2.15.2018

Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup

 It's no secret that I am in love with my  Instant Pot.
I got it a year and a half ago & it was love at first sight.
I haven't used my Crock Pot since I got my  Instant Pot.
I used to use my Crock Pot once a week. I use my Instant Pot 2-3 times a week.
I AM OBSESSED.
A couple of weeks ago, I was cleaning out the fridge & I had some bell peppers I needed to use. I was actually going to make my Chicken Fajita recipe in my Instant Pot, but I didn't have tortillas or have time to go to the store, so I looked around my pantry decided that I would make a Chicken Fajita Soup instead. I totally winged it &  it turned out great, so I knew I had to blog it for you. Plus, it's very healthy!!!
Here is what you need:
- 1 bag of frozen chicken breast tenderloins (or frozen chicken breasts)
- 1 box of Chicken Broth
- 2 cans of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
- TWO packets of Fajita Seasoning
- Bell Peppers (I used 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange & 1 green)
- 1 onion, diced (I use the pre-diced ones because I'm lazy & dicing onions makes my eyes water too much)

Directions:
Dump entire package of frozen chicken breast tenderloins & carton of Chicken Broth into Instant Pot:
Dice up your bell peppers:
Place Bell Peppers, Diced Onions, Diced Tomatoes (don't drain) and Fajita seasoning mixes into Instant Pot:
Then put the lid on your Instant Pot turn the knob to SEALING:
Cook for 15 minutes on High Pressure:
When it is done cooking, let it naturally release pressure for 10-15 minutes. Then you can manually let it out & it will look like this:
Use a fork to shred the chicken....the chicken will be falling apart. So tender.
Give everything a big stir & now you can serve it! 
 We like to garnish it with sliced avocado, shredded cheese & sour cream.
It also tastes so good with some tortilla chips. We love scoops.
This soup is so refreshing because of the bell peppers. It's a light soup, but it's filing.
Delicious, full of flavor & healthy!
YUM!

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 this soup & hope you love it as much as we do!

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2.12.2018

10 on 10 :: February 2018

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month!
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!}
The 10th was Saturday, so here is a sneak peek of our day.
Originally, we had plans to go to Tahoe this weekend, but because it was in the 60's in Tahoe all last week & most of the snow that was there melted, we decided to stay home & enjoy a weekend at home. Good thing we stayed home, our weekend ended up being packed! 
We woke up Saturday morning earlier than usual because Kate's Girl Scout troop was having a Girl Scout cookie booth at 8am. (I usually like sleeping in past 8 am on Saturdays)
 Kevin dropped her off and I stayed in bed drinking coffee & watching the Olympics. This is one of my favorite mugs...a student got it for me. You can get them {HERE}
I also read a little bit of my book....gotta love Mary Higgins Clark.

Made my light & fluffy pancakes for breakfast & made them into heart shapes.

Added some sprinkles because sprinkles make everything better :)

 Our Valentine decorations are simple...a heart garland on the fireplace (I also have one in our kitchen) and a LOVE sign.
It was such a beautiful day...75 degrees, so it was lunch outside. Still drinking my coffee :) I had 2 fried eggs, some toast & some kale.
  I used Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe's on my eggs. SO good!

 The kids played outside for a bit & Kevin was on a mountain bike ride...the weather has been so warm that the trees think it is Spring.

 Check out the blooms...so pretty, but so much pollen!

After Kevin got home from mountain biking, I headed on a 4 mile run. I started running again last week. I hadn't gone running in over 5 months!!!
 It feels good to be running again, even though I am way out of shape. UGH.

 I had a destination for my run...I ran to where my sister had a booth set up for World Vision's 6k.
In March, we doing a 6k for Water. The average distance a child in Africa walks for water each day is 3.7 miles...a 6k. Every year for the past few years we have done this 6k as a family. 

Luke is playing T-Ball this Spring, so we bought him his first official glove.
He is so excited to play.


Afternoon snack....Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Avocado smoothie.
Recipe {HERE}


Our church has a Saturday Night Church service. We love it.

 It's more casual & it means we can have slow Sunday mornings as a family.

This past weekend at church, Gary Haugen the founder of IJM was the speaker.
IJM stands for International Justice Mission...you can read about this awesome organization {HERE}


After church, we had dinner & watched more Olympics!
For dinner I made Insant Pot Korean Beef. Recipe {HERE}
Since the Olympics are in Korea, I thought I would make a Korean meal for the first weekend of the Olympics.
The next 2 weeks, I will make meals that incorporate other countries who have a lot of Winter Olympians. I will have some Italian dishes, Chinese meals, Danish & German dishes. 
You know I love a theme ;)

So, there you have it...my 10 on 10 for February.
Hope you had a great weekend!

