Thursday, November 01, 2012

Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chili and Greek Yogurt Sauce and Somewhat Salsa

So, I'd promised my sister Jenny that I would make some Chicken Enchiladas. I had a few recipes pinned on my food board on Pinterest but didn't really have exactly the ingredients I needed for any of them so I decided to improvise. I took two of the recipes that had some of the basic ingredients I had and then I went at it. Next time I make this, I'll add more chicken broth and yogurt but only so the enchiladas are more fully covered (recipe below adds more to take care of this) but the tortilla ends that got a bit crispy where really good too. We didn't have any hot peppers so my sister took a dried hot Asian pepper we had for making Spicy Chicken with Cashews (see link below), removed the seeds, placed it in a saucepan with about 3 tbl water and boiled it. Once it was boiled down to about 2 tbl, she strained out the pepper. I used about 3 tsp in the sauce instead of the fresh hot pepper. My brother-in-law also dribbled a little of it on top of his enchiladas and ended up with what he called a "nice burn in the mouth and my forehead is breaking out in a sweat, which is good." To finish it off, we made some homemade salsa to put on top of the enchiladas before eating.

  • Spicy Chicken with Cashews on Pinterest - I make this about 3 times a month with the modifications notesd in the pin

  • My Pinterest Food Board

  • Somewhat Salsa

    A light salsa-like topping for the enchiladas.

    3 roma tomatoes, chopped with seeds removed
    3 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced or jarred equivalent
    1 tbl dried cilantro (or some fresh if you have it)
    1 small lemon or lime
    2 tbl onion, chopped
    salt and pepper to taste
    (optional) a diced jalepeno or serrano pepper


    Mix together all ingredients except lemon/lime. Cut lemon/lime in half and squeeze over mixture making sure to remove any seeds that fall in. Mix well, cover, and place in fridge. Makes about 1 cup and a bit.

    Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chili and Greek Yogurt Sauce

    Chicken, onions, and cheese wrapped in wheat tortillas and covered in a green chili and yogurt sauce, then topped with more cheese and baked to a bubbly perfection. My brother-in-law said it tasted like something you'd get at Z'Tejas here in Austin. He ate three of them.

    Makes 14-16 enchiladas


    1 tbl unsalted butter
    1 Serrano pepper or other hot pepper, minced (remove seeds for a milder sauce)
    2 garlic cloves, minced or jarred equivalent
    1 tbl flour
    1 1/4 cup low sodium or salt-free chicken broth
    1 tsp cumin
    1/4 tsp chipolte chili powder (optional)
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    1 4-oz can chopped green chilis
    1 tbl dried cilantro
    3/4 cup Chiabani low-fat Greek yogurt, plain (can use sour cream instead)

    3 cups shredded, cooked chicken breasts (about 4 large breasts)
    8 oz shredded cheese, your choice (Monterrey Jack, Mexican mix, Colby Jack, etc.)
    1 small onion, chopped fine
    14-16 small wheat tortillas

    You'll also need a large baking dish or two smaller ones, enough to hold at least 14 enchiladas, 16 if you use less meat in each one.


    Preheat oven to 375F.

    In a saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat, add garlic and pepper. Saute for 1 minute. Add flour and whisk quickly, cook for 2 minutes then add in chicken broth, cumin, salt, and pepper, continuing to whisk sauce as each is added. Bring to a boil then whisk in the yogurt, green chilies, and cilantro. Remove from heat.

    Spray the baking dish(es) with olive oil or vegetable oil spray. Spoon some of the sauce into the dish, enough to lightly cover the bottom. Place a tortilla on a plate, add chicken, onion, and shredded cheese into the center of the tortilla and roll the sides over. Pick up the roll and hold over the baking dish, quickly turning it so the seam is on the bottom and place in the dish. Repeat for remaining tortillas. We were able to get 14 enchiladas made before we ran out of room and we really stuffed the rolls too. If needed, push the rolls together to get more room. You may also be able to place some against the side. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas, covering them as much as possible. Top with remaining cheese.

    Place in oven (if dishes aren't deep ones, place on cookie sheets in the oven, just in case) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is golden.

