Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tasty Tuesday - Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Can we change Taco Tuesday to Taquito Tuesday? Because after making this recipe, I want to. Or what about Mexican Monday, Taco Tuesday, Taquito Thursday, Fajita Friday, Salsa Saturday, and Sangria Sunday? I intentionally left out Wednesday because there needs to be at least one night for pizza, otherwise I'm good with Mexican food all day every day. Yes I'm aware that sangria is traditionally a Spanish drink, but I'm going to roll with it.


I feel like taquitos don't get enough attention. They're like the Chimichanga's lesser know younger sibling. I love them. The delicious crunchy fried corn tortilla. The crispy burnt bits on the end. The juicy meat on the inside. I've been in love with taquitos since I first had them at La Hacienda restaurant when I was 10 years old. I really wish that place was still open.


This recipe takes it one step further than the taquitos I'm accustomed to and adds in spinach, mom win, and cream cheese. I guess that's actually two steps, but they're two really good steps. This recipe makes a lot. Enough to freeze half and have them again. So buy lots of queso and plan to have Taquito Thursday two weeks in a row.

Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Ingredients

3 cups cooked shredded chicken
6 ounces ounces cream cheese, softened
⅓ cups sour cream
½ cups salsa
1½ cups Mexican cheese blend
1½ cups chopped baby spinach, stems removed
1 lime, freshly squeezed
2 tsp cayenne pepper
12 6 inch corn tortillas
vegetable or canola oil, for frying

Directions

1. In a large bowl mix together the chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, Mexican cheese, spinach, lime juice and cayenne.

2. Heat ½" oil in a sauce pan on medium heat.

3. Once oil is hot enough (place hand over pan, above oil, to feel heat), add a few tablespoons of chicken/cream cheese mixture to the center of a tortilla and spread out. Roll up and set seam side down in oil using tongs. Cook until golden brown on both sides.

4. Repeat until all the tortillas are filled, rolled and fried.

5. Set on paper towels to drain.

6. Serve with your favorite sides for dipping. Queso, guacamole, and fresh salsa!

Notes: I cooked 3 taquitos in the pan at a time. When placing the tauquitos in the hot oil, place them seam side down and continue to hold them with the tongs for 30 seconds after they hit the oil. This will help them to hold their shape. These can be made with flour tortillas, which I know thanks to our dog eating an entire stack of corn tortillas I had on the counter. They will be a fluffier taquito, similar to a chimichanga. They are still delicious.






Recipe adapted from Lil Luna

Friday, February 17, 2017

TGIF

This week was a really good week, but I'm still so glad the weekend is here. We're supposed to have fabulous weather, 60s in February, and we're taking the big kids to see Lego Batman on Sunday. Harrison has been talking about this movie for the last 3 months. I just hope the movie lives up to his excitement. I see lots of bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and bike riding in our near future.



ONE - Brooke is getting her first hair cut this afternoon, and I'm kind of freaking out about it. She has the best natural curls and I'm so worried they'll be gone forever once she gets her first trim. Nevertheless, she needs it because her hair is a hot tangled mess all the time. If her hair comes out as straight as mine, you'll be able to find me crying into my Chipotle while drinking a pear cider. Yes I'm overreacting, but I will be slightly devastated if her hair looses its natural curl. Maybe it's because after over a year of no hair followed by the mullet that wouldn't quit, the curls were such a welcome surprise.

TWO - H and B have made the move from the toddler section to the boy girl section. Overall I'm slightly disappointed in the "big kid" section. The fit and styles aren't nearly as cute as they are for younger kids. I did find a few things to order last week when Gap was having their kid and baby sale. I love this striped handkerchief dress and it's even cuter on. I like it well enough that I may order it in another print. Maybe the watermelons? Bonus, it's still on sale.

THREE - After almost 4 years of on and off blogging, I decided it was time to start a Facebook page for this little blog of mine. Now you can follow us on FB at Our Little Miracles Blog. I'll be updating the page with new posts as well as extra content that relates to this blog.

FOUR - Ok fellow TWD fans, what did you think about this week's episode? I always have mixed emotions each week. Some of the things the show does have become so inconsistent and far fetched. I know, it's a show about zombies. It's not exactly based in reality.

Each week I look forward to Funny or Die's "Most Ridiculous Things" column. Dashiell Driscoll is a fan of the show and writes a column of the most ridiculous things to happen on The Walking Dead episode of that week. Things like King Ezekiel's tiger, Glen and the dumpster(too soon?), and everything Carl. He has dry humor and is really good at sarcasm. I've been know to stalk Funny or Die's page waiting for it to post on Monday afternoon.

