Chicken Enchiladas

These chicken enchiladas are so delicious and easy to make! And they don't include cream of chicken soup like most recipes out there. For some reason those canned creamed soups make me shudder. 


2 chicken breasts
1 TB butter
1 1/2 cup of chopped green onions
1 diced chili (optional if you like it spicy)
3 cloves of garlic
1 pint of heavy cream
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 cups of cheddar cheese
6 inch tortillas

First thing you will need to do is cook your chicken. 

I usually throw the chicken in the oven around noon, so it can cook and cool down before I start working on dinner.

I just wrap each (salted and peppered) chicken breast in foil and bake at 350 for about 45-50 minutes. 

After the chicken breasts are cooked through.

Shred the chicken once it has cooled:

After the chicken is done, you can start working on your filling. 

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and saute 1 cup of green onions until tender.
Add green chilies and minced garlic. Mix well.

Add the heavy cream and sour cream and bring to boil. 

Add the chicken, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil.

Simmer until sauce is thickened (about 10 minutes)

Lightly grease your baking dish.

Fill each tortilla  with the chicken mixture and roll up. 
Place seam side down in prepared baking dish. 

Pour any remaining filling evenly over the enchiladas:

Cover the enchiladas with the remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese:

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes uncovered, until the cheese is bubbly

Garnish with the remaining green onions:

Just a suggestion on quick and easy sides:


Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

Triple Berry Pie

Crust recipe:



Preheat oven to 450, line a cookie sheet with foil (you will bake your pie on it to catch any drips)

Combine berries, flour, sugar, cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well. 

Lightly flour a large piece of waxed paper; place a disk of dough in center. Rolling from center outward, form into a 12-inch circle. (Use paper to rotate dough, and flour rolling pin and paper as necessary to prevent sticking.) Transfer dough to a pie dish. Avoid stretching the dough (that will cause it to shrink during baking)let the sides hang over for now. 

Fill the pie crust/dish with the berry mixture. piling it higher in the middle (like a mountain)spread the slices of butter over the berries.

Brush rim of pie shell with water.

Roll out the second piece of dough and place over the berries. Press along the moistened seal. Trim dough and pinch around to make a uniform edge. 

Pinch the sides together. 
With a knife, cut 5 to 6 slits in top of pie, radiating from center:

Place pie plate onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes; reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake until crust is golden and juices are bubbling, 50 to 60 minutes more. If edges brown too quickly, cover with aluminum foil. Cool completely, before serving.


Hope you have a great day!

Mexican Chicken and Potato Packets

This is a delicious and easy meal to prepare, and the best part that there are barely any dishes to wash after dinner! 

This would also be a great for camping. Make the packets in advance and just throw them into the campfire or grill to cook. 
(make sure you use the ultra-strong foil)


3 chicken breasts
2 cups of sliced mushrooms
olive oil
1 can sliced olives
4 teaspoons Taco Seasoning Mix
8 small potatoes (or 4 large)
2 cups of cheddar Shredded Cheese
1 cup Salsa
Sour Cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Wash and slice your mushrooms and saute them in 1 TB of vegetable oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Wash and thinly slice the potatoes and place them in a large bowl.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil (about 3 TB) 2 tsp of the Taco seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Give it all a good stir. 
  • Arrange your foil sheets on your counter. 
  • Spray the center with vegetable oil and arrange your potatoes.
  • Cut your chicken breasts into thin strips and throw them into the same bowl you used for the potatoes.
  • Add the other 2 tsp of taco seasoning and salt and pepper to your taste, and stir to combine.
  • Arrange the chicken strips on top the potatoes. 
  • Next you need to add a TB of salsa on top of the chicken
  • Followed by mushrooms and olives and top with cheddar cheese.
  • Fold packs and arrange on baking sheets.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. 
  • After you take the foil packs out of the oven. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving. 
  • Top with sour cream and green onions and enjoy this cheesy goodness!

Slow progress in the Master...

We started working on my master bedroom last fall, and we are still not done! 
We got a bed to sleep in and kinda stopped working on the room. Hopefully we will get it done soon, so I can share it with you guys. Because, let me tell you that it is quite a transformation. 

One of the things on the list, was a full length mirror. I finally found one that I liked that was within my $100 budget. I found this one at Home Goods.

