May 12, 2017

Five on Friday: Update Edition

Unexpected blogging break! But I think it was good because I have some great content I am curating up for the blog, so stay tuned!

In the mean time, how about a Five on Friday to jump back in?!

One:
My parents came over and spent a weekend with me. We drove to Phoenix to watch our poor Cleveland Indians lose to the Diamondbacks. Despite the sweep, I am hoping this is the Indians year. I am currently all over the Cavs in the playoffs right now. #ALLinCLE

How cute are my parents? Plus no trip out to my neck is the woods is complete without In and Out!

Two:
Easter was celebrated! We went to church and then I hosted brunch for us and another couple. It was fun and if I do say so myself, I came up with the cutest way to do a veggie platter.

Cute no?

Three:
But oh my, is summer here or what? Some people think summer starts with Memorial Day, but for me, Cinco de Mayo has always felt like the start of the summer. Could it be because we have already hit triple digit temps? I mean really, we actually hit 104 on Cinco de Mayo! Crazy....

Cinco de Mayo is a fun time to bring friends together, feast, and enjoy. I read that more beer is consumed on Cinco de Mayo then the Super Bowl. Crazy. I have always grown up with Mexican culture, most people assume that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day. It is not. It is a day that commemorates the unlikely victory the Mexicans had over the French in battle. By the way, Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th.

My friends and I celebrated getting silly playing games, eating tacos (I set it up as a serve yourself bar-easy) with plenty of my famous guacamole, and of course drinking some classic margaritas.

Four:
It isn't all fun and food though! Working out is important, blah, blah, blah...

Five:
Happy Mother's Day to all those special mamas out there! I am very lucky to have my mom and mom-in-law! I chose to send them both a bouquet this year with a delivery date of today. My mother-in-law got hers, but I forgot my mom works today. I hope somehow the delivery gets to her! She deserves all she can get for putting up with me!


Have a happy weekend guys and more exciting writing to hopefully come around here soon! 
Thanks for reading!

April 3, 2017

Low Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu

April coming around so fast this year was an April Fool's Joke in itself! I cannot believe how this year seems to be flying by!

I need to get my butt into gear to help myself be the best person I can be. That includes getting back into my love/hate relationship with low carb. I just need a little pick me up for my appearance. Sometimes you just gotta look good. Although we are all amazing, sometimes our outer appearance just doesn't reflect that. This Chicken Cordon Bleu is going through the same thing. Prepare for not the most beautiful looking dish in a picture, but an amazingly tasty one.

Like literally guys, I know I can't style and take food pictures to save my life, but there is really no help for this look. But I promise the flavor is bomb dot com.




Ingredients:

4 ounces of butter, melted
6 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1.5 tablespoons of spicy brown mustard
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
8 pieces of deli meat (turkey or ham), diced
8 slices of cheddar cheese


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Mix together butter, cream cheese, mustard, lemon juice, and salt. Blend until you have a sauce. It will be thick!

In an oven safe baking dish (8x10 or 9x9) place shredded chicken at the bottom. Then layer with pieces of ham or turkey.

Layer with sauce and top with slices of cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 minutes and then serve!

adapted from here

What is your favorite sloppy looking dish?

March 31, 2017

Life Lately

Life lately has been busy busy! Lots of work and mini escapes. Here are a couple (or five) of going-ons around these parts.

Happy Friday!

one. An overnight in Phoenix/Scottsdale area was just the perfect little alone getaway Kevin and I needed! We ate and just had some us time. So nice!

two. There is a Home Goods store being built literally four minutes away. Construction is taking forever. I cannot wait. My husband on the other hand just took away my credit card. (Kidding! Well kind of...)

three. My March Madness bracket is shot. I guess this year I owe my husband the date. Ugh and so bummed that my Arizona Wildcats are out of it!

four. I love taking an annual trip to Vail. It was shorter than normal because I had to work, but very happy to have my time there.

five. I am trying to eat clean. Then Kevin says "how about I take you out to dinner tonight?" I never make good choices going out. Please tell me I am not the only low carb dieter who just wants to go for sushi or pizza! We will see if my will power can win out...


Have a good weekend everyone!

March 27, 2017

Desert Living

Spring officially springs on the calendar on March 20th. In Tucson, the meteorological winter (I didn't even know that was such a thing) ended on March 1st. It was the 4th hottest winter on record. So I wanted to end the winter season with my favorite...time outside.

I love hiking. I found a new love for it recovering from my ACL repair. I recently tried a new trailhead. Pima Canyon Trailhead. It was lovely! Probably now my most favorite trail here in Tucson. 


Going from desert to not feeling like you are in the desert is just so amazing! I mean look how green and beautiful this hike is...there is even water!

I took a million more pictures, but I will stop. Anyway, if you ever find yourself in Tucson, I highly recommend this hike! I would rate it at moderate. It is a down and back trail. Six miles in, six out. We went halfway in and then back out. I will absolutely try the whole hike in the future!

So while everyone else is happy to see Spring come and winter end, I sadly say goodbye to winter. I will spend all the time outside I can before it is too hot!

What are your favorite outdoor activities?

March 24, 2017

Red Chicken Enchilada Soup

My dad is a master chef with no recipes. He just knows how to make food. That is great, but it makes it hard to learn. Part of my exploration in the kitchen is a drive to have recipes and teachings to hand down to future kids of my own. Occasionally I do get a little like my dad and "just know" how to make things but don't really have a recipe. 

Now on the other hand, that is annoying. I know there is this cheesy red chili soup that my dad makes, but I knew asking him for a recipe would elicit me a "just throw what you want into a pot." Because literally, it is that easy for him. I do not know how he is so successful in just making amazing food.

So I used my Pinterest prowling skills and found this recipe and adapted it to some of the things I knew my dad did and it turned out AMAZING. (which is funny because the blogger says she adapted it to use real cheese and not velveeta....you bet my dad's recipe used velveeta though!) Kevin who is usually about ceremony, waiting till I get to the table to eat, was already halfway through his bowl and asking for seconds. So I would say it was a hit!

Oh and did I mention that it literally takes 20 minutes to make? Yeah, nothing better than that on a busy weeknight. Especially when you have your mom's homemade red enchilada sauce. Her and a bunch of girlfriends always get together to make it. I love it--and no, I do not know her recipe. :-(


Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1/2 of a white onion, diced
2 tablespoons of garlic powder
1/2 cup of flour
3 cups of warm water
3 tablespoons of chicken bouillon powder
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 1/2 cups of red enchilada sauce (or as much to your liking, I use homemade but you can use just a regular sized can)
1 can of Rotel (diced green chili/tomatoes)
4 ounces of velveeta cheese, cubed
4 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese
tortilla chips and sour cream (optional to top)

Directions:

Heat the oil in medium high heat in a large stock pot and add onion and garlic powder. Saute until the onion is almost translucent.

Add in half of the warm water and the flour. Stir and then add the chicken bouillon powder. Continue mixing and add the remaining water. Stir until a little thickened and add the chicken and can of rotel (juices and all).

Stir and continue stirring until mixture simmers. Add in velveeta cheese and shredded cheese stirring to combine, melt, and simmer. Be careful to keep stirring so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pot.

Serve the soup with toppings and enjoy!
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