New Mexican Hatch Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

It was in the 50s & 60s today with a light rain falling most of the day…perfect weather to make a casserole! I had picked up some New Mexican Hatch green chiles at the store yesterday…ENCHILADAS! Oh Yay!

To make the sauce I used:

8-10 chiles
3 cloves garlic
2 tsp Mexican oregano
couple of pinches of cumin seed

Cut the stems off the chiles, cut in half and remove seeds. Put them into a large sauce pan and add enough water to be about an inch below the top of the chiles…simmer over medium-low heat until tender. Keep the water!

Put chiles, garlic, oregano, cumin seed (and a tsp of salt, if you want) into a food processor and whirl away.

I put the chile mixture in a medium size bowl and then add about 2 cups of the saved water, mix and set aside.

Now I take two boneless, skinless chicken breasts and put them in the sauce pan I cooked the chiles in…add two more chiles, and add water. Cook until the chicken falls apart! We want tender shredded chicken.

For the rest of the insides…1/2 to a whole medium onion, chopped. Shredded cheese.

Put about 1-2 TBSP canola oil into a large skillet, heat on high and then add the chile mixture to it. Heat until it boils and then simmer for 15 minutes. Now add some oil in a smaller skillet and heat like you are going to make regular tacos. Dip your corn tortillas into the chile sauce and then fry each tortilla on both sides until lightly fried.

I dip the fried tortilla once more into the chile sauce and then add chicken, onion, and cheese. Roll, then place in a casserole dish that has a bit of chile sauce in the bottom. Continue with all the other tortillas (I did a total of 12).

Pour some more chile sauce over the top of the rolled enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Put in 400F oven until sauce bubbles and cheese is melted.

For a side dish I followed Red’s Rice & Beans Post…I took a package of Regular Ben’s rice and then added a can of S&W’s Santa Fe Recipe beans (pintos, small red beans, yellow corn, onion). Sliced some avocado. A dallop of fat free sour cream on the enchiladas…and…


Windy Moon Quilt Shop’s Tent Sale Buys ~ 2010

Just wanted to share what I bought at Windy Moon’s Tent Sale this morning. 🙂

I picked up backings for two quilt tops:

My Water/Ocean quilt…I bought more of the batik that I made one the borders with:

For my Spring Window quilt, more of Lila Tueller’s Eden (LOVE LOVE LOVE that fabric line!!!!)

A bag loaded with fat quarters, 1/2 yard, 14″x14″ squares of 1930 Reproduction fabrics!

And last, but not least, a few bunch of 1/2 yards of Sandy Gervais’ Fresh Squeezed by Moda:

Thursday’s Ramblings ~ 26 August 2010

I am so ready for Fall…and it looks like we will be getting a tease of it this weekend! Chris Larson on KOLO has this to say in his forecast:

Thursday will be the last hot day… as temperatures plummet into the weekend. A strong area of low pressure and a potent cold front move in Saturday and Sunday. This will bring much cooler temps… with highs only in the upper sixties for Sunday afternoon.

Then the stupid heat comes back next week. Big Sigh.


I tried a new recipe last night for dinner. Didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to be, but it was quite wonderful!

Quinoa Falafels with Tahini Sauce from Sprouted Kitchen. It was suggest by Blaze.

I followed the recipe…used some of my fresh Italian Parsley and Greek Oregano, a bit less Corriander and more of the Cumin (me LUVS cumin!)…oh yeah…two more garlic cloves. 🙂 For the sauce I used fat-free Greek yogurt and added about 1/2 cup of chives (I made a double batch of the sauce).

So…dinner was supposed to be Falafels with Tahini sauce, chicken breast, and a salad of cucumber & tomato & green onions. But…the falafels ended up looking like fried rice instead!

VERY TASTY! Loved it! Lunch is all of it wrapped up in some flat bread.

By the way…the wine was Deep Purple (bottle artwork was very cool and on sale)…I wouldn’t buy it again. Ugh the headache this morning! And I only had two glasses!


On Sunday I went over to my mom’s house as she picked up some fresh peaches from Apple Hill (Placerville, CA area). So I took my canning equipment over there and canned some peaches for her…and made peach jam!

I took 3 jars of jam for payment…already ate one. It’s really good, especially with the 3 glugs of rum that I added to it. 🙂


I have been seeing more Canada Geese flying around town in the mornings! Fall is coming!


Until last night (which was bloody hot!) I was pulling up the quilt from the bottom of the bed halfway through the night. FALL IS COMING!




We are counting down to the Tent Sale!
This Saturday, August 28th we are cleaning out the closets!
You’ll find lots of discounts on
kits, fabrics, sample quilts, and a whole lot more!
The sale starts at 8:00 a.m. and goes until 5:30 p.m.
We’re only accepting cash payments outside, but you can use cards and checks inside the store! There will be more sales and discounts going on inside as well as outside.


Nevada is screwed no matter which way we vote in both the gubernatorial and US senate race. Big sigh.


I absolutely LOVE the SyFy show Haven ( based on the Stephen King novella, The Colorado Kid). Have you watched it yet? Friday nights after Eureka…another of my favorite shows.


Charles Addams. I LOVE his drawings. I LOVE his sense of humor. I LOVE THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

My two new books that came in the mail last week!