    Serve immediately with some of the salsa sprinkled over each enchilada, and if wanted, add little more Greek yogurt on the side. A nice salad and some sweet corn would make great side dishes.

    I'd love to hear what you think of this recipe and any modifications you make to it. I'm thinking a yogurt sauce (or sour cream sauce) mixed in with the chicken would be an awesome addition!

    Thursday, October 04, 2012

    New Zazzle Items - A Warning and Three Dolphins

    I've added a couple of new products to my Zazzle store. The first is perfect for those days when you only have one nerve left and the second is for any dolphin lover.

    The warning started out in a thread on and I loved the phrase so much that I re-worded it and put a sign together. The original poster loved it! You can get the warning on a poster, mouse pad, t-shirt, mug, electronics case (laptop, Kindle, iPad, etc.)

    The dolphins poster is currently available on a 6"x9" poster, mouse pad, greeting/note card, and postcard. I've also submitted it for a postage stamp but have to wait for it to be approved. I'm currently rendering the image at 20"x16" for a larger poster but based on the current render rate (5% per 24 hours), it won't be ready for another 18 days, minimum.

    I originally made this years ago for a co-worker who was adopting two sisters and one of them loved dolphins. She was having a rough time and my co-worker asked if I could make her a dolphin image and this is the result. I didn't want to use the original image since it was just for her so I widened it so more of the scenery was visible. I think it kind of looks like one of those underwater scenes you find on puzzles.

    Since these won't show up for about 24 hours:
    Oh, side note, for some reason, the right side bar items have been pushed down to below the posts and I can't figure out why yet. I've posted a help request in the user forums and hopefully it will be fixed soon.

    Tuesday, September 04, 2012

    Cute ruffled skirts & a bracelet/earring set

    Somehow (as usual) I forgot to add pictures of the ruffled skirts I made. I can make them in Child sizes 3-6 and Girls sizes 7-14. The Child sizes are $25 plus S&H while the Girls sizes are $30 plus S&H. I have skirts for sizes 4, 5, 6, and 14 already made with a special order available for all sizes. For the special order, you can even let me know the colors to use. Check out the Clothing category on my Artfire shop to purchase one of the skirts or order one. All skirts will be made of 100% cotton with nylon zippers.

    And now the pictures:

    Child size 4

    Child size 5

    Child size 6

    Girls size 14

    Cute, eh?

    I also made a bracelet and matching earrings using Chalcedony nuggets, Agate beads, Swarovski crystals, and silver plated findings. The bracelet is $75 and the earrings are $25.

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

    Crochet Uncut Spring 2012 Issue Published

    I realized today that I forgot to post here that I'd released the Spring 2012 issue of Crochet Uncut. I posted on Facebook, Ravelry, and Google+, added the photos to Pinterest as well, but forgot to post it here.

    Anyway, the issue contains two patterns and a tutorial, again all my designs. All three have symbol crochet charts made using the Crochet Charts software made by Stitch Works Software. If you design crochet, this is an invaluable tool. It really helped me with the design for the Tangleweb Afghan. I did a review of this software in a previous issue of Crochet Uncut and some additional updates have been made since then with more in the works.

    The tutorial is for a six pointed star that you join as you go. Make a few of them for a pillow or add more for a wrap or afghan. Use different yarns to get a light wrap or heavier yarn for larger stars.

    Star Light Star Bright Tutorial

    The first pattern can be made into an afghan, wrap, or scarf. Instructions are provided to make just the size you need. I've already started projects for a baby blanket and a curtain for the back door to keep out the flies while allowing Mr. Darcy to spend time outside without us having to keep an eye on him. I'm also working on a variation to the design for an infinity scarf which I'll probably have up for sale on Ravelry once it's completed.
    Tangleweb Afghan modeled by Mr. Darcy

    The second pattern is for a bright spring purse that can also be easily modified to be larger or smaller or to change the size of the handles. It's a perfect way to use up a few leftover yards of yarn.
    Tincture of Spring Purse

    On a side note, I was offered quite a bit of money to sell Crochet Uncut, enough that I could have paid off my bills and moved back to Texas, but I turned the offer down. I talk about it a bit more in the Letter to the Editor for this issue, but I don't intend to sell the site ... ever!

