Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Something you need to know about me is that I love to cook. Ever since I moved out I have constantly been trying new recipes. I was never able to do this when I lived at home. My mom never liked me to cook because she thought I would make a mess in the kitchen and never clean it up. That’s so not true! So last night I invited my mom over for dinner. She loved it because she didn’t have to worry about cleaning up a mess. 🙂

I decided to make Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas. I love me some cheesy goodness. I also like this recipe because you can tweak it to your liking. So here ya go!

Ingredients:

10 soft taco
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 Clove Minced Garlic
3 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. Corn Starch (You can also use flour)
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Lime Juice
1 Finely Chopped Jalapeno (Optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 pan.
-In a medium size bowl mix chicken, 1 cup of the cheese and garlic. Roll the mixture into tortillas and place into pan.
-In a sauce pan melt the butter and stir in corn starch and cook for one minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Keep over heat until it bubbles and becomes thick. Stir in sour cream, chopped Jalapenos, onion powder, garlic powder, lime, salt and pepper. Do not let it boil.
-Pour mixture over enchiladas and top with the last cup of cheese. Bake for 22 min. Then broil for 3 minutes until cheese has browned.
I marinated my chicken in McCormick’s Mojito Lime marinate. I served it with spanish rice and some homemade Guacamole. My mom loved them! She even wants the recipe. So have your own enchilada night and enjoy!
Tomorrow I’ll share with you what I made for dessert and I promise you won’t want to miss it!

What’s Nominated?

The Oscars are on right now. Every year I try and watch most, if not all, the nominated movies. This year I failed miserably. First of all can I just ask when did there become 9 movies up for best picture? It definitely makes it hard to try and watch them all. And what makes it a good film anyways? Because it made you cry? Made you mad? Made you laugh? Or was it because it had a good message? Whatever the reason, I only managed to see 3 of them; The Help, The Descendants and Moneyball. Since I didn’t see most of them it’s kind of hard to say which movie I think should win. I can tell you personally none of the ones I saw left me thinking that they were Oscar worthy.

The Descendants was the only movie I saw in the movie theater. I only went because my mom wanted to go and well…she was paying. 😉 I can remember thinking how slow the movie was and wondering when was it going to be over. There was no shock and awe. Nothing surprised me. Frankly, I didn’t feel anything.

Moneyball was just alright. I didn’t feel connected to the characters. It was based on a true story and based on one of my favorite pastimes, but for some reason I ended up confused. Half the time I didn’t know what was going on. That whole business behind trading players I guess is more complex than I thought. Although, Brad Pitt wasn’t bad too look at for two hours.

The Help was the best of all three. I was rooting for some characters and wishing some would walk across the street and get hit by a car. Too harsh? Maybe so, but the reason I feel like this film shouldn’t win either was because I feel like it left me hanging.  It left me sad. The character I was cheering for didn’t come out the victor and that other one didn’t, well you know.

To tell you the truth I’m really not interested in seeing any of the other nominees besides maybe one or two. Up until a few weeks ago I hadn’t even heard of most of them. That’s bad for me considering last year I saw 7 of the 10 movies.

So with all that being said I have no idea who is going to win and for the first time in awhile I really don’t care. 😦

Running and a Side of Yoga

I’m happy to report my running challenge is off to a great good start. I have successfully ran on the treadmill twice this week, and frankly, it’s kicking my butt! I ran Monday and Wednesday night for 30 minutes switching between running and walking…mostly walking. After just the little bit of running I felt so sore! My calves and thighs feel like I ran a marathon. I’m not giving up though. Sure I’d like to be able to run longer than five minutes without feeling like I’m about to die, but for now I’ll settle for losing some weight and basically being more in shape.

