Dinner time is a sacred time at my house, not because everyone skips to the table , eats their dinner & cleans up after themselves. In fact, it usually unfolds quite the opposite and THAT is why it is sacred. It is in those imperfect, loud, chaotic moments that we are learn better how to live and love together. It's where I hear more about their days -- with them each adding to each other's stories. There's power in gathering together as a family each night because if there is a story to be heard (good or bad), it will eventually come tumbling out & I can't put a price tag on that.
All that being said, over the years, I've had to be creative in the ways I get dinner to the table each night. I've made this recipe for well over 5 years and it continues to be a crowd favorite. Even my pickiest of picky eaters will eat it, which if you know my Liv, you realize this is an absolute miracle.
A few keys to a good baked taquito:
1. Quick fry your corn tortillas, before rolling & baking. To quick fry, heat your griddle to high, spray generously with cooking spray. Place corn tortillas on hot spray ( I can fit 6 on my griddle at a time), spray tops of tortillas with cooking spray and flip. You just want to cook them for 10-20 seconds. It will allow them to crisp up nicely in the oven.
2. Once rolled, sprinkle the tops with salt. I've forgotten this step more than once and every time, I'm sad.
3. Double the mixture, then freeze half. One day when you're in a jam, you'll be glad to be able to whip dinner up in less than 15 minutes.
Chicken Rolled Tacos
3 oz (1/3 C) cream cheese
1/4 C green salsa - home made is best!
1 TB lime juice (fresh is best)
1t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
3TB chopped cilantro (I always add more)
2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated Colby jack cheese
Small corn tortillas
salt for tops
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Mix all the ingredients ending with the cheese. Quick fry corn tortillas, then place 2-3TB of the mixture into each tortilla. Rolling shut and placing on cookie sheet as you go. Once all rolled, sprinkle with salt. Bake 15-20 minutes or until crips and ends are brown.
Serve with green salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
We all love the holidays. The traditions. The food. The giving. Time to slow down and enjoy one another...except that rarely happens until the holiday is actually here and over. The lead up always seems to be quite the production. I try to convince myself that that is part of the fun and it is...until it’s not. So this year, or this week at least, I'm finding some balance by doing these 3 simple things.
Turning off my phone. Now I know this isn’t totally realistic, but set aside some time each day where your phone is out of sight and out of reach. Mine is usually between 2:30-5:30. At first I thought that this wouldn’t work for me, with real estate transactions always in play, and there are times when it doesn’t, but for the most part, it does. Believe it or not, no one actually dies if they can’t reach me for an hour and a deal has never fallen apart because of it either. Shocker.
Once you put your phone away, you’ll realize how much time you spend checking it. It’s a waste of so.much.time. and brain power. Not only that, when you’re not constantly seeing someone else’s elaborate Christmas vacation or over-the-top-tree or holiday family picture, you’re able to enjoy your own space so much more. For the record: all those people’s Christmas’ and family life look more similar to yours than you realize.
Trim the fat. We all have too many things on our to-do lists. Go ahead and give yourself permission to take two...or a dozen off that list. I’m sure they are all great and wonderful things, until you’re up all night trying to get them all done, yelling at your kids to ‘hurry up and help’. Perhaps my house is the only house that can get a touch too hectic and then we’ve really missed the point all together.
Don’t have time for neighbor gifts? Stop doing them. Really. You’re neighbors are not keeping track of who is knocking on their door and dropping treats (if they are, that’s their own issue :)). They’ll still be your neighbors and if you really can’t handle the guilt of skipping neighbor gifts, just move your gift to Valentine’s Day and make that your thing. We all have too many neighbor gifts sitting on our counters anyway.
Keep your wrappings simple. In all honesty, I love a beautifully wrapped gift & even better when it all coordinates with my tree. It’s probably more important to me than it should be so I try to get ahead of the game. Even still, every year I’m up until all hours on Christmas Eve. With a new baby, I know I can’t handle that this year. So I’m simplifying. I ordered these boxes on amazon — because I get tired of gift bags and I’m using a whole lot of bakers twine instead of ribbon. I have yet to hear any of my kids complain about the wrappings, I know this is my own personal thing I love, but this year, I'm scaling back.
