Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crockpot Mexican Chicken for Tacos and Burritos

This is a DIVINE and EASY way to do a Crockpot Mexican Chicken. You only have 4 easy ingredients, and they are easy to make in the crock pot, or in the oven in only a few hours. Dump everything in and let them simmer all afternoon. Then fry up some tortillas, or use some store bought flour tortillas, and dinner is served!

Crockpot Chicken Tacos....easy and very yummy! 

I have always loved Tacos. Even as a very picky child, I would always eat my mom's homemade tacos. But it wasn't until I was married that I really got a few good recipes from friends for a good taco filling. 

Sherry was my favorite newlywed friend. We both had only 2 kids and we hung out as stay-at-home moms together, going to the park or shopping at the mall. She has since moved to Northern California and I to Utah, but once upon a time we were very good buds. 

She used to invite us over for dinner and she was an excellent, gourmet cook. She taught me to put a packet of taco seasoning in with a small jar of green chili salsa to my ground beef. It was so easy but soooo good! 

This is the way I like my Crockpot Chicken Tacos.....with corn tortillas and cilantro along with traditional toppings.
Well, now I've tried lots of other taco recipes, and this chicken taco recipe is super duper easy and yummy...my kind of cooking.  Here is the recipe.....I hope you like it too! 
 Chicken Tacos using flour tortillas and some avocado, sour cream and peppers for toppings..... My hub's favorite. 

 Crockpot Chicken Tacos Ingredients 
1 envelope of Taco Seasoning
5 to 6 pieces Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 16-ounce jar Salsa 

1 small can green chiles (diced up)

Dump everything into a crock pot no water needed. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, the chicken should shred easily when stirred with a fork. It is even better as leftovers the next day. Sometimes when I don't have all day I just put it in an oven baking dish on 350 for 3 hours in the oven and it's pretty ready to shred by then. 

Use your favorite taco seasoning packet and salsa brand for these.  I just used generic salsa and it was wonderful. I have heard that Paul Newman's Own salsa is great for these tacos too. Maybe Mango Salsa if you want to try
a sweeter taco mix? 

The main ingredients for Chicken Tacos in a crockpot are 4 simple ones; chicken, salsa, a taco seasoning packet and green chiles. That's pretty much it! Dump them all in a crockpot and wait for the magic!! 

I try to find the diced green chiles in the can, but these were on sale for 50 cents, so who minds chopping a
little to save a lot. These can cost up to $2.00 a can! What a savings I scored! 

2 seconds to chop them up. It's kind of fun anyway. I feel like a real chef with my chef's knife!
Top it with lettuce, cilantro, tomato, avocado, sour cream and cheese. They are delicious, messy and yummy. 

Here is THE BEFORE  PICTURE  of Crockpot Chicken Tacos.

 Here is the AFTER PICTURES of Crockpot Chicken Tacos topped with avocado and sour cream, cilantro and red peppers, or whatever your favorite toppings are!
The hubs likes flour tortillas and lots of avocado so here is his taco. It's pretty massive I'd say. He likes them that way. Nice and sloppy. Messy eating means good eating, I always say! 
With the leftovers you can do a Tortilla Soup, check out my very favorite recipe HERE., or add some rice or black beans and make chicken burritos! Yum! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Decorating Ideas

I love Halloween. It's my favorite holiday of all. Maybe it's because as a kid I was a candy-holic. Maybe I love dressing up. Maybe I love dressing up AND getting candy. That must be it.  Here's my Skeleton Bundt cake. He's so scary! but he tasted sooooo good! Check it out HERE at my personal blog.
Here is my kitchen table runner (spiderweb from Pier 1 as well as the cute salt and pepper shakers) and my Halloween cupcakes I made for a work party. They turned out too cute! Check them out HERE.
This is my entry table in my home. My grandkids love the little jars of "gopher guts" and stuff like that. I got them from Michaels.  Check the Witch Warts out HERE at Mockery's blog.

