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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

I know my latest post is overdue.  It’s been hectic in my house for the last 14 days and my posts have been put off.  We went out of town, my dad went into emergency surgery, we started a construction project in our living room (the mess is scattered around the house), my workload is unusually heavy, my kids are out of summer school and in VBS, and all the regular tasks (laundry, cleaning, cooking, etc.) are still required of me.

Tonight, we are having dinner over at a friend’s house and I am bringing the tacos.  My friend and I share the same dilemma: figuring out something to make for dinner (every night) that the kids won’t complain about too much, that the fits in the husband’s P90X diet, that’s not so bland for our foodie palates, and that is not on some predictable meal rotation.  The solution for me was to make impossibly easy shredded chicken in the slow cooker (since it’s 95 outside) and bring all the toppings for the kids (and healthy hubs) to pick and choose what they want.

Oh, and thanks to Tami for sharing this recipe with me last fall…it’s a family favorite!

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 lb frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast/tenders/thighs
  • 1/4 c taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
  • 1 c water

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6.
  2. Serve in soft tortillas or shells with sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, etc.
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Anthropologie Knock-Off!

I love a good knock-off.  I’m pretty good at finding them, too.  There is a blog, Copy Cat Chic, that has all kinds of great designer knock-offs for home decorating.  Today, I ran into Michaels to find some spray paint and (of course) I looked through $1 bins and I found this:

I remembered that I almost bought one of these at Anthropologie in April, but felt like $12 was a bit too much for a pad of paper that triples as a calendar and note pad:

Pretty good for $11 savings, right?  I thought so.  Here a few others I picked up to give away:

 

 

It’s the little things in life….

I am blessed in ennumerable ways.  The house, the husband, the kids, the job.  Both parents alive and still married.  Money in the bank, health insurance, retirement savings, vacations.  Living in America (!) in a city where the weather is mostly perfect and I can grow my own food year-round.  I am thankful for all of these conditions…and I, regrettably, am not on my knees and thanking God for blessing me more than I deserve.  Maybe I should be writing more on this:  What if I woke up tomorrow and I was left only with the things I’d thanked God for the night before?

Aside from those big, important things, I have an ongoing list of  things that I’m thankful for…the little things that make my life a little more sweet.  Yes, they’re silly and maybe even indulgent, but I’m sure my list of happy things is not uncommon.  Here are a few:

The clothesline we just put up makes doing laundry a little more pleasant and contemplative.

Vision Needle pens by Uniroller. A good pen that fits your handwriting is such nice thing to find.

Ray Lamontagne. I could listen to him sing all day.  ❤

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri has almost eliminated my smudge meltdowns.

Stroopwafel. Dutch caramel wafer cookies. And they have them at Trader Joe’s.

The first night with fresh sheets. The sheets are smooth and perfectly tucked. I sleep so well that first night….

Benadryl: Takes away allergies, puts me to sleep, cures nausea.

Bath and Body Works Secret Wonderland. My new favorite fragrance.

Pho from V-House Pho & Grill. A Vietnamese restaurant is practically across the street from my house. Puts Chinese take-out to shame….we pick this stuff up at least once per month!

So there you have it….my list for tonight.  I do have about 100 other things I could add.  But I’m tired.  I want to sink into bed.

Cottage Envy


I hinted at this post when I came home from our 11-day trip to Texas and Oklahoma.  My aunt lives in Jefferson, TX, a small town with tree-lined streets, historic homes, and a quaint downtown that, in its former days, was one of the most important trading ports in Texas.  She lives in the sweetest, perfectly appointed cottage I have ever seen.  She has a gift.  She did not go to design school, yet her style is impeccable.  She does window displays, stages homes, and assists friends with decorating.  This lady knows how to make a home look so pulled together…usually without having to buy anything new.  So here is a photo tour of her home:

Life expectancy

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Cleaning

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The Living Room: Idea Book

Our living room is the hub of our home.  It’s also tiny.  For five people…..microscopic.  It has a direct-vent gas fireplace built-in to the corner of the room with a granite tile “bench”, a fairly large window, and a blank wall (blank because I am never satisfied with the art I pick for it) where the couch sits.

We picked out furniture which, on paper and by technical measurements, fit.  However, when we actually set it up in the room, we quickly found that it was way too big.  We have rearranged the furniture in every way possible, but I just can’t seem to make it work with any style.  We have decided to spend a lot of energy making the living room work by:

  •  selling our 3-piece leather furniture and buying a sectional
  • moving the fireplace to the center of the wall so that we gain a little more space in the corner
  • building in some shelving around the new fireplace
  • adding some decorative columns to define the space
  • installing crown moulding and possibly board and batten treatment
  • painting and settling on art above the couch

Here’s my electronic idea book: