Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chicken + Spinach Enchiladas

Today's post is all about easy dining!
Before Sofia, I used to relax, have a glass of wine and cook for fun - flash forward 2 years and it's a crazy marathon with 1564984 obstacles to get dinner on the table. To get us through this stage, I take meals we love and simplify it for the weeknights, reserving the weekends for good ol' down home cooking.
 
Enchiladas are a fave of mine, we had this variation while on vacation - it's creamy, cheesy and everything that an enchilada should be!

Chicken + Spinach Enchiladas
Recipe makes around 12 enchiladas, baked in an 9x13" dish
 
Ingredients
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
1 package of corn tortillas
1 bag of shredded white cheddar
1/2 bag of any shredded cheese you like, reserve to top the enchiladas
1 bag of fresh baby spinach
1 red onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 jar of green verde sauce
1 small container of sour cream
Cotija cheese to top
 
Directions
1| In a medium pan, drizzle with olive oil over medium-high heat, add the onion and garlic and cook until tender 3-5 minutes
2| Add the spinach and cook until wilted
3| Stir in the store bought rotisserie chicken (huge time saver & easy on the wallet - love a cheap shortcut!)
4| In a small saucepan, heat the verde sauce until hot, then turn the heat off and stir in sour cream
5| Grab your baking dish and coat the bottom with a little of the creamy verde sauce
6| Let's get rolling! Fill each corn tortilla with a little of the spinach + chicken mixture then top with shredded cheese & roll them up and place in the pan, seam side down - repeat x 12 or until the pan is filled
7| Top enchiladas with the remaining verde sauce, whatever 1/2 bag of shredded cheese you like and the cotija cheese
8| Bake 10-15 minutes or until heated through at 325 degrees - you want to keep the temperature low so the sour cream in the verde sauce doesn't curdle up, that's never any good!
 
I promise you, this is a great weeknight meal that will be on the table in 30-40 minutes! If you're extra ambitious, add homemade margs to the mix!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life Lately

Happy Wednesday, friends!
Life has been busy over here, especially with a full blown toddler.
DolceAve has taken over my evenings once Sofia goes to bed - I love making jewelry and running the shop, but that on top of working full-time and keeping up with life has officially drained me.
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Here's what we've been up to lately
 
In July, we went on a trip to my parents vacation home in FL - lazy days floating in the pool, wading in the ocean, hitting up the splash park and endless family time was exactly what we needed! Oh, and the plane ride was 100x better than our last encounter, whoosh, glad we're past that stage!!!
We had time to catch up with friends, including a wine tour with some of our faves - 3 couples, countless bottles of wine & extreme inappropriateness is our kind of fun! ;)
Sofia started 2yr old preschool a few days a week, it's a full day program and she absolutely loves it. The transition was emotionally draining on all of us, sleepless nights, early wakeup calls & lots of tears.
Change is rough stuff, my baby girl is turning into a little lady and taking her first steps solo in this big world! 
She's learned so much from just a few short days, I can see a huge increase in her vocabulary and she's speaking in more sentences. We had one day where the teacher had to take her as she had a massive meltdown, clinging to my shirt, you know, the kind of cling where you're almost flashing everyone around? Besides that incident, we've been pretty lucky with a smooth transition!
 
So that's what we've been up to lately & also trying to survive life as toddler parents, which includes digging up patience that we didn't even know existed!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Our Weekend + Dinner Menu

Happy Monday & cheers to a much needed short work week!
Mike was at the beach over the weekend, leaving Sofia and I with plenty of girl time.
 
It was rough getting out the door on time for work since we had to take Vinny out, usually Mike has dog duty. One morning I loaded Sofia up in her pink car with her 3 bracelet arm party & stunner shades, all was going well and Vinny finally pooped, I put my hand in the bag, reached down to pick it up and felt warm mush, there was a big ol' hole in the bottom. Good stuff.
The rest of our days were spent running errands, making jewelry and cuddling in bed. Sofia would stick her foot in my lap and say "foot" - the command to rub, she also loves when I run my fingers through her hair and scratch her back, she lives the life!
Needless to say, we were so happy when Mike walked in the door Sunday. He brought Sofia home a My Little Pony blanket and matching purse that he picked out on his own, the sweetest thing ever! Pretty sure she has him wrapped around her finger. ;)
I finally got around to cleaning out the fridge & tossed quite a few jars that expired last year...now I just need to find the energy to tackle the mess of a pantry we're working with. I also cleaned the Keurig, because I had a sudden fear that there was mold growing in there.
 
|Dinner Menu|
Sunday| Grilled salmon with guacamole salsa, pearled couscous and a cucumber salad
Monday| Chicken, bacon, ranch wraps & salad
Tuesday| Baked chicken fajitas & yellow rice
Wednesday| Penne & green pepper bake with a side salad
Thursday| Buffalo chicken salad
Friday| Out
Saturday| Out
 
We're heading out of town for our family vacation at the end of the week & it can't come soon enough. Not sure if I'll have a chance to post before we go, you can keep up with the fun on IG @megawat :)
 
Happy 4th of July week!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beach Bags - Mom Style

As a Mom, our beach bag must operate the same as our diaper bag.
Large and in charge, it's the mobile command station.
Our beach tote holds at least 3 different sunscreens, towels and more towels, sunglasses, cellphones, a hair brush, detangler spray, magazines, swim diapers, wipes, toys, chapstick, snacks & enough water bottles to make me contemplate dragging a cooler down with us.
 
