Friday, December 21, 2012

Pin to Present: Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow

I. Love. Puppy Chow. So when I found this recipe for Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow, I was very excited. I actually combined two different "pins," if you will, for inspiration: Sally's Baking Addiction gave me the peppermint idea, and I liked the recipe Peanut Butter Fingers used for her Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow (I also improvised and added peppermint extract).

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 12-ounce package white baking chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup of crushed candy canes
  • 9 cups rice Chex cereal

Directions:
  • Melt the white baking chips in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for a minute, stir well, and continue microwaving at 15 second intervals until completely melted.
  • Stir in peppermint extract 
  • Add rice Chex cereal
  • Add crushed candy cane pieces
  • Add powdered sugar (I typically use a large tupperware container to shake and cover all of the cereal with powdered sugar)
And voila! A fantastically delicious treat!
In a pinch for a cute/quick gift idea? Grab some scrapbook paper, holiday-themed stickers, and a stapler. Use these for an office holiday party (the reason I made them), a family get-together, or as a gift for neighbors!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Recipe: Butterfinger Minis

This is my absolute favorite time of year.
Family
Friends
Carols
Giving
Cheer
Snow
Twinkly Lights
and...we can't forget BAKING! :)
This is a recipe my mom started making, and I have no idea where she heard/read about it but it's one of my favorites. Since there's no official name, I've decided to call them Butterfinger Minis as they resemble the delicious candy bar.
Anywho, the recipe consists of 3 simple ingredients: Cheez-Its, peanut butter, and chocolate almond bark (I know it might sound a little weird, but don't judge until you've tried them). That's it. So easy. Although, I must warn you, this is not a recipe if you're short on time...this is a recipe best made on a lazy Sunday watching your favorite purple & gold football team pummel a less-than-favorable one ;)
For this recipe, I enlisted the help of my two special kitchen friends :)
First step: sandwich peanut butter between two Cheez-Its.
MMmmmm peanut butter...


Side note: I used the family-sized box of Cheez-Its, which makes about 250 "sandwiches." 

That's a lot of Cheez-Its!
Second step: melt chocolate almond bark. I followed the directions on the package - microwave for 1 minute, stir well, and continue microwaving at 15 second intervals until completely melted.

Third step: using tongs, dip each Cheez-It sandwich into the almond bark. 
Side note: 1 package of almond bark will coat approximately 60-70 sandwiches. Also, it's a good idea to use wax paper when letting the Butterfinger Minis harden (I forgot to buy some when I made these).
Fourth step: Pop into the fridge for 5 minutes to harden, take off the tray/cookie sheet and enjoy!



Saturday, December 15, 2012

New Camera Fun!

Wow, have I been on hiatus or what? No matter, I have exciting news - I got a new camera! I've been wanting a DLSR camera forrrrrrrrever, and Christmas came a little early this year :) We opted for the Canon T3i, and it's exceptional. It's incredible what kind of difference a high-quality camera can make. Granted, I've only taken it out on one outing so far, but I'm very pleased with the results. Below are photos I took of our outing in the first big MN snowfall this winter.

This is the face of a pup excited to be out playing in the snow



However, the fun was short-lived. It doesn't take long for Bear to get cold and start whining to go home.
Ok, that was fun, but I'm sick of the snow...
I can't wait to start baking delicious goodies and use my new camera to help make them look even more delectable!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Reboot Days #8, 9 & 10

Well, I did it. I tried doing a juice fast (in addition to fresh fruits and veggies), and I didn't die. I survived 10 days without chocolate, cookies, and candy. While I gave in a little here and there, I stuck to the modified juice diet about 90%.

I lost almost 6 pounds in 10 days on the juice fast. Even more than that, I gained a sense of how much better my life can be by sticking to a healthier diet. I probably would've lost more weight had I stuck to just juice, but I simply couldn't commit to that, and I didn't want to set myself up for failure. So I stuck to juice, fresh fruits and veggies.

