Monthly Archives: March 2011

NWC has a new look!

I spent the evening working on a new look for my blog. I pretty much am completely in love with it. Oh my gosh. :)

The only thing I’m a little freaked out about is that I don’t see the ‘older posts’ option for you to see previous entries. I mean, most of you see them based on Facebook and Twitter updates (like how you got here now…) but it kind of makes me a little bummed that there isn’t those links for this theme. I might get used to it though. If anyone has WordPress and/or this theme and has some tips for me, I’d totally welcome it.

As you can tell from the obvious, I changed my theme, signature image and my banner. But I also revamped my categories into actual food groups for easier site surfing. They are to the side on the home page of the blog. Click around and you’ll see that everything flows a little better now.

(Oh right, since you all are coming in from a specific site, click on the banner above and everything I just said will make sense.)

Let me know what you think! I didn’t code this myself, good lord please, but I still want to know what you think!

Tortilla Soup with Black Beans

Are you ready to get healthy….?

Is there a better combination than soup and salad? Okay, maybe there is. But a better HEALTHY combo? I don’t think so.

I thought this soup was pretty good. The spices were good (albeit I added hot sauce and more chili powder than instructed) and the beans and corn together were on point. It was a little tomato-y for me, I might even add another can of beans next time… but then I don’t want it to be too bean-y. Beany? Whatever.

I didn’t like the tortilla chips at all, they were soggy and the texture was too much for me to handle. I am a HUGE texture freak.

The hubby of course mentioned the fact that there was no meat to be had in this meal. And then dumped ham cubes in his salad.
I am kind of surprised he didn’t fry up some bacon. And kind of disappointed. But then I remember I don’t like bacon. But I like the smell…

Does this make me unAmerican? :/

I’m totally baking some chicken to go with the soup for leftovers.

Don’t judge me.

The Hubs Made Hamburgers

Well, he actually called himself “The Hubcap” and it made me chuckle. I don’t really know where these things come from in his brain, but I let him bounce around sometimes.

I had a pretty stressful day today. It wasn’t bad in entirety really, but you know those days when that ONE thing goes wrong and then everything snowballs and goes to hell in a handbasket and you just cry those big alligator tears?

Yeah.

The Hubcap.. no I can’t do it.

The hubs came in the door, took one look at me and started making hamburgers. He is super cute and I love him to pieces.

And yes, I am eating Fritos again! Hahaha. We buy that variety bag of chips that has like 3 of each kind and we always end up with Chili Cheese Fritos at the end and he refuses to eat them. That’s why they end up in my dinner so often. I want them out of my pantry!

I also forgot to take a picture before I started eating, so please excuse my big bites. I was hungry. :(

Ps – I’m working on a new theme for the blog. Who’s excited?! I AM!

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh hello. I made GIANT chocolate chip cookies today. I followed the recipe at Annie’s Eats, with the exception of dark cocoa powder. I only had regular cocoa powder, so I didn’t get the deep brown cookie, but that’s okay with me. Next time, I’ll do that, but I mostly wanted huge, moist (ew I hate that word), chocolatey cookies and I accomplished that. Oh, did I accomplish it. I could only eat half at a time. That’s what I call delicious.

Chicken Parmesan Wraps

Tonight I made Chicken Parmesan Wraps…. and I loved them to pieces.

In my BBQ Chicken Rolls post, I commented that I didn’t fill them as much as I think I could have and it was a little dough-y. Well I definitely overcompensated for that this time around! I could barely close them up, and most of them popped open and spilled out while they baked. The whole cooking rack on top of a cookie sheet is a GREAT idea, or I would have had a hot (sticky) mess on my hands.

I think I might do without the spinach next time because it just wilted and was kind of chewy. I wasn’t impressed with the texture and picked most of it out. But the chicken and cheese was delicious!!

Hey, I made up for it with a salad. Romaine lettuce, green and red peppers, tomatoes, Italian dressing and just a sprinkle of cheese.

Hubby liked them too, I think. I can never get a really confident answer from him. It’s either a shrug, an “It’s alright” or a grunt. I guess that’s better than a negative response (see yesterday’s dinner). I didn’t even get a “yum” when I made chocolate chips cookies.

