Monday, November 28, 2011

Interpreting a Dream

So last night I had this random dream. I dreamt that I had been shot in the back (strange I know). What is even weirder is in my dream, I was thinking to myself "this is what it feels like to die". I also remember thinking I was going to die... I even remember feelin the moment I 'died'. The next thing I remember was my mom crying and begging me not to die (REMEMBER, THIS WAS JUST A DREAM). I saw her asking me to come back but I remember thinking, my dad is here and I can be with him. That is when I woke up. I don't remember my dreams very much. So when I have a dream like this, I try to analyze it. So my analogy of this dream is that I miss my dad and I just want to spend another day with him. The last week was emotional. It was my first Thanksgiving without him. Even though I spent Thanksgiving in Arizona and the only T-day that I spent with my dad was last year. I flew up for the week and made Thanksgiving dinner (simplified version than what I am use to). He made me make a ham, we didn't have turkey. That makes me laugh some. I think I even made mashed potatoes and gravy too... I had to still call my mom for help! So back to my dream... Totally random and completely freaky... I know.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Honey Chicken Enchilada's

So a friend of mine mentioned this recipe "Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas"... they sounded sensational... so I asked for the recipe. You can decide for yourself and all I have to say is they are a combination of yummy, amazing, divine, delicious, the list can go on. Seriously, who would have thunk something this simple could be that great!? You can bring some to work to share with your cube-mate if you'd like... I do. You can invite family over or bring some to your mom, just because you're nice that way. Try them... I dare you!

1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup lime juice
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded (or pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store ... don't add the skin though)
8-10 flour tortillas, (I use the soft taco tortillas because they fit perfectly in the pan)
1 pound monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 cups green enchilada sauce (or be like me and pick up the 'big' can of green enchilada sauce)
1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the honey, lime juice, chili powder, and garlic powder together and toss with the shredded chicken. Let it marinate for at least 1/2 hour in the refrigerator. (actually, I shred the chicken first, then add everything else)

Spray a 9X13 pan with cooking spray (or use your Pampered Chef baking stone, no spray needed). Pour enough enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan to create a thin layer on the bottom. Fill flour tortillas with chicken and a generous amount of shredded cheese, saving about 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas.
Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with the cream and leftover chicken marinade (yes, use the same bowl). Pour sauce on top of the enchiladas and top with reserved cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until brown and crispy on top (I bake it for 50 - 60 mins, much better).


Peanut Butter Cups

Years ago, like when I was in high school, I had come across a recipe for peanut butter cups. They were AmaZing... peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla mixed together and put in the bottom of a 9x9 baking dish then poured melted milk chocolate chips on top.
Placed in the refrigerator... delish!

Well, I came across a recipe about a month ago that brought back that mouth watering treat that I had long forgotten about. These had a twist though, someone mixed rice krispies into the peanut butter... yes, just went you thought chocolate and peanut butter couldn't get any better!

Here's the recipe...


1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 3/4 cups milk chocolate chocolate chips
(I suppose you could use semi-sweet if your heart desires, mine does not)

You could do this a couple of ways:
1) You could use a 9x9 or 9x13 baking pan and put the peanut butter mixture on the bottom (see below), then melt the chocolate chips and poor on top. This is hard to cut into 'bars' though (now that I'm remembering... so I'd go to the next idea of how to serve)

2) Use a mini-muffin pan (I am still not sure where my mini muffin pans are and since I was taking these to work, I used one of those 9 x 13, throw away foil pans with a lid you can pick up at the grocery store... I put mini muffin liners in the pan {see below} If I was using a muffin pan, I'd still use liners because I don't want anything too messy, so go with liners... by the way I found the cutest (Christmas) mini muffin liners at Macy's I need to go back if I plan to make these for Christmas).

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Place chocolate chips in each liner and bake for 5 mins. Press the chocolate chips to smooth out the top, use a spoon to do this. (I put mine in for a few extra
minutes because I was hoping they would have melted more... I don't recommend doing that). You could also melt the chocolate then pour it into each muffin cup, I'm actually going to try it this way next time... maybe a little at a time so it does not harden before I get to the end.

Now for the Peanut Butter Mixture:

Mix the butter and peanut butter. Mix in the vanilla, then the powdered sugar. Now, mix in the rice krispies cereal. Place on top of the chocolate and refrigerate.

It's really that simple and you can even make these while making dinner (in a crock pot) and doing homework... all because you promised co-workers you'd bring in a treat for the next day. I don't recommend making those types of promises when you have a final and paper due all in the same weekend... just saying.


Veteran's Day

I started to blog on Veteran's day, because that is what I usually do. This year though, the day was hard. It's a day that I would call my dad and wish him a Happy Veteran's Day. I cried on my way to work that morning.

Here is a great tribute to our military men and women.... and I am proud to be the daughter of a USMC Recon!