Monday, April 22, 2013

"Healthy" Handmade Tortillas

I have an obsession with "truly handmade, homemade things".  I would rather have a strawberry cake from scratch than use the box; I would rather have a handmade quilt than have to buy one off of the Internet; I would rather have homemade, canned green beans than the aluminum canned beans at the market; and I would rather have homemade tortillas than the cold, hard, stale ones that come from "you name it".

I love quesadillas and burritos and other Mexican dishes that are served with the infamous tortilla. So, this past week, as I was attempting to plan out what days I work and what days I have free, I had the bright idea to make some quesadillas on the free day for The Farmer.  Before I go further, I should preface with the fact that when it comes to The Farmer, I want my food to be perfectly, amazingly, delectable and hearty. When he comes over after working all day, I want him to sit down to a set table and amazing food; that's just how I am, I love being a hostess, even to the people I'm closest to.

Anyways, as I was planning out what I needed to get at the grocery store, it hit me. (Other background info:  when an idea hits me, I HAVE TO DO IT RIGHT THEN. It's a flaw I hate admitting to.  Me = 0% self control when it comes to food and projects) "I have to make the tortillas completely homemade! There is no other option," I tell myself.  *Commence "Pinteresting"*

Now, I can show you all my findings! It was a complete success and they are the easiest things I have ever made in my entire life.  They're so fluffy and perfectly gold and AHHH, so good. I will never buy another grocery store tortilla again.

Let's get started!

You will need:
2 3/4 c. flour of your choice (White, wheat, unbleached, etc.)
1 1/4 tsp. table salt
1/4 c. Olive Oil
1 c. water (any temp.)

-Mix your flour and salt together in a bowl.
-Add water and olive oil to the salt/flour mixture and mix!
-Separate dough:  for small, quesadilla sized tortillas:  golf ball size; for large burrito sized quesadillas: double or triple golf ball size.
-When done with the separating, turn on stove and begin rolling out the balls.
**When rolling out the dough, if you're desiring burritos, roll the dough out with some length, almost in the shape of a rectangle, if you're desiring quesadillas, rolled the dough into circles.**
-Once skillet is hot, place the rolled dough on it and wait for it to do its thing. (You will start to see brown spots on the side touching skillet, that is when you flip!)
**It is completely optional to use oil on skillet, I didn't use any and they never stuck to the pan once but if you like the flavor of oil then by all mean, oil 'er up!**

That's it! Now you can grill up some chicken or beef and get some salsa and cheese and you've got an amazing, easy, and tasty meal!

Have fun cooking,

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My First Quilt

Quilts have such a rich and amazing history.  They have been made all over the country for many years and are still being made today.  I have always been fascinated by the unique blankets.  Not one quilt is the same, each stitch and fabric piece are carefully selected to come together to create a beautiful piece of practical art.   I could peruse the pages of Pinterest for different quilts for hours.  I love to think of different color combinations and layouts; I have yet to see an ugly quilt.

I started my first quilt in August of 2012.  My friend, Jordan, and I chose to do the same one together.  This way, we can help each other on the hard parts and be able to do it together.  This project for many skilled quilters would have taken maybe a couple of months, but for us it took about 6.  But each section of work we did on the quilts made it all worth it.  I love laying on the couch with mine and looking at all of the stitch work that my fingers put there.  Making a quilt is such a rewarding endeavor.

Now that my first quilt is done, I am more than ready to begin my next!


Easter Festivities

I absolutely love Easter Sunday.  It's meaning has such significance in the life that I have and it's a powerful reminder to all Christians about why we are who we are.

Not only is the meaning of Easter amazing, but the fellowship that comes along with it is as well.  All of the quaint lunches with cold pasta salad, sweet potato casseroles and strawberry cakes make the atmosphere perfect for the introduction to spring. (Also, it is now socially acceptable to wear white again. I have long awaited this moment...let's have a moment of silence for the dark, dingy days that have come to an end...........)

This Easter weekend I was lucky enough to spend Easter with my family and amazing friends! Here are some pictures from the awesome weekend I shared with all of them.

You can't have Easter without dyeing some eggs.

My cute little friends.

On a total side note completely unrelated to Easter, I got Chacos!
The Farmer and I. He's so handsome.

One of my 7th grade bible study girls, she's the best!

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays and this year it was even better.  I loved spending time with The Farmer and our close friends and family.  It's days like these that make all the hard and stressful days worth it.

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter!


P.S. Only 109 days until I marry the man of my dreams!