Making a routine…

I didn’t think it would be this difficult to get back into the swing of things. Before we got married, I’d work-out 4 days a week at the local Y, go home, get/make dinner, watch TV and call it a night. Now that we’re married and all, it feels different. It shouldn’t, but it does.

I feel obligated to clean the house more, like my mom used to do. A happy house is a clean house, I guess you can say. The problem is, it’s truly overwhelming and sometimes, I don’t know where to start exactly.

I feel obligated to cook every night. I used to not care, but now that DH and I are on a diet, I feel like I’m primarily responsible for the menu planning and cooking. That’s pretty overwhelming as well, because I’m always trying to find the best bang for the buck to meet our food budget, which I set at $250 a month. It’s feasible, but will take some work.

Weirdly enough, I don’t feel obligated to work-out anymore. I fit in my beautiful dress, so why lose the weight? Why put the energy forth? I know it’s worth it, but cooking and cleaning feel like my first priority when my HEALTH should be my first priority.

Somehow it seems like DH is in his own routine, back to the norm. He’s still doing yardwork, helping me clean after cooking and fixing random things around the house. How does he do it?

It’s so weird getting back into the swing of things. If you’re married, how did you get a routine going that didn’t feel so awkward?

Chicken Enchiladas

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I recently saw these on Mrs. Sac’s Purple Kitchen and thought about how great it would be to make these. DH and I’s favorite restaurant is a local Mexican restaurant, but we hate to go out to eat since it gets so pricey. So, with this recipe, I was hoping to bring some great Mexican food to him!

This is a recipe from Tyler Florence on Food Network and the ratings were excellent, so I knew I had to give these a try!

These were delicious, though DH would have been happier had I put the stewed tomatoes in the food processor (he’s not a fan of tomato chunks). I will say though, this makes 16 enchiladas, so if you don’t want as many, you might want to halve the recipe.

Chicken Enchiladas
Source: Food Network (Tyler Florence)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican Spice Blend
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 5 canned whole green chiles, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 4 canned chipotle chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce, canned
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar and Jack cheeseĀ  (I used way more than this!)
  • Garnish: chopped cilantro leaves, chopped scallions, sour cream, chopped tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Coat large saute pan with oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken over medium heat, allow 7 minutes each side or until no longer pink. Sprinkle chicken with cumin, garlic powder and Mexican spices before turning. Remove chicken to a platter, allow to cool.
  2. Saute onion and garlic in chicken drippings until tender. Add corn and chiles. Stir well to combine. Add canned tomatoes, saute 1 minute.
  3. Pull chicken breasts apart by hand into shredded strips. Add shredded chicken to saute pan, combine with vegetables. Dust the mixture with flour to help set.
  4. Microwave tortillas on high for 30 seconds. This softens them and makes them more pliable. Coat the bottom of 2 (13 by 9-inch) pans with a ladle of enchilada sauce. Using a large shallow bowl, dip each tortilla in enchilada sauce to lightly coat. Spoon 1/4 cup chicken mixture in each tortilla. Fold over filling, place 8 enchiladas in each pan with seam side down. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 350 degree F oven until cheese melts. Garnish with cilantro, scallion, sour cream and chopped tomatoes before serving. Serve with Spanish rice and beans.

Smothered Chicken

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If the title sounds familiar to you, it is. Remember when I called it my one of my best dishes to date? Yes, it STILL cannot be topped. So, I decided to make it last night for DH and I. This time, I added more Tony Chachere’s spices (in case you didn’t know, it’s a Louisiana cajun spice mix.) to it to give it more of a kick. The results? It was even better! That kick is just what it needed!!

Check out the recipe here!

My newest indulgence

You may not know this about me, but I’m about 70 lbs. overweight. I’ve been dieting for years, on and off. My willpower and I have a strong love/hate relationship. Sometimes, I get spurts where I lose 20 lbs. and sometimes I gain 2 lbs. I’ve pretty much stayed in the 240-260 lb. range for about 7-8 years. Yes, I know 70 lbs. from 240 is 170 and that sounds a bit high, but here’s something else about me, I’m 5’11”. Yep, I am pretty dang tall! (I swear, the air is thinner up here!)

Anyway, I’m always on the look-out for diet friendly (but doesn’t taste like cardboard) snacks. I subscribe to Hungry Girl, and while I really dislike her recipes, (out of the 4 I’ve tried, they have all come out flavorless and nasty) I do take her snack/brand advice seriously and try some new things. My latest is the Vitamuffin tops.

I found them in the freezer section of my Target (near the organic stuff) and I’m in love! I was apprehensive to try the deep chocolate, because I hate dark chocolate! However, this isn’t like that at all. It’s yummy, chocolatey and indulgent. Most importantly, it’s only 100 calories and full of vitamins. As far as portion size goes, it’s about the size of my palm, so it’s not that small.

