Monday, March 09, 2009


the dinner for 8 was a success! we had a fun group of people and the conversation flowed easily. i did not make churros for dessert, but we did have mango & strawberry sorbet served with fresh strawberries. it was a nice, light way to end the meal. plus, it was easy and yummy!
here's the super-easy casserole i made that night:Align Center
2 C diced chicken breast
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander which i skipped cause i didn't have any
2 T fresh cilantro i used WAY more than that, didn't measure, just kept plucking!
1 can black beans
1 can diced creen chiles
1 can red enchilada sauce
corn tortillas i use white, but i don't think it matters...
2 C shred. mexican-blend cheese
8 oz. sour cream

-preheat oven to 375

-saute chicken w/ cumin & coriander i've found the chicken stays more moist if you cook the breasts whole and then dice. maybe that's a no-brainer, but the first time i made this i diced it all up and then cooked it, thinking it would cook faster.
-transfer chicken to a bowl, stir in cilantro, black beans, and green chiles
-spread half the enchilada sauce over the bottom of 11x17 baking dish. layer tortillas over the sauce (they'll overlap), spread 1/2 the sour cream over tortillas, cover with 1/2 the chicken mixture, sprinkle with 1/2 the cheese. spoon remaining enchilada sauce over cheese and make another layer of tortillas. layer remaining chicken mixture over tortillas. cover with foil.
-bake for 30 min. remove foil. sprinkle with remaining cheese and dot with sour cream. bake another 5 min. or so uncovered.
i doubled this (or sorta, one & a half'd it) and i actually baked it in a 9x13. i used one can of mild enchilada sauce & one can of hot. i don't follow the recipe exactly, but you can't really mess it up. just make sure to use enough sauce and sour cream so that it stays moist. i made this guacamole served with chips & salsa, a salad with lime vinaigrette, and a fruit salad.

as i mentioned in the last post, we worked all day to get the house ready. we even did some projects that no one would've noticed, but just needed to be done; organizing all the cabinets, organizing our closets, et cetera. i know i said i'd post pictures, but most of it isn't all that interesting to look at. but here are some pictures of updates in our room:

i guess every room in our house gets an art collage on the wall.
this is a little painting of the town we lived in in colorado. sniff, sniff.

i also hung some cuties in piper's room, but i'm waiting for something from etsy to arrive!
i'll post pictures when it's all done. and here's the old-but-improved tv room:
i know the big blue chair doesn't go with anything, but it was a hand-me-down and it's super-comfy!


  1. Fun! I am horrible at finding things that compliment each other but aren't matchy matchy. So far I am matchy matchy in my house and I hate it. I need some decorating intervention. Shoot, I need intervention all over my style right now. Clothes, hair, makeup, house...I am a mess. Lol! But a happy mess!

    When are we getting together?? SOON???

    Oh, hey! Stacie is doing a small group at her house starting the Sunday night after spring break (next week). We are doing the Truth Project. Have you ever done it?? I keep meaning to ask you and then I forget. Agh! We want you and Seth to come and Piper. The big kids can watch the little kids. It will be SO good and we REALLY REALLY want you to be there.

  2. I was just talking to Katie last night about how I am debating starting a blog about cooking with recipes and such... I guess great minds think a like! Glad to her your dinner party went well.


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