No Fuss Chicken Taco Filling

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So I know it’s not taco Tuesday but that does not mean I can’t share a recipe for you to use on Taco Tuesday!

This recipe is so simple and don’t tell anyone, but it’s a slow cooker recipe. I rarely cook with the slow cooker but for this recipe it just makes sense. Some things that you will need for this recipe is a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, a red onion, and traditional tex-mex spices. This is a set it and forget it type of recipe that cooks for a few hours.

Unlike most slow cooker recipes, there is a secret step that happens just before serving. After the chicken is cooked, you separate the chicken from the broth and then reduce the broth in a separate saucepan. The result is a rich, silky, and flavorful broth that you toss the chicken back in before serving. The reduced broth is the secret step that separates this recipe from all other slow cooker chicken recipes.

I serve my chicken on corn tortillas with a variety of toppings. My favorite combination is corn tortillas with picked red onions, avocado, cotija cheese, and cilantro. I find the best way to warm corn tortillas is on the open flame of a gas stove top (I love that texture from the charred edges).

Check out the video, give the recipe a try, and let me know what you think!

No Fuss Chicken Taco Filling

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Unlike most slow cooker recipes, there is a secret step that happens just before serving. After the chicken is cooked, you separate the chicken from the broth and then reduce the broth in a separate saucepan. The result is a rich, silky, and flavorful broth that you toss the chicken back in before serving. The reduced broth is the secret step that separates this recipe from all other slow cooker chicken recipes.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1//’4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 3 hours (or on low for 6-8 hours).
  3. After cooking, remove all the chicken from the broth and shred it using two forks.
  4. Pour the broth into a medium saucepan and boil over high heat for 6 minutes or until the broth has reduced to 1/3 cup.
  5. Combine the chicken and the reduced broth.
  6. Serve the chicken with your favorite taco ingredients.

Birthday Cake Crispy Rice Cereal Treats

July is the month of birthdays for us. My husband, sister, father, nephew, brother-in-law- and sister-in-law all have birthdays this month. Two of these family members even have a birthday on the same day!

So in honor of the month of birthdays, I’m sharing a recipe for crispy rice cereal treats. It’s yet another twist on the traditional treat. To achieve the birthday cake flavor you mix in salt, vanilla, white cake mix, and sprinkles!

It’s an easy treat that comes together really quickly… and it has a flavor that both kids and adults will enjoy.

Birthday Cake Crispy Rice Cereal Treats

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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White cake mix is the secret ingredient for this crispy rice treat cereal recipe. The cake mix gives these treats that birthday cake flavor!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 10 oz package of marshmallows
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup white cake mix
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • Food coloring, additional white chocolate chips, and sprinkles for decorating (optional).

Directions

  1. In large pot, melt butter over low heat. Add in marshmallows and stir until melted.
  2. Add in the salt, vanilla, and cake mix and stir to combine. Once combined, remove from the heat.
  3. Add cereal and sprinkles. Stir until combined.
  4. Press the mixture into an 8 x 8 inch pan coated with nonstick spray. Let cool completely
  5. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave (using short 30 second bursts until melted).
  6. Pour the chocolate over the top of the treats and spread it in an even layer.
  7. Melt additional white chocolate and tint it with coloring. Drizzle over the top and add more sprinkles.
  8. Place treats in the freezer until the chocolate has hardened, about 5 minutes.
  9. Cut the treats into 2″ x 2″ pieces and serve.

Finally Finished – Master Bathroom Updates

From the moment we moved into our home, I knew I wanted to make updates to almost every room in the house. Over the course of the last 3 years I’ve worked on little things here and there, but I never really took on too many major projects. I wanted this year to be different — I wanted this year to be the year that I really made some big changes to the house.

I decided that transforming out master bathroom was a good project to start with. The builder grade cabiets were pretty strudy but I absolutely hated the color. I decided to paint the cabinets white and used the bright white as my design inspiration. I’m so happy that this first set of updates for the master bathroom are complete!

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Although this bathroom is not my “dream bathroom” It’s definitely so much better than it was when we moved in! It’s amazing how a little paint and a few hardware changes can make such a difference!

Below are my tips for a quick and easy bathroom update.

1. Paint the Cabinets

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Believe it or not, I’m usually not a big fan of white cabinets. But because I can’t change out the tile, I needed something that could really brighten up the space. My favorite white, Night Blooming Jasmine, did the trick! It’s a bright milky white that’s calming and inviting. It was the perfect color and it helped transform the room.

2. Change the Cabinet Hardware

I knew I wanted some contrast but I was really nervous to do dark hardware on the white cabinets. Thankfully the combination of the bin pulls with the acrylic handles gave me the exact look I was going for. I found both styles on Wayfair and I was excited to find acrylic handles that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

3. Get Rid of Towel Bars

I strongly dislike towel bars and I just don’t think that they’re the best design decision for my home. I removed one towel bar completely and I replaced the other one with a towel ring. They take up less space and add a little contrast to the walls. Also, these Turkish towels look beautiful hanging on the ring.

4. Embrace Art

I love art. I’ve always loved art. I love creating art, I love looking at art and If I could fill every wall in my house with art, I would.

I decided that the big wall above the tub needed some art but right now I don’t have money in my budget to buy large and oversize art — so I improvised and made my own. I used leftover paint I had from other projects around the house and I love how it turned out. Although this art is temporary it definitely fills the space well and adds a little quirkiness to the bathroom.

5. Decant and Organize your Countertop

2020-06-23-07.46.31-1If you’ve never decanted items I would encourage you to give it a try. In this case I decanted my mouthwash and my daily vitamins. Both were sitting on my counter in distracting and colorful plastic containers. I purchased a cute glass storage container to house my vitamins and I poured my mouthwash into a glass bottle.

The decanted items are so much more aesthetically pleasing AND I can clearly see how much mouthwash I have left before I need to purchase another bottle.

With the exception of the mouthwash and my vitamins almost everything else was organized into the drawers and cabinets. I found a better way to organize the items that I use frequently and I tossed out all the items that I wasn’t using.

6. Upgrade Your Decor

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I know that very few people will see the inside of my master bathroom but that doesn’t stop me from adding in cute details. I love feeling “at home” and happy in my home and sometimes that homey feeling comes from the small details.

The updates I made really transformed my space! In the coming months I’d love to replace the large builder mirror with two seperate mirrors and I’d also love to change out the lighting. But for now, I’m very pleased with the space!