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More Taquitos

This is the recipe we make most often and for some reason I have never posted it.

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Recipe and more pics found here.

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 C green salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t granulated garlic, or garlic powder
3 T chopped cilantro
2 T sliced green onions
2 C shredded cooked chicken (for extra yumminess, use grilled taco chicken!)
1 C grated pepperjack cheesesmall corn tortillas (and actually, flour ones are really good as well)
kosher salt
cooking sprayHeat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it’s soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.

Work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or are coming unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.

Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. Roll up tortillas and place seam down on a baking sheet, not touching one another. Spray lightly with cooking spray, or lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.

I don’t dip in sour cream- I dip in guacamole. Also the kosher salt makes these things super yummy- don’t leave it off.

Hannah - I love Taquitos but have never made them at home…These look yummy!

More Beach

Finally pulling a few pics off my big camera from our beach trip.

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We woke up to a dusting of snow so I thought it might be appropriate to throw up warm weather pictures.

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Feeling warm yet? I want to go back!

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Golden Goodness

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It crossed my mind more than once that trips with all of my kids together like this are not going to be happening much longer. My kids are getting older

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Which makes small trips like this all the more special.

Elizabeths07 - What amazing pictures you captured!

Hannah - Okay first of all. You TOTALLY underestimate yourself as a photographer. These are awesome. I mean like slap your mama awesome.

Second of all…

I am right there with you. Do you realize how few years we have left with our big boys? I mean I know your kids love you after they leave and you can still take family vacations, but they aren’t your kids anymore…they are but they aren’t you know. They are their own people. Did I mention my best friend’s oldest is getting married and moving to AZ? That may be affecting me a bit right now. I’m not happy about this whole grow up and leave the nest thing.

Jalepeno Turkey Burgers

I don’t eat red meat so I am always looking for a good veggie burger or turkey burger.

This one is SO good

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I found it on Pinterest from this blog. She shows more step by step pics.

Andy actually makes them because putting my hands in raw meat creeps me out.

1 lb Ground turkey or chicken
1/3 C Minced onion
2 T Minced jalepeno
2 Cloves of garlic
1/4 C Chopped cilantro
1/3 C Shredded cheddar cheese
Salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper (to your tastes)
Guacamole

Mix it all- make patties, throw them on the grill!

The guacamole is optional but really makes it yummy. We have made them with and with out. The blogger put sour cream on hers- we skipped that.

We had semi warm temps and sunshine last night so it was a perfect night to grill. Hoping Spring is around the corner!

Hannah - This looks yummy! I eat red meat…but not very often. I’ve tried a few turkey burgers, this one has everything I love…peppers, cilantro and guacamole. Dude.

Captiva Island

We took our first trip to Sanibel Island and fell in love.

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Our condo had a nice porch with amazing views of the Gulf. I could have sat there all day.

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But of course you can’t put your toes in the sand from the porch.

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Austin snapped a couple pictures of Andy and I. The first one cracked me up- Andy was arguing with me about the best place to stand (light wise). I wanted back-lighting. I won.

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We went boating to an island that only had a couple houses.

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Someone was snoozing on the boat

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He missed some good views and friends around the boat

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This guy had the right idea- he dug a hole for himself to stay cool

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Bird tree

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We met up with Aimee and her family and swam in their pool

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I miss the beach already!

Elizabeths - This makes me miss Captiva and Sanibal or really any beach. I love the heart shaped sea shell picture.

Hannah - I love these! That bird tree is awesome. You are a hottie. Love Eva’s suit. I’m glad you guys don’t run a crack house. It’s cold here. I’d run a crack house if it was on the beach.