The Addams Family: An Evilution

Charles Addams Happily Ever After: A Collection of Cartoons to Chill the Heart of Your Loved One

Next on my wishlist: Addams Family Half Baked Cookbook

All to add to my original hardback that I had Addams & Evil

I finished my Ocean Quilt Top – HST Quilt

I took a half day off work yesterday. Had to be home for a repairman to fix a cracked window, and after he left…I grabbed my quilt top and headed over to WINDY MOON to find some fabric for the borders. The ladies there are always willing to help find the perfect fabric. 🙂

Then they asked if I was going to have one of the longarm quilters there quilt it for me…told them I don’t have that type of money. BUT! I do have a Janome 1600P-DB that my inlaws gave me for Christmas that I have not used yet. So I will bring it in for Donna to go over with me the basics of FMQ.

They were getting busy in the shop, so I headed on home to my wee sewing space and started in on finishing my quilt. We moved to a smaller house/duplex in July, so I do not have a dedicated sewing room anymore. I have my sewing machine set up in the corner of our guest room; my fabric hutch is also in there; I put nails up on the closet to hook the design wall up; ironing board goes down and back up…but then I have to go down the hall, through the kitchen, down the stairs into the basement to my cutting table! Let me tell you…I get my excerise in when making a quilt. Up and Down, Up and Down…Up and half way Down, back Up (forgot the rotary!), back down.

My first quilt I ever made is on the bed…the last quilt I’m making on the wall. 🙂

Next ~ will have to figure out what I want to do for the backing. Just one fabric or mix of all? Not sure yet.

The Evolution of the Ocean Quilt

The quilt I wanted to make for myself began with collecting blue and green fabrics ~ usually fat quarters here and there, with no design in mind ~ just the color scheme.

Then my friend, April, introduced me to Jane Brocket and her book ‘The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking’. HEY! Lookie there! On the front cover and on page 127 ~ The Swimming Pool! That’s pretty! I’ll do a quilt like that!

Then I saw Allison’s (of Cluck. Cluck. SEW.) quilt SEEING RED. You can see the finished quilt in this post.

OOOOH! I’ll make the blocks Half Square Triangles, instead of a square patch quilt!!!!

Which led to the following arrangements on the design wall…

To the FINAL design…shown two ways…the last picture being the direction I will use.

Still have to figure out the borders…Blue? Green? Both?

Here’s a close up of most of the fabrics in the quilt.

Project Modern ~ Year Long Series of Quilting Challenges


Project Modern

Go check it out!  Sounds like it will be lots of fun!


I still love traditional quilts, but have ventured into more ‘modern’ quilts with fabrics that are out of my comfort zone…thanks to quarterly craft ‘color’ challenges in a group that I am in.

For Today ~ 18 August 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 18 August 2010

Outside My Window… Sunny, warm…BUT…it’s only going to be 90F today! Cool Down! Yeah right…I’ll be happy when the high is 65-70F…until then, bugger off! Oh yes…back to what is outside my window…folks walking in the door coming to work.

I am thinking… I really don’t want to be here at work. I’m going through that cycle where I go to work kicking and screaming…NO NO NO! YOU CAN’T MAKE ME GO! Big sigh. I want to work on my Ocean/Water quilt…I want to go to San Francisco…I want walk along the beach in the surf.

I am thankful for… all the pretty fabric in the world.

From the kitchen… Hopefully nothing! At least nothing that I have to make! I want to go out to eat tonight!

I am wearing… shorts, greyish brown t-shirt, barefoot (sandels are under the desk) and my hair down.

I am creating… my Water Baby quilt!

I am going… whine some more about being here at work and not at the oceanside.

I am reading… nothing at the moment.

I am hoping… that the Giants can pick up a few games from the Phillies! We will be knocked out of the Wild Card if they don’t!

I am hearing… the a/c and doors slam…sounds like someone else doesn’t want to be here!

Around the house… dead tomatillo plants. WAH!

One of my favorite things… Well…you know…that big blue-green wet thing on the west side of California? Yeah…that’s it!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… mope and whine. Go out to lunch with my former boss. Continue sewing on my quilt.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

A pregame shot of Pac Bell (or AT&T) Park…from our seats at the August 1st game against the Dodgers.

OK! Had to add another picture after seeing Donna’s post about not many people at the game. August 1st game was a sell out crowd ~ here is a picture from the other side of the park looking up at our seats. We took a walkabout during the 7th Inning Stretch.


The Simple Woman is the original home of The Simple Woman's Daybook.

My Ocean Quilt ~ Half Square Triangles

Still not sure which way my Ocean quilt will ebb to…(I know, I know)…It’ll come to me sooner or later.

I really need to get my design wall up! Last night, in a pinch, I taped up some flannel I had.

Here are two ideas that I was playing with using the few pieces that I sewed yesterday evening while listening to Monday Night Football (FALL IS COMING!!! FALL IS COMING!!!).

I think I’m leaning towards the design in the first picture.

I’m just making a huge amount of half square triangles…taking 6″ squares, drawing a line down the middle of one, then sewing a 1/4″ seam down both sides of the line. Cut down the middle, press, and you have two 1/2 square triangles. Luckily a 1/4″ is right down the middle of the left side of the Janome’s walking foot!

Leo keeping me company while I sewed.

New Quilt in the Making…

It’s been a long hot summer…and it’s only mid August! UGH! I moved in July. Had a melt-down at work sometime before that….but I think that is happening about every other month now. Let’s just say I’ve been out of sorts lately.

But all will be well soon!

Yesterday I cut out 6″ squares out of at least 23 different fabrics in 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2 yards…also lots of white on white 6″ squares.

I cleaned my Janome’s bobbin area; put in a new needle; wound 4 bobbins of the thread I’ll be using; marked lines down the diagonal of the white squares!

I’m ready to start sewing tonight after I get off of work!