Monday, September 26, 2011

Chicken Enchilada Quiche

If you haven’t noticed by now, I like meals that include pie crust.  It’s probably not the healthiest option, but I like the “pie” aspect and it’s easy and fun for everyone to eat.  Make it Tex-Mex and I’m in.  Recipe from Pillsbury.


-1 refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box

-4 eggs

-1 cup milk

-1.5 cups cooked chicken, shredded

-1.5 cups broken tortilla chips

-2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

-1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (I just used 3 cups Cheddar instead of the two cheeses)

-1 cup Salsa

-1 (4.5 oz) can chopped green chiles (optional)

-1/2 tsp salt

-Pepper to taste


1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Place pie crust in 9” glass pie pan as directed on box for One-Crust Filled Pie.

2.  In medium bowl, beat eggs with whisk until blended.  Beat in milk.  Stir in chicken, chips, cheeses, salsa, green chiles and salt.  Pour into crust-lined pan.  Sprinkle pepper over top of filling.

3.  Bake 55 to 65 minutes or until crust is light golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.  Cut into wedges.  Serve with sour cream and/or salsa if desired.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tex-Mex Surimi Rice Salad

We love surimi (imitation crab) so I definitely wanted to try this recipe.  It’s so-so as a side dish but would be wonderful wrapped in lettuce as a little finger foods.  Next time we try this, we’ll wrap the rice in iceberg lettuce leaves (a la PF Chang’s) and go to town!  Recipe from Family Circle Magazine.


-3 Tbsp lime juice

-2 Tbsp olive oil

-2 Tbsp sour cream

-1/4 tsp chili powder

-1/4 tsp ground cumin

1/8 tsp black pepper

-2 packages (8.8 oz) each fully cooked microwaveable rice (such as Uncle Ben’s)

-3 wedges Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle Cheese

-1/2 pound surimi (imitation crab), cut into bite-size pieces

-1/2 green bell pepper, core and seeds removed, finely diced (optional)

-2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)

-1 head green leafy lettuce or iceberg lettuce


1.  In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, sour cream, chili powder, cumin and pepper.  Set aside.

2.  Heat rice in microwave following package directions, about 2 minutes; add to a large bowl.  Add cheese and stir until melted.  Stir in surimi, green pepper and scallions.  Add lime juice mixture and stir to coat all ingredients.

3.  Serve rice salad with lettuce leaves for wrapping.  Squeeze with lime wedges, if desired.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dryer Sheet Wreath Tutorial

If you haven’t seen it yet, please check out my beautiful new laundry room HERE!  We re-did it just a few weeks ago and it turned out so pretty.  It makes me happy to do laundry . . . well . . . okay, I wouldn’t go that far but it makes the chore much more tolerable!

This is one of my favorite parts of the re-do:

3702I made this wreath for FREE!  The tutorial is below.  Enjoy!


-Used dryer sheets.  You are going to need a LOT.  I saved up for probably 3 or 4 months before I had enough to make this wreath.  Just keep them somewhere off to the side until you have probably at least 75 to 100.  I know that sounds crazy but the fuller the wreath, the more you will need. 

-Wire hanger


1.  Bend your wire hanger until it is the shape of a circle.  If you have a thin enough hanger, you can do this by hand but you may want to use some pliers to straighten it out.

  DSC_0021 2.  Take a dryer sheet and fold it in half. 

DSC_0022Then you want to put the wire hanger on top of the dryer sheet and fold the top over the hanger, then pull the bottom ends through.  You are simply knotting the dryer sheet onto the hanger.  This project works best with USED dryer sheets.  They are MUCH easier to use than new ones.

Here is how your knot will look.

DSC_0023 3.  Pull the open ends (to the right) of the dryer sheet until your knot is tight on the hanger. 

DSC_00244.  Repeat with all dryer sheets.  As you work, pull the dyer sheets up toward the front of your wreath so that the knots are in the back.

DSC_0025 You want to make sure and squish each dryer sheet nice and close to the one before it.  The tighter the dryer sheets are to each other, the fuller your wreath will be.

5.  When finished, bend the hook end of your hanger down and behind the wreath to form a place for your nail to go to attach to the wall.  It doesn’t have to be pretty because it will be hidden behind the dryer sheets.  I bent mine down into a loop.

Here is your finished project!

DSC_0373 You can see that some of my dryer sheets have a little color to them.  It’s up to you if you want to use those or not.  The sheets for our master bed still run a little when I was them, even though we’ve had them for several years.  I like the little bit of color that it adds to the finished wreath. 

I hope you get a chance to make this nice, FREE project!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  Enjoy!


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