Reading Mojo!

Yes! It seems I have gotten my reading momentum back, I guess getting the kids in to a routine gives me a little more “relax” time! Oh and I guess all the good books help a lot too! I read 7 books so far this month and am in the middle of 4 right now, 2 of which I will finish today or tomorrow!

So far I have had 1 let down, 2 ok, 3 amazing, and 1 LOVE!

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Let down (2.5 stars): Fragments by Dan Wells. I LOVED the first one in the series, Partials. It isn’t normally something I would pick up on my own but it was a book club choice and I loved it, so why wouldn’t I like the second one?!?! Lets just say it was a 576 page book and I was not interested until about page 350-400, a waste for half of the book! So sad…I prob won’t finish the series (yes love I CAN do that :p )

Ok (3 stars): Second Chances by Alison Stanley and Crossed by Ally Condie. Second Chances was a Christian Lit and I enjoyed the underlying theme about God’s love and second chances but it seemed a bit rushed. Crossed is ok, this series doesn’t wow me but is interesting to listen to nonetheless.

Amazing (4 stars): The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry…I mean who doesn’t love a good love story, I had all the amazing feels that makes me love a book and give it 4 stars! Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevrin was a very unique book with a very interesting story that had me intrigued and held my interest! I really enjoyed it. Last was Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg and I am actually torn on this one! The story honestly was CRAP, but the feelings I had and the things this book made me think about (even though it didn’t have much to do with the main theme) had me leaning towards a higher rating. It made me think about the kind of mom and wife I want to be and to continue to be and I don’t know why but it hit a lot of emotions inside me, which is why it gets this rating!

LOVE (5 stars): One of my Nesties writes books, well a bunch do and I ALWAYS want to read them, even though they are online friends it is exciting to “know” them, plus I want to support them! So I am letting you know this, but it did NOT influence my review on this book one bit! This Novella, Make You Blush by Macy Beckett is just THAT GOOD! A little steamy and oh so amazing I loved the story, characters and pretty much EVERYTHING! I can’t wait for the next one to come out on May 6th (Make You Mine)

Have you read any good books lately? Comment and give me some recommendations! I am always up for anything (except the things A reads and wants me to read…no thanks! Love you!)

Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos

Remember that neat trick I posted a couple weeks ago about shredding the chicken in your kitchen aid?!?! Well here is EXACTLY where to put that to use! I have veered away from things like this…taquitos where you have to roll and bake things, I felt it was too time consuming, had too many ingredients and that mine would never stay together. Well I came across these and figured I would give them a shot and man were they good!!! They were even good as leftovers and someone mentioned that they probably freeze well too! This would be perfect to make on a weekend and pull out for a quicker dinner during the week!

Anyway, without further ado here is the recipe πŸ˜‰

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Baked Honey Lime Taquitos

Ingredients

12 corn tortillas (I used 4 large burrito wraps and cut them in half)
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (2 large breasts)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Honey-Lime Sauce:
2-3 limes, juiced (I used lime juice and did about 1-1/2 Tablespoons)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic

3 tablespoons sour cream

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the lime juice, honey, cumin, garlic, and sour cream.
  • In another bowl pour the honey-lime sauce over the shredded chicken.Β  Let it marinade for 20-30 minutes.
  • Mix the cheese in with the chicken mix, and add a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Microwave the tortillas a little bit so it is soft and easy to roll (20-30 seconds)
  • Place a spoonful of chicken on one end of the corn tortillas and roll them up tightly.
  • Place the taquito seam-side down on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Lay taquitos next to each other, but not touching.Β  Brush a little bit of olive oil over the tops of the taquitos and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

I hope you give them a shot and enjoy them as much as I did! I can’t stop thinking about them!

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Menu Monday 4/28-5/3

I have decided that I am going to cut down my menu to just Monday-Friday because things have been getting crazy and I just don’t know what the weekends will actually bring. So whatever didn’t get eaten during the week can get pushed if need be πŸ™‚

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MONDAY- Ham Casserole

TUESDAY-Β  Chicken Sousa Taco’s (a recipe that was given to me)

WEDNESDAY- A is working late so I will be on my own (prob PB&J)

THURSDAY- Crockpot meal from the freezer- Pomegranate Chicken

FRIDAY – Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Sorry about the lack of posting last week! I hope this week will be a little more entertaining for all you amazing followers! ❀

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

20140312_182555 Ingredients:

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
ΒΌ tsp red pepper flakes
ΒΌ 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.
  • Β 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 πŸ™‚
**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-Β  Baked Creamy Chicken Taquito’s

TUESDAY-Β  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 –Β  Easter dinner at the In Laws (no cooking πŸ™‚ )

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!