Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chicken Enchiladas

I love this recipe! It is great as leftovers as well. So if you are looking for a non-holiday meal, this could be for you.


Chicken breast cooked and chopped (you can even use the canned chicken if you are short on time)
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 (8oz) pkg of sour cream
about 1/2 cup milk
3-4 cups shredded cheese of your choice
10-12 Flour tortillas (depends on what brand you buy and how big you make them)

Grease a 9X13 pan. Heat oven to 350F. 

Mix the sour cream, cream of chicken, and milk to make the "sauce." 

Spread some sauce on the bottom of the pan. 

I then shred the meat and add some seasoning (whatever sounds good and I have on hand). I'll add some seasoning salt and Cavender's seasoning if nothing else. 

Make the enchilada by spreading on the sauce, adding some shredded cheese and chicken. I set up my assembly line first. You will be messy once you start! 

Roll and insert in pan. 

Keep in mind you will need sauce to cover the top of the enchiladas to keep them moist. 

I cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. The remove foil, add some shredded cheese to the top and cook another 5 minutes. 

Here is where I am a bad, bad blogger...
I forgot to take finished pictures :( Apparently I was hungry when I made these. 
If you makes these and take a picture, be a doll and share so we can all see. 


Baby Update: Week 35

Wow! It has a been a while since I have done a baby update. I think part of this is because I felt like I was continuously posting the same thing week after week. Well, with 5 weeks to go, I think I will be more apt to continue my little updates. If nothing else, it will be fun for me to look back on later. 

How far along: 35 weeks

Size of baby:  around 5.25 pounds... honeydew melon

Weight gain: 3 pounds since last visit (11/22/10) The doctor said to just keep an eye on it and that 5 pounds would be a big gain. My argument is that it was Thanksgiving (we had Thanksgiving 4 different times...) and then we had Eric's birthday week (ate out a bit) and then were out of town last weekend. So... I will keep an eye on it. I am trying not to let the actual number on the scale freak me out.... it is some. I never thought I would be this big even though I know it is mostly baby. :(

Maternity clothes: Are you kidding?? If it isn't maternity, I'm not wearing it. I was so grateful to go to Destination Maternity in Dallas, TX this weekend though. I had a great girl named Kat help me. She even gave me a stellar coupon that saved me $30! So, I came out of there with some great nursing tops, a pair of comfy pants, my first nursing bra, and a great bathrobe and nightgown. 

Movement: Her kicks are harder. I'm so glad she isn't stretching all the way out (like my niece did) and kicking me in the ribs-yet! Daddy has been able to see some of her bigger kicks and movements. He thinks it is pretty neat. I love seeing his expression when he sees her. 

Sleep: Well, I was able to talk Mr. M into swapping me sides of the bed! This helps with laying on my left side. It also makes me closer to the bathroom. I used to love having a tall bed, now I hate it. Takes too much effort to get into it, especially at 11:30pm, 1:18am, and 4:16am. Yes, I got up three times last night. I miss being able to sleep comfortably. 

Symptoms:  Other than my feet swelling, not much of anything else. OH the heartburn is still KILLER!! 

Cravings: This week I really wanted Hawaiian Pizza from Cavanaugh Pizza in Fort Smith. Mr. M was gracious enough to take me there Monday before getting our Christmas cards and braving Wal-Mart. 

Best moment this week: Getting to spend time with my sisters and cousins in Texas. Two of the cousins are pregnant as well. Being able to listen to my sister and cousin (who each have two kids) tell me what to expect is great. 

What I am looking forward to: After going to my appointment on Tuesday, I feel better about a few things and more relaxed. I am looking forward to making it through Christmas and all the blessings that go with it. I look forward to being able to spend some more time reading which helps me feel more prepared. I am excited that both my Bestie and my Aunt will be here around Christmas. 

Dr. Appointments: I know I will have another Ultrasound, once it gets closer, to check the weight and a few other things. I was a little saddened that my last visit was the last "easy one" as the doctor put it. He will start checking my cervix now. I go back in two weeks and then I go EVERY week. Yes, it is getting closer!

I still can't praise God enough for even making it this far! I was so scared in the beginning. God keeps reminding me who is in control and I am thankful that I can rest assured in that!  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

I love Christmas cookies!!
I collect cookie cutters so that would make sense! 
Every year I make some with family or friends. 
I have a few tips and an amazing recipe to help you with your cookie making. 

Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe: 
1 c. shortening
1/2 c. butter or margarine (1 stick)
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
5 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
Chill dough for one hour.
Cook At 400 for 6-8 minutes.

Now for the tips...
Tip #1- Don't make your dough too thin or too thick when you roll it out. 
Tip #2- I roll my dough out on parchment paper. Cut out my cookies and peel off the extra dough... NO more slanted gingerbread men from moving them from table to pan! 

My mother-in-law and niece cutting out their cookies on parchment paper. 

A little collage of some cookie making fun! 

I either do decorating icing to decorate them and leave them to set overnight or I do sprinkles before I bake the cookies. Whatever suits you and yours. 

Hope you enjoy your cookie making season! 
I will be linking with:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Well, any cut out cookies really!
Want proof?
I collect cookie cutters!
This all started when Mr. M and I went to Branson, MO for our honeymoon.
I fell in love with all the cookie cutters!
This picture doesn't reflect ALL of them...this was only one box after I unpacked from remodeling our kitchen.
Mr. M even made me a rack to hang them all on! 

So, why am I going on and on about cookies? 
Well, over at Pleasant Home they are having a Christmas Cookie Exchange. 

I will be taking part and I hope you do too!  

They have a linky party next Friday so get those recipe's and posts ready.

I am having a cookie party with Meagan from A Life Full of Love and Laughter on Wednesday.
We will definitely have some cute cookies to share and post!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Camera & Prego Sweet Tooth

I was so pleased to pick up my new camera (Nikon s8100) from the post office yesterday! Here is the pathetic little story that goes with that.
You see, I have been tracking this puppy since it left the warehouse. Postal services work crazy hours! Most of the check in or check out times were like 3am! Anyways, when I saw it made it to my local post office, I called and asked them to not deliver it. I wanted to go pick it on my planning hour Tuesday, I went and got my new toy!!
Here is a nice little video highlighting all the little perks.

I just love it already!
Here is a picture of my lovely prego sweet tooth indulgence last night. Taken with my camera without making ANY edits!

There is vanilla ice cream with HOT fudge sauce under my mountain of whipped cream! MMM! Sad thing is that I didn't even finish it... as is the case lately, my eyes are bigger than my stomach. 

As I enter my 34th week of pregnancy, I am starting to understand the phrase "uncomfortable!" Whether its having to keep my feet up almost all the time or they swell, having a hard time getting in and out of bed, feeling my stomach stretch which makes it sore, having to go to the bathroom multiple times (fun when you are trying to Christmas shop), and all the other stuff...clothes too small....stretch marks....
I know it will all be worth it or at least that is what I keep getting told and keep trying to tell myself. 
Mr. M informed me last night that "this doesn't last forever." He then received the look and I asked if he had any other sympathetic words. He replies "I'm sorry."

We started on the promised Apple Butter Recipe last night. We will finish tonight. Hopefully I will be able to post tomorrow. 
Tonight we are also taking our family Christmas card picture. Magnificent puppy is at the groomers today. He is getting a big boy Schnauzer hair cut! I didn't really want the traditional schnauzer cut when he was a puppy, but now we are sick of the mop bucket head!
For those of you on Facebook, check out Snuggle Pups Dog Groomers. My dear puppy may be on there today! 

Happy Hump Day!!