FIVE - I am in love with these booties. I own nothing like them, have no idea what I'd wear them with, they aren't at all my style, but I NEED them.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Rob and I have never been big into celebrating Valentine's Day. When we were dating we both working in restaurants, which meant our Valentine's Day were spent making sure others were having the perfect meal as part of their celebration. Even once our restaurant days were over, we never made a big deal celebrating. Now that we have kids though, I love celebrating. Any reason to spend an entire day showing them how much I love them.



We started our day with donuts and a few small gifts for the big kids. Harrison and Brooke had school today, and the babies and I were lucky enough to get to tag along for a few. The letters Q and U got married today in an adorable ceremony, and the kids had the option to dress up as queens or quarterbacks. Both H and B picked quarterbacks. After a quick ceremony, there was dancing followed by a donut and fruit reception. All the parents then left so the kids could get back to class, and the babies and I were on to our quiet Tuesday at home, just the three of us.


I've mentioned before that my mom would always make my grandma's sour cream sugar cookies for Valentine's Day. I have made it a tradition to make these cookies with H and B every year since they were almost 2. We made the cookies yesterday, but thanks to a migraine the icing had to wait. I made sure to have all of the accoutrement ready when I picked them up from school. We iced cookies while the babies snacked, and now I have 3 dozen cookies that I don't need to eat, but we had fun making them.




The rest of our day involved dance parties, bounce housing, and lots of laughter. Some of our days are rather rough, but I love these four little people something fierce. Spending the day showing them an extra does of love was a perfect way to spend Valentine's Day. I hope you all had a wonderful day with the ones you love!

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's Friday

It's only been about 10 months since I did a 5 on Friday post, so let's jump right in.

ONE - We got Snow! Only a couple inches, but it was big flakes and it snowed all day on Wednesday. Brooke and Harrison got a chance to play outside in it and the babies each came outside with me for a few minutes. Just long enough to take a few pictures and give them a chance to put their hands in the snow. Clark was indifferent and Scarlett cried as soon as soon as her hand touched the snow. we've had barely any snow this year, so I'm making sure we take advantage of any snow deemed play worthy.




TWO - Does anyone else feel like sometimes they just need to get away from the news? There is so much divide and uncertainty in our nation right now. I could literally watch cable news and read online articles all day, and still not have a full grasp of everything that's going on right now. It's really easy for me to get sucked into the rabbit hole.

It's been a long time since I've binged a series, so I decided now was the perfect time to do so and take my mind elsewhere. All of my usual shows were on a break last week, so I started watching The Crown. If you haven't heard about it, it's about Elizabeth II's reign and it starts right before she ascends to the thrown. It is so good! I finished it in just a few days. Claire Foy is a great Elizabeth, and I love Matt Smith as Philip. Did I mention that John Lithgow plays Winston Churchill? Yeah, definitely watch it.


I totally geek out over English history, so I also started watching Victoria. I caught up in a couple nights and now have my DVR set for Sunday evenings. I love Rufus Sewell but always think of him as Count Adhemar in A Knight's Tale.

Need more shows about English royalty? All four seasons of The Tudors are available on Netflix. It originally aired on Showtime and is definitely TV-MA, so maybe don't watch it while the kids are awake. I haven't watched it in a while and may need to rewatch it soon.

THREE - I of course have opinions regarding everything going on in our nation right now. From Betsy DeVos, to the DAPL, and of course the much talked about travel ban. I try to keep my opinions off of my social media pages, but as I said above, I read it all. Both good or bad, conservative or liberal. A blogger who I follow posted a really great piece about the travel ban. It's definitely worth a read.

FOUR - It's a well known fact that I drink lots of coffee. 2 cups a day every day, and occasionally decaf later in the day. Great for helping me keep up with 4 kids, not so great for my teeth. I usually use white strips or whitening trays every few months, but I don't think they do a great job. I am too cheap to pay for professional whitening treatments, because paying for 4 kids. ;) I saw an add for charcoal whitening powder(maybe a Facebook add?), and thought I'd give it a try. I've only used it a couple times, so no idea if it works yet. I do know that it makes my teeth feel incredibly clean, which I love. I brush my teeth with Tuxedo first and then brush using my regular whitening toothpaste after. I'll definitely report back on this, but I'm feeling very optimistic about it.

FIVE - I know we're still a few months away from summer dress weather, but I am excited to be able to wear dresses again this year. Last summer the girls needed to be readily available for nursing at all times. That meant tanks and shorts all summer. Not this year. Stores are starting to roll out their spring lines, and I'm itching to grab a couple new dresses to wear once it's hot. This one shoulder pom dress is so cute. I'm a sucker for one shoulder dresses, and I love that they're back in style.

