Easy Chicken Nachos

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Hello friends! I want to apologize for not being very enthusiastic on the blog lately. Ever since I arrived home from Greece, I have been trying to fight a nasty cold, and it doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere! All that to say, I haven’t had too much energy, but I thought I’d share an easy recipe that was really helpful when I wasn’t up for cooking this week.

Not too long ago, I found this recipe from Pinterest for crockpot chicken tacos. The recipe was so simple that I knew I had to try it. All you need is:

  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • Jar of your favorite salsa

Put all of the ingredients into the crock pot for the day, shred the chicken when it’s done, and voila! Easy chicken filling for tacos. I was pleasantly surprised when we first tried it because it was extremely flavorful and delicious. There were a lot of leftovers, too, so we had them the next day as well.  By the third day, I wondered what we could do with the rest!

Here’s what we came up with:

  1. Spread refried beans onto tortilla chips.
  2. Place the chicken taco filling on top.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  4. Broil, and enjoy!

We ate them with sour cream, guacamole, and jalapenos, naturally. It was a very easy treat, and I highly recommend it!

 

March 29, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | Tags: ,

Sweet Saturday: cheesecake stuffed strawberries, plus other yum recipes!

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Well, I’m back from my trip to Disney World, and you guys didn’t even notice I was gone because the posts kept coming! Booyah! This week I made dinner for friends and because they are close friends, I decided it would be safe to try some new recipes from my Pinterest recipe board. 

I tried this penne with roasted asparagus and balsamic butter recipe (I did not use all of the butter it called for, I reduced the vinegar down a bit more than it suggested, and I added a tiny bit more brown sugar to the sauce). I also tried this roasted peppers with capers and mozzarella recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I paired these with fresh green beans and french bread. Finally, for dessert, I tried these cheesecake stuffed strawberries. 

Here’s how mine turned out (Unfortunately, it looks like my phone will be my only picture-taking device for a while):

All three recipes turned out great! I was really pleasantly surprised and will definitely be making them all again in the future. I especially recommend the roasted peppers dish for a great summertime dinner addition. 

Anything making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

July 30, 2011 11:53 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , ,

Sweet Saturday: DIY Recipe: Easy Mini-Cinnamon Rolls

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My freshman year of college, my roommate and childhood friend, Amy, used to make these easy mini-cinnamon rolls for me. Every time she made them, I would be EVER so excited. First, cause I love any good sweet-treat, and second, cause I’m a sucker for miniature versions of things. Aren’t mini things just so cute and frilling? 

Luckily, Amy blessed me with the recipe when I moved out, and it hasn’t left my recipe book since. I’m telling you, it’s so simple. Check out the easy steps below: 

1. Pop open a can of biscuits, and spread them out on a flat surface. I suppose if your ambitious you could make them from scratch. Apparently I’m not ambitious. 

2. Using a glass, roll out and flatten each biscuit. 

3. Spread some butter on the biscuits. Then, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. 

4. Roll up each biscuit into a log shape. 

5. Slice each log into about 5 or 6 pieces. Place side by side on a baking sheet. 

6. Bake for about 15 minutes or so at 350 degrees. While baking, mix a cup of powdered sugar, 2 tbls of milk (It doesn’t matter what kind. I used coconut; it wasn’t my fave, but still good all the same.), and 1 tsp of almond or vanilla flavoring together for the glaze. 

7. Pour your glaze on top of the rolls and serve immediately. If you love nuts as much as we do, you’ll add chopped pecans for extra FRILLS. Either way, you’ll really enjoy this fun and easy treat. Thanks Amy!

- Aurelia

Sweet Saturday: Miniature Sorbet Pastries

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Today is the first Saturday in MONTHS that I haven’t either: a) been out of town or b) had company staying at our house. Seriously. For real. As in, March 26th was the last free Saturday I can remember having (and even then, I was slaving away on my research). So, as you can imagine, this has been a VERY sweet Saturday for me. 

Today, while in the grocery store, I passed by some mango sorbet. Doesn’t mango sorbet sound just perfect for a Memorial-Day-weekend-summer-time-treat? Well, it got me thinking back to a few years ago, when Fran made this pie filled with lemon sorbet. If I remember correctly, she topped it with a mix of berries and honey. And it was SO tasty. So tasty, that I decided to do a re-mix version of Fran’s pie.

I didn’t want to make a WHOLE pie since it’s just the two of us, so I decided to use miniature pastry cups instead. I baked them, filled them with the sorbet, and put them in the freezer to chill. Then, I topped them with strawberries (strawberries and mangos = best fruit combo EVER) and a blueberry (just for more frills), and I drizzled some honey on them, too. 

What a perfect summer treat! You can see from the picture that I didn’t chill the sorbet quite long enough on this one. The rest of the batch will be even better.

- Aurelia

Kayla’s Cabbage Salad

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I munched on delicious cabbage salad ALL weekend. My friend Kayla has a fab recipe that just TASTES like spring time. It’s green, crunchy, and fresh. I LOVE IT.

Kayla’s Cabbage Salad:

Combine in large bowl:

  • 1/2 C Slivered Almonds
  • 1 Small head of Cabbage (shredded or chopped)
  • 4 Chopped Green Onions
  • 2 Packages Chicken Flavored Ramen Noodles (crushed)
  • 1 small Green Bell Pepper

Combine in small bowl: 

  • 2 Tbls Sugar
  • 3 Tbls Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Accent Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Packages seasoning from Ramen Noodles
  • 1/4 C Oil

Toss dressing into salad, chill, and voila! 

- Aurelia

March 22, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , ,

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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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