28 January 2012

Cave of the Winds

Last weekend, Jordan and I took a tour of Cave of the Winds. It's about a mile long stretch of underground caverns, including tight spaces, short ceilings and steep walkways. Although the tour isn't recommended for pregnant women, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. What can I say? I'm like Rocky Balboa when it comes to this pregnancy stuff (at least, that's what I keep telling myself). 
If any of you have ever seen the episode of South Park where they track ManBearPig, it took place at Cave of the Winds, and there were plenty of ManBearPig jokes to be heard- the tour guide even said there have been sightings.. I'm super "cereal" (I've come to find out, in order to live here and understand the jokes, you almost have to brush up on your South Park knowledge).

25 January 2012

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos and Black Beans

Yesterday, I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and use my Crock Pot for the very first time. I'm happy to report that the results were beyond delicious, and borderline sinful (in my own humble opinion, of course). I think this is the beginning of a very wonderful friendship.
I made Crock Pot Chicken Tacos, using a recipe I found on Pintrest. Only three ingredients and almost NO work resulted in a juicy, flavorful shredded chicken that made some killer tacos!

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

1 packet taco seasoning (I used McCormick brand)
1 (16oz) jar of salsa (I used Pace Picante Sauce)
5-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used frozen)

Dump all three ingredients into a crock pot, and stir to blend the salsa and seasoning together. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. If your chicken is frozen, like mine, 6 hours on low should be plenty. When it's done, the chicken should shred like a dream when stirred with two forks. Here's what it should look like:

The recipe I used said to serve on soft flour tortillas, but I'm a fan of corn tortillas, so that's what I used. I fried them up slightly in a pan of hot oil before folding them in half and setting them on a paper towel.

Serve with shredded lettuce, avocado, freshly grated cheese, sour cream and anything else you like on your tacos!

This is very versatile and can be used for enchiladas, nachos, tostadas, etc. Any leftover chicken can then be used for tortilla soup (make it the next day or freeze the chicken to use at a later time).

Black Beans
(Forgive me, this is hardly a recipe...)

1 can black beans (I used Bush brand)
A sprinkling of salt, garlic salt and garlic powder
A squeeze of lemon juice

Pour the can of beans into a small saucepan and add the remaining ingredients, to taste. Bring to a slow simmer (low to medium heat), stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Taste them, adjust any flavors you want and serve hot!


23 January 2012

Thirty Three Weeks

Can you believe it? Only seven weeks to go, until Baby Chandler is here. Time is still flying (thank Prada), and besides a few common aches and pains, I'm still quite enjoying my pregnancy. I've been spending a lot of my free time taking hot bubble baths, eating citrus fruits and drinking iced tea (simultaneously, whenever possible). 

Chandler has certainly dropped, giving my ribs a nice break from all the kicking. Strangers tend to think I'm "about to pop," which I think sounds terribly morbid. 

Jordan loves putting the baby's furniture together, which I am grateful for (he diligently reads all instructions, which I am also grateful for).  His nursery is very close to complete and I cannot wait to show everyone!

13 January 2012

DIY Framed Silhouettes

This is my take on another Pinner's project. 
Instead of using fabric, like their tutorial said, I used pretty scrapbook paper (yay glitter!). I traced the silhouettes I wanted from Google images onto a piece of notebook paper, then used that as my stencil when penciling the shapes onto the pretty paper. I glued the pieces to a contrasting color of paper and framed them! 

See? Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
SO SWEET on our little Chandler's nursery walls!

DIY Closet Dividers

My son's nursery wouldn't be complete without Pintrest. 
I just made these fun dividers to hang in his closet!
To sum up the extensive tutorial I followed,
I just cut the shapes out of a cereal box, 
then cut scrapbook paper to glue on either side. 
Next feat: a DIY mobile to hang over his crib. 
Wish me luck!

10 January 2012

Maternity Shoot

All Photo Credit Goes To Mackenzie Dowler 
(the fashion genius behind The Fitting)

08 January 2012

Baby Shower

This week, I flew home for my baby shower! Jordan's Aunt Brenda and cousin Mac (meet her at The Fitting) threw me the sweetest cowboy themed shower. The food was made from scratch and divine [including sweet pulled pork sliders, green chili and cheese cornbread, baked macaroni and cheese, gooey caramel popcorn balls and mini pecan pie tarts], the music on point, the company was plentiful and the gifts were to die for. Here are some pictures from the night ...

Thank you to everyone who made it so special, 
and a very very very big thanks to Aunt Brenda and Mac!

[all photo cred goes to Mac Dowler]

02 January 2012

Happy New Year!

2011 was a year of many firsts. 

Jordan and I tackled the last half of our first deployment 
(with ease, I might add)...

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary...

We took our very first road trip together (across the desert, in June, in a car with no air conditioning, which broke down once along the way), which included Jordan meeting his extended family-in-love for the first time, our very first camping trip, and a whirlwind weekend in Las Vegas...

We found out we are having our very first baby...

We vacationed in Europe (a first for me)...

We moved to Colorado...

We celebrated our very first holidays together...
We bought our first car...

And at midnight on December 31st we welcomed the new year, for the first time, together. 2011 was a great year. 
2012 is going to be even better.