Friday, December 6, 2013

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Bowls

I was craving enchiladas, but had crazy, busy days so I created this recipe.  It smelled so good while it was cooking and was a huge hit with the family!!

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Bowls
4-5 chicken breasts  (I used 12 chicken tenders)
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can enchilada sauce
1/2 cup water
3-4 green onions (or 1-2 Tablespoons minced onion)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
cilantro *Optional
cooked rice
sour cream
additional shredded cheese

Place chicken in the crock pot, pour the enchilada sauce, the taco seasoning, onions, water and 1 cups cheese on top.
Then if desired add some chopped cilantro on top of that. Cook on low for about 4 hours, stirring every once in awhile.
When chicken is cooked through, remove and cut in to pieces or shred it.  Return it to the pot.  Cook your rice.
Serve chicken mixture over rice.
 Garnish with cheese and sour cream.

*Next time I am going to add to the garnishing;  tomatoes and avocado
I also think a can of black beans would be a good addition to the chicken mixture.

It was simple and delicious. I will be making it again!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Does this Insecurity Make me look FAT? and a AWESOME Giveaway!!

  I remember in Jr High thinking, Why am I here?  I am nobody, but a nerdy, curly haired, big glasses freak.  Thinking what is my purpose?  Letting my insecurities and self doubt totally get the best of me.  Yes, I have come along way since then, but I still let those insecurities get the best of me all the time.   The title of this book says it so well exactly how we feel when those times creep in.
I feel very fortunate to have gotten my hands on this book, but only as a loaner.  It is a new release by a brand new author Michelle Wilson with an official release date of  December 30th. Although you can order it now here as an early release.  It says it is a preorder, but they are shipping them out now.  
Isn't the cover so adorable!!  
The first sentence had me hooked..
"Every day women are bombarded with temptations, demands and decisions on the outside and troubled by unrealistic expectations, doubt and fear on the inside"
How often do you find yourself in that situation?  My hand immediately goes up.   I feel it all the time!  This book is so good.  It will have you laughing and crying, reflecting and pondering as she takes you through life stories that you can totally relate to while teaching you how to important you are and how to deal with these pesky insecurities and self doubt.  
Some of the things she addresses are:
Why do clothing stores hang fun-house mirrors in their dressing rooms?
The laundry doesn't cry when it's not folded so why should I?
Can I be confident even if the elevator calls me fat?
This fun easy to read book is AMAZING!!  It is both humorous and insightful. A must read for all women.  I am ordering my own copy and You can order your own copy by clicking here.
Because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.. I have personally purchased a copy that will be signed by the author for one of you my AMAZING and INCREDIBLE Readers!!
To enter follow the directions below:
The author Michelle Wilson is truly beautiful inside and out.  I have watched her quietly come to the aid of others on tons of occasions in self less service and being the recipient of that service myself many times.  She is an amazing speaker and teacher. I have watched her spend many hours, hard work and sleepless nights working on this book. She is proof you can make your dreams a reality.  

*Disclosure: I was not given anything for this review.  The giveaway book is purchased with my own money.  All opinions are completely my own.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Zuppa Toscana Soup

I love Olive Garden and especially this soup.  I was shocked at how easy it was to make and oh so delicious!!  The kids didn't even notice the kale which I thought added great flavor to the soup.   It was a hit and definitely curved the craving!!
Zuppa Toscana
Adapted  just a bit from Mom on Time Out
1 lb Italian Sausage (spicy if you prefer more heat)
5-7 slices of bacon
5 medium russet potatoes
2 cups kale, chopped
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
8 cups chicken broth
1/2 large onion
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
Brown the sausage and break into small pieces.  Drain and set aside.  Cook your bacon and crumble into pieces.  Place on a paper towel to drain.  
Slice the potatoes about 1/4 inch thick.  Just try to get them as close to the same size so they cook evenly.  I then cut the slices in half or fourths to make the bite sized pieces.  Put the potatoes, onions, garlic and chicken broth into a large pot.  Cook on medium heat until the potatoes are cooked through.
Then add the sausage, bacon, kale and cream.  Simmer for about 10-15 more minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with some grated Parmesan cheese.
*This last time I doubled the recipe to take to a potluck.  After the potatoes were cooked I put it in a crockpot and then added the rest of the ingredients.  The next morning I cooked it on low for 3-4 hours.  I checked on it a few times and it must have been good because I did not bring any home.

I hear that it freezes well. 


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