Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nacho Recipe

We have had many requests for our nacho recipe and because we want you all to enjoy the yumminess we are willing to share. I must say the idea was genius- everyone loves a platter of nachos, but once you eat the top layer you are left with the dud chips. So what happens when the platter is set on the table?! Chaos ensues as everyone tries to get the loaded nachos. We have found the solution! There is a bit more work involved but the end result is oh so worth it!!

Mitchell Nachos

I large bag of Tostitos Scoop Tortilla chips
I bottle of Pat's Ho-Made BBQ sauce (you can substitute this for any BBQ, this is just the one we like)
10-15 chicken tenderloins frozen
I large can of Pinto Beans (GOYA)
2 regular size cans of white beans (GOYA)
chili powder
Shredded cheese- I like colby-jack

Now forgive me as I am not much of a follow the recipe kind of cook- more of a throw it all together and hope it all comes out okay kinda gal!

First thing put your chicken in a crock pot with water (not quite covering all of the chicken) and add BBQ sauce on top. Let cook on low for about 2 hours, stir BBQ sauce in and make sure all pieces are nice and coated.

While you are cooking your chicken, in a large pot put your pinto beans, white beans, cumin, salt, pepper and chili powder on low to heat through. Once beans are cooked through take a hand mixer/masher and mash beans. The goal is to make your own refried beans and, in my opinion this is the best part of the nacho, but if this sounds like too much work you can always use a couple cans of refried beans.

Once chicken is cooked all the way through drain all liquid off the chicken and then shred the meat.

Okay- here comes the work- lay your scoops out on a baking tray and individually add a spoonful of beans, topped with a bit of chicken. Once the tray is full then add the cheese over the nachos and put in the oven at 375 for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole! Enjoy and let us know how they turn out for you!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy birthday, Elder Pearson!

Today is Elder Pearson's birthday so we decided to treat the boys to dinner at chez Mitchell. Matt made his now famous nachos (they seem to get better each time!) and I made an oreo pie for dessert. Elder Pearson and his companion, Elder Cropper are great guys and the kids love them. It helps that they are always willing to swing the kids in the air and listen to their concert performances- hey you gotta get music where ever you can on a mission!

Here are a few highlights of Pearson's 21st birthday party.

The evening started off with Pearson helping Piper with her math homework.

Meanwhile, Elder Cropper and Dax hung out.

Soon the nachos were ready! Mmmmm!!! But before we were allowed to eat our "waitress" came around to take our drink orders. Note that we already have drinks in front of us!

Finally we were able to eat and boy was it good!

We were all stuffed, but not too stuffed for dessert. Happy birthday, Pearson!

We wanted Pearson's family to feel like they were there with us, so we recorded a little video. Hope you enjoy. Just think this time next year he will be home for his birthday.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

iMitchell-Pizza Bread


Friday, March 6, 2009

Party of Five

There will be a new little Mitchell to love this Fall.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sweet Dax

My little bug is not feeling well. He woke up this morning with a stuffy head and a headache. As I was tucking him into bed he told me that his monkey and his Piglet were also sick. He then proceeded to give them blessings. It was really one of the sweetest things I have ever seen. He put his little hands on his stuffed animals heads and said, "Dear Jesus, please make my friends feel better and to not be sick anymore. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen." My heart then melted into a puddle of goop. I love this little boy so much!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Last Wednesday was my father-in-law's birthday. Let me tell you a little bit about Dad. He is an amazing father and grandfather. He loves his boys (4 sons) so much and has gone above and beyond for them many times. He is caring and sensitive and full of pride for his sons. I love seeing him with Matt and realizing exactly how Matt turned out to be such a great Dad to our kids. Dad is always there for us whether that means a midnight blessing, help changing out a kitchen faucet or simply offering his shoulder to cry on. He has welcomed me into his family with open arms and I feel less like a daughter-in-law and more like a daughter with each passing year. He is a dispenser of wonderful advice but also allows us to fail and fall without throwing it in our face afterward. I feel so blessed to have him in my life and my children's lives as well.

He is the world's greatest Grandad! He loves seeing the kids and is always to willing to build towers, race cars, have a tea party and watch a special performance. He is loving and kind and Piper and Dax simply adore him. I am so glad that he is a presence in their lives and that they have strong bonds. My grandparents meant the world to me and I am glad Pi and Dax have the same thing.

Here are a few pictures of our celebration in the park this weekend. We grilled out, played on the playground, threw some football and enjoyed being together. How truly blessed we are! We love you, Dad!!!

Pi and Dax had a good time playing football and throwing the frisbee.

Piper took this picture and I love it!

Piper and Grandma on the swing


The big boys played football for a while.

And I took pictures of the always cute Barrett aka Bear-Bear.

Barrett loves his Uncle Matty.

The grandkids did a musical performance for Grandad.

Look at these cute little boys.

We got a few pictures of the Mitchell men. Aren't they a good looking group of guys?

We love you, Dad!!!

Nacho Night

We have discovered the perfect nacho. You know how when you order nachos at a restaurant you get some that are loaded with all the good stuff and then there are the dud chips that missed out on all the good stuff? Well, Matt has found a solution to this age old problem. Friday night was nacho night and it started with throwing some chicken in the crock pot and starting a pot of Matt's famous beans (YUM!). When the chicken was cooked he shredded the meat and then started loading the chips. We bought the scoop tortilla chips and individually loaded each chip with beans and chicken and then sprinkled cheese on top. DELICIOUS! Add some sour cream, salsa and guacamole and you are good to go.

We had this on Friday night, but the meal was so good that we invited some friends over on Sunday and repeated the process all over again. This is just one more recipe we can add to Matt's cook book. I think we should open a restaurant, in the meantime we'll settle for feeding our friends and family. Who wants to come over for the next "Nacho Night"?


Happy family chowing down

Matt and his Dad. We missed Grandma, but we sent nachos home for her.

Dax and Mommy were fans as well.

Grandad surprised us with a box full of goodies.

Piper was very excited!

This one is for my friend, Angela. I thought of you as soon as I saw this :)