My buffalo chicken tacos

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For our 1 year wedding anniversary, my husband took us (me and the baby!) out to this new Mexican restaurant we have in town called Coba Cocina. It has this beautiful fish tank, and the food is delicious! It’s a very modern take on some Mexican dish favorites. We had nachos for an apetizer; they were individually made nachos. Amazing!
My inspiration for today’s recipe came from the delicious buffalo chicken tacos I had! At Coba Cocina, they lightly fried the chicken, then covered it with delicious buffalo sauce, and topped it with a coleslaw. Since, I couldn’t fry to save my life, and I’m a busy mom, I came up with a recipe that takes 5 minutes to put together, and you let the crock pot do the rest!

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Pinterest Pin Review: Colorful Wood Frames

Me and my husband have lived in our house for almost two years now, and I hardly have anything on the walls! I finally hung a few prints, but no family pictures. Seriously, I had a wall full of family photos in the apartment we occupied prior to buying our home. Pitiful, I know! Part of my reasoning for not hanging anything is, the frames I have are cheap, and are falling apart, and I haven’t brought myself to replacing them all. The other reason: pure laziness!

This week I’m going to use Pinterest to motivate me to finally put pictures on the wall! Today’s pin is from Chic Shindigs. She has a few DIY home things to enjoy, and recently she blogged about her new house, and I hope she has more to share! The chosen pin: colorful wood picture frames.

I have to admit, I almost didn’t do this pin. When I walked into Hobby Lobby, a few steps into the store, there they were! Already painted and (some) ready to be hung wood plaque frames! So, I decide to check them out. They are really nice, and would save time, but there was a few things I didn’t like. Only some of the frames were ready to hang, and the ones that were, only came in one size. The larger sizes were basically wood plaques with a square cut out of them. No backs, no hanging wire on them, and no glass. My biggest hang up was the price. Prices ranged from $15-$30. I would not mind to pay that if I didn’t know I could make it cheaper! If you’re like me, you prolly have half the things you need for this project; mod podge (and if you don’t have that, you can make some), paint (I’ll be using spray paint), you may even already have some pictures you want to use. All I had to buy were the wooden plaques which were 2.99 for the size I picked. I didn’t make time to check other stores, but, you may be able to find them cheaper. By the way, one of my favorite places to get pictures, especially if I want them fast and cheap: Walgreens. I only paid $.80 for 4 4×6, and they always have great deals!

This project hardly took a day to make. Like I said, I used spray paint, and I would do a quick coat in between taking orders from my baby (sometimes that would mean I would only have a 10 minute window of time!). One thing I love about this project is how creative you can get. I decided to center a smaller picture, making the plaque frame the work. The blog took the picture to the edge, which. My next set I think I might experiment with texture like lace. I also like how fast the turn over is. Waiting for things to dry is the longest/hardest part! The one down side to this project is figuring out how to mount it. The blog shows you one way, by using a stand. I have a picture hanging kit that I will be using. I’m sure you more creative people out there could fashion some kind of hanging system…channel your inner MacGyver.

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Our favorite spray paint is Valspar paint and primer in one. It takes less coats to cover your object, and it has such a beautiful finish!
You’ll notice that the pictures look white from the mod podge, don’t worry! It dries clear! Make sure to do light coats of it though, and with each coat, finish in a different direction. It’ll give it a beautiful, hatch mark finish, like a canvas and, if you bought the glossy mod podge, there won’t be such a glare in the finish. One of my pictures I thought I did hatched, but didn’t, and you will see in my final pictures, it looks a little more glared, and it looks like I painted it VS a more canvas finish. Also, on my blue picture you’ll notice I used too much hod podge, and you can tell. It’s still a nice product, but, it’ll be something I will notice forever!

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Here’s a picture of my final product! I let them dry over night. Another boo boo I made last night was, I didn’t wait long enough between coats, and the previous coat tried to come off. So, be patient, and allow ample time between coats.

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I love this way of framing pictures! I love bright, bold colors, and my color choice on my walls can attest to that! The best part though, when people come over and ‘ooh’ and ‘aaah’ ‘where did you get those done?!’ You get to tell them ‘I made it!’ And please, give your best super hero/heroine pose when you say it! You’ll be beaming, I promise!

This is an awesome project, it didn’t take up a lot of time, space, or money! Have fun, and post any ideas for this project in the comments. Also, I recommend giving any blog I link a read! These are some awesome people, with some kickass ideas!

