Wednesday, April 30, 2008

We like it HOT in this House!

Tonight we had leftovers from last nights dinner...Stuffed Poblano Peppers...yum!!! The boys aren't too into peppers so they just ate the stuff part (sssshhh there were peppers in that too). I got the recipe from The Rachael Ray Show and then modified it....basically we used the peppers and a cheese sauce (kind of) from her recipe and then went wild with the stuffing! We are so lucky that the boys love spicy food. They really aren't picky eaters unless it comes to "normal" food. So if you're interested, here's how we did it:

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

10 poblano peppers
2 Chicken breasts, cooked and diced (shredded would be nice too)
4 cups of rice (we could have used less rice, but it made enough for leftovers today!)
1 onion
garlic to taste, we used 3 cloves
2 cans diced tomatoes
4 chipolte peppers in adobe sauce, chopped
splash of chicken broth

Saute the onion and garlic. While they are cooking, slice off a side of the peppers, leaving the stem on. Chop up the sliced off parts of the peppers and throw them into the onions. Take the seeds and ribs out of the peppers. Mix in the rice, tomatoes, and chipoltes into the onions. Stuff the peppers. Put them in a baking dish, alternanting direction of the tops to fill up the pan more efficiently. Add a little chicken broth over the peppers. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 min if you don't cook the rice first or around 30 if you have cooked rice. The best part of this recipe was the cheese least if you ask the kids! Just before the peppers are done, melt 2 Tbs butter in a pan, add 2 Tbs flour. Cook the flour for a little bit and then add a cup or so of chicken broth. Let it thicken and then add some milk (up to you how thick or thin you want your sauce. We added about another cup or so). Then just add your favorite cheese. I had bought Buffalo Wing white cheddar at Woodmans the other day. The buffalo sauce and the adobe sauce in the chipoltes is kind of similar and added an interesting twist. Let that melt out and serve!

The kids ate it a lot better tonight. Last night I had Jim pick up a bag of tortilla chips on the way home (kind of a rare treat to have chips in the house!). So, they spent most of the time lapping up the cheese sauce with the chips then eating the rice mixture.

Hope you enjoy! (if you like things less spicy don't add the chipoltes or add just a couple)

Friday, April 25, 2008

new silk yarn

I got this silk from a fiber arts fair on Saturday. I spun it up on my drop spindle and love it!!! It's about 225 yards of complete heaven. I have been impatiently waiting for it to dry so that I could take a picture of it. The colors are a little wonky, the weather can't decide if it wants to be cloudy or sunny...either way I need to work on my camera a little bit too. I am still searching for a pattern to make this into. I could just stare at it for hours! The colors are a little bit darker then what the photo shows. They remind me of the lake that we would go to with my grandparents...just beautiful!

Not much new with the boys. The youngest has a cold so he's laying low. The other two are just happy that I am preoccupied with him so they can play on their little computers and be left alone!

I'll post better pics once I decide what to turn this into!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

My personal lollypop guild

I am a stay at home mother of 3 boys ages 8,6,and 4. I am the lone female in the house, even our dogs are male! Some days it feels impossible to be a girl in a world of boys....Does anyone else ever have that problem? My make up has become war paint. Tampons make wonderful parachutes for army men. My beloved yarn ends up making mazes that even Houdini would have problems getting out of. Most days I feel like my life is some cross between X-games and The Three Stooges!

This blog will be my take on this crazy life....hopefully some mom will get a little relief from knowing that she's not alone! They keep telling me that there is light at the end of the yellow brick's my journey through. Enjoy! Laugh with me (I try to laugh it off, otherwise I'll be making a reservation for a nice padded room!).