Thursday, December 06, 2007

This And That

Well, not much new around here this week. Spent a few days getting caught up after being gone and now I'm getting ready to head to Minnesota again this weekend for my family Christmas get together. THEN I think I will stay put for while!

Not much news to report on the knitting front. Still plugging away on my Sophie bag. I'm a little over half way done. I should be able to make some good progress riding in the car this weekend. I am taking steps on learning how to use my new wheel, which is sitting here patiently waiting some fiber! I have contacted a local spinner who is willing to give me some lessons. I start next Wednesday. I can't wait!!

I ordered a couple of drop spindles and a few books on spinning and they have all come in the last couple of days. I know now it is just going to take lots of practice, but it should be fun. I just wish I lived closer to some of my fellow spinner friends!!

I've got most of my Christmas decorations up. We are undecided on what to do about a tree. Do we do real again? Do we invest in a high quality artificial tree? We are kind of at an impasse.

In the meantime, I am enjoying little Pablo who looks on from the shelf in my family room. I just love this little guy. I got him from Julie's shop and feel very fortunate to have him. She knits the most incredible toys that sell out within seconds of her posting them in her shop.

Recipe time. I thought I would share my recipe for the Chicken Enchiladas we had last night and that I brought for one of our meals last weekend.

Chicken Enchiladas

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (8 oz.)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz.)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 -2 cups cooked and chopped chicken
6 flour tortillas (7-inch diameter)
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce (or pureed diced tomatoes)
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (1 oz.)

1. Mix Monterey Jack cheese, 1 cup Cheddar cheese, onion, sour cream, chicken and pepper.

2. Spoon about 1/2 cup cheese mixture onto each tortilla. Roll tortilla around the filling and place seam side down in greased baking dish.

3. Mix remaining ingredients except 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese. Pour over enchiladas. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese.

4. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Garnish with sour cream, lettuce and salsa.


Until Next Time....


cheryl said...

Thank goodness you posted that yummy I know what we're having for dinner!!!! I think you said that they freeze pretty well, right? I'm envious that you have your decorations all up....I still have 18 days...what's the hurry?

Doris said...

We invested in a good quality artificial tree a few years ago, when we'd just repainted and recarpeted and didn't want to deal with needles and sap. Best move we ever made. Trees have gotten so expensive, andwe sometimes travel around Christmas and I always worried that I was setting up a fire hazard and leaving it in the house at those times, since no one was there to add water. Plus, my tree has been up since Sunday, and I don't have to worry about it drying out in my forced hot air heat!... I light Yankee Candle Christmas Wreath scented candles and it smells like we have a real tree. Good luck with your decision.

hakucho said...

Good luck with your spinning exciting :)

We always used to have a real Christmas tree and then about 7 years ago the tree farm that we normally went to, stopped selling their trees. We could not find a tree that we liked and fit our budget, so we invested in a really nice artificial tree that looks like a real one. It was the best investment and we really find this one much easier and we don't miss a real one at all. Good luck deciding what to get :)

rohanknitter said...

I just love that spinning wheel - It'd be worth having one just to have it sitting and looking so pretty! : )
That's great that you could find someone to give you lessons.
Love Julie's little knit creations! (i keep hoping she will sell some patterns for them) Have a great trip!

Russ said...

Oh my gosh! If I hadn't fixed dinner already tonight, we'd be having chicken enchiladas. That recipe looks fantastic.

I thought I remembered you posting about Pablo before, but I don't think I was appropriately impressed. He is darling, and you were lucky to get him. I've pretty much given up even trying to get one. One time I found a couple of her bears on that Drygoods store site that sometimes has her stuff. I was in a frugal mood though, and they were charging like 45 pounds or close to that.

Have a nice Minnesota visit.

danielle said...

i have a great artificial tree-- everyone who walk in to the house can't believe that it's not real. the romantic in me would love to have a real tree, but the realist in me can't handle the thought of sap and would rather be spending money on yarn than vet bills when ziggy ingests his weight in pine needles that have dropped to the floor.

good luck with the spinning! you're going to love it!

Robin said...

I was one of the people that always had an artificial tree. We just got a new one last year after Christmas. I would go with the artificial tree and spend the following year's Christmas tree money on yarn, and fiber for the wheel. I can't wait to hear about your lessons.

Marianne said...

We've had an artificial tree since I was in college. (My parents were in Iowa visiting relatives. My then boyfriend and I picked out a real tree, and we took great pains to do everything right, putting sugar in the water, putting plastic on the carpet under the water bowl, et al. There was just one little problem--we had accidentally spilled a little bit of the sugar water before we put down the plastic sheeting, and we did not know it. Well...when the tree came down, there was a big mold place on the carpet. If that wasn't enough, my Dad tried to get rid of the mold with Chlorox bleach--oops! My parents had to get new carpeting for the living and dining rooms.

The above was the original reason, and then I developed an allergy to evergreens indoors. We bought a really nice, high quality artificial tree, I think in 1992, at the Mall of America, in a Christmas store there. That tree has done yeoman's duty. It is starting to show a little bit of wear, but we will be using it again this Christmas. Maybe we will hunt for an after Christmas bargain for next year?

Anyway, a high quality artificial tree has proven to work best for our family over the many years, too.

Have a great visit with your Minnesota family. Stay warm and safe, and have a good weekend! Give Sumo plenty of hugs, kisses, & treats from me, please!!!

Marianne said...

PS Thank you for the scrumptious Chicken Enchiladas recipe! I am looking forward to trying it very soon. I love Enchiladas, for sure! :-)

Anonymous said...

A real tree, a real tree!!

The enchiladas look very tasty, I might have to give those a try.

Have a good trip.

Jknits said...

You may already have decided on the tree, but if you decide to go artificial, I'd say go real this year and then get an artificial tree on sale after Christmas.
The little bear is darling. Thanks for sharing

Marianne said...

Your Chicken Enchiladas recipe is scrumptious! We had them last night. My husband thought the filling was heavenly! Thank you for sharing the recipe!