Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chicken and Bacon Wraps

I had some leftover chicken after the bbq chicken pizza and came up with these yummy wraps to use it up. Hope you enjoy!


4 flour tortillas
8 slices center-cut bacon
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
2-3 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups cooked seasoned chicken breasts, chopped*
3 tablespoons (approx.) reduced-fat shredded cheddar

Herbed mayo:
1/4 cup light mayo
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
chopped cilantro (or other herbs) to taste
ground black pepper
hot sauce (just a dash if you don't want it spicy, more if you do)


Wrap the tortillas in tin foil and heat in a 200 degree oven till warm.

Fry the bacon in a non-stick pan, then remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Leave a small amount of bacon grease (a teaspoon or 2) in the pan, swirling around to coat it. If the pan is too dry spray with cooking spray for more coating. (Or you can use more bacon grease or olive oil, but if you do the calories below will not apply.)

Add the onions, garlic and mushrooms and season with pepper (and salt if desired, but not necessary). Saute over medium heat for a few minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

Add the cooked chicken breast to the pan and cook just a couple of minutes more till the chicken is heated.

Meanwhile, combine all of the ingredients for the herbed mayo in a small bowl. (I used Hellman's light mayo and Texas Pete Hot Sauce).

Remove the tortillas from the oven and spread each tortilla with about 1 tablespoon of the herbed mayo. Top each with 1/4 of the chicken mixture, 2 slices cooked bacon and about 2 teaspoons of the cheddar. Then roll up the tortillas and serve.

*Using leftover cooked chicken saves time, but you could use raw chicken if desired, just make sure to season and cook it with the veggies until it is cooked through.

Calories per wrap: about 350, not counting the veggies. For future and past reference I never count veggies in the calorie total unless they are high calorie vegetables, like corn for example.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Nod to Martha on St. Partick's Day

These are the magazine files that contain my years of saved Martha Stewart Living's (the inspiration for a lot of my unartistic creativity throughout the years). I'm not big into lots of colors, I like mostly black, dark brown, white, silver/gray and those are the predominant "colors" in my apt. But I have a few (very few) splashes of color here and there. And these magazine files from The Container Store are one of them and I love them! And since they are green I thought it was fitting to post this on St. Patrick's Day.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Individual Balsamic Barbecue Chicken Pizzas

Yet another yummy creation - although I think bbq chicken pizza recipes probably abound, this is my little twist on it.

Makes 2 mini pizzas. I think doubling this recipe would be plenty for one regular sized pizza.


2-7 in store bought thin pizza crust
1/2 recipe Balsamic barbecue sauce from Giada de Laurentiis (click here for recipe)*
1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tbsp. olive oil
yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Sliced mushrooms
2 tbsp. each shredded pepper-jack

1 tsp crumbled Cotija cheese


Make the barbecue sauce. While that is cooking, place your oil in a pan over med.-med. high heat and let get hot. Then add your onions and garlic and saute till tender for a few minutes.  Add your diced chicken and saute till browned nicely and cooked throughout.  This should only take 5-10 minutes and you will want to stir occasionally
Once the sauce and chicken are done, brush each crust with barbecue sauce to taste  Add the chicken and mushrooms. Top with the cheeses and drizzle with more balsamic barbecue sauce. 

Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese melts and the crust reaches your desired crispiness.

*Note: I used less barbecue sauce then half of this made.  You could make a whole recipe and use the rest of the sauce as you would any barbecue sauce if desired.

Calories per pizza: about 416 

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bowling Shoes

My brother asked for dress shoes for Christmas but since it's hard to buy shoes for someone unless they pick them out we gave him some money. But I wanted a fun way to give it to him that also let him know what it was for. So I downloaded the ClipArt picture above and printed it on 2 sheets of 4x6 photo paper. I attached the two pictures back to back with staples to make a pocket and put some money inside with a note that said "think outside the box." I meant to imply that while this was not for bowling shoes (of course) it was for shoes. He didn't get it though and I had to explain it. I guess my clues aren't that good :).

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Say Cheese

My mom asked for a digital camera this past Christmas for her and my dad. So we all went together and got them one but wanted them to be surprised. So I made the picture above (downloaded the mouse and cheese from clipart) x 2 to give them a hint and wrapped each in a small book-sized gift box and gave one to each of them. They both opened them and pulled out the picture and had no idea what was meant by it :) but did figure it out once we gave them the camera.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wedding Shower Invitations

I came up with these 3 different designs for invitations when my little brother got married. I used the middle one for shower invitations and the 3rd one for the rehearsal dinner invitations.

Baby Shower Invitations

I made this invitation, envelope and thank you card set for a friend's baby shower a couple of years ago.