Friday Foodie Recipe Review – Taco Chicken

Fabulous Friday Foodie Friends,

Today I am going to share a recipe with you. This is something that I started doing for my family and well, I can tell you it’s on the regular rotation for a reason. We like to eat a lot of taco meat in our house. We make a large amount and we can eat it multiple days in a row without being boring after the first day or two.

To shake things up a little bit we decided to make some a crock pot recipe for taco chicken. I started with a recipe I found on pinterest and modified slightly. Check out my Food Reviews board hereย for the original recipe.

So you start with about 2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken. You can use breast, I prefer thigh. You add one packet of taco seasoning mix. I use the Taco Bell brand mix. If you are concerned about sodium or ingredients and make your own, use about 3 tablespoons. Then you use a jar of salsa. I use Pace medium. You can use any brand and any heat level you like. Spray your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Put your chicken in the bottom. Cover the chicken with the seasoning and then top that with the salsa. Put on the lid and cook the chicken on high for 2.5 hours or on low for approximately 4 hours. I have also done this in the crock pot with frozen chicken and the best method I have found for that is high setting for 4 hours.

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The above is how it looks cooking. It makes the house smell so good. You will want to eat this all the time. After the cooking is done, I like to pull the chicken out carefully (it will fall apart) and shred it.

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After it is all shredded, I put it in a container and add the sauce from the crock pot.

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You can use this in tacos like you would any taco meat. We love it over chips for nachos. The salsa keeps the chicken so moist and delicious. It adds a great spice to the meat and keeps taco night new and exciting all the time. I believe this recipe would also work very well with a pork tenderloin. You might have to adjust the cooking time in the crock pot but the ingredients would work great.

Overall, this recipe for my family is a ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฝย out of 5 every time! I hope that you will give it a try and if you do, please let me know what you think. How does your family do taco night?

Mangia my friends!

Love and ๐Ÿฝ,

Becky

Book Review – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Wonderful Wednesday friends,

I haven’t done a book review in a while, so I thought it was time. I have done a lot of traveling for work lately and this has resulted in many books being read as well as many books being listened to via audio book. One of those books that I have to tell you all about is today’s review – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.

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Here is a summary provided by Amazon:

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

Iโ€™ll Be Gone in the Darkโ€”the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden deathโ€”offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a womanโ€™s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classicโ€”one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

My review:

This story completely sucked me in from the very first second. This was one of those stories that I chose to listen to, and I can tell you I couldn’t stop listening. I was listening on the way to and from work. I was listening as I was cooking dinner. I was listening as I mowed the lawn. Needless to say, this book was amazing. Some of my favorite things were the fact that Michelle shares all of the story. She takes us on the journey of her investigation from day one. She doesn’t miss anything about the story. I appreciate that she really wants us to understand her passion for the investigation.

The story in itself is very compelling. I won’t lie friends, serial killers are fascinating. There is just something about understanding the mind of someone that has the capacity to commit such crimes. I think that Michelle was very honest about her addiction to this case. She recognized the obsession and she didn’t deny it. The way that she gained the trust of former investigators and others, just shows that her commitment was real. People can recognize someone that just wants the story and someone that actually cares about the story. I don’t want to give any spoilers about the story or quote any favorite lines. I will tell you this, if you are interested in True Crime at all and have not read this book yet, you need to. I will also say that Michelle was a force to be reckoned with and I am sure that not only her family but the world is less bright without her.

Listening to the story and how she puts forth her heart into the story, made me wish I knew her. I would have wanted to be her friend. I am also certain that I am definitely not cool enough to have held her attention for more than a minute. Here is my wish for all of my readers, let your curiosity thrive. Go forth and get the answers my friends. Never stop trying and if you have a dream, fight with all you got for it.

This story and this author get a ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“šย out of 5. Read it friends or listen to it. The voice actor that reads the story does an excellent job of injecting Michelle’s emotion into the words. You are sucked in to the story like she is telling you directly about her journey.

Love and ๐Ÿ“š,

Becky

Makeup Monday – September BoxyCharm Box Review

It’s that time of the month. We have a new box. I do kind of hate that I get it towards the middle/end of the month instead of the beginning of the month but I’m still really glad I get the box at all.

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Seeing this is the mail just makes me happy! It makes my husband smile too because he knows he is not actually spending that much to make me happy and I get new makeup every month!

The theme this month is All Access:

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I couldn’t exactly figure out the theme. I think maybe exclusive products was what they were going for? I’m not really sure. Let’s get into what we really want to know!

What did I get and what is the value?

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In my box this month was the following:

Violet Voss – Essentials Eyeshadow Palette – MSRP $29.00

Dr Brandt – Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask – MSRP $52.00

MODA – 5 PC Brush Kit – $27.95

MAC – Frost Lipstick CB 96 – $18.50

Laura Geller – Baked Gellato Swirl Illuminator – $26.00

Total MSRP – $153.45

This month, I am most excited about the Dr. Brandt sleeping mask. It is more like a moisturizer than a mask. I can’t wait to try it and tell you all about it.

I am least excited about the eyeshadow palette. I have received a number of eyeshadow palettes from BoxyCharm and I was really hoping to receive a different face palette this month. I am also a very neutral kind of girl and Violet Voss is definitely not known for neutrals.

As always if you would like to sign up for BoxyCharm, you can use my link below. There are some new things coming to the company in the coming months. It is growing and honestly I think the value of this service is only going to continue to improve.

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I’m going to give this box a first impression score of ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’„out of 5.

Can’t wait to tell you guys how the products actually work!

