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Chicken Enchiladas: New Gluten Free Recipe

I took this recipe from Pinterest.  Thanks to the Budgetsavvydiva, I found a winning recipe with some minor alterations.

They are called The Best Chicken Enchiladas. I would have to agree with her on that! 🙂

Grocery list:
10 soft corn tortilla shells (warmed up slightly in the microwave so they are pliable to wrap up)
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded cheese (I omitted the cheese because I am not a cheese fan and Aaron didn’t want additional cheese without him adding it himself)
3 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. Corn Starch (I used about 3 times this much to get it really thick)
2 cups chicken broth
1 Clove of Minced Garlic
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt and Pepper
1 cup sour cream Fat free plain Chobani greek yogurt (my healthified alteration)
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon of lime juice
1 bag of spinach
 
Get busy:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 pan.

In a sauce pan – melt the butter and stir in corn starch and cook for one minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Keep over heat until it bubbles and becomes thick. Stir in greek yogurt, garlic powder, lime, salt and pepper. Do not let it boil.
Pour a little bit of sauce on the bottom of the pan to keep the shells from getting hard when cooked.
Fill tortilla shells with shredded chicken (I also added some spinach leaves to each wrap to get some greens in)
I just added some spinach on top of mine since I didn’t know how well Aaron would receive spinach in his Mexican food. Also put the leftover chicken on top of his side, (hence the chunks).
Pour the rest of the mixture over enchiladas.
Top with any cheese you might want
Bake for 25 min or until the insides are warm.
Yes, I might have dipped out a little sample while waiting on Aaron to get home from delivering sheep 😉

Portobello Mushrooms PIZZA: New Gluten Free Recipe

Utilizing some inspiration from Pinterest we made some awesome Portobello mushroom pizzas. We both love the mushrooms in just about anything and have not had pizza in ages. At least this girl has not since the honeymoon. So I was pretty stoked to be able to have something like pizza!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

Grocery list:

Portobello Mushrooms (we bought a large container of them at Sam’s which had 5-6 in them)

Red Gold Tomato Paste

Italian Seasonings

Ricotta Cheese

Meat toppings (I used cooked hamburger and the hubby used pepporoni)

GET BUSY:

We ended up washing the mushrooms with some water and finger grease (I just rubbed off anything that look questionable, with my finger). Then we placed them on a baking sheet to bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.  I looked at some different recipes and some just had you put toppings on and warm up and some had you bake beforehand. We were glad we did bake them beforehand also so that when we went to eat the mushrooms they were soft and easy to eat.

After you bake them for 15-20 minutes remove them from the oven and drain off any liquid. Then spread on tomato paste and sprinkle with desired Italian Seasonings. Add some cheese of choice (ricotta was mine) and the meat toppings.

Sorry for the awful picture, I promise to start using my Canon Rebel instead of just snapping them with my iPhone!

Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until everything is nice and melty warm.

ENJOY!

A champion today!

Last night Aaron made me some yummy stir fry. I believe I have posted the recipe before, but this specific time we added and used a few different ingredients.

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We used leftover hamburger and what was left of the meatloaf I made. Growing up my mom always ate the leftover meatloaf- it was one of her favorite things! So I didn’t want to eat it and Aaron will rarely take one for the team and eat leftovers (my lunch everyday is leftovers I really never go out to eat unless it’s a special day).

The veggies we used were fresh mushrooms

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The rest of the veggies were all frozen ones we had in the freezer:
Broccoli
Corn
Sweet peas

It turned out yummy and we served it on top of brown rice.

This morning was church, my favorite thing of the weekend. We were assigned last weekend to read Matthew 5-7. Aaron and read it earlier this week and were ready for the sermon today. Nothing like the feeling of a good sermon to start the coming week off right!

Then we decided to use up another Living Social that we had bought. It was for Sunday brunch at Las Brisas.

I thought I was being smart ordering shrimp and scallop stuffed avocado for our appetizer. We were both hungry.

