Migas

How to make migas at home

A hearty breakfast full of eggs, tortillas and chorizo.

Easy migas recipe

We had Ryley’s birthday party this weekend.  I’m going to give you one guess what the birthday party theme was.  Did you guess Shopkins?  Because that would be correct.  My Shopkins obsessed little lady had a Shopkins themed birthday party.  And when I say that was the theme, I mean we decorated with a pre-made banner from the website, a Cheeky chocolate cake and a purple unicorn pinata.  Nothing fancy.  At all. 

How to make migas at home

Ryley walked in and saw the Shopkins banner and was SO excited.  She started naming all of the little figures on the banner before she even said hi to anyone.  She sat down and declared that she “love it all.  Everything was perfect”.  All because of one banner and one cake.  (She didn’t even know about the pinata at this point.) 

We had ordered a bounce house for the party hoping to toss all the kids outside to jump jump.  But it was rainy and cold on Saturday so we had to cancel.  I’m not sure who was more disappointed – the kids or me. 

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I made a quick change of plan and decided the kids would color or paint and play with play doh instead.  Something easy and with things we already had on hand.  When the Ryley’s friends showed up, they all bee-lined to the play room.  No one wanted to color, they were all too busy playing with toys.  One little boy even said “Just call me when there is cake.”  Well, ok buddy.  We can do that.

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After hotdogs, hamburgers, mac and cheese, potato salad, chips, fruit and one Cheeky chocolate cake later, it was time to hit the pinata.  We had bought it earlier that day and filled it to the brim with candy and little toys.  It said it would hold 5 pounds of stuff, but I think my mom put closer to 8.  It was one full unicorn.  We let the birthday girl start the pinata party and worked our way up to the bigger kids. 

It was so fun to watch them all whack at the pinata.  Even the little ones got into it.  After a few rounds, we let the biggest kid bust him open and set the kid free to collect all the candy.  I should have apologized to the parents for the amount of candy and toys they went home with. 

After everyone left, Ryley said that it was the “best party ever and ever”.  It must be good to be five.

Migas
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Ingredients
  • 5 eggs
  • 1-2 links of chorizo sausage
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced
  • 2 corn tortillas, cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • sour cream
  • cilantro
Instructions
  1. Saute the onion and jalapeno until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add the chorizo sausage and cook thoroughly, about 3 minutes.
  3. Crack the eggs onto the sausage, onion mix scramble in pan. Continue to cook until the eggs are fluffy.
  4. Top with sour cream and cilantro.
  5. Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Crumb Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread with crumb topping recipe

This zucchini bread (with amazing crumb topping) is perfect for breakfast or dessert!

Zucchini bread with crumb topping recipe

Yesterday Ryley turned 5.  I thought I would be sad and pouty the whole day, but I didn’t have time for any of that.  I had to cater her lunch party at school (see – I had to pick up Papa John’s pizza) and then I spent a few hours working on her birthday cake.  She requested  Shopkins party with a Cheeky chocolate cake (one of the characters) so I made a practice cake yesterday for her before the party. 

I’m not saying I’m a cake decorator (see – I’m not at all.  ever.) but it turned out pretty good. 

Zucchini bread with crumb topping

Also, Ryley thought that turning 5 meant that none of the rules applied to her anymore.  She was free of the rules and could do anything she wanted.  Example.  We went to Target and she told me “I’m 5, I don’t have to get in the cart.  I don’t have to get in the cart ever again.”  Whoa girlfriend.  Whoa. 

I’m not sure that’s the case, but since it’s your birthday you can walk with me through the store. 

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She proceeded to throw every toy in arms reach into the cart.  She declared all the toys were hers because it was her birthday.  She wanted everything.  Play doh, Littlest pet shop, My little pony, Shopkins.  Whatever she could toss in the cart before I could stop her, she wanted.  She also thought that it was like Christmas and every house we went to (even if we left and came back) had more presents for her.  She thought turning five was present-palooza. 

