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Burrrrrrito!

Eager to try out my homemade whole wheat tortillas, I decided breakfast burritos were on the menu for breakfast this morning. They are pretty easy to make, and muchkin said it was the bestest sandwich he ever ate, although he followed that by “Mommy, I want one of THOSE toys!” while watching a commercial. Sigh. At least he ate it all.

Ingredients:

  • Fried potatoes and onions
  • Scrambled eggs
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • salsa

Just cook it all up and put in in the tortilla. Voila! I think next time I’ll add something spicier, maybe some chopped up jalapenos. The whole wheat tortillas are yummy, but are thicker than regular tortillas, and kinda bland, so it needs a little more spice. Oh darn, I guess I’ll have to make these again tomorrow…

 


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Tortilla!

So, I’ve become a fan of a lot of blogs lately, including Heavenly Homemakers. In her blog, she talks about ‘soaking’ grains. This always intrigued me, and as I become more and more obsessed with healthy foods and making things from scratch, I wanted more and more to try this. But, I was a little intimidated. I really hate screwing something up and wasting all that food.

Then, the other day I found a recipe for making your own whole wheat tortillas AND it included in the recipe to use coconut oil (like the kind I got the other day…) so I went for it! Thanks Kitchen Stewardship!

So, in the morning I made my dough and tonight I cooked them up. First, you get your exercise with these! It’s a lot of work rolling these suckers super thin! I don’t have an electric griddle or a cast iron skillet (although I want both) so I just used a frying pan. It took a couple of trys to get the temperature correct. Well, I think it is correct. I got the brown spots, but it didn’t look like it was all the way cooked all over, but I didn’t want a tortilla cracker either! Of course I can’t remember having a whole wheat tortillas EVER, so maybe I just don’t know what it really looks like?

Here’s the result:

I’m hoping to use these for breakfast tomorrow for some breakfast burritos. I guess we’ll find out then how they taste. Anyone else ever make their own tortillas? Thoughts?

I’ll tell you what, a good baker is a talent. Muffins, they’re easy, but breads haunt me. They’re so finicky!

Toodles,

Emily


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Emily’s Picks

Your stop for Emily’s favorite upcoming event this weekend in Columbus!

Friday, March 4

Perkins Observatory – See the sky!
$7.00/adults, $5.00/children and seniors

BalletMet Open Rehearsal
BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, 43215
Friday 5-6 p.m.
Free!

Saturday, March 5

Charlotte’s Web
Phoenix Children’s Theater
$10.00/child, $20.00/adult

Arnold Sports Festival 2011 – Get your fitness on!
Various Downtown locations, Columbus, OH 43215 Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.; Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.; The LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave.; and Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St.

Sunday, March 6

Ohio State University Men’s Basketball vs. Wisconsin
Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center
(If you can get the tickets!!!)

Central Ohio Home & Garden Show – Last day!
Get a $2 off coupon!
Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 43211
Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Adults $10. Children 12 and under free. Parking $5.


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I’m in looooove

Recently, a co-worker was in the kitchen making her lunch…a lunch of steel cut oats. I have seen these many times, and asked her about it. She could not say enough good things, so the next time I went to the grocery store I picked up a box.

Today I decided to try them out. Prepping I read the side of the box – over 30 minute cook time? Oh my! But, alas, I was told these were super yummy, so I pressed on. 30 minutes later, yum! It surely doesn’t look like the oats I’m used to, and boy, it doesn’t taste like it either. IT IS SOOOOO GOOD! Warm and gooey and refreshing…like a big bear hug. Can I ever go back to regular oats again? (My wallet says I must, but definitely keeping an eye out for sales!)

On a side note, speaking of price, why do less processed foods always cost more? Shouldn’t they cost less since there is less work in processing? K. back to my story…

To add a little spice to my oats, I added in:

1/2 apple, chopped

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

handful of raisins

pinch of salt


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Pineapple Banana Bread…with changes.

Rough day today for various reasons, but getting a nail in my tire would be part of it. See, while I have a popular car, apparently I am the only owner who is a klutz and needs to order new tires all the time, so they are never in stock. It’s really a pain in the butt, but at least the tire is coming tomorrow.

What to do tonight? Bake!  I had some crushed pineapple left over from making some sweet and sour sauce, so I went to Allrecipes.com and searched for pineapple. What I found was bread that I had all the ingredients for! Pineapple Banana Bread!

However, I did change it a lot. Instead of 1 1/4 c oil I used 1/2 applesauce and 3/4 c coconut oil (my first time using it!). And I added pecans…and a wee bit of coconut.The result? Eh. It was lacking a lot of flavor. Oh, I did also reduce the sugar slightly, so that might be why, but I think adding that sugar back in would have made it way too sweet, yet not the nice blend of flavors I was expecting. I think if I make these again, I’ll add more banana and more cinnamon. I will say though, I bet the munchkin will love these anyways, especially if he gets to eat them for breakfast!

 


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Spinach Enchiladas

Unknowingly, I was in a Mexican kind of mood when shopping at the grocery store yesterday, and managed to buy all the ingredients for tonight’s dinner without even knowing it! This was super easy, pretty cheap, and good for you…well, the spinach is good for you.

Spinach Enchiladas

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium sized onion, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 bunch fresh spinach, washed, stems off and chopped
  • 2 cups shredded colby jack
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 10 flour tortillas
  • 1 jar ortega mild taco sauce, 16 oz. (or whatever brand you like)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan. Add in garlic, onion, salt and pepper until cooked, but not brown.
  3. Add spinach, stirring and then cook until wilted, but not over cooked.
  4. Add in 1 cup of the colby jack, sour cream and cream cheese and mix until well blended.
  5. Place a large spoonful of spinach filling on a tortilla and loosely wrap and place in a 9×13″ baking dish, seam side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  6. Cover tortillas with bottle of taco sauce and top with remaining cup of colby jack
  7. Bake in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbling

I like to add a dollop of sour cream on top and I’d imagine a margarita would go quite nicely if you so chose.


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To infinity and beyond!

So, the other day I was picking up Munchkin from school. He recently had gotten a new robot toy, and was telling me all about it.

Me: Hey, why don’t we go for a walk with Riley when we get home? You can bring your robot.

M: But he might break!

Me: True, but remember your Buzz Lightyear? You’ve dropped him a million times and he’s still in one piece.

M: Yeah, he is!!!! And he even says it in his movie!!! “Greetings. I am Buzz Lightyear. I come in piece!”

Ahahahhahahaahaha! Kids are great.