Saturday, October 8, 2011


I LOVE FOOD!!! I've decided that I'm going to start posting some of my favorite recipes that I have tried for Mike and I. I found a new blog thanks to a friend and it has a billion different fabulous...and easy recipes on it. Just google "the girl who ate everything blog" and it'll pop up. I love these. I served them with guac, sour cream, and a side of beans...mmmm..mmmm... (mouth is watering)!!!! I modified mine a little and you can too. For smaller families like Michael and I, I just cut the recipe in half. Enjoy!

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
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1/3 cup (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 cup green salsa
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoons sliced green onions
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup grated pepperjack cheese
about 12 small corn or flour tortillas (we liked flour better)
kosher salt
cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it's soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder and mix well. Add cilantro, green onions, chicken and pepperjack cheese and combine well.

You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.

The corn tortillas are harder to roll without cracking. For the corn tortillas: work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or come unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.

Place 3 Tablespoons of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.
Then roll it up as tight as you can.
Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.

Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown. Makes around 12 taquitos.

Dip in salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or Tomatillo Dressing.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ok folks...I did it!

You know for so long I have been fighting this. I say to day when I have the time or stay at home I'll blog. I have come to realize that this is probably the only way I'm going to get a "journal" going. I have been wanting to write more, and really think about the important things. I can only do that when I write. So here it goes...

I'm Tessa, and I'm married to the most amazing man ever. He seriously makes me laugh so hard. I need him, and the longer we're together, I'm convinced he needs me too. We have a great life together. We work hard, and play almost as hard. We're in school, he's finishing a business degree and I'm finishing a degree in Public Management in May. Life without school will be bliss and I can't wait to come home and do what I want for once. :)

Next month, we'll be celebrating our 2nd anniversary and I can't believe its only been 2 years. I mean that in a good way...we've just had so much happen in those years that sometimes I figure we've been married for five by now. As the days go by, I just feel a sense of thankfulness to my parents for raising me right. I can't imagine missing out on this blessing in my life and sure am glad I made the right choice.