Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Scheduled Programming

We interrupt the scheduled program for graduation. Woo Hoo! Friday is the day my husband graduates from college. Thrilled does not cover it. :D Also my baby is turning 2. *sigh* I will probably have to stop caller her that now. I am looking forward to her party though. Things are going to be crazy here.

photo courtesy of TulipPhotographicArt Shop

That said I am a little short on time for blogging. Don't worry, I will be back shortly! I will have tons of pictures and a few surprises when I get back next week! See you soon!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Obsession...for paper?

Who knew that it was possible to fall in love with a paper? But it is true.

I did a custom print for a client and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge that came with trying something new, albeit a bit scary at first, the exileration at the end was totally worth it. I found out about Somerset Velvet paper from Just saying those words has me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Now I am obsessed trying to find the best supplier so that I can start my own velvet watercolor paper colony. Well, all right, I wouldn't leave my life behind for a paper, but it is close.

The print I had placed on it looks gorgeous and creamy, but still translucent like a watercolor dream. I truly had a hard time parting with it. I am sure my client will find a bit of shock over the super careful packaging. Damage just was not an option!

Take a gander!

go ahead click it for a closer inspection...I know I did. :D

Mix-it-up Monday Recipe Reviews


I am not sure when the aversion to Mondays started or came from but it probably has to do with not being able to sleep-in or goof-off. :D Nothing better than a new recipe to spice up a Monday, wouldn't you say?

This last week has been crazy busy with my husband less than two weeks away from graduation (insert squealing here). It has been a long road but you can see why during crunch time our dinner fare may be more pizza and sandwiches than new and exciting culinary adventures. So I am pulling out one of my oldies but goodies that never fails in wow-ing a crowd!

White Sauce Chicken Enchiladas
1 package tortillas (corn or flour)
2 cup cooked chicken, shredded (can used 2 cans of chicken as a timesaver)
1 small can of green chilies-diced
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 small green onion sliced
1/2 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped

*put all of the above ingredients into bowl 1 of 2. Except the tortillas. In the next bowl place:

1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can evaporated milk (never, never condensed milk...made that mistake one, never again!)
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp. cumin

* this makes up the white sauce.

Now with your two bowls side by side there, get your tortilla stack ready for assemblage. Place about 1/3 of a cup of chicken filling down into the top third of the tortilla topped with 2 TBS of the white sauce. Roll up the bad boy and place in a greased 9x12 baking pan. Repeat till all of the tortillas and filling are up. I always place my tortillas in the microwave first for about 30 seconds to make rolling much easier.

Once you have a nicely lined pan of enchiladas take remaining white sauce and pour over your tortilla bundles.

For a bit of kick and color mix, 1 small can of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of salsa, (change this amount to your spice tolerance). Pour this down the center of the pan on top of the covered enchiladas.

Bake this uncovered for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees farenhuit. If you start to see to much browning on the edges feel free to cover with foil towards the end.

To serve, top with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes with a dollop of your favorite sour cream or guacamole. This makes about 8-10 adult servings depending on how hungry everyone is by dinner time. :D

Now if you have a recipe you would like to share on your blog let Mr. Linky know or give us a run down in the comments section!

**assorted herb recipe cards by kissandtellcards on Etsy.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

And the Winner IS?????

Thanks to all who played in the $50 Gift Certificate Mother's Day Giveaway and gave me such great feedback about my work and Etsy shop! It is truly appreciated! Now on to the juicy part...the winner!

The random generator picked number 63. That comment is lovely little dear! Congratulations!

I will send your electronic code through your email provided.

Thanks again for playing everyone, and keep coming back. This was so much fun I will be doing it monthly, different prizes, different sizes, and sneak peaks!