Shredding Chicken with Kitchen Aid

While making some amazing taquito’s (recipe will be posted some time soon!). I needed to have shredded chicken and I have tried this before and MAN IT WORKS!!!

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I have done this previously with full chicken breasts (but have no pictures) and here I did it again using chicken tenders and it works just the same with both!

  • First cook your chicken all the way through (I boil it, when I know i want to shred it).
  • Place the hot chicken in your kitchen aid with the paddle attachment
  • Turn that sucker on high and watch it shred your chicken
  • Voila
  • You got yourself some shredded chicken to do what you would like :-)

Your welcome!

Have an amazing Easter weekend everyone!

 

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

You know…because it is COLD today. I mean freezing rain and snow…come on! It is the middle of April!

This is a recipe I found that we really liked! So if you are looking for something warm on this chilly (spring) day here you go :-)

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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1 Tbsp butter
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 C butter, melted
1/2 C flour
2 C milk
2 C chicken broth
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
¼ tsp garlic salt
2 C broccoli florets
2 C carrots, finely chopped
3 C cheddar cheese, shredded
2 large potatoes, cubed
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Directions:
  • Melt 1 Tbsp butter in soup pot. Stir in onions and cook over medium-low heat until softened.
  •  Add melted butter to pot. Stir in flour until well combined. Slowly add milk and chicken broth to pot until mixture is smooth.
  • Add black pepper, worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, garlic salt, broccoli, carrots, cheese, potatoes, and bacon. Continue to heat over medium heat, stirring often, until vegetables are cooked through and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.
By now you know me and know that we usually don’t do anything unless it is EASY :-)
**A made this and may have made it a little spicier than it should be (too much red pepper flakes, recipe stated is adjusted) but it was still really good!

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Menu Monday 4/14-4/18

Last week like I thought was a pretty big fail on sticking to a menu, I think we rarely even ate an actual dinner at home, and if we were home we snacked!

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MONDAY-  Baked Creamy Chicken Taquito’s

TUESDAY-  On my own (probably snacking or something quick while the kids are quiet or after they go to bed)

WEDNESDAY- Taco Meatloaf Cups

THURSDAY- On my own (probably snacking or something quick while the kids are quiet or after they go to bed)

FRIDAY – Cheesy Garlic & Brown Sugar Pork Chops

SATURDAY – Leftovers

SUNDAY -  Easter dinner at the In Laws (no cooking :-) )

Well we had a very eventful weekend and I am a bit tired today so I hope you all are a little more awake and motivated than me!

HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!!!

Yep I am excited…can you tell?!?! It is only 10 and it has been an amazing day!!

Of course it started off awesome because we woke up knowing today is Friday and I had an amazing night with my kids all on my own!!! It was such a great feeling! <3

Then we booked this amazing photographer this morning and I am soooooooooooo excited and anxious!!! For my Birthday I wanted to get the twins 6month professional pictures done, and a couple family photos because we don’t really have any AMAZING ones and…of course we NEED them! :-)

Here is her blog and FB page…check them out!

The awesomeness didn’t stop though! I opened my email to find out that I won a book!!! I was stoked! Then I found out what book and I was even more excited!! It is a fellow Nestie book, and can’t wait to get it! The book is Push Girl by the amazing Jessica Love!

This was me:

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Then I was like this:

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And I can’t wait to be like this:

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You guessed it again I am so excited!!!

Anyway I hope all you followers are having as great of a day as I am!

Have an AMAZING weekend! <3

Taco Casserole

This is a very quick and delicious recipe that i found on Pinterest way back when and have made a couple times and every time it is as good as it was before! You can find it here and below is my take on it…you know the not so healthy way ;-) :

Taco Casserole:

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Ingredients:

Tortilla chips (I don’t really measure them, I put as many as I find fit in the bottom of the dish)

1Tbs Olive Oil

1 medium onion chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb ground beef

1 packet taco seasoning

1 can black beans drained

1 cup salsa

1 1/2 – 2 cups shredded cheese (I use taco blend and use as much as I see fit depending on my mood lol)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and garlic and sautee until soft.
  3. Add meat and cook until no longer pink then add taco seasoning according to package.
  4. Add beans and salsa. Mix well and continue to cook until salsa thickens .
  5. Line the bottom of a baking dish (I use an 8×8 but you can use whichever you prefer depending how deep you want it) with tortilla chips, pressing down on them lightly to break them into bite-sized pieces. Spread the meat and bean mixture over the chips and top with cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and gooey.

Who doesn’t like Tacos?? And an easy casserole?? Well here you go…dinner for a night sometime soon! :-)

 

Love it!

I have realized that I have been finding some amazing things lately and have been playing around with the idea of posting about my awesome finds once a month to share the love with you! Who knows, maybe some of these will benefit you too! ;-)

Currently I am obsessed with the following:

LA Just Kissed Lip Gloss: Perfect somewhat neutral tint ( I know it doesn’t look like it but believe me it is!). I have been trying to find the perfect shade that can dim my bright red lips but not overpower them with a color too and this is perfect! AND I found it at the Dollar Tree…so you guessed it, it was ONLY $1!!

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Orbit Apple Remix Gum: As most of you know I NEED to try a new flavored gum when it comes out and boy was I glad I did! This is such a light refreshing gum! You get the sweet flavor of an apple and it has pretty decent lasting time.orbit-gum-apple-remix

Brownie Brittle: I just found this at Walgreen’s (on clearance for $1.49) yesterday and OMG this is YUM YUM YUM!!! It is crispy like a cookie (which you know I LOVE!!) but it tasted JUST like a brownie! I was pleasantly surprised at how awesome this was! They have a couple different flavors but this toffee crunch one is really good!

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Sweet Pea Necklace: Of course I don’t have a picture of the one I got but I ordered one from Groopdealz for $8.99 a couple weeks ago and I love it! I have a blue and pink pea in mine. The chain is a lot longer than I was expecting and the pea pod is a bit smaller than I thought it would be but I still love it! I wear it with love for my wonderful twins!

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Well at the moment this is all of the cool awesome finds I have come across and love! Let me know if you guys like this and I can make it a monthly post ( I may do it anyway but some feedback would be nice ;-) ).