Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos (or Instant Pot)

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Tacos, tacos, tacos! Tell me one person who doesn’t like tacos. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t love a good taco? I know of nobody who dislikes tacos! Typically for me, I go for just chicken or fish tacos, but sometimes you gotta give the beef a chance!

Traditional barbacoa is made with a cow’s head I believe. Eeeeeek. No cow’s heads were injured in the making of these tacos. So, obviously I guess you can say these aren’t authentic, but this beef barbacoa is darn delicious so I say it doesn’t matter!

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

I start off with browning the beef because it will give it more flavor. The sauce is just a mixture of broth, chipotle peppers in adobo, and some spices. The chipotle peppers do add a bit of heat to the meat, but after cooking for so many hours, I wouldn’t say these are really spicy at all. You can feel free to adjust the amount of peppers used though if you want more or less heat.

Now, please note that you can also make this recipe in the Instant Pot if you have joined the pressure cooking fan club! I’ve provided directions for both the slower cooker and Instant Pot. Either way, the meat comes out so nice and tender!

While I made this recipe for tacos, it would also work perfectly for really any Mexican dish from burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, nachos, you name it!

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Strawberries and Cream Pie

Strawberries and Cream Pie

While summer technically doesn’t end for a while longer, I think a lot of people consider August the last month of summer and so it’s time to squeeze in as many last summery recipes as possible! I’ve been making this Strawberries and Cream Pie for many years now. It’s really simple to make and is a great way to use up any left over strawberries you may have in your fridge!

Strawberries and Cream Pie

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Hi All. I’m sorry I didn’t get a new post up last week. Sadly, we had a death in the family as we lost my uncle. I was obviously a bit distracted, but am trying to get back to work.

I can’t believe it’s already August! And now that August has arrived, it’s already time for the kiddos to start heading back to school over the next few weeks. Craziness! Weekday mornings can be a bit chaotic with trying to get everyone up, dressed, and out the door. Even for me with a baby and toddler, my husband and I need quick breakfast ideas and these freezer breakfast sandwiches are totally the answer! All you have to do is heat them up in the microwave and in a couple of minutes, you are on your way!

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

I’ve been making batches of these sandwiches for the last few months and my husband just adores them. I’ve tried them with sausage patties (the version I’m posting today), bacon, or veggies, and they are all delish! My husband loves the sausage version so we will stick with that one today! For this recipe, I use ground Italian sausage (or pork sausage). For the eggs, I bake them in a whoopie pie pan or a muffin tin and they are the perfect size and shape for stuffing inside an english muffin.

If sausage isn’t your thing, you can use bacon or your favorite veggies. You can also do a little bit of both to keep things more interesting throughout the week!

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Natalie: Three Months

Natalie Three Months

Three Months! This little love of ours is getting chunkier and more delicious by the day! At three months with Madeline, I felt like things finally started to click. I had a lot of people tell me the same that three months is when things start to fall into place. Now with Natalie being three months, things are certainly starting to feel more normal, but at the same time, every day just seems so crazy trying to balance two little ones. Madeline is definitely in her Terrible Twos and has been so whiny, tired, and so dramatic!

Natalie still sleeps pretty well at night. We’ve got a decent routine at night where after we give Maddie her bath, I sit on our bed and feed Natalie her bottle while her big sister watches Peppa. Usually by the time the show is over, Natalie is also out for the night so I can then tuck Maddie in right after. She’s usually asleep by 8:30 and wakes around 6-6:30, though she has woken up as early as 4am a couple of nights this past week. I’ll take it though! Naps are getting a bit trickier though as unlike the newborn phase, she can’t sleep through everything so we’ve been putting her upstairs away from everyone. In the mornings, she typically takes a short nap and then a long afternoon nap from about 1-5. The afternoon naps works pretty well with Maddie’s nap too because Maddie naps from 2-4 so its nice to have some quiet time in the afternoons where both girls are asleep!

The only challenge is I often feel like she needs a quick third nap to hold her over until bedtime, but because that time comes around 6pm, she doesn’t really get one because I am just getting home from work and making dinner. This often means that by 7:30, she starts getting pretty mad. I roll her into the bathroom when giving Maddie her bath and she will chill with us for a few minutes before losing it until I can finally get her ready for bed.

Natalie Three Months

Madeline is still Natalie’s favorite person (and um, this picture above just kills me of these two sweeties!). When she is awake, she has zero desire to lay down on me anymore or even face in our direction. In fact, when we try to face her towards us, she often gets mad! She just wants us to sit her up and face her outwards so she can look around at everything going around her. This is especially true at the park or pool. She just loves sitting up and looking around.

Natalie has also discovered her hands and chews on her fingers constantly. This also means she has become a serious drool factory and goes through 3 bibs a day! We are now working on getting her to roll over. She’s gone from her tummy to back a couple of times, but we need to work with her more. She’s also been trying really hard to pick up her head and sit up when I lay her back. Again, she just wants to sit up and look around!

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

One of my most favorite foods to eat during summer is potato and pasta salads. I’ve told you guys before though that I am incredibly picky when it comes to potato salad though. If it’s drowning in mayo? Nope. If the potatoes are diced really small and mushy? Also nope! I feel like a lot of of the store-bought potato salads break my rules so I usually prefer to just make it myself. And today’s version might just be my new favorite potato salad yet: Bacon Ranch Potato salad!

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

What’s not to love? Bacon? Goooood. Ranch? SO Gooood. I mean, who DOESN’T like bacon and ranch? They are meant to be! First, cook up some bacon. I like to cook mine on the stove so it gets nice and crispy, but the microwave works fine too if that is easier. Then you will boil your potatoes until they are just fork tender (no mushy potatoes here). For the dressing, I mixed up a little bit of mayo, sour cream, and ranch dressing seasoning. So super simple! I also mixed in a good amount of sliced green onion and fresh corn that I shaved right off the cobb. If you want to boil or grill your corn first, go ahead, but I love the texture of fresh corn! This potato salad is made for summer and for parties!

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Pineapple Mango Salsa

Pineapple Mango Salsa

Salsa might just be one of my most favorite things ever. Seriously, I could make a meal out of salsa and chips and I love it even more as a topping for ALL of the things! It’s the perfect topping or filling for tacos, quesadillas, burritos, or on top of grilled chicken or fish (which is obviously much healthier!). And during the summer, I can never get enough salsa of all kinds.

This tropical version is my new favorite. Truth be told, when it comes to pineapple, I wouldn’t normally put it at the top of my list of favorite fruits. I don’t dislike pineapple, but on its own, I usually think it’s a bit too sweet. I’d rather eat a handful of berries over a bowl of pineapple. However, when you mix it in with other things or in a cocktail (I’m looking at you, pina coladas!), I’m totally on board!

Pineapple Mango Salsa

This salsa is loaded with fresh mango, pineapple, and avocado. I totally dig the sweet pineapple and mango paired against the creamy avocado, onion, jalapeno, and lime juice. You get that sweet flavor, but it’s much more balanced. I ate some of this with a handful of chips, but then ate the rest with these Chili Lime Chicken Kebabs and some rice!

Pineapple Mango Salsa