Friday, May 27, 2011

The One Where The Dust Settles

Sorry I've been MIA, but packing and moving has consumed the last month of my life. We finally got all of my stuff moved yesterday (with the help of some amazing friends)! The boyfriend moves down at the end of the month and then it's no more moving for 5 years!! Atleast, that's what I told him, and he whole-heartedly agrees. We have too much stuff. So, you can expect some pictures soon, but only after my couch has been turned right side up and my underwear found.....let's hope it's not too long! Hope you are all well.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The One On Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! The boyfriend and I made chicken enchiladas and rice for dinner and followed it up with tortilla dessert cups. They were awesome!! Here's the recipe if you want to try them. They turned out fantastic and we all had seconds. All images and recipe found here.

3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
10 flour tortillas (6 inches)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
1 cup cold fat-free milk
1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant white chocolate or vanilla pudding mix
2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted

In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Coat one side of each tortilla with cooking spray; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Turn tortillas over; repeat on the other side. Cut each tortilla into four wedges.

For each dessert cup, place round edge of one tortilla wedge in the bottom of a muffin cup, shaping sides to fit cup. Place a second tortilla wedge in muffin cup, allowing bottom and sides to overlap. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned. Cool completely in pan.

Meanwhile, for filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Beat in cream cheese on low until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Carefully remove cups from pan. Pipe or spoon about 3 tablespoons filling into each cup. Drizzle or pipe with melted chocolate. Refrigerate for 5 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 20 servings.

So, SO good! Let me know if you tried them!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The One Where I Ask For a Favor

A knitting friend and fellow blogger posted this on her blog. If you can, please repost this on your blog. It would be so greatly appreciated.

Guys, Mac needs some help.

His heartbreaking story (direct copy of the knitter’s forum post):

Hey everyone, a friend of mine is involved in a Chicago-area rescue group, Alive Rescue, and they currently have a pitbull mix who is in desperate need of a foster home. He’s currently being boarded in a kennel, but he’s extremely stressed under those conditions. Alive has been told that they have until Friday, 5/6, to find him a new temporary home. If they can’t do so by then, they’ll have to euthanize him.

Here’s the info that I’ve been given, as well as some pictures. If you’re interested in helping him, or know someone who can, please please please let me know, and I’ll put you in touch with the necessary people. Thanks!

ETA: Mac is 3 years old and about 60 lbs.

“Hey! I’m Mac. A couple years ago, ALIVE took me in & adopted me into, what appeared to be, a loving home. While I was with them, they put me through shock collar training. The training made me afraid of other dogs & afraid to bark. Now I am dog reactive because I think I will get shocked. They are working really hard to get me socialized again and back to the dog I was. Unfortunately, I am SUPER stressed at the boarding place I am staying at and have been given until Friday to find a new place to live. I’m super loving & great with children! I just want a family that will treat me with kindness.”
“Right now I need a long-term foster home and ALIVE has until Friday to find a place for me to go. Ideally, it would be a home with no cats or other dogs. I’m super mellow and just need a temporary place to stay until my forever home comes along. ALIVE Rescue will provide you with all the necessary supplies to care for me too! PLEASE HELP ME! ”

Please contact ALIVE Rescue if you’re able to help, or please pass this along to anyone else who might. I’d hate to see Mac’s wonderful smile disappear.

Thanks so much.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The One With The First Glimpse

.....of our new house!! Well, besides facebook, that is! I will post pics of the inside soon, but here's the outside. Isn't it adorable? We are so excited for a garage, a deck, a yard & more bedrooms than we need. May 15th can't come soon enough, especially with the price of gas. It will be awesome to not have to drive an hour and a half each week (well, as soon as BF can find a job.)