Wednesday Nights

Zach has worked Wednesday nights for several years now, and almost never doesn’t unless it is a holiday. I have found that although I adore my husband I like my Wednesday nights to myself, I try to get things done like laundry and dishes and more recently blogging. This week Zach worked Monday night instead of Wednesday night, it always throws my week off when he changes his schedule. Well on Monday when he got home from work and told me he wasn’t going to work his usual Wednesday night I was actually pretty excited, something about spending time together when you are used to not being together makes it feel a little bit special.

Well long story short I had a Monday night to myself and decided to make something for dinner that I knew Zach wouldn’t like so I could take leftovers for lunch this week. I have always loved enchiladas, but have been slightly intimidated by them until a few weeks ago when I was looking at a few recipes on Pinterest and thought this really isn’t that bad. So I had bought some of the ingredients at the store in anticipation that at some point I wanted to attempt to make enchiladas and boy am I glad I did. They were even easier than I expected and so simple to change up if you want to add something extra.

Enchiladas 1

For this recipe you will need refried beans, enchilada sauce, cheese, and tortillas, sour cream is optional.

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In a bowl combine the entire can of beans, 3/4 cup of enchilada sauce and 1 cup shredded cheese.

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Spoon some of the mixture into tortilla and roll tortilla around it. (These tortillas were slightly too large and I had to fold the ends around too.)

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Place rolled tortillas in lightly greased 9×13 pan. Cover with remaining enchilada sauce and shredded cheese.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and filling is heated through.

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Enjoy! I like to crunch up some tortilla chips and serve with some sour cream.

Basic Enchiladas

  • 1 can refried beans (can also use cooked ground beef or chicken)
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups cheese, divided
  • 8 tortillas
  • Can also add onions, peppers, avocados, etc.
  • Enjoy with sour cream, salsa, tortilla chips, etc.

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease 9×13 pan.

Mix beans, 3/4 cup enchilada sauce and 1 cup shredded cheese. Spoon (about 3 tablespoons) filing mixture onto tortillas; roll up and place seam side down in baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over tortillas and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and filling is heated through.

See how easy is that? After I placed the dish in the oven I stood in the kitchen for a minute wondering if they were really that easy, they were believe me. Next time I make these I am going to try making sauce from scratch. There are so many different ways these can be made, I will keep you guys updated on my experiments!

Is there a recipe you guys make that you still can’t believe how easy it is?

Time to enjoy my bonus time with Zach, everyone have a great night!

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Delayed

I have to apologize for the delay in this post, it was supposed to be published yesterday but my computer was having technical difficulties. So instead of the usual Saturday post you guys get a Sunday post.

When I woke up this morning I was feeling very lazy and didn’t want to make something difficult, as much as I love cookies they can be rather time consuming. Zach left extra early this morning for his baseball games and someone was not helping with my motivation…2014-07-26 01.59.27

Finally after wasting time on Pinterest looking at recipes I came across a recipe for chewy butterscotch bars from one of my favorite blogs Peanut Butter Fingers, you can see the original recipe here. It looked pretty easy and since I was not feeling motivated these seemed perfect!

Butterscotch Bars 1

For this recipe you will need, butterscotch chips, butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla and flour.

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Microwave butter and butterscotch chips until melted, stirring regularly (about 2-3 minutes).

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Stir sugars, eggs and vanilla into butter mixture. Stir in flour.

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Pour into greased 9×13 pan.

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I forgot to preheat the oven, so while I was waiting I decided these bars needed some chocolate chips.

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Bake approximately 25 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Chewy Butterscotch Bars

  • 1 11oz package butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • Some chocolate chips to sprinkle on top (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Microwave butter and butterscotch chips until melted, stirring regularly (about 2-3 minutes). Stir sugars, eggs and vanilla into butter mixture. Stir in flour. Pour into greased 9×13 pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes.

I will be honest, this was my first recipe using butterscotch chips and I think it turned out fabulously! When I tasted the batter, I was worried it was too sweet but I think the bars turned out delicious, I can’t wait to share them!

What is your favorite butterscotch recipe?

Time

This past week Zach’s Aunt and Uncle lost one of their two dogs. Their dogs are as much a part of the family as we are.

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Max & Kiwi

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He was always so happy

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And it never took much convincing to get him to snuggle.

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We love you Max.

With his passing it reminded me that I should cherish my kitty while she’s here. Time is one thing you can never get back so even when I am trying to blog and Toews decides that is the best time to cuddle although I want to blog in the end snuggle time with my little troublemaker is what I will cherish. Here’s some of my favorite moments with her so far.007 (5)

She likes to climb into purses. Yes she did that on her own.