  Zucchini bread with crumb topping!  Thick and moist, this zucchini bread is perfect for breakfast or snacking

She had dance and then we were going to go out to dinner to celebrate.  We asked her where she wanted to go for dinner and she said “I want a grilled cheese from Whataburger.”  Well, ok then.  Are you sure that’s what you want?  Fast food?  Yup.  She wanted a grilled cheese and chocolate milk for her birthday.  Because she’s five.  And apparently that’s what 5 year olds eat for celebration dinners.

Who knew.

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Cinnamon Crumb Zucchini Bread
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Ingredients
  • Bread:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups shredded zucchini
  • Crumb Topping:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In one bowl mix together the dry ingredients - flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, shredded zucchini and oil.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until incorporated.
  5. To make the crumb topping, mix the powdered sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon together. Crumble it using your hands once it comes together.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the crumb topping on top.
  7. Bake for 1 hour - 1 hour and 30 minutes. (Or until a toothpick comes out clean)
  8. Let cool completely.

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Buttermilk Crumpets

Easy buttermilk crumpets recipe

Buttermilk crumpets, an easy homemade recipe that will warm your house and your belly!

Easy buttermilk crumpets recipe

Hey yall!  I have Elizabeth from Not everything I make is pretty back today to share another delicious breakfast recipe.  Tomorrow is Ryley’s 5th birthday so I’m busy running around getting last minute presents and cake supplies.  And I’ll also be in the corner crying because MY BABY IS TURNING 5!  Holy cow!  I’m not even sure how that happened.  But while I’m busy with party prep, here are some super easy buttermilk crumpets to make everything better. 

Easy buttermilk crumpets  

I spent a few months with my Aunt and Uncle the Summer after my Junior year of high school. My Uncle moved to Australia after college (a while ago), met a lovely woman from Tasmania, they have two kids and now three grandchildren. It may have been my summer but in Australia it was winter.  School was in session and it was chilly compared to my typical California June to August.

Step by step tutorial on how to make buttermilk crumpets

I spent a few weeks in a local school and when I would come home in the afternoon my Aunt would put on a pot of tea.  She would have toasted crumpets topped with a little butter & honey and we would eat them together while watching an Australian Soap Opera. On weekends we would explore Adelaide but I enjoyed those simple afternoons warming ourselves with tea & crumpets. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long make them myself. The shape wasn’t uniform but none of my taste testers even took a moment to notice before the crumpets disappeared into their bellies.

Buttermilk Crumpets
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Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2-1/2 tsp Yeast*
  • ½ to 1 tsp Sugar**
  • 1-1/2 Cups Buttermilk, Lukewarm
  • 2 Tbsp Butter, Melted
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • *This is the equivalent of just under 1 Tbsp or a prepackaged packet of yeast.
  • ** You can base this on how well things rise in your house, a little more sugar will help kick start the yeast.
Instructions
  1. Whisk Flour, Yeast & Sugar together.
  2. Combine Buttermilk, Butter, Salt & Honey.
  3. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. (Don’t over-mix! It will make your batter flat and dense.)
  4. Allow the batter to rise for at least an hour.
  5. Scoop roughly ¼ Cup of batter into lightly oiled silicon cupcake tins or ring molds placed on an oiled baking pan or silicon baking sheet. (So many options, basically you want to choose something that will help the crumpets hold their shape, one recipe ever recommended using mason jar lids.)
  6. Bake at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until batter is cooked thru and firm. The tops will be lightly browned.
  7. Cut in half, top with Butter and Honey, or Jam, or Syrup, or Nutella, or Chocolate Sauce, or…. anything at all that sounds delicious.

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Carrot Cake Coffee Creamer

Make your own carrot cake creamer!  No cake - all the flavor!

It’s like a slice of carrot cake in your morning coffee!

How to make your own carrot cake coffee creamer!

We had absolutely beautiful weather this past weekend.  Our mild summers down here in South Texas make for pretty great days outside.  We were able to spend the whole day Saturday outside running around.  Well, the kids were running around and I was using Ryon’s work bench for a craft project.  I ended up using paints for my little project and both the kids asked “can we paint too?!”  

