Easy Weeknight Chicken Fajitas

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These chicken fajitas are simple to make!  You get all of the restaurant flavors - without the restaurant price!!!

We LOVE fajitas!!!  They are actually really easy to make at home.  Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be enjoying them before you know it!

 

MARINADE

You can add your frozen chicken to this marinade and allow it to thaw while soaking up the flavors.  The longer you allow it to marinade – the better!  Anything in the 2-3 hour range is great (although I’ve tossed mine in first thing in the morning and then cooked it at dinner and it was perfect).

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (takes 3-4 limes)
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons apple cider or red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
½ teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon liquid smoke – this is the secret ingredient ( it’s worth it to have a bottle of hand just for this!)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder

 

FAJITAS

1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts (about 3 large chicken breasts)
1 yellow onion, cut into thin strips
1 green pepper, cut into thin strips
1 red (or orange) pepper, cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
2 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon lime juice (a quick squeeze of a cut lime)
dash of salt and pepper

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Place chicken in a ziploc bag and pour the marinade ingredients over the top. Seal the bag and place in the refrigerator and let marinate for 2-3 hours (or longer)

After marinading, take chicken out of the bag and discard the marinade. Grill or broil the chicken 5-7 minutes per side . Remove from grill or pan and tent with foil to keep warm.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat and add the onion and peppers. Stir fry until softened but still crisp tender. Add soy sauce, water, lime juice and salt and pepper. Cook another 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Slice chicken thinly on the diagonal and toss with the vegetables in the skillet.

Serve immediately with flour tortillas and top with tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, cheese, sour cream. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Starbucks Copycat Passion Tea Lemonade

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If you love Starbucks (but hate what it does to your wallet), you can actually make their Passion Tea Lemonade yourself!  Get this simple recipe here!!

No matter what the temperature is outside a refreshing glass of Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade always sounds perfect. Unfortunately, Starbucks is just so expensive and not on the budget for a daily visit. Thank goodness for this awesome copycat recipe of Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade at less than $0.25 a cup this drink we can now all indulge as often as we want!

Ingredients
1 Tazo Passion Tea Bag
1 1/2 cups Water
1/2 cup Lemonade
1 TBSP sugar or 1/2 oz Starbucks Classic Syrup
1/8 tsp Vanilla

If you love Starbucks (but hate what it does to your wallet), you can actually make their Passion Tea Lemonade yourself!  Get this simple recipe here!!

Directions
1. Boil water and steep a bag of Tazo Passion Tea into a large mug. Steep for approximately 15 minutes.
3. Remove tea bags. Add sugar and vanilla.
4. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
5. Add lemonade to mixture and serve!

***You will want 1 tea bag per 2 cups of water. 

20 Easter Desserts Recipes

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Check out this great round up of 20 AWESOME Easter Desserts!

Easter is a few weeks away!  Check out this great round up of FUN Easter Desserts!!  Just click on the link below and you’ll go right to the blogger who shared their treat.

St. Patrick’s Day Meal Ideas {Recipes}

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st patricks day meal ideas

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon!  While you donn you green apparel that day, don’t forget to make some yummy dishes for your party!!

DIY Window Cleaner (works just like Windex -without the chemicals)

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diy window cleaner

Keeping your house clean can seriously stink! Literally! I don’t know how many times I have had to open windows to air out the house from all of the nasty chemicals making me feel dizzy. That’s why I started doing research on ways to make my own household cleaners that are more natural, chemical free and way CHEAPER to make!

In the past I was totally a name brand Windex girl. Now I completely changed and have discovered an awesome DIY Window Cleaner recipe that works fantastic and is chemical free.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 TBSP cornstarch
  • 2 cup warm water
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil (to help mask the smell of the vinegar and rubbing alcohol)

Mix all ingredients together well. Pour into an empty spray bottle and begin cleaning. You will be pