Family Favorite Recipe: Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

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When we ask our kids what they want for dinner, 9 times out of 10 they say Creamy Chicken Enchiladas. It’s not low-fat or dairy-free (sorry, not sorry), but it’s creamy goodness worth making every once in a while. We even found a way to sneak more protein and greens in this dish, so you can justify it even more!

Try it this week – your family will love it. You can make it ahead of time to save time during the dinner rush, and bake it when you get home. Trust us, you will want to lick the dish once everyone devours it.

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
adapted from Colorado Cache
5-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped or shredded chicken, cooked (boil)
  • 1 cup green chile salsa (we use Herdez brand)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • corn tortillas
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (cut off stems and chop into little pieces)
  • 3/4 can black beans
  • 1.5 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • avocado, chopped green onions or guacamole for garnish

Directions:

Step 1: Combine chicken, green salsa, black beans and spinach in a bowl and mix well.

Step 2: Mix salt (not more than 1/2 tsp) with 2 cups cream in separate bowl.

Step 3: Warm a griddle and place tortillas on top to warm, so they soften and you can roll them.

Step 4: After you soften the tortillas, dip them in the bowl of heavy cream coating each side, and fill them with the chicken mixture. A full spoonful should be enough to fill each tortilla.

Step 5: Roll and place each filled and rolled tortilla in a 9×13 ungreased baking dish. Fill the dish as best you can – we lay them vertically in a tight line, and then we have enough chicken mixture and tortillas to fill the dish with 4 more horizontally (on top of the vertical ones).

Step 6: Pour the remaining cream over the enchiladas. Sprinkle with cheese

creamy chicken enchiladas-family dinner

Step 7: Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it bubbles on all sides. Garnish with guacamole, green onions or sliced avocado, and make sure to pour more of that cream sauce on top!

 

creamy chicken enchiladas-family dinner

We know it’s not an Italian dish, but Buon Appetito.

Battle School Germs With Homemade Hand Sanitizer With Essential Oils

natural hand sanitizer for school germs with essential oils

Let’s face it, back to school means it’s back to our kids being in a petri dish of germs. New germs every day in the classroom, on the playground, in the lunchroom, etc. We have a simple and convenient way (it’s a portable keychain) to help all you parents fight the germs – a homemade hand sanitizer with essential oils. If you want to skip the homemade part of this project, just buy the portable hand sanitizer bottles (with the sanitizer already in it) and customize the bottle with fun stickers! Kids would love to do this for themselves, and make others for friends! Friends don’t let friends spread germs.

Step 1: Make the sanitizer. Mix all the ingredients below together in a bowl.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera  (the clear, non-scented kind, organic and 99% aloe vera is best), 1 cup
  • OnGuard, doTERRA essential oil, 25 drops
  • Water, 1/4 cup (witch hazel works here, too)
  • Vitamin e oil, organic, 1-2 tsp

Step 2: Fill the portable containers with the sanitizer. We did it teaspoonful by teaspoonful. We saved and filled containers that were previously filled with hand sanitizer, but if you buy new bottles, you can use it, or put in another container (and use in the office, or at home), and then fill it.

Step 3: Remove any label from the bottle.

Step 4: Remove the rubber keychain, and add paint and/or fun stickers to the bottle. Happy Planner at Michaels had amazing stickers! It would be fun to use monogram stickers, too.

Step 5: Apply Mod Podge over the sticker design. Repeat once the first layer is dry.

Step 6: Put the rubber keychain back around the bottle, and then attach to your childs backpack, and tell them to use it at school. Obviously it’s not for ingesting, and remind them of that!

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IMG_5342natural hand sanitizer for school germs with essential oils

natural hand sanitizer for school germs

On Guard is a doTERRA proprietary blend of oils including Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary that contains protective immune benefits, cleanses hands when soap and water are not available, and kills germs on surfaces in the home. They have an awesome cleaning concentrate that we love, too!

