Crockpot Enchiladas & Shrimp Fried Rice

Last week before Thanksgiving, I managed to make two quick, but delicious meals for Alex and I. I clearly have lagged on the blogging portion of it, so I decided to combine them into one post, since I didn't want to not post one over the other.

Crockpot Enchiladas:
I found this recipe after I got my crockpot and I was Googling different dishes to make in it. I came across this Mexican dish and the combination of ease, quickness and high ratings made me bookmark it instantly. This is the second time I have made it but there are still a few kinks to smooth out (this is why taking notes is crucial!!)
My boyfriend also noted the cheese/beef mixture (basically everything but the tortillas) would be a great nacho topper. It really would! Even better, since our usual nacho recipe is pretty intense (but so worth it!)

Shrimp Fried Rice:
This recipe is my own, so I hope I can convey everything to you easily enough so you can duplicate it yourself! My mom loves making Asian cuisine, and she made fried rice for my brothers and I a few times. I made note of what she did so I could do it myself some day. Fast forward a few years and I finally got around to it. Below is the recipe and instructions, enjoy! Feel free to ask me any questions. :) 
1. 2-day old white or brown rice (NOT fresh. Older rice is easier to brown)
2. Chicken, Shrimp or Tofu (cooked separately, in amount desired)
3. Mixed vegetables (your preference, cooked separately. I used a frozen medley of corn, carrots & peas and added mushrooms)
4. Oyster Sauce 
5. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
6. 2 Eggs 
7. Minced garlic (optional)
8. Butter or margarine 

1. Cook your desired meat of choice in a separate pan with garlic and set aside. If you cook chicken or tofu, dice in to small pieces.
2. Cook your vegetables separately as well. Frozen vegetables work fine. Set aside.
3. Get a large sauce pan (depending on the amount of rice, make sure the rice can evenly sit in pan) and dab 2 TBS of butter or margarine in pan and let melt. 
4. Place rice in pan and let it cook, until it browns, or gets a tad crispy
5. Add 2 eggs (only 1 if you are making a small portion) and scramble the eggs within the rice until it is almost cooked.
6. Combine rice with vegetables and meat and continue cooking
7. Add equal parts Oyster Sauce and Soy Sauce (about 1 TBS each for large portions) but taste test before adding more
8. Stir to combine all ingredients and to coat with sauces.    
9. Serve with sliced green onions on top and hot sauce if desired. :) 

Shopping Guide

In honor of Black Friday I created a new Tab for 415Bond, called "Shopping Guide" which shows all the websites and stores I get all my chic clothes, shoes and accessories. The secret is out! You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to look amazing. That's how I roll folks. I went out for 2 hours today and it was a nightmare. I did get Alex a gift but I think I'm going to wait another week before I go out shopping again. Did any of you score any killer deals? Or did you stay in the comfort of your home eating leftovers?

Lust List: Babies, Food & Reality TV Edition

Harper Beckham. I can't get enough of this baby. Every time I see a picture of Harper in US Weekly or People I get giddy with joy. I am so excited the Beckham's were finally blessed with a daughter. That girl is going to have one heck of a wardrobe (as she does already!) She is going to be a beautiful girl, but until then, I just want to kiss those chubby cheeks! 
Thanksgiving. Probably my favorite holiday. But I don't like to play favorites. If you know anything after reading my blog you know I love to cook, but even more, I love to eat. Nothing is better on a November day than turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberries. It's only two days away. I can't wait. Should I begin fasting now?
As I resident Anglophile and recently unemployed, I was happy to come across a new (new to America) reality series about the rich and famous in the borough of Chelsea (in London, England) called Made in Chelsea. Filmed in the exact same style as The Hills, it takes me back to that time when my girlfriends and I would have viewing parties every week. You can even pick out The Hills' counterparts from the series (Ollie-Justin Bobby, Gabriella-Audrina) Am I right? I was bummed to find out it was scripted, as I am sure all my favorite drama-filled reality series are, but I still can't get enough! For Comcast subscribers, it is On Demand, or watch it every Monday on the Style Network. :) Your welcome!   