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Help wrap her daddy’s Christmas present.

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Sleep adorably.

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Go for rides in the car.

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Hide in her daddy’s laundry.

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Play in bags and boxes.

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Help do dishes.

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Nap in random places.

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“Play” foosball.

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Spend quality time with her daddy.

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Toews says “Mommy that’s enough pictures.”

Thanks for reading my post, if you have a pet go give it a big hug and kiss and cherish the time you have with them.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

Last year when Zach and I were planning our wedding celebration we were talking to a close friend who’s family owns a bakery and was going to provide the sweets for our party. We of course had to have cookies and he asked us what kinds we wanted, now as a cookie lover there aren’t many cookies that I don’t enjoy, except oatmeal raisin. When I said everything but oatmeal raisin Zach looked at me and said well what if I wanted oatmeal raisin, I laughed, thinking he was joking with me, he wasn’t. I was shocked to find out I did not know that apparently my husband likes oatmeal raisin cookies. Now cookies have never been at the top of his list if he wanted something homemade, funfetti cupcakes, brownies, Jiffy blueberry muffins, rice crispy treats, have all been requested over the years but never oatmeal raisin cookies.

In my opinion raisins have no place in a cookie, but after our party that was the only cookie we didn’t have leftovers of, so I guess I am in the minority. Now craisins in a cookie with white chocolate chips, that is fantastic. When I was trying to decide what to make today I came to the conclusion that I would compromise with Zach, I still can’t bring myself to voluntarily put raisins in a cookie but I could attempt to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, a compromise, and isn’t that what marriage is all about?

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 1

For this recipe you will need butter, light brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, salt, oats and chocolate chips.

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In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars until smooth.

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beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.

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Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir into creamed mixture until just blended.

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Mix in oats and chocolate chips.

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Drop by heaping spoonfuls on to ungreased baking sheet. (I used my cookie scoop then flattened the cookies a bit before baking)

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Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Enjoy!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I omitted)

Preheat oven to 325

In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir into creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in quick oats, nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonful on to ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

As you can tell baking is much easier for me to attempt. As I am holding the plate to offer Zach a cookie he says to me I’m not really an oatmeal fan.  WHAT? Apparently it’s the raisins in the cookies that he likes so much. Oh well at least he was a good sport and still ate a few. Thanks Baby!

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How do you feel about raisins in your cookies? Love them or leave them.

I Made Tetrazzini So There

Every year after Thanksgiving my mother in law Mary would make one of my absolute favorite meals with leftover turkey. Since it has been so chilly for July I finally pulled out the recipe to attempt making it for the first time myself. I will admit I was slightly intimidated because it is always so delicious when Mary made it, then it hit me, I couldn’t compare mine to hers, she was a pro at this and I was just trying it for the first time. I think it turned out pretty well, I will definitely be making it again!

Tetrazzini 1

For this recipe you will need, Angel Hair pasta, onion, butter, flour, salt, white pepper, poultry seasoning, ground mustard, milk, shredded cheese and chicken. (The chicken is not pictured because it was still baking)

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Cook pasta for about 4 minutes until almost tender.

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Melt butter in saucepan, add onion cook and stir until tender. (I omitted the onion)

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Stir in flour until well blended, then gradually add milk and stir so no lumps form.

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Season with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and mustard. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until it thickens.

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Remove from heat and add cheese. Stir until cheese melts.

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Stir in pasta and cooked chicken.

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Place in 8×8 baking dish. Top with remaining cheese.

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Bake for 25 minutes at 400 until sauce is bubbly and cheese is toasted

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Enjoy!

Turkey Tetrazzini

  • 1 8oz package Angel Hair pasta
  • 2/3 cup sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 pound cooked, chopped turkey (I substitute chicken)

Preheat oven to 400

Bring large pot of water to boil. Add pasta and cook for about 4 minutes (until almost tender). Drain.

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, Stir in flour until well blended, then gradually add milk and stir so no lumps form. Season with salt, white pepper, poultry seasoning and ground mustard. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until it thickens. remove from heat and add 2/3 cup of the cheese. Stir until cheese melts.

Stir in pasta and cooked chicken. Place in 8×8 baking dish.  Top with remaining cheese.

Bake for 25 minutes until sauce is bubbly and cheese is toasted.

