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Words to describe me include: fun-loving, kind, caring, outgoing and up for a new adventure. Some of my interests in a nutshell, gardening, crafts, cooking, the outdoors, camping, hiking, photography, and creating positive relationships.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chipotle Barbacoa (Crock-Pot) and Cilantro Lime Rice

Dinner tonight:  I was going to make carnitas, only to realize I didn't have any more pork roasts in the freezer.  I found a buffalo roast, so I am going to try Buffalo Barbacoa, in the future I will use a beef roast. I am serving this with tortillas - flour today, I'd like to try white corn, homemade guacamole, salsa, sour cream, pinto beans, and Mexican cheese.  

Chipotle Barbacoa - Crock Pot
Serves 8

  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (can substitute with regular vinegar if needed)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 chipotle peppers, canned (the cans usually say "in abodo sauce")

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 lbs chuck roast
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves

Make adobo sauce by combining vinegar, lime juice, peppers, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt and clove in a blender or food processor and puree on high speed until smooth.

Put frozen roast/meat in the crock pot.  Pour chicken broth over the meat.  Add the bay leafs to the broth at the bottom. Add the adobo sauce on top of the meat.

Cover the crock pot and cook on high for for 6-8 hours or low for 8-10 hours. At the three hour mark, take the lid off, trim the fat from the meat and shred the beef with two forks. If you are at work and unable to do this, shred it an hour before you serve it. Cover and cook for the remainder of the time.

Chipotle Cilantro-Lime Rice
Makes 6 cups of rice

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups converted rice (I'm using brown rice)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (You could probably do half olive oil/butter if you want it healthier and still have the flavor. 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Make the cilantro-lime rice by combining water, rice, butter and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low, cover saucepan, and simmer for 20 minutes. When the rice is done stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Keep rice covered until you're ready to assemble the burritos.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

10 Canine Commandments


Beefy Cheesy Enchiladas

1 lb. ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
1 small can green chiles
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can spiced black beans
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheese plus some to sprinkle on top.  
2 tsp cumin
flour tortilla shells
1 can enchilada sauce
Sour cream to top final product

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Brown the ground beef, add the taco seasoning packet as meat is cooking.

In a separate bowl add tomatoes, beans, drained, not rinsed, green chiles, cumin, and cheese.
Add cooked meat to the mixture.

Grease a 9x13 pan.  Apply spoonfuls of mixture to tortillas, roll them up and place them in the pan.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top, evenly pour enchilada sauce over the top.

Bake for 25 minutes.  Top with sour cream.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Handbook For Life

Cross Posted (& Edited) from Linda’s Yoga Journey

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is
manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to meditate.
6. (Breathe)
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
11. Comparing our lives to others is fruitless. We have no idea what their journey is about.
12. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones especially about things out of our control. Invest energy in the positive present moment.
13. Try not to over do. Understand limits.
14. Why take ourselves so seriously. No one else does.
15. Gossip drains precious energy.
16. Dream more while we are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. We already have all we need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Let go of our partners mistakes of the past. Focus on our present/future happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. Make peace with our past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of our happiness except us.
22. Realize that life is a school and we are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons we learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. We don’t have to win arguments. It’s ok to agree to disagree.
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is insignificant compared to what you think of yourself.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends & family will. Stay in touch.
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. (Higher powers) heal everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how we feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When we awake alive in the morning, be thankful.
39. Our Inner most is always happy. Release your “Inner Happy” on the world every day!

Handbook for Life… 2010

Handbook for Life… 2010

Food Facts

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lettuce Smoothie

I got this one from a student: 
1 cup of green grapes.
1 cup of romaine lettuce, chopped and washed
1/2 medium apples
1 cup of ice cubes

I have not tried it yet but it sounds interesting!