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Easy & Delicious Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

We are a family of chili lovers but a person can only eat regular chili so many times in a month before it gets a little monotonous. So I went on a hunt for some different chili recipes to try. I found a Chicken Taco Chili recipe but it wasn’t quite right so I tweaked it a few times until I got it perfect for our family. This recipe is super easy- it’s a dump and go crockpot recipe using frozen chicken breasts. I don’t even defrost them first- just toss the still frozen chicken breasts into the crockpot with the other ingredients and your prep work is done! 

 

 

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Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

 

Ingredients:

1 can (16oz) black beans

1 can (16oz) kidney beans

1 can (8oz) tomato sauce

1 pkg (10oz) frozen corn kernals

1 can Hunts Fire Roasted diced tomatoes with garlic

1 pkt taco seasoning

2 T cumin

2 T chili powder

3-4 frozen chicken breasts

 

Directions:

1. Combine beans, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, and taco seasoning in crockpot.

2. Place chicken on top.

3. Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours.

4. Half an hour before serving, shred chicken and return to crockpot.

5. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla strips.

 

I’ve added this recipe to our regular dinner rotation- that’s how much we love it! The crunch from the tortilla strips (I found them in the salad toppings section) really makes the dish and the sour cream adds the perfect amount of creaminess. I love tossing this together in the crockpot early on a Sunday and smelling it cook all day long. Yum!

 

Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can (16oz) black beans
  2. 1 can (16oz) kidney beans
  3. 1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
  4. 1 pkg (10oz) frozen corn kernals
  5. 1 cans diced tomatoes with garlic
  6. 1 pkt taco seasoning
  7. 1 T cumin
  8. 1 T chili powder
  9. 3-4 frozen chicken breasts
Instructions
  1. Combine beans, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, and taco seasoning in crockpot.
  2. Place chicken on top.
  3. Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours.
  4. Half an hour before serving, shred chicken and return to crockpot.
  5. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla strips.
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He Said, She Said: What To Watch On Netflix

 
 
 
 
{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}
 
 
 
Setting the Scene: Matt and I try to watch at least one or two movies on Netflix a week after the kids go to bed. It’s our poor people with lots of kids version of a date night. I don’t have to put on real clothes and he doesn’t have to pay $12 for popcorn. It works for us. Unfortunately, we do not always agree on which movie to watch because Matt is very much a person who goes by the star rating of the movie and Netflix is somewhat misleading with it’s ratings. The following conversation took place after we spent over 20 minutes searching for a movie that Matt was willing to watch.
 
 
She Said: Pick a movie already.
 
 
He Said: I don’t want to waste 2 hours watching something stupid.
 
 
She Said: So you’d rather spend 2 hours browsing through every single movie on Netflix.
 
 
He Said: Yes.
 
 
She Said: Wrong answer. 
 
 
He Said: Well this one sounds pretty good but it only has 2 stars.
 
 
She Said: What’s it called?
 
 
He Said: Chick Magnet.
 
 
She Said: Keep looking.
 
 
He Said: How about Sharknado? Only 2 stars. But it has Tara Reid and Ian Ziering in it.
 
 
She Said: Sure, why not. 
 
 
He Said: Really? You’ll watch this?
 
 
She Said: This week I watched somewhere around 42 episodes of Doc McStuffins, Octonauts, and Sofia the First. My standards are fairly low.
 
 
He Said: Good to know.
 
 
She Said: Not that low. Smart ass. 
 
 
The End.
 
 
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250 Books In 365 Days: Books I Loved In January

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 I’m on a mission this year to read more books and watch less television. I love to read. It’s always been something that gets me through the dark times. I love to lose myself in a good book and escape the real world for a few hours. So this year I am making it my goal to read 250 books in 365 days. I’m a super fast reader, which drives Matt crazy but I can read a 250-300 page book in a few hours. With all the time I spend sitting around waiting for my kids at dance, gymnastics, basketball, etc I have a lot of free time to read. Last year I read almost 200 books so I think I can do it. You can follow along with the books I’ve read on Goodreads if you want and each month I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite reads from that month right here on the blog. Some of the books will be new releases and some will be from my massive collection of unread books on my Kindle. 

