gyros…if they taste half as amazing as they look, we’ll be in great shape! :)

Monday

  • Breakfast ~ Bagels
  • Dinner ~  Mushroom Chicken Bake with Wild Rice
  • Extra ~ make bread
Tuesday
  • Breakfast ~ Baked oatmeal
  • Dinner ~  Tater Tot Casserole
Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Saturday
  • Breakfast ~ Scrambled eggs, bacon & toast
  • Dinner ~ Chicken Gyros {new recipe we’re trying this week}
Sunday
  • Breakfast ~ Cinnamon rolls
  • Dinner ~ Popcorn & chocolate milk

As Always: I’ve linked to any recipes that I’ve already posted.  That’s it for the week ~ what on your menu? 

Don’t miss my Main Dish Menu Planner and go-along Monthly Menu Planner that you can fill in with your own text and save on your own computer ~ go on and try! I have examples on how I use it to help sort and plan my meals.

 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Putting Pinterest to Work…

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Pinterest has become one of my favorite resources and ‘go-to’ places for getting ideas. The biggest bonus to me is the visual aspect ~ I can SEE an idea and check it out in more detail. I tend to remember images and Pinterest lets me sort things onto different virtual bulletin boards. My boards have everything from teaching ideas to organization ideas and things that just make me giggle.

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BUT…as much as I love to ‘pin’ ideas all the time, it’s even nicer if I actually USE the ideas in my own house. In my mind I may be all organized, but it would be nice if some of the marvelous ideas actually transferred over to real life {and not my imagination}.

My goal is to try to do one thing a week this year from my Pinterest boards. That may be trying a new recipe, putting an organization tip to work in my house, using an idea during our school time…but following through on the things that catch my eye.

Here are a few things that I have planned to work on in the next few weeks ~ and I’m going to join up with a friend’s Pinterest challenge and share my success/failures with them and maybe even some ideas with you all.

Battery storage, freezer organization, and random storage ideas

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If you aren’t on Pinterest already, leave a comment and I will send you an invite via email. And if you are ~ leave a comment with your Pinterest user name so that I can follow you as well. My user name is jolanthe {shocking, eh?}.

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