Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Skillet Scramble

Maybe it's because I never get a good healthy breakfast, but I gobbled this Skillet Scramble up! Not only is it tasty, but it's beautiful with all the colors in it. This would make a wonderful breakfast or dinner for a hungry family!

Skillet Scramble (based off this recipe)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (13 oz) package turkey sausage, diced
4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
6 eggs, beaten
salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the sausage until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet, drain off the excess fat, and set aside.
2. Place the potatoes, green peppers, yellow peppers, and red peppers into the skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are browned and the peppers are softened, about 15 minutes. Return the sausage to the skillet, and pour the eggs over the top. Cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes until the eggs are set, and serve with salt and pepper.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Honey Lime Enchiladas

Maybe I should rename my blog to the following: ilovemelskitchencafesomuch! I am always amazed that her recipes go above and beyond my expectations EVERY SINGLE TIME. My favorite Mexican food is enchiladas. I've always loved the filling on the inside and beans and rice on the side. However, my husband would prefer a plethora of other choices before settling on enchiladas. That said, this blew him out of the water. He loved them and I was impressed at the intense but delicious flavor.

Honey Lime Enchiladas by Mel's Kitchen Cafe

6 tablespoons honey
5 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded
8-10 flour tortillas
1 pound monterey jack cheese, shredded
16 ounces green enchilada sauce
1 cup heavy cream 
Mix the first four ingredients and toss with shredded chicken. Let it marinate for at least 1/2 hour (I tossed mine together in a ziploc bag in the morning and let it sit in the refrigerator all day). Pour about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9X13 baking pan. Fill flour tortillas with chicken and shredded cheese, saving about 1 cup of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas. Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with the cream and leftover marinade. Pour sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until brown and crispy on top.
*Freezable Meal: Freeze prior to baking. To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake enchiladas, covered (without thawing first) for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 30 minutes longer, until brown and crispy on top.

My before picture looked awesome- the after pic is OK but I didn't have anymore daylight. So here ya go:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Crescent Braid

I've always wanted to try a food braid... they look awesome! Most people would call it comfort food but I never tried something like this growing up. However, I can see where they are coming from, fluffy pastry crust, chicken, and broccoli; all the basic ingredients for a successful dinner. It will certainly go my Perfect Dinner Project blog because we liked it!

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Crescent Braid

2 cans Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls
2 cups chicken chunks, cooked
2 cups cheddar cheese
2 cups broccoli, frozen, steamed and chopped
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 egg yolk
fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, spread both cans of crescents length wise to form a long rectangle.
Press each of the seams to form a single layer of dough.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, cheese, broccoli and mayonnaise
Spread mixture over the center of the croissant dough evenly to create a log.
Using a sharp knife, cut horizontal strips 1 inch apart down each side of the crescent dough.
Fold the dough strips over the top of the chicken mixture, alternating left and right to create a braid.
Brush the top of the braid with a beaten egg yolk and sprinkle fresh rosemary on top.
Bake for 28 – 30 minutes until golden brown.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Have you guys heard of Plum District?It's an awesome website that daily deals in your local area. I had the opportunity to meet some contributors to this website at the Breathing Space  bloggers retreat. The consultant was amazingly nice and you could tell she really loved what she does. The deals change every few days. Here are some of the deals they have going on now for the Salt Lake area:
{pic via Plum District}
$12 for a dozen gourmet cupcakes from One Sweet Appetite (a $24 value)
Silhouette Online Store Salt Lake City: Salt Lake County Daily Deal
{pic via Plum District}
$18 for $30 worth of Downloadable designs from Silhouetteonlinestore.com

Giveaway Time:
I have TWO Plum District cards worth $10 each (no minimum purchase required). I will be picking two winners since it says one per household. Must be US mailing address. They expire June 30, 2012. Giveaway will close Thursday May 11th at 10:01 PM. Winners will be announced Friday and expected to respond within 48 of e-mail or else another winner will be chosen. Good luck!
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*I was in no way compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Breathing Space Retreat

I was so fortunate to win a spot at the bloggers Breathing Space Retreat at Daybreak last weekend from EclecticMamma . This was the first year it was put on and I so needed a break. Housing and classes were held at the model homes at Daybreak. It was a gorgeous setting

I'm the one in the dark blue. I seem to be having a good time.
Here was the model home I got to stay in:

I loved my house. Especially my room because it was the master bedroom. The shower was huge and when I say huge I mean it:
Yep, that's 5 bloggers in my shower. It was a CRAZY weekend if you know what I mean!