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 1. Hard As It Gets by Lauren Kaye Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too. With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees. Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge.

 This book was fantastic! I loved it. Be warned- it’s not for the prudish types. Hot alpha men, strong female heroine, and lots of action equals a good read for me. It’s a complete story, no cliffhanger ending which I am so tired of authors doing! Book 2 comes out on February 25th and I already pre-ordered it. 

 2. Blitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh– Emily Hamilton doesn’t trust men. She’s much more comfortable playing the romantic lead in front of a packed house onstage than in her own life. So when NFL star and alluring ladies’ man Brandon McKenna acts as her personal white knight, she has no illusions that he’ll stick around. However, a misunderstanding with the press throws them together in a fake engagement that yields unexpected (and breathtaking) benefits. Every time Brandon calls her “Sugar,” Emily almost believes he’s playing for keeps—not just to score. Can she let down her defenses and get her own happily ever after?

 I really liked this book, more than I thought I would. You know how much I love football so a book with a football player alpha male as the hero is right up my alley. Plus it was pretty funny at times. Book 2 will be out on February 11th and I can’t wait!

 3. Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan– Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

 It’s definitely not a secret how much I love Christine Feehan’s Dark Series. I’ve been waiting for this story for years. The characters go way back in the series and the build up for this story has gone on for literally years. I was not disappointed- the story was fantastic! I think it was her best book in a couple of years. 

 4. The Night Is Mine by M.L. Buchman– First in a thrilling military romantic suspense series based on the real-life elite helicopter pilots who transport Navy SEALs and Delta Force teams in and out of combat and covert missions. (SOAR are the heroes of Black Hawk Down.) Buchman’s heroine flys the most dangerous military ops and tries to find the one man who can be a hero in her own life. Ace-pilot Captain Emily Beale goes undercover as bodyguard to the First Lady, with her rugged commander, Major Mark Henderson, who is determined to cover her back. Can she learn to keep her desire at bay before her covert mission implodes.

 I love military romances but I like a good amount of action to go along with romance. This book checked all my boxes. The action was fast paced and descriptive, the romance was intense and little forbidden, and the heroine was bad ass! What more could you want? This is the first book in the authors Night Stalkers series and I will be reading all of them for sure!

 5. Morning After by Melissa Hale– Erica has her life planned down to an exact timeline. It is working in all aspects except one, her love life. She wants what every girl wants, to fall in love with Prince Charming, get married, have babies and live happily ever after. That doesn’t seem so unreasonable. Unfortunately, Prince Charming has eluded her. Until a robbery, an attack and a stalker turn her organized life upside down and she is forced to recognize the Prince Charming she might have missed. Ethan Reynolds is a former Marine who runs a successful security company. He’s not looking to settle down, he’s looking to expand. That is until the woman who owns the coffee shop across the street captures his attention. Unfortunately, she doesn’t give him a chance until a threat makes him the perfect ally. Now in addition to trying to keep her safe he has to convince her they can have so much more than a working relationship. Until he realizes he is putting her in danger.

 I grabbed this book as freebie because it looked pretty interesting and I really didn’t expect much. But I was invested in this story from the minute I started reading. The characters were real and the suspense was believable. Plus the hero was hot and the heroine was funny- a combo I can’t resist. 

 6. Fighting Temptation by K.C. Lynn– Julia Sinclair is your typical innocent good girl with a heart of gold. At sixteen she moved to Sunset Bay, South Carolina, to live with her Grams after losing her mother to cancer. This is where she met some of the best friends she will ever have and one in particular who will forever hold her heart. Jaxson Reid is your typical tattooed bad boy. His past and soul is as dark as the tattoos he bares. He flies through life and girls with no attachments and no emotions… until he met her. One fateful night brought Julia and Jaxson together. They formed a friendship and a bond so strong it was unbreakable. Jaxson fought the temptation of anything more with Julia because he knew he would never be good enough for her. When he found his control slipping he left the one girl, who meant everything to him, to join the Navy. But one passion-filled night has Jaxson letting go of fighting temptation which will forever alter their relationship. A few years later Jaxson comes home to make things right with the one girl who’s ever meant anything to him. Except someone isn’t happy that Jaxson has returned. Someone who thinks Julia is theirs and they will stop at nothing to make sure it stays that way… forever. Now Jaxson will not only fight to protect Julia but will also battle the new and existing demons that haunt his soul. 

