Monday, March 31, 2014

Oven Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Oven Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

294 calories per serving
Makes 6 servings

1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 packet taco seasoning or 1/8 cup of my homemade taco seasoning recipe below
¼ cup water
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
¼ cup sour cream
1 can diced green chilies
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
1 cup shredded cheese, divided (I used half cheddar and half taco mix)
6 large tortillas (burrito sized)
4 tablespoons melted butter
Sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce topping (optional)

Homemade Taco Seasoning
1 part chili powder
1 part cumin
1 part garlic powder
1 part onion powder
¼ part crushed red pepper
Mix together and store in an airtight container.

Preheat oven to 450.

Pour water and taco seasoning in a large skillet and stir in chicken. Cook until water is evaporated over medium heat.

Remove from heat and add tomatoes, green chilies, sour cream, cumin, oregano and ½ cup shredded cheese. Stir well.

Brush both sides of tortillas with melted butter. It helps to lay out a bunch of wax paper to make cleanup easier. Split the chicken mixture evenly between all 6 tortillas. Fold up like an envelope and lay seam side down on parchment paper lined baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake at 450 for 20 minutes.

Friday, March 28, 2014

High Five for Friday

Hi there!

 1) Tonight my friend Dawn is coming over so I can finally watch Catching Fire. She’s already seen it, but let me twist her arm to get her to watch it again. Not. She’s just as excited as I am.

 2) I have worked out on lunch every day this week and burned 600 calories during each 40 min workout. I’m beat today, but it was worth it. I feel great.

 3) Funny T story….We had a little rain/stormy weather yesterday morning. He hasn’t heard thunder in awhile and I’m pretty sure he forgot what it was. So him and I were walking to my car in the morning so he could go to his baby-sitter’s. I was on one side of the car and he was on the other. There was a big clap of thunder and he took off sprinting for the house. His arms and legs were going crazy. I got to his side of the car and called for him. He looked back at me with crazy eyes, but continued to run for the house. I called him again and he came running back to me screaming “Monsters!!!!” while doing the Michael Jordan running through the air thing, jumping into my arms. I felt bad that he was so scared, but it was so freaking cute at the same time.

 4) Tomorrow I have my friend Katy’s pampered chef party and it’s going to be fun. I don’t often get out on the weekends so I’m looking forward to it.

 5) My little sister turned 24 today. I can’t believe it. Feel free to wish her a happy birthday in the comment section! We’re going to lunch on Sunday to celebrate which will be a lot of fun. 

Link up here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Our Wedding Story {{ Hair & Make-Up }}

I wasn't blogging around the time Chad and I got hitched. I really wanted to share all of our wedding details so I'm going to do a series of wedding posts. 

I have been seeing the same hair stylist for years now. My mom had previously been going to her and I wasn't happy with my current stylist so my mom suggested I see her girl. Meet Gessica. I loved her immediately and she has since become someone I consider to be a good friend. I look forward to seeing her every 5 weeks and my appointments always go very quickly. 

Gessica works at The Hair Studios at Park Plaza in Studio 8. It is such a neat place. Instead of one large salon area, there are quite a few smaller rooms. Each room typically has one or two stylists in it. I love the intimate feel of the set up.

The day started out as a bit stressful for me. I was trying not to be nervous, but still felt a bit overwhelmed. 

Then this happened...

See me in the background? Drinking straight out of the champage bottle? Now this isn't much of a secret, but I haven't met a bottle of champagne that didn't become my friend.

My friend champagne and I on my 21st birthday.

And my friend champagne and I on the morning of our wedding.

Anyway, I started to loosen up. Just in time for S to become a crab.

Man those pictures crack me up. She was acted like she was miserable!
Then she snapped out of it as soon as she saw how pretty her hair looked.

Here are some other pictures from the day that I really like....

My sister.

My mom.



Gessica and I never did trial wedding hair. I'm pretty easy going with my hair and I knew I would love whatever she did. And I was right. Gessica did the perfect job and I couldn't have loved my wedding hair any more than I did. 

This was such a fun morning for me and I really was happy with our decision to not have a wedding party. It was the perfect morning just with my mom, sister, niece and Gessica.

Also I wanted to share that I had THE BEST wedding photographers. Meet Kim with Kim Smith Photography and Jackie with Autumn Photography. I cannot say enough good things about these two. They were very professional, but also fun at the same time. They arrived at our hair appointments in the morning and stayed with us until near the end of the reception. All of the pictures on this post were work of these two ladies. Kim has also taken pictures of S and T and I couldn't have been happier with those either. I highly recommend!!!!!! 

Next up..... getting ready and the dress!

Monday, March 24, 2014

White Cheese Queso Dip {{ Mexican Restaurant Knockoff }}

White Queso Dip {{ Mexican Restaurant Knockoff }}

I have been trying to duplicate this recipe for quite some time without success. Finally I realized, the trick is in the cheese. Warning- This has to be made with white American cheese. If not it will not taste like Mexican restaurant queso. 

1 pound white American cheese, diced
1/2 cup milk, plus more for desired consistency
1 tablespoon margarine
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons cumin
4 ounce can of diced jalapenos, optional
cayenne pepper, to taste

Step 1) Heat the cheese, milk and spices over low heat. Once the cheese begins melting, feel free to add more milk to reach your desired consistency. I ended up adding between 3/4 of a cup and a full cup.

Step 2) Throw the jalapenos in a food processor and give it a few whirls.

Step 3) Pour the melted dip into a serving dish, top with jalapenos and enjoy!

This was the perfect Sunday afternoon snack. Best enjoyed while your child is taking a nap and you may or may not still be in your pajamas.

Friday, March 21, 2014

I Obviously Am Not Good At Boardem

The following is what happens when the music on my ipod no longer entertains me at the gym for my lunch time workout. 

Poor Chad. 

P.S. It's ok if you're jealous of my sweet sweat band.