Thursday, April 28, 2016

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas + the BEST Green Salsa Ever.

Last night I brought dinner over to one of my very favorite friends who just gave birth to the cutest little baby possible. 

I made my signature meal.

Signature meal = the main thing I bring over to people when I'm bringing them dinner. 

It's worth sharing because a) it's one of our family's favorites and b) Cinco de Mayo is NEXT WEEK and this dish paired up with the salsa and some tortilla chips is the PERFECT meal to help you celebrate.

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

3/4 cup honey
6 Tbs. lime juice
3 Tbs. vegetable oil
2 tsp. chili powder {If you want your enchiladas SPICY! add more of this}
3/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mexican blended shredded cheese
Flour tortillas
1 can green enchilada sauce

Cook and shred 4-6 chicken breasts.
{I just pile up my crock pot with chicken, add 2 cans of chicken broth and cook all day on high.  Then they just fall apart when I go to shred}.

Mix above sauce with shredded chicken. Be sure to coat ALL of the chicken. Put chicken mixture into the middle of the tortilla, sprinkle some cheese and roll up. 

Top with green enchilada sauce and more cheese.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes covered.
Un-cover and bake for 15-20 minutes more or until cheese starts to bubble.

This salsa is soooooo yummy!

Bonus: It takes about less than 5 minutes to make.

It's got a SWEET taste to it and you can decide how much 'kick' you give it by how much of the fresh jalapeño you add.{I'm a wimp when it comes to spicy stuff so I always use just half a jalapeño.}

Green Salsa

28 ounce can of tomatillos {drain most of the juice}
1/4 cup sugar
1 bunch of cilantro {stems and all - just rinse off}
1/2 yellow onion - don't need to dice
1 jalapeno {I use half and only leave a few seeds in it in an effort to prevent too much spicey-ness.}

Just dump everything in your blender and blend!

Refrigerate before serving.  It sets up when refrigerated 
{gets kind of gel-like} so just stir before you serve.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Teacher Appreciation: Cookies and Milk Bar

Last year I helped create a COOKIES & MILK bar for our teachers to enjoy! I created a sign up online and asked for 12 different people to each bring 2 dozen of their favorite homemade cookies. 

We got SUCH a great variety and I think the teachers really enjoyed it!

I also bought the BIGGEST jar I could find at Target...

...and filled it up with about 8 different packages of cookies.
Everything from OREOS to Chips Ahoy to E.L. Fudge.

I had each teacher GUESS the amount of cookies they thought were in there and the winner took home the jar AND the cookies.
{The answer was 222.  And yes - - someone guess it 

I whipped up the food card labels and banner and went with a pink theme - - since that's what I seem to have a lot of these days in my random collections at home.

It was such a FUN theme and something DIFFERENT than the norm.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Family Home Evening Lesson: Speaking Kind Words.

It's Monday and that = Family Night for us.

During each of these family night's - - we like to give a little lesson {sometimes the kids give it!} on ways that we can improve ourselves or bring ourselves closer to Christ.

Family night ALWAYS ends with dessert and usually a round of London Bridges {my kids STILL love this song/activity -- isn't that funny?}

Last week I taught my lesson on the importance of SPEAKING KIND WORDS to one another.

After we sang our song and had an opening prayer, we went around the room and I asked each person to tell me something GOOD someone had said to them that week.

Then we went around the room and I told them to think of something MEAN or BAD that someone had said to them that week.

It was SO interesting to hear what they said.
{And to the kid who called my kid a loser last week - I wanna punch you in the face. JUST KIDDING!!! LoL.}

We talked about how these different words made them feel.

Then I got out a miniature tube of toothpaste and squeezed it until all of the toothpaste had come out onto my plate.

I asked the kids to try and PUT THE TOOTHPASTE back into the tube. I even provided them with toothpicks to see if that would help them.

It didn't.

YOU CAN'T PUT TOOTHPASTE BACK INTO THE TUBE once it's all squeezed out.

I likened this to our WORDS - - telling them that once we speak mean words to someone - - we can't take them back.  Granted, we can be forgiven of these mean words, but it's most likely that person will never FORGET those words. 

Words are hard to take back - just like the toothpaste was hard to put back into the tube.

Good.  OR Bad.
Words are powerful. 

Then we watched THIS short video on the power of positive words and my kids LOVED it! Such a sweet message.

I challenged them each to SPEAK KINDLY to those around them - - because we never know what an impact those words can make on someone's life.