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Make Ahead Meals: Chicken and Rice Wraps

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Tonight I ate dinner alone, which was probably a good thing since the meal I planned was a little on the skimpy side. During planning mode, I planned to double this recipe and have two meals prepped, but in preparation, I made a single batch and halved it… oops! As it was, the recipe was still sufficient for my dinner and lunch, but I have a feeling Travis would have still been hungry if he had joined me.

Overall, this was very good. I didn’t feel like shredding cheese just for myself, so I paired the wraps with some ranch dressing and some salsa that I had on-hand in the refrigerator. I use the tortillas you can buy in the plastic package on the bread aisle, and then you cook them on the stove prior to eating. These are the closest I have found to real Tex-Mex flour tortillas, they are so thin and light compared to the precooked ones on the shelves. Because of this, my prep time and clean up are a little bit longer, but it is worth it.

Picture from: Freezer Meals for Us

2 c. cooked, shredded chicken
2 c. water
1 c. mild salsa
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
2 c. instant rice, uncooked
1 pkg. flour tortillas

 

1.In a saucepan combine chicken, water, salsa, and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add rice and simmer on low for 5 minutes.
2.Freeze rice mixture in a Ziploc and Freeze.
3. Defrost and heat rice mixture.
4.To serve, put rice mixture, cheese, and sour cream, if desired in tortillas and wrap.

 

I defrosted my mixture in the refrigerator overnight, then reheated it on the stove. It doesn’t take a lot to reheat the mixture, so you could probably place the chicken mixture in a microwave safe container and reheat it in the microwave.  Overall, I think I might add more chicken to the mixture (and make sure that I double the recipe as planned) next time. Very tasty and fairly easy prep once it has been premade

Table Top to Table

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I have a table top with no base, and I had no place in my house for such a large table if I did find a base. I tried donating it to Goodwill, but they wouldn’t take it without a base. It sat in my garage for 2 years, getting scratched and beaten up.

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Since it was too big to go anywhere, and I couldn’t get rid of it, I decided to cut the table in half.

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I started by taking out the supports on the underside of the table

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Then I removed the trim from the underside of the tabletop

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After all the excess trim was removed, I took a jigsaw and cut the top in half, reattached the trim. and added a 1×3 on the flat side of the top to provide support along the back.

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I went to the hardware store and bought 4 spindles, and attached the spindles as supports between the top half and bottom half

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Since the table is actually plywood, I sanded down the top and added wood filler so it could be restained

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I taped off the top surfaces so that I could paint the trim and legs.

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I then did several more coats of paint to age the table and stained the tops. I added a pillow to the bottom shelf for my pups, and placed it in my office for additional shelving

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Cute Snowmen

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

I came across this idea on Pinterest. Shauna from MyMixofSix created these wonderful snowmen from 2 dollar store fish bowls, a white tube sock, white string Christmas lights, fleece, and a few baubles and buttons.

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I followed Shauna’s steps for the most part, but I cut out a few unnecessary steps. I used 20 count white christmas lights, and placed half in the plain fish bowl, and the other half in the fluted fish bowl. I left the plug hanging out the back side. I then took a white men’s sock, and first put the plain fish bowl all the way in to the toe of the sock. After, I put the fluted fishbowl in the sock to where the cuff of the sock just reached the base of the bowl. The plug feeds out underneath the cuff of the sock (no cutting of the sock required) and the middle of the sock sits inside the bowls.

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I then made the hats for the snowmen following this youtube video:

After fitting all the hats and scarves, I took some of the baubles and buttons from my office and added eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons to finish off the snowmen.

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Medicine Cabinet Makeover

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

I have been slllloooowwwwllly making over my “guest” bathroom and found the following picture as inspiration for making over a frame I previously had in the bathroom that I no longer liked/used.

They used a piece of sheet metal cut to the size of the frame, and covered it with fabric. Then they added magnets to the back of makeup supplies and attached the makeup to the magnetic metal sheet.

In my bathroom, I don’t have a whole lot of open wall space, so I decided to take it an extra step and use the frame to cover up my mirrored medicine cabinet (which I don’t like very much anyway). I built a frame out of poplar and fitted it around the medicine cabinet, which just barely fit around the medicine cabinet by the grace of God (definitely was NOT in my plan book).

So now I have a much more attractive (IMHO) medicine cabinet and a place to put my makeup so I might actually use it!

How in the world?!?!

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

I was at work yesterday, filling a prescription for 105 tablets of prednisone 5 mg (we are talking teeny tiny pills – smaller than the eraser on the end of a pencil). The tech had filled the order, and as I was checking the tablets, I spotted a tablet with different markings on it’s face – which usually means that the tech pulled from two bottles that didn’t match and that I would have to sort through each of the tablets to ensure they were all the same. I sorted through the pills, and somehow, that was the ONLY tablet that was different. I found a couple of chipped tablets as well, but the fact is that one little pill out of a hundred screamed out to me and said, “I’m different!!!”

As you can see, these are so  small, I had a hard time getting the camera to focus on the tablets. Completely identical in color and size, it would be hard to spot 1 in 100 normally.

Don’t laugh, but I really do think that this was God’s way of reminding me that I am marked, that I am special to him, and that he sees me (and loves me). I showed the tablet in the bottle to both our pharmacy intern and the other pharmacist I was working with, and they were both “how in the world did you see that?!”  Sadly, I am too much a wimp to proclaim that it must have been God pointing my eyes in the right direction, so I just said “I don’t know!”

Luckily, both of these tablets are the same medication, so even had I not seen the 1 in 100 difference, there would have been no harm to the patient. Since the tech used 2 bottles (both the same manufacturer and NDC), I can only assume that someone had poured the Qualitest brand prednisone (marked 50|94 V) into the West Ward brand prednisone bottle at some point and no one else had noticed the mixed contents (until I found that 1 pill). The tech finished that bottle, and then opened a brand new bottle of west ward prednisone to finish the order.