I served it with some cheesy bread that I made with Rhodes Rolls, that is one of my favorite go to sides, if I remember to take the rolls out in time for them to rise.

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Cheesy Bread

P.S. Thanks Zach for coming up with the title for this post!

Muffin Top

As I was falling asleep last night I was thinking about the grilled cheese I wanted to have for lunch today so when I woke up this morning I couldn’t wait for lunch time. I have probably mentioned it before but my newest obsession is grilled cheese with hummus, and the easiest/best way for me to make it is with my Panini maker. I forgot the last time I used it got messy and I forgot to clean it so here is my quick  tutorial on how to easily clean appliances such as my panini maker or our quesadilla maker. Cleaning Panini Press 1

The easiest way to keep it clean all the time is to do this after every use.

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Right after you are done making your food place a damp paper towel on the appliance.

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Close the lid on the paper towel and turn off the appliance. Don’t leave the appliance on unless you are standing there keeping your eye on it.

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Look at that, it cleaned up a lot and if you can tell the towel is actually pretty dry.

Easy right? Just remember to unplug it otherwise it is a fire hazard.

After a few rounds of cleaning my Panini maker I had a nice clean Panini press ready to make a grilled cheese. Yummy!Grilled Cheese

Wait don’t go yet! Today’s Blog is a twofer! Not only do you get a cleaning tip, you get a recipe!

I have been craving a chocolate chip muffin for weeks now and this morning I finally made myself some and let me tell you they were delicious! I was relieved because on Wednesday I tried a new recipe for the blog and it did not turn out, I will admit I was bummed especially since that was two Wednesday recipes in a row. I think after those failures it made this success that much sweeter. I found this recipe through Pinterest  on the blog Eat At Home.

Chocolate Chip Muffins 1

For this recipe you will need flour, salt, baking powder, butter, sugar, milk, vanilla and mini chocolate chips.

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Stir flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

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In a Separate bowl cream butter and sugar.

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Add eggs, vanilla and milk and mix until well blended.

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Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir gently until just combined.

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Fold in chocolate chips

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I use this fantastic utensil to fill the muffin pan, it is meant specially for portioning in muffin pan.

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Fill muffin pan with batter and bake for 15-20 minutes.

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Look at that deliciousness! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, grease muffin pan or use liners.

Stir flour, salt and baking powder in large bowl. Cream butter and sugar in separate bowl. Add eggs, vanilla and milk to butter mixture and mix well until well blended. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stir gently, just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Fill greased/lined muffin pan with batter and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until slightly golden on the edges and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Do you have a favorite muffin?


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I of course enjoy chocolate chip, Zach likes blueberry.

On a side note, the blog hit 100 views this week, thank you to all of you! Everyone I have told about this blog has been beyond supportive, I really cannot tell you how much your support has meant to me.

Let It Go

Have you guys seen Frozen yet? Zach took me to see it in theaters for our 10 year dating anniversary and he bought me the DVD for our first anniversary. I love this movie! The reason I bring this up is as I was typing the title of this post I started singing the song to myself, I will admit Idina Menzel sings it much better than I do, surprising I know.

I had a hard time deciding what to write about tonight, don’t get me wrong I have a notebook filled with ideas for blog posts, but I was all over the place picking a topic tonight. So far I have definitely been recipe heavy, so tonight I am bringing up a completely different topic. The theme at work today seemed to be let it go. There are so many things in life that are frustrating but letting things go is often easier said than done.

As someone who definitely holds on to things, this past year I have been learning how important it is to let things go. I was having headaches constantly and brought it up to my Doctor, he ended up sending me to massage therapy for tension, and believe me I had tension everywhere. My massage therapist kept telling me she couldn’t believe how much tension I had for my age. After many conversations I realized I really needed to change things because she could work the tension from my muscles, but only I could keep it from coming back. After being this way for most of my 27 years this is clearly something that is going to take time.

Browsing my favorite website, Pinterest, I found lots of good quotes that I am constantly revisiting, most had to do with letting go of things I have no control over. I have put these quotes everywhere to try to retrain myself, they are saved on my phone, on their own Pinterest board, in my blog notebook as ideas for posts and so many more places.2014-05-23 23.22.27

Even though it is so easy to tell myself I have to let things go actually letting go is so much harder. I will say though I am making progress because although I did dwell on a few things for awhile that happened today as I sit here blogging it doesn’t bother me any more. It’s a little progress, I will take it.

Do you have a hard time letting things go, or do you move on easily?

Clearly I have a hard time letting go, but I am working on it!