At Yeringtonflowers they did a cute Fall table decoration grouping.  Just simple mason jars
filled with acorns and candy corn! Easy Peasy!
Elle Interiors  had the idea to use green apples in a glass trifle bowl to decorate.
 I love the  "green apple" colored candle too! 
We were at Pier 1 and their fall tablescapes were sooooooo BEAUTIFUL! 
Front-porch-ideas-and-more had this cute idea! 

Use gold metallic spray paint on real pumpkins for a dash of 
sparkle. I think I'll try that for my fireplace area this year. 
How cool is THAT look? it's cool alright....

It's a blog party did a simple but beautiful fall mantle that looks easy to copy...
I love the leaves, pods and acorns strung along in an easy twine garland. But simple pumpkins outside with a bale of hay or a cornstalk is pretty too. I love this old wagon. I wish I had one! 

Antsi-pants has this FREE printable Fall Subway Art project. SUPER. CUTE!
I made one for my classroom and for my home with a dark brown glossy picture frame. It looks GREAT! What is it about Fall colors that are just so appealing? 

Pure Style Home did another fall fruits in glass idea that I loved.
I'm going to be looking for some of these glass domes.
I think they are cool and you could use them for every season.

Nest Handmade has an easy Christmas Ball Wreath tutorial on how to make this
beautiful and welcoming addition to anybody's front porch!
And Hobby Lobby has all the Christmas balls stacked in the aisles already! I LOVE this! 
Well, and who could resist just a plain old pile of pumpkins and some straw hay bales or an old cornstalk. And if that's not enough, how about a cute grandkid in the mix? Yeah....she makes my day. Love her. Happy decorating. Gotta love a little
"punpkin" like this cute one.....:D

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gourmet Glazed Donuts from Beyond Glaze

This delicious looking but evil donut is from a gourmet donut shop in Draper, Utah called "Beyond Glaze". I had a donut instead of birthday cake this year. It was decadent, to say the least! 
For my birthday this year my daughter took me out for lunch at Zupas. We had some yummo salads, just take a look! And donuts were on the dessert agenda. 
She had this salad from ZUPAS  with black beans and guacamole. 

I had this salad with berries, apples and candied pecans. They both had chicken. 

Zupas has these panini sandwiches I just love too. We had turkey and avocado and bacon, and Tiff had some soup. I just LOVE how they give you a chocolate covered strawberry with every meal too. It is just a nice touch. 
Then we wandered over to the donut shop called Beyond Glaze. (Shouldn't it be "Beyond Glazed?" The grammar teacher in me is always bugged by these things, you see.....It reminds me of those "Shave Ice" stands where they sell Hawaiian snow cones. It should say "SHAVED ICE". Mind your grammar people! 
This one just looks mouth watering doesn't it? It is a caramel apple cheesecake donut. It is very popular as you can just imagine! 

 The carrot cake looked a little too yellow for me. But it matched the cute yellow chevron tablecoverings. :D

My grandson Dylan was just staring at all the donuts in the window. He liked all of them too! What should we choose Dylan? Help me out here, Dude!! 
I LOVE mango, I thought. Maybe this one could be it. I just didn't know. I love Raspberry shakes from Bear Lake. Maybe the two would make a divine combo? Hmmmm.......thinking....thinking....

My very favorite donuts are USUALLY maple bars. I bet this one was maple madness overload! Yummy. That one is for our next visit for sure! But I want something even MORE special and over the top decadent. 

These babies are pretty pricey though. Each one is about $2 bucks! Woop! Let's just get one each and share with Dylan. 

 But GOOD LUCK choosing! Every one of them looks so yummy. What to do?
So I asked the owner of Beyond Glaze if he had a favorite. He said the "S'mores" donut is very popular. But I have never liked S'mores. So I went back to hunting through the window. I'm sure I was getting annoying by now. :D I am so decisive! 

Wanna Donut don't ya? Lookie, the S'mores donut has a bite taken out of it....tee hee...(bottom left corner donut). I guess it is popular if peeps are taking bites out of it already!

