Monday, January 23, 2012

Honey Lime Chipotle Chicken and Enchiladas

After Thanksgiving I was searching for some creative ways to use the leftover turkey and found this honey chipotle chicken recipe so we had to try it on our turkey. It was so good and my husband has been asking me to make it again ever since. Recently on pinterest I saw a recipe for honey lime enchiladas and immediately knew that I had to try that too. The problem was that we didn't have any cooked chicken and I didn't feel like just cooking a chicken to marinade it after for these recipes.

I figured that there must be an easier way. My solution was to cook the chicken with all the yummy flavors in the crock pot. It turned out amazing and my husband couldn't stop raving about how good it was!! I kept the spiciness level to a minimum so the kids could eat it too and they loved it as well. My picky 3 year old even asked for seconds which almost never happens. If you want it really spicy, feel free to add more chipotle peppers. I think next time I might add some chipotle peppers to the sauce instead of using green chiles too. I love when dinner experiments turn out good.

Honey Chipotle Lime Crock Pot Chicken
Inspired by this recipe

1/2 cup honey
juice of 2 limes (about 5-6 T)
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (use more if wanting more spiciness)
2 t adobo sauce
1 T minced garlic
about 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast (about 3-4 chicken breasts)

Combine first 5 ingredients and puree using an immersion blender (or regular blender). Place chicken in crock pot and pour puree over the top. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

About a 1/2 hour to an hour before serving, remove chicken, shred and then return to crock pot soak up the juices/flavor. Serve in tacos, burritos, salad, or use in enchiladas like the recipe below.

Honey Chipotle Lime Chicken Enchiladas
Inspired by this recipe

Honey Chitpotle Lime Chicken (recipe above)
8 flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 sour cream
1 4 oz can of diced green chiles (or 1-2 diced chipotle peppers)

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Mix the last three ingredients to make a sauce. Spread a few spoonfuls of sauce on bottom of pan. Fill tortillas with chicken mixture (leaving as much of the juice as you can so they don't get too soggy) and a mix of the two cheeses, reserving about a cup of the cheese for the top later. Roll and place in pan. Add any of the leftover juice to the sauce and mix. Cover enchiladas with the sauce and then cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove foil and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until cheese is all melted.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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I have a new addiction: Pinterest.

It is seriously so awesome. No more bookmarking projects and stuff I want to try. Now I just pin it.

Like this quilt that I plan on making for my daughter (only twin size)

Or this Key Lime Cake that I actually tried over the weekend and it really is delicious!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Valentine's Day Headbands!

I just listed these cute Tiny Crocheted Heart Headbands in my shop for Valentine's Day. I had the idea a long time ago, but just never got around to making them. With Valentine's Day coming up soon, I knew that I had to make them ASAP. I love how they turned out. So cute and the perfect size. 

So much fun!! Check them out in my Shop

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Need a Valentine's Day Gift?

 I just added a bunch of pink and red earrings for Valentine's Day to my shop, grab a pair before their gone!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Getting Organized- My Craft "Room"

 Over the Christmas break, one of my husband's goals was to help me to get organized. He did this by installing a whole bunch of shelving down in my basement/dungeon craft room. I will admit, I am a bit embarrassed to share these pictures as it is far from pretty, but it serves its purpose and all my stuff is out of the reach of sticky little kid fingers. I love how I can work on a project and just leave it out, where before I would I have to take out everything when the kids were napping or went to bed and then hurry and put it all away before they woke up. It was hard to get anything done.

The only bad part is that it is freezing down there in the winter, so I tend to not do as much sewing in the cold winter months and when I do, it is small projects that don't take up too much time.

While installing the shelves, my husband saw all of thread and bobbins just sitting out on my craft table. It was a mess. I told him how it would be really nice to have some sort of way to organize them. He was like, "I'll just make something for you" and he dissapeared upstairs. I stayed down in the dungeon and continued to try and organize my stuff and I soon heard his drill upstairs. When I came upstairs, he was working on this:

I love having a "handy" husband. This took him all of an hour or less to make. He just drilled holes in a grid pattern at a slight angle and then cut up some dowels and glued them in the holes with wood glue. He made the dowels closer together on the bottom for the bobbins and farther apart on the top for the thread. It is perfect. 

Eventually  I plan on painting it to make it pretty, but for now its function is all I need. I have seen similar things in the stores, but it was so easy to just make one.

The rest is the embarrassing part. I really need to get organized, so I figure if I show these mid-progress pictures, than it will be motivation to get it done so I can share the "finished" pictures with you. The "before" was horrible, basically just a bunch of craft stuff piled on that little table with very little room to "work."

 The "room" is really a framed out future bathroom in our unfinished basement, hence all the pipes. The lighting is pretty horrible, but whenever I have intricate work, I usually just bring it upstairs anyway.

All those plastic bags sitting on top of my rolling carts are full of fabric and yarn for future projects that needs to be organized.

 So there you have it in all its glory. Hopefully I can get it organized real soon. I can't wait.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!

We had a nice Christmas break. My husband had a whole week and a half off of work and 2 weeks off of school. It was so nice. We did a whole lot of nothing. Just spent time together as a family. 

These kids sure loved having Daddy home. I did too. I was able to read 4 books, get a whole lot of cleaning and organizing done, and I had someone to watch movies with.

Today we all go back to our normal schedules: work and school for daddy and cleaning, cooking, taking care of kids, and some blogging for me. 

 Here's to a great new year!