I didn't like the color... So I painted to go with my room. Here is the before:

My two favorite metallic paints, they make a great combo!

And the after:

It goes well with my chandelier and it actually pops from the wall color now. 

I am still not sure if we are going to hang it or not. I like it like this, but am worried that the kids might push it, drop it... etc... 

Next on my list, find a arm chair, bench and some art work. Wish me luck!

January 2013 Birchbox

Whenever I get my birchbox in the mail, I get so excited. I don't peek into my birchbox profile, so it is always a surprise on what I am getting. This month I was not disappointed. 

Don't know what birchbox is?

It's a monthly subscription service which is $10.00 a month. First you take a little survey, so they can find out more about your skin, make up likes and dislikes. Just so they know what to send you. You get 4-5 high end samples in the mail. You can then turn around and review your products for points. You get 10 points per product review. So you can get 50 points per box. 100 points is $10 you can use at the birchbox store. 

I love this because I get to try products that I would have never had a chance to try. A lot of them were amazing, and I have purchased them on my own. 

Now, lets see what I got in this months box:

Aerie Shimmer Fragrance Full size $39.95
The scent is a blend of bergamot, peony, and a subtle hint of vanilla.
This scent is so so. It isn't bad but it isn't amazing either. I feel that it is a forgetful smell. 
I wont be purchasing. 

This French moisturizer heals dryness and leaves skin primed for foundation. 

I have to say that it truly does what it says it will do! I have been having some dryness around my mouth and nose and my makeup was looking cakey and yucky. My usual moisterizer and primer were not helping. 
 I applied this overnight and woke up with all the dryness gone. The next day I used it as a primer under my foundation and I have to say that my makeup looked 10X better then it did before. I am definitely buying this asap. Amazon has it for $8 less

This tricolored oil prevents heat damage and gives hair an instant shine boost. 

I will be honest with you. I have not tried this yet. I am very hesitant to. 
I have very fine hair. It is not dry or frizzy. It is already shiny on its own. 
So I don't want to put oil into it. 
I will eventually try it... on a weekday, just in case my hair looks to oily and I have to jump back into the shower. LOL. You will see it in my empties with a review in a while. 

This skin friendly moisturizer is made exclusively vegan, organic ingredients. 

I got the apple and grape scent. 

I liked how my skin felt after using this, however the smell is to strong. It doesn't linger and fades pretty quickly, but I cringed every time I used these samples. They smell like a grape and green apple lollipop, very artificial. 
 I see that they have a vanilla one online, I wonder if I would have liked that one more. 
Will not be purchasing. 

User friendly pen applicator and super smooth formula. 

I am so happy I got this! My old liquid liner dried up and I have been meaning to pick a new one up. 
This liner is highly rate everywhere! I am glad I got the color black. 

The tip is nice and skinny:

Well, that is everything I got this month. 

What did you get in your Birchbox this month?

Homeschooling Preschool/Pre K

 My daughter just turned 5, and she isn't supposed to start kindergarten until  this coming september. I decided to "try" teaching her at home, this way she can have a little head start. If we love it, we might continue with homeschooling her further on. We want to take it one year at a time. 

I love spending one on one time with her. Sometimes we can get so busy with all the things we need to do, that we don't really spend any one on one with with the kids. Sure we eat dinner, pray and read a bed time story together at the end of the day. But I wanted to do more. More then just playing polly pockets with her. I wanted to invest in her education. I want her to grow up with Jesus in her heart. I want to teach her how to write her own name and how to read. 

I homeschool Monday-Thursday. We usually get through the lessons in about 2 hours. 
We typically do our lessons in the mornings, after breakfast and chores. 
 Sometimes, when we have errands/appointments, etc..  we don't do lessons until the afternoon and there have been days where we have skipped them all together. 

But my daughter is so excited to do her lessons everyday, she keeps me on my toes. She keeps asking when we are going to start. 

I bought her a preschool activity book, but Emily got very bored with it. Which showed me that she is ready for something more.  So I have been finding her activities and printables online. Most of the printables are from Confessions of a Homeschooler

I read a lot of blog posts online about Sue Patrick's Workbox System.  This is what I decided to do.