It's amazing how much you can learn about yourself in only 10 days. Here are some key insights I realized:
  •  You have no idea how much you're tempted on a daily basis until you cut processed food out of your diet completely.
  • I have a new found respect for those who refrain from eating certain things e.g. vegetarians, vegans, etc. It's very hard to do, and I will never judge again.
  • You quickly find out what your weaknesses are.
  • You also quickly find out what aspects of your life have the worst impact on your diet (if I'm being honest - for me, it was the workplace)
  • You realize how strong you are - believe me when I say that I did NOT think I would even last a day. Tom had a lot more confidence/belief in me than I had in myself, which brings me to my last point:
  • It's much much easier to do a diet/fast as a team. Since Tom and I did this together, it made it easier for me to refrain from indulging (for the most part). Having someone to cheer you on (and you helping cheer someone else on) holds you more accountable, and you really stop to ask yourself "Do I really NEED that cookie? Tom would be so disappointed..." Working as a team definitely helps.
I hope I've inspired you the past 10 days. It was by no means easy, but I'm excited to use this experience as a jumping-off point into healthier eating and an overall healthier lifestyle. I hope this was somewhat insightful, and that you gained something by reading it. Thanks to all of you who supported me through this - it really meant a lot :) And so, I leave this fasting experience with a someecard that I find hilarious:


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Reboot Days 6 &7

Well, we made it through the weekend! It wasn't easy - especially since we went to a Beer Bust fundraiser for a friend's hockey league in Minneapolis - but we did really well. We came home after and may have had a little too much veggies & dip to drown our non-bar-food-eating sorrows, but we still managed to stay on track. I've been sticking to my raspberry, blueberry, carrot and orange juice in the afternoons and nasty veggie ones at night. The end is in sight!

Weight: 146.2


Friday, September 28, 2012

Reboot Days #4 & 5

Knocking out two days with this post - nothing really new to report. I'm halfway done now which is really exciting, and I'm looking forward to eating normal (healthy) meals next week. I honestly didn't think I would make it this far, and I'm happy that I've been able to stay on track with a few small indulgences here and there. This morning I weighed in at 147 pounds - so I've lost about 5 pounds. I still really haven't found a veggie juice that I can drink without plugging my nose, but it's fine - all that matters is that I'm drinking them!

With all of the temptations that I've encountered over the past few days, one thing that's helped me stay motivated is my fitness Pinterest board. Now you obviously need to be careful on Pinterest, because it's extremely easy to get sucked in to looking at food, but it can also be a great source of inspiration. Here's a great quote that I love:


So here's to 5 more days - wahoo! :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Reboot Day #3

Well, this is going to be a short post. Today was better than yesterday. Then again, I didn't have the temptation of Chipotle either. Surprisingly, the hardest part of the day is at night when I get home from work. I don't know what it is - maybe it's the fact that at work I'm at my desk all day and don't have food with me, and then when I get home I hear the Blue Bunny Moose Tracks ice cream calling me from inside the freezer...

What I do know is that I'm 1/3 of the way done, and I'm excited! I didn't think I would make it this long, so I'm very proud of myself. I'm starting to realize how crappy I've been eating, and all of the temptations I succumb to everyday. You don't realize how tempted you are by something until you can't have it.

Anyways, today I had 3 juices, lots of water, some grapes at lunch and a couple pieces of cauliflower with veggie dip (I'm telling you that veggie dip gets me through the day!).

I weighed myself today and I'm 147.8 so that's about 4 pounds I've lost since starting the fast. But that's not the only reason why I'm doing this - I also noticed that I had a little more energy than normal today.

So whoo hoo! Day 3! Here's to 7 more :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Reboot Day #2

This morning I woke up feeling pretty good. I had a very "I can totally do this!" attitude, and was ready to take on the world. Tom and I made a new juice this morning with beets and radishes, and no surprise, I hated it. It literally tasted like I was drinking dirt. I'm quickly realizing that I enjoy the fruit juices more, but unfortunately I can't fast on those alone. Sometimes I really wish I didn't have such stupid taste-buds...