 

 

The information we share is based on our research and personal use with doTERRA Essential Oils. We are not physicians, and this recipe has not been approved by anyone but us. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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KIND Snacks For Kids: Less Sugar, More Fun For Moms And Kids

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We are that snack happy family. At any given time, you can find us with fresh-cut fruit, nuts or nutritious packed bars in our purses and cars. For some reason, we are always hungry on-the-go. That snacking mentality was passed along to our kids, and they love snacks just as much as we do. In fact, we often try to avoid those inevitable hangry meltdowns when we’re out and about having fun with healthy snacks. But, it’s hard to find healthy snacks that are easy to pack, low in sugar and something that our kids will actually eat.

With 8 kids between the three of us, we try to avoid sugar high’s as often as possible, otherwise we are like a circus coming to town. And, not a good circus – a loud, meltdown-ridden, whiney one. According to a recent study*, we are not alone. In fact, 64% of parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s snack. When there’s less sugar, it’s more fun (and healthy) for everyone. Well, we’re happy to share that snacking for kids just got a lot more yummy, fun and nutritious with KIND Snacks new granola bar for kids! We packed our KIND Kids Bars for a recent playdate at the park. It was a win/win – our kids loved them (and we have some picky eaters in our crew), and we enjoyed them, too! They are gluten free, so we couldn’t help ourselves. Plus, with 5 grams of sugar or less, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, how could we not eat it? Our kids loved the chewy peanut butter and chocolate flavor best, but ate them all, including the chewy chocolate chip and chewy honey oat!

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids and moms

Whether you’re looking for an easy, low sugar item to pack for lunch or snack at school, or perhaps your kids need that nutritious boost of energy to make it through fun playdates, try KIND Snack bars for kids. They make it in our grocery cart every time we visit the store, and we don’t feel bad about it at all!

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low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

*This poll was conducted by Morning Consult on July 12, 2018 among a national sample of 1,001 parents with children ages 5-12. Results from the survey have a margin of error +/-3%.

KIND Snacks sent us some delicious bars for this post, free of charge. We’re so happy they did! All opinions are honest, and our own. No other type of compensation was received. Thanks for supporting the companies that support j. sorelle. We ate KIND bars, even before this post.

Back To School DIY Squeeze Coin Purse

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This post gave us that nostalgic, warm and fuzzy feeling, because we were reminded of our childhood. We crafted with the retro oval squeeze coin purses our grandparents, aunts and uncles (and even us) used to carry loose change in. It’s a throwback to our past, because we always love a good retro find. Plus, school is (almost) back in session, and these coin purses fit easily in or on backpacks for our kids to bring loose change for yummy bake sales. We also made one funny adult version (visit our Instagram to see what it says here), because we wanted in on the coin purse fun, too.

This project will take less than 30 minutes, and you can customize it any way you like, such as adding a monogram, funny phrases, emojis, etc. It makes great classroom gifts, or cute gifts for friends. We used our Silhouette CAMEO electronic cutting machine for $-related phrases. If you don’t have one, you can always buy permanent vinyl stickers. It’s a one-step project – design and cut vinyl lettering, and then add it to the squeeze coin purse.

Materials:

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retro-vinyl-coin-purse-treat-yourself

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How To Throw A Backyard Movie Night Under The Stars

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There’s something so nostalgic about watching a movie outside under the stars. It just feels like summer, and we don’t know about you, but it gives us all the feels – happiness, comfort, excitement, relaxation and childhood. We grew up going to Drive-In Movies. Those kinds of theaters seem to be few and far between, but honestly, these days we’re opting for a snuggle in our own backyard to watch a movie under the stars.