We're supposed to have a big warm up this weekend. Mid 50s tomorrow, so a long walk or trip to the park is a must. TWD starts back up this weekend, so if you need me on Sunday night, you know where to find me. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Linking up with these lovely ladies Carolina Charm and September Farm

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Scarlett and Clark - 13 Months

13 months! A lot has changed for these two since I did their last monthly update. We have babies who are starting to talk and walk. The night before they turned one, Brooke told me they were going to wake up in the morning and be able to talk. Ha! No surprise they aren't talking that much, but we are starting to get some definite words. They both still crawl everywhere, but we are getting unassisted steps and more cruising around the house. I remember being so ready for H and B to walk, and while I'm excited for them to walk instead of crawl, I'm also in no hurry to push them to do it. Hopefully they'll be steady on their feet by zoo season, but that's still a few months away.


One of the biggest changes have come in the sleep department, both at nap time and overnight. We have been transitioning to 1 nap since we got back from vacation. There are still a lot of two nap days, but we are starting to see more 1 nap days. Which means free mornings. Happy dance! Play dates and errands just became a whole lot easier. We still need to work on extending their nap to 2+ hours before we completely get rid of 2 nap days.


We have been trying to limit Scarlett's night wakings. Some nights she sleeps until 3am or later. Other nights she wakes up closer to 10:30 or 11. I have stopped nursing her every time she wakes. If she wakes up after a few ours of sleep, she gets a quick snuggle and is laid back down. She gets pretty upset when she doesn't get milk, but she settles down quickly and goes right back to sleep. Clark still only wakes up when his sister wakes him. Occasionally he has an off night, but overall he's a champion sleeper.


A good majority of our playtime has moved into the basement. I'm not quite ready to get rid of the toys in the living room yet, but that's not far off. Lots of time is spent in the bounce house, playing with their kitchen, and destroying whatever Harrison and Brooke are playing with. 





Clark

  • is taking steps! He took his first steps the day before they turned 13 months. He's up to 5 or 6 steps before crashing into me.
  • is pretty quiet, but does say mom and dad. Or maybe milk and dog. Who knows for sure? 
  • his favorite food is cheese. He also loves yogurt, scrambled eggs, turkey, and all berries.
  • has perfected his backward crawling down the stairs. He much prefers to go up though.
  • loves giving hugs and snuggling
  • wears size 18 months and 12-18 months
  • is back to being heavier than his sister. He weighs in at 24lbs13oz
  • is 31 1/4" tall
  • has an obsession with nightlights. Mainly pulling them out of the socket. Time for more Snap Power covers.
  • doesn't like walking with our toy walkers, but loves to walk while pushing one of our kitchen stools
  • is a very happy baby, but is always straight faced when we're out in public. People always ask is he's tired, but nope, that's just his out in public face









Scarlett

  • says hi, dog, and dad. Is working on consistently saying water, bath, and down.
  • loves to have screaming matches or click her tongue back and forth with you.
  • is starting to stand on her own.
  • is a cruising fool
  • favorite foods include yogurt, blackberries, freeze dried edemame, and scrambled eggs
  • likes to sit with Tyson and play with his food while he eats. If I don't watch closely, she will eat his kibble. Yuck!
  • climbs up and down stairs 
  • hates wearing headbands
  • almost has enough hair for a clip
  • weighs 23lbs 4oz
  • is 30 1/2"tall
  • wears 18 month and 12-18 month clothes
  • loves to eat crayons anytime she gets the chance
  • thinks feeding other people her food is hilarious
  • hates being told no










These two are such a bundle of fun. Their personalities are really coming out. They love playing together and "talking" to each other. Sometimes their talk is just them laughing back and forth, and other times they chatter back and forth. H and B never really did the twin talk thing, so I'm looking forward to seeing how their communication progresses. They are becoming more independent each day. They had their one year check up today and got a clean bill of health. We are so lucky to have two happy healthy babies, and we love getting to see them make the transition into toddlerhood. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

School Valentines

Preschool is pretty awesome. Preschool parties especially. Brooke and Harrison's class will be attending a wedding for Ms. Q and Mr. U on Valentine's Day. How cute is that? Parents can attend the ceremony, which I totally plan to do, and then the kids get to have a reception complete with donuts and exchanging their valentines. I wish every day could be like a preschool party.

I told H and B that they could help choose their valentines for their friends. We went to Target yesterday and Harrison immediately picked up a bird decoration out of the holiday shop and declared he wanted to get one of those for each of his friends. Sorry bud, we are not buying 13 birds to hand out to your preschool friends. After some discussion they decided on gummy treats. Bears for Brooke to give out, and worms for Harry. We still need to decide on which printables they want, but at least we have the treats. Maybe this for the bears and this for the worms? We haven't given any though to teacher gifts either, so we I better get on that.


