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Monday, August 26, 2013

Annette's Enchiladas

This weekend we had a small dinner party. I've really had dinner parties on the brain since reading Shauna Niequist's Bread and Wine. She has a passion for good food and gathering friends around a dinner table. At the end of each chapter in her book, Shauna leaves a recipe that fits in with the story. 'Annette's Enchiladas' was one of those recipes I knew I had to try. One, because I love Mexican food and two, it looked super simple. This recipe is amazing -- realllly simple and delicious. You can make this dish ahead of time, just store it in your refrigerator and pop it in the oven 30-45 minutes before dinner. You can even freeze it. Here is the recipe below:
 
1 cup of sour cream
1 large can (28 oz) of green enchilada sauce (I couldn't find green, so I used red)
2-4 oz cans of diced green chilies
3 cups of cooked chicken (shredded)
2-3 cups of shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
12 tortillas
1 cup of chicken broth
Chopped Cilantro, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start boiling your chicken. While chicken is boiling mix green (or red) sauce, canned chilies, and sour cream in a bowl and set aside. Once chicken is done, shred. Simmer 1 cup of chicken broth - you will use this to soften the tortillas. *Tip: make yourself an assembly line:
Assembly: spread 1 ladle full of sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish (no cooking spray is needed). Use tongs to dip tortillas in chicken broth (so they become soft) and lay 4 on top of the spooned mixture. From there simply add a layer of chicken, cheese, then sauce. Repeat: 4 softened tortillas, chicken, cheese, sauce. Last layer is 4 softened tortillas, sauce and cheese.

Bake for 30-45 minutes or until warmed through and cheese becomes bubbly. Let it sit at least 15 minutes before cutting. Garnish with cilantro.

I put extra sour cream and cheese on the table along with chips and salsa. Mexican rice is also a great addition to the meal and very simple to make. This dish makes a lot so it's great for big groups. In the future I plan to cut the recipe in half for Joseph and I.
Enjoy!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Simple Fall Project

I am not one to wish summer away to get to fall, I love summer way too much. However, I have been looking forward to pumpkin flavored everything and all things gold. Recently I bought three small, cheapo pumpkins from Michaels (plus used a coupon) and gold spray paint from Lowes. I simply covered the entire pumpkin with gold spray paint, let it dry, and the final product...


Simple, simple, simple. Don't worry, I put them away for the time being. I still have summer on the brain. But when the time comes, they will look amazing on my white mantel.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chandler Wedding Weekend

This past weekend Joseph's cousin Josh got married on Assateague Beach. It was full of family, fun, late nights, dancing and great food.
 
At the rehearsal... 
 
 
I have a love for Chincoteague, I spent many summers and winters there with my grandparents. It was so good to be back!
 
The picture below was from rehearsal dinner location with an all you can eat seafood buffet.
 
 
Wedding day!
(ignore my windblown hair)
 
 
The beautiful bride and her dad!
 
 
Josh and Rachel met as lifeguards on Assateague beach, so it was very fitting to get married there. The reception was at a beautiful venue on the water with a nautical theme. How awesome is this cake?! The shells on the cake were made out of chocolate.
 
 

 
Everyone had a blast dancing the night away, it was so much fun.

 
I can't say enough about a photo booth. If you are getting married or know someone who is, get.a.photo.booth. Everyone has SO much fun and it fills that down time when you are waiting for the bride, groom, and bridal party to arrive. Plus you have some hilarious pictures to look back on!
 
 
 
hahaha, that horse head...

 
Joe and the groomsmen.

 
L O V E




Beautiful couple, wedding, reception, and everyone had a blast.
It was an awesome weekend. 
 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Birthday Pup

This one had a birthday yesterday...
 
 
And in Eskridge fashion, we celebrated.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Throwback Thursday

Almost exactly 25 years ago.
 
 
Helloooooo 1988! My mom was a hottie (and a skinny minnie!). My dad wasn't so bad either, I would NEVER say that to his face #bigego haha!