Friday, December 29, 2006

Three-Cheese Enchiladas

This was a recipe from an old
Country Woman magazine. It was so colorful and very good! I thought some of the amounts for the ingredients were a little small...but maybe I'm just used to cooking for a large family. Feel free to make more filling for fuller enchiladas.

I also substituted a can of diced tomatoes with chili peppers (like Rotel) for the picante sauce because that's what I had on hand. It worked well.


Three Cheese Enchiladas

Serves: 4

1 1/2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1 1/2 c. shredded chedder cheese, divided
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. picante sauce, divided
1 medium red or green bell pepper, diced
1/2 c. sliced green onions
1 t. cumin
8 flour tortillas
shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced black olives--for garnish


Combine 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, 1 cup chedder cheese, cream cheese, 1/4 cup picante sauce, diced bell pepper, onions, and cumin; mix well.

Spoon 1/4 c. of mixture down center of each tortilla. Roll and place seam side down, in a baking dish. Spoon remaining picante sauce evenly over enchiladas; cover with remaining cheeses.

Bake at 350 for 20 min. or until hot. Top with lettuce, tomato, and black olives. Serve with additional picante sauce, if desired.

Cherry Pictures

Here are the pictures from our Chocolate Covered Cherry day earlier this month. These delicious delights were very popular...we only have 2 left of the 5 1/2 dozen I took home that day. I'm saving them for Justin because he loves them.

Here Mom and I are rolling the white dough over the cherries. After they are dipped, this white creme will begin to melt into a liquid.

Dipping the creme-covered cherries in chocolate....

Making them pretty with white chocolate swirls....

Finally we packaged them up to give to family and friends!

Ellie helped us finish up the leftover chocolate by dipping pretzels in it. Yummy!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Christmas Yummies

One of my favorite activities in December is the Christmas baking with the kids. The past few days we have made a several yummy and delicious treats, pictures posted here.

While I shopped one afternoon, Katie, Ellen, Jacob, Emily, and a friend of Katie's decorated these sugar cookies which I had baked the day before. Sugar cookies are my absolutely most favorite kind of cookie, and already I've eaten too many. :-)

Katie made the dough for the spritz cookies pictures above. Heather manned the cookie press, and Jacob and I decorated the tops. I really like the recipe that came with my Pampered Chef press for these spritz cookies.

These chocolate chip meringue cookies were made by Katie. She got the simple recipe from her friend Hannah's blog.

Pizzelles were one of those family traditions that I remember as a girl. My grandmother or my Aunt Pat always made pizzelles every Christmas. Several years ago I bought a pizzelle maker so that I can carry on the tradition with my own family.

Easy-peasy, pretzels dipped in white chocolate are a big favorite around here. I made a big batch this year so that they'll last longer than a day.

Another simple recipe, this is another family favorite. Simple spread peanut butter between two Ritz crackers and dip the whole thing in chocolate. Mmm, mmm, good!

Lastly, this picture was taken of the chocolate covered cherries that Jessica helped make when she came over one day. We made over 175 cherries....I forget the exact amount. Jessica, you need to make a post just about these Chocolate Covered Cherries. We have made this recipe every Christmas for the past 15 years or so--a family recipe that I'm not sharing with anybody but family. :-)

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Crazy eggs that make me smile!

With me being pregant, we eat a lot of eggs around here for breakfast (lots of protein!).
Last week when I was frying our eggs, I got a really strange one...

Have a great day!