Other than running I’ve also been taking a yoga class once a week. I’ve only taken three classes and I can definitely feel a difference. I feel more relaxed and stress free afterwards. Lord knows I need that! Plus I leave feeling like every joint in my body has been stretched to the max. It’s made my back feel amazing. I’m always trying to pop my back. I even have my mom stand on it sometimes so it will pop. Today doing various yoga poses it popped twice. The “Yogi” said that was very good. I highly recommend trying a downward dog or a warrior pose. Oh and you can’t go wrong with the child’s pose! 😉

An “Unhealthy” Addiction

Those who know me best say I watch way too much TV. You name it and I probably watch it. What I did before there were DVR’s I will never know. I can honestly say I rarely watch live TV. That tells you how many shows I have just waiting for me to press play on my DVR. Probably the only time I actually watch commercials is during the Super Bowl. Below is a list of my top shows on television right now. Whenever I see one of these shows sitting in my DVR a smile comes on my face.

5. Glee

Slushie anyone? The show that tackles tough issues through song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Fringe

The sci-fi show that constantly has you wondering what universe are you in? It leaves me cringing in fear one minute and laughing hysterically the next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Happy Endings

This show is AH-mazing! I think I love this show because it reminds me of my all time favorite show, Friends. I hope one day I have my own gay husband. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. New Girl

Zooey Deschanel makes it okay to be a little quirky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Revenge

Revenge is a dish best served cold. I LOVE this show! I’ve watched Emily VanCamp in every show she’s been in and she’s always played the good girl, so I wasn’t sure if she could pull off being mean, but she’s down right scary! Lets just say I never want to be on her bad side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If these weren’t good enough then don’t worry. I’m also a reality TV junkie. That list to come soon. 😀

A New Challenge

So I’ve made another resolution as of yesterday and yes it’s the cliche weight loss one. Don’t hate. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said this and how many times I’ve failed at it. My latest attempt was in October and it lasted all of a month and a half. I do have to say it was the furthest I’ve ever gotten in a weight loss mission and probably the most successful… if you count 7lbs successful. I went to the gym 4 days a week and used an app on my phone a friend recommended for tracking my calories. I even entered the biggest loser competition at work because I was so sure I was going to come out the victor.

Now here we are five months later and I have nothing to show for it. See I’m one of those people who needed instant gratification. Sure my friends and work associates were telling me I looked thinner, but I didn’t know if they were just telling me that to be nice or if I actually looked thinner. I wanted someone who didn’t know I was trying to lose weight to tell me I looked great. I have tons of excuses for why I quit. I worked out during my lunch break, so that only gave me 30 minutes for a good work out and I felt too rushed trying to make sure I was back at work on time. I would spend 20 minutes on the elliptical machine and then lift weights for 10 minutes. I sweated my ass off and would have nothing to show for it. There came the other reason why I quit. People told me that I was gaining weight because I was gaining muscle from lifting weights. AHHH!!! Probably the only real reason why I wasn’t seeing more of a reduction was because even though I was tracking my calories I still wasn’t eating the most nutritious foods. Come on who wouldn’t choose a big old bowl of pasta over a salad? Oh just me? Well then there in lies the problem.

That brings me to my new weight loss mission. You want to hear it? Running! I can hear all the sighs now and I’ve probably lost a few of you, but I’m honestly  going to give it a try. Running is the best exercise you can get and it’s the hardest to start doing, but I need to stop making excuses. I’ll never know until I try. I have two huge inspirations in my life who a year ago could tell you themselves that they never even thought about running and now it’s a part of their weekly routine. They have even accomplished running in their first 5k. I’m so proud of them! It’s something I have never done which gives me even extra motivation.

So we’ll see where this takes me. I hope it will bring a new passion to my life. Any words of motivation or inspiration you could bring me would be wonderful!

 

We All Have to Grow Up Sometime

This week has been a particularly stressful week. It’s been under speculation for months that my company, (I’m not going to say the name), was going to have layoffs. For the past three months the rumors have been swirling about when this was going to occur. It can make one very unsettled. I never experienced this kind of anxiety before. To be honest I never had to worry about having a steady income. Up until last year I was still living at home. I didn’t have to pay rent. The only bills I had to pay were my cell phone, car insurance and if you want to count gasing up my tank as an expense.

