Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Taco Pasta!!!!

Yum...ok....doesn't this look like perfection on a plate!?!?!?

Taco Pasta
12 servings Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 45 minutes

8 ounces dried penne
2 pounds uncooked ground chicken
1 cup chopped onion
1-1/2 cups water
1 1-1/4-ounce envelope taco seasoning mix
2 11-ounce cans whole kernel corn with sweet peppers, drained
2 cups sliced pitted ripe olives
2 cups ( 8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup salsa
2 4-ounce cans diced green chile peppers, drained
8 cups shredded lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
Tortilla chips (optional)
Dairy sour cream (optional)

1. Cook pasta according to directions; drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, in a 12-inch skillet cook ground chicken and onion, half at a time, until meat is brown; drain fat. Return all of the chicken mixture to skillet. Stir in water and taco seasoning mix. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cooked pasta, corn, olives, half of the shredded cheese, salsa, and chile peppers.

3. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 3-quart rectangular casserole. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

4. Serve with lettuce, tomato wedges, and, if desired, tortilla chips and sour cream. Makes 12 servings.

For 6 Servings: Prepare using method above, except transfer mixture to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.

Nutrition facts per serving:
Servings Per Recipe 12 servings
Calories 351
Total Fat (g) 17
Saturated Fat (g) 4
Monounsaturated Fat (g) 4
Polyunsaturated Fat (g) 1
Cholesterol (mg) 20
Sodium (mg) 934
Carbohydrate (g) 30
Total Sugar (g) 4
Fiber (g) 4
Protein (g) 24
Vitamin A (DV%) 0
Vitamin C (DV%) 31
Calcium (DV%) 21
Iron (DV%) 17

Scrapping & Writing Fool

I've been busy lately writing articles for SJ and making layouts to go with. These are all for August but since I am going on vaca, they are going up early. Enjoy! :)

Monday, July 16, 2007

Crockpot Chicken with Mushrooms

Some may think the crockpot is just for the winter but I beg to differ. What could be better than spending the day at the beach and coming home to dinner waiting for you? Not much. :)

Chicken with Mushroom Stuffing
Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 4 to 5 hours (high)

Nonstick cooking spray
2 tablespoons finely shredded lemon peel
1 tablespoon ground sage
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
8 small chicken legs (drumstick-thigh portion) (about 5 pounds), skinned
1/4 cup butter
4 cups quartered or sliced fresh mushrooms, such as cremini, baby portobello, shiitake, and/or button mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
8 cups sourdough baguette cut into 1-inch pieces (about 10 ounces)
1 cup coarsely shredded carrot (2 medium)
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
3 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian parsley

1. Lightly coat the inside of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the lemon peel. In a small bowl stir together the remaining lemon peel, the sage, seasoned salt, and pepper. Remove three-quarters of the sage mixture and rub onto chicken legs. Place chicken in slow cooker.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook mushrooms and garlic in hot butter over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until just tender. Stir in remaining sage mixture. Transfer mushroom mixture to a large bowl. Add baguette pieces and carrot. Drizzle with broth, tossing gently to combine. Lightly pack stuffing on top of chicken in cooker.

3. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Using a slotted spoon, transfer stuffing and chicken to a serving platter; discard juices in cooker. In a small bowl combine reserved 1 teaspoon lemon peel, the walnuts and parsley. Sprinkle nut mixture over chicken and stuffing before serving. Makes 8 servings

Nutrition facts per serving:
Calories 412
Total Fat (g) 17
Saturated Fat (g) 5
Monounsaturated Fat (g) 5
Polyunsaturated Fat (g) 4
Cholesterol (mg) 146
Sodium (mg) 1450
Carbohydrate (g) 27
Total Sugar (g) 2
Fiber (g) 3
Protein (g) 39
Vitamin C (DV%) 17
Calcium (DV%) 7
Iron (DV%) 19
Starch (d.e.) 1.5
Vegetables (d.e.) .5
Lean Meat (d.e.) .5

Crockpot Beef & Chipotle Burritos

I just had to share....

Beef and Chipotle Burritos
6 servings Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 8 to 10 hours

1-1/2 pounds boneless beef round steak, cut 3/4 inch thick
1 14-1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/3 cup chopped onion (1 small)
1 to 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped (see tip, page 64)
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
6 9 to 10 inch tomato-flavored or plain flour tortillas, warmed
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
1 recipe Pico de Gallo Salsa
Shredded jicama or radishes (optional)
Dairy sour cream (optional)

1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 6 pieces. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart crockery cooker place meat, undrained tomatoes, onion, chipotle peppers, oregano, cumin, and garlic.

2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Remove meat from cooker. Using 2 forks, pull meat apart into shreds. Place meat in a large bowl. Stir in cooking liquid to reach desired consistency. Spoon one-sixth of the meat onto each warm tortilla just below the center. Top with cheese, Pico de Gallo Salsa, and, if desired, jicama and sour cream. Roll up tortilla. Makes 6 servings.

