Thursday, January 1, 2009


Wow. I can't believe that it is 2009! Honestly. Where DOES the time go? I remember as a child thinking that there was no way the world would still be around by the year 2000. Now I am thinking, do I even REMEMBER the year 2000?

We had a great evening last night. I spent most of the day in my kitchen yesterday creating a little of this and a little of that and thoroughly enjoying my new kitchen knives that are beyond sharp! In fact I think I enjoyed them a little too much, because I kept creating and kept creating and pretty much ended up with enough appetizers to cater a small party!

I have to say that my very favorite creation was my Southwest Egg Rolls & Cool Avocado Dip. Granted I decided to bypass the avocado dip and shoot straight for the knock off of the Cafe Rio house dressing.

We went to G&G Lee's for the night along with Tracey's sisters and their families. It was fun. Chaos with 8 small children, but fun.

We ate until we were sick. We played games and then more games. We ran outside at midnight like crazies making as much noise as we could, which in turn scared the bejeebies outta Tess, and then went to bed.

Today I started the new year off to a bang by waking up at 5:30 (thanks JM), then going to the gym with Tracey. We then took the kids to go and see Bedtime Stories which made me laugh out loud far more in a movie than I have in a very long time. (Even though it was quite cheesy!)

Anyhow, what better way than to say goodbye to what was an incredible year and to say hello to a new year surrounded by the people I love.

Happy New Year!

Southwest Egg Rolls & Cool Avocado Dip

2.5 C shredded cooked chicken.
1.5 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
2/3 cup frozen corn, thawed
2/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed & drained
5 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. grated lime peel
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 pgk. (16 oz.) egg roll wrappers
Oil for deep-fat frying

1 cup ranch salad dressing
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and mashed
1 Tbs. minced fresh cilantro
1 tsp. grated lime peel.

In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Place 1/4 cup of chicken mixture in center of one egg rol wrapper. Fold bottom corner over filling. Fold sides toward center over filling. Moisten remaining corner with water; roll up tightly to seal. Repeat.

In an electric skillet or deep fat fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry egg rolls, a few at a time, for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on towels.

Meanwhile, combine the dip ingredients. Serve with egg rolls.


Jennifer said...

What a feast!! you guys sure know how to ring in the new year. Hey I tried calling u but I guess u guys now own Alphagraphics cuz that's the number in my old ward directory. Anyway, can u sub our class with karyn g. This Sunday? We are blessing our baby and ditching after sacrament. Let me know if that might work. Thanx!!

La Smala said...

I wish you would have brought those to my party ;) Great to find your blog :)

Anonymous said...

So um if you have any left overs you just don't know what to do with you are welcome to bring them to my house! :) I had fun. Sorry we didn't do more game funning! Now I'll really have to come over and play Rock Band one day. Let me watch the kiddo's one night while you and Tracey go out and I'll make the girls play with me! ;)

Ali said...

Happy New Year to you too! Looks like you had a great time, all that eating and playing and lovin'. There is no better way to ring in the New Year!. Hope it's a good one for you and yours.


Mer said...

Mmmm....that recipe looks great!

Happy New Year! I hope it brings you much happiness and peace.

Sheryl said...

Kristy, I think time passes more quickly the older you get. I'm sure summers were endless when I was a child, and I never quite believed that I would be over 40 ...

Happy New Year to you all.

some kind of wonderful said...

happy new year girl!

G.Ma said...

Everyone try the eggrolls they were wonderful! Everything was great that night!!

Andrea Amu said...

Those southwest eggrolls sound so yummy! I must try!

Happy New Year, Kristy!