I bought our cart on amazon

I have 10 assignments/activities for her each day:

First we do calendar time:

Emily fills out her daily calendar sheet:

We have been signing this song to practice her days of the week:

After we have finished each assignment, Emily takes off the number from the workbox and puts it on her chart. This way she can see how many more things she needs to do 

Next we do bible time. I don't have any bible workbooks for her yet. What we have been doing was reading a bible story from her bible every day: 

Next she draws something from that days bible story. Today it was about Moses parting the sea:

I write a caption for her:

Next we do reading time, I am really enjoying this book that I found on Amazon, It teaches the sounds of letters and helps the child read:

Emily reading:

After reading I have her practice her scissor skills (we use the Kumon cutting and pasting book):

After a little break we work on letter of the day. Currently we are letter L:

After writing, We move on to math:

Then we work on a craft. Today we made lanterns for the letter L:

I love their expressions:

After craft, I have emily do one last hands/fun activity, today we worked on these worksheets:

 By the end of the school day, Emily's chart is all full:

We did all this from 11:30-1:30pm. That includes breaks and snacks. 

After the school day, I take 10 minutes to refill the workboxes and get everything ready for the next lesson plan. That way, I am not scrambling and wasting time trying to figure out what she should do next. 

If you homeschool, what curriculum do you use? I have been thinking about My Fathers World, but there are so many choices, that I am overwhelmed. 

Thanks for visiting. 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Do you eat brussel sprouts? I used to think they were gross, but that was because I have only tried them steamed before. I roast them drizzled with olive oil, crushed garlic and salt/pepper. 

Just a little note: Serve them right away! Reheated, they just don't taste the same. 

Here is how I make them. I usually pick up brussel sprouts at Trader Joe's, its one of those things that I never put on my list, but if  see them, I get some. 

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Brussel sprouts
1/4 cup of Olive oil
1/2 Paprika
Salt/pepper to taste
4 garlic cloves (minced)
Nuts (optional)


Trim the Brussel sprout off the stalk.  
Cut off the bottom and peel off any leaves that fall off.
I usually cut my brussel sprouts in half.
Take a large bag ziplock bag and put them in there.

Add about 1/4 cup of olive oil, salt, pepper, crushed garlic and paprika and give everything a good mix.
You can keep the sprouts in the zip lock bag in the fridge until you are ready to to roast them. 
(example: I prepare this in the morning and stick in the fridge until its time to make dinner)

Place the brussel sprouts onto a baking dish 

Sometime I add nuts. Pine nuts, walnuts... whatever I have in the pantry. 
This time it was walnuts.

Preheat oven to 350 and roast for about 30 minutes, stirring often. 

Serve hot . 

Empties and Reviews

I haven't done a empties post in a while, I just kept forgetting to save the empty containers. But after getting my closet set up, I put this little black basket up and started throwing all my empties in it. 

So now it is filled up and it is time to recycle these bottles, before I do that, lets go through real quick and see what I liked and what I didn't:


DKNY Be Delicious: This was a gift to me... I have had it for about 3 years and finally used it up. That should tell you something. It is not my kind of scent. Giving perfume to someone can be tricky, unless you know what they like. Will NOT repurchase.

L'Occitane Citrus Verbena: This is my favorite summer fragrance. It smells like lemons and sugar. It reminds me of DG light blue. But so many people I know have that perfume, so I tend to go for this one.  Will repurchase. 


Burt's Bees Very Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner: On my long search for the perfect sulfate free shampoo I tried this one. I did not like it. It doesn't lather well, leaves hair dry, it certainly does not volumize as it claims. Will NOT repurchase.

Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner: I finally found it! The perfect sulfate free shampoo! It lathers well, doesn't strip my hair, it smells amazing and  the conditioner is very conditioning, it leaves my hair silky. With this shampoo I am now able to go 2-3 days without washing my hair. Already Repurchased. 

Not Your Mothers Dry Shampoo: This is probably my 3rd can of this stuff! It is amazing for those people with thin, oily hair. I use this on my roots 2nd and 3rd day after washing. I shake the can up, spray it in my roots, leave it in while I do my makeup or get dressed. Then I take my fingers and rub the dry shampoo in until all the white powder disappears. It soaks up all the oil and gives me volume. 
Already repurchased. 