Homemade carrot cake coffee creamer recipe

My first reaction is always, “no, you’ll make a mess!”  I’m not sure why I react that way.  Kids make messes.  Kids are walking, talking messes.  Especially my kids.  Then you add in paint and it just takes it to a whole new level.  But I had super washable kid paint and a huge roll of white paper in my car, so it was hard to say no.  

So I rolled out the white paper and taped it to the garage floor, gave them some paintbrushes and stood back.  

Make your own carrot cake creamer!  No cake - all the flavor!

Literally.  I moved out of the way because the paint started flying everywhere.  Ryley was trying to draw a picture, she started with a sun and had a house, but Avery was just flinging it all over.  He started mixing all the colors together and Ryley couldn’t finish her painting.  She just gave into the mess and started getting crazy.  

The paper was close to the work bench so I went back to my craft.  I kept looking over at the kids and at one point they had painted their hands and feet.  They started dancing on the paper and leaving little feet prints all over.  I just laughed and told them they were heading straight to the shower after they were done.  

I guess they figured they should go all out once they heard that.  

Carrot cake coffee creamer!

Ryley says “momma, can we paint our legs?”  I turn around to tell them no, that’s not the best idea, but they have both painted all the way up to their knees.  Well, ok.  Paint away kids, paint away.  

They completely covered their paper with paint and I whisked them into the shower in our bedroom.  I look back and there are little baby foot prints on our carpet.  I just laughed and helped them wash off.  

Carrot Cake Coffee Creamer
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Coffee creamer that has all the wonderful flavors of carrot cake!
Ingredients
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together in a bowl and pour into your coffee!
  2. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

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Healthy Chocolate Scones

Chocolate scone recipe - made healthier with a few swaps!

A few simple swaps make these healthy chocolate scones better for you!

Try this easy and healthy chocolate scone recipe

Well, it finally happened.  We ended up having to take one of the kids to the emergency room this past week.  Not that I wanted it to happen, but I knew it would eventually.  And it was the boy child.  And its because he was doing something he shouldn’t have been doing.  And he is fine now, he just likes to scare the crap out of us every now and then. 

Healthier chocolate scone recipe

We have this unofficial rule in our house that no matter what we have for dinner, you have to at least try it.  I can’t count the number of times that the kids look and something and go “Eww, I don’t like that!” only to finish their entire plate after trying it.  It happens almost every night.  So when I served up chicken and rice, I got a round of ewws.  And, can I have a lunchable instead?  And, what about a hotdog mommy? 

But I told them they had to take a few bites before they told me they didn’t like it.  It was a struggle for Ryley but Avery cleaned his plate. 

Easy healthier chocolate scone recipe

After he was done, he got up from the table and started running around.  I was trying to coax Ryley into taking a few more bites and all I hear is WHACK.  I look over and Avery is on the floor crying, or attempting to cry.  You know when kids are trying to cry and scream at the same time?  Yea, he was doing that.  I knew he had hit his head, but at this point wasn’t sure how it happened.  I scooped him up and made sure there was no blood or huge egg and tried to calm him down.

And then he started to fall asleep in my lap.

Chocolate scone recipe - made healthier with a few swaps!

I knew he was tired, but I couldn’t let him fall asleep after he had just hit his head.  I tried to keep him awake for about an hour and he kept wanting to go to sleep.  I gave him a bath, wrapped him in a towel and headed to the bedroom for jammies.  He said he wanted some medicine and then proceeded to vomit all his dinner all over the towel.  I started to get more worried and before I could do anything else he threw up again all over the comforter. 

I called his doctor and he said if he threw up again that I needed to take him to the ER.  He did, two more times, so we loaded up and headed out.

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He was already starting to feel better by the time we got a room and were seen by a doctor.  They did a few tests and said he seemed fine, but they wanted to make sure he could keep down food.  He drank some powerade and had some crackers and started coloring while we waited.  He kept everything down, so we were able to go home after being there for a few hours.  We got home a little before 1 AM and everyone went straight to bed. 