Here are a few bags I'm loving:
one // two // three // four // five // six
 
Hope your summer is off to a great start!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

First Weekend of Summer + Dinner Menu

How is it already the end of June!? Can't believe we'll be waving sparklers next week & decking everything in red, white & blue!
Our first day of Summer was spent running errands and doing the usual household chores. We had high hopes of lounging poolside but the weather didn't cooperate, so, we opted for a fun brunch instead!
We did make it out to a local farm for some strawberry and cherry pickin' on Sunday. It started off a little rough, surrounded by bees and feet covered in mud, but things quickly changed once we put Sofia in the wagon, in charge of the fruit. She left with red hands & strawberry juice dripping down her face, signs of a successful day!
We burned a few hours, scored a ton of fresh fruit & all ate lunch for around $20 - if you're looking for a day of cheap family fun, check out your local farm!
|Dinner Menu|
Sunday| Was supposed to be salmon kabobs, but we ended up at Five Guys, had to.
Monday| Creamy parmesan chicken over penne & a side salad
Tuesday| Tacos, beans and chips & queso
Wednesday| Baked chicken with collard greens and mac n' cheese
Thursday| Club sandwiches & salad
Friday| Dinner out
Saturday| Dinner out
 
Before I go, I have to share a proud Mom moment.
For about a month now we've been sitting Sofia on the toilet whenever she tells us she has to "potty", she has a little potty training toilet but doesn't like it and thinks it's more fun to stick her hand in it. So, yesterday morning as we're getting her shoes on & rushing out the door she looks at me and says "poo poo potty"
Me "do you want to go on the big girl potty?"
Sofia lifting the toilet lid up, "yes!"
I plop her on (have to hold her up, don't want that little booty falling in) & a few seconds later there was poo in the potty! I was jumping up and down and giving her high fives & she could have cared less, acting like it was no big deal. Hopefully this potty business is here to stay!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mini Meal Essentials

So pumped it's Thursday, this week has been dragging by, but that's usually how it goes! ;) Kind of in shock that Summer is officially here this weekend, we need to start checking off all of the warm weather activities on our "must-do" list! We started tonight by sharing a raspberry chocolate chip popsicle, which mid-way through I realized my white shirt and Sofia's white shorts don't mix with drippy popsicle hands!
 
There have been lot of emails about what plates, cups, etc we use for meal time. So, I've rounded up a few of our faves!
Water Bottle | This doesn't leak, I repeat DOES NOT LEAK!!! Really, it's a miracle cup. It took a few minutes of instruction on how to use the bite valve, then she was good to go. Sofia loves matching Mama's bottle!
 Fork + Spoon | Ditched the plastic utensils for some real deal, fancy silverware that actually picks food up. ;)
 Cup | Miss independent insists on drinking from a big girl cup, all over the house! It really hasn't been as bad as you would think, a few spills here and there, but nothing the dish rag can't clean up. Drink of choice? Water over crushed ice, she's a wild one!
DHA | To help support brain development. Sofia loves this stuff, every night I ask her if she wants her fish oil and she runs over yelling "yessss!"
 Plate + Suction Mat | These were passed down from my niece and they work like a charm. Muscle woman can rip the plate off when she really tries, but it's suctioned on so tightly I usually have time to stop her before it ends up on he ceiling.
Purse | Any wristlet will do, Sofia uses mine as well - they are perfect for holding snacks and minimizing spills, especially in the car!
 
On a total side note, I have not once clipped Sofia's nails. Don't get me wrong those tiny fingers and toes are manicured as good as they're going to get, but that's thanks to a nail file. Tonight, I finally got the courage to whip out the nail clippers, Sofia sat in my lap and handed me each hand then each foot and tried to go back for seconds! Say what!? Come to find out I was the only one with an irrational fear of nail clippers! I've always been worried I would accidently clip too close to her skin, and well, you know that hurts like no other!
 
Anyways, hope you have the best weekend!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Father's Day Weekend + Dinner Menu

This weekend we celebrated all of the men in our life.
Saturday night we had a major Chinese food feast, in honor of Mike, then on Sunday, went to my in-laws for brunch and popped over to my parents for dessert.  We pretty much ate our way through Father's Day!
I'm so burnt out, the entire weekend was a blur. Do you ever go full throttle then eventually hit a wall of exhaustion? Yeah, life is officially catching up with me, SO glad our family vacation is coming up soon!
We also made it out on the golf course to watch my Dad in his tournament, this was Sofia's first time on the cart and she loved every second of it. We took her on a sunset cruise, the wind was blowing through her hair, she had the biggest smile on her face & I'm pretty sure in that moment she thought we were the coolest parents ever.
|Dinner Menu|
Sunday| Chinese leftovers
Monday| Greek chicken wraps - throw some greens on a wrap then top with chicken strips (I toss a large chicken breast in a baking dish then top with Italian dressing, cover with foil then bake 420 degrees for 25-30 minutes), diced tomatoes, black olives, feta crumbles and ranch dressing
Wednesday| Tortellini and spinach in a spicy craisin sauce (I'm winging it, will post the recipe if it's good!) and a side salad
Thursday| Beef stir-fry and steamed rice
Friday| Take-out, yeah buddy!
Saturday| Panko crusted chicken tenders over linguine and broccoli in a creamy marinara (another winger, will post if it's a winner!) & a big side salad
 
Hope your weekend was filled with great weather & lots of family time!