Love and ๐Ÿ’„,

Becky

Entertainment Lately – Horse Races

Wonderful Wednesday my friends! I try to keep these Wednesday’s to book reviews or movie reviews. Today I am changing it up and just telling you about something we recently did and it was so very fun.

Yep we went to the horse races! We live near Kentucky and there is a track that has races for a little over a week a year.

My boys matched on accident. They are so stinking cute and they love each other. It’s pretty awesome watching them bond!

My horse didn’t win. Not a single race. But well it was a blast. Here’s some more pics and a selfie!

Here’s my suggestion to you…try something new. I’m sure you can find something in a town near you. It doesn’t take much effort and you could find a really great activity to do as a family!

Love and ๐ŸŽ,

Becky

Makeup Monday – Steve Laurent Lip Pencil

Marvelous Monday all!

I am currently traveling for work so forgive me any typos in the blog this week! So much to do and never enough time. Am I right? I know, I know get to the makeup!

I think I mentioned when I got my Boxy Charm box that this was one of the items I was least excited about.

It’s not that I have anything against the brand. I have never actually tried the brand. I just moved away from lip pencils around 2000 unless I am wearing a red lip look and I’m worried about it bleeding through above my lips. So while I wasn’t excited, I did try it. Here’s proof:

Another funny story, I put my lips on after I get to work! What can I say, I like to kiss my husband so my look is never fully finished until I get to the office.

As you can see from the pic the pencils went on very smooth. The formula did not try out my lips. I’m not sure it really helped my lip look but it was ok to use.

The lip pencil is in my lip bag and it will stay there. I will continue to use it when I use nude shades.

I’m going to give this ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’„ out of 5. It’s a good product I just don’t use it often. Sorry I couldn’t give a better review friends. Next week we are going to talk about some fun shadows!

Love and ๐Ÿ’„,

Becky

Entertainment Review – Paint My Pet

Wonderful Wednesday Wacky Friends,

Do you ever find yourself looking for something “new” to do. Well I was looking for something fun and new to do with some friends and we found a very cool Paint Your Pet event at a local restaurant.

The way it works, you pay for the event. This particular one was $50.00. You send them a photo of your pet. You then show up on the date of the event and you get to paint your pet.

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When I arrived this is what I found. This sample photo of my pet that I submitted with a traced image. We were given the instructions that this is “pop” art. You can go with true colors or you can do out there and fun colors. I decided to go with a realistic shading and coloring.

The first part that you do is your background color. My husbands office is a really cool green and I chose a color that would make this painting pop on the wall.

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You can see that my application was not perfect but well it was fun. The background was definitely the easiest part. You can also see there to the right of my painting, my Thai Tea! It’s my favorite drink at our local Thai restaurant.

The next step is different shading. They leader for the event helps you learn how to shade the image as well as how to mix your own colors and create different shades for me, it was shades of white and gray. I failed to take an in between picture, so I will just tell you the final step is the nose and the eyes. If you are going traditional you can use the black and well you will end up with something that looks like your pet! I loved that they took the time to help us learn how to use the paint to make the eyes look “alive”.

So here is my final product:

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Personally I’m pretty happy with it. My hubs gave me the best compliment when you said he just wished it was a larger size. He really liked it.

So take it from this girl that has absolutely no skill when it comes to painting for art, anyone can do this. It is so much fun. Get a group of friends, have some cocktails or some appetizers and paint your pet.

If you google Paint Your Pet, you can find someone in your local area that provides this service. Really y’all 10 out of 10 on the fun scale!

Love,

Becky

Makeup Monday Review – Tarte Big Ego Mascara

Marvelous Monday Makeup Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I know I did. The hubs and I went fishing. This was the first time I have been fishing in I can’t tell you how many years and it had been quite a while for my man as well. We had a blast though. It made for some really great relaxing time for the two of us. I’ll tell you more about it and post some pics soon. Today, however, I know you are all only interested in the makeup so I’m going to give you what you came here for.

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As part of my August BoxyCharm, I received this mascara. I like to try new types of mascara because as I have aged and my hormones have changed, my eyelashes have definitely thinned. I like to find something that makes them full and long without weighing them down or being to clunky on my eyes.

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This formula felt nice going on. I really liked the brush. The shape was nice to enhance each individual lash. The formula was not too thin or too thick. It was very nice going on.

You can see on the left picture above, I had one eye with mascara and one eye without. It was very obvious that this mascara helped. The other pic included my bottom lashes. I did like how it coated those lashes without too much clumping.

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This was one day that I was able to do a beautiful complete eye look. I was really happy with it.

Now for the downside, by the end of the day, EVERY day, this mascara has flaked off of my lashes. I have little clumps of mascara under my eyes and all the way down my face. I wear glasses so I don’t rub my eyes throughout the day, I try to just leave them alone. This mascara seemed to dry out so much throughout the day that I couldn’t really bring myself to get behind it. I have continued to use it and I will use it until it’s gone or another 5 months whichever comes sooner because well, it’s expensive mascara and I like to use what I have. I will tell you however, this is one of those much better suited for a night out than a full day of makeup.

As mentioned this mascara with a $23 price point is definitely a more expense mascara than I would just try on my own. I am always so glad for my subscription box because it does allow me to try higher end items without paying as much for them.

Overall, I am going to give this a ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’„ย out of 5. It has some fine qualities but it is also lacking in some areas. With a cost of almost twice as much as most mascara out there that works really well. I just can’t go over that score.

Love and รฐยŸย’ย„,

Becky