Thursday, March 2, 2017

Crockpot Steak Tacos

 
New Crockpot recipe here on the ole blog today and it is one delicious recipe that my whole family LOVED!!! I will say with my new found love/need of using my crockpot more frequently I may need to invest in one of those fancy ones that will cook for a certain amount of time then just hold things to warm. Otherwise I am going to have to start bringing my meals to work to cook and switch off at a certain time. I leave my house pretty dang early in the morning and I don't always, ok I never make it home within 8 hours of leaving. Basically meaning that whatever I'm putting in the crockpot had better be a ok cooking for a LONG time. This recipe I figured out a way to make it work but the timer slow cooker would have been nice. I found that if you put your meat in frozen into the crockpot obviously it will take longer to cook so that is what I did for this one! Hopefully this one will be loved by you and yours and make it into your dinner rotation! 

Crockpot Steak Tacos

1 larger Skirt Steak (which I found at Aldi!!! Score!!!)
1 Package Taco Seasoning (you can make your own) 
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Cup Water

Put steak in the bottom of the slow cooker, sprinkle the taco seasoning over to coat cover with tomatoes and water. Cook on low for 6 hours...if your steak is frozen you can get a few more hours out of it. When you get home remove steak from cooker, ans slice across the grain. Serve with your usual taco fixings! And ENJOY!!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Meal Plan


March Meal Plan is ready and it is Lent Friendly!!! Today I want to talk a little about deviating from the plan. Last month after I had surgery trust me I did not feel like cooking or shopping, the Hubs isn't much of a cook or grocery shopper, so shocker we didn't follow the meal plan real well. But you know what we still didn't throw the thing away and say forget it. I left it on the fridge knowing that I would be going back to work soon enough and would still need a plan. And you know what else the last two weeks have been saved at night because of that little plan right there waiting on me. So just because you miss a day or everyone gets sick and nothing sounds good doesn't mean you can't go back and pick up where you left off.

For this month I again included links for several of my recipes and I noted on several places where I was trying a new recipe that hopefully I will blog soon. Remember the first grocery list is huge it includes almost everything you will need (minus flour, salt, pepper and oils), take stock in your pantry prior to grocery shopping. Then each of the following weeks lists are much smaller just buying the fresh items needed.

I want to hear from you guys!!! Did anyone use any of this last month? What are your meal planning successes/failures??? Let me know if I get 10 responses I will have a giveaway!

 March Meal Plan
Week 1-3/6-3/10
Monday-Ham and Cheddar Quiche with Tossed Salad-LINK
Tuesday-Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Wednesday-Pepperoni Pizza Roll-ups with Raw Veggies-LINK
Thursday- Crockpot Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
Friday- Shrimp Pasta Bake (new Recipe)

Week 2- 3/13-3/17

Monday- Pretzel Chicken Strip Salad-LINK
Tuesday-Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Fajita Soup (new Recipe)
Wednesday- Smothered Round Steak, Rice, Green Beans
Thursday- Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Slaw
Friday- Pasta Primavera, Salad and Garlic Bread(new Recipe)

Week 3-3/20-3/24

Monday-Pulled Pork Pizza-LINK
Tuesday-Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches (new Recipe) with Veggies
Wednesday-Cheez-it Chicken, couscous and broccoli-LINK
Thursday-BBQ Meatballs, Cheese Grits, Salad
Friday-Mexican Shrimp Salad-LINK

Week 4-3/27-3/31

Monday-Steak Fajitas
Tuesday-Ham and Cheese Stromboli with Salad-Link
Wednesday-Chicken with Arugula Pesto Pasta (new Recipe)
Thursday-Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops, Stuffing, Peas
Friday-Shrimp Tacos with lime jalapeño slaw-Link

Grocery Lists- (monthly-this includes fresh products for the first week)

Meat-
Diced Ham
Chicken Breast- three large packages
Pepperoni
Raw Shrimp-4 lbs
Round Steak
Pork Shoulder
Chuck Roast
Ground Beef-1 lb
Ground Pork- 1 lb
Skirt Steak
Sliced Ham Lunch meat
Pork Chops-1 package
Bacon-1lb

Dairy & Eggs-
Cheddar Cheese-3 blocks
Mozzarella Cheese-1 block
Container Parmesan Cheese-2
Sliced Cheese-Provolone
Refrigerated Pie Crust-1
Pizza Crust-2
Crescent Rolls-1
Sour Cream-1
Heavy Cream-1
Milk-1
Eggs- 2 dozen

