Wednesday, May 30, 2012


So, I remember my mom making something like this when I was little...

Tortilla Rollups

We always had them for parties and I remember them being delicious.  I wish I had her recipe... actually, maybe someone out there who reads this blog does have it!  If you do, I'd love to know what she put in her little rollups. 

I went hunting for a recipe via the Internet and came up with "The Pioneer Woman's" recipe.  I'll call it a recipe because there were some instructions, but really you could make these rollups anyway you want.  In her recipe, she used a whole lot more veggies.  My mom's weren't like that... they were more like how I made mine. 

Basically, I put RF cream cheese, scallions, chopped green olives, and cilantro in a bowl.  I mixed it up, spread it onto the tortilla and added a little freshly shredded cheese. 

Next, you roll and wrap with saran wrap to put in the fridge for about two hours.  I guess it could be longer, but that was all the time I had.  :-)

Take them out, chop them up, and eat!  Really easy... I took them to a housewarming party and they were literally gone in about 10 minutes.  I think I got to eat one!  Haha.  Mmm... I'd say they were a hit.  I'll have to keep playing with the recipe, though, to see if I can perfect it.  There's just something about having a food that reminds you of your childhood.  Am I right?  I don't know... maybe I'm crazy.  ;-)

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Amazing Avocado!

So, I don't know how familiar you are with Pinterest... but it's been a small obsession of mine lately.  There are about a million things on there I'd like to be eating, making, crafting, sewing, doing, etc.  However, because it's literally impossible to do everything on Pinterest, they are bookmarked for later when I have some free time.  Oh wait.  ;-) 

Anyway, I found these Baked Avocado Fries via Pinterest.  I've been wanting to make them for at least two months, but haven't had free time that matched up with ripe avocados.  Avocados, for some reason, only have a short window of opportunity.  Whoa... I think I just learned a bit too much information about avocados and how they were named.  I'll let you read that little tidbit on your own.  This is a family-friendly blog! 

Hehe.  Bet you're curious!

Can I just tell you that it is not easy getting an avocado out of it's skin without breaking it?  Usually I just scoop it out and mash it up for guacamole.  This was a little trickier.

Flour, egg, bread crumbs!  Dip, dip, dip!

The above concoction is sour cream, parmesan cheese, lime juice, adobo seasoning, and cumin.  Tasty for dipping!

Baked Avocado Fries

I'm telling you... Pinterest could not make it easier.  You click on the picture of something delicious and it brings you directly to the recipe.  Love. 

By the way, these were really good and really filling!  They had a crunchy texture on the outside, but were smooth and buttery on the inside.  Mmm...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Day of Cooking

Ugh.  I came home from work on Friday super frustrated with life.  Don't get me wrong... I have a very full life.  I love my family.  I like my job (most of the time).  Not too many people can say that!  It's just that life is a little too full at the moment.  I am counting down the days until summer vacation.  It can't come fast enough!

So, in order to try to give myself more time each night this week, I did a whole lot of cooking today.  My lovely husband, who does not get nearly enough credit for all that he does, went grocery shopping for me while I watched the baby.  Did I say that I love my family? 

Here's what I made:

Rosemary Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables

Except that I used beef instead.  Lamb is crazy expensive and we are trying to stick to some sort of a budget here, people.  Plus, who wants to eat lamb?  Lambs are baby sheep!!!  :-(  If you eat them, they won't grow to their full potential and give anybody any wool.  Sheesh. 

Smokey Shrimp and Corn Soup

This is not for those allergic to shellfish *cough* Jimmy *cough cough*.  I'm eating some right now for dinner though and enjoying every bit.  Both of the above recipes were from the infamous WW recipe book that I can never find links to online.  I'll see what I can do. 

Veggie-Stuffed Shells

Absolutely no lactose in those... well, at least right now.  I may add some cheese directly to the top once I scoop some out.  They smelled really good while they were cooking and I'm excited to try some this week.  I love all things pasta.  There's also no meat, by the way.  Completely vegetarian. 

MORE Barley with Spinach and Asparagus

Yeah, I made this last week and it was so amazing that I made it again.  I didn't even take a new picture.  It looks exactly the same except that I accidentally added more onion than last time and I did add some leeks (on purpose) because I had one to use.  I like leeks. 

Anyway, if I have to cook this week, then there's something wrong.  Our refrigerator currently has a lot of yummy, healthy choices in it!  Go me!  :-)

Ugh, just ate a spoonful of onion.  I think I chopped/sliced/diced too many onions today. 
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