Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme Remixed

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Ingredients:

  • Large Flour Tortillas burrito style
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • sour cream
  • guacamole (optional)
  • shredded cheese or nacho cheese
  • tortilla chips (you could use use a corn tortilla)
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • corn (optional)

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet, add the packet of taco seasoning and stir until mixed well. Cook for another minute or so. For those of you who would like to add corn, boil the corn for ten minutes, let cool, cut kernels off cob with knife, separate kernels using a fork and mix with your ground beef.
  2. Microwave the tortillas for a few seconds just to warm them up, it will make the wrapping easier.
  3. Take a tortilla, spread some sour cream in the center.Top with ground beef.
  4. Top with shredded cheese or a few scoops of nacho cheese.
  5. Next add a layer of tortilla chips or at this point you would add a small corn tortilla like a tostada size.
  6. Top with lettuce and tomato and then starting on the bottom, fold up the tortilla toward the center, continue all the way around until it is all folded over, it WON’T cover it completely.
  7. Carefully lift it up and set it fold side down on a non stick pan. Press with a spatula and cook until nice and brown, flip it over and cook the other side. It won’t take long at all.
  8. Serve with extra sour cream and guac if you rock! ;D

Related Articles: http://fullbelliesmakehappykids.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/homemade-crunchwrap-supreme/

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Pregnancy Post #22 – 41 Weeks

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*41 Weeks & 2 Days Pregnant Today
*150 lbs. – 40 lbs. Gained Since Pre-Pregnancy

Well, still no baby. I’m getting so impatient! But I’m trying to keep calm and not think about it so much because I know she will be here very soon. As a matter of fact she won’t be here no later than Monday because yesterday my Doctor told me that if she hasn’t come yet, they will have to induce me. Jacob and I went to my doctor appointment yesterday because I was 41 weeks yesterday and Ms. Marlene wanted to do a fetal stress test (NST – No Stress Test) to make sure that the baby wasn’t stressed out which would be the reason she hasn’t come yet. I don’t know exactly if the results were good or bad, but I was sent to the hospital right after. She sent me to the hospital to do a labor test because as I got my pelvic exam done before the NST, Ms. Marlene sweeped my cervix and stripped the membranes. When she was done I started leaking blood. Because of the blood, she wanted me sent to the hospital to make sure that it wasn’t something to do with the placenta and just her irritating my cervix, because if I was bleeding internally, they would have to induce me right away to keep from infection.

When we got to the hospital, they did something similar to a pap smear and sent my results to the lab. 30 minutes later they came back and told me everything was fine and that my water had not broken yet. At that point they sent me home. I got a little taste of what it’s going to be like when I’m actually in the hospital giving birth. The nurses there were very nice and asked me all kinds of health questions. When they asked me about the vaccinations (offering them to me and asking if they were up to date) I politely refused and told them no they were not up to date and I didn’t plan on getting any because I’m against them. The doctor’s did not seem to care, which I was grateful for because I expected them to push them on me since that’s what most doctors do. I then overheard a conversation the nurses had with each other saying that vaccinations were no longer going to be protocol and the nurse made a comment saying “good, they don’t need to be”. This reassures me that I’m obviously not the only one who is against vaccines which I am very happy to hear because the last thing I want to do immediately after giving birth is have to fight for my right not to vaccinate my baby with a doctor. I don’t think I will have to do that at this hospital. (:

After leaving the hospital Jacob and I went on a very long and bumpy ride, took a long walk, got something spicy to eat, he gave me a massage, we tried to do every natural way to induce me because I read forums from other women who had their membranes ruptured by the doctor and they all said that they went into labor within 49 hours, some on the same day. So we were expecting that to happen. But no, it’s the next day and Jacob already left Lake City to go to work in Jacksonville since he missed work yesterday to be with me at my appointment. I, as well as everybody else, believe that the full moon tomorrow night will help bring the baby into the world. I’m really hoping so because I would hate for them to induce me. I’ve read all kinds of things about being induced with Pitocin and I’m not very excited about what I read and what will be having to look forward to if that’s the route I’m going to be asked to take by my doctors. But I’m not too worried about it because somehow I have a feeling she will be here no later than Friday. I’m going to continue going about my day normally and doing normal activities. But if anything changes, expect a blog about it! ❤

Nesting Pinterest Projects Complete!

