Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Last week I made my husband some shredded beef enchiladas.  I have made similar in the past but this time used a different sauce and different meat.

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Ease: 4.5/5.  There was not much to do.  The hardest part was shredding the meat.

Husbands rating: 4/5.

Changes: I didn’t pay attention to the recipe that well and used corn syrup instead of corn starch. My husband (he does the shopping) also couldn’t find green enchilada sauce so he bought green cooking sauce instead.  Not really sure what the difference is. We did use the beef shoulder roast as recommended and we did not realize how expensive that was going to be.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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Topless Chicken Pot Pie

This week for my husbands lunch, I went with an old recipe of mine.  I use to make it a lot but lately I have not.

Topless Chicken Pot Pie

  • Chicken- cooked and chopped.
  • One Pie crust- we do frozen and deep dish
  • Bag of mixed veggies thawed out
  • 1/4 c of flour
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 c butter
  • pepper for taste
  • About 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp thyme

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make sure chicken is cooked and chopped into square pieces.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt butter.
  4. Add onions and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add flour and stir constantly for 1 min.
  6. Slowly add stock. Bring it to a boil and reduce to simmer until the mixture thickens.
  7. Add veggies, chicken, pepper and thyme. Stir.
  8. Prick bottom of pie crust and place on a baking sheet. Pour mixture into pie pan.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.

Here is what it looks like when finished. Sort of. My husband has mushed it all together.

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Cruisin

This is an overdue post but now I have time to write it.  Back in September, I took my first cruise.  We decided to take a shorter one since it was the beginning of the school year so we did Thursday-Monday. I went with my mom, sisters and aunt.  Since my dad died, he have made more commitments to travel together.  We sailed out of New Orleans with me getting there Thursday morning.  My family had never been to New Orleans so they flew down there a couple of days earlier.

We decided to go on Carnivals Triumph for our trip as it was our first cruise.  We made sure to book two rooms and that they both had balconies.  A must in my opinion.  Our rooms adjoined so they took away the divider on our balconies.  My room had three people in it so I slept on this bunk type bed that came from the wall/ceiling.  It wasn’t bad but I could feel my oldness. I didn’t take a picture of it but I did take plenty of pictures of the towel animals that were so cute. I even took a class on how to make them.

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Elephant Towel Animal

My sisters and mom were behind the ear motion sickness patches while my aunt and I did without.  We were both fine.  We only had one stop on our cruise which was to Cozumel. We had already booked our excursion beforehand but had to book a new one since ours was cancelled.  It was real easy though to do that and our new excursion was cheaper so we had some extra money.

Our boat left at 4 and we were on the boat at 1. I was running late to get there at 1 because I also had to stop at Cafe Du Monde. We grabbed a late lunch and put on our bathing suits.  I highly recommend carrying a swimsuit in your carry-on.  It took a couple of hours for our luggage to get to our room.  The first night we watched a movie on the deck of the boat too.

Friday: We participated in a boat scavenger hunt which helped me figure out where things were too. My oldest sister and I did some trivia (we did a lot of trivia on the boat) and we went to a Battle of the Sexes game.  We also made this our fancy dinner and took some fun photos and enjoyed the comedy show.

Saturday: It was excursion day.  We were on a catamaran and went snorkeling.  Once we were done snorkeling, they took us to a private beach with tons of water toys like inflatable slides, obstacle courses and so on. Plus tons of alcohol. It was really fun.  When we got back, we shopped around Cozumel for a little bit.  I got shirts for my family and my son a maraca.

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That’s me paddle boarding.  Thanks to the captain for taking this pic.

Sunday: It was a lazy day as it was our last day.  Lots of pool time.  I did workout a few times on the boat by either doing my own WOD (I have some good travel workouts) or by running. We ended up eating at the fancy restaurant 3 times because we all loved this molten chocolate cake they serve.

Monday: We docked and you have to wait forever to get off the ship but you also have to be our of your room. When we finally got off, we decided to get to the airport and switch to earlier flights.  Yeah, none of us were able to so we sat in the New Orleans airport for 5 hours. We were at different terminals so we couldn’t even go through security. Not the best time but we made it work.

Verdict: Would I cruise again?  Yes, I would.  Would I take kids? Yes but under some conditions.  My son is almost 2, I would not take him until his was able to hang out in the kid area and have fun.  Right now, no.  I saw lots of kids having fun but they were also 8-ish. I would always go on some type of excursion too just to get off the boat, or at least see the area we were in.

Bacon Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

So last week I decided to make my husband some comfort food.  Not because he was sad or anything, but because it sounded good.  He loved bacon, he loves mac and cheese so I knew this would be a winner.

Ease: 4/5. I only rated it that because of all the meat I had to cook which takes more time then the recipe says it does. Also, I burned my hand draining the pasta and dropped some in the sink so deductions there too.

Husbands rating: 5/5

Changes: Again, we used ground bison instead. Otherwise, everything else is the same.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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Kidbox Winter 2016/2017 Review

So I love clothes, that should not be a surprise. Both my husband and I receive clothing subscription services because we do not have much time to shop. When I heard about Kidbox, I knew I had to try it for my son.

Here is how it works:

  1. Go to the website and fill out a style survey. They ask for things such as colors to avoid, what do you need more of, what will they not wear, their style.
  2. They only ship out 5 times a year but you can skip a season if you would like.
  3. Review the box. You have 7 days before you are billed. If you keep everything, it is $98. If you keep only a few pieces, they offer it at a discount.
  4. Ship back what you do not want.
  5. If you kept it all, pick a charity you want Kidbox to donate clothes to.

Very simple.  My son is not going to model them because we have enough trouble getting him in clothes that are not pjs, so him putting on a fashion show is out of the question.

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Inside of the box

The box comes with crayons so that kids can play and color the box. It also comes with a pre-addressed envelope just incase you need to send anything back.

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Coloring the box

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Style card

Each box also comes with a “style card.” Basically it tells you the retail price, the price they sell it for and then how much you are saving if you keep the whole box. We choose “Americana” as his style.

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Here is what my son received. He got a t-shirt, a button up and a polo.  He also received a $65 pair of 7 For All Mankind denim and a pair of Chinos. The last item he received a track suit with shirt.

We really liked it and since we signed up late, they are already getting their spring boxes ready. If you are interested, click here.

2 Meals in One Post

So  I am going to put tow recipes I tried in one post.  One of them, the photo has been lost or my husband didn’t take one.  I will start with that one.

Foil Pack Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken, Rice and Veggies.

Ease: 5/5. You just throw a bunch of things into the foil packet and then it cooks itself.

Husbands rating: 5/5

Changes: I think we kept it the same.

Recipe: You can find it here.

Smoky Bacon Chili

Ease: 3/5. It was not difficult but I find it time-consuming to cook bacon.  Maybe my pans are not right for it but I always have to double a recipe time if I am cooking bacon. The rest is real simple.

Husbands rating: 5/5. He loved having bacon in their. He liked all the meats we had and that you could taste a little bit of sweet with the spice.

Changes: We used ground bison instead of ground beef just because my husband likes ground bison a lot. We didn’t make the portions they suggest since only one person was eating it and it lasted 4 days.  We only used one can of beans and left out diced tomatoes. We also did not have garlic at the house. Our chili was thick but my husband likes it like that.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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