Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pinterest Challenge - Week 13: Homemade Taco Shells

I heart tacos.  I didn't know it was possible, but I recently found a way to make them even better!!!  A few months ago while strolling through Pinterest I found a recipe for homemade taco shells on eatingwell.com and some baked taco tips on onegoodthingbyjillee.com.
Homemade Taco Shells
1) Working with six tortillas at a time, wrap them in a damp cloth and microwave for about 30 seconds.  
2) Lay the tortillas on a flat surface and coat both sides with cooking spray.  
3) Drape each tortilla over two bars of the oven rack.  Bake at 375 until crispy, 7-10 minutes.

baked tacos

After that I put my homemade taco shells in a 9x13 pan and fill them with seasoned ground beef and cheese...LOTS of cheese.  I bake that at 400 for about 10-12 minutes. 

This is a great recipe for me because I can make the taco shells and ground beef during my daughter's nap time and just pop the whole thing in the oven just before dinner.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pinterest Challenge - Week 12: Z Chair Story


This is a story about a Pinterest miracle.  Long long ago I pinned this chair from Z Gallerie.  I loved this chair and visited it in the store often, but much to my dismay it cost $999 and I could not bring it home...yet.
living room chair

Then last summer I pinned another picture of the same chair in an Oregon Street of Dreams home.
2012 NW Natural Street of Dreams - "The Oregon Dream" Just bought this chair!  : )

Then while browsing my other favorite website, Craigslist, I saw a listing for this exact chair from the builder in the Oregon Street of Dreams.  It was a fraction of the store cost and I was able to bring it home with me.  A Pinterest miracle!!!  The chair and I lived happily ever after!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pinterest Challenge - Week 11: Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Cheese, garlic, and tons of butter!!!  This chicken recipe from Pinterest was calling my name!  This easy and delicious recipe originally came from Food for Thought but I changed a few things based on what I had in my cupboard.

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

16 buttery crackers (Ritz)
6 ounces of shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheese (I just threw in a few handfulls)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
4 6oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons butter, melted

Heat oven to 350.  In a bowl, combine the crackers, cheese, and garlic.  Yum!

Dip the chicken in the butter, then in the cracker mixture, pressing gently to help the crackers stick.  Place the chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet or shallow dish.

Sprinkle any remaining cracker mixture on the chicken and drizzle with any remaining butter.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

What it looks like before being cooked.

I served the crispy cheddar chicken with baked potatoes and green beans.


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Monday, March 4, 2013

Pinterest Challenge - Week 10: Chick Flick Party

As I mentioned in my Star Wars post, this year for my girlfriends birthdays we are picking our favorite movies and having that be the theme for the party.  We celebrated Kaela's birthday a few weeks ago.  She chose the movie "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days."
The birthday girl
10 ways to have a "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" party.
1) Lose the guys!  Chicks only.  Not that they would want to come to this kind of party anyway.
2) Get the soundtrack or find a girly station on Pandora.
3) Watch the movie...we had too much fun chatting and eating that we did not have time for this.
4) Have the centerpiece on the table be a "love fern."
5) As Matthew McConaughey says in the movie..."frost yourself." Put sparkles everywhere!
6) Have a poker night...just like in the movie.
7) Play B.S....just like in the movie.
8) Do some quizzes from girly magazines like Cosmo or Elle.  In the movie Andie works for Composure Magazine.
9) Eat vegetarian.  In the movie Andie pretends to be vegetarian.  This worked well with my group of girls because we do have a vegetarian and some diet restrictions.
10) Do some movie trivia...we found out that the movie came out exactly 10 years ago on Kaela's birthday.  How weird is that!?  It was meant to be.

Love fern+poker+veggies+"frosting"

Lovely ladies

Present time
As far as my Pinterest challenge went, I found these pictures as inspiration...

My favorite part from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - the poker night scene!
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days :)) ...watched this tonight w my family. I forgot how cute this was.How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)