Well I’m finally done with all my nesting projects! I can proudly say that I completed “almost” everything on my list, minus two. But I replaced them with even better projects that I came up with. Here are the results, hope you enjoy! (:

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Bread Bag Chip Clips for Cord Labels. I’ve collected about a handful of these and use neon labels cut to size to label them. I used labels instead of writing on them like the original idea because the sharpie wouldn’t stay on the plastic, it kept smearing off. Also some of the clips had expiration dates printed on them that I could not get off, so the labels covered them right up! Additionally, if I decide to get rid of whatever it is that’s labeled, I can remove the label and replace it with another one instead of throwing the entire thing away! #Recycle

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DIY Pinterest Inspired Towel Travel Case: This is soooooo much better than those nasty plastic toothbrush covers that don’t give your toothbrush enough air to dry completely and ends up molding and stinking up your toothbrush. Not to mention how dirty they get! This is way more practical for such hygiene products. It’s easy to clean, just throw it in the washer, it holds ALL your tooth cleaning supplies, and it’s too cute! You can decorate it however you want and make as many pockets as you want. You can add things to it like embroidery, extra ribbon, etc. I’m going to make more of these! (:

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My DIY Scarf Organizer: This was one of my favorites! It was so cheap and so cute when I was finished. I already had the hanger, just bought shower curtain rings at the dollar tree for $1, turquoise paint @ Walmart for 50 cents, and turquoise ribbon $1.97 each (I bought two spools, used 1 1/2). It looks so cute I don’t even want to hang it in my closet I want to hang it on the wall for display, but that’s tacky, so it’s in my closet, lol! ;D

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DIY Clipboard: How cute is this?! I bought the clipboard at the Dollar Tree ($1), Duct Tape @ Walmart ($3.50) and Ribbon also @ Walmart ($0.50 per yard – 1 yd.) It’s so girly and looks great hanging on my wall. Also very useful and the ribbon just adds the girly touch to it that I try to add to everything of mine. ♥

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DIY Outlet Covers: This project was replaced by these adorable outlet covers. It was supposed to be decorative storage tins but I didn’t have tins or chalk board paint; I do plan to get some in the future. I was going to spend $8.99 each on 2 outlet covers, but the problem was only one of my outlet covers had a place to insert a screw. The other one is screwless, and I couldn’t find zebra printed screwless outlet covers ANYWHERE online! So instead of spending the money and frustration on trying to find something that I had no luck with, I made my own! I didn’t even get the idea from anywhere, it just came to my mind because I’ve been crafting with my zebra duct tape A LOT. Actually, scratch that, the idea came from a picture my mom shared on my Facebook of a light switch plate covered in washi tape, which I thought was the cutest idea ever! So I remixed it to fit my needs. (:

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DIY Laundry/Dishwasher Magnet: This project was replaced by this cute little idea I got from Pinterest. It was supposed to be the other storage bins for my daughter’s headbands, but as I’ve mentioned I had no tins and no chalkboard paint. So this is what I made instead! We don’t have a dish washer, but if you do this is the perfect little magnet for it to answer that common question: “Are these dishes clean or dirty?!” I used to have one in my old house, so I know about the question, lol. I made this one to use for the laundry machine. Isn’t it adorable?!

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DIY Door Muff for Baby Nursery: This was an easy hand sewn project that took about an hour to make. I fell in love with the idea when I saw it on Pinterest and said to myself “I HAVE to make this for Natalia!” So I did, and I made it using colors and prints that would match her room. It’s purpose is to shut the door quietly without making any noises that will wake her. (:

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DIY Bib Hanger: This was a clever idea I came across! Just buy adhesive hooks, stick them on the back of your high chair, and there you have it, easy to grab baby bib organization. It would be foolish of me NOT to do this…how convenient for me and what a space saver!