I finally decided on one. I have heard all this talk about "salted caramel" and how good it is. So I've been on the hunt to try anything and everything with salted caramel in it. 
And, well.....just look at it. It is to DIE for good. I loved it. I wish I could make donuts like this. They were so Yummy. Think of the best glazed donut and the best piece of cake mixed together. Yup. There you have it. Glorious and a gazillion  and a half calories. On my birthday. So it is subtracted.......right? That just make for good Karma! 
Go see the little man at Beyond Glaze Donuts in Draper. He is very nice. And the shop is real cute too. 
But not as cute as my little man Dylan is. He just trumps it all. Gimme a kiss you dollface. :D 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Breadsticks and Pizza Dough

It's one of those kinds of days, it's rainy and cold. And I want to have some hot, homemade bread baking in the house. I want to walk around in my jammies and socks and read a book or watch Netflix! Yeah. That sounds divine! 
Cheesy Parmesan Breadsticks from Pizza Dough.....
But alas, we have a bridal shower in the family. So I am wrapping gifts and getting my makeup on and hair blown out. I NEED to redo my toe polish but I probably won't. I just am too lazy. But I was looking through this old post and now I want to make some of these yummies today. The hubs would love it! 
Homemade Pizza and breadsticks.....a great Monday night quickie dinner! 
 I had some leftover Parmesan cheese from making chicken alfredo the other night. It is great on breadsticks too. So I used half of the recipe for a medium sized pizza for the hubs and I, and the other half I made some mini breadsticks that will will go great with some cream of broccoli soup tomorrow. (that's not sayin they will last till tomorrow!) tee hee....
Gather your ingredients, start with WARM water to sprinkle the packet of yeast into.  

These are the things I put on top of my cheesy-garlic Parmesan breadsticks! I keep Parmesan in the freezer in the baggie it comes in. I bring it out when needed and that way it is always fresh. It is GREAT on Italian green salads and also in pasta dishes of any sort! 

I just LOVE these little Skookie cast-iron pans I got for my birthday a few years back from my son Jeff and daughter-in-law Wendy. They are perfect for individual pan pizzas!  WOOT! Here is a link for the pans HERE.

Added the sauce and then topped with cheese.....easy peasy.....

Homemade Pizzas and breadsticks ......make it tonight! 
The Weekday Chef loves breads. It's sadly, my downfall. And Pizza and buttery breadsticks are kind of the devil. (stupid buttery morsels of delight....stupid things....) sounds of sniffing....

Here is the recipe. It is from Jamie Cooks it UP! (I love her!)

1 C warm water
1 T sugar
1 T yeast (I use Active Dry Yeast)
1 t salt
3 T vegetable or canola oil
2 1/2 – 3 C flour

I just pour a cup of warm water in my mixer and then dump in the yeast and then sugar and leave them to bubble up for 5 minutes while I gathered the pizza ingredients. Then I added the teaspoon salt and 3 Tablespoons of oil. (Olive oil works great too) and added 2 cups of flour slowly and then about 2 3/4 when it was about done. Just add enough so it isn't sticky anymore and pulls away from the pan. 
Roll out the pizza dough onto a pizza stone brushed with oil. 
Breadsticks from Pizza Dough...I let them rise a little before baking.....then I painted melted butter on them with a silicone soft brush and topped them with Parmesan Cheese and Johnny's Garlic Salt Mixture.

 I used a little more than half of the dough on my pizza stone and rolled it out and then let it set while I grated the cheese. Then I used the other half, rolled it out in a short rectangle about 1/3 of an inch thick. Then I cut rectangles, twisted them and layed them in my little mini pizza pans. They rise while the pizza is cooking. 
I add PREGO spaghetti sauce for my pizzas and top with Mozzarella cheese and pineapple bits, bacon, tomato slices and green peppers and purple onion. Sometimes I add mushrooms and olives too if we have them on hand. It's yummyrific! 

Homemade Pizza  and Parmesan Breadsticks made from a really EASY PEASY Pizza Dough! 

Add favorite toppings to pizza and cook at 475 for 8 to 12 minutes depending on your oven. 
This is one of the easiest and quickest dinners around....homemade pizzas and breadsticks! 
Homemade Pizza dough breadsticks topped with butter and Parmesan cheese!
Maybe we'll start having pizza nights every Monday! mmmhmmm....


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