 I just realized a lot of my favorite books this month were romantic suspense. This one was great. The interactions between the characters were real and emotional and not overblown. I love books where the main couple has a long history together. There was just enough action to keep the story moving without detracting from the romance. 

 7. Kiss the Sky by Krista Ritchie– Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy. After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way. Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity. 

 This book is hot. And definitely not for the faint hearted with elements of light BDSM included. I loved the characters and their interactions with each other. I laughed, I swooned, I blushed- through the whole book. The hero is a super hot alpha male and the heroine is a feisty, independent, strong woman who started the book as a virgin. This book is a continuation of the Addicted series so it features the same characters but you do not have to have read Addicted to understand this book. 

 So those were my favorite books from January. I can’t wait to see what February holds- lots of new releases, new authors, and old favorites too!

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He Said, She Said: Sick Kids

 
 
 
 
{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}
 
 

Setting the Scene: We have 3 kids who have fallen victim to the latest respiratory virus going around these parts. With this virus has come coughing- lots and lots of coughing. They are coughing day and night. Matt and I have been taking turns getting up with the kids but he is somewhat less than cooperative at times. The following conversation took place around 3:30am one day last week after we were woken up for the millionth time that night by a kid coughing.

 

She Said: It’s your turn.

 

He Said: For what?

 

She Said: To get up and go check on your daughter who is currently hacking up a lung.

 

He Said: Ok…snore.

 

10 minutes later.

 

She Said: Are you going?

 

He Said: Going where?

 

She Said: To check on Zoey. She’s still coughing. She might need more medicine and some water.

 

He Said: Ok…..snore.

 

5 minutes later.

 

She Said: I’m getting tired of asking. GET UP. Go check on Zoey. It’s your turn. I swear if you don’t get out of this bed right now to go check on her I’m going to hurt you. 

 

He Said: No need for threats. I’m going…..snore.

 

THUMP.

 

He Said: Owww. What the hell? Why did you kick me onto the floor? That’s gonna leave a mark.

 

She Said: Since you’re up, go check on Zoey.

 

The End.

 

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10 Signs You Might Be Battling Depression

I firmly believe in finding the funny in life, even when your real life doesn’t seem to be anything funny at any particular moment. So for your viewing pleasure, today I’m sharing 10 signs that you might be battling depression. All 10 of these are ripped right from my real life over the past couple of weeks. I should feel shame….but I don’t. 

 

1. Instead of doing that incredibly large pile of laundry staring at you from the floor you buy everyone new socks and undies while at the store. 

 

2. Dumping 6 packs of shrimp flavored oodles of noodles soup into one pot and adding a bag of steamed mixed veggies seems like an appropriate dinner at least twice a week.

 

3. The new season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo started last week and you have yet to watch the episode saved on the DVR.

 

4. The amount of wine purchased during your weekly grocery trip has the cashier raising an eyebrow and inquiring if you’re having a party. You’re not. 

 

5. You faked a contagious infection when one of your kids accidentally answered your phone when the school called requesting volunteers for a field trip.

 

6. You auto-renewed 17 books at the library even though the kids have read every one of them because the thought of searching the house to find all of them made you want to hide in the closet.

 

7. You totally forgot about Girls Night Out. At a wine bar. 

 

8. Your idea of cleaning the house consisted of shoving anything lying around into the walk-in hall closet and calling it a day.

 

9. You found a container of whipped cream cheese frosting in the pantry and ate the whole thing with a spoon and a glass of wine. And you feel no shame. 

 

10. You can’t muster up the energy to go to Target even though you know all their winter boots are on sale.

 

Luckily I’m feeling much better. Who knows how much more pathetic next week’s list would be? More pathetic than cream cheese frosting from a can? Scary thought. 

 

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