Archive for June, 2007

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Recipe of the Day: Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

This is recipe is from Benjamin. He and his cousin are doing a cooking segment today. I hope to get it uploaded later for you to see.


  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup diced mild onion
  • 1 dozen flour tortillas


  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • salt to taste

Combine all sauce ingredients and heat until mixture is smooth. Mix cheese, chicken and onion together. Place a spoonful of sauce in each tortilla, add a spoonful of filling mixture. Roll tortillas and place side by side in a 9 x 13 (greased) baking dish. Pour any remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.YUMMY!

The dessert recipe a little later!

Now the TopChefs!

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Recipe of the Day: Mint Green Tea Cupcakes


I tried a new cupcake recipe today. Mint Green Tea Cupcakes. The cupcake itself is just my favorite plain cupcake recipe with a lovely green tea mint cream cheese frosting. YUMMY. You can use your own favorite cake recipe or here’s mine:

Plain Cupcakes

Makes 28-30 cupcakes
1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 3/4 cup cake flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Beat butter on high until soft. Add sugar beat on medium high until light and fluffy – about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beat for 30 seconds between each. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to egg mixture mix well. Add milk and vanilla. Mix well again. Scoop cupcake batter into papers about 1/2 – 3/4 full depending on if you want flat tops or rounded tops. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until done.

Mint Green Tea Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounce cream cheese at room temp
1/2 stick butter at room temp
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp matcha green tea powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
fresh peppermint or lavender flowers for garnish

Beat butter and cheese until creamy, gradually add half the confectioners sugar and green tea powder. Add flavorings and beat until combined, then gradually add the rest of the confectioners sugar until it is the consistancy you prefer.
Frost and garnish as you please. YUMMY!!!


My New Wellies!

Okay so they arent actually “wellies”…they are my pretend, very pretty, very ME rain boots!  I ordered them this morning.


I need them NOW.  It has rained and rained and rained.  Very unusual for this month of June but welcomed.  As long as it rains I can cross one thing off my list of things to do…watering the gardens.  Not that I mind…but that is just one more thing to remember.

My mom has had some pretty rough days lately.  Beginning to feel weaker I believe.  Just not ‘up to snuff’ as we say.   She is beginning to have trouble with staying up for long periods of time.  But her friend P came and visited for a long while yesterday afternoon and they talked children and grandchildren and great grandchildren so she had a pretty good day all in all.

So…I am getting my hair “trimmed” next week.  It is hard to believe that a year ago my hair was long to the middle of my back.  Thinking back now…it was YUCKY!  I am far far too old for long hair.  I am seriously considering a pixie cut.  Yep…back to the olden days when I had super short, cutsie hair.  Kinda like..

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Not that I look anything like either of these lovelies…my face is CONSIDERABLY rounder.  And older.  My hair is about as curly as picture one and the color is very similar to Natalie Portman’s, with quite a bit of grey added in for character.  So I have until Wednesday the 27th to decide what to do.  Snip snip I would imagine.  My hair dresser will be thrilled…he LOVES to cut short hair.  He’s been trimming my locks since c1982.  I tell you he is a genius with the hair.

This next couple of weeks  are going to be CRAZY.  My little niece will be here for the week…she is 9 months younger than Benjamin.  They have such fun together.  They love LOVE love to do cooking shows.  Rachel films and edits.  I will try to post some soon.  Monday I have a dentist appt.  Tuesday…nothing extra YET…Wednesday is eye appts and shopping in the city…Thursday Orthodontic appt for Rachel,  Friday…Saturday…Sunday…Monday Mom’s dr appt, Tuesday…Wednesday Hair cut….then time will be zipping by and The Man will be home on the 5th.  We agree staying busy helps so much with the long separations.

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