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My face dropped and my stomach closed up when it saw the fried avocado with some kind of crumbs. Huge gluten no no! Not to mention the glutened tortilla strips on the salad. Let’s just say Aaron enjoyed it a lot!

Then I ordered eggs Benedict without the bread. I dove right in and then remembered to take a pic, sorry!

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It was good, but didn’t fill my hungry hole. Aaron ordered the West Texas Breakfast and didn’t get his bacon until
I asked if he had gotten meat with it. He then asked for it and got it. Needless to say I will not be jumping at a chance to go to brunch there again. Just failure in communication on my part as far as knowing what menu items were.

On our way out of lunch Aaron got a text that the same lamb that got Reserve at yesterday’s show got Champion at today’s show at the Belt Buckle Bonanza in Waco. Woohoo and because you all need to see a champion Southdown, here you go!

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Made our day 🙂 Congrats again to the Ramsey family!

Hope everyone’s Sunday is going well!!

Another day in the life…

This morning started of with a trip to one of our friend’s garden. They are out of town and told us to help ourselves, otherwise the rabbits and bugs would. We picked some tomatoes and zucchini! 🙂 can’t wait to eat them! Fresh produce from the garden is the best!

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Aaron getting his picking on!

He is excited for all of the sweet corn that has been planted. His sister makes fun of us midwesterners for eating corn all the time, but sweet corn from the garden is pretty much the cat’s meow on a hot summer day… And all my fellow midwesterners holler 😉

On our way to look at some of the sheep we had sold Aaron got a call from Dr. Ramsey to tell us that A sheep we sold to them had won Reserve Champion Southdown at the Belt Buckle Bonanza this morning. We were excited to hear the good news! Congrats to the Ramsey Family and thanks for letting us know. Great start to the day.

After looking at sheep we stopped at a Mexican restaurant in Seminole for lunch.

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Gluten free chicken tacos for me 🙂 added bonus that I was not expecting was some guacamole was on my taco. Yumm-o!!

Now, believe it or not we are off to pick up some wethers to turn into teaser bucks for our embryo program. It is quite the process and a lot of work to do an embryo program with our sheep, but definitely worth it!

Enjoying our day together… Thankful to not be traveling like a crazy woman this weekend!! Hope yours is going well! Praying for rain and lower temps across the country!!!

Night out on the town

By the end of today Aaron and I were both singing TGIF! For some reason this has seemed like a very long week to me!

Tonight was awesome… All because of this sweet stuff!

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I pretty much live for frozen custard! Tonight’s was by far one of the best, just because I like it soft and melty and the HEAT melted it at a great rate in comparison to my consumption. Sounds silly, but trust me there is nothing more disappointing than custard too frozen… Okay slight exaggeration. Aaron calls me an ice cream, custard, and fro yo snob. Wonder why?!

I promise Sheridan’s frozen custard was not dinner. We had a Living Social to use at the Shrimp Galley.

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We both got 20 boiled shrimp. Our total was $17.30. The Living Social was for $16 so we got a deal tonight for dinner!

Now we are driving to look at sheep. What else would we do on a Friday night out on the town? 😉 I know you’re jealous of my custard exciting life filled with sheep!

My tummy is full… Hope yours is too! My goal for the weekend is to try another new recipe and to mix up my work out routine.

Gluten free meatloaf

Guess what had been delivered when we got home last night?? Aaron’s thesis defense/graduation gift from me!!!

I was excited that we finally got it, it was very heavy and cost a lot to get it shipped… No, I didn’t get him a life sized sheep statue. I got him this farm barn and set of livestock that he’s wanted since before I knew him. Why he never received it before I don’t know. We even registered for it on our Amazon wedding registry. He was very sad he didn’t get it as a wedding gift.

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It is pretty cute if you ask me. Why he never asked for it for his birthday before he met me I have no clue!