    Don't forget to check out the reviews and keep an eye out for some yarn reviews that will be added once the yarn arrives.

    And here are the direct links to the patterns:

    Remember, all patterns have a downloadable PDF version available. Just look for the PDF icon next to the Ravelry project page button.

    I'm also continuing work on the Mrs. Claus Washing pattern. It's on the back burner for a bit but I'm hoping to get back to it soon. The free patterns I design and my painting always seem to take priority over patterns I'm planning on selling.

    Oh, and before I forget, please feel free to follow the Pinterest board I created for Crochet Uncut and repin the projects you like. If you have a project you've completed following one of the patterns in Crochet Uncut and would like to have it added to the Pinterest board, send me an IM on Ravelry with a link to the project. Just remember that I can't pin images from Facebook so the image will have to be on located elsewhere in order to be pinned, for example, Ravelry, Flickr, a blog, etc.

    Links to our Facebook fan page, Google+ page, Twitter, and Pinterest board can always be found on the left menu on Crochet Uncut.

    Hope you enjoy the patterns!

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Double-Sided Crochet Tutorial

    So, I thought I'd posted this here but can't find it anywhere and since I really don't have a lot of posts, it should have been easy to find if it were here.

    Anyway, when I lived closer to Sandy, UT, I'd pop into Unraveled Sheep quite often and even taught some crochet classes there. Twice I've been asked to decipher "old family patterns" and one was the diagonal box stitch and the other was a double sided crochet design with old terms that the lady who brought it in couldn't decipher.

    These photos are my results:

    The free tutorial is up on Ravelry if you're interested. It makes for a very thick fabric but if you use a thinner yarn, it won't be quite as thick or warm.

    Thursday, February 02, 2012

    Tatting, more Crochet, and a Dr. Who Scarf started

    It's been a while, but I've been busy so that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.

    Christmas was very quiet, as usual, with just my sister and the furries. We didn't get a ham this year as we were leaving for Austin three days later and wouldn't be able to finish it in time.

    In Austin, we stayed with sister Jenny and her husband Brian and traveled back and forth to San Antonio to attend the Air Force basic training graduation ceremonies. My oldest nephew Clay was our proud Airman. His mother, Darlene was there with her husband Jimmy (who is in the Army) and their other five boys (one is a foster son).

    Airman Jimmy Clay Smith, Jr.

    And, of course, we had to get a photo of the proud mom and aunts ...

    Jessica, Jenny, Darlene, Darlisa

    We spent a week and a half in Austin (saved $180 in airfare that way) and one evening Jenny was showing us her needle tatting. Years ago I'd purchased a learn needle tatting book but never tried it. I had tried shuttle tatting but it never clicked and the way the shuttle had to be used just seemed weird to me. Last Saturday, Jess said she wanted to learn so I bought a few more needles and some thread. Once we got home, I found the book in my library, figured it out and taught Jess. I taught her to knit a few weeks back so we'll see which one she keeps up with. On Sunday, I started tatting a heart that was a free pattern at Hobby Lobby (and is also online at Handy Hands Tatting) and finished it on Tuesday. The picots are too big and one of the side chains has an extra picot, but not too bad for a first try.

    I've already started a larger project. It's go big or go home for me when it comes to doing stuff!

    My brother-in-law, Brian (Jenny's husband) is a huge Dr. Who fan (well, so is Jenny) and he asked me to make him a Season 16 Scarf. There are several sites with patterns but I settled on the one at the Witty Little Knitter because the yarn selections were all one brand and I could order them online. Another site that is good for patterns is

    So far I have 190 rows completed but the pic below shows it after about 130 rows or so.

    I used the Scarf-o-matic to calculate how much I have completed and, since it's too long to put here, I've added it to the header of my blog instead.

    In other news, I finished an afghan design that I'm really proud of. I started it before Christmas, worked on it on the plane, in the airport, and while in Austin, then finished it when I got home. The full pattern, with guidelines on making it into a scarf or wrap instead, will be in the next issue of Crochet Uncut.