Monday, January 28, 2013

Spinach Quesdillas!

Spinach Quesadilla Recipe

If you like cheese and spinach, you are in for a real treat! I've always loved these two items individually, but when you combine them and add a few other delicious ingredients it creates a little favor explosion in your mouth and will have you wanting more! Not only is it delicious, it's healthy too! When visiting Mexican restaurants that seem a little questionable to me I always order a spinach quesadilla as my entree. I'm a little funny about ordering meat from some restaurants, so this is a great healthy alternative. Therefore, because I enjoy this entree, I decided to come up with a homemade recipe for myself! I didn't think it could be that complex. The flavors seemed simple enough, right? Well, you decide for yourself, but I think it's pretty tasty if you ask me!

 Step 1: Gather your ingredients. You need: butter, a bag of spinach, one bag of monterey jack cheese, a container of queso, one sweet onion, 3 cloves of garlic, one-two tomatoes, tortillas, and salt, pepper, garlic salt, and chili powder to taste!

 Step 2: Dice the onion!

 I think using this technique makes it so much easier and quicker!

Step 3: Place 1-2 tablespoons of butter in the pan and allow it to melt.

Step 4: Sautee your onion with salt and pepper for a few minutes until it's nice and translucent.

Step 5: Mince your garlic. I like to use a cheese grater or fruit zester to do this. It just grates it much more finely than a knife does and takes much less time! Now, throw your garlic in with your onion and cook for 1-2 minutes.

 Step 6: While your onion and garlic is cooking dice your tomato. Notice I'm using a bread knife to do this. This knife makes it very easy to slice tomoatoes. When using a regular knife you'll notice that tomatoes can be very slippery and a nuance to cut. The bread knife is a useful tool that makes cutting tomatoes a cinch.

Step 7: Throw your tomato in the pan with a little bit more salt and pepper and let it began to cook down a bit until it's nice and mushy. Meanwhile, roughly chop 6 cups of spinach.

 Step 8: Then, place your spinach in and allow everything to merry together and really cook down. Once it has cooked down, add salt, pepper, garlic salt, and chili powder to your liking. I just add a little and taste it until it's got the flavor I want.

Step 9: This is how it should look before you add the ingredients to the tortilla.

Step 10: Now, add about 1/2 a tablespoon of butter to the pan and place a folded tortilla in an opened position in the pan.

Step 11: Layer ingredients: a handful of cheese, spinach mixture, and another handful of cheese on top!

 Step 12: Flip the tortilla back and forth until the cheese on both sides are nice and melted, kinda of like a grilled cheese sandwich!

Like this!

Step 13: Melt the queso cheese you purchased in the microwave (according to the directions listed on the container) and drizzle it over the top of your quesadilla!

Step 14: Get it in your belly! Ha! Enjoy!

Spinach and Cheese Quesadillas
(Serves 2-4)

1-2 TBSP butter
1 Package Spinach
1 Sweet Onion
2-3 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
1 Tomato (diced)
Monetary Jack Cheese 1 pkg
Salt and Pepper
Garlic Salt
Chili Powder
Queso dip

1.    Melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet and sauté onions until nice and tender.
2.   Once onions are tender, add garlic until fragrant and somewhat tender (1-2 minutes). Add salt and pepper.
3.   Place tomato in skillet and allow to merry with favors and cook down a little. Add a little more salt and pepper.
4.   Meanwhile, roughly chop about 6 cups or so of spinach and add to the mixture in the skillet.
5.    Once spinach is nice and tender add garlic salt and chili powder to taste, pull off heat, and set aside.
6.   Place 1 TBSP of butter in a skillet while placing the flour tortilla on top.
7.    Put a handful of Monetary Jack cheese on bottom of tortilla, layer in spinach mixture, and more monetary jack cheese.
8.   Flip quesadilla a couple of times in order to cook evenly for cheese to melt on top.
9.   The top should also be nice and golden.
10.         Serve immediately with queso on top!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Pinterest!"

To say that I LOVE decorating, at any time of the year, is an understatement. However, at Christmas it is definitely heightened! I absolutely LOVE decorating for CHRISTMAS! So, since we moved, this year, I wanted to add a few new decorations to my new home! The only thing is I didn't have a very large budget. So, I had to be smart about it. That's where Pinterest came in to play. I would say Pinterest is like crack to me! I just can't get enough! I love all the DIY projects you can find, as well as photos that help inspire you to create a warm and beautiful home environment. Here are a few projects I tackled this holiday season, along with pictures of the pinterest photos that inspired them!

Glitter Letter Stocking Monogram
 Pinterest Inspiration:

My New Stockings:

I used a tutorial off of pinterest that can be found here to make the glitter letters!

I loved how they turned out!

Pinterest Mantle Inspiration:

My Completed Project:

I got the frame at Hobby Lobby for 50% off the original price!

I used a fresh boxwood wreath from Whole Foods because the preserved kind were a little out of my price range this year. 

Pinterest Mini Wreath Inspiration:

My Mini Wreaths:

I used $0.99 embroidery hoops and painted them green. Then, I went out in my backyard and clipped fresh greenery for the wreaths. Floral wire was used to apply the greenery to the hoop. 

I just love little details like this!

So cute!

Here are a few more pictures of our home this year during Christmas:

Our Christmas tree!

My pretty table scape!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Christmas 2012

  We started the season off right by putting up our tree. This year, Susannah Grace was actually able to help me decorate the tree! I made her "hot chocolate" (warm chocolate milk) and we listened to Christmas music while we placed the ornaments on our tree!

We also got to go to a local Christmas "harade" *parade*! It was so much fun to watch SG's little eyes light up as she saw "fosty the snowman." She also really enjoyed the cotton candy!

Another exciting holiday event that SG got to partake in was our neighbors Grinch party!

She got to listen to the story of The Grinch and eat yummy snacks! The only part she was not so fond of was "Santa's" grande entrance. She totally freaked out! So, needless to say, we didn't pay him a visit for a photo this year because of her reaction.

One of SG's favorite things to do was drive around and look at Christmas "wights!" I so enjoyed sharing this tradition with her, as it was one of my favorite things to do during Christmas as a child also. 

My little Christmas elf sure enjoyed all the festivities too!

 SG enjoyed getting crafty and reading books about baby Jesus too!

This is what Santa brought the girls! We had to have a VERY LONG conversation with SG to assure her that Santa would only be dropping the presents off while she was sleeping and would then return back to the North Pole. She DID NOT want to see him at all!

Christmas day came soon enough, and this little girl was very excited!

Well...most of the time! Ha!

SG LOVED her bike!

She was also REALLY excited to open her others gifts!

Happy Girl!

Cutie Pie!

She was so happy she had to wiggle and dance!

Love this baby!

She wanted to play with everything SG wanted to play with! Little stinker!

She also LOVED the Little Tikes Activity Garden Center we got her!

Can't you tell?!

 Meme and Poppy came to visit us!

My parents also came to visit the weekend before! However, I failed to capture any pictures. Sorry! I will do a better job of getting pictures with Nana and Pawpaw next time!

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!