Saturday, March 25, 2017

Zucchini Enchiladas

Not only has it been a long time since I've posted, but it's been AGES since I did a recipe post.  But we had a really unique and YUMMY meal last night (and I'm getting requests for the recipe); so, here it is!  I saw this on one of those random recipe videos on facebook and thought it looked good.  After a whole WEEK of sickness at our house, I was finally able to make it...but it was worth the wait!  It's chicken enchiladas but instead of tortillas, you use zucchini as the wrap.  Once it cooks, you really can't even tell that it's zucchini - which for some people is a plus!  Kate devoured it and said that it should be on kids' menus in restaurants!  Caleb ate it all and David said it was good.  WIN!!!  This is good for us, too, because it makes an easy gluten free option.  We will be doing this again.  Here is the link to the original recipe (which I didn't even look at before making mine, LOL!) with a helpful video for technique (I did everything based on the video):

Zucchini Enchiladas
 1onion, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 tsp dried garlic (or 1 tsp fresh, minced)
1 tsp chili powder
1.5 teaspoons cumin
1 pre-cooked Rotisserie chicken (I used Kroger's - you could also use your own chicken breasts that you cook and shred - probably about two)
1 can red enchilada sauce
3 zucchini, sliced VERY thinly (I used a vegetable peeler - my mandolin made slices that were slightly too thick)
fresh grated (or bought) cheese
cilantro (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Chop veggies.  Add onion, peppers and garlic to a saute pan (prepared with olive oil OR cooking spray).  Saute until translucent.  Add in chili powder and cumin.  Stir.  Shred chicken and stir into the onion mixture.  When well mixed, pour about half the can of enchilada sauce into the mixture and stir.  Set aside.

Cut the ends off the zucchini.  Slice in half lengthwise.  Using a vegetable peeler - something like this-

 (or mandolin OR if you're REALLY good just a knife), cut very thin and long slices of zucchini.
For each "enchilada" you will use three slices.  Three zucchini made about 12-13 "enchiladas" for me.  On a cutting board, lay out three slices of zucchini.  Place a spoonful of the chicken mixture across the slices.  Roll up down the length of the zucchini.
Place each "enchilada" into a 13x9 baking dish.  Once pan is full or all zucchini or chicken is used, pour remainder of enchilada sauce on top of the rolls.
Top with freshly grated cheese.  Place pan in over and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes (I did about 35 due to kid issues and it was fine!).  Top with freshly cut cilantro.  Enjoy!

Monday, February 06, 2017


Kate and Caleb had a fun time this year at Halloween.  They both had parties at school. 
For that, Kate went as Jasmine and Caleb was Obi Wan Kenobi (again). 
Our church had a Harvest Carnival, so we didn't go trick or treating but still had fun.  For this, Kate was Merida and Caleb was one of her bear brothers. 

Kate had been talking a lot about her friend from school and she actually found her at the carnival.  We were so excited to meet her and Kate had a GREAT time running around with her. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Arrow Dash

Kate's school has a 5K every year to raise money.  They have the regular race first and then the kids do a 1 mile fun run with color powder sprayed at them. 
The kids and I went while David worked.  I got to push Caleb in his stroller for the 5K walk
while Kate played with some friends.
 Then Kate did the fun run. 
Caleb cheered her own and she finished strong.
 Then, we waited around for the awards. 
I was glad we did because I WON the 5K!  :-) 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Pumpkin Patch

We have been going to the pumpkin patch since right before we got engaged. 
Last year we had a picnic, so we decided to do it again. 
It was so fun.  Then we measured the kids to see if they had grown. 
Caleb really enjoyed the patch this year but he was pretty sleepy and he plopped down right there on the floor waiting for our tractor...
but he got right up and enjoyed the "tactor." 
Kate is always the biggest fan of the swings and picked her pumpkin out in SECONDS
so she could run over and get a swing!
 Caleb picked out the rest of the pumpkins
and we had to tear him away to go elsewhere. 
He didn't really want to swing or try out the hay.  It was a fun day!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fair 2016

It is hard to believe that it has been FIVE years since David and I went to the fair together.  That was the beginning of realizing that we enjoyed being together. 
We make it a point to go to the fair each year (with the exception of 2014 because Caleb was only 10 days old...I cried that I couldn't go!).  This year, Caleb is essentially the same age as Kate was when we first went to the fair.
  Crazy!  He wasn't so excited about it at first, but after about 20 minutes of clinging to me and watching sissie ride the bikes,
he was all in!  While he was clingy, Kate and I got to go on "our" ride.
 Then Caleb decided he was ready to ride and went on the cars (because he was about 1/2 inch to short for the bikes - this happens to my children all the time!). 
He LOVED them!  He rode them four times, each time on a different color.  Caleb and I rode the bumble bees (which he STILL talks about!)
 and then he rode the bears with Daddy (this is an ONLY Daddy ride, Mama can't handle it!). 
We got free biscuits - of course.
Then we went to ride the ponies. 
Caleb was all about it until we put him ON the pony...and he was over it!
 Alas, he did well last year but I guess "knew" too much this year.  Then we went to the petting zoo.
 Caleb was a bit afraid at first, so Kate got to feed  the goats and camel several times.
  Finally Caleb decided it was fun
 and fed a goat.  "I fed a goat!"
After that, we went and stood in front of the slide while waiting for David to get more tickets.
 It was apparently enough time for Caleb to decide that he wanted to go.  YAY! 
He loved the slide! 
After supper and a few more rides, we went home with some sleepy kids!  SO fun!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Caleb Turns TWO!

I can't believe my baby is two! 
He has been such a joy in our lives and is so fun to watch as he grows and learns.  He has such a kind and friendly spirit and loves his sissie.  He loves to go to school and to church and is already showing signs of loving to read and sing. 
We got to have my parents, Grammy, and some of his friends over to celebrate with a Dinosaur party!
 The kids had a blast playing outside.  Then they came back in for lunch consisting of dinosaur chicken nuggets, dino dung (broccoli bites),
 dino claws (Bugles), dino eggs (M&M's), dino sandwiches and strawberries.
 Then we had cake.  I always enjoy making the kids' cakes.  This year I was really excited about how Caleb's dino cake turned out!
 Even added some dino babies on the side.  Caleb did a great job blowing out his candle
 and then thoroughly enjoyed his cake!
 After cake, he opened presents.
 He did good for a little while and then was pretty much over it. 
He even said "I done" and walked off.  He just wanted to walk around and play with his friends! 
The big sisters had fun playing, too.  We love our Caleb and are so thankful for him!