Thursday, July 10, 2014

Layered Chicken Taco Salad

We needed something uber quick tonight, and this was PERFECT!  Tasted so good - and was super fast to make (like throw it all together fast).  Another good thing to add would be avocado and beans!  Yummy!!

Serves 6 - Pinterest

3 cup Romaine lettuce, chopped
3 cup fresh spinach
2 cup cooked chicken, shredded or diced
2 can (11oz each) Mexicorn, whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
3 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese
2 green onions, chopped (tops too)
1 1/2 cup southwest tortilla strips (or chips)
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
3/4 cup salsa
3/4 cup French dressing
In a large glass bowl, layer half of the lettuce and spinach. Top with tomatoes, corn, chicken and remaining lettuce and spinach. Top with cheese.

In a small bowl, mix together with salsa with French dressing. Pour over top of cheese. Garnish with cilantro, green onions and tortilla strips.

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Food!

4th of July "fruit" fun :)

Festive "veggie FIREWORKS"!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

TUTU Themed Baby Shower-

YAY!!  My sister in law is having a girl, and I got to throw a GIRLY baby shower!  I decided to go all out -- TUTU style!!!

I started with the invites...

Table Centerpieces

Banners :)

Drink and Food

AND the CAKE!!  Linda made this bad boy -- how AWESOME is that?!  

Tulle Pom Poms

YAY!!  I love myself some tissue balls - but TULLE Pom Poms complete the TuTu themed baby shower idea  :)

Twine / Rope

Depending on the size of the pom pom you want - cut your circle into your cardboard.  Put a piece of twine/ribbon around the inner circle (make sure to be able to see the twine/ribbon).

Then start to wrap tulle around the circle until you have your "thickness" you are looking for.  Make sure to leave your twine hanging out - so you don't cut it.  Then cut the tulle around the circle.

Then tie the twine into a knot - pull the cardboard off - and POM POMS!

Tulle TuTu

How cutie is this TuTu Island skirt?!  Perfect for the TuTu themed baby shower :)

Tulle (I got like 20 yards)

I followed this tutorial here:

Pink Lemonade

Can frozen pink lemonade concentrate
Bottle club soda/Bottle Sprite (2 liter bottle)

Empty pink lemonade into tall glass pitcher...add in bottle of club soda or sprite...and yummy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Cookbook tonight...I can't say I was excited about our theme tonight...because we made freezer meals for my family since my mom was diagnosed with leukemia last week :(  How is that even a normal sentence for me to say...UGH!  This was really easy to make up...I'll have to update once my parents taste it!!!

about 4 cups of shredded, cooked chicken
about 1 jar of marinara sauce
1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
about 1 cup panko or whole wheat bread crumbs
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
fresh, chopped herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, etc)
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
Layer the chicken in the bottom. Dump in the marinara sauce and mix with the chicken. Next, top with cheese until all the chicken is covered.
In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, olive oil, fresh herbs and a dash of salt and pepper together.  Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumbs on top.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden on top and bubbling on the sides.
Freezer Meal Directions: Put casserole together and freeze it before baking. When you're ready to cook it, let it thaw in the fridge over night. If it's still slightly frozen in the middle, you'll just have to cook it longer than the recipe calls for or defrost a bit in the microwave before baking. Cover it with foil if the top gets too brown in the oven.