Crockpot Fiesta Chicken

The other night we were supposed to have some friends over for dinner.  Their daughter ended up getting sick and they didn’t get to come but since I already had everything ready to go I decided to go ahead and make our meal.  This recipe started in my head as I was looking through recipes on Pinterest.  I found one that looked pretty tasty.  It was an enchilada recipe.  As I was thinking about our friends that were coming over I realized how nice it would be to make something that was more of a “filling” for various things rather than just enchiladas.  That way each person could create their own meal.  So I came up with what I’m calling Crockpot Fiesta Chicken.  Basically it’s just a chicken mix that can be used in burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, soft tacos, hard tacos, as a topping for nachos, in a taco salad or even as a topping for a baked potato or sweet potato.  This recipe makes quite a bit so it would be great for feeding a large group.  Plus you can make a taco bar of sorts with hard and soft shells, lettuce for salads and chips.  Then set out all your toppings and everyone can make their own meal.

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My birthday was last week and it really got me to thinking about what I wish I were able to tell my younger self.  I am one year away from 40 and thankfully I don’t feel like it at all.  I definitely feel and look better than I did in my 20s.  I try not to focus on the past but if I were able to share these tips with my 20 year old self I know I would have felt so much better, had more confidence and probably enjoyed life a little more.

Five Things I Wish I Could Tell

If I could go back in time, this is what I’d tell myself:

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classic homemade pesto

One of my favorite parts of summer is eating fresh basil from my herb garden.  Basil is a great topping for salads, pizza and pasta dishes.  But my favorite way to use basil is in homemade pesto.  I could eat it on just about anything.   Pesto is so flavorful and can take a boring dish and make it much more exciting.  It’s not only delicious but it’s very versatile too.  Take a look at some of my favorite uses for pesto:

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In my “What We Ate” posts each week I’ll share some of the recipes we ate for dinner the previous week. I love to get inspiration from what other families are eating so I thought it might be helpful to some of you. Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes. And if you know of a recipe that you think we might like please share it with me!

***Veggie Patties (chicken nuggets for the kids)

what we ate

  • The adults had a veggie patty with rice and broccoli while the kids had chicken nuggets.  We keep their dinner small on Sunday nights because they snack at our church small group.

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