Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I Hate To Cook But I Have To If I Want Some Dinner Baked Chicken Taquitos

So, I actually made something for dinner last night that tasted pretty good and wasn't too hard to make. Shock!

This baked chicken taquito recipe came from melskitchencafe.com and I'm definitely going back and seeing if there are more recipes I might like to try. Well, might force myself to try anyway. I left some of the ingredients out, like the sliced green onion and fresh cilantro and realized just now that I forgot all about the fresh lime juice, I was going to see if I had one of those little plastic limes with the juice inside in the fridge but that slipped my mind and I highly doubt that I have a little plastic lime with the juice inside in the fridge anyway. Definitely no fresh limes in there anywhere.

I also cut the recipe in half because I didn't want to waste too many ingredients if I didn't like the outcome. Keith had gone to work yesterday afternoon so didn't get to taste these taquitos but I think he also would have liked them.

Here's what you need:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup green salsa (I used green taco sauce instead of salsa)
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 green onion, sliced finely, about 2 tbsp
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup grated monterey jack cheese or pepper jack if you want more spice. I used colby/jack but you could use whatever kind of cheese you like best.
small yellow or white corn tortillas- I used flour tortillas, I get the low carb ones, La Bonita makes the best tasting of the lower carb variety.

And here is what you do:
1/ Heat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. And now, reading over this I realize that I actually set the oven to 350, don't know why, maybe because I tend to skim over recipes because I don't like to cook, who knows. It all worked out okay, though.
2/ In a medium sized bowl, mix all of the ingredients up to the cilantro, onion, chicken and cheese. Then add the cilantro, onion, chicken and cheese. Or do like I did and don't read that part and just mix it all up together all at once. You can fix this part way ahead of when you want to make the taquitos and just keep it in the fridge till cooking time.
3/ Working with 3-4 tortillas at a time, put them in between damp paper towels and microwave for 30-45 seconds so that the tortillas don't crack when you are rolling them. The low carb flour tortillas work really well for rolling, I'm sure the corn ones would be a little more frustrating and probably crack quite a bit despite the microwaving. Then put a couple of tablespoons of filling on the lower third of the tortilla and roll them up tightly, using toothpicks to hold them together if necessary.
4/ Placed filled taquitos seam side down on the foil lined baking sheet, making sure they don't touch each other. When ready to bake, spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and lightly sprinkle some kosher salt on top. I didn't do this part either because of the whole not reading the instructions thoroughly enough thing. What is up with that, anyway? Maybe it's because I hate to cook. Or I'm just lazy.
5/ Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown. I turned my taquitos over halfway through the baking but then they started to unroll so maybe don't turn them over.

You can dip these in whatever you like, salsa, sour cream, quacamole, etc. I added some more shredded cheese to the tops of them while they were still hot and by the time they were cool enough to eat the cheese had melted nicely. I didn't have anything to dip them in but they tasted good and I'm sure I will use this recipe again. Maybe even do it correctly next time now that I've read it all the way through.

I came out with 4 flour taquitos after cutting the recipe in half, and I stuffed them rather full, so this recipe would probably make about a dozen corn taquitos and 8-10 flour ones.



Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Murderess Strikes Again

I knew something was up when Genie was sitting at the back door staring in at me the other morning. It always kinds of creeps me out when she sits and stares and I know she wants something but I'm never sure quite what.

She's a very odd cat, she wants to be petted but won't sit still so you can do just that, she kind of runs around you while you are trying to pet her and absolutely HATES being picked up and absolutely HATES sitting on your lap, so trying to pet her if she isn't asleep can be quite a chore. Get a pet, run around, get another pet, run around.

I looked past her into the yard to see if something was bothering her and over by the table and chairs I see a pile of I'm not sure what and then realize it is another dead bird. This time it's a big bird, Genie has managed to catch herself a dove.

She doesn't try to eat the birds she catches, but rather plays with them until they stop moving and then the fun is over and hey, can you come see what I've caught?