But he was one excited little boy soon to be Master’s graduate. He passed his thesis
Monday and has been working on his corrections… Tonight he played with his gift 😉

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So, while I was doing this… (working out like a crazy person)

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My twin was doing this:

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Jordan, her hubby, bought her 4 of the $1 size portions of custard from Culvers. I am pretty sure I would have just ordered a quart and let the earth remain a little greener without all those plastic cups. Haha 😉

I was craving Sheridan’s custard at this point, but settled for picking Aaron up at school (we ride to and from work together to save a few bucks) and headed home and made meatloaf at his request.

I made it gluten free obviously.

Grocery list:
LOAF:
1 pound hamburger
1 cup brown rice cooked
1 egg
1 tsp mustard

1tsp garlic salt

 

TOPPING:
1 c ketchup
1 tsp mustard
2 tbsp brown sugar

Get busy:
Combine all of the loaf ingredients and place in a glass baking pan.

Mix all of the topping ingredients together and pour over top of the loaf.

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Bake for 35-45 min at 350 degrees.

Cut up and enjoy!

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I pretty much mutilated it from the get go. I am not a huge meatloaf fan, but every once in a while I can eat it. Aaron said it tasted like meatloaf even though it was gluten free. He is such a trooper.

Sheep Weekend

Sorry for again a lag in posting.

I finally received my corrections back from the graduate school… and was busy making changes and edits. Thankfully I did not have too many, but nonetheless the formatting portion always takes a lot of patience and time. WHEW

This past weekend we ended up selling 19 head of lambs in Aaron’s family sale. A HUGE thank you to Gabe for all of his help with lambing out, taking care of, sorting, and helping prepare all of the lambs and most of all for SHOWING all of them. Poor guy had the workout of a lifetime bracing up all the lambs to people before the show and then showing all 45 lambs that were sold on the huge hay bail sale day. 🙂 Thank you also to the rest of the crew and Aaron’s family. I know a lot of work went into preparing the lambs, food, and everything else.

I cannot wait to see how the lambs turn out, we have gotten to be really close with a few our the families that buy our sheep. It makes going to look at lambs and check on them kind of like a fun outing for me. I get to catch up with the ladies of the respective households, have fun with the kids, and listen to Aaron give advice or feedback on how the lambs look. We lead a very exciting life and will drive on our free evenings to visit the families who purchase our lambs… well it is exciting to us!

This past year at San Angelo

This past year at San Angelo, one of our lambs won the light weight class. Jayden did a great job showing and he was a HUGE help at the sale this year… he helped me grab and pass lambs up to the sale block and helped load out lambs. His Dad bought a few of our lambs, so we are looking forward to another successful year with them :-).

Between all of the prep work for the sale, I did enjoy a couple bowls of ice cream and have to admit that Pecan Pralines n’ Cream Blue Bell might just have taken a first place rating above Homemade Vanilla.

I had never tried pralines n’ cream, but growing up my Dad always ate another brand of the same flavor. Upon trying this stuff I was addicted… but did not allow myself to splurge too much. Only 2 bowls of ice cream total the whole weekend… that’s major self control for me!I would still eat this in a heart beat though… 😉

I did consume things other than ice cream… like gluten free meat loaf made with just hamburger and eggs  and then the ketchupy mixture on top, brisket, chicken fajitas, and gluten free Cinnamon Raisin bread (I forget the brand, terrible blogger I know!).

I was EXHAUSTED after this weekend and we left about 5pm last night… after I rushed Aaron to get on the road. (He told me all about how I rushed him and he was not happy… hey I didn’t want to get back really late what’s a girl to do?) WELL… I drove while Aaron wrote a paper that was due first thing this morning… another reason why it was good we got on the road early! We were about 1.5 hours away when the Millers text about hail in Lubbock. Fifteen minutes later they warned us of tornadoes… so we hopped out really quick and grabbed some food at the grocery store for a quick snack to sub in for dinner and headed west to go to Brownfield and stay with the Millers. Looking at the radar we would have driven straight through the baseball sized hail and possibly some tornadoes! EEEEK. They saved us for sure and we were very thankful!

Today’s been a crazy busy day of work and school, we are off to look at a house at 5 and then grab dinner and head to pre-marital counseling. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!