Friday, June 1, 2012

The Best Homemade Taco's You Will Ever Eat!!

I grew up on these little guys. I mean literally my Grandma's tacos were a weekly thing. They may not be the healthiest tacos you will ever eat but they will be the tastiest. Jake eats 6 in one sitting and I have learned to always make extra because once you get going you can't stop. I hope you enjoy!


First, what you want to do is poor about 1/4-1/2 a cup of oil into your frying pan and let it heat up on medium-high heat.
Take the tortillas and a good amount of hamburger, you dont want to much hamburger or else it wont cook all the way through but make sure there is enough because it will shrink up while cooking.

 You will then use a fork and press the hamburger down on half of the tortilla.

Only on half so you can fold the tortilla.

Next, you will then season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

Then, place in the oil, let the tortilla soften then fold in half. You will know if the oil is a too hot if it is popping like crazy and your tortilla is browning to fast. Just turn your heat down if you need to.

Let the taco cook until the tortilla is hard and a golden brown.

Take out of the oil and place on a paper towl. Top with cheese, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes... whatever is your favorite. Jake and I only like cheese and El Pato Sauce or my Dad's Hot Sauce.



The Best Homemade Taco's

Tortillas(one for each taco)
Hamburger
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Onion powder, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
1/4-1/2 cup oil
Desire toppings to serve

First what you want to do is poor about 1/4-1/2 a cup of oil into your frying pan and let it heat up. Take the tortillas and a good amount of hamburger, you dont want to much hamburger or else it wont cook all the way through but make sure there is enough because it will shrink up while cooking. You will then use a fork and press the hamburger  down on half of the tortilla. Only on half so you can fold the tortilla.
Next you will then season with salt and pepper and garlic salt.
 Then, place in the oil, let the tortilla soften then fold in half. Let the taco cook until the tortilla is hard and a golden brown.
Take out of the oil and place on a paper towl. Top with cheese, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes what ever is your favorite. Jake and I only like cheese and El Pato Sauce or my Dad's Hot Sauce.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cheese Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad


I wanted to post this before Easter, but with the move, a little man trying to walk all over the place and tax season, it wasn't happening. I tried this recipe a couple months ago for a Valentine's Day party. I am always very sceptical about trying new recipes with things in it I haven't tried before, like artichoke hearts. Jake said I would like them, so I made this recipe and can I just say IT IS AMAZING!! It was the hit of the party. Everyone was taking 3rds and was complimenting me on it. The ingredient list is longer than I like, but it made a HUGE ,I MEAN HUGE, bowl. (Easily 20 servings)
Since spring is here and there is nothing better than a good pasta salad to keep things light and yummy, I thought I would share this with the rest of you guys. Like all my other recipes this is not my creation. I got this from a recipe book that is boxed up in the other room. As soon as I unpack it I will come back and rightfully acknowledge who this recipe is from.
I hope you enjoy! Check out the cute little Easter picture of Dawsen below!

Cheese Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained, quartered
1 (10 ounce) cont. grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 (6 ounce) can medium black olives, drained, sliced in half lengthwise
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 (20 ounce) package cheese-filled egg tortellini , cooked al dente, drained (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup olive oil, more if needed
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, the kind in the can
1 (8 ounce) jar basil pesto
1/2 teaspoon salt, more if needed
2 teaspoons minced garlic
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
8 ounces half of a 1 lb. box rotini pasta, cooked al dente, drained

Cook pastas, set aside to drain and cool a bit. In large bowl or
punch bowl, add rest of ingredients, folding gently til well mixed. Gently fold
in pastas well. Adjust seasoning to taste, meaning, add more salt, parmesan,
etc., til you like it. Serve immediately, or refrigerate.
*If you make this say a day ahead of time, you'll need to "refresh"
this. Just add a bit more olive oil, salt and parmesan before serving.
This salad is best, though, room temp, or even slightly warm.
ENJOY!
I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT EASTER!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Red Chili Enchiladas

Jake has been requesting these for weeks now. He tells me these are his favorite thing I make and I believe it because a normal serving I'd say is a 3-4 tortilla stack he get 2 stacks of 5. Needless to say he loves them!
These come from my Grandma's cookbook. I have eaten them pretty much every Sunday of my life growing up. They can be spicy so if you're not a huge fan of spice, you can water them down a little and you will see what I mean but it's a gamble. I always eat mine with sour cream and that helps a lot with the spice.
By the way, I get my red chile at Bashas they have the best brand but really any brand will be great!

Enjoy!

Red Chili Enchiladas

1 carton Baca's Red Chile (The Best brand to use. Freezer section)
3 or 4 cartons water
3 or 4 small tomato sauce (match number used with number of cartons of water used)
1 tsp oregano
4 garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp cumin (optional)
Flour/water (for thickening)
Corn tortillas
Cheese

Simmer 20-30 minutes. Thicken with (2 cups) water and (1/2 cup) flour, add flour as needed. Bring chili to boil and pour flour/water in slowly. Wisk.

To assemble:
Fry corn tortilla slightly in vegetable oil. Stack tortilla, sauce and cheese. Repeat for desired amount.

Women Of Faith In The Latter Days {Giveaway}

Chocolate On My Cranium is giving away this book:
I am so Excited!! I saw this book the other day on Time Out For Women. What it is, is basically a book about women who have incredible storied in church history. Since I live such a mundane life I love reading history books, about amazing people who overcame so many of life's trials and did amazing things. I have read quite a few church history books but I really can not recall reading one about women in the church! I think this was such an amazing idea, and if I don't win this book I know I will buy it soon, or at least ask for it for Easter. :)
So go to the site above {Chocolate On My Cranium}and try to win it yourself! If you win I may just borrow it from you!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Zonkers

Okay, believe it or not I have been dreading cooking dinner every night. The task always seems way too daunting. I am honestly, the most unmotivated person right now. So much so that I have not even gotten dressed today yet, and its 4 pm. I know BAD! This darn pregnancy thing.
 