Lucy's mockingbird seems to have calmed down, I haven't heard any screeching in the past day or two, and she has staked her claim on her side of the yard and she and Genie seem to be getting a little uneasily along, each one kind of keeping an eye on the other from their respective sides of the yard. It does make mornings a little easier, not having to go out back to feed one cat and then out front to feed the other.

Nothing, and I mean nothing, has been going on around here other than a dead dove. This is the time of year that is most boring here, it's really too hot to do much of anything and the heat makes me even lazier than usual. I am planning on doing the yard this morning before it gets too bad out there, but I have to get myself out there and as you can see, instead of getting out there, I'm at the computer!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fun At The Dentist

So, yesterday morning Keith woke me up at 5am to drive him to work so that I would have the car for my 12:15 dental appointment to have my teeth cleaned first and then have a crown done and a small hole in an old filling drilled and filled. He was doing a dogcatch (where they ride in a van out to a train to relieve a crew) so I figured he would get off work late in the afternoon and hopefully it would all work out time wise and I'd be done with the dentist before he needed a ride home.

I sometimes ride my bike to the dentist, it's not far from the house, maybe a 15 minute bike ride, but it was going to be well into the 90s by noon yesterday and I really didn't want to sit in the dental chair for 2 or 3 hours all sweaty. I do sweat a lot even on a 15 minute bike ride, heck, I sweat a lot doing just about anything during the summer, never mind riding the bike to the dentist.

I get to the dentist at 12:15, and the hygienist is running late, so could I come back at 1 for the crown appointment and then get my teeth cleaned after that? Um, no, let's just make the cleaning appointment for another day. This is the second time my cleaning appointment has been canceled and maybe this hygienist should make more of an effort to get to work on time? I do like her, she is a little more gentle than some hygienists I've had, remembering the one who got a little too enthusiastic about polishing one of my teeth and ended up polishing away part of my gum, leaving it very sore for a few days.

Anyway, I go run an errand and stop back by the house for a few minutes, and now I'm kind of sweaty despite no bike ride because just driving around in the car in the summer and running one errand (stopping into Michaels to get some paper) makes me sweaty. Then, back to the dentist at 1 for my crown.

Into the chair and I get all numbed up and they start drilling and drilling on the tooth that needs to be drilled way down for the crown. It didn't hurt but there sure were a lot of fingers and dental devices in my mouth. After the drilling is done they put this weird thing in your mouth that takes computer pictures of the area where the crown is going to go but if you have any saliva in your mouth it doesn't work all that well, so I think it took about 30 minutes for that to finally be done and the crown could be made in their special crown making machine that they have there. It's really kind of cool how they do it, you can watch the machine from the waiting room if watching crowns being made is something you want to do, and it only takes about 15 minutes for it to be done.

However, just as they were getting ready to make my tooth the computer system went down.

So, about 30 minutes waiting for it to come back up and then the first crown made wasn't quite right so they had to make another one.

While waiting for computers to come back up and the crown to get made, they did the small drilling and filling on my other tooth, which I wish all dental procedures were so easy, that was done in about 5 minutes except for the part where some nasty tasting filling stuff went down my throat and made me start coughing and I had to drink some water to stop coughing.

Finally, though, the crown got put in just as all the novocaine was wearing off and my jaw was starting to get a little achy. I don't wear a watch and don't have a phone in my pocket to tell me what time it is so I was a little surprised to find out that it was 4pm and I'd been sitting there for 3 hours.

Then I get home and see Elizabeth's car in the driveway because Keith had gotten off work at about 2 and had no way to get home and finally called her to see if she could come pick him up. Apparently nobody at work who saw him sitting there thought to offer him a ride home despite them asking why he was sitting there and him telling them that he had no ride home until I got done at the dentist.

At least it all worked out and he got a ride home and my tooth got finished even if I do have to go back in a few weeks to get my teeth cleaned. Hopefully this time the hygienist will get to work on time.

And, we finally got dental coverage through the railroad, you have to wait a year for the dental and vision, but the wait was worth it because the crown was half the cost of the last one that I had and the filling was only twenty bucks.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bugs And More Lucy And The Mockingbird

I am about ready to go buy a pellet gun and make me some mockingbird pie.