Pico de Gallo Salsa: In a bowl combine 2 medium finely chopped tomatoes; 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion; 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro; 1 fresh serrano chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped; and dash sugar. Cover; chill several hours.

Nutrition facts per serving:
Servings Per Recipe 6 servings
Calories 361
Total Fat (g) 13
Saturated Fat (g) 5
Monounsaturated Fat (g) 5
Polyunsaturated Fat (g) 1
Cholesterol (mg) 71
Sodium (mg) 433
Carbohydrate (g) 29
Total Sugar (g) 4
Fiber (g) 2
Protein (g) 30
Vitamin A (DV%) 0
Vitamin C (DV%) 30
Calcium (DV%) 19
Iron (DV%) 26
Starch (d.e.) 1.5
Vegetables (d.e.) 1
Medium-fat Meat (d.e.) .5

Just in case you hadn't heard....

DML is back in business!!!!!!!


Hopkins Vineyard

Long time no blog...I know...I know. But, I've had good reason. This weekend we had a guest...non other than the fabulous Frank Mclaughlin. I spent the week before he got here getting ready for him. I had to make sure that the guest bed and bath were all spiffy. :)

Then it was a whirlwind weekend since he arrived. We ate, we drank, we walked and talked and had a great time. He's the last of the single friends and he comes to visit every couple of months to get his burb and kiddo fix and then merrily goes back to his bachelor life in the city that never sleeps. :)

The kiddos absolutely adore him. They call him Uncle Frank and he loves it. He dotes on them and lets them give him haircuts. Ahem, if you hadn't noticed, Frank shaves his head. LOL!!!!!

Anyhoo, on Saturday it was a glorious day so we took Frank to a wine tasting at Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston, CT and here are some photos. Enjoy!

love this shot...

She's such a poser.....

Natty and "uncle" Frank

the boys happily toasting...

Friday, July 06, 2007

What kind of cookie are you?

One more test...from Georgina...

You Are a Fortune Cookie

You're a rather normal person, except that you have extraordinary luck in life.
People want to be around you (even when they're a little sick of you), in hopes of being lucky too!


Your Wrath Quotient

Good Lord I love these stupid tests. Got this one off Georgina's blog...http://itsjusttoorandom.blogspot.com/

Your Wrath Quotient: 40%

Sometimes you get really angry, but nothing out of the norm.
While you may wish someone harm, it's pretty unlikely that you'd actually do anything about it.

Yeah, that's pretty accurate. :O

Tagged by Stacy (UberGoober)

7 Random Facts about me...

-I freak out at the sight of hair on the table when I am eating...I could literally hurl if I think too much about it

-I hate the smell of milk...ewww

-I love teeny bopper music....Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne....:O

-I love love love to shop in dollar stores

-I am totally addicted to Arbor Mist Island Fruit Pinot Grigio..best swill on the planet. ahahhaaaaaaaa

-I sing on the top of my lungs in the car all.the.time. with or without the windows closed. :D

-I haven't been to church in almost a year...I'm such a heathen. :(

Monday, July 02, 2007

Online Friends Part Deux

Fellow Blue Crew member.
Sweet as can be.
Funny as all get out!
Needed a hand today.

I lent it in the form of this layout.

I *heart* you Trishie! :)

What can I say about Jenny?
She's one of those friends that you just know you would hit it off with the very second you met IRL.
She is funny.
She is beautiful.
She is talented.
She is very thoughtful.

Today I received a little present from her...a KI Memories summer paper pack.

Smooches to you, my friend. We *will* meet IRL one day...soon! :D

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Meeting IRL

Yesterday, I drove an hour and a half to meet some online friends that I have never met IRL. We were supposed to meet last year but my darling husband booked a trip with two other families for the same weekend. I was bummed.

So, when Nancy aka Yankee Scrapper e mailed me about this year's meet, I was all over it. There were 11 of us in total. Patti H was supposed to join us but her hubby needed her. I got to meet Nancy, Nora, Gina and baby Sophia, Donna, Lorna, Jenn, Jen, Lin, Eileen, and Kristin.

We ate, laughed, ate, talked, ate and even scrapped a little. LOL!

Eileen made us a delicious lasagna. There were salads, and all sorts of treats. I even taught the girls that the real name for Twizzlers is red vines. LOL!!!!!

I also discovered a Basic Grey line I had never seen before...called Perhaps. I instantly fell in love and created 3 layouts. I even did 12x12! :O I don't know what came over me. LOL!!!

I being the really large doofus that I am forgot my camera but the girls promised to share. This is a group shot I got off of SJ. I can't wait to see more. :)

Here's to meeting friends IRL! It's FABULOUS! :)