Overall, I had an awesome time. This week I'll be going over some of the speaker, sponsors, and swag I got in my swag bag. Unfortunately, I have to go over the one thing that I wasn't impressed with as well. 

9 Salon at Daybreak was giving out a free hairstyle, manicure, or wax to all the Breathing Space attendees. I decided to do a simple 50's style hair like this:
I was told repeatedly that they would get my hair "really close" to the picture. After an hour and a half this is what my hair looked like:
Is that ANYTHING like the picture? I'll let you decide. I would have been very unhappy if I had paid for that. Luckily, I went to my mother's house close by and did damage control. This is what I looked like after half an hour with a curling iron:
The one positive thing I can say about the salon was that the hairstylist was very nice. I just didn't get the results I wanted and won't be going back there again.

See you soon with more posts about the Breathing Space Retreat!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Treating others with kindness

I would love to share some of my random thoughts with you. We had a thought-provoking lesson in church today and my good friend Ivy shared an amazing quote:

He drew a circle that shut me out —
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
From the poem " Outwitted” ― Edwin Markham

I'm glad she took the time to explain it because poetry is NOT my forte. So, there is this other guy (He) that draws a circle and calls me names and shuts me out of his circle. But Love and I outwitted him and drew our own circle that included him.

There were a lot of time in my youth that I felt shut out by peers and had a hard time getting over it. I didn't know that I'd enjoy growing older and gaining so much wisdom. Now, I try my best to understand where others are coming from, understand that people are struggling, and just try to take what they say to me in the best possible way. I understand there are just plain mean people but letting them get you down is not going to sent you in the right direction in life.

I'm always amazed when these cliche phrases come to play in my life. "Don't let them get you down" or "Just let it roll off you back" truly have meaning and are great pieces of advice. God loves us and wants us to do our best in life. Love opens doors that we could never open ourselves. I don't feel like I hold grudges anymore, but sometimes I'm less likely to try and get to know people if I feel intimidated by them. I KNOW that if I try to get to know them and let go of my own fears of being rejected, I'll be able to get to know and love these people.

That's all. Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Color Me Rad 5K

I'm not a runner by any means, but when the Breathing Space Blogger Retreat was giving us a entry to the Color Me Rad 5K, I jumped on it.

What is the Color Me Rad 5K? Basically volunteer pelt you with color while you run a 5K. It's pure awesome. Here are the pics:
We so want to do this next year!

French Dip Cresent Rolls

I've never wanted to put forth the effort it takes to make a french dip sandwich. When I saw this recipe from Mama Love Food, I was excited to try it. Simple ingredients and the easy directions makes this one a quick winner in our book! My husband was so excited to each these and was just overjoyed to get a french dip sandwich.

French Dip Crescent Ingredients:

2 packages crescent rolls, 8 count
1 pound deli roast beef, thinly sliced
4 ounces Swiss or provolone cheese, cut in 16 equal sized pieces
optional: Horseradish Sauce OR Dijon mustard
optional: Au Jus for dipping

French Dip Crescent Directions:

Unroll crescents onto a large cookie sheet.
Spread a small dab of horseradish on each crescent, then place a slice of roast beef and a piece of cheese on each crescent.
Roll crescents starting from the wide end and ending at the narrow end.
Bake at 375 degrees for 11 to 13 minutes, until crescents are a golden color.
Serve with Au Jus and enjoy!