Lucy kind of moved herself to the back yard after being repeatedly harassed by the loud loud mockingbird out front. She has been hanging about under the awning on the side of the shed, it's surrounded on three sides by the fences and side of the shed, stays fairly cool with the shade and the big vine thing that grows on the fence, and also has access into the shed through the side window. We have an old cat condo thing sitting under the window that Genie has always used to either lay on or get into the shed where there is a conveniently located big enough for a cat to lay on shelf right inside the window.

Lucy has seemed fairly content to stay in the back yard and Genie has been surprisingly uncomplaining about the invasion and for the past week or so each cat has been keeping to their side of the yard. Genie gets the best location, under the patio shade with the water misters going on hot days. The only time Lucy has been venturing forth into the front yard is late in the evening after mockingbirds have gone to bed.

It's also a little easier to feed them in the mornings with both cats in one yard instead of going out front to feed one and then out back to feed the other.

The mockingbird has found Lucy, though, and has continued the harassment. Or maybe it's another mockingbird, but whoever it is, Lucy can't sit on the patio without it swooping down on her, screeching at her from atop the fence or in one of the trees, or even from the palm tree in the next door neighbor's back yard. She has been hiding in the shed during mockingbird time of day.

They are a rather annoying but incredibly brave type of bird.

Now, why in the world are roly poly bugs invading my house? I've had ants in the house numerous times and we get the outdoor cockroaches (ugh) in the garage and occasionally one of the cats brings one inside, but never roly poly bugs wandering about.

For the past few weeks, I've found one or two a day in either the front room or the bathroom. They don't creep me out like other bugs, but what the heck are they doing in the house? I don't know what they normally eat, but whatever it is I don't think they are going to find it in my bedroom. Or in the bathroom.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hiding And Some Frozen Cheeseburger Sandwiches

Hiding.
 You're doing it wrong.
If I can't see you then you can't see me.

Either that or her rather rotund body doesn't fit under the bed anymore, just her head.

Keith and I were picking up a few things at Vons the other day after visiting the bank that is conveniently located inside the most expensive grocery store in town. I was just going to get three things, some cat litter that was on sale, some eggs, and some coffee creamer. Since Keith was with me, it ended up being quite a bit more than just those three things of course. He wanted to get some frozen entrees that he could take on the road with him, frozen entrees that he would probably take and forget to eat, or try to eat and they would be kind of nasty like frozen entrees often are, or just eat and then still go out to a restaurant or get fast food during his layover in Barstow.

But, whatever, if he wants some frozen entrees then frozen entrees we shall get.

I did buy a few for me that I haven't tried yet. Vons has actually come out with some low carb frozen entrees, something that you never ever see. All of the frozen entrees seem to rely heavily on pastas or rice or other starches like that. These ones not so much, I got a shepherds pie with cauliflower 'mashed potatoes' on top, a cheesy chicken something or other, and one other that I can't even remember what it is now, but they just might come in handy for those nights when I really don't want to cook something just for me. Which is most nights actually.

I also found these Vons brand low calorie microwave sandwich things and though they might be worth a try. The carb count is listed as 12 per serving, which isn't bad, and from the picture on the front of the box, it looks like you get a nice little sandwich that has been cut in half to show you what's in there.

But, no, you do not get both halves of that sandwich for the 160 calories and 12 grams of carbs.

This is what you get.
Half of a sandwich. And it's not very big, either. It's maybe 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. About four bites maybe.

Here is how it looks after microwaving.
Keep in mind that the plate here is not a dinner size plate, more like a small salad size plate.

It wasn't bad as far as the taste goes, but you'd probably want to add some hamburger fixings to it, it's basically just a little beef patty with some cheese on it in a pita bread.

Poor Lucy is still terrified to come into the front yard, I had to take her food out back this morning because she just does not enjoy having a bird screeching at her while she is trying to eat her breakfast. Last night I lured her out front and then sat with her so she could eat in relative peace, but that bird yelled the whole time and even scared me a little when it started to swoop right at us.

I left my window open last night and was woken up by the same mockingbird as soon as the sun started coming up.