Here's the beet juice recipe:
  • 3 beets
  • 13 radishes
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 4 cups of parsley
  • 1 jalapeno 
We didn't have the parsley or jalapeno


Here's photos of the more delicious fruit juice with raspberries, blueberries, oranges, and this time I added carrots:

Reboot Journal Day #2 
  • Weight: 148.8 
I'm not going to do the hour-by-hour thing today, because overall, today really sucked. I still felt kind of hazy, and to top it off we had Chipotle for staff lunch. It is extremely difficult to sit with a glass of water, juice, and some fruit while 15 others are enjoying Chipotle deliciousness. I made it through the staff meeting, but ended up sneaking 2 chips later in the afternoon which I thought was impressive because I managed to stop at only 2. I also had an apple around 3 p.m. because my tummy was rumbling.

I don't know what happened after that. We got home, and I was not feeling the whole "juice fast" thing - it was kind of like a light bulb clicking on all of a sudden. We went and got more produce, came home, and I decided that I would rather go to bed at 6:30 p.m. than drink a juice. I woke up just a 1/2 hour ago and was starving, but knew if I had a juice it was NOT going to stay down. So I had a piece of toast. I know my body's limitations, and it was either eat something of substance or feel horrible in the morning. So I ate toast. I'm going back on the juice fast thing tomorrow, but I'll tell you something - it feels like we've been on this a week and not just 2 days...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Reboot Day #1

I've decided (along with my boyfriend Tom) to do a juice fast. I'm shooting for 10 days, and Tom is going for 15. Why am I doing this? I'm not happy with my health. I'm not only doing this for the weight loss, but also to feel better about myself and my health. We put so much crap into our bodies, and I think it's high time to give mine a break.

We were inspired by the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" which is about this Australian guy (Joe) who comes to the U.S. and goes on a juice fast for 60 days. Joe is 100 pounds overweight, suffers from an autoimmune disease which requires him to take a ton of steroids, and he's sick of it. The documentary chronicles his mission to regain his health and heal himself from the inside out. By the end of it, he's over 100 pounds lighter, and is completely off the steroids. Interesting concept, but scary to someone like me who doesn't eat ANY fruits/veggies. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little scared to do this - especially after tasting the "juice..."

Here. We. Go.

Tom and I went and bought a juicer Sunday night, and enough produce to get us through a few days of juices (which ends up being A LOT of food!). Here's the recipe we used - makes 2 servings -
  • 1 bunch of kale (usually 6-8 leaves)
  • 2 green apples (we ended up using Fuji apples)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 ginger root (thumb size)
I'm going to be completely honest with you - I HATED this juice. It's flat out nasty, and the first one Tom made had way too much ginger in it so it also had a pleasant burning sensation as it went down your throat. I was able to choke that one down (barely), and am looking forward to trying other recipes.

Here are some tips on how to drink a juice you're not particularly fond of:
  • Don't look directly at it. It's best to focus on something else while drinking.
  • Tell yourself you're drinking apple juice (or any other juice you like). Repeat. A LOT.
  • Have a glass of water close by to chase the juice. If you're like me, you'll have to refill your water glass 3 times...
  • Plug your nose when drinking. **Note: people may laugh at you, but hey - whose the one soaking up glorious nutrients? That's right - YOU! :)

Reboot Journal Day #1 - Monday, September 24 weight: 151.6

7:30 - Tom made us absolutely delicious (please note the sarcasm) juices for breakfast and lunch. Again, I had to chase mine with water (and plug my nose), but it was better than last night's burning throat sensation. Even though he used 1/2 the amount of celery and threw in a bunch of fruit i.e. strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc. I could still taste the celery. Gross.

8:30 - I'm excited to start this thing, and think that I can really do it - hooray for being healthy! That is, until I get to work to find out someone brought in homemade oatmeal cookies. Of course this would happen on the day I decide to swear off solid food for 10 days. Stay focused Michelle - keep your eyes on the goal!

10:00 - Feeling a little tired - like I'm in a fog, and it feels like I'm running to the bathroom every 30 mins. which isn't surprising considering how much liquid I'm drinking.

11:15 - I. AM. HUNGRY. It's a sad day being hungry and realizing you have green goop for lunch...

