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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Owly Tissue Paper Cover on: July 21, 2011 03:55:04 PM
I have to say that normally I am not a fan of plastic canvas at all - but I adore your owls!  They are just too cute!!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Poodle Skirt Applique on: July 20, 2011 05:31:17 AM
Being a poodle mommy, I love this - awesome job with it - I am sure it is going to be well loved!!
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Shredded Beef Baked Chimichangas Recipe on: July 20, 2011 04:36:37 AM
Last night I had a dilemma... I had leftover slow cooked roast so it was nice and super tender.  I needed to cook something for dinner and the family was wanting Mexican.  As much as I love shredded beef tacos I just didn't feel like having the same old same old. 
I went online and searched for chimichanga recipes but none sounded like what I wanted to do so I went out on a limb - and am glad I did!  These were a huge hit!  I will be serving this again!

I have added the recipe to my personal website - not my business one... but I thought I'd share the recipe here as well Smiley

Shredded Beef Baked Chimichangas Recipe

1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
Small amount of oil or nonstick spray
1 1/2 lbs cooked then shredded beef
1 can of black beans drained and rinsed *optional
1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chiles
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
shredded Mexican cheese blend
8" flour tortillas

Serves 6-8
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Saute the onions and garlic in oil or with nonstick spray until the onions are soft. Add the shredded beef, Rotel tomatoes, oregano, cumin and chili powder.  Cook until the liquid is gone.
Microwave 6 tortillas until they are soft, about 40 seconds on high.

Lightly oil or spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray.  Lay a tortilla on the cookie sheet.  Add cheese as desired.  Put about 1/2 cup of the meat on top of the tortilla down the center of the tortilla, leaving about 3" on the top and bottom of the tortilla.  Remember that you must be able to fold the sides over each other to completely enclose the meat so do not add too much meat mixture.  Fold the bottom and top of the tortilla down over the meat.  Fold the sides over the meat.  The sides of the tortilla will overlap.  Place on the cookie sheet with the folded sides down.  Repeat for remaining tortillas.  Lightly oil or spray the tops and sides of the chimichangas. 
Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown.  Serve with rice and veggies.  I do not make a sauce for these however you can add salsa, queso, etc as you like.

A few side notes....
***These are a little bit spicy - I think they are pretty mild but others might think they have a good kick.  It all depends on your tolerance.  There will be those that don't think they are even remotely hot enough.  For my family, these were hot enough to not need salsa added.
If you prefer milder foods, replace the Rotel with diced tomatoes instead or replace the spices and rotel with a taco seasoning packet. 
We also use a lot of black beans.  You can use any kind you like or no beans at all. 

I used butter flavored cooking spray when I made these.  I don't own regular cooking spray Wink  Usually I use Crisco to grease pans but of course that's also butter flavored.  I don't own regular Crisco either lol.
14  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #65 Text-tacular! - Due Aug 1 - 8 on: July 14, 2011 08:06:50 AM
I know I have said this before - but I really think this is one challenge I'm going to do.  In fact... I think I'm going to start this weekend.  It's going to take a long time to make what I am thinking of making but it's going to be so cool if I can pull it off!!
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to remove safety eyes backings on: July 04, 2011 03:55:59 AM
I have not tried it yet with the plastic washers to be honest with you.  I would say to give it a try - it's better than losing it  Smiley
I think I would wiggle a bit slower with the plastic ones maybe. 
16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Penguins of Madagascar - Private on: July 03, 2011 07:46:50 AM
Fabulous Private  Cheesy
We are all big PoM fans here  Smiley
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / How to remove safety eyes backings on: July 03, 2011 04:50:17 AM
I just posted a video on youtube on how to remove the backings to safety eyes.  I thought it would help a few people.  Smiley

I hope I'm allowed to post it here  Smiley
If not, I'm sorry! I don't know if I can inbed a video here or not.

Edited to add...
I do not know if I can explain how to do it which is why I made a video for it - the video is not on my blog nor is it on my website - it's on youtube where I post video tutorials.
I felt that this information would help some people.

What the basic gist is you take needle nose pliers and work it off the eye.
I was just trying to be helpful.
18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy safety eyes for Amigurumi? on: July 03, 2011 04:48:23 AM
Lisa Staton's site is the only place I order from.  They are inexpensive when you buy them in bulk.  They are super friendly and do not charge a ton for shipping.   http://lisa.staton.home.insightbb.com/
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone know a good pattern? on: July 03, 2011 04:46:47 AM
I know it isn't going to help you now - but an anteater is actually on my to do list... I'm busy this entire month and maybe in to next working on projects that have quick deadlines so I won't be getting to him for a bit.  Cry
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Kitty -Meow- on: June 26, 2011 06:26:10 PM
that is just hysterical.
I have been wanting to make zombie animals for a long time.  Your cat is just precious.  Love the exposed ribs and the hanging eyeball.  Too funny!
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