Frozen-
Peas

Canned Goods-
Diced Tomatoes-1
Crushed Tomatoes-2 (28 oz)
Corn-1
Black Beans-2
Green Beans-2
Chipotle Peppers in Adobo-1
Banana Peppers
Box of Chicken Broth-3

Dry Goods-
Rice-1
Tortillas-3
Bread
Short Cut Pasta
Pretzels
Fajita Seasoning (2)
Fettuccini Pasta
Teriyaki Sauce
Worchester Sauce
Cheez-its
Couscous
Grits
Oatmeal
Bow Tie Pasta
Stuffing

Fresh Fruit and Veggies-
Romaine lettuce
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Shredded Lettuce
Avocado
Roma Tomatoes
Basil
Bananas
Apples
Berries (if on sale)


Grocery List- (Week 2)

Dairy
Milk
Cream

Dry Goods
Buns
Garlic Bread

Fresh Fruits and Veggies-
Mixed Greens box of lettuce
Roma Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Broccoli
Avocado
Slaw Mix
Bell Peppers
Zucchini
Asparagus
Bananas
Apples
Berries (if on sale)

Grocery List- (Week 3)

Dairy & Eggs-
Milk

Dry Goods-
Sub Rolls

Fresh Fruit & Veggies
Carrots
Celery
Cucumbers
Broccoli
Romaine Lettuce
Tomatoes
Avocado-3
Bananas
Apples
Berries (if on sale)

Grocery List- (Week 4)

Dairy & Eggs
Milk

Dry Goods-
Garlic Bread
Pecans

Fresh Fruit & Veggies
Bell Peppers
Onions
Mushrooms
Carrots
Celery
Arugula
Slaw
Jalapeño
Bananas
Apples
Berries (if on sale)



Friday, February 24, 2017

8 Months


So this post is late, surprise surprise! But there is a good reason I swear! I did however manage to take these pictures just before my baby boy turned 8 months old. I took these pictures nearly three weeks ago the very day that all heck decided to break loose for us. Little photo session was so much fun and I am so glad I got it because most of the pigs are too big now. 

Anyway to cut a long story short about why life got even crazier than normal for us is on Super Bowl Sunday my gallbladder decided to completely give out. I mean it had been on its very way out for a few days but Sunday night after we attended a Birthday/Super Bowl celebration I decided I couldn't take the pain any longer. The hubs took the kids to my parents and took me to the emergency room. Pretty much as soon as I checked in they said you are having a gallbladder attack. Then they admitted me and by 8:30 the following morning it was determined I was going to need surgery as soon as possible. So before noon on that Monday my gallbladder and I said our good byes. I went home the next day and began the recovery process, not a fun one at all! But we weren't done with our crazy within a week of my surgery I was still feeling awful, both the hubs and Charlot got a vicious stomach bug. We are all now on the road to full recovery but posting poor Conrad's 8 month pictures had to be a bit delayed. What I can say is I am so thankful for my parents they have been amazing the past few weeks, from keeping our family going to keeping my baking business going they were on top of it! 



Now back to this little sweetie! He and the pigs became fast friends during this photo shoot, well he and the straw did as well. I can't tell you how much joy Conrad brings to our lives. He is the happiest kid, always smiling, and very adventurous. He is crawling everywhere and into everything. Plus has started to pull up every now and again. Scary to think he might be walking wayyy sooner than I'd prefer. 

Currently is sleeping well (I should knock on wood or something), eats pretty much what every is put in front of him, has at least 8 teeth (could be more but sticking your hand in there is risky business) and loves to torment his sister's playroom.


We couldn't imagine our lives without you sweet little boy, you are learning and growing more and more each day. Having you is a joy, a busy joy but a joy. Even though you sharted (you ready that right) on me last night! Another story for another time! Happy 8 months sweet baby boy we love you!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Crockpot Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken


 This little slice of heaven is where it is at! I cannot tell you how good my house smelled on Tuesday night when we returned home from the Y. Gracious it was intoxicating! I actually just at this again for lunch today and it just gets better. So as I have shared before Charlot is taking gymnastics on Tuesday and Thursday evenings so most of the suppers I prepare for those evenings need to be in the crockpot or need to be able to be thrown in the oven to cook while we are gone. I adapted this recipe from something I found on Pintrest and truly I couldn’t be happier with this new Crockpot recipe for the rotation! It was so flavorful and easy with few ingredients, with the added bonus that everyone in my family loved it.

