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Sign from God

Today, I want to teach you guys about signs from God.

Did you know God gives us lots of signs in our life? If you watch, there are constant signs from God.

In high school I would when I’d find Pringles (reduced fat sour cream and onion because they mysteriously had more of that awesome sour cream powder than the full fat ones) on sale? Sign from God to buy some.

Turns our Pringles go on sale a lot. Because God wanted me to be happy.

And this Sunday when I was stumped on what to make for dinner, corn tortillas for a dollar at the co-op were clearly a sign from God to have tacos for dinner
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Delicious idea God!

God doesn’t just speak at the grocery store though. When you run 8 miles and there’s a pancake breakfast in your hood?
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Sign from God to have pancakes for breakfast!

God loves both carbs and not doing dishes.

Today though, I got what may be the best sign from God yet. It came in two parts.

First, a text from my husband
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(yes, he really is “husband” in my phone. Baby Brother is labeled as Baby Brother in there too. I like descriptive names)

And then when I got the mail
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My debit card for our joint account showed up.

(also, Bliss totally understands what’s going on, clearly)

The same account that has our ballin’ tax refund in it.

If that’s not a sign from God to go shopping I don’t know what is.

What has God told you to do lately?

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ABC

All the cool kids have been doing that ABC thang

But I’m too hip to go around following memes. Anyways, I’ve been semi-MIA lately because my Macbook

Crashed this weekend! I thought it was

Dead, and started to mourn it. It has, after all, seen better days. I even looked up the
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Education discount

For a Macbook air. But thanks to the

Genius bar it’s alive!

Hallelujah!

I was a single lady last week because

Josh was one a business trip

Kicking it single meant I had

Lots of takeout-food, not my poor cat!
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Mexican from Cha Cha Cha and the
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Next night, Hawaiian Time
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Oh my goodness I do love takeout. HEALTH FOOD.

Portland also got snow last week, and a light dusting makes the city
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Quit functioning it’s

Rather crazy

Since I don’t trust PDXers to not crash into me, I stayed in and

Took pictures with the cats
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Unfortunately I think all the talk of takeout for dinner gave Takeout a complex and she wouldn’t pose. Thankfully my husband wasn’t gone

Very long and

Was back before I needed

Xanax from being by myself in the house.

(You have no ideas how many times I check the locks when I’m home alone). I’m so glad I have such a

Zeal for blogging and don’t use something like the ABCs to put together a post!

Housewife-y

My husband remarked a few weeks ago about how I’m “the housewife* he never thought he’d have”

(My goal in life has been to disprove Ludacris’s statement that you can’t turn a ho into a housewife, so I’m not surprised by my current state in life, but I digress)

It seems he didn’t expect to marry someone who bleaches his undershirts, wears aprons, and bakes bread.

But for all that things I do mystify him sometimes (“…but, why are the towels in the laundry?  They weren’t smelly yet” “you made yogurt?“) he does love some of my habits.

Like my need to make baked goods
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These are the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.  My mommy’s recipe.  I’ve never found a better chocolate chip cookie than this one.
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It’s so good that I’m worried if I scale it down it won’t be right.  So instead, we have 4 dozen cookies in our house.  But I make them with whole wheat, so they’re healthy, right?

He also likes that I’ve repainted half our downstairs
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Cause I’m a housewife.  Not just a kitchen wife.

EVERY WALL in our house was a different shade brown when we moved in.  There are seriously like a dozen browns going on.  I’m fixing it.

And repainting the baseboard
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(Don’t repaint your baseboard.  So much taping.  But it really does look better when you’re done)

But I think really, his favorite thing is that he’ll come home from work to find me excitedly saying “I made tortillas!  And cheese!”

Because I do things like that.

I make cheese
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(basic, fresco-y stuff)

And then I make tortillas
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With WHITE FLOUR even (rare in our house)
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and serve it all up with carnitas
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And really, when I do things like this, I’d like to think that I’m not the sort of wife husband thought he’d marry it’s because I’m THAT MUCH BETTER.

Right honey?

(PS happy three years!)

*(If you’re a newer reader, I’m not a full time housewife.  I’m a substitute teacher.  But that means there are days where I don’t work.  And instead, set feminism back 50 years.  Barefoot in the kitchen and all that.)

