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Today is all about carbs, carbs, carbs!

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Recipe Here!

Fettucine Alfredo

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Recipe Here!

Gnocchi w/Ham and Peas

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Easy Skillet Lasagna

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Recipe Here!

Kale Pesto Chicken Pasta

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Recipe Here!

Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

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Recipe Here!

Mac and Cheese w/ Chicken and Broccoli

mac and cheese

Recipe Here!

Can’t decide on one recipe? Choose them all! Today is a national holiday.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life ~ Kathy

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 NATIONAL TORTILLA CHIP DAY

Chili Lime Tortilla Chips

National Tortilla Chip Day, a day set aside for the crunchy snack loved by millions across the nation, is observed annually on February 24th.

The tortilla chip is most commonly served with salsa, chile con queso, guacamole, cheese dips or other dips.  Tortilla chips are made from corn tortillas that have been cut into wedges and then fried.  The corn tortillas are made from corn, vegetable oil, salt and water.  Typically made with yellow corn, tortillas can also be made with white, blue or red corn.

Even though tortilla chips have always been considered to be a Mexican food, known as tostados, they were first mass-produced in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. It is said that the triangle-shaped tortilla chips were made popular by Rebecca Webb Carranza as a way to use the misshapen tortillas that were rejected from the automated tortilla manufacturing machine that she and her husband used at their Los Angeles deli and tortilla factory.

Carranza realized that once the discarded tortillas were cut into triangle shapes and fried, they became a popular snack.  She then sold them for a dime a bag at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory.  Carranza received the Golden Tortilla Award in 1994 for her contribution to the Mexican food industry.

The United States is one of the primary markets for tortilla chips. 

Another favorite dish made with tortilla chips is nachos.  The dish was first created around 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya. Nachos are tortilla chips served with melted or shredded cheese, and often additional toppings are added, such as meat, salsa, refried beans, tomatoes, diced onion, lettuce, olives, jalapenos, guacamole and sour cream.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Go and get your favorite dip and enjoy some tortilla chips. Don’t forget that margarita to wash it all down!

Have a Great Weekend! Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

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Say it ain’t so! We all have the occasional sweet tooth now and then (if you’re me more often than others) and we don’t want to spend hours slaying over a hot oven, not to mention have you seen how many ingredients some of those desserts have? Give me a boxed cake mix any day! Well I have a little treat for you (and yes they’re edible) here are my top 5 sweet desserts that you can make in 5 minutes! I’ve included the link to the complete list of these desserts as well as the recipes because there’s just so many to choose from they all deserve some kind of recognition. Go ahead and pick your favorite (or all of them), trust me I won’t judge!

Microwave Brownie in a Cup

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Microwave Strawberry Cobbler

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Cookie Dough Waffle

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Apple Crisp

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Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

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Click Me for the Recipes and More Desserts: http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/five-minute-desserts?bfsms=1&utmterm=.msEy08QzAR#.urpkwvGop

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I wanted to wish a very Happy Birthday to my wonderful new assistant! She’s turning 21 and I’m sure we can all remember what it was like at that age. While she is out living it up I thought I would share with you all one of my favorite cake recipes in honor of her birthday. This cake is not healthy by any means but it’s nice to indulge from time to time, and this recipe delivers on all fronts! Also, chocolate cake? Need I say more!

Sandy’s Chocolate Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1-1/3 cups boiling water
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 9-in. round baking pans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Stir in water until blended.
  3. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a metal bowl over simmering water, melt butter and chocolates; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
  5. In a large bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture; beat until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.

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