See It, Grab It, Taste It

  Paxton, mobile as of 6 months, has officially entered the “See it, Grab it, Taste it” stage of his life. 

  Funny, after 4 kids, you’d think I’d remember all the hoopla that comes along with this stage, but alas, I had already forgotten (blocked out?) just how on your toes you must be with a newly mobile child. 

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  The other kids are having to learn not to play things like Polly Pocket, or anything involving small chokeable parts, while he’s awake.  Dale is having to be careful to not let change drop out of his pocket after work.  And me?  I am having to pick up every fuzz, speck and crumb from the floor…..

Oh wait, I already do that everyday.

Ok, so I’ll keep up my OCD ways, and we’ll be fine.  🙂

    Just today, I rescued poor Sophie from Paxton, as he joined her in eating lunch….HER lunch. 025

Here is what I fished from his mouth:

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Ew.

But that is NOTHING compared to what happened next:

I hear Destiny frantically hollering from the bathroom.  This is not an uncommon occurence at my house, as we woman tend to be a bit theatrical. 

(WHAT?! I can admit it.)

So, used to such dramatic out bursts during the day, I took my time drying my dish pan hands before heading over to see what was going on.  As I walk through the dining area, she calls again:

“MOOOOOOM.  I mean it, GET IN HERE! Paxton is LICKING the TOILET!”

WHAT?!

Well that got me moving in a hurry.  BARF-O!!!!!!  I’d take dog food in the mouth any day over TOILET LICKING! 

  The OCD side of me wanted to sanitize his precious little formerly-clean mouth, but instead I calmly asked her to please please PLEASE keep her brother out of the bathroom when she is in there from now on.

Inside I was saying: This is an immune booster. This is an immune booster.

This is….

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SOOOO GROSS!!!!!!

Ew. Ew. and Double Ew.

  Maybe Paxton’s nickname should no longer be “Tank” but “Destruct-o”?016

Or, “The Cleaner”. (as in the TOILET cleaner. Again I say Ewwwww.)

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Nah, “Tank” it is.

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  My sweet sweet baby, “Tank”.

~T

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I know you thought you were getting on here to read a recipe, and you will, but first things first…….

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Yuppers, my lil’ Paxton!!!!

I thought I’d have to cry that my last baby was mobile, but I totally didn’t, just clapped and enjoyed the moment.

He was pretty dumbfounded that he was moving FORWARDS after weeks of backwards crawling/scooching, and was so proud of himself!  Of course, by the time I got the camcorder out he was done with the show and crying, super offended I left him in his moment of glory.

The best part is, he does this funny little crawling method, unlike any of the other kiddos:

He moves arm, arm and then moves both his knees simultaneously and hops. This makes his little boofus bump up in the air and is the CUTEST inchworm impersonation you ever did see! We were cracking up!

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This is the part where he got distracted by the string of drool coming from his mouth…..

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Then he lay down and decided that was enough crawling for the morning.

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So on to dinner.  I grew up eating this casserole, and I love that my children ADORE it too!  It is creamy, it comes together easily and is oh-so delicious!

I apologize for this photo. I was lucky to get a shot before dinner was devoured by my family who was just “STARRRRRRVING”.  Trust me, this dish is all kinds of good. Creamy, flavorful and just YUMMY all the way around!

CREAMY CHICKEN ENCHILADA CASSEROLE

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½ cup onion
2 T. Butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
16 oz. sour cream
3 cups shredded cheese, divided
1 can green chilies
2 cans mushrooms, 1 drained
10 large tortillas (I do half wheat and half white)
3 cups cooked, diced, chicken

 Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a large family-sized skillet over medium heat, sauté onion in butter until tender. Add all of the remaining ingredients except tortillas, reserving 1 cup of the cheese for topping.

Heat on medium low until cheese is melted. While it’s heating, cut all of the tortillas into 4 pieces, this can be done quickly by cutting 5 at a time, using a pizza cutter. Remove soup mixture from heat once the cheese is melted and everything is heated through.

Spread a small layer of chicken cream mixture in the bottom of your 9×13 baking dish, followed by a layer of slightly overlapping tortilla triangles, about 10 of them. Repeat layers for a total of 4 tortilla layers, ending with the chicken cream mixture.

Add the reserved 1 cup of cheese to the top and bake at 350 F for 15–20 minutes.

Serve with chips and fresh salsa. Yum!

Happy Cooking!

~T