Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ladies Who Link-March: Go-to crockpot recipe

With my family's busy schedules, my crockpot is definitely one of my favorite kitchen appliances!  I love being able to come home to a hot meal after a long day.  One of my favorite go-to meals is my chicken tortilla soup.  My girls call it "chicken chili".  

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 pkg. of raw, boneless chicken tenderloins
1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 10 oz. can of enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 4 oz. can of green chile peppers
3 cloves of garlic
2-3 cans of chicken broth (depending on how much liquid you want)
1 pkg. taco seasoning

1 oz. bag of frozen corn

First, I lay the chicken tenderloins on the bottom of the slow cooker.  (I used tenderloins because they are smaller and easier to shred at the end, but boneless chicken breast works too.)  Then, I open everything else and pour it on top.  It is truly that easy!! Honestly, my 8 year old did most of the work with the can opener.

Cook it on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.  About 30 minutes before serving, take the chicken out using a slotted spoon and shred it with 2 forks.  The chicken is so tender that this does not take long.  Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream.  My girls like to eat tortilla chips or corn chips with their soup.  It is delicious!  

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Favorites-March 3rd

If it's Friday, you know we're happy to be linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea!

It has been so WARM here this week!  It feels like summer.  In some ways I am ready for it, but the teacher in my would love 1 more snow day!  We'll see what the rest of the winter hold.  Here are some of my favorites this week:

Favorite #1
As I blogged about last Friday, we went to Pittsburgh, PA for a dance competition last weekend.  This was out first time visiting this city and I must tell you that it is AWESOME!  It is honestly one of the best cities that I have visited.  It was beautiful, clean, and everyone was friendly.  Our hotel was located near Point State Park, which is very near the baseball and football stadiums.  My husband, who loves all sports, was in heaven!  The views of the rivers and city were breathtaking.  We were able to do a lot in our short time there.  I am working on a blog post on this visit and what we did with our kids.  Stay tuned!  

Favorite #2
My youngest daughter was in another play this week, a mini version of The Sound of Music.  This is one of my all time favorite movies!  My girls love it too.  I am always amazed at the confidence that my girls have on stage,  I was not brave enough at 8 years old to get up on stage and sing and dance in front of a live audience.  I cannot wait to see where all of this bravery takes this young actress in the future!

Favorite #3
On Tuesday, we celebrated the 100th day of school in my kindergarten class.  This day is so much fun and helps me to realize that we are getting closer and closer to the end of the school year.  Each child makes a cape with 100 items attached to it to wear during the day.  Below is my youngest daughter in her cape.  (We didn't do the capes when my oldest was in K.)  I love creating this memories with my class.  They are "my kids" for 180 days and I adore them!

Favorite #4
I don't get a lot of time to read, but one of my favorite authors, Kristan Higgins, has a new book out so I had to get it.  She writes contemporary romance books.  Her books are always touching with humor thrown in as well.  Her newest book is called On Second Thought.  I have not finished it yet, but so far I am really enjoying the book.  It is about 2 sisters who deal with love, loss, and life in general.  I honestly love every book that I have read by Kristan Higgans.  If you are looking for a new book to read, you should give her books a try!

Enjoy your week!  


Favorite #1

Spring Break! 

My family is off on a Spring Break trip next week! We are very excited. We are going on a Disney Cruise for the first half of the week. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about it! For several years, my family and I used to cruise on Royal Caribbean every Spring Break with my brother and my niece and sometimes my nephew, and another family. We haven't been on a cruise in a while and we missed it! So, we thought we would give a Disney Cruise a whirl!

The last half of the week, we are spending a couple of days drinking Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal! We went to Universal a few years ago and had such a good time, we had to make time for it again. I look forward to sharing the highlights with you when we return!

Favorite #2

Girl Scout Cookies!!!!!!!

Do I really need to say more? I love them. This is the best time of year, other than November at Trader Joe's for the shortbread Star Cookies. Our family's favorites are Thin Mints and Samoas. We like Tagalongs too, but not as much as the other two. I also hear this year's S'mores flavor is good too. I haven't tried the yet, have you??

Favorite #3

My kids use these every day in their snacks. We love them. They are easy to clean (top rack dishwasher safe!!), easy for little hands to open, and hold perfect portion sizes. I like that they are stainless steel. If you are looking for reusable containers for snacks, but anything small, I can't say enough positive things about these!


Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Happy Friday!

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