Essie Better Together nailpolish: This is part of the wedding collection. This shade is my favorite "church" nailpolish. It is a very subtle pink, yet still very shiny and pretty. Will repurchase on AMAZON (its $2 cheaper there!) 

Revlon Color Stay Foundation: I have hate/like relationship with this foundation. I love the coverage and the fact that it is long lasting. I hate the smell (it smells like paint) and the fact that it causes me to breakout. Every time I wear it, I breakout! Anyone else experience this? Although I already repurchased this, I am scared of using it again, since my skin has been doing so well lately. 

Face cleansing/toning:

Kiehls Ultra Facial oil free cleanser: This came in my Kiehls 3 set pack from Nordstrom. This face wash really cleans the skin, in fact my skin felt striped and tight after using it. Which cause my pores to produce even more oil. I prefer a face wash with some sort of acne preventing ingredient, and this does not have anything in it. Will NOT repurchase.

Clarins Toning Lotion: I got this sample from Nordstrom. It is a great toner. It is alcohol free, plant based, with vitamins and chamomile to sooth the face. Already repurchased full size. 

Kiehls Blue Herbal Cleanser: I LOVE this cleanser.  It is oil free, non drying. It has salicylic acid, cinnamon bark and ginger in it. It gives your face a tingly feeling. It works great with my clarisonic. Allready repurchased.

Bioderma Makeup remover:  This is my favorite makeup remover at the moment! I used to use purity as a makeup remover, but since stopped when I discovered this stuff. I use two large cotton rounds and remove all my eye/face makeup. Then I continue to wash my face.
It takes everything off without leaving a oily residue like most makeup removers do.
Already repurchased. 

TN Dickinsons Witch Hazel Cleansing Pads: I bought these at my whole foods, I used it to refresh my face in the middle of the day. It says that it is for oily, irritated, red, damaged, blemished skin. It says it cleans and conditions the skin. This was alright, it was convenient to pull out a cleansing pads instead of using a toner with cotton balls. But I won't be rushing to repurchase these

Skin treatment:

Mario Badescu Buffering lotion and drying cream: After years of trying to find something that will help with my acne. I finally did! I no longer "suffer" from acne. I just get an occasional pimple here or there, which can be easily dried up with these two amazing products.  

I used the buffering lotion on my chin when I had big cystic pimples, those breakouts  took forever to heal. The buffering lotion caused them to completely disaper within a day or two! I don't have deep cystic breakouts anymore, but just in case, I will always have the buffering lotion in my medicine cabinet. 

The drying cream is truly amazing, two of my sisters tried it and they are hooked. You can use during the day (under makeup) and at night. Just take a tiny amount and rub it in. It may seem pricey, but both of these lasted me 3+ months. Which is more then I can say for some drugstore spot treatments. 

I just want to say that I usually get lots of breakout during my "time of the month" since using this stuff I get about 2 pimples and they are gone within 2-3 days! Go read the reviews on this stuff if you don't believe me. Its amazing! Already repurchased both.

Random samples from Birchbox:

Evelom Cleanser: This came with a muslim cloth to wash my face. I was very excited to try this out, since the reviews are so great. But as soon as I used this stuff, my face got really red and I got throbbing feeling all over my face. I don't know if I am allergic to it or what. I quickly rewashed and toned my face with my usual cleanser/toner and my face was back to normal. Will not repurchase. 

Sprout All Natural lip balm: This is the BEST lip balm I have ever used! It is all natural, made with only: organic cocoa butter, beeswax, organic coconut oil. It literally melts onto your lips upon contact. It kept my lips from being dry or chapped this month. I already bought the set with 4 different balms. I am currently using the lemon one. I can not recommend these enough! Already repurchased.

Whish Shave Cream: The smell of this shaving cream is very strong. And the $20 price tag for a shaving cream is not something I am willing to spend of shaving cream. I will continue using my body wash to shave my legs. 
Will NOT repurchase.

la Fresh Oil Free Face cleansing wipes: I haven't used makeup wipes in a long time, mostly because they felt very "soapy". However these two little sample packets where wonderful! They are 100 % biodegradable, fragrance free and paraben free. One wipe takes off my eye and face makeup. 
I already purchased the full size pack. 

Well thats all I have for today. 

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

As always, thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day.