Wednesday, November 28, 2018

happy birthday to my big cheese

i love you so much big fella! you're my big guy! let's go have a beer after work after my board meeting and your huge presentation to LAX. YAY. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Slow Cooker Recipes


So one of my peeps reached out and asked me for some of my slow cooker recipes, so you all get them. Also why don't you tell me some of yours?

Here's one I love and used to make a lot but haven't made lately:

Posole - Faker Version

Chicken Posole
• 1 can (15 oz) white hominy, drained
• 1 can (14.5 oz) Mexican style diced tomatoes (I used stewed tomatoes)
• 1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce (recipe calls for mild green, I used hot red)
• 2 carrots, diced
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tsp cumin
• 5 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless for me)
• Chopped cilantro
• Tortilla chips
1. Combine everything but cilantro and tortilla chips in the crock pot. Cook for 3 - 3 1/2 hours on high.
2. Shred the meat up a little bit, throw the cilantro in, give it a stir and serve it with some tortilla chips on the side. YUM!


Oh man, I forgot about this one. It's maybe the best

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos

3-4 pounds beef roast (I used a chuck roast)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 head garlic (peeled, but leave cloves intact--approx 10 cloves. I smashed them.)
1/2 onion, diced
1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 whole jalapeno, diced (be careful! use gloves!)

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. No need to brown the meat, but do trim off the visible fat. Put roast in slow cooker. Mix all ingredients into a bowl then pour over meat.

Cover, and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat has fully shredded--- you can help it out by cutting the meat into pieces an hour or so before serving time. Serve in soft corn tortillas with shredded cabbage salad.

Shredded cabbage:

1 bag shredded coleslaw from the grocery store's produce section
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
toss together and serve immediately

What I make most often now doesn't really have a recipe, but it's my slow cooker lentil soup. Here's how it goes:
  • Lentils - I use the trader joe ones because they are easy and you don't have to clean them. 
  • onion or garlic or both - chop them up small
  • carrots and celery - chop them up
  • chicken or vegetable broth - about 4-6 cups
  • small can of tomato sauce
  • optional ingredients:
    • Parmesan rind
    • chopped ham or prosciutto
    • potatoes
    • sweet potatoes
    • butternut squash
    • any vegetable you have lying around the kitchen 
  • At the end, you can stir in spinach
  • eat with crusty bread, top with parmesan
This is a weekly staple in my house and the kids always love it. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

thankful thankful thankful

thankful for josie's make up, done by her sister buddy while waiting for auntie to get off the train 

thankful for this beautiful collage put together by my girls for turkey day 

thankful for my dad 

and mom 

and niece 

and baby 

and sister 

and to babe for finishing my puzzle. not pictured is my other sister who also worked on the puzzle thank you sister 

thankful for these two besties 

and for my bestie 

and this little stuffy nose sicky face 

eating her soup 

and for her foot 

and these two heinas 

thankful for my season tickets to the chargers game 

and for time with my bff 

also selfies 

and i'm thankful for the buddy. 

we had a good holiday. we missed babe's parents who couldn't make it. but it was a good and restful stress free few days off. Good thing, too, because work be CRAZY HARD. HA! 

Monday, November 19, 2018

weekend pics

such a fun and happy weekend full of baking, eating, playing, watching sports, taking selfies. it's hard to believe a year ago at this time i was getting ready for yet another surgery! man. i'm glad i dont have to go through that again this year. duh. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

MidWeek Miscellaneous Photos

this was last week. now there's just a film of bad air all over socal. 

picking up auntie from the train last weekend 

orange sky from my couch last weekend 

bike rides!

love husband babe! 

the joze keeps getting bigger and the boxes just stay the same size 

here's my munchkin last night at buddy's soccer practice. there's the buddy in the background too 

then we went to a fundraiser at CPK for buddy's school. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

things i want, things i need, things i want to do

things i want

  • a fireplace
  • a new purse thats not all frayed and cheap looking 
  • a new fitbit
things i need
  • more hours in the day
  • gas in my car
  • better more moisturizing foundation 
things i want to do
  • start exercising before work
  • get a gel manicure 
  • clean out the girls closet

Monday, November 12, 2018

happy beeday to my mom!

The side eye from my mom in this pic cracks me up. She gives me that look often. 

And here she is goofing off with the shasha 

And from yesterday! 

Happy beeday Ma!!!!