Pinterest Pin Review

I’m an artist, crafter, I love to cook, I DIY everything, and now I’m a mom. Of course I’m addicted to Pinterest! It does what me and my friends have been doing for years; sharing tips and tricks to life! Pinterest has just taken it to a whole new, awesome level!
So, if you’re like me, you pin everything like a maniac, and don’t check the links, and/or you flood your boards, and don’t know what to try first, or it’s overwhelming, and you never get around to trying anything. Well, I’m going to share with you some things I’ve tried, and loved, along with the link (if there’s a good one available!) and anything I’ve added to make it different for my liking! I’ll do some of the experimenting for you!

Today, I’m going to share a recipe that I have literally made a hundred times this winter, and it can easily be made in the crock pot without sacrificing flavor, which is awesome when you want a good meal when you walk through the door!!
Recipe: creamy white chili

This recipe comes from the blog Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, and I have to say, she’s become one of my favorite blogs! She’s a busy mom that loves to cook and share delicious recipes (a lady after my own heart!) and they are all busy woman friendly!

I don’t do much to this recipe, it’s pretty well perfect! I do add mushrooms, it adds a little more volume, and it’s nice to make more product without having to use more chicken, and, I love mushrooms! Also, I’ve been on a big coconut oil kick, and that’s what I use to sauté everything when I cook it on the stove top. By the way, the stove top version of this recipe may take 15 minutes to put together, if you already have your chicken thawed of course. If I don’t get up early enough to put together the crock pot, I don’t stress too much about exhausting myself over the stove after a long day!

I hope everyone tries this recipe, and look forward to more of my pin reviews in the future. I’m going to do a little of everything, not just recipes! Get ready!

Summer Time = Good Food

Being that I haven’t posted in a while, I have a lot to talk about, but one thing that has been more on my mind (as it always is this time of year) is food! Wait…I don’t think there is a time of year when I don’t get excited about food! Summer is an amazing time for food, especially when you have good friends and family that farm and garden, and got their crops out earlier than you and have things ready to eat! My favorite summer food; tomatoes! My husband’s family introduced me to my first garden fresh tomato, and I haven’t looked back! I don’t even buy them in the winter time, and if a salad has tomatoes on it, I push that mess to the side! I am a bit spoiled. Mama Kay Lynch has a ton of summer recipes, and one of my favorite is this tomato pasta salad she adapted from a side dish served at Lambert’s Cafe (home of the throwed rolls). Anyone touring through Missouri, or in Alabama has to stop by a Lamberts. they only have three locations, unlimited side (the tomato salad, fried okra, fried taters) and yes, they literally throw the rolls at you! Best dining experience of your life! Me and the husband are lucky enough to have family in, or close to two of the locations lambert’s has, so we have had our share! So yeah, Kay created her own version of the tomato salad, and I have to say, I like it better than Lambert’s! shhh….don’t tell! But it’s simple, and so delicious! Without further ado, here’s what you need!

-tomatoes (depending on how big the bowl, one to two medium sized ones)
-elbow macaroni
-lots of bacon
-onion
-salt and pepper to taste

get your noodles boiling, however you cook it! I oil and season the water.

cut up the bacon into small cubes ( I have those kitchen scissors that you use to cut chicken and other raw things. ) cook up until crisp

while waiting on the bacon and pasta to cook, cut up your tomatoes into cubes (you can cut the skin off first if you prefer) and cut your onion, and put it all in a big bowl.

drain and rinse your pasta in cold water, add to the bowl

add the delicious delicious bacon!

salt and pepper that mess and mix it up with a big spoon! You will prolly want to eat it straight from the bowl, I guess you can resist temptation, that’s optional of course.

So there is my first recipe for the summer! Hopefully I will be sharing a lot more as the crops come rolling in. I am still eagerly anticipating the ripening of many of my crops, in the mean time, I’m sure my fellow gardeners will keep me well stocked! So, go cook delicious food! sniff your tomatoes hard, and enjoy thier summer flavors!

The food experiment

So recently I have been talking to a lot of people who share the same feelings with me about eating more organically, staying away from sugar and flour and processed food, and one girl decided she would make a “pledge” to not eat processed food for 40 days! 40 days! That’s crazy, and I agreed to do it with her! It seems like a lot, but I went grocery shopping so I have lots of food to eat at the house, and I have made a menu to get me going. Every week I will try to write a post to let you all how I feel! So far I have been doing it for about 3 days, and so far I feel like I have more energy, and I have been waking up a lot easier…and yes, I don’t wake up easy. So yeah…don’t worry! If we go out to eat together, Im gonna eat, and I’m not going to be the Debbie downer of the group, I feel like every once in a while is fine…so for all my friends that may be thinking it may be awkward to invite me out to the pub to have a delicious gooey cheeseburger…I am so there!…just so ya know! Anyways, here I go on another whirlwind adventure!