Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fairy Tale Pumpkins

This project couldn't be easier, and they make great holiday decorations. Fun to do with the kids too, but be prepared for a huge mess. Spread lots of newspaper!
  All that you need is a bottle of all purpose craft glue,  paint brushes, an assortment of glitter, and small pumpkins.
  Wash and dry your pumpkins. Pour the craft glue into a small bowl. Using a paintbrush, brush the glue onto you pumpkin, then start sprinkling with glitter. Make sure it's thoroughly covered. Rotate the pumpkin by the stem. I like to let them dry on an old plate or non-stick tinfoil. Don't let them dry on the newspaper, too much chance of the glue sticking to the paper.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Chicken Enchilada Cornbread Dumpling Soup

I am very excited, my Chicken Enchilada Cornbread Dumpling Soup was chosen as the grand prize winner in the 2012 Dei Fratelli Ripened contest. I was a runner up in this contest several years ago. Part of the prize is a monthly delivery of Dei Fratelli products for a year. It's a lot of fun to get those boxes every month. They make an excellent pizza sauce, and their salsa is great too. I use their products a lot, so that will come in handy.

  I had a lot of fresh cilantro from my garden and wanted to make good use of it. If you wanted to really spice it up, you could substitute a hotter chili pepper for the green chiles

  Chicken Enchilada Cornbread Dumpling Soup

3 tbsp canola oil
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 chopped red bell pepper
2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup finely chopped green chiles
28 oz can enchilada sauce (about 3 cups)
2 14 oz cans chicken broth
2 cups chopped tomatoes

2 8.5 oz boxes corn bread mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup sour cream

  Heat oil in large skillet. Add chicken breast. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add onion, garlic, pepper, cilantro. Saute for 5 more minutes. Pour into large stockpot. Add chilies, enchilada sauce, broth and tomatoes. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

  In a bowl, combine corn bread mix, eggs and milk. Spoon onto top of soup mixture. Cover and simmer on low for 25-30 minutes, or until pick inserted in dough comes out clean.

  Garnish with cheese and sour cream