Now, though, there is no waiting. We live surrounded by the Hills! Although I'm planning a quick last-minute trip to the Rocky Mountains sometime in the spring. We'll have the trip planned, then when the weather is right and work schedules cooperate, we'll take off. After all, Rocky Mountain National Park is only six hours away! Yellowstone is only eight hours! And the Big Horn Mountains in the picture below are only a three hour drive. Stay tuned - we'll see if we really do it!
Meanwhile, I had forgotten about this snack idea. I love the cheesy filling in the tortilla rolls. Yum! I hope you enjoy this recipe reminder as much as I do!
And in the post I mentioned the Black Hills Stock Show. It's still two weeks away, but we saw the cowboys rolling into town this weekend, getting ready for the pre-Stock Show rodeos and sales!
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Chipotle Chicken Roll-Ups
Sometimes I feel like Bilbo Baggins, longing to see mountains again.
|The Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, Big Horn Mountains,|
It's the middle of winter here in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but a winter with a sense of humor. We've had lovely days in the 40's during the week, and I start thinking of a trip up into the Hills on Saturday...but then a cold front with snow blows in, and by Saturday no one is driving anywhere that they don't have to.
And then the next week it happens all over again!
So I'm getting a little bit of cabin fever and longing for sights like this one.
But there are a few bright spots to make the winter go by. For one thing, in a few weeks we'll be knee-deep in cowboys!
Big ones and little ones all come to the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. Always a fun time!
And then, of course, there's football. There were some great playoff games over the weekend, and next weekend promises to be just as exciting!
I can say that because my team won this weekend (Go Broncos!). :)
So it's time for game-day snacks.
This recipe is a blend of ideas I found on line - -
Chipotle Cheese Roll Ups
The filling is the key part of this recipe!
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2-4 Tablespoons chipotle-ranch salad dressing
2 teaspoons dried minced onions
1 can Chicken Breast, shredded
1 cup shredded cheese - taco blend, cheddar, colby-jack, or whatever sounds good to you
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Mix all of the ingredients together until you get a fairly smooth cheesy/chickeny concoction.
The ingredients I used makes a fairly mild spicy filling. If you want a little more heat, add some chili powder, or a can of green chilies, or whatever sounds good to you! I have one son who would dice up a jalapeno pepper and add it in.
Spread the filling on a flour tortilla, about 3/8" thick.
Notice that I laid the tortilla on top of a piece of plastic wrap before spreading the filling on. You'll thank me for this tip in a minute.
Roll up the tortilla, and then roll the tortilla in the plastic wrap.
(See? You're thanking me now!)
Refrigerate the rolls for at least an hour, then unwrap the rolls, slice and enjoy!
Another variation I'd like to try is to use puff pastry sheets or Pillsbury Crescent Rounds instead of tortillas, and then slice and bake them. According to a recipe I saw on Pinterest, you would bake them for 12-15 minutes at 375°.
Another great use for this filling is as a spread for crackers or celery. Delicious!
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One last update - I still enjoy watching football, but I don't get to anymore. Since we've moved, we no longer have television reception. Sure, we could pay for Dish or another satellite service, but we've decided to go with streaming channels instead. So we have plenty of movies to watch (and I'm enjoying Murdock Mysteries on Hulu!) but no network television. (We really don't miss it!)
But what about you? Are you looking forward to the Superbowl in a couple weeks? Or would you rather take in the Stock Show?
Jan Drexler is an author by day who is addicted to counted cross stitch and sauntering through the Hills with her dear husband and their goofy corgi puppy, Jack. You can find Jan's books and other fun things on her website: www.JanDrexler.com.