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Monday, May 2, 2011

Weekend and a Recipe review...



It's nice every once in a while to have a full weekend where you can catch up on all those things that you've been meaning to do around the house. This weekend was one of those for us.

It began with Jody and Noah working in the backyard Friday night, putting together his new playground set that the Easter bunny brought him. Jody opened the parts box with all the screws and sorts and then looked at me and said, "So is this a cupcake or mud puddle moment??" We both just laughed and definitely agreed--it's a mud puddle. Arghh!! We also cracked up when we began reading the lengthy instruction manual. It says the approximate assembly time (if you have 2 persons are who are experienced with the assembly of like equipment) should take around 24 hours. Well, for us, you're looking at one completely, totally unqualified indivual (me) and a somewhat qualified individual (Jody)...hum...

Seriously, I really think it may take ALL SUMMER to put this thing together. ;-)

But, despite the overwhelming feeling you have when you look at all the boxes of parts and pieces, my ever positive and optimistic husband dredged on Friday night with assembling the base of the playset with his trusty sidekick, Noah, insisting the entire time that he wanted to help.

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His helper became sidetracked on more than one occasion...

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By Saturday afternoon, Jody had the base of the play equipment set up...way to go babe!!

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He determined he could get more done on the playset if Noah was kept busy elsewhere, so on Saturday, Noah and I headed out to run errands. Our first stop was to Academy to buy him his soccer gear. Tuesday night Noah begins his first soccer training camp. This should be quite interesting to watch a group of 4 and 5 year olds playing soccer. We had fun at the store picking out his soccer ball, cleats and shin guards.

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After running all our errands around town, we got home and found that Jody had also finished possom proofing the rest of our house. Possoms are a real nuisance where we live...particularly if you live in an older home like we do. They like to get into your attic in the wee hours of the night and rummage around. To help prevent these nasty critters from getting in our attic, Jody is having to cover all the vents around the house.

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You can't completely cover the holes since a good portion of our home is pier and beam, otherwise you'll get what is called dry rot and ruin the flooring of the home. To avoid this, Jody had to get a bit creative in how he covered the vent holes. He went to Lowe's and looked around for a while and decided to use these parts to cover the holes.

So far it seems to be working well---since covering them, we haven't heard or seen any possums.

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The Hubby then finished a project he started last weekend. The previous owners of our home had burglar bars all over the exterior of the home. Living in South Texas and close to the Mexico border, this is very common in the Hispanic culture {particularly for those who don't live in gated communities down here} to have burglar bars. Since we feel super safe in the neighborhood where we live, we have been wanting to remove these unsightly things for some time now. Also, it is a concern for us to have the bars because in the event of a fire, it could make it difficult to get out of the home.

Jody started sawing the bars off last week. Not an easy job, let me tell ya. I was so worried he was going to saw a finger off by accident or the bars were going to fall on him. But thankfully, he finished this project this weekend without any major injuries...just a smashed finger. :-(

Here is an exterior before shot with the burglar bars...



And here is a view of the back of the house without them now...

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A view from inside our den area now without the bars...

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I am so thankful for all that Jody does as he continues to make improvements to our older home {circa 1952}. This is our first older home to own and it has that feel that many older homes that have been taken care of have...a warm and "lived in" feel. Something we enjoy...and yes, it comes with its ongoing maintenance needs like most older homes, but so far {knock on wood}, it hasn't been that "needy" with its repairs. My hubby enjoys tinkering here and there when he has the time which is great and helps save money with any needed repairs. The remodeling and improvements we have made since moving in have made it that much more beautiful. We enjoy living here and continue to make special and memorable moments that we will always cherish.


Now you may be wondering what sweet little Lola was doing on Saturday while we all worked outside in the heat...

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After spending most of Saturday sweating and working in the yard, we were ready for a date night. Noah's favorite babysitter (Ms. Ann Marie- one of his preschool teachers) watched him while we went out. We ate at our favorite Hibachi grill and went to a movie. We saw this flick...



And loved it!


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I also tried a new recipe this weekend. I've been wanting to try the new Philadelphia cooking cremes I've seen advertised on t.v. While at Wal-Mart last week, I picked up a few. On the back of the Santa Fe Blend tub, I found this recipe and thought I'd give it a try.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas calls for the following:

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  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 3 cups shredded chicken breasts
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tub (10 oz.) Philadelphia Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme, divided (I used 2 tubs)
  • 1/2 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
  • 8 flour tortillas (6 inch)

Step 1: preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step 2: Cook and stir onions in hot oil in large skillet on medium heat (4-5 minutes)

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Step 3: Stir in chicken, tomatoes, 3/4 cup Sante Fe cooking creme and shredded cheese

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Step 4: Spoon about 1/3 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla and place seams down in 13x9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

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Step 5: Top with remaining cooking creme and shredded cheese

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Step 6: Cover and bake enchiladas 15-20 minutes or until heated through

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Voila! An easy, peasy recipe for the family.

Recipe review...

We all three agreed it was quite tasty. Love the new Philadelphia Cooking cremes. Noah gobbled his enchiladas down quickly-- which is unusual for him. A great indicator that he loved it. I guess my only complaint was the flour tortillas...they were too thick and a bit overpowering for this recipe.

If I try it again, here are some changes I would make....

1. Use corn tortillas instead of flour

2. Cover the bottom of the baking dish with the cooking creme before laying the tortillas. This way they are covered on the bottom as well as the top.

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And that's about it folks...a full weekend working around the house, a great date night with my hubby, uplifting church meetings with good friends on Sunday and some tasty enchiladas to eat.

Have a great Monday!

Jennifer

6 comments:

  1. Can't wait to try this recipe, looks delish! Found you through kelle's comment section:)

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  2. Hi Patti,
    So happy you found my blog and I hope you like the recipe. It's super simple! :-)

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  3. stumbles upon your blog! Love it, your header is beautiful. All the windows in the back of your house are sooo great. thanks for the recipe!new follower ;)

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  4. I just saw and tested out this same recipe a week ago! I used corn tortillas (and added some bell peppers) and I agree - delicious! Great photos!

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  5. I am just jealous that you can even buy corn tortillas! They are impossible to find in Taiwan. That recipe looks simple and yummy! I love recipes with pictures.

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  6. Stumbled on your recipe page on your blog! Love it! Sometimes I'll place one half a can of Rotel Tomatoes or red or green enchilada sauce from the can in the bottom of my enchiladas to help with sticking and it adds great flavor to them as well. So very happy for you all and your new precious additions!

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