We topped it…

So, after our klassie New Years night, and our New Years Day run, we clearly needed to eat.

We realized that when you’re as close as we were to Mexico, you need to eat Mexican food.  So after a quick Yelp search to make sure none of the places around us were terrible, we set off to find the sketchiest one possible.

Cause let’s be honest.  The best Mexican food comes from a slightly dirty spot where you ask three times for your chips and have to rack your brain when they tell you that you food costs trece dollars.

The spot we found didn’t disappoint.  Slightly terrible service, amazing food.

I had a carnitas taco and a carne asada taco
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The carne was good and all, but I wanted to have babies with the carnitas.

And do you see that giant mound of guac on each taco?  Love.

We walked off the food baby wandering around.  I was a fan of the Christmas tree
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Those ornaments?
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Beach balls.  Love it.

And I insisted on stopping at this spot
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Yogurt FARM.  I was amused.  They also had sushi.  Not sketch at all.
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Whatevs yogurt is good for you.

The more walking.  Since, you know, it was the only sun we’ll see until July.  (You will never hate Oregon winter more than when you’re realizing what winter is like other places.  Sunshine exists!)

It was insanely gorgeous out
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(That btw is apparently the longest pier in the US or something?)

And watched the sunset
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Redic my friends.  Redic.

And how do you end a day like that?

You find this
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That isn’t a 7-11 friends.  It is a BAR.

A slurpee bar.  Remember how I said we managed to top the Jello shots in klassieness?  Slurpee bar.  (“Daiquiri bar” technically but whatevs)

You know we had to
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(wow do my bangs need a cut too.  6 months between haircuts will do that)

You stay classy San Diego.

 

What’s the weather like for you?  I’ve been pouting since we got home.  So cold here!

Cheap and Easy

For everyone who asked about jeggings, mine are from Forever 21.  $15.80.  I’m a champ at cheap shopping. When I did Miss Spokane I had a friend tell me if I could bargain shop as my talent I’d win.

(I’m also that girl who when you say “I like your dress” will respond with “$5 clearance at Target!”   No shame in being cheap. )

I like cheap.   I also like easy.  No shame in that either.  So when I meal plan, I try to make things I can use more than once.   Roasted chicken becomes enchiladas, and then soup.  That sort of thing.  I multi-task on the starchy parts of meals too.

Last week, I cooked up some quinoa
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(Costco baby.  Cheaper than even the bulk bins at WinCo)
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I divided it in half, and with one half I sauteed onions in chicken stock
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Diced a few little tomatoes
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And then added the quinoa with some cumin, chili powder, and garlic.

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(the weird garlic?  That for some reason says “California” on it?  I got it for free.  So I’ll use it.  Free is my favorite sort of cheap)

Plus black beans and corn

I served it up with beef quesadillas (made from a leftover roast.  Like I said, multi tasking)
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Then, a few days later, I took the other half and added in black pepper and a Trader Joe’s spice mix
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(see the bag of peas in the background?  They’re the cheap store brand.  Fred Meyer for some reason has an extra cheap store brand, and a normal one.  Guess which one I buy)

Plus peas and parm
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You know that giant shaker of parm is from Costco.  It’s cheap and easy.  No shame in being too lazy to grate cheese all the time.

I also added a splash of this
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because once the wine is out, you really have to have a glass.  Means to an end friends, means to an end.

And served it with salmon, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.
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Easy Peasy.

Do you do multi-tasking meals?  Or is this one of those weird things that only I do?

Enchiladas

Know what I haven’t posted in forever?  A recipe!  This one is a staple for fall and winter in our house, which, sadly, it’s starting to feel like outside some days.

Somewhere around two years ago, I first got it in my head to make my husband (who was, at that time, simply my boyfriend) enchiladas.

I was going to school, student teaching, and working.  The idea of a meal I could assemble ahead of time and pop into the oven after work seemed genius.

(I think this is the appeal of casseroles.  But I grew up in a house without casseroles, so they don’t pop into my head.  Baby Brother learned what a casserole was just last year.  Not even kidding.)

When I suggested it, he informed me he “didn’t like enchilada sauce”

My mommy had always made enchiladas that involved leftover chicken, and this fine red can

Mixed with some cheese and peppers?  It’s good.  I’m not above admitting that.