And the next day he was back to his old self.  He was pulling his sisters hair, taking her toys and being his turkey self. 

Healthy Chocolate Scones
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons Truvia
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Mix together the flour, Truvia, cocoa powder and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. With your fingers or a pastry cutter, add in the cold butter until the flour mixture is crumbly.
  4. Add the coconut oil and heavy cream, stir together.
  5. Add the chocolate chips.
  6. On a floured surface, make a ball out of the dough and roll it out with a rolling pin.
  7. Cut into 8 triangles and place on lightly greased cookie sheet or a silicone baking sheet.
  8. Cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  9. Let cool and enjoy!

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Homemade Italian Seasoning

Italian seasoning mix

Make your Italian seasoning mix with spices you probably already have on hand.

Make your own Italian seasoning!

I am not a morning person.  Not at all not even a little bit.  Which really irks my husband, since he is up at 5 most mornings and considers 7 “sleeping in”.  I, on the other hand, have my alarm set for 7 in order to get the kids up, fed and out the door for school by 8:15.  I just thank the good Lord that he wakes up early because he always has coffee ready for me when I slump out of bed. 

And yes, I realize an hour and some change probably isn’t enough time to get everything done before we hurry off to school.  I’m learning.  Slowly. 

How to make your own Italian seasoning mix

I actually set my alarm to 6:30 last week.  I figured that extra 30 minutes would be plenty of time to get everyone fed, dressed and out the door on time.  And not 4 minutes late like we normally show up.  Sounds reasonable, right?  Almost 2 hours to get 3 people ready to leave.  I pictured everyone one bright eyed and bushy tailed walking out the door.  Or skipping out the door ready to learn. 

Let’s just say I pictured it all wrong.

Italian seasoning mix I must turn into a super mathematician in the wee hours of the morning because I’m able to figure out how many seconds more I can sleep until I absolutely have to jump out of bed.  [Anyone else do this?!]  And adding an extra 30 minutes to the mix didn’t really help at all either.  I just do a little more math and stay in bed longer then I should.  Then I jump out of bed and start corralling the monsters into the kitchen to eat then to the bathroom for hair and teeth.  Oh and they have to put on clean clothes too.  Yes son, that includes new undies. 

It’s a learning process for all of us.

Italian seasoning mix recipe

Normally we show up about 4 minutes late to school like I mentioned.  Which isn’t a big deal because the kids all meet in a common area and then the teachers take their classes back to their rooms.  We always seem to show up right as the class is getting ready to walk out of the door or is lining up.  I give quick kisses and hugs and tell the kids to run to their teachers.  But since I’ve set my alarm clock earlier, we have missed the gathering time.  I have had to walk the kids to their classrooms and give the teacher a “Hey, yea, we are late.  Sorry!” wave. 

I’m not sure, but I think that trying to wake up earlier has actually made us late.  I know, I can’t wrap my head around it either, but next week I’m setting my alarm back to 7.  Just to see if that helps.

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Homemade Italian Seasoning
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Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons dried basil
  • 2½ Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together and store in an air tight container.

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Carrot Cake Pancakes

Carrot cake pancakes with chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting

Cake for breakfast?  Yup!  In the form of carrot cake pancakes.

Carrot cake pancakes with chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting

I really love spring.  Which means I really love winter because we have no definition of seasons down here in South Texas.  It’s still technically winter if you look at the calendar, but down here we already have spring like temperatures.  Which is nice, since I love spring.  Plus we are able to let the kids loose outside and not have to worry about wearing a jacket because its cold or making sure they don’t pass out because of the heat. 

So we have been spending a lot of time outside these past few days.

Perfect carrot cake pancake recipe!

We took the kids bikes over to my parents house so they can ride them on the sidewalks in the evenings with the other kids.  There is literally a whole pack of kids that live in my parents neighborhood.  It’s funny because for years there were no kids, but slowly the street has filled up with families and their kiddos.  Now they are everywhere.  And they all have bikes.  It’s like a mini bike gang lives there now. 

