Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Apparently I am on a "cooking" blog kick. Cooking is my new found passion. I suppose this is due to the fact I no longer (at least not as frequently as before) dash out to Chik fi la every time I get hungry. My diet has taught me to use my kitchen more. Quite frankly, I love it and am sorry I never used it as often before. My latest invention is a flour tortilla ice cream cone. Yes! You heard cream cone! I am so proud of this! I made a Mexican inspired meal and was trying to come up with a good Mexican themed dessert. I used a pizza cutter and cut a (whole wheat) flour tortilla in half. I was intending on making cinnamon/sugar chips. The wheels started turning and I thought about making a cinnamon/sugar dish using a muffin pan. While stuffing the tortilla into the muffin tin I accidentally rolled it up into a cone. Little did I know this was destiny! I sprayed both sides with cooking spray and sprinkled my (Pampered Chef) cinnamon/sugar sprinkle mix seasoning allover both sides. This mixture consists of a little bit of everything. It is brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, hazelnut...I think that's it. I rolled it up (mind you this is still half of the tortilla), used a toothpick to hold it together, stuck them upside down in the muffin tin, baked them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, removed the toothpick, let them cool then filled them up with vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with the cinnamon/sugar mixture. PURE HEAVEN!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Long time no post!

Wow it's been forever since I've been on here! A LOT has happened since I last blogged! Let's see, I've lost 40+ lbs (depending on the day), dug out some skeletons in my emotional closet, started babysitting another kid, got a new car, fell in love with Zumba, and has officially become addicted to reality tv. Also, I've come to love cooking. I think the weight loss has given me a greater appreciation for the kitchen and all of the Pampered Chef utensils given to me nearly 7 years ago at my bridal shower. I've decided to make a new recipe at least every other week. So far, this has been amazing. I know Jeremy appreciates the change in our weekly menus as well. I would like to share a few of my new favorite recipes. I made this one last night. I found this recipe online but added my own flair to it! Jeremy could not compliment enough how much he enjoyed it. This scored him a few points in the love book! ;) Crock pot Salsa Chicken (serves 4) 4 chicken breasts 1 jar of your favorite salsa 1 tsp minced garlic 2 1/2 tblsp brown sugar 2 tblsp bbq sauce 1 can black beans 1 tblsp dijon mustard 1 can of rotel cilantro, lime and tomatoes 1 cup of corn Lay chicken in crockpot. Combine all of the other ingredients and pour over chicken. Set slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Voila! Amazing! I served it with tortilla chips. However, this would have been amazing served in tortillas or over spanish rice. This was so good!