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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos

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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos - Pork that has been cooked in the crock pot in citrus and spices, and then used for tacos. So easy, and so much flavor!

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos – Pork that has been cooked in the crock pot in citrus and spices, and then used for tacos.  So easy, and so much flavor!

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos - Pork that has been cooked in the crock pot in citrus and spices, and then used for tacos.  So easy, and so much flavor!

I know a lot of you are parents out there, so I want to see what you think about something.  My son did Jump Rope for Heart at school.  Great cause, raising money for the American Heart Association.  I was getting the forms and money all ready to send to school, and my 9 year old tells me he wants to donate some of his money.  I tell him that is great, and ask how much he was thinking.  He tells me he wants to give $25.  Keep in mind, I think the kid has saved up for about a year and has $100, so this is a giant chunk of his money.  I try to tell him that is too much, and he needs to save more of his money.  I want to teach my son about giving to others and good causes, but I also have to teach him about being able to have the money to buy things you need for yourself.  After a very lengthy discussion we settled on $10 (note 2 days prior he donated $5 to a coin drive for the homeless).  Thoughts?

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Chicken Chilaquiles

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Chicken Chilaquiles -A Mexican casserole with tortilla chips, and chicken baked in a spicy tomato sauce, and topped cheese.

Chicken Chilaquiles -A Mexican casserole with tortilla chips, and chicken baked in a spicy tomato sauce, and topped cheese.

Chicken Chilaquiles -A Mexican casserole with tortilla chips, and chicken baked in a spicy tomato sauce, and topped cheese.

My son finally went back to school yesterday.  He loved having so much time off for the holidays, but I was ready for him to go back to school about a week ago.  Last week it was too cold to go outside and play in the snow, so he has been inside and bored.  Now that it is finally warming up again, he is back to school.  Which hopefully means they will get to go outside for recess.  Pretty sure after two weeks of the kids not being at school, they need outdoor recess or the teachers will go insane!

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Mexican Rice Skillet

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This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you'll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you’ll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you'll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

I am kind of in love with skillet dinners lately.  They are so quick and easy to make, plus you can change them up in so many different ways.  Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet was the start of it.  Mexican food is one of our favorites, so I switched it up and made an Enchilada Pasta Skillet that was a huge success.  So this Mexican rice skillet was the next progression.

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Dorito Taco Casserole

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Dorito Taco Casserole - Turn taco night into a quick and easy casserole with layers of your favorite chips. It is time to redefine the casserole, and make it something people want to eat!

Dorito Taco Casserole – Turn taco night into a quick and easy casserole with layers of your favorite chips. It is time to redefine the casserole, and make it something people want to eat!

Dorito Taco Casserole - Turn taco night into a quick and easy casserole with layers of your favorite chips.  It is time to redefine the casserole, and make it something people want to eat!

Happy Halloween!  Are your kids all ready for trick or treating tonight?  My son has his holiday party this afternoon at school, and he is super excited for it.  They have a parade around the school first.  Lots of parents come, and all of the kids in the school parade around the halls of the school and through the gym.  It is fun to go see what all of the kids have come up with for costumes.  There are always a few over the top, super creative kids.  My son is Poseidon this year.  He is not wearing his full costume to school, because I am not sure it will hold up to a party and then trick or treating.  But it should be cute no matter what.

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Taco Meatball Skewers

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Taco Meatball Skewers - great quick dinner or fun appetizer for game day!

Taco Meatball Skewers - great quick dinner or fun appetizer for game day!

Football season is in full swing!  Are you a fan?  I enjoy watching a couple games, but only if I care about the teams.  If it isn’t the Badgers or the Vikings, I don’t really care. Tomorrow we are actually going to the Colorado State game.  My 9 year old is super excited, and I think it will be fun.  There is something about actually being at a game. Hopefully the weather is good!  It has been a chilly couple of days in Colorado.  It is supposed to be back up into the 70’s and 80’s by next week.  Which is good, because I am not ready for 50 degree weather.  Although I am looking forward to lots of soup and fresh bread this fall!

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Green Chile Pork

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Green Chile Pork {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Green Chile Pork - hatch chile peppers in a chile verde sauce

Our weekend started off a little wet. My son’s school had their fall festival on Friday evening.  It was chilly and rainy during most of it. The kids had a great time on the inflatables, the obstacle courses, the climbing wall, and everything else.  But, after 2 hours I decided it was enough, and it was time to head out.  We got home, and it took me a cup of tea, and a couple hours to actually warm up.  A sure sign I am not ready for winter!  Saturday night we headed to watch the girls Badger volleyball team play CSU.  It is not often that Wisconsin sports travel to Colorado, so we went to cheer them on.  It was a super close game, but the Badgers won!  A good weekend for our sports teams.

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Chicken Taco Burgers #BurgerMonth

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Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Do you have your kids do “school” work during the summer?  My son is really good at math and reading, and he likes both of them.  So we have him do some math each day, and he reads each day as well.  No matter what, he reads for awhile before bed each night, to help him calm down so he can go to sleep.  But the math, that is starting to prove to be a challenge.  He loves math, and during the school year he loves the website we have him working on.  But now… it is “boring”.  It is getting to be more of a struggle each day.  Who knew summer was supposed to be so entertaining :)

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Hashbrown Enchilada Skillet #SimplyPotatoes

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Hashbrown Enchilada Skillet

Hashbrown Enchilada Skillet

I am excited about post today.  I am working with Simply Potatoes to bring you a great 5 ingredient recipe, but also a chance for you to win up to $3,000.  All you have to do is head over and submit your own 5 ingredient recipe, and you are entered to win.  You can use any one of the Simply Potatoes varieties, and you can submit a main dish, a side dish, or an appetizer.  How cool would it be if one of my readers won, go enter! 

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Baked Chicken Taquitos

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Crispy Baked Taquitos

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Today is an important day for two reasons.  First, it is my baby’s birthday!!!  I now have an 8 year old!  I can not believe how quickly he has grown up, and what a wonderful kid he is turning into.  He is smart, funny, creative, and super into sports.  He has his party with friends tomorrow night, and guess what they are doing?  Playing basketball and soccer.  Not a bad thing for a bunch of 2nd graders to burn off energy :)

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Chicken Tortilla Soup #SundaySupper

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Chicken Tortilla Soup 4

Soup weather is here.  I am actually excited about this, because I have so many soup recipes I want to try this year.  And after today, that list is going to grow.  This week Susan from The Girl in the Little Kitchen is hosting a  “Dishes That Keep You Warm” event.  So don’t miss all the great soul warming dishes at the end of this post.

I haven’t made Chicken Tortilla Soup in forever.  I made it years ago, loved it, and quickly proceeded to never make it again.  Makes perfect sense, right?  Ok, well maybe not, but I was determined to change that this year.  So when this event came up, this was the first thing I thought of.  It is a little spicy, super adaptable to what you like, and full of toppings (one of my favorite parts of soup).

I garnished mine with avocado, red onion, tortilla strips, cilantro and lime wedges.  The lime adds a great freshness, and a little tartness to the soup.  Sour cream would be great if you don’t like a lot of heat, to help cool it down.  I am not a fan of black beans, so I left that part out, but feel free to add a can of black beans to the soups.  Or bell peppers if that is what you like.  Really, anything goes here!  I have the leftovers in the freezer right now, can’t wait for a cool night to bring it out again.

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