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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Looking for a little taste of home with some yummy, easy comfort food?  Then this may be the recipe for you!  Mr. L enjoyed it, and I did too, even though I'm not a fan of chicken pot pie most of the time.  Go give it a try!


  • 1 cup cooked chicken (I opted for rotisserie, so easy!)
  • 1 2/3 cups frozen vegetable medley, thawed
  • 1 10 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup Bisquick baking mix (I think I used Jiffy's this time)
  • 1/2 cup milk or nonfat milk

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.    

Mix together the chicken, vegetables, and cream of chicken soup and then spread on the bottom of a baking dish.

Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour on top of the chicken mixture.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the top turns a flaky golden brown.

What's your favorite comfort food recipe?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Five for Friday

1.  You're such a goofball and I love it!

2.  It's almost your birthday, woohoo!  I can't wait to celebrate with you this weekend!

3.  Thank you for being so thoughtful.

4.  I'm really happy the new treatment you're on is working for your pain.  It sucks seeing you like this.

5.  I hope you like your birthday presents!  =)

ily <3

Monday, June 17, 2013

Baked Creamy Beef Taquitos

While browsing the internet for inspiration, I ended up stumbling upon a recipe for baked chicken taquitos.  If you're anything like me, you've already got a ton of chicken recipes on hand, but this one sounded yummy, quick, and easy, so I decided to change it around and try it with beef instead.

It turned out really well, and I can't wait to make these little rolls of deliciousness again soon!

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup green salsa (I went with red)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp sliced green onions
  • 1 c shredded Mexican flavored cheese
  • Small flour or corn tortillas
  • Kosher salt
  • Cooking spray

Go ahead and brown up your ground beef in a skillet; drain and set aside.  Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil (which I didn't to but would have made cleanup much easier!).

In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, ground cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and minced garlic.

Once everything is nice and combined, add in the cilantro, green onions, beef, and cheese.

Now spread a couple of tablespoons of the mixture (depending on how big your tortillas are) onto your tortillas.  Roll the tortilla up very tightly and set onto the baking sheet; repeat until all of the mixture is gone.

Make sure none of the taquitos are touching and then spray the tops lightly with cooking spray.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the taquitos come out crispy and golden.

Add whatever toppings you'd like (more salsa, cheese, sour cream, guacamole) or just eat 'em naked!

Are you a taquito fan?  What's your favorite taquito recipe?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Five for Friday

1.  We're getting closer and closer to some concrete answers about your pain!  I'm so ready for all of this to be over.

2.  I love our nights in.  They are awesome!  =)

3.  Thank you for helping me with all of the stuff that needs to get done around here before we get company. I really appreciate it!

4.  Also, thank you for letting me get a new rug!  Yay!

5.  Amazon trade-in = awesome.  Haha =)

ily <3

Friday, June 7, 2013

Five for Friday

1.  I can't wait to watch you get promoted today!

2.  Hopefully you'll enjoy your celebratory dinner tonight too =)  Yay crab!

3.  Thank you for your help today as I got my work done!  I really appreciate it.

4.  I'm glad we're decluttering the house.  I feel like it's making a big difference and I want to keep it going!

5.  You're too adorable.  =)

ily <3

Monday, June 3, 2013

Creamy Chicken, Lemon, and Chive Farfalle

Pinterest is a lifesaver sometimes, isn't it?  I never fail to be inspired by the sheer abundance of new recipes to play with and make dinner a less boring affair.  Here's a delicious, light, and easy pasta dish that's sure to please your taste buds, especially with the warmer weather rolling around!

Creamy Chicken, Lemon, and Chive Farfalle via Simply Scratch

  • 1 pound farfalle pasta
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 small or 1 medium shallot, diced
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c dry white wine (I substituted 1/2 c chicken stock)
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1/4 c fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to your tastes)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1/2 c grated parmesan cheese

Gather up your ingredients like so (just remember the chicken, of course):

And proceed to chop up your shallots and green onion.

Throw your shallots into a pan with the olive oil and cook until softened.

Then add the 2 tsp of flour and stir for about a minute...

...and then add the 1/2 cup of stock or wine.

After the mixture has thickened and the flour has completely dissolved, add the 1/2 c heavy cream, chives, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

Don't forget to cook up some chicken (or meat of your choice) while you're at it!  I took the opportunity to throw a variety of spices and herbs on the chicken for more flavor (and now I've honestly forgotten which ones...).

Then cut up the chicken into bite size chunks.

Back to the sauce -- go ahead and throw in your cooked farfalle pasta (reserve 1/2 c of pasta water) and toss to coat well.  Throw in  parmesan cheese...

...and also the lemon zest.

Then plate up and enjoy!

This was actually a great, light dish that even my husband enjoyed, and he doesn't like lemon.  Now that "summer" (ha!) is here in Hawaii I'll have to break this dish out and enjoy it again =)

Are you a fan of lemon?  I can't seem to get enough of it most days!