Kramer vs Kramer (1979)

I have been wanting to see this multi-Oscar winning film for EVER, and figured it was on my Yahoo movie list. I neglected to consult my list before I ordered it on Netflix. I was surprised to see it wasn't on the list but had to watch it anyway. I am a big fan of Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep so I knew it was going to be a winner. It was more than that, I fell in love with this film! The plot is so timeless, so even though it was from 1979 (a very young Meryl and Dustin indeed) the story can transgress through many decades. The actor who played the little boy in the film, Justin Henry, stole the show for me, and he was fantastic! (Where was his Oscar nod?)

I watched the "Making Of" special feature, and learned that Dustin Hoffman was going through his own divorce at the time the director and producer approached him to play the part of Ted Kramer. It took a lot of convincing but obviously he succumbed to the pressure! :) I highly highly recommend watching this film if you haven't. Let me know your thoughts!   

Day Trip to Apple Hill

Since Alex had Veteran's Day off from work, we decided to make a day trip up to Apple Hill since he has never been! We went to 3 separate ranches but they were within 5 miles of each other (if that) so it was super easy to get to all of them. My favorite part of the trip was the famous apple cider donuts from Rainbow Orchards Ranch. They are made constantly throughout the day so you get a hot, fresh donut on the spot. It was crispy and sugary on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. I highly recommend grabbing a few! Jack Russell Brewery was a nice end to the day, and I sampled their Pumpkin Ale and we got to take home the pint glass as a memento! Don't forget to take home an apple pie for your Thanksgiving meal, available at almost all of the ranches. :) Here are some pictures from each of the ranches.

Apple Ridge:

Rainbow Orchards:

Jack Russell Brewery:

What is so nice about living an hour away from Apple Hill was that we made a half day out of the trip and had enough time to see James Bond later that day! A successful day indeed. :)

Fab Finds of the Week

I don't wear a lot of makeup to begin with, but I have been flirting with the idea of getting on the BB Cream train. However, I tried this Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse the other day from my friend and I loved it! It evens out your skin tone without feeling cakey (the main reason why I hate wearing face makeup). I am very pale :( so I bought this in the second-to-lightest shade (Classic Ivory Light 2) What a good find! At Ulta it was under $9. 

I got this great brown and gold belt at a trip to Nordstrom Rack today. I needed a neutral one that I could belt my anorak (pictured) or chunky knit sweaters. It gives a nice fitted shape even when you are wearing bulky layers. :) For $15, it was a super find at my favorite store.

I have a lot of rings (thanks Forever 21!) that end of in a dusty pile under my earring rack. When I was browsing Marshall's the other day for something else, I decided to check out their homegoods section for a storage container for my ring collection. I found this $3 decorative bowl that easily fits all my rings, and looks cute with all my jewelry displayed on my dresser. Marshall's strikes again.

What were your fab finds of the week?

Crockpot Chili

Brrrrrr. It finally decided to cool down a lot here, and Alex made a request a while back to make chili for us when it well, becomes chilly. :) My step-mom made the BEST chili on Sunday, and I had to get the recipe and make it myself. 

This recipe is very similar to one my mom makes a lot, but this was the first time I made chili on my own! I added (from the advice of my step-mom) celery, green pepper and jalapenos.  My own additions were half a can of corn for a tad of sweetness and minced garlic which no recipe can do without. I used all ground turkey vs. beef to make it a tad healthier. I also made delicious honey cornbread muffins on the side. Sprinkle shredded cheese, onions, sour cream on top or whatever tickles your fancy. For my 4 quart crockpot we had so much leftovers we were easily able to freeze another meal or two more.

Election 2012

In honor of the election tomorrow, I wanted to post something with some humor. I am sure a bunch of you have seen this clip already when it aired on SNL a few weeks ago, but I loved it. There was a lot of talk about the "undecided" voters this election, and how they would decide the election. I don't like to discuss politics that much because it can start an argument at the drop of a hat, but these "undecided voters" are a joke. Truly. If you can't decide between apples and oranges then don't even bother voting. 

Don't be an undecided voter. 

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Life gave me some lemons yesterday. I didn't order them. But I was kind of craving them at the same time. Weird, I know. The past 6 months has been a unique experience for me, one I hope I never run into again. Life is a series of experiences and lessons, and I can tell you I have learned my fair share this year. 

So about those lemons. I'm going to take them and make some lemonade. But not any lemonade. I want an Arnold Palmer. I've always liked those.