The first year and a half after I graduated college I had barely any source of income. I started interning at a radio station for a morning radio show right after I graduated. I loved it. It was exactly what I wanted to be doing for my career. The only part that sucked were the hours. Did I mention that I had to be there at 4am 3 days a week? Actually there was two things that sucked…I didn’t get paid either. My plan was to only intern for a couple of months and then hope it would lead to a paying gig. As you can imagine my plan didn’t go as planned. Six months later I still had no income and I wasn’t the only one who noticed. My mom was now, to put it nicely, threatening me to get a job or she was going to kick me out of the house. I didn’t know if she would actually follow through with her threat, but I knew I definitely didn’t want to find out. So I started looking for a better job. Luckily I didn’t have to look for very long. I got a promotions job at another radio station. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted to be doing, but at least I had my foot in the door. Although yet again there was a sucky part. I was working part time for minimum wage. In other words the bare bones, zippo, zilch, nada. I had enough to pay for my bills, but nothing to actually start saving with. I continued working for the internship and the radio station for another 6 months until one day I actually worked up the nerve to ask if I could start getting paid. When I was informed that they couldn’t right now I knew that meant that I probably never would be. It was time to pack it in. The next few months were spent working for the part time job until I realized that wasn’t going to be enough either. That’s when my current employment opportunity came around. I began working as a temp. This was a very substantial pay increase. Remember the sucky part of every job? Well this time I wasn’t getting benefits. This was something else I never had to worry about since I could just be under my mom’s benefits, but funny thing is once you graduate college that’s no longer allowed. I was at least able to actually start saving money for the hopes of one day getting my own place. After another long 8 months I finally got hired as a permanent employee. This time the job was full time, not minimum wage and I received benefits! Plus I was finally able to afford my own place!

A year and a half later I still have that job. Now the only sucky part brings me back to those layoffs I mentioned and those layoffs happened on Monday. Imagine starting your day with your boss gathering your whole team together first thing in the morning and telling you all that the company will have layoffs today and that people in this room would be affected. I immediately felt a lump in my throat and I felt the tears filling up in my eyes. I didn’t wan to lose my job and I didn’t want any of my coworkers too either. I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone.  This leaves one very unsettled. I could not focus on my work all day. Over the next few hours the rumors started swirling about who was being let go. Everything was becoming more and more real. Not that it already hadn’t. All I could think about was how I would feel if it was me. Would I be able to control myself or would I start crying? Most likely the later. I know that I’m a single girl with no kids and really no “major responsibilities,” but my responsibilities are “major” to me. I have rent to pay and bills to pay now. I don’t want to have to take ten steps back and move back in with my mom and find another job only to end up with another part time minimum wage job. After five hours that felt more like five days our boss gathered my team together again to inform us that if we we’re still here as of that moment than our jobs were safe. I felt like I could finally breathe again.

When the day was finally said and done 12 people were laid off in my department, 62 in my division and 8,700 worldwide in the company.

“I Will Always Love You”

Last night the world lost an incredible talent. Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the age of 48. Her death comes on the eve of when the music industry gathers for the Grammy’s and months before she would be appearing in her first film in nearly 16 years. I was only a little girl when she was at the peak of stardom and it’s no secret that she faced many obstacles over the years that had descended her from pop royalty. Although it would seem that Whitney was possibly finding her way back.

Even after all her past drug problems her death still comes as a shock to most of the world. It seems eerily similar to the death of Michael Jackson. A life cut short. She was an icon in the music biz. I remember watching The Bodyguard  with my mom when I was little and belting out, “AND I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!” I can even remember going to the theater to see The Preacher’s Wife with my entire family one year for Christmas. There are so many Whitney songs that the moment you hear them on the radio you know who is singing. Her voice is so recognizable and stands out above all the rest. My personal favorite is I Want to Dance with Somebody.

Whitney, you helped shaped music into what it is today and will leave a legacy that probably will never be matched.

Whitney Houston 1963-2012