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Bleahhhhh. Sometimes, I just have no inspiration, and for no good reason. I just couldn’t think of good things to write about! (That was a lame excuse, if I’ve ever heard one…) The reality is, I thought I was almost done with InfectionMageddon (?? it’s a word, now) but woke up on Friday unable to talk… and that hasn’t changed. Somehow, both my inspiration and voice are gone.

Then, I read Janetha’s post on times when bloggers lack motivation to blog, which justified my not blogging for a while, and I thought, “hey, it’s OK for me to ignore everyone and kick back with my wonderful homemade foods and not share them with the rest of the world.”

But then, I felt guilty and cruel thinking that, so here I am, back. I don’t have a recipe on tap for you today, but I’m HERE.

And I thought I’d share with you a few quirky tidbits I found ’roundabouts the web…

1. Got leftover celery? Use it to make a lovely rose stamp.

2. Keep this inspirational quote in mind every time you’re working out and feeling too slow, too fat, too… whatever.

3. Edible crayons! So pretty!

4. If you like beer more than I do… the health benefits of the moderate consumption of beer.

5. And finally… the strategic plan I like to follow in life. I think it’s for everyone.

Before I sign off: I’d like to mention The Great Fundraising Act. I’ll let you read the posts on your own, but this is an online bake sale for blogger Susan, who I’ve just recently started reading. A minor neck twinge a few weeks ago led her to the doctor, where they discovered lymphoma (and she’s in the hospital for a while). Even if you don’t participate in the fundraiser, stop by her blog, comment, and show your support!

Hey, go out and enjoy summer! We’ll have one… eventually…. I think! I should create an invitation for the sun, or something, eh…

I’m not foolin’ ya… this is an awesome recipe!!!

I will never, ever use the canned or bottled stuff again after this past Wednesday! Easy, just a little bit of prep, I promise! And it tastes soooo good.

Unfortunately I was in a hurry making chicken enchiladas and didn’t snap a pic in time for y’all–but trust that it was a lovely rich orange-red shade. I can’t even find a stock photo gorgeous enough to convey the deliciousness…

This recipe was loosely based off of one from Mark Bittman’s The Best Recipes In The World, but I tweaked it quite a bit. Feel free to change up the spice mix, or make it milder/spicier to your desires. Make it your sauce!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

3 tbsp vegetable oil
5 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 can Mexican-style diced tomatoes (such as Rotel-brand)
2 (or more, or less–depending on your tastes) dried mild New Mexico chiles, seeded and stemmed, and coarsely chopped
2 tsp cumin (or a tad more, if you’re me)
Up to 1/2 c chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste

1. Heat the oil on medium in a large skillet. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. (Watch the garlic, so it doesn’t burn!) Add the two cans of tomatoes (including the juice) and the pieces of dried chile. Cook another 5 minutes, or until chile is softened.

2. Add cumin and stir to combine. Take off heat, and let cool a few minutes.

3. When the sauce has reached a manageable temperature, place the whole thing in a blender and puree until smooth. You may need to add chicken or veggie broth to reach your desired consistency (I like it to be a pourable slurry), but I didn’t need any broth when I made this on Wednesday. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Put it on…well, enchiladas! (duh.) If you are putting shredded meat in the filling, moisten the filling with the sauce. Great flavor! This might also be a good mix-in for a Mexican frittata or scramble (but just a tbsp or two for flavor, so your eggs hold together).

I found this to have a medium-ish kick when I tasted it by itself, but when I put it on enchiladas, the zing got really diluted. So if you like your heat, overexaggerate and don’t fear the bold!

Speaking of being bold, do you guys remember what I wrote about yesterday? Don’t forget, you guys can help me reach a fundraising goal (yikes!) without even donating anything! Just spread the word about this blog and get me more readers! I promise–more recipes, better jokes, more drama than a Jerry Springer episode… (ok, maybe I won’t stoop that low!)

Happy April Fools’ Day! Have you seen any good pranks today?

So, “they” say that one of the ways to actually achieve your goals is to make them public, right? Well… here I go.

A few days ago, I was talking with a fellow fitness instructor friend, discussing our colleague T, who was diagnosed with breast cancer toward the end of last year. Several of T’s friends–and hopefully T–will be participating in the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk this fall.
pink ribbon

All of our friends have been asking for donations, but as a fitness instructor with a long-term injury (read: pretty much jobless), I’m unfortunately not in a position to give cash. How can I help????

Which made me set a new goal: by July, increase the readership of this blog, so I can have a blog bake sale big enough to donate a sizeable amount (at least $100!) in honor of T, my grandmother, and anyone else who has suffered/is suffering from breast cancer.

So, there’s my goal.

How you can help: Retweet this post, post it on facebook, encourage people to read and subscribe. I’ll do my best to provide interesting content (any ideas for what you want me to write about? comment below!), and stick with me at least ’til the summer–that’s when I plan to hold this big fundraising shindig. 🙂

Let’s go, let’s get this par-tay started!


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