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My professional photo shoot ribbon pic. I loved the ribbon idea because, well, I’m obsessed with ribbon. Photo credits to my good friend Ashley Rapasky. She does AMAZING photos so check out her fan page and click the like button! (:

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Healthy Carbonated Beverage: This was the last project on my nesting project list, although this isn’t really much of a project, more like a recipe. But nevertheless, it was on the list and it’s checked off as DELICIOUS! Everything you need to make it is shown here. Takes 5 minutes to make and it tastes so good! (:

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DIY Paper Clip Hearts: & since the last project wasn’t really a project, here is one I did while bored that I also came across on Pinterest. Paper Clip Hearts! Something to do when you’re bored, easy to make, also very personalized and girly. I love them! I made all my paperclips that I could find into hearts. ♥ ♥ ♥

So these are some of the things I’ve been spending my time doing while I wait for Natalia to arrive, which by the way, SHE IS STILL NOT HERE!!!!!! So that means I have to make another list of projects to do until she finally does decide to come. xoxo ♥

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Slow Cooked Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

I’ve had this mean craving for chicken enchiladas lately, so I made some for dinner last night! I would go on and on about how freakin’ delicious it was, but I will leave you readers with the recipe so you can just try them yourself! ;D
NOTE: If you plan to make this for dinner, you have to prep the day before by taking the chicken out if it’s frozen so you can start cooking it when you wake up in the morning. Also, this recipe is enough to serve 3 people twice, or 6, depending on how much everyone will eat. It only makes 3 extra-large enchiladas that you can cut in half, which is what I did.
One more thing! You could just cook the chicken in the pan with the sauce, but I recommend putting it in the crock pot because it makes the chicken so tender, it falls right off the bone. This makes it easier to shred. (:

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  • 10” Flour Tortillas
  • Pack of 4 chicken breasts (Sorry, idk the weight just the package I bought. I recommend boneless&skinless, unless you want to spend extra time pulling that stuff off!)
  • 1 10oz. can Enchilada Sauce
  • Handful of Black Olives (optional)
  • 1½ cup shredded cheese of your choice (I used Mexican Blend)
  • 2 tbsp. Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp. Softened/Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Cilantro
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ Large Onion

Directions:

  1. Cook the chicken in a crock pot filled with the entire can of enchilada sauce, sautéed garlic, onion and cilantro. Cook on the low setting that says 8 hours. (It will not take an entire 8 hours to cook)
  2. About 6 hours later, take the chicken out leaving the juices in the crock-pot, and put your chicken in a large plate where you will have plenty of room to pull it apart using 2 forks. Before you start shredding, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  3. After your chicken is shredded, get a separate bowl and mix together the sour cream, cream cheese, and ½ cup of shredded cheese. I also added diced black olives but you can leave them out or replace them with jalapeños if you like your enchiladas spicy. Once mixed add your chicken.
  4. In a 10” by 12” baking dish, pour a ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce from the crock-pot, just enough to cover the bottom so your tortillas don’t burn.
  5. On a flour tortilla, fill it with a generous amount of your cheesy chicken mixture, roll it up, and place it flap side down into your baking dish. Repeat until mixture is finished.
  6. Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce on top of your enchiladas. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with remaining cup of shredded cheese. Bake for 5 more minutes to melt the cheese. Remove from oven, let cool, and serve.
  7. You can add anything you like on top: sour cream, guacamole, pieces of cilantro for looks and zesty taste, tomatoes, chiles, more olives, whatever you like! Serve with a side of rice and beans to have the full authentic Mexican Enchilada dinner! My mom made her special made Brazilian style white rice that I stove-top steamed. I made homemade re-fried beans using a can of Goya black beans with a tbsp of butter and 2 tsp of flour to make it thick.

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BTW this is my own personal recipe that I made up using bits and pieces of other peoples recipe, souped it up to my liking! I hope you enjoy it. (:

Related Articles:
http://cookingandcraftingonabudget.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/chicken-enchiladas/ http://www.allthecooks.com/cream-cheese-chicken-enchiladas.html http://www.allthecooks.com/miles-of-cheesy-chicken-enchiladas-casserole.html

Pregnancy Post #20 – 39 Weeks

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38 Weeks & 3 Days Pregnant Photo

*39 Weeks & 3 Days Pregnant Today!
*150 Pounds – 40 Gained Since Pre-Pregnancy.