On the flip side, I hope to gain a few more quiet moments -- I know my real challenge will be to not fill up any free time I've created with more stuff. Instead, hopefully I'll get in a few games of HORSE on the new basketball hoop, that was delivered 2 weeks prior to Christmas. How's that for a Christmas surprise. ha!
Our most pinned image this week, does a hex tile ever get old? Nope. No it doesn't. Follow us over there, right here.
If you're house hunting this weekend, like I always am here's links to all the open houses going on in the east valley.
If you've never used these links before, they are sorted by price, so you can quickly find your range. When you see one you like, click on the detail tab, in the top right corner you'll see the link to 'Open House' which will give you the date & time the house will be open! Be sure and tag me if you see something you love, so that I can see it too!
Mesa || Gilbert || Chandler || Scottsdale
Also on our weekend to do list?
I've been an online ninja this year since I sat out Black Friday & have a new baby with zero schedule yet, but today, we've got a babysitter & we are going to try to wrap up all the final little details.
Mostly so I can start wrapping, which is actually my favorite part.
A few things I'm loving.
My oldest is a high maintenance underwear man. I refuse to buy them, except when I can wrap them up under the tree and call it a gift, because it really is a luxury to have a shark on your boxer briefs!
My daughter is all about this and this.
My 5-year-old is getting this.
My husband desperately needs these
Annnnd I might pick up this and this for myself...or you know, have my husband pick it up after I've tried it on & am sure it's a perfect fit. ha! Tell me I'm not the only one?!?
It's been well over 5 years since we've had a baby on the scene over here, and as such, well we started with nothing on hand. With exception of the crib & dresser -- which my daughter had been using (it turns into a bed) we were starting from scratch. Turns out, when it comes to baby items, I'm a bit of a minimalist. Perhaps its because I know its our last that I'm not willing to dive in head first to gobs of gear? I even had a sweet neighbor offer me up all of her swings, bouncers and the like & I had to politely decline -- the thought of all that gear terrified me, I hoping I don't regret it. But really, I don't do clutter well.
That being said, there are a few items that I don't think I could live without, like this Solly Baby wrap. I never wrapped any of my other kids & this has been a Godsend. Really. Having baby 4, means there is about zero slowing down. Homework, lunches, practices & dinner still have to happen. It's kind of like trying to stop a freight train: not happening. So when Luke is up & fussy & dinner needs to get made? Well here he sits. On this day ^^ he accompanied me to other kids' doctor appointments & we didn't hear a peep. Brilliant.
This sleeper from Target is where Luke sleeps every single night & it is the hands down BEST!!! I had bought one after my friend, Jenny swore by it and then had another friend that just had her last baby text me & tell me I had to borrow this. So I returned the one I bought & am using hers. It keeps him cradled & on his back, rocks and provides some white noise when it gets a little loud upstairs #always.
These gowns, blankets & car seat covers. sigh. Luke lived in the gowns the first 4 weeks of his life...and perhaps still, the blankets are the softest (even got each of my bigs one for Christmas...shhh) and you can't be having a baby in the fall without a car seat cover.
This pacifier. None of my babies have ever taken a pacifier until this one showed up as a gift from my sweet aunt. I was trying to avoid a stuffed animal hanging from his mouth, but he loves it, so what do I care? If I'm being honest, I find it darling dangling from his mouth these days.
This sleepsack. Luke happens to love his tummy and I was tempted to just let him go ahead and sleep like that...and then I couldn't sleep. I know he'll probably end up there one day, but I had visions of worst case scenarios so I set about finding a solution for while he's so young. I happened to be at Target & thought I'd give the swaddles a whirl -- thanks for voting on IG stories & helping me decide...I got both. :) . I like the Swaddle Me version just fine, but I like this one best. It keeps him nice & snug, putting a bit of pressure on his tummy & he sleeps great in it...and his cozy little bed.
Fingers crossed he starts sleeping through the night here soon.
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.