Thursday, July 21, 2011

Last nights Dinner

I know it's been a while since you've seen any of these posts but yesterday while I was cooking I had a little extra time to snap a few pics.

I made these Baked Turkey and Cheese Chimichangas and they were delicious and so easy. The recipe is actually from weight watchers but I didn't follow it exactly so I'm not sure how healthy ours turned out to be. :/

What you will need:
1/2 lb ground turkey
1 16oz can fat-free refried beans
4.5oz canned green chili peppers, drained and diced
1 tsp chili powder (I used 2 tsp plus a big dash of taco seasoning)
3 tbsp scallions (I chopped up half a yellow onion- we are onion freaks remember)
1 3/4 cup salsa (I used mild Rotel because I'm obsessed)
1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheese (recipe says monterey jack - I used cheddar because that's what I had)
8 large tortillas (I only used 6) WW says use wheat
fat free sour cream to top
tomato/salsa to top

  • Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 9x13 dish with cooking spray - chimichangas will stick. 
  • Cook turkey in skillet and drain any excess, then add in beans, onions, chili power/taco seasoning, salsa, chili's and cook until heated through, then stir in cheese. 
  • While cooking all that together, place tortillas in tin foil, warm in oven for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove tortillas and fill with about 1/2 cup turkey mixture, fold ends and wrap up and lay in 9x13 dish.  
  • Place chimichangas in dish and bake covered until tortillas are crisp and brown, about 20 minutes.  
  • I put a little extra cheese on top the last 5 minutes, then topped with sour cream and tomatoes.  

For all you weight watchers peeps this recipe said these chimichangas are 6 points each. 

(...and yes, those are Barker tomatoes) :)

Totally forgot...

I totally forgot to tell all my blogger friends/family about Austin and mys little vacay!  We are headed to BARBADOS for a week of fun in the sun Oct 26-Nov 3. We planned this trip to celebrate our one year anniversary but aren't able to actually ago until about 2 months later.  We will be in the OBX with my family on our actual wedding anniversary (August 21s - counting down the days) then awaiting the arrival of Peyt and Liss's baby girl who's due Oct 5th.  We couldn't leave a few weeks before or after her due date just in case. So anyway, we leave Wednesday the 26th and fly to Miami, where we are staying a night at the Marriott (thank you wedding guest room points) and then leaving early Thursday morning for Barbados where we will stay until the next Thursday, Nov 3rd. 

We are doing our trip a little differently this time - instead of staying in a hotel/resort we rented our own private house.  We are thinking this will be a less expensive way to go by having a full kitchen and being able to cook ourselves. Although, who are we kidding - we are definitely going to want to go out to dinner most nights to check out all the local restaurants.  If we can do breakfast and lunch in our little house that's savings enough for me! :)  We do have the option of having a cook some over and made meals for us - we might try that out one night.

Check out our house here! We are so so so excited.  How awesome does that pool look? We google earthed it and we are super close to the beach, just about a 3 minute walk. I'm getting so excited just typing this!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Greenbrier Family Vacay

We had so much fun this past weekend at the Greenbrier with all of Austins family. We arrived Friday around noon and Peyt, Peyton and Aus headed to the links to play 18. While they were busy swinging their clubs all the girls headed to lunch at Drapers restaurant then walked around the hotel shops a bit and headed to the pool for a few cocktails.
Friday night we all went to dinner at Sam Snead's restaurant and boy was it good! I had the most amazing chicken rotisserie I've ever put in my mouth and Aus said his steak was in his top 5. 

Saturday we played around the resort, shopped, swam, ate lunch by the pool, went to the tea part and ate a yummy spaghetti dinner + fresh mojitos in our cottage.

We headed to the new casino Saturday night and had a super fun time! I played roulette, per the norm, and walked away with over $400 in the black. (insert huge smiley face)
Our fam turned in early so we made a few new friends. They were the time...
Cha Ching!

Sunday morning we woke up, much too early for our late night, and went on the infamous Bunker tour. I don't have any pictures because you aren't allowed to take cameras on the tour but I'll sum it for you. Basically, for about 30 years The Greenbrier had one of the worlds best kept secrets. There was an underground "Bunker" carved right out of the side of a mountain. This would be the hide out for the president and his cabinet members as well as the senators and congressmen should the US be under attack. This place was kept a total secret from all US citizens until it leaked in 1994, 30+ years after it was built. The bunker had a full hospital, dental office, food for 42 days, hundreds of beds and even a news reporting room so the president could still deliver the news and it appear as though he was right in the white house. It was pretty fascinating to learn about. You can learn more about it here.