2.09.2018

Friday Favorites {February Fun}

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Friday Favorites!
 Hosted by: Andrea, Erika & Narci
 I am so excited it's Friday!
We have a mellow weekend, we were planning on heading to Tahoe but there is no snow.....it has been in the 70's & 80's here in the Bay Area the past 2 weeks & in the 60's in Tahoe.
The Groundhog said 6 more weeks of Winter...clearly that did not include California winter.
What happened to winter?!?! It decided to skip California this year! 
My kids wore shorts to school everyday this week! Crazy!


{ONE}
Need a planner for 2018? Still haven't gotten one yet?
 Erin Condren planners are on sale!
This is the one I got for 2018:

Click HERE to see all the planners!
So many cute designs. This is my 5th year getting one, they are the best.

{TWO}

Making Valentine's Treats is my Favorite.
 Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cookies  // Valentine Hugs & Kisses

  Ritzies // Valentine Popcorn
Every year, we make a variety of goodies & deliver them to neighbors & friends.

 For the White Chocolate Valentine popcorn, we use THIS printable:


I give these to my girls teachers & the School office staff, custodian, crossing guard, etc.
 
Valentine Cookies in a Jar {HERE
As you can tell...I like A LOT of Valentine's treats :)

{THREE}

I keep mentioning them, but I can't stop and won't stop because they really are my favorite & I love that you guys love them also!
My light & fluffy pancakes. 
Recipe HERE.

I may or may not have bought this cute set...under $10 and just in time for Valentine's Day!
 Can't wait to make heart shaped pancakes this weekend :)


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{FIVE}
 My very favorite kitchen appliance is my Instant Pot.
I can't stop and won't stop talking about this either! LOL!


 It is way better than a crock pot because it can slow cook food, but it is also a pressure cooker. I can cook some of my slow cooker meals in the Instant Pot in under an hour! You need one in your life.
I have posted about 10 Instant Pot recipes so far...stay tuned for A LOT more!
My Top 5 favorite Instant Pot recipes that I make the most are:
Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup (I will be blogging this SOON!!!!)

The 5qt, 6 qt the 8qt are available & on sale! I have the 6 qt size.

{SIX}
 It's Girl Scout Cookie time!
This is Kate's 6th & final year being a Girl Scout & the cookie sales are her favorite.
The Samoa's & Thin Mints are my favorites.
I like to put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the thin mint and make a mini ice cream sandwich out of it. SOOOOO Good.
But my kryponite are Samoas....I have no self control over them. 
 They are my favorite all time Girl Scout cookie!
 What is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie?


 {SEVEN}
Tulips are my favorite. Forget Roses.....give me tulips!
 Once February arrives, I love having fresh tulips on our kitchen table.
 Trader Joe's has the best tulips!
Pink ones are my favorite....I love this bunch I got...they are ombre pink. So pretty!


{EIGHT}
I found this series called Sew Zoey and it is currently Kate's favorite book series right now (besides Harry Potter, of course...nothing will top that)
There are 14 books in the series. If you are looking for a book series for a 9-12 year old, these are really cute. 
Kate got a sewing machine for Christmas & is taking sewing lessons and she loves to read, so this series is perfect for her. 
You can get them HERE.

{NINE}
  Making Valentine Printable is my favorite...I seriously have a problem...I am obsessed with making them! Ha!

Here are some that I have made over the years....I can't pick a favorite :)
Ring Pop Valentine {HERE} // Goldfish Valentines {HERE}
Smores Valentine {HERE} // Valentine you are just Write!" & "You've got the Write stuff, Valentine" {HERE}
Valentine, You are Fun! {HERE} // Starburst {HERE}
I'm stuck on You & Let's Stick Together {HERE}  //  You make my heart Pop {HERE}
Sunglasses printables {HERE} //  You make my heart flip printable {HERE}

Sour Patch Kids {HERE} //  Valentine, I "chews" You {HERE}

All of the free printables can be found on my Printables tab {HERE}
And, all of the items for the Valentines were found at Target in the Valentine section.

Last week we picked out what the kids wanted to give this year.
Kate chose Sour Patch Kids/Sour Watermelon, Claire chose Fun Dip & Luke chose the Chewy Bars.

  {TEN}
 The Olympics are my favorite!
My parents took my sisters and I to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics & it was amazing.
You can read about it HERE.
On my bucket list is to also attend the Winter Olympics.
The Winter Olympics started last night & we are looking forward to watching the Opening Ceremonies are tonight.

Watching the Olympics this year without Bob Costas hosting just isn't the same. He was the best & one of my favorite parts of the Olympics, I loved his commentary & his interviews.
Our favorite Winter Olympics events are Figure Skating, Speed Skating & the Downhill Skiing events.


What is your favorite event to watch?

So, there you have it. 10 of my Favorites so far this February.
Hope you have a great weekend!

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