And so I did them like that.  And it worked.

Until my husband saw what the soup looked like straight out of the can

(source)

No way friends, no way.  It was, to quote him “scary”

So I had to invent a new way to make enchiladas.  Because I wasn’t going to back down from a meal that I could make while putting off homework on Sunday afternoon, and being able to toss it in the oven after a Monday full of Kindergarten.

Over time I’ve tweaked it, and it’s become something my husband loves.  And it uses up leftovers!  Win!

You mix up about two cups of chicken stock and 1 1/2 cup of sour cream
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And add whatever seasonings you have hanging out.  If you’re using homemade stock (I do), it needs a little salt
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Plus 1/4 c of flour or so.  While this is simmering away you dice up leftover chicken
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And assemble your tortillas
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Chicken goes in
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If you’re feeling brave you can add zucchini, or other veggies
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(But only to your own, unless you want to watch your husband pout his way though dinner)

Usually I use a can of these babies in my sauce
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But right now I actually have roasted peppers in the freezer so I used them instead
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Plus delicious cilantro
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I let the sauce cook down a little, and add more flour if needed.  It doesn’t need to be super thick.

little bit of cheese + ladle of sauce into each tortilla
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And the extra sauce + more cheese on top
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Being careful to label the bad bad veggie ones
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And then you can put them in the fridge and ignore them until two nights later, when you bake them at 425 until the cheese is all melty and lovely
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Enchiladas:

  • 1 1/2 c sour cream
  • 2 c chicken stock
  • 1/4 c flour
  • about 3 c chicken
  • 8 tortillas
  • 1 1/4 c cheese
  • 1/4 c diced peppers, or one can
  • 1/3 c chopped cilantro
  • cumin, smoked paprika, garlic, and salt to taste
  • zucchini (optional)

Mix together stock, sour cream, and flour, and seasonings.  After mixture reaches a low boil, reduce heat and add the peppers and cilantro.

Place tortillas into a large baking dish.  If you’re smart (unlike me) spray the bottom of the pan with oil.  Divide up chicken evenly among tortillas, then add 1/4 c cheese to each (reserve remaining cheese for topping)

Spoon sauce into each tortilla, and roll up.  Top pan with additional sauce and remaining cheese.  Bake at 425 (I cover with foil for the first few minutes to prevent over-browning if it’s been refrigerated so that it has time to get warm) until cheese is melted.

Do you have any make ahead meals you love?

Yabba Dabba

Know what I haven’t done lately?

Posted many pictures of my meals!

I’ve been on a big rice bowl kick lately.

Tofu curry
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Tofu + broccoli + spinach using Trader Joe’s Thai red curry sauce (that shiz is goooood btw)

And I used some of the leftovers from our street tacos to make mexican rice bowls

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First one with added carrots and avocado on top.

And then one with the biggest food obsession in our house:

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Roasted corn!

Throwing a shucked ear of corn on the grill?  Heaven.

It’s seriously magically delicious-the husband will stop to tell me how much he loves it.

And when you’ve got a man like mine raving about veggies?  You know you’re on to something.

In other things that keep my husband happy news, we went to the beer store this weekend.
To keep me happy about that field trip I also got treats-Beer with fruit for me! Photobucket

The husband got his undergrad degree in Boulder, so he’s quite the fan of Boulder Beer.

(If you look at his college transcripts you can tell he was the fan of lots of beers as an undergrad.)

Another new purchase this weekend that made me happy?
Vitamins make my tummy terribly unhappy.  (So do uncoated meds-give me tylenol that isn’t coated and there’s a good chance it will be revisited soon after).  Generally people tell me to get the gummy ones.  But they have no iron (seriously I have looked and looked.  No hi.) and that’s one of the things I want in my vitamins.

But I emailed my darling Diana (who is back after a blogging hiatus, go tell her hi!)  and she suggested…Photobucket

Oh yeah, that’s what it looks like
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Some Flinstones have iron!  I had no idea!

They’re just as delicious as I remembered.

The only problem with this purchase?  It involved taking the husband to Walgreens.  And that resulted in another purchase.
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Yeah, that’s a light up American flag.  That can suction cup onto things.

Clearly, we needed it.

What vitamins do you take?

Are you bad about impulse buys?  We have a hard time passing up tacky all American things.