I highly recommend them as a breakfast item or snack during the day! If you don’t have a Target near you, I know they sell them online as well!

By the way, I know this sounds like an ad for Vitamuffins, but I swear it’s not. I’m not that popular to get companies asking me to advertise. ;)

Salisbury Steak

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Again, here is a recipe I made way back when in the planning days. We had some ground beef thawing in the fridge, and we weren’t in the mood for burgers. So, I came across this recipe and decided that we should give it a try.

These were very juicy and flavorful salisbury steaks. I would definitely make these again!

Salisbury Steaks
Source: Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed French onion soup
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup condensed French onion soup with ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and black pepper. Shape into 6 oval patties.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown both sides of patties. Pour off excess fat.
  3. In a small bowl, blend flour and remaining soup until smooth. Mix in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder. Pour over meat in skillet. Cover, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Spring Funfetti Cookies

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Here is how behind I am on posts. I made these for Easter. Yeah….sorry!

My mom used to make these ALL the time when I was a kid. They were our favorite! In fact, I remember we would all take boxes of funfetti and throw them in the cart, only to get busted by mom.

Anyway, this is an extremely simple recipe and tastes pretty amazing from a mix, if I do say so myself! :)

Even DH (then FI) couldn’t stop eating them! That’s a success story right there!!

Funfetti Cookies
Source: Pillsbury.com

1 pkg. Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix
1/3 cup of oil
2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until thoroughly moistened.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.

Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the edges are a light golden brown.

Getting to know you!

Well, it seems that you have clicked a link to my blog for a reason. I guess you want to know why I started this blog.

I’m a little addicted to blogging. When I was in college, I started a LiveJournal. No, I will not share that with you, because I’m embarrassed by my past writing abilities and topics. I was a little different in college. When my DH and I became engaged, I started a meager wedding blog. Who would have thought that this bride-to-be would become a BEE! Yep, a few months into planning, I became Miss Ballet Flat on the fabulous Weddingbee! I’ve had a great time blogging about planning the big day, and I can’t wait to share my pro pics with everyone on there! Here’s a little non-pro pic with my DH and I!


Awesome…right?

I also, around the same time, started a cooking/baking blog. I was greatly inspired by a bunch of nesties to start one. My blog is nowhere near up to par of the greats: Smitten Kitchen, Pioneer Woman, etc…sigh. However, it’s fun to post pictures of my culinary creations (whether bad or good) and get feedback! Note: When the wedding planning got rough, I stopped posting to it…but now that the big day is over, I’ll be back to food blogging shortly! (I even have a few recipes to blog about already!)

Anyway, after all of that blogging, I figured, well, I should blog about the married life. Why not? (So many other people do it!) I have no idea if people will read this, but if no one does, heck, I’ll enjoy looking back on it 5 years later and laughing at the dork I once was! :)

Cupcake Pops

I made cupcake pops for my shower hostesses this past weekend. They came out awesome! Check out how I did it here!

Throwdown Meatloaf

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I LOVE watching Throwdown. I really enjoy watching family based businesses flourish, and enjoy when they take on Bobby Flay (and most of the time, win!!!).

So, Joey and I have a love for meatloaf. We decided to try the Colluci Bros. recipe featured on Throwdown, and we were NOT disappointed!! We made homemade mashed yukon gold potatoes as well, and this made for a great addition to the meatloaf!

Meatloaf
Source: Food Network, courtesy of Colluci Bros.

Ingredients:

  • Salad oil
  • 1 carrot, small to medium dice
  • 2 stalks celery, small to medium dice
  • 1 medium onion, small to medium dice
  • 2 pounds ground beef (we used 1 lb. beef, 1 lb. turkey)
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash hot sauce (We used Louisiana loved Tabasco)
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 slices bread (we used whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs
  • Ketchup

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium-sized saute pan, put 2 dribbles of salad oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, celery, and onions and saute, about 5 minutes. Put aside and let cool.
  3. In large bowl put the carrot mixture, ground beef and remaining ingredients, except for the bread, the bread crumbs and ketchup. Soak the bread in cold water, then squeeze water out (like a sponge) and drain it. Add to the ground beef and mix. (A stand mixer is may help make it easier). Add the bread crumbs and mix.
  4. Roll into firm loaf, spread ketchup over the top, and place into preheated oven for approximately 45 to 55 minutes, or until cooked through. Take out and serve hot.

Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

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We had one more package of ground turkey left, so my fiance figured we should make turkey burgers. As always, Allrecipes had the perfect recipe for us!! We will definitely remake these in the future!

Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers
Source: Allrecipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon finely diced onion
  • 2/3 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, onion, egg whites, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form into 4 patties.
  2. Cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C).