9.22.2017

Loving Lately // September 2017

It's time for another round of Loving Lately!
I've done this once a month since January & they have a color theme.
January was gray, February was pink, March was green , April was  yellow/gold, May was coral, June was Aqua/Turquoise and July was white,  August was Black & White, mostly black & white stripes...and September is Olive Green/Army Green! I am all about this color, especially in the Fall! Today is the first day of Fall, so HAPPY FALL!

Here is this month's Loving Lately....
 
//  ONE  // 
This is my go-to jacket in the Fall.


The color is perfect & neutral and goes with everything!
I got it HERE, but you can also get it HERE if you want other colors.
I wore this jacket when we were in Chicago in May and it is the perfect jacket to travel with!
That was such a fun trip...I want to go back to Chicago!


// TWO //
I am loving this vest! Perfect for Fall & adding a cute layer to your outfit!
 I got it last Fall and wear it often! The vest also comes in grey.
This is one of my favorite fall outfits with this vest:
  Shirt // Vest  // Jeans // Booties


// THREE //
More olive green clothing items...this shirt!
I wore it 2 years ago for our family photos:
It comes in several colors and is currently 30% off and you can get it for under $30.


// FOUR //
Love this jacket, it is a hoodie material & is really soft and warm.
 It is from Evy's Tree & I got it last Fall. They don't have it anymore, but they release new hoodies all the time. I have several of their hoodies, follow them on IG to stay up to date with all their new releases!
Most of their hoodies you can dress them up or dress it down.
I wore it wine tasting in Sonoma with some girls from my R+F team & we did a cave tasting & it was perfect!
I paired with a black tank top, these jeans & these leopard flats!
Side note....these leopard flats are the best and under $20!! I've had them for years!
Comfy & cute :)


// FIVE //
Final piece of olive green clothing that I am loving...these pants!

I got them in my Stitch Fix and they are so great!
You can also get the pants HERE.

If you haven't done a Stitch Fix I highly recommend it! Fall is my favorite time to get them because Fall clothes are my favorite!

I wore them yesterday with this shirt and  the leopard flats!

I told you I am loving olive green lately....what I love about olive green is that it goes with everything.
It is a neutral color in my opinion :)


// SIX //
Today is the first day of Fall..yeah!! Loving the cooler temps we had this week.
Not loving the fact that it is going to be 90 next week. BOO!!!!
Cooler weather means I start making soup at least once a week for dinner.

 We had a chili cook off on Saturday & I made White Chicken Chili
 {Recipe HERE}

During the Fall/Winter, I make a batch of Grammy's Split Pea Soup almost weekly for my lunches:

Recipe {HERE}

Even the food I am loving right now is olive green! LOL!

// SEVEN //
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I am loving this one...it is grayish/olive green.
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So many cute designs. This is my 5th year getting one, they are the best & on sale today for 25% off!

// EIGHT //
I am loving using Cactus/Succulents as decorations on my classroom window sill!
The 2 mini ones were bridal shower favors and the larger one is from my neighbor.
 She gave it to us as a "housewarming present" from when we had neighborhood party when our outdoor kitchen/bar was finished.

// NINE //
Speaking of the outdoor kitchen/bar area, now that we have an larger outdoor entertaining space (with a TV) the neighborhood guys have been coming over to watch baseball games and football games out there. An easy snack that Kevin is loving to serve is these olives from Trader Joe's:

They are Jalapeno stuffed olives & all the guys are LOVING them!
I am loving that I just have to open a jar & put them in a bowl. Easy!
Perfect "bar" snack along with a bowl of chips or a bowl of almonds/cashews!

// TEN //
I am LOVING this book! I just started it this week.
Have you read it?
And, the cover is olive green :)
I want to see the movie, but I won't see a movie unless I read the book first....anyone else do that?

So, there you have it....some lovely black & white  things I have been Loving Lately.
What have you been Loving Lately? 

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9.20.2017

Instant Pot Baked Chicken Tacos

As you know, I am pretty obsessed with my Instant Pot.
I use it at least once a week and I am always trying new recipes to make.
Last week, I wanted to make baked chicken tacos and decided to make the mixture in my Instant Pot.
They were delicious, so I knew I had to share them here with you!
Like the majority of my recipes, they are super easy to make!
Here is what you need:
- 2 lb bag of Frozen Chicken Breasts
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 2 cans of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, drained
- 1 can of Green Chilies, drained
- 1 can of diced jalapenos (optional), drained
- 1 can of Refried Beans
- Tortillas (I use flour, you could use corn)
- Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese (or Monterrey Jack Cheese if you don't want it as spicy)


Directions:
Drain your diced tomatoes, green chilies & diced jalapenos.
Put the frozen chicken breasts, taco seasoning, drained diced tomatoes, green chilies & jalapenos in your Instant Pot.

Give it a big stir:
Then put the lid on your Instant Pot turn the knob to SEALING:

 Turn to high on manual setting and cook for 20 minute:
When it is done cooking, let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Then you can manually let it out & it will look like this:
Take out the chicken breasts & shred them in a bowl:
They will be falling apart & so easy to shred.
Before you put them back in the Instant Pot, strain the liquid tomato/green chili/jalapeno mixture that is in the Instant Pot.
The chicken is really watery as it cooks, so that is why there is so much liquid in the Instant Pot. You don't want that liquid in your tacos because then they will get soggy! Then I also strained the Chicken like this for  couple minutes:
After you get rid of all the excess liquid, combine everything together in a bowl or back in your Instant Pot liner:
Your chicken filling is ready to go! Now it's time to make the tacos.
I spread a bit of refried beans on the tortillas:
Then I add a large scoop of the chicken mixture to the tortillas & place them in a 9x13 pan:
 I add a generous handful of pepper jack cheese to each one (or montery jack if you want them less spicy)
 I am able to fit 8 tacos in my 9x13 pan. You will still have almost half your chicken mixture left, so I either freeze it or put it in the fridge and use it later in the week.
Bake (uncovered) for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
 The cheese will be nice & melted and the tortillas will have a slight crunch.
 Then I sprinkle with some chopped cilantro (from my garden!)
Like I mentioned earlier, the chicken filling makes a lot. If you don't want to make Baked Tacos with the rest of the filing, you can use it as a filling for regular tacos, burritos, chicken taco rice & bean bowl or a chicken taco salad.
The chicken mixture is so full of flavor!
I am not usually a big fan of refried beans, but it just works for these Baked Tacos. You could always use pinto or black beans if you prefer.
When you serve them, add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, sliced Jalapenos, shredded lettuce, or any of your favorite taco toppings!
If you don't have an Instant Pot yet (Seriously...what are you waiting for...go buy one!!)
You can make this mixture in your Crock Pot....follow the directions, but cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
We devoured these & hope you love them as much as we do!

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