Easy carrot cake pancake recipe

Ryley has dubbed the little girl that lives two doors down her bestest friend ever.  Then she’ll ask me “what’s her name again?”  So it’s a pretty serious friendship.  But the other little girl is bossy!  She tells Ryley how to ride her bike, not that fast, you can’t be that close to me, I said brake! 

Ok first I should mention, I am the only parent that is outside the whole time my kids are playing.  They are 3 and 4 for Pete’s sake!  No of the other parents are out or even check on the kids.  And I should also mention that I’ve been called a helicopter mom before.  [You know, because I hover over my kids?]  Yea.  So keep that in mind too.

carrot cake pancakes

At one point she was yelling at Ryley to stop doing something.  Yelled.  At my kid.  Who was not doing anything wrong, except following behind the little girl on her bike to close apparently.  I walked over and asked her not to tell Ryley what to do, it wasn’t very nice.  Very politely.  She told me “I don’t have to listen to you.  You’re not my mom.”

Whoa girlfriend.  Whoa.  I very nicely told her “Well, that’s my daughter and I don’t like the way you are talking to her.” 

spring time

Yea.  Probably not my proudest moment, but gah!  Don’t be sassy with my kids and we will get along just fine.  Promise. 

Anyways, we’ve been outside more!  And we have a big ole bucket of chalk that keeps me entertained while I watch the kids.  I drew the kids names one evening and Ryon wanted to get a picture of the drawings and the kids.  Apparently Avery wasn’t having picture time as seen above.  He’s crying.  Literally red faced and bawling because he doesn’t want his picture taken.  I don’t think I will every understand kids. 

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Carrot Cake Pancakes
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 oz raisins
  • ⅓ cup of white chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup of walnuts
  • ½ cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of cloves
Instructions
  1. Mix your dry ingredients together - flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves.
  2. Fold in your wet ingredients - milk, egg, vanilla extract and oil.
  3. Add in your extras - raisins, white chocolate chips, shredded carrots, and nuts.
  4. Place on a hot griddle or frying pan.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the edges are slightly browned.
  6. Top with syrup or cream cheese frosting.
Notes
To make the cream cheese frosting mix 4 oz of cream cheese with ½ stick of butter. Add in ½-1 cup of powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

No bake peanut butter bar recipe

Whip up these no bake peanut butter bars in under 30 minutes.  

No bake peanut butter bar recipe

I have mentioned before that I was waiting to try a new medicine for my Crohns.  I think my doctor gave me the script in October and I fought with my insurance for months to get the medicine.  Finally last week my Humira starter kid came in the mail.  Hallelujah!   For some reason I assumed that since my insurance had given me such a hard time that the starter kit had to be specially made.  Like they had to personally package together 6 shots and add some literature before sending it out. 

Nope.  

Easy no bake peanut butter bars

I opened a box and there was a super fancy pre-packaged box for the injections.  It even said “Crohn’s starter kit up top.”  Not even kidding.  But every time I talked to someone on the phone about it, they acted like they had no idea what I was talking about.  I even had one lady tell that the script didn’t show the starter kit, they proceeded to read me the part that said STARTER KIT.  Not even kidding.  

So for this nice little box to show up at my door sort of blew me away.  Well, it was a big box with a little box on ice since they have to be kept cold.

No bake peanut butter bars

And for some reason I thought that these shots weren’t going to hurt.  I have been poked and prodded so much in the past year that needles and such don’t bother me.  Not at all.  Plus, I think after having two kids, you’re sort of like “Bring it” when it comes to this stuff anyways.  So I didn’t worry about the pain factor at all.  

Which is just silly, but true. 

Delicious no bake peanut butter bars

 

Oh and I forgot to mention that I had to take 4 shots the first day, four hours apart.  And they suggested that you have someone with you when you do them in case you have a reaction.  So I wanted til the evening when I knew someone would be around.  I’m not sure what time I started the injections but I know I had to wake up at 2 AM to do one.  Which was absolutely no fun.  And here’s why.