IMG_20130308_153409This past week has been so eventful for me, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. Over the weekend I visited Jacob’s family while staying with him in Jacksonville for the weekend. We went shopping, where he bought me and adorable $40 purse and the best hair styling tool ever created: the curling wand. We bought outfits that we could wear for our maternity shoot that we had on Saturday with his uncle and my friend Ashley. We got the final proofs from Ashley but are still waiting on the ones from his uncle, so I’m going to post a few of the photos that we have so far!

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indexToday I had a doctor’s appointment to see Natalia’s progress. Oddly, I’m still 1 cm. dilated, but the doctor says it doesn’t mean anything. First baby’s usually drop when labor begins. All baby’s after that drop first and then labor begins. So because this is my first baby, she’s still wayyyyy up there. I complained about an excruciating pain that I’ve been feeling for the past week in my ribs right under my left breast. It’s a heavy pressure that eases when I lay down and starts to bother me when I cough, or breathe too hard, or move around too much. At first I was concerned about it, so I looked it up on the internet to see what kind of information I could get. According to other pregnant women who experience/are experiencing the same discomfort, it has to do with the baby’s position and unfortunately is not going to go away until after birth. Yay me! -_-
Anyways, the doctor confirmed that that was exactly the problem and not to worry about it. She said because the baby hasn’t dropped yet, she’s still way up in my diaphragm which has a lot of nerves that the baby is pushing up against. Honestly, I feel like the pain has gotten better ever since I heard that reassuring information. I’m just glad that it’s nothing concerning, just uncomfortable, which was expected. I guess this makes up for me not having too much back pain or any swelling through my pregnancy. If you don’t get one side effect, you get the other!

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Me Shopping Yesterday, As Usual! (:

My next appointment is next week and if the baby’s not here by then, she will be 2 days overdue. So We shall see what happens in the upcoming week. Regardless, this waiting game is keeping me excited and anxious. Meanwhile, I’m going to continue doing my every day activities, such as painting my nails, finishing my nesting crafts and adding the finishing touches to the nursery, which by the way I just ordered some new items for her bedroom this afternoon, so I’m really excited for them to get here!

When the baby is born, Jacob is going to take his paid vacation week to come stay with me at my mom’s house. I’m so happy that he’s going to do that because I’m going to need help recovering, caring for a newborn, and keeping up with the house. He’s going to bond with the baby, help make sure I get enough rest, and help me with the cooking and cleaning. I’m also looking forward to spending quality time with my new little family. I love the idea of having MY OWN family, versus being part of one?! I am completely in love and cannot wait to meet our baby girl ❤

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NOTE: I was 38 Weeks & 5 Days Pregnant during this photo shoot. (:

Sweet Potato Casserole

Now this is the perfect side dish to go with ANY meal. It’s sweet, healthy (somewhat) and tastes oh so delicious! I have made it once before and it turned out amazing. This is the second time around, and it seems to taste even better than before. I don’t remember where I got the recipe from, but here it is for you guys to try. It takes about an hour for the potatoes to bake, but after that it only takes 5 minutes to prepare and about 15-20 minutes to cook.

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  • 6 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 lbs.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. barley malt syrup
  • 2 tbsp. softened margarine or butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • ½ cup pecan halves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Bake sweet potatoes until tender, about 45-60 minutes. Remove and discard skin.
  3. Reduce oven to 375°F.
  4. Mash Potatoes & beat eggs, syrup, 1 tbsp. margarine, salt & cinnamon. Add enough orange juice to moisten and make fluffy.
  5. Spoon into a 1 ½ qt. baking dish and drizzle with honey and remaining 1 tbsp. margarine. Sprinkle with pecans and bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

NOTE: I only had three potatoes, so I used half of the amount of ingredients.

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1 Serving :

179 Calories
3 g. Protein
168 mg. Sodium
18 g. Carbs
12 g. Fat
71 mg. Chol.
25 mg. Calcium