Recently we had the neighbor kids over for a DIY backyard movie night. Jessica would have preferred to spend week crafting fun DIY decor, a sign, cute favors – the perfect set up. But, honestly time (and energy) didn’t allow for that this summer, so with a quick text invite, and bring your own blankets (so we had more than enough), the kids had a blast watching a movie under the stars. The weather was perfect, the company was amazing, the popcorn was plentiful and the movie was a classic. Oh summer, please stay forever!! We can’t wait to get another movie night on the calendar. Here’s some tips to throw a fantastic DIY movie night this summer. Again, nothing fancy with our photos – we need an iphone upgrade but until that happens, our 6S will have to “give you an idea” of our memorable movie night.

1. Set Up A Screen
You can go so many different ways to set up a screen. You can build one with PVC pipe, buy a huge screen or a smaller screen, hang or tie screen material, or use sheets. We had a large piece of pegboard (the sheets they sell at Home Depot) for a separate project, so we literally set it up on a large bench, leaned against (in between) 2 trees, spread out two white sheets over it, and used chip bag clips to keep it in place. It worked like a charm! BTW, two sheets worked better than one, but if you have a black sheet, that would work behind one white sheet, too. If you buy the sheet of pegboard or white board from Home Depot, it runs about $20.

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2. Be Wise With Your Movie Pick
Pick your movie carefully. We wouldn’t want to go to an outdoor movie night showing a scary movie, or something out of our league. We had a wide array of kids, from ages 5-12, and both boys and girls. Our movie was a classic most kids love, even the girls, and it fit our PG age range. We know it’s one of our faves – The Sandlot. We hosted the movie night around the 4th of July, and baseball is so American to us, it’s all about childhood and summer, and there’s a great firework scene in the movie. It was a hit!

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the sandlot

3. Buy or Borrow A Projector
We have an awesome neighbor who let us borrow her projector. If you are lucky like us, ask nicely, and you won’t have to spend any money on the projector. If you want to invest in one (we are considering it after we realized how much fun movie nights are), there are some options here and here. We played the movie from Amazon Prime via our ipad. You will need a cord to connect to an apple device. Also, don’t forget a bluetooth speaker for great movie sound.

4. Serve popcorn and candy
A night at the movies isn’t a night at the movies without popcorn and candy boxes. We filled popcorn bags with popcorn, and more popcorn, and more popcorn. Everyone had their choice of candy, $1 each from Wal-Mart.

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5. Blankets, Blankets and More Blankets
We live in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, so it gets chilly at night. Everyone dressed in warm sweatshirts and sweatpants, and brought along a blanket or sleeping bag. We laid down picnic blankets, and the kids snuggled on top. You will need extra blankets for those who may forget, and for those who get extra cold like us! We rearranged some patio furniture in the back of the yard, so some kids got a seat off the ground. Make sure to have lots of extra pillows on hand. The kids wanted more and more pillows as the night went on.

diy outdoor movie night

6.  Have Bug Repellant On-Hand
Whenever outside camping or hiking (or in this case an outdoor move night), it’s good idea to have bug repellant on-hand. We love doTERRA’s TerraShield. Check for possible sensitivities, and share the bug repellant love.

7. Have A Dance Party Before Showtime
It doesn’t get dark until around 8:40 p.m., and the kids showed up early to the movie showing. To kill time, we had a dance party in the backyard. It was so fun! Kids showed off their amazing moves, and it got everyone laughing and moving before the movie. We used a bluetooth speaker, cell phone and our Spotify account to play some sweet jams.

8. Create An Experience
Like we mentioned, Jessica would have wanted to build a popcorn bar from scratch, create a theatre sign, etc. But since simple was the theme of the night, we used items we had on-hand to add that extra special touch. We set up our lightbox with The Sandlot words on it. We hung outdoor lights on the patio and outside dining table. Not only did it make it not so dark outside, but it also created a special ambiance. If you want to keep it easy and affordable, you can print fake money and have kids “buy” candy and popcorn, and fake tickets would be a nice touch, too. Be resourceful, and decorate with that you have. Keep it easy so you will want to host a movie night again!

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the sandlot-diy-outdoor-movie-night-american-flag

Happy summering, y’all. We hope you get outside to watch a movie under the stars.

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