One thing, however, I do not dread is BAKING! I would be on my feet and bake all day and I think this is because I know the end result is something so delicious and SUGARY! (Not always is it so delicious, sometimes its burnt or doughy, and in the trash.) I don't know how many other girls out there crave different things everyday of their pregnancies but honestly I crave something new like every day. One day it will be fruit, one day cheese, one day 7 layer chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. Most days, however, I crave taco bell. Since Jake and I are trying to be thrifty and NOT spend a lot of money eating out so I don't always get taco bell. :( Most of the time, however, I have sugar in my pantry!
 
This is one of my favorite recipes of ALL TIME! I have such good memories of sitting at my Great-grandma's playing dominoes and eating zonkers. Maybe this is why I love them so much. What they are is kind of like a caramel popcorn but more like a candy covered popcorn. I am not too sure how to describe them. You guys will just have to try them for yourself and than let me know how I should describe them...I promise you wont be disappointed.


Zonkers

1 cup sugar

½ cup karo syrup

1 cube butter

1 tsp vanilla

2 bags microwave popcorn (lightly buttered)

Stir together first four ingredients, cook to soft ball stage. (The way my Mom taught me to check this, is when it starts boiling to get a glass of cold water and let some of the mixture drip off your spoon into the water. Let cool for just a moment then look to see if the mixture is still together and feel if it is soft.) Pop the popcorn and take out all the extra unpopped kernels. Cover the 2 bags of Microwave Popcorn with the hot mixture. Stir together well and serve.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mothers Symbols of Christ?

I don't know how many other woman have gone through this, but tonight I was having the hardest time getting Dawsen to sleep. I usually let him cry it out. (Yes, I am one of those terrible mothers that lets her child cry themselves to sleep.) So after about 20 minutes of him crying I knew he wasn't going to fall asleep. So I frustratingly got him from his crib and I start to cuddle him and pat is bottom. As he is crying in my arms I start to have a break down and I began to cry. Meanwhile, Jake is out playing basketball, so he wasn't here to see any of this and that probably was a good idea.

So Dawsen is crying.... and I am trying to comfort him, and I'm crying. It may have been the pregnancy hormones or it may have been that I just feel overwhelmed with a lot of things right now but usually I am a very patient person and I don't get too emotional when my son cries. At this point however, I felt like a failure as a mother. I felt tired and exhausted and I will not lie... even thoughts of how "unfair" is is that Jake is out playing basketball while I am here having to tend this crying baby. I may have sent him a snotty note, too.
 
Anyways, I finally got Dawsen to sleep and the first thing I do was turn on my phone and start looking at some of my favorite blogs. Weird, I was so "overwhelmed with being a mother" and all I wanted to do was be on my phone. How selfish is that? Well, one blog led to another and I ended up here:
 
 
I kinda started looking around and I came to this post...
 
 
After reading this I instantly came to tears. I felt so humbled and so sorry that I was so selfish. I instantly looked at Dawsen in another light and I right away kissed his forehead and took him to his crib with a peaceful loving feeling in my heart instead of a grudge. I don't know how other mothers are but there are definite times with being a mother and a wife. I look at my children and my husbands as jobs... some times with the attitude "Do I have to?" I will confess I do not always have a “Christ-like attitude” asking how can I serve you. I do not look at my husband and child all the time and think you are children of God, and I am anything but a patient mother. Most the time it is “HURRY, Jake! We are going to be late! Are you kidding me Dawsen just pooped up his back again! Now we really are late!”
 
I was asked to share something in Relief Society next month about "nobility in motherhood and joy in womanhood". I know exactly what I am going to talk about now. If you are a mother or want to be a mother go read this talk as soon as you can. It brings such a reverence to being a mother and it made me so proud to be one! BUT let me tell you when you are in the moment of calming a crying baby, disciplining your child or picking up your husband's wet towel off the bed you feel anything but reverent. I am so glad I read this post and I think I was lead right to it. I could not agree more that we are symbols of our savior as Whitney Permann had said.
 
Here is my ALL TIME favorite quote about motherhood, it actually maybe my favorite quote of all time! I was going to share this next month, it goes all too well with this talk.

You [sisters] belong to the great sorority of Savior hood.
You may not hold the priesthood. Men are different,
men have to have something given to them to make the
saviors of men, but not mothers, not women. You are born
with an inherent right, an inherent authority, to be the saviors
of human souls. You are co-creators with God of his children.
Therefore, it is expected of you by a right divine that you will
be the saviors and the regenerating force in the lives of God's
children here upon the earth.
--Elder Matthew Cowley

Monday, March 5, 2012

*Talk* Teach Me Who I Am

Jake always falls alseep before I do. So, I am basically up late at night all by myself so I love to find good stuff on pintrest. Well, last night I was on and came across this blog post of course by, The Redheaded Hostess. It is a short post about Divine Nature. If I already didn't love her blog, this just made me fall even more in love with her. She so beautifully puts things in a language that I can understand but it always is so deep and moving for me. I was so happy I found this article and read it last night because when I woke up this morning it was the first thing I thought about and I felt by just reading it and having such wonderful knowledge, all day I felt like I could do anything! I hope you enjoy!

"Teach Me Who I Am" -The Redheaded Hostess