Shots don’t bother me.  But when you are injecting cold medicine, it sort of stings.  A lot.  The other shots I let warm up a bit and they weren’t so bad.  At 2 AM though, I wasn’t waiting 20 minutes for a shot to get warm.  So it was cold.  And it stung.  A lot.  And I was tired and crabby to begin with.  

But!  The shots are working and I am feeling better.  I will be on a maintenance dose of one shot a month, which I can handle.  And since I’m feeling better – I’m eating better!  And by better I mean eating.  Just eating.  All day.  All the food.    

Ingredients:
Crust -
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 stick of butter, melted
Middle -
1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup of sugar
i cup of peanut butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of homemade whipped cream (or 8oz tub of store bought)
Topping-
1 cup of chocolate chips
1 cup of heavy whipping cream 
 
Directions:
Add the melted butter to the graham cracker crumbs and mixed until incorporated.  Press into the bottom of a 8×8 baking dish.  
Cream the cream cheese and the sugar, until fluffy. 
Add in the peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix well. 
Slowly fold in the whipped cream.
Spread it out onto the graham cracker later.  Add to fridge or freezer for a few minutes to harden.
For the topping, microwave the heavy cream for 2 – 30 second intervals.  
Add in the chocolate chips, and stir until smooth.  Let cool slightly. 
Add the chocolate ganache to the peanut butter layer. 
Place back in fridge or freezer until ready to serve. 
Enjoy!
 
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Crock pot Chicken Fajita Soup

Crock pot chicken fajita soup

You are going to love this easy crock pot chicken fajita soup recipe.  I’ll bet my avocados on it!

Use your crock pot to make this delicious chicken fajita soup!

I’m really glad that no-spend January is over.  I felt like I was a hermit for a month.  I tried to stay away from all my favorite places just so that I wouldn’t get the urge to spend.  Target, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Starbucks, Kohls.  All off limits.  I would get coupons emailed to me and I would delete them right away so that I wasn’t able to see what great sale they had going on.  And I’ve convinced myself that I missed some of the best sales ever last month too. 

That’s what staying in the house for a month will do to you. 

Must try this crock pot chicken fajita soup!

Yesterday I decided that I was going to splurge and go to Michaels and Joanns after I dropped the kids off.  I had coupons for both stores and a partially used gift card to Joanns.  I was excited but gave myself a limit of twenty bucks for each store.  That might not sound like much but when you haven’t spend anything on yourself (besides the occasionally Starbucks slip up) in a month, it’s a lot. 

Plus, I am a clearance monster so I figured it would get me a few things anyways.

Easy crock pot chicken fajita soup

I started at Michaels and I found some awesome laminated burlap sheets right away.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them – either get crafty or use them for photos – but at 49 cents a piece, I had to grab a few.  I stumbled upon some super discounted storage bins and popped those bad boys in my cart.  Wasn’t sure what to do with them either but they were adorable and cheap.  I grabbed two mini spice jars with the cutest little hinged lids and to the front to check out. 

Crock pot chicken fajita soup recipe

I had a 25 percent off coupon your total purchase so every time I grabbed something I would calculate the new total.  49 cent burlap sheets?  Oh you mean 36 cent burlap sheets, right?  I literally was feeling like a rock star when I went to check out.  [Sad, but true.]  My total before coupons was 16.80.  What what!  Well under my twenty dollar max I had set for myself.  Now here’s my coupon.  New total 16.18.  Excuse me ma’am?  I’m no math whiz, but I think your computer is lying. 

Until you read the coupon and it tells you that it can’t be used with clearance items.  Bubble bursted.  Rock star moment over.  I need a cookie. 

Crock pot Chicken Fajita Soup
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast, thawed
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon oregano
  • 1 bag of egg noodles
  • ½ avocado, diced for garnish
  • ½ cup of shredded cheese of choice
Instructions
  1. Toss the onion, bell pepper, chicken breast, garlic and seasonings in the crock pot.
  2. Pour in the chicken broth.
  3. Set on high for 4 hours or low for 6.
  4. Add the egg noddles and allow to cook for about 20 minutes. (You may need to add a bit more water.)
  5. Pour into bowls, top with avocado and cheese and enjoy!

