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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Enchiladas for the Non Spicy People on: July 29, 2010 07:42:48 AM
I am marrying a man who just can't eat spicy food. So for both of our sanities I came up with this recipe for delicious enchiladas that do not burn your mouth at all and are pretty healthy but I think they are still pretty tasty! The basics of the recipe came for Martha Stewart but the sauce is my own creation and I have tweaked it in other spots as well.



Un-Spicy Chicken Enchiladas:

*Salt
*1 to 1.25 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breast
*2 tablespoons of olive oil
*1 tablespoon of minced garlic
*1/4 cup whole wheat flour
*1 teaspoon ground cumin
*3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
*1 tablespoon hot sauce (you can add more depending on your own taste)
*1/8 cup tomato paste
*1 can reduced sodium chicken broth
*8 flour tortillas
*Monterey Jack cheese

1. Boil salted water in a large skillet or a saucepan. Add the chicken. Cook until opaque throughout and remove from water and into a medium sized bowl. Shred the chicken with a fork and set aside.
2. While the chicken is cooking make the sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add flour, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Whisk together and then add the can of chicken broth, tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water and return to heat. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until smooth. Reduce to a simmer and cook, whisking occasionally until sauce has thickened slightly, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer 1 cup of the sauce to the bowl with the chicken; toss to combine.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour 1/4 cup of the sauce into the bottom of a baking pan and set aside. Take each tortilla and fill with chicken mixture. Roll up tightly and arrange, seam side down, in the baking dish. Cover with remaining sauce and top with a layer of Monterey Jack cheese. Bake until hot and bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Creamy Portabella Ravioli on: July 29, 2010 07:35:47 AM
What did you use in the cream sauce?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding planning thread 5/28/2011 WITH UPDATES! on: July 13, 2010 05:22:27 AM
Thank you all for the positive encouragement! Cheesy
Dancersummer: The first flower is a little frustrating but after that you get the hang of it. I recommend watching the video on Martha Stewart's website and following along and also doing several in an assembly line type fashion (cut them all, then put them all together, then paint them all) because each flower itself is kind of time consuming. Hope that helps!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Earring Addiction Round 3 - Gallery on: April 10, 2010 05:06:28 PM
Oh wow... Sorry! That's what I get for typing in a hurry and not actually paying attention to what I'm saying... Haha.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Earring Addiction Round 3 - Gallery on: April 09, 2010 09:42:14 PM
April Again... To solve the mystery... I sent you the circles with the black stones dangling from them (the second picture in your post). Mystery solved! I'm glad you liked them! Cheesy
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Experiment #1 with Shrinky Dinks: Acrylic Paint on: April 06, 2010 05:41:49 AM
This is a fantastic idea! Now I actually want to try out this stuff! (I too am not a huge fan of the normal colored pencil drawing on shrinky dinks).  I can't wait to see your other experiments!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Earring Addiction Round 3 - Gallery on: March 27, 2010 04:26:00 PM
I have received from all of my partners now so here are the pictures:
From Bladeburn:

From April Again:

From Lady Love:

Thank you girls! They are all great! Hopefully you all enjoy yours as well!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: River's D.I.Y. Frank Lloyd Wright Wedding 09-04-10 on: March 10, 2010 06:22:36 AM
I have to admit I am very jealous of your venue... Your wedding is going to be amazing! Cheesy
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding planning thread 5/28/2011 on: February 23, 2010 05:05:53 PM
Thank you guys so much for the positive feedback! I am mid project on about five things wedding related right now so I will post as soon as I actually have something to show! Cheesy
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding planning thread 5/28/2011 WITH UPDATES! on: February 10, 2010 10:32:11 AM
My wonderful boyfriend proposed to me on New Years Day so there will be lots of wedding craftiness for the next year and a half! We are planning a very simple, very casual wedding because a) that's our style and a formal wedding would just be uncomfortable and weird for us, b) because we are paying for most of it ourselves and c) the location is the most important thing on our list and getting to our location is going to cost us quite a little chunk of change... We have decided to get married in Santa Barbara, which is where we met and probably one of the most beautiful places that I can think of to get married but that means paying for plane tickets and a place to stay out there in addition to everything related to the wedding itself (we live in DC). Our budget is going to be pretty small since we are in steady but not extraordinarily well paying jobs but from what we have already figured out our wedding is going to be beautiful and perfect for us despite that fact. My parents were nice enough to offer to pay for our honeymoon, which honestly if we had to pay for that ourselves we would have just opted out of, so I feel very lucky to have that!


I just had to stick in a cute picture of us Cheesy

And the closest thing to an engagement picture we will have done!

I have created an inspiration board with picture of all of the things I have found and figured out so far... I love it! Our colors are shades of orange with accents of grey. We will be getting married in the Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse (top left picture) and our reception is going to be a relaxed barbecue in the backyard at the house that our families will be renting for the weekend complete with some bottles of local wine.



Things I have done:
*My dress... purchased for $30 in the prom section at Filene's Basement... Please ignore our messy house and my awful expression

*My bouquet and the bridesmaid bouquets made from coffee filter flowers... I have successfully mastered the coffee filter flower and the coloring I want. Two flowers down, a lot to go!

*Found a suitable house that will fit nine people that we can rent for three or four days so our families can finally get to know each other (mine is from California, his is from Maryland originally and currently residing in Ohio)
*Reserved our courthouse location! Cheesy


Things I (or family/friends) will be making:
*Save the dates... I am very inspired by photobooth type things I have seen so I have drawn up my own version of that already. I will probably do postcards since it will be cheaper to send them.
*Invitations... I have about a million ideas on these right now and I need to test some out before I decide on one. But I have plenty of time on that front.
*The table centerpieces... One idea is making orange paper flowers on a branch (like in this: http://dozidesign.blogspot.com/2008/05/paper-flower-tutorial.html) with grey river rocks as a base inside a large glass cylinder and then some little candles in smaller glass cylinders. I want to keep it casual but still pretty. The other is doing some sort of artistic seashell display. I've got time to figure that one out.
*Tablecloths
*A cake stand (or two) out of plates and vases
*Decorations for the ends of the rows of chairs for the ceremony... I am thinking either the tissue paper poufs or some sort of folded origami type dealio in oranges and peaches. The chairs will be either white or wood. Maybe something like this: http://www.lunabazaar.com/mango-orange-14-inch-honeycomb-rice-paper-daisy.aspx
*Orange and white patterned dresses and grey sashes for my bridesmaids... This type of fabric at a reasonable price is what I am currently looking for...

*Jewelry for my bridesmaids. I already have drawn up the designs for these pieces.
*A lot of the food... My aunt has offered to buy us pies instead of a cake. I (and my future brother in law) will be marinating the meat for the barbecue, and maybe making a side dish or two, but the rest I will buy premade from various places in Santa Barbara.

I will keep updating this as I get more figured out.
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