I made the best decision ever when I put my daughter in early preschool. My slightly unruly yet still adorable kid was having trouble in different social situations.
Her current state of being an only child put her in a limbo – seeing kids she wanted so desperately to play with, but having those kids run away from her was painful for both of us. Sometimes it was because she didn’t know how to play. Others just because they didn’t know her. She didn’t know how to share everything, only what grown ups made her do. She wasn’t prepared for the rejection of kids not wanting to play with her, so it would result in heartbreaking tears. She was a smart, funny kid that couldn’t reach her potential.
We enrolled her in an early preschool program and I cannot express enough the world of change I saw in my kid! She was now forced into those social situations twice a week, surrounded by 2-3 loving adults to help them work through their problems with confidence. My beautiful, silly, crazy girl now shares, respects rules (when given reasons to help her understand), and knows how to better handle the unfortunate rejection situations.
On top of it all, that big, gorgeous brain in her head has been amplified! She will count something and then show me the number that corresponds with the total. She points out letters and can write her name. She’s 3! It’s amazing!
This sounds like a lot of bragging, and though it partially is, please know I don’t think my daughter is any better than the rest of the kids we know. Every kid brings something to the table, and I’m mostly just impressed with the human mind and it’s ability to adapt in general. Even specifically her class was full of brilliant little pipsqueaks that I’m sure made a lot of parents as proud as I am!
Now that preschool is over for the year, I don’t want her to lose what she’s learned. We have friends with kids and others that will be having babies soon to keep the sharing and social aspects in tact, but I needed something to exercise her brain. It needed to be fun for both of us, we can get bored pretty easy. It dawned on me at my grandparents house yesterday.
I’ve been drawing E coloring pages while I’m at work. I’m no Picasso, but I can draw a mean teapot. So I set to work thinking of three letter words that had something I could draw. Then I put three lines below the picture, one for each letter. Below each line I gave her two letters to pick from, one was right and one was wrong. It comes out looking something like this:
So we would then sound out the word, then name and sound out each letter. She had to pick and circle the right letter, then write it on the line above. She took to it so well! She made me draw six more while we were there, and more while I was at work later. She even woke up this morning and wanted to do some more right away.
Of course she ran into trouble every now and then, but ultimately breezed through them!
So I have about 5 posts in “draft” because I’m too lazy, don’t have enough detail, blablabla.. I have now created something that has pushed all of those things aside and made me want to post this asap!
As you can see from my enchilada rice post, I love enchiladas! Mexican food in general, but I could eat an enchilada combo meal of one chicken one cheese every day of my life and be happy. Fat, but happy.
Well I made enchilada rice this week, and of course the giant can of sauce was on sale. Since I only used about 4 tablespoons out of it, I had a lot left and didn’t want it to go to waste.
I decided to get creative – for this reason I really didn’t take any pictures. I didn’t know how it would turn out. I’m kicking myself.
Thinking back to the Pin Test I did on the Taquitos that I basically turned into chimichangas, I decided to roll in the direction and came up with what I call:
Mmmmmm. There’s not a lot of detail in that picture and for that I’m sorry. But its simple and DELICIOUS.
1-2 chicken breasts (1.5 made about 5 medium chimis)
Seasonings of your choice
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper (or more if desired)
1/4 cup chopped onion (or more if desired)
1/4 cup shredded cheese of your choice (I chose mozzarella, and again, add more if desired)
1/4 cup enchilada sauce (you know..)
Oil for frying
Paper towels for draining
Cut chicken into one inch pieces and season. I used salt, pepper, cajun seasoning and garlic powder. Cook on a medium heat thoroughly. Add chopped veggies to chicken when chicken is halfway through its cooking process. Add more seasoning for the added ingredients if desired. Stir occasionally until veggies are tender.
Heat oil in pan for frying.
Place chicken and veggies in a bowl and toss with enchilada sauce and half of the shredded cheese. Place 2-3 spoonfuls in the center of the tortilla and sprinkle some of the leftover cheese on top. Enough to fill the tortilla, but have it completely closed when folded.
To see crummy pictures on how to fold said tortillas, check out my second Pin Test that inspired this creation! I’ll explain it as best I can: fold each of the shorter ends over the mixture, crease the folds slightly, then fold one longer side over mixture, tuck, and roll.
After the chimi is rolled, place it in the frying pan seam side down. Fry until golden brown on each side, turning only once using two forks. When finished frying, drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
Y’all, again – I am so sorry for not taking pictures. This was an experiment that I wasn’t even sure would work, and then BOOM! It was too good not to post. So I reluctantly put it down to take at least one picture before I demolished it. I encourage everyone to give it a try!