We did printables last year too, and they were so easy and I think super cute. I printed all of them on inexpensive card stock. Between cutting paper, filling bags, and tying on tags, it took maybe an hour to do them all. They brought home some really awesome homemade valentines which were super cool, but ain't nobody got time for that. I am all for minimum effort and maximum impact. Yep, mediocrity at it's finest. ;)





Do your kids get to exchange valentines at school? Boxed cards, printable valentines, 100% homemade? 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Scarlett and Clark - 8 Months

The last month with these two has been so much fun! I feel like we are really hitting our stride. We have naps figured out pretty darn well. We still aren't sleeping through the night, but we're only waking up once or twice a night instead of three or four times a night. We have been getting out of the house for play dates and outings on a regular basis. I love this phase of babydom. Trying new foods every day. Learning new skills and making new sounds all of the time. Exploring toys in new ways. Every day is the same yet so different.


Food has been a big focus for Scareltt and Clark over the last month. They started out the month eating two meals a day and are closing out the month at three meals a day. We are still working our way through vegetables and fruits. Raspberries, nectarines, grapes, and blueberries are favorite fruits. Carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and asparagus have topped the veggies side. Dairy, eggs, and certain meats have been introduced. Scarlett broke out in a full body rash after eating sausage, so we'll be waiting a while before we try that again. After the possible milk protein allergy, we proceeded very cautiously with dairy products. If dairy touches Scarlett's skin, it turns red for about 20 minutes and then fades away. Clark has had no issues at all.


They get to feed themselves everything, with the exception of yogurt and pureed pouches, so meal times are extremely messy. We have started doing sink baths just about every night. We have a two basin sink that is perfect for cleaning these two in every night. I think they look forward to baths almost more than they look forward to their meal. I am very thankful for the sink and also for Jules' great floor cleaning capabilities. If we didn't already have dogs, I'd be getting one just to help keep the floor clean.

When the babies started eating lunch, we also dropped a nursing session. They now nurse 5 times a day and still once or twice at night. They get milk when they first wake up, before their morning nap, before their afternoon nap, after their afternoon nap, and at bedtime. We have been trying to introduce them to straw sippies for water, but they just want to chew on the cup. 


Now that they are reliably sitting and moving around the living room pretty easily, we broke out a whole slew of new toys. Walkers, activity centers, shape sorters, stacking rings. Brooke and Harrison have been in heaven showing Scarlett and Clark all of the new toys. When I say showing them, I really mean taking them away from the babies so they can play with them on their own. Regardless, playtime has been lots of fun around here lately. very noisy, but lots of fun.



Last week they got to swing in the swings at the park for the first time. Scarlett didn't stop smiling the entire time. Clark gave us a few giggles and seemed to like it, but not with nearly as much enthusiasm as Scarlett. I have a feeling once the temps cool down a bit we'll be spending a lot of our afternoons at the park. The zoo also appears to be becoming a more enjoyable outing for them. Now that they can eat puffs or creamies in the stroller, they're much happier to be strapped in for a few hours. 






Scarlett

  • is a sitting pro. She loves to sit while playing with her new toys
  • still isn't trying to crawl. She rolls everywhere, and I'm constantly amazed at how quickly she makes it across a room
  • is a very clean eater, or at least as clean as an 8 month old can be
  • has 2 teeth. Her bottom two front teeth came in about a week apart from each other
  • loves her daddy. She lights up anytime he enters the room
  • still has a thing for both dogs. If they're close, she's touching them
  • has had a few nights over the last month where she wakes up in the middle of the night and won't go back to sleep for over an hour
  • is mostly only waking up once or twice at night
  • falls asleep while nursing 75% of the time
  • wears size 4 diapers 
  • weighs 20.6lbs
  • is being weaned off of her reflux meds












Clark

  • is finally moving forward when crawling. his crawling goes: hand, hand, fall forward
  • does a whole lot of baby yoga and planking while practicing his crawling skills
  • is sitting up very well on his own, but still can't sit up and look up without toppling over
  • sleeps through the night on a semi regular basis. I'm pretty sure if he had his own room, he'd do it all the time
  • has one bottom tooth and another on the way
  • loves eating and is so messy with his food
  • still has a mild case of cradle cap, only on the soft spot on the top of his head
  • is having fewer eczema breakouts. We rarely have to use his medicated ointment
  • still takes an iron supplement once a day
  • wears size 4 diapers 
  • weighs 21.2lbs











I know I say how great every month is, and they really are all great. I know from memories of Brooke and Harrison, how great the next few months are. I am really looking forward to seeing Scarlett and Clark go from babies to little toddlers. Next week H and B go back to school, which means I'll be getting a lot of time with just Scarlett and Clark. To say I'm excited about that would be an understatement. They've changed so much over the summer and I'm ready to get to know their little personalities even more. Happy 8 months babies! I am so ready to see what the next month has in store for us.