While the Cat’s Away…

Looks like someone had some fun while Shane and I were at work today…



When the cat’s away, the mice will…wait a second. That’s backwards! Smile with tongue out


You can’t see me through the branches!!

Luckily, it’s just one of Shane’s gifts from me, so no big deal. What a crazy kitty.

After cleaning up Clarabelle’s mess under the tree, I got started on dinner. I have been quite the bottomless pit today. I can’t stay full! Needless to say, a lot of nibbling went on while cooking dinner.

Specifically, nibbling on…


Cookie butter! Celery did the job for about 5 bites, then unleashed my pointer finger on the jar.


No matter what I eat today, it seems I’m hungry less than an hour later! Usually when I have a day where nothing quite fills me up, I can blame it on a few things:

-    A tough workout (check)
-    Not drinking enough water (check!)
-    That TOTM (check)

And we’ve got a triple threat appetite today, folks. Scary stuff.


Good thing my dinner cooking nibbling didn’t put a dent in my appetite, because tonight’s recipe was a winner winner chicken dinner!


Salsa chicken enchiladas with green bell pepper and onion on the side.



I was going to go with my usual enchilada recipe, but realized I didn’t have any enchilada sauce on hand. What to do, what to do?

When in doubt, add more cheese Open-mouthed smile


Well, that and make a couple substitutions…like salsa!


Easy Salsa Chicken Enchiladas

2-3 chicken breasts

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. cumin

2 c. shredded Mexican-style cheese

1 can green chiles

1 c. salsa

1/2 c. black beans

9 tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 in. dish with cooking spray.
Boil the chicken until cooked through – about 10 minutes. Transfer to a mixer and shred with mixer (this will keep from burning your fingertips by shredding yourself!) Add 1 c. of cheese, the chiles, 1/2 c. of the salsa, and the black beans. Fill the tortillas with chicken mixture and roll up, placing seam side down in dish. Pour the remaining salsa over the enchiladas and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Cover with tinfoil and cook for 30 minutes, removing the tinfoil for the last 10 minutes.


Super easy, super delicious!

We enjoyed a glass of some shiraz from Australia that we picked up over the weekend.

Shane and I both commented on how this change up tastes as good, if not better, than the original version.

Tonight Shane and I are watching the season finale of Dexter. Anyone else watch this season? I hear the finale’s got some twists and turns! Smile

Do you ever have a black hole in your stomach? What’s usually the culprit?

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  1. I had a bottomless pit yesterday. Good thing we were at a baptism party and there was lots of good food.

    What naughty pets you have! We have a mini tree with the presents on a table because we fear that our cats would destroy a full sized tree.

  2. Um… You should see our tree. It was brand new this year and there’s a hole where Gus has been sitting and bending the branches. Complete with cat hair.

    Obviously, bows aren’t safe in our house either…

  3. We totally have a huge hole in the back of our tree where Gus likes to lay… Complete with cat hair.

    And no bow is safe in our house.

  4. Definitely does look super delicious! I’m all about Mexican for easy meals.

  5. Our jar was gone in exactly 6 days. I wish I had bought more! I finished it off this morning with oats in a jar. Best OIAJ ever!

  6. I totally had one of those days today, too. I was nonstop hungry ALL. FREAKING. DAY. That being said, those enchiladas look delicious! And you know I’m still hungry so I wish I had some here to nibble on. :)

  7. Oh yum yum yum. The enchiladas and that darn cookie butter. I have an unopened jar in the pantry. I’m scared to open it. I’ll be sticking my whole darn fist in there. Ha!
    I want to come over for dinner! :)

  8. I am so happy our cat has not gotten to the gifts yet! He did eat the face off of his stocking though, so that had to go away :(


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