Planting Sequoias

In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.


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A Typical Bauman Supper (in which I make dinner and my husband makes a rival dinner)

Last night, I made dinner for my husband. It was a delightful little concoction of my own invention, and I had hurried home from work to have this ready by the time he got home. As I spooned it onto our plates, to my surprise, I realized that I had not made enough pasta–a totally opposite problem from the one I normally have. (Am I the only one who has serious issues when it comes to measuring pasta?)

We sat down and ate the meal together nonetheless and discussed the day’s events. I though all was well.

BUT THEN, once we finished, Kenny got up and began making more pasta.

“Since we have extra sauce,” he said, in explanation.

However, NOT ONLY did he put water on to boil, he also hauled out our bag of frozen chicken pieces and began defrosting a breast in the microwave. It was then that I began to feel a wee bit affronted. I remained silent, though, to see what he would come up with.

As his ingredients cooked, we read the Advent devotional we’re working through. Not only a good reminder of the reason for the season, it was also a good reminder to be nice to my husband.

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We finished today’s reading, and he finished up cooking the second supper.

Sidenote: we lit the Advent candles at church last Sunday. Kenny read from Luke 2 (and wore a suit!), and I am happy to report that I did not accidentally light the white candle.

Here’s his finished creation. I made him put it on a clean plate solely for the purpose of this picture, so feast your…eyes. Uh, yum? I am aware that my food photography is a bit lackluster. As is all of my photography.

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Basically, he just made a more awesome version of my dinner creation (spaghetti, tomato sauce, cream cheese, and spices). His had meat on it, which I always forget to cook/don’t bother with since it’s too much hassle.

Since his version looked so delicious, I politely begged him for a few morsels, and, being an excellent husband, he shared.

While we were munching down our second supper, I noticed a strange mark on Kenny’s forehead.

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I mentioned it to him and he ran to the bathroom mirror to check it out. I may have let out a small chuckle at his consternation. He had no idea what the mark was or how it was inflicted, but I have my theories.

I’m pretty sure this is payback for his dissatisfaction with my first dinner.

However, being that it’s Advent and everything, I kept my suspicions to myself.

So, what is the moral of these ramblings, you wonder? Well, sometimes husbands do have good ideas when it comes to cooking.

Also…I still like him a bunch, especially since he shares.


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Easy Baked Chicken Taquitos (in which I channel my inner housewife despite utter exhaustion)

Do you ever have days where you get home from work and get this huge burst of energy and motivation and inspiration to do all that needs to be done at home?

No? Me neither. But dinner wasn’t going to make itself, so I picked myself up from the heap where I had fallen the moment I walked into the door and dragged myself into the kitchen.

I may be acting a little dramatically here, but it is true that I was Tired. With a capital T. I don’t really know how this happens, since I sit at a desk and tap-tap-tap away at my computer all day, but it just does.

Anyway, Kenny said he’d “eat this again,” which is, of course, the mark of a successful meal. I’ve adapted the recipe to suit my purposes but it is based on a typical Baked Chicken Taquito recipe that I found in several different places (with no real “first” source to link to…although I did just find this one, and it is dated 2009, so maybe try here for the original? Or just use mine…and I’ll stop babbling now).

Here’s what you’ll need for the filling:

1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 C salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder or 2 minced garlic cloves
1 1/2 T dried cilantro
2 T finely sliced onions
2 C shredded cooked chicken (I just used 2 medium boneless skinless breasts)
1 C grated cheese

 

Here’s what you’ll need for the…not filling part:

small flour tortillas (I had enough filling for 9)
salt
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all filling ingredients together (sidenote: did you know you can shred chicken in your KitchenAid? You can. I’m speechless.) and then put 2-3 T of the filling on the bottom third of a tortilla (it might be necessary to microwave your tortillas for 10-15 seconds to soften them enough to roll without cracking).

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Place tightly rolled taquitos on your baking sheet and then mist them lightly with cooking spray. Or, if you’re like me, use your handy Misto filled with olive oil. This gadget is on my top 10 favorite wedding gifts for sure.

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Found here.

 

After you’ve misted your oil, lightly sprinkle salt on each taquito and bake them all for 10-15 minutes or until the tortillas begin to brown. You could also freeze these for an easy meal later, and rumor has it that you can just pop them into the oven without unthawing them! I haven’t tried it yet, but there are 3 taquitos in my freezer so I’ll let you know how that goes.

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Top with salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or whatever your heart desires. I elected to eat mine plain so I could actually taste it, but Ken like his smothered in salsa. I only judged him for it a little bit for that.

And once the dishes are washed and the plates are loaded in the dishwasher, you can then collapse onto the couch and call it a day.

I cannot even imagine adding offspring into the equation. Good for all of you parental-type for surviving!