Chicken Enchilada Ring

I know this is confusing…I don’t post for a week and then I start slamming you with pictures and stories. I’m on some sort of blog-roll and I’m not even done yet! :)

I wanted to share this awesome recipe. Sorry for those of you I’ve already sent this to, but I just have to tell everyone because it’s so stinkin’ good. My sister, Emily, even said it was the best meal she’s ever had.

Granted she lives on Little Caesars Hot n’ Ready pizzas and cheese, BUT I think it’s a compliment nonetheless…

Ingredients

2 cups cooked chicken
1/4 cup chopped black olives
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 small can chopped chilies, undrained
1/2 cup sour cream
1 package taco seasoning
2 rolls of crescent rolls
1 small chopped tomato
1 lime (juice)
2/3 cup finely crushed tortilla chips

1. Chop chicken and add olives, cheese, chilies, sour cream and taco mix. Seed and chop 1 tomato and add 2 tablespoons lime juice; add to chicken mixture. Reserve 2 Tblsp. crushed chips and add remaining chips to mixture.

2.Unroll crescent dough and separate triangles. Arrange on round baking stone or cookie sheet making a circle with wide ends OVERLAPPING in the center and points toward outside. ( I did lightly spray oil on the cookie sheet I used). There should be a 5 inch diameter opening in the center.

3. Spread chicken mixture evenly onto widest end of each triangle.

4. Bring points of triangles up and over filling and tuck under wide ends of dough at the center of the ring.

Sprinkle with 2 Tblsp. crushed chips. ( I put shredded cheese all on top!)

5. Bake @ 375 for 20-25 minutes. Garnish with tomato and serve with salsa and sour cream.

I get excited just thinking about all the different things I could stuff into crescent rolls. Basically you could probably fill them with mud and they’d still be good, because hello…crescent rolls!

Where Everybody Knows Everybody…

This past weekend we headed to the “country” to see Seth’s family. One of the unexpected advantages is taking the dogs because they run their little behinds off and can’t do anything but lay down for 2 days straight after we get home.

I’m hoping that one day, someone else will run his little behind off and come home with the same level of exhaustion!

Nonnie & Popo were ready to see their grandson! They had a baby pool and swing ready to go and Jake loved all the attention and outside time.

But FIRST, we had to try on Daddy’s old football helmet. Slightly big and slightly dusty (does that mean you’re old, Seth??) This is your future, kid!

He also got to read his favorite book with Popo…Jake is super into books right now (love!) so we do a lot of reading during the day. Anything he can “touch and feel” is a big plus.


Remember the kid that doesn’t sit still? He lounged in this swing for an hour. I’m sorry, but who are you??

This was also an exciting part of the trip – they have a built-in dog gate and this was right up Jake’s alley of course! He continually crawled over to see the “Guhs”

It was nice and cool (relatively) under the shade tree out back so we spent the afternoon watching Jake in the baby pool. Life doesn’t get much better than that – ha!

Have you ever seen anything more ridiculous? :) How can one kid entertain so many people? Nobody could stop staring at all the cuteness.

Precious. Loving the attention!

What is this face?? I’m afraid I have many more years of looks like this one!!
(Yes, I was there too)

Thanks for having us! We enjoyed our trip and getting to catch up with everyone!

As a sidenote…

THIS was on our front porch a couple weeks ago:

I thought this grasshopper was quite large. And he stared at me. And I screamed and shut the door in his face. The picture doesn’t do it justice – it’s almost as wide as one brick!!!! I.hate.bugs.

July Craziness

I feel like we’ve done so much this month…it has flown by! Jake has been able to see tons of family and has loved every second of it.

First, Nana came to visit for a few days and he loved getting to see her again. She got to see just how opinionated and strong-willed he has become!! :)

See, look? We realized we forgot to put child locks on an important cabinet! I found him INSIDE sitting with the fryer and waffle maker. No, that’s not dust you see. That would be gross. It must just be the lighting in the room….. :)

Sharing some cheerios with Nana…he loved to sit with her

Someone learned the hard way that eating doesn’t come easy around here anymore. There’s always someone (or some dog) begging for a bite!

We pushed him around in the empty wipes box…Jake wasn’t impressed. Tough crowd!

Doing some work…

We had a great visit and can’t wait to see her again! She taught Jake a fun game of “chase” and he thinks it’s hysterical. Now we chase him around the house crawling, playing hide n’ seek, and yelling “boo!” and he cannot stop the giggles. Actually, I can’t stop MY giggles either :) Love this kid!

He has also learned to wave, clap, and shake his head “no” in the last couple weeks. We’re not sure if he knows what the head shake actually means but it’s so funny when he uses it in the right context. I’ll say, “Let’s take ONE more bite..” and he’ll shake his head “no”! Or I’ll tell him, “Jake, don’t touch that…” and he’ll shake his head “no” and grin. Kills me.