1:00 - Finally decide I'm hungry enough to tackle the green goop

3:30 - Starting to get hunger pangs...

4:30 - So hungry my arm is starting to look delicious...

5:15 - We get home from work and I immediately make a bee-line to the fridge and pull out some cauliflower pieces and veggie dip. But (gasp!) the guy in the documentary didn't eat solid food for 60 days! Well, I am NOT that guy. Tom and I have decided that we'll stick to the juices as much as we can, and use solid fruits/veggies to stave off hunger if we need to. 

5:30 - Cub Foods run for more fruits/veggies. I'm determined to find a juice that I can actually enjoy.

6:30 - We come home and I make a DELICIOUS juice - hooray!

Berry Bonanza
  • 1 container blueberries
  • 1 container raspberries
  • 2 oranges
So there is hope for me yet! I'll post photos of the Berry juice tomorrow. Cheers! :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pin to Present - Cake Batter Popcorn

Today's "Pin to Present" post is cake batter popcorn. Yes, it's as delicious as it sounds and it's super easy to make! I apologize for the photos...I really want to get a DLSR camera to better capture the deliciousness of the recipes I make. Maybe I'll get one for Christmas? **Hint hint Tom! ;)

Recipe and photo from TastyKitchen.com
Anywhoodles, back to the recipe. All you need is 5 ingredients - that's right, only 5! Plus, it takes just 5 minutes to make! So if you find yourself in a pinch to make something for a get-together/potluck, this recipe is great because it consists of basic pantry staples: yellow cake mix, popcorn seeds, white chocolate chips, vegetable shortening and sprinkles (optional).

Here's a breakdown of the recipe:
  • 1-½ cup melted white chocolate or almond bark
  • ¼ cups vegetable shortening
  • 1-1 ½ cup yellow or white cake mix
  • 6 cups popcorn (popped)
  • ¼ cups sprinkles
First, melt the white chocolate/almond bark in the microwave. I put it in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each 30 seconds until it is fully melted. Then, stir in the vegetable shortening to the melted chocolate. I didn't have to put it back in the microwave to completely melt it but you can if you have to.



Next, add the cake mix to the almond bark/chocolate. The recipe calls for 1 – 1 ½ cups cake mix, but I would err on the lesser side - it makes the chocolate mixture super thick which in turn makes it more difficult to mix in the popcorn.

Pour the chocolate coating onto the popcorn and use your hands to toss everything together—it's waaaay easier than using a spoon, but watch out, it gets pretty messy! If you don’t get every single white chocolate cake batter clump perfectly mixed in with the popcorn, don't fret - it'll harden anyway and work out just fine.

Pour the popcorn out onto cookie sheets to cool/harden. Sprinkle immediately with your choice of sprinkles.
Wait until fully hardened (if you can) and enjoy!



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Vintage Kitchen Tools

Since we finally have a place to decorate, we decided to hit up Stillwater this past weekend and do some antiquing. I've always been a fan of vintage kitchen tools, so I was really excited to collect some and spruce up our kitchen. This is a great and (fairly) inexpensive way to add character to your walls - plus, it's always fun giving life to old gadgets! I ended up buying an ice cream scoop, meat tenderizer, egg beater, sifter, and strainer.


Our kitchen is more of a walk-through, with no real dining space. However, we have a small section of wall (about a foot wide ) that juts out right where the living room/kitchen come together. It's the only space available to put a kitchen table (besides the living room), and is where I decided to hang the tools. I basically just eyeballed where I wanted to hang each item, but placed the bigger tools (sifter/egg beater) at opposite ends for balance.

I used the standard nail and hammer technique for the sifter and strainer, and used hemp cord to hang the ice cream scoop, meat tenderizer and egg beater.

Simply loop the hemp through the tool you want to hang and tie a knot. This will make it easier to then hang onto a nail.