 I will say that I may need to invest in one of those crockpots that automatically turn to warm after the number of hours you want something to cook. I am noticed a lot of crock-pot recipes only require 4-6 hours of cooking and let’s get real honest here  I am gone from home WAY more than 4-6 hours. For this recipe I just had all the ingredients in the fridge ready to go and when I got home I threw it in the crockpot turned it on high for 2-3 hours. When I got home I removed the chicken stirred in the cream let it cook while I cooked the pasta and when it was done I stirred it all together.

I was quite impressed with the results of this recipe and there were clean plates all around my table so I know the others were happy as well! I hope you and yours will enjoy it as well!

Crockpot Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken

2 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
½ Cup Flour
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Cups Chicken Stock
½ Cup Sun-dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil
1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
½ Cup Heavy Cream
Pasta, Mashed Potatoes, or Rice to Serve
Heat EVOO in a large Non-Stick Skillet, season flour with Salt and pepper, dredge chicken breasts in the flour and brown in the skillet. This should take about 2-3 minutes per side. In your crock pot mix Stock, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning, place browned chicken in the crock. Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2, once this time has lapsed remove chicken stir in cream and allow mixture to cook for 20-30 minutes. Return chicken to the crockpot before serving. ENJOY! 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Charlot's Birthday day out


 If you haven't figured this out by now birthdays are a big, let's be honest HUGE deal to me! My mom always made a big deal of our birthdays and still does so I feel it is my honor to continue her tradition! As the years of having a child and now two have gone on I have found a love for giving experiences instead of things. We live in a small house that is busting at the seams with stuff. I don't remember all the stuff I had as a kid I remember all the things my parents did with me!
With this in mind we decided to let Charlot have a day out doing what she wanted to do with a couple of friends (well one got sick so she couldn't come). And let me tell you my kid knows how to design a day out in style! Charlot's school is a four day per week district so they don't have school on Mondays, so this past Monday was chose as the official Charlot day out!
As you can see in the above picture every good day out must start with the breakfast of champions...a Casey's doughnut and chocolate milk.

Next it was on to grab her buddy Dani, and escape to Columbia for a day any little girl could love! The drive was the most fun, I heard about their love of their brothers, how they were sad that Maggie got sick and couldn't come, how they weren't going to ever get married, how they would never let some strange boy kiss them(praise Jesus), a nose picking discussion happened (this might prevent the previous concern, discussion of favorite restaurants (Dani's is the Crab leg place, and Charlot's is the Boat), what they are doing this summer (Dani is going to the Lake to live Charlot is going to Disney) and then it was decided that maybe they would just live together when they are older with Maggie of course.

Once we got to Columbia lunch was the first item on the agenda. Charlot chose Noodles and Company. "Mom they have the best lunches around, plain buttered noodles, raw broccoli, and a rice krispie...amazing." I was great with that too they have some pretty awesome stir-fry as well! Lunch was more discussions about life, sharing food, coloring, laughing, planing for next years birthday party. I could barely keep up. 

We had a little time to kill before our next appointment so I asked the girls what they wanted to do. In unison "Let's go SHOPPING!" Ha! Two girls after this Momma's heart! We headed to Kohl's for a little retail therapy. Books and a character from the book were purchased! I have since heard that Dani loves the book! Score one for this Momma!

After our short shopping trip, the next stop was Paint the Town, to get a little creative. I can not say enough about this studio and how incredibly kind they were to these girls. We had the place to ourselves (the perks of Monday Funday's), and the instructor showed the girls all they needed to know to create a beautiful work of art for their room!

They both loved mixing the colors and blending them on their picture. Each picture turned out so awesome and unique all at the same time.

 Happy little artists.

Focus on spreading the glitter on to their finished products.

And the final product. they both were so proud to take these home and show them off! Could they be any cuter?!?!?!

The final stop for the day was up next!!! How could you possibly have a fun day out without a stop at Chick-fil-a for a shake.

Dance party while we wait for our shakes!!!

Shake time! I have no idea why in the world they have these faces!

Thanks so much to Dani for spending the day with us! You two seriously made my day AWESOME!