Jake will also walk all over the house now with our hand-holding assistance and I’m wondering if he’ll start standing on his own soon. He’s done it a couple times for a split second without realizing what’s going on and then just falls down to crawl. Stop growing up!

Carseat Woes

Yes, I’m stalling because I have no pictures.

We have a major carseat problem. Well, actually we’ve HAD one. For 9.5 months that is.

Someone in this household hates their carseat. And by hate, I mean…kicking, screaming, alligator tears, throwing things, convulsing, kicking, and screaming.

We pulled out the big-kid carseat and decided to give it a try. In my head I thought it was the perfect solution and the tears would stop.

Guess what?

They didn’t.

Since I got zero help with our sugar ant problem, I have high hopes for help this time around…

What do we do?? It doesn’t matter how many toys he has back there…or if he has his sippy or snack cups…he throws them and screams. It makes going anywhere in the car absolutely miserable. I even do the silent groan everytime we’re getting ready to load up as I brace myself for what the next 15 minutes – several hours will bring.

This is why it’s just sometimes easier for people to come to us. Contrary to popular belief, I cannot drown out the sound of screaming. Maybe this is a acquired mom-skill.

I should’ve been nervous on our original drive home from the hospital when 1.5 day old Jake screamed bloody murder the entire time. If only I knew what was in store…. :)

I need solutions people.

When Zapping Doesn’t Work…

So…

We seem to have a slight sugar ant infestation in our microwave.

Things we have learned:

1) Ants are resiliant – they can survive being microwaved for upwards of 30 seconds
2) Ants are tricky – they have somehow made a secret home that they escape to when we open the microwave door
3) Ants are tough – they do not die when sprayed by Windex or Lysol

We have NO CLUE where they are coming from.

Seth is hesistant to use ant killer in the microwave for obvious reasons.

Ideas??? Don’t be shy!

There’s a Spirit that Can Never be Told…

I know, it’s about time right? I actually started this post a week ago and then forgot to finish. It’s amazing what old age can do to a girl.

Last weekend we returned to the Motherland.

Emily, Tiffany, Susan…stop rolling your eyes.

We felt it was very important for Jake not only to visit his Aunt Rachel and Michael but to go ahead and start being exposed to the place where dreams come true. Disneyworld, you say? Absolutely not.

Aggieland.

I mean, look how excited he was when we told him where we were going!

It was almost a necessary trip. Rachel & Michael have been there 3 years but have managed to avoid getting the true Aggie experience. For instance…they’ve never been to Shivers.

Are.you.kidding.me?

Why someone would avoid the greatest snowcone establishment in the land is just beyond me. Completely incomprehensible.

Of course we dragged them to the Former Students Association. I’m sure there was much eye-rolling behind our backs. Akin to the eye-rolling I gave my dad when he would talk about where he lived when he went to Baylor…what he liked to do…places they ate.

It’s boring until it’s YOUR experiences! :)

So sorry about that one, Dad.

We had to get our picture under the new Aggie ring statue. Jake more appreciated the loud echoing sound it made when you knocked on it (not sure if that was “illegal” but it was entertaining).

Jake also decided on a new hair-do. This kid, always rebelling!


I’m not sure if maroon is his color?
(Better than burnt orange, I suppose)

Please mom, I hate when you do these things to me!

Getting geared up for Aggie football. An event he will not experience live for many more years. Because p.s. we are NOT paying $60 for a baby to attend a game he will not pay attention to and that will require mom to hang out at the concession stands the entire time (hmm, on second thought…)

Also, they had never been to Chicken Oil. Don’t get us started.

Jake loooooved the Indian chief next to our table

Rachel & Michael…class of 2011!

Jake with a super mischevious smile! Class of…2030-something. That’s too hard of a math problem for a Saturday morning.

Thanks for letting us visit you guys and we can’t wait to come back!

Tiny Heiny

1) Really? Do I really have such an accent??

2) Isn’t his little toosh just precious?

3) Yes, I googled “heiny” just to make sure I spelled it right.

4) No, we do not garden in the bathroom. But the mat sure does make a good knee rest!

5) To Jake in 18 years…please don’t be mad at me for posting this!

How is This Year Halfway Over?

July already? At least we’re that much closer to fall and winter. God bless the cold weather!

Last week we had lunch with Jessie & Andrea, two of my college roommates. Our lives have changed quite a bit since college but I’m so glad we’ve stayed in touch and still get together!

Andrea & Sara, Me & Jake, and Jessie
(I love how this picture makes me look kinda tan! Summer’s only redeeming quality.)
Jake was showing Sara how to play with the toys on her carseat. Typical male.