Check out our new kitchen table!!!! :)


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Goodwill

The best thing about Goodwill - used books! :)


Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Say Yes" - Etsy Finds

Since we're in the midst of wedding season (and becuase I'll have attended 4 weddings once mid-November hits), I naturally have weddings on the brain. Not my own so to speak, just weddings in general. Though I'm far from planning my own wedding, thanks to sites like Pinterest and Etsy I can at least start thinking about what I would want for decor, colors, theme, etc. Problem is, there are way too many options! Looking at my "Happily Ever After" board on Pinterest I know I lean towards vintage/rustic, but even that doesn't really narrow it down. What I do know is that I want it to be simple and very much DIY, which again is why I'm thankful for sites like Pinterest and Etsy to provide ideas to pull (and copy) from. Below are a few wedding-related items I've found on Etsy that inspire me. Enjoy!

1) Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Invitation

2) Personalized - Vintage Wedding Wish Tree Tags

3) Rustic Burlap Cards Banner

4) Shabby Chic Chalkboard
5) Penguin Wedding Cake Topper

Sunday, August 26, 2012

State Fair Fun!


The MN State Fair is a bittersweet time. It means summer is coming to an end, but that my favorite season (fall) is right around the corner. This year, I accompanied my grandma and aunt and although it rained, we still managed to have a fabulous time at the great Minnesota get-together.

I really enjoy Gander Mountain's booth. Well, maybe not the booth so much as the awesome animal hats! I decided to go the deer route this year, while Julie opted for the lovely small mouth bass.

No MN State Fair adventure is complete without a stop at Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar. YUM!!

I'm also a big fan of Australian Battered Potatoes. Along with Sweet Martha's Cookies, this is the only time of year I'm able to indulge in the deliciousness of deep fried potato slices slathered with cheese and ranch sauce (what grandma is holding in the above picture) - I'm actually a little relieved that they're only available at the State Fair! As sorry as I am to see summer go, I can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store. And with that, I bid adieu to you State Fair...until next year! :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Shop Ruche

I've recently been introduced to a wonderful vintage clothing/accessory website called ShopRuche.com. If any of you are familiar with Mod Cloth, it's kind of similar - big difference being that at least half (if not more) of Shop Ruche's dresses are under $50. A couple of weeks ago, I purchased these pretty earrings along with some dresses. I absolutely love them! They go with everything and are the perfect combination of vintage meets modern. They were pretty pricey for me when it comes to earrings ($27.99), but were definitely worth it as I've already worn them quite a few times. If you really love something and know you'll wear it/use it frequently, why not spend a little extra :)


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Late Father's Day Post - Candy Letter

I know Father's Day was a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to share the gift we gave my dad this year because it can work for any occasion. I feel like my dad kind of gets gypped every Father's Day. My mom enjoys flowers and fun crafty things so shopping for her is fairly easy. My dad on the other hand always ends up getting something for the garage or fishing tackle (although, I might be over thinking this - maybe I don't find garage/fishing stuff fun because I'm a girl. Hmmm....). This year with the help of Pinterest, I found a great idea I thought he would love and would help make me feel better about not getting him "fun" gifts. He loved it, and my brother, sister and I came off looking like rockstars. The hardest part was finding all of the candy - putting this together only took about 10-15 minutes.

Supplies:
  • Cardboard - I picked mine up at the dollar store, and they were more of a foam cardboard
  • Tape
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Marker
  • Creative Story
  • CANDY! :)
This project is fun because you can tweak the story to flow however you want. I used two boards because I wanted to use as many candy pieces as I could (24 pieces!), and used a hot glue gun to secure the boxed candy, and tape to secure the rest. Since my dad doesn't really care for fruity candy, I primarily stuck to chocolate pieces.

Note: the candy after Nerds is Reese's Nutrageous :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wedding Season - Bridesmaids by the numbers {INFOGRAPHIC}

It's wedding season! I'll be attending four weddings this late summer/fall (two of which I'm in), and I recently came across this infographic on Pinterest regarding Bridesmaids that I found really interesting. Statistics from cost ($1,695?! - whaaat??) to how many bridesmaids. Cheers!