And yes I can write all of this, cause he told me yesterday that he doesn’t read this blog.

Seriously. Quote, “Oh, I don’t read that.” Unquote.

What a nice guy.

Cheesy Sausage and Veggie Bake

I sunk my own battleship.

I did not collect $200.

I did however, make my first miss.

Neither of us liked it. Any part of it.

I don’t think I did anything wrong necessarily, but I definitely was expecting something else entirely. The sauce was more of a broth than a cream and the broccoli was actually very overwhelming. I picked through and ate mostly carrots and then overindulged on biscuits.

It wasn’t even the fact that it was “healthy” that turned me off. The vegetables were bland, the sausage was “meh” and the broth was almost not even worth the mess.

Unfortunately, I will not be making this again. :(

Thank goodness I have a TON of chocolate chip cookies from last night if I get hungry. You know, speaking of healthy.

Chocolate Chip Cookies & My New Cookbook

This might come as a shock to some people (read: everyone).

This is my first ever batch of chocolate chip cookies.

First. Ever.

Ironically, it’s also my first adventure making anything in my Kitchenaid. Which might lead you to wonder why I bought a mixer in the first place, if I had never even make chocolate chip cookies before. As you say, most newborns can make those. And I would agree with you. But not this newborn… up until a year ago, I would have scoffed at the idea of cooking, not to mention BAKING anything.

But here I am, all domesticated, like a cat. Only I’m allergic to those, and I currently have a swollen and itchy eye to prove it.

Rascals.

Anyway, back to baking and food and things I love.

I pretty much can completely blame my friend Kirstie for what happens next. She gave me this cookbook to read while she baked and iced a cake. Please.

I was hooked the moment I saw the cover:

I already have it in the works to make these cupcakes for Easter.  I bought this off of Amazon, along with a decorating set (12 stainless steel tips and an icing bag)  and a cake caddy.

I can’t wait to start icing things.

I would have iced those chocolate chip cookies if I had the tips already.

Scary.

Not exactly food…

So I haven’t cooked lately due to St. Patricks Day (yummm) but I did make this really awesome banner out of scrapbooking paper and floss. I printed the letters in Photoshop and cut around them on colored paper. Then I just hole-punched each and strung the floss through.

I am pretty much totally lame.

I will post again Monday with a new recipe. :)

Shredded Chicken Enchiladas

Yummmmmmo.

Fact: I love Mexican food. I think more than half of the recipes on this so far have been of the Mexican-food persuasion. I just love salsa and cheese and tortillas all mixed together. I think these beat the beef enchiladas I’ve done, but I just do love me some shredded chicken.

The only thing I’d do differently next time is not adding cilantro. Neither of us like it that much…. and I could really taste it here.

I also used flour tortillas instead of corn because face it, flour is better.

FACT.

Barbecue Chicken Rolls

In the blog I got these from, CanYouStayForDinner.com she jokes about being obsessed with egg rolls. I laughed at her method of poking fun at herself when I was reading it….. but now I’m not laughing. She is TOTALLY. SPOT. ON.

These egg rolls were the easiest things to make ever. For it being the first time I’ve experimented with egg rolls, I didn’t know what to expect. I definitely could have stuffed these puppies with more chicken and cheese and probably dredged the chicken with more BBQ sauce. Some were a little sparse, making the egg roll dough itself very overpowering. The amount of slaw was perfect for me, whereas hubby requested “less vegetables please”. I can’t wait to see him try and show our children that vegetables aren’t gross. I have a feeling that will be my job.

I have already started contemplating my next egg roll adventure. I am thinking a southwestern one would be fantastic with corn and black beans inside and a bowl of salsa to dip them in. Of course, here I am adding vegetables….. what is wrong with me? Ha!

Ps, I did make these yesterday for dinner. I just had to rush out afterwards and didn’t get a chance to blog about them.

Tonight’s dinner should be up in a couple of hours. Don’t think I’m eating 2 dinners tonight, please.

Yikes.