Jessie & Sara

Such a ham for the camera! Jake was putting on a show and loved the attention.

Andrea with Sara and Jake. We are going to miss the two of them very much when they move to Georgia :(

In other news…Jake has discovered that he fits perfectly under our tables. He always manages to find himself under the breakfast or dining room table…or the end table…or the coffee table. He even tries to crawl under his Leapfrog table. I’m afraid he might end up napping under the bed like Maggies does after too long!

Perfect height!

Last week it rained for DAYS. Jake and Tucker were so distraught they couldn’t go out and play…


My class ended today and now I have 6 weeks off until fall classes start. I never thought I’d say this, but I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself!

Actually, I do. It’s been a long time coming.

I must organize the master closet.

This has been on my “project list” since maternity leave…when I was supposed to easily get it done. Instead, I spent time loving on Jake and watching daytime TV while he was asleep. So then it was going to get done during my job transition when I was home for a couple months.

But it didn’t.

You can tell how much I’m looking forward to this.

I’m also totally open to a “While You Were Out” to my closet so let me know.

(I’ll act surprised)

9 Months Old

Jake,

At this point, you have been OUT of my tummy as long as I knew you were IN my tummy! When we found out we were pregnant with you on February 1, 2009, I thought the pregnancy test must be wrong and went back to bed! I was in such a state of shock that I didn’t even know what to think.

Well, I know what I think now! And I KNOW that we love you more than we ever thought we could. You are pure joy. You definitely have the independent, strong-willed, “first-child” attitude from your Mama and Daddy and we love that about you. You are such a happy little boy and we love your giggles! You are soaking up so much now and I feel like you learn new things every day. We even miss you when you’re sleeping and can’t wait for you to wake up so we can play with you again. We are so LUCKY to call you our son.

You had a great 9 month check up…you didn’t have any shots but had your finger pricked to check your iron levels. Not surprisingly, there were more tears from when I had to put your clothes back on then when your finger was pricked. You are a piece of work. :)

Your “stats” were:

16 lbs 10 oz (3%)
27 inches (10-25%)
17 3/4 in head circumference (25-50%)

Otherwise known as perfect!

At 9 months you…

- do not sit still…
(You’re about to fall off the couch trying to get to Tucker. Don’t worry, this is all supervised photography!)

- are pretty darn cute

- are EVERYWHERE! You love to crawl around and follow us into other rooms. My favorite part is when it’s bathtime…we undress you in your room and then you crawl naked to the bathtub. We should probably video this. :)

-Wear 6-9 month clothes

– Wear size 3 diapers

- love getting lots of attention (where in the world do you get this from??)

– put everything in your mouth

– don’t like stickers on your clothes.

- hate getting your diaper changed. It’s probably the most traumatic time of the day for you. Second to putting your clothes on, that is.

- are still pretty clingy to Mom & Dad. You’re getting more comfortable though with people you’re familiar with.

- love watching other babies!

- love to feed yourself. We’re having to slowly transition you to table food (stop growing up!) because you aren’t a fan of being spoon-fed anymore.

- love to eat grapes, graham crackers, cheerios, cheese, peas, peaches, bananas…basically anything you can pick up yourself.

- say “Dada”, “Mama”, “Guh” (we think that means dog), and “Ba” (ball)

- are starting to wave “bye”!

- have learned how to sign “more”…except you use it a little overzealously when you want the graham crackers…


- love your Tonka truck

– like to climb. Sometimes I catch you trying to hang from the table. Basically, we’re in trouble!

– love to stand. You will walk around holding onto our hands and think this is pretty funny.

– are easily distracted!

As you can see, your 9 month “photo shoot” was about as successful as your 8 month shoot. And I don’t think I’ll get my hopes up for months 10, 11, and (sob) 12!

Keep growing and learning…we can’t wait to see how you change this next month!

Love,

Mama & Daddy

Yes, I’m Showing You a Picture of a Potato

Wipe that look of disgust off your face! What you see here is the #1, best meal EVER. Let’s break it down.

Baked potato (with butter, sour cream, and s&p of course)
Shredded SHARP cheddar cheese
BBQ pulled pork

I had to take a picture of Seth’s plate the other night so I could illustrate WHY we go through multiple BAGS of shredded cheddar a week. Here is our 2 cup BAG on top of his potato. Need I remind you how skinny slim and trim he is??

Did I mention this is our #1 favorite meal? We probably have it ever other week and every time just look at each other and say “BEST MEAL EVER!”

It’s an exciting life we lead over here. Food is a big topic of conversation. I’m afraid that’s what we’ve resorted too. Just like grandparents are obsessed with the weather for some strange reason, looks like we’ll be discussing the benefits of excessive starch and dairy with our grandkids one day.

They should be so lucky!