Friday, May 25, 2012

5 Things Friday - Summer Reading Edition

I love to read, and this week's "5 Things Friday" post is about my summer reading list. Granted, I plan on reading more than the five I've listed below, but these particular books have been on my radar for a while.



1) The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring: I loved the movies, and decided it was high time I read the books. I really enjoyed The Hobbit, and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

2) A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1): This is the book I'm most excited to read this summer. My co-workers got me hooked on the HBO series which was surprising because I've never gotten into medieval fantasy shows, but I love it. If you've never heard of it, here's a synopsis from GoodReads:  
    • Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
      Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones. 

3) Wuthering Bites: I'm not afraid to admit that I've been a little obsessed with vampires since the second grade (don't ask me why there were vampire books in an elementary school). In fact, Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of my all-time favorite books. I'm intrigued to see how adding a vampire-twist to a literary work will pan out.

4) 50 Shades of Grey: I've heard interesting (albeit disturbing) things about this book, and have finally succumbed to peer pressure. This should be quite the experience considering I've never read (and have never had a desire to read) romance novels, but we'll see!

5) The Great Gatsby: A book that's been on my personal "to-read" list for ages, and is also on my "1,000 Books to Read Before You Die List." I plan to finally check it off this summer.  
 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

DIY Scrabble Tile Coasters

Idea and photo from Curbly.com | DIY coasters by me! :)





For my first "Pin to Present" post, I decided to try and tackle these cute Scrabble tile coasters. Though they're pretty easy to make, this project does take some time. Here are the items you'll need:
  • Scrabble tiles (look for these at garage sales, thrift stores, or on Ebay)
  • Cork board (I found actual coaster-sized cork board at JoAnn Fabrics, and also bought regular cork board sheets)
  • Sandpaper
  • Super glue (I used E-6000)
  • Xacto or crafting knife (I used a box cutter)
  • Clear Varnish, Mod Podge, or some kind of clear water resistant sealant
  • Paper towels

The first thing you'll need to do is separate your tiles into the words that you want. I had to do some Google-searching, but eventually came up with some good ones! Then you'll want to sand the backs of the tiles (this will help the glue hold to the cork better). Next, take your glue and glue each tile down one by one (make sure you don't use too much - use a paper towel to wipe away any excess).


 Then you'll take your knife and cut away the excess cork - be sure to cut on a cutting mat to protect your surfaces. Then let dry (I think I waited about 20-30 minutes). Next you'll want to coat with the sealant. I followed the directions on the can of sealant and used two coats. And you're all set! Cute coasters you can give as a gift or use for yourself.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Taco Pinwheels

Since Cinco De Mayo fell on a Saturday this year, at work we decided to do a Cuatro De Mayo fiesta potluck. I brought taco pinwheels which, I'm not going to lie, are delicious! Even better, they're super easy to make (I LOVE easy recipes don't you?).


The ingredients you'll need are:
  • Soft tortilla shells (the bigger ones)
  • Shredded Cheese (your choice on what kind - I use mild cheddar)
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 8oz sour cream
  • Small can of diced black olives
  • Small can of green chilies 
  • Red pepper
  • Yellow onion


First, you'll want to blend the cream cheese and sour cream together until it's a smooth consistency. Then, you'll add the entire cans of black olives and green chilies. Next, you'll need to chop up the red pepper and onion (Note: it's up to you how much you want to use, but I used 1/2 of the red pepper and 1/2 of the onion). Finally, you'll add in 1/2 - 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Mix all the ingredients together until well blended.

Now you'll need to spread the mixture onto your tortilla shells. Make sure you don't use too much - just enough to cover the entire shell. Then, you'll roll the tortilla shell up and place in a pan for refrigeration later. You should have enough spread for 8 tortilla shells. Cover the pan with saran wrap, and refrigerate for about 45 minutes to harden the shells and the mixture.


All that's left to do is cut the tortillas! Make sure you have a sharp knife, and be very gentle when cutting - if you cut too hard, the mixture will ooze out. I find it works best to do a sawing motion while applying light pressure until the knife breaks through the shell. Also, it's easier to just cut off and discard (or eat) the ends. And voila! Don't they look yummy?