recipe: green chile + cheese enchiladas

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The goal of most meals I make is to see how much cheese I can conceal inside. Let me tell you, I pushed the limits with this one and it was glorious.

ingredients (makes about 6-7 enchiladas): 
3 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
2 4 oz. cans green chiles
5 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
7 corn tortillas
1.5 cups green chile sauce

green chile + cheese enchiladas II ginger snaps blog
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients (except tortillas and green chile sauce) in a large bowl. Pour a small amount of the green chile sauce into the bottom of your bake-ware. Then take each tortilla, scoop mixture into it (about 5 tablespoons), roll it up and place into bake-ware on top of sauce. Continue with each tortilla. Pour the remaining green chile sauce on top and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before sprinkling with green onions. Enjoy!
green chile + cheese enchiladas II ginger snaps blog
green chile + cheese enchiladas II ginger snaps blog

herbivore botanicals

It feels like every time I find a new natural product I either have to sacrifice cute packaging or awesome scent. Not with Herbivore Botanicals... they pretty much hit the nail on the head. The packaging is really minimal and simple, the scents are soft and floral without being overbearing, and their ingredients' lists are short and sweet. I'm really happy with the 3 products I got to try, and I will definitely be going back for more.
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Jasmine Body Oil
This is something I will probably keep in my routine for years to come. I have never in my life liked oil on my body. Call me crazy, but I don't enjoy feeling like I have melted butter covering my skin and attracting bugs. This oil, though... this oil is different. It goes on really smooth and soaks in within minutes. It doesn't leave a shiny residue or greasy film, and after a few uses I really noticed a difference in my skin's texture. Not to mention the smell, which is basically an exotic vacation in a bottle. I put a little on my hands each night before bed and leave it by my desk to use throughout the day if my hands feel chapped. I gave Kevin a hand massage with it and even he liked it! The bottle is fairly small, but a little goes a long way.
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Hydrate Facial Toning Elixir
I'm not sure if I'm using this correctly and I don't really care. I use it at night after washing my face, and then throughout the day, especially after working out, to rehydrate my skin. It's made with rose and ylang ylang (say that 5 times fast) and smells amazing; really soft and floral. I don't know if it evens out my skin tone or not, since my skin always just looks pale, but I do know that after a week of using it some dry patches around my nose have dried up.
Pink Clay Face + Body Soap
I'm always jealous of Kevin's daily routine. He uses one bottle of shampoo/conditioner combo and one bar of soap for both his face and body. Meanwhile I have about 26 bottles of potions in the shower and can't keep track of what everything is for. This soap is awesome because it's gentle enough to use on your face and body, it's pink, and it smells amazing.

diy: geometric mini-planter

diy: geometric mini-planter
This little planter is perfect for Valentine's Day without being over-the-top and cliche. Make one for yourself, or one for a friend who thinks Valentine's Day succs.

what you need: mini terra-cotta pot, paint & brush, tape, succulent & soil
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Tape off the section you want to paint (I decided on three triangle shapes) and paint it completely. Allow to dry and then add your next shape. Continue until you are happy with the design. Lastly, plant your succulent and voila! A mini-planter.
diy: geometric mini-planter