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vanilla cupcakes

I wish that I could own an apple orchard right by the ocean.

I wish that my outfits were all styled from the 1940’s and each had a smart little hat to go with them and of course were practical.

I wish I could figure out a haircut that worked for me and it wasn’t so uncomfortable for me to get said haircuts.  To my hairstylist, I apologize for my lack of social skills and zero ability to make casual conversation and that our time together is agonizing silence.

vanilla cupcakes with marshmallow coconut frosting 2

I wish I could roller skate everywhere.

I wish I could never worry about money and bills and adult like stuff and could just spend my days cooking and baking and playing with dogs and my photography.  All while roller skating!

I wish I could master the guitar.  It’s not happening.

marshmallowscoconut

I wish I could live in a lighthouse.  A lighthouse on an apple orchard overlooking the ocean.

I wish I was as wonderful a person as my grandma was and will always be in my heart.

I wish I could bake and cook like she did.

vanilla cupcake batter

I wish that I could always be smelling fresh-baked bread.  I wish I could always be stuffing fresh-baked bread into my face.

I wish I could be an old-timey lobster boat captain.  You know, as a side job from my lighthouse, apple picking, baking/cooking, dog playing, photography, roller skating duties.

batter

I wish and hope that my husband is up for some of these things.  I wouldn’t want to not have him with me, that’s no fun.

I wish I had a cupcake right now.  A yummy little vanilla cupcake with a sticky sweet coconuty marshmallow top!

frosting!

Well folks, we are in luck!

I’ll keep working on the others but the cupcake, that’s a go!

a cupcake

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chicken taquitos

Food ruts.

It’s a problem and it happening in kitchens all across america people.

No?  Is it just my kitchen?

Well that’s the pits.  I’m alway the odd man out.

taquitos

I’m not ashamed. Sometimes you have so many kitchen failures you stop trying.

Sometimes you just go blank and make what you know.

Well it’s time to pick ourselves back up, shake it off and retry.

Derby Lessons!  Or maybe that’s from batman?  Either way it works in this here kitchen scenario.

I have so many recipes ripped out, pinned and bookmarked that I want to try I need to just get at it

So without further ado I give you Chicken Taquitos!

Tracy from Shutterbean made this in tiny form from Tiny Food Party.

chickensalsa

I made these standard size, added some cream cheese and acting as a bizarro Emerald, took it down a notch.

I do not live underwater.

The Shutterbean household enjoys some spicier flavors than some of the residents here in Fidgetsville…Cough….Adam!

But you can make it however you like in your kitchen kingdom.

franklin & chickenthe roll up

They are so tasty and not at all difficult to make.  Oh and a heads up, the avocado honey lime dip is swoon worthy.

You will want to put that on any carb you can find and you know what, you should.

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Bad-bye.

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cabbage soup 2

What gives mother nature?

It’s still cold.

My daffodils want to know what’s up and my ankle socks say hey, were ready.

Jen fact: I can only handle two lengths of socks if any at all.

Knee-high or ankle.  Anything in-between is just weird.

Any who, I guess I’m not in a big outrage.  I’m still figuring out a good schedule for myself and I would hate to think I missed spring.

Plus the chill in the air means it is still a good time for soup!

cabbage

Huzzah for soup!

This one has a nice kick to it thanks to the mustard, ginger and caraway seeds.  Raise your hands if caraway seeds make you swoon.

No one, is that odd? I just mean that caraway seeds take whatever they’re in up to 11.  It’s a fact, you know it, it’s okay if you don’t want to say.

soup starters

I would totally bring this cabbage soup to your house if you were sick. It is brothy and vegetabley and spicy and is gonna make you want to eat it everyday for lunch, I did.

You should too, even beagle was intrigued.  Silly beagle, soup is for me.  and you!

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