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Perfect soup for a busy day or a cold evening!  Crock pot chicken fajita soup combines all of your favorite flavors into one delicious dinner time recipe!

Loaded Breakfast Tostadas

Easy and delicious loaded breakfast tostadas!

All of your favorite breakfast foods loaded on top of a crispy tostada! 

Check out these loaded breakfast tostadas!

We took the kids fishing this weekend.  I know it doesn’t all that exciting, but the drama that comes out of taking a 3 year and 4 year old fishing is intense.  God bless my son, but he can not sit still for anything.  He moves around like a giant Mexican jumping bean from the time he wakes up to the time he crashes at night.  And on top of the constant moving, he is constantly talking too.

Now combine that with fishing poles, a pier and water and you can see how it gets to be pretty dramatic. 

Loaded breakfast tostadas!  Bacon, eggs, jalepnos and so much more!

And that’s only one kid.  I spent the majority of the time trying to keep Avery out of the water or out of the parking lot.  I didn’t get to fish.  I was in charge of watching the jumping bean.  About 30 minutes into the trip, I opened up the back of our Tahoe and found I had a few Christmas gifts still in the back.  I called both kids over and had them open these Crayola writing pads that Santa had brought them. 

Ryley and I sat in the back of the car and just doodled away.  Avery did like 3 lines on the board and jumped out of the truck and ran over to edge of the water. 

Easy and delicious loaded breakfast tostadas!

Ryon ended up being the only one who was able to fish that day.  He would ask the kids for more bait from the ice chest and Ryley would run and grab him a crab or shrimp for his hook with her bare hands.  Avery took the whole ice chest (it’s small) over to Ryon so that he didn’t have to touch any of that icky stuff.  Made me laugh watching my girly girl willing to get slimy but my little man wanted nothing to do with it. 

When Ryon caught a fish Ryley was the first one over to check it out.  She wanted to know everything about it and why it was flopping around so much.  Avery stared at it from a distance like a creeper. 

I am drooling thinking about these loaded breakfast tostadas!  They look amazing  

The one fish was the only thing that we caught that day.  I was able to get some nice pictures of a few birds that were hanging around though.  Well, I was able to get a few pictures in between chasing Avery away from the edge of the water and helping him jump in and out of the back of the Tahoe.  Needless to say we were all pretty exhausted after our little fishing trip was done. 

The plus side?  Momma was able to cook in the kitchen uninterrupted.  I whipped up these loaded breakfast tostadas for Ryon and I while the kids watched toons for a bit.  I mean seriously, what’s better then a drippy egg on top of a loaded tostada?  Loaded means onion, bacon, bell pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, smashed black beans.  Oh and cheese.  The works.  Perfect little meal to end our drama filled day of fishing for sure! 

fishing trip

Loaded Breakfast Tostadas
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • Tostada shells (or see below for alternate recipe)
  • ½ 14 oz can of black beans, drained, rinsed and smashed
  • 4 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • ½ cup of cheese
  • 4 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Saute the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno in 1 tablespoon of butter until fragrant, about 5 mins.
  3. Once that is done - start layering the tostada. Start with the smashed black beans on the bottom, add the onion mixture, add some bacon pieces, and sprinkle on some cheese.
  4. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted on top.
  5. While the tostadas are in the oven, make up your eggs however you like them.
  6. Add the egg, more cheese and cilantro on top of the warm tostadas.
  7. Let cool slightly and enjoy!
Notes
If you don't have tostada shells on hand, fry up some corn or flour tortillas for quick and easy alternatives! In a hot skillet, add a few tablespoons of oil. Place your tortilla (corn of flour) in for about 10-20 seconds on each side. The idea is to crisp them up so they can hold all the breakfast goodness!

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Loaded breakfast tostada recipe!  These look so delicious, I can't wait to try this super easy recipe at home!