Wednesday, August 26, 2009

you could win...

a cute camera strap cover from knittybitties! (or something else from her shop, but i want the camera strap cover ) just head over to simplify to see what you need to do. good luck, i sure hope i've got some!

Food Storage Recipe: flautas

i've been trying to try (wow that makes me sound totally lame) some more food storage recipes lately and last week i made these flautas. they were pretty yummy, especially for food storage. although i have to admit i used fresh salsa in mine, but i'm sure the bottled stuff is still good. so here is the recipe directly copied from safely gathered in:

photo source, recipe source

6 10-inch flour tortillas
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1 can or 2 cups chicken
1 can of black beans or approximately 1 1/2 -2 cups of beans
1/2 cup bottled salsa
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Cooking oil for frying

Preheat oven to 350. wrap tortillas tightly in foil. Heat for 10 minutes or until heated through.
In a large skillet cook oil, beans, chicken, and spices until heated. Spoon about a 1/2 cup of filling into each warm tortilla. Roll tortilla tightly and secure with wooden toothpicks.
In a very large, deep skillet, heat 1 1/2 inches of cooking oil. Fry flautas, two at a time, for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp and golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Keep fried flautas warm in a 300 oven while frying remaining flautas.
Remove toothpicks and serve...

If you prefer to bake them you can place on a baking sheet and brush with cooking oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.

When rotating, we serve these with cheese, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole... for obvious reasons these things are not food storage friendly! Hope you enjoy!

*note added: could use leftover roast, steak or pork

*suggested side dishes:
cilantro lime coleslaw
refried beans
mexican rice

Menu Plan 8/27-9/2

chicken cordon bleu
*fresh fruit

Friday: night out

Saturday: night out
dessert- zucchini brownies

Sunday: hubby's cooking

Monday: zucchini alfredo { adding garlic and onion }
*green salad
*parmesan bread
FHE treat- blueberry zucchini bread { with struesel topping }

Tuesday: leftovers or freezer meal

Wednesday: meatloaf dinner
*best green beans
*jello with fruit

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

online shopping at old navy

old navy has some really great deals on toddler girl's clothes. here are some that i just bought: $3.99


(great for layering under shirts for fall and winter)



$5 each when you buy 2 or more

$5 each when you buy two or more
here is what i didn't buy, but i wanted to:

these shoes were actually on sale, but i didn't get them. i'm kind of kicking myself for that

i am seriously thinking about splurging on this last one, its just "tu tu" cute!
anyway like i said old navy is having some great deals and on top of that if you buy today (tuesday) then you can use the promo code: YAYTUE15 to get 15% off
and use promo code: SHIPFREE to get free shipping on any size order
and if you use your oldnavy card, you can get triple rewards points on your purchase!
(promo codes found via my shopping addiction )

Monday, August 10, 2009

my not so extreme homemakeover: the kitchen { plan }

so now that summer is almost over, i feel that things might settle down enough for me to dive back into my not so extreme home makeover. i've got it all mapped out so let's pray that i can stick with it. i am still currently working on my kitchen. i have continued to paint my cabinets, but i thought i would share with you my plan and inspiration.

i have decided on keeping my walls green and painting my cabinets white like in this photo:

i even thought about throwing in a little accent of red...

i plan on putting some corkboard inside my cabinets so i can post my recipes that i am using...

do you not love this sign? i am hoping to make one similar to this...

i would love to have some pics and recipes hanging from clothes pins like this...

and make some chalkboard labels...

for my hutch i am thinking of lining it with burlap...

or fabric similar to this...

or if all else fails, paint it the same color as my walls like layla's...

i plan on spray painting my main light fixture oil rubbed bronze, hoping it will look similar to these light fixtures...

i would like to have some potted herbs...

i've bought some jars from ikea to hold things such as oats, brown sugar, powdered sugar, noodles, etc....

i am going to hang 2 to 3 shelves to hold them like she did here...

i am going to paint my table legs white, and chairs black like she did here...

and i really want to find or build a bench like this one...

i don't know where i found this picture ( it was labeled cindy's kitchen) but she has all the elements that i want to implement into my kitchen: white cabinets, oil rubbed bronze hardware, beadboard backsplash, metal backsplash behind stove, white sink and silver faucet.

another beautiful (dream) kitchen...

so there you have it. you can see my to do list to the right on my side bar. red= it's done, green = it's done and click on it to see it.
to see the rest of the story:

check it out

*recycled jar lanterns
*diy burlap bulletin board
*diy window boxes
*rewards points system for kids
*more felt food inspiration
*baby memory blanket
*flower clip tutorial
*rain gutter bookshelves
*$ store wooden tags
*nail head trim stool
*tips for taking good blog photos
*how to keep your house clean enough
*paper lace banner
*beadboard wallpaper cabinets tutorial
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