Tuesday, March 29, 2011

White Girl Enchiladas

This recipe comes from my friend Casey.

Casey is from California. She has the most amazing eyes ever. And she and I are going to be old grannies together one day. Oh, and Casey once made love to a po' boy sandwich in a restaurant in New Orleans. But we won't talk about that.

This recipe came from Casey. She gave it to me several years ago and it was an insta-hit with my family.

These are chicken enchiladas so the recipe, of course, calls for sour cream. I used to claim to hate sour cream. Truth is I do hate sour cream. When it's just heaped on a baked potato or taco or something of that sort. But used as a recipe ingredient? Yes, please, and I'll have more of that thankyaverymuch. A certain man I am married to, however, is a different story. He refuses to eat anything if he knows it has sour cream in it. The first time I made these for him, he practically licked his plate. The second time, he caught me shoveling sour cream into it and claimed to not like them. *Facepalm* Please hide the sour cream if you have one of those at your house.

Here is what you DON'T need to make these: Two little boys who refuse to just stay.outside.and.play.for.half.an.hour.so.I.can.get.dinner.in.the.effin.oven.

Here is what you DO need to make these:
 Chicken, cooked and shredded (how much depends on how chicken-y you want them. I usually use one very large breast)
One can cream of chicken soup
8 oz sour cream
One can green chilis (Mmmm . . . I love green chilis . . . the bigger the can, the better)
2 cups shredded Cheddar/ Monterrey Jack cheese
Flour tortillas (at least eight -- I usually make ten)

Here is how you make these:

Preheat oven to 350. Combine chicken, soup, sour cream, chilis, and one cup of cheese very well. Heat on the stove until cheese is melted. Spoon mixture into flour tortillas and place in a casserole dish. Remember: these are enchiladas so, when you place them in the dish, they need to be alllll up in each other's koolaid. Keep 'em close! Pour remaining chicken mixture over top of rolled enchiladas. Top with remaining cup of cheese. They'll look a little sumpin' like this:

** I know that pretty much every recipe blogger out there tells you to shred your own cheese. But, well, convenience, dude.

Cover with foil, pop them in the oven, and bake for 20 minutes.

These.are.so.good. In fact, they're approved by 2/3 of my children. The lone dissenter only likes pizza, hotdogs, and chocolate milk (yeah, he's going to be the child who grows up to be a nutritionist) so his opinion doesn't count.

These taste great served with refried beans -- especially if you spoon some of that yummy chickeny/ cheesey goodness into your beans. Wanna know a quick and easy way to make canned refried beans taste better? Because, let's be real, I have three - sometimes four - kids. I don't have time to actually refry refried beans. Mix salsa with a tiny bit of brown mustard and just a pinch of brown sugar. Stir into the beans as they're heating and also add some cheese - cause cheese makes everything better - and they'll give your beans more of a kick. Yum!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cake Mix Cookies

My mom made cake mix cookies a lot when my buttmunch brother and I were kids. I don't think I've ever made them for my kids though. Mostly because cookies we make are usually of the slice-n-bake variety.

Wait. That's a lie.

The cookies we usually make are already perfectly formed into little cookie shapes. You just have to plunk 'em on a cookie sheet, slide 'em in the oven, and wait 8-10 minutes for Nestle Tollhouse perfection.

But these cookies are (almost) as easy. And they're really yummy! Especially when you take them a step further and . . . dip them in white chocolate. Oh yes. White Chocolate. Come to Mama.

** I would say the sprinkles are only optional. BUT, if you have kids then you know that sprinkles are never, EVER merely an option.

Here is what you need to make these cookies:
Cake Mix -- Any flavor, any brand (I used a Betty Crocker Devil's Food. Because it's what I had. Because we found them on sale months ago. Because it's sat in my pantry, tempting me, since it was found on sale months ago. It was time to go)
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
Chocolate (Please, please, please use white chocolate if you're making chocolate cookies. I used some almond bark left over from months ago when we found those cake mixes on sale . . . )

And here is what you do:
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients and put your little people to work mixing.

Mix together well and then drop by the spoonful onto a well greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from baking sheet immediately. While cookies are cooling, melt chocolate in the microwave. After cookies have cooled, dip them in the chocolate. You can do half of each cookie:

Or go for the whole enchilada and cover the entire cookie:

They taste good both ways but if you love, love, love all things sweet then go ahead and cover the whole cookie. Your mouth will thank you. Your waist line might not but, hello, you're baking cookies. You're not thinking about your waist!

Oh, and don't forget those sprinkles!

Monday, March 14, 2011

How to be an Asshole on Facebook -- Part One

I don't know about all of you, but social media (and Facebook in particular) has really made me realize how many of family members and friends are assholes. I started writing this post a month ago and it got so long and I kept coming up with so many "asshole-isms." I decided to break it up into two (or possibly three?) posts. I'm publishing the first one today . . . while the family and I are on the way back from our tiny little spring vacation. Enjoy!

How to be an Asshole on Facebook
Part One

1. Make your profile picture that one of you in Mexico for Spring Break. In 1999.Okay, people, look. Your college friends? They know what you looked like in college. They want to know what you look like now so they can either gloat over the fact that you've put on a few pounds or hate on you because they have packed on a few pounds.

2. Tag yourself in your own photos.
Unless the photos are circa 1991, were taken at a masquerade party, or you've had, I dunno, a face transplant odds are the folks on your friends list are going to know who you are in them. Unless you're pimping yourself out as You-15-years-ago. Then and only then, you might need to tag yourself. But it's still annoying.

3. Post nothing but Bible verses, song lyrics, quotes, or updates on your child's bowel movements.Preferably rotate the four of these and you'll be in, like, Ultimate Asshole Status. Early morning Bible verse, mid-morning song lyrics, lunch time quote, and just in time for dinner give everyone an update on what Junior did on the pot.

4. Like your own status.Nothing says "douchebag" quite the same as "liking" something that you yourself said.

5. Make a "like" page for . . . yourself.
Okay, so maybe one thing says "douchebag" quite the same as liking something that you yourself said.

6. Send friend requests to random females. When the inquire as to why you requested them, respond with something like "cause I wanna hit dat, shawty."
See also: How to Not Use Facebook to Get Laid

7. Js b sure 2 mk all ur status updts sumpin lyk dis.Unless, you know, you don't want people to be able to read them.

8. "Check in." When you're at home.
I really hope you don't have any Jehova Witnesses, Mormon missionaries, or bill collectors on your friends list . . .

9. Complain about every single tiny change Facebook makes.
Unless you've been on Facebook, oh, FIVE MINUTES then you know they change stuff around. All.the.time. Go with it. It's not like you, you know, PAY for the service.

10. "It's I Love My Chinchilla Week! Put this in your status if you love your chinchilla!" <=== Replace "chinchilla" with whatever and post every time one of these starts making the rounds.
You do realize that pretty much every week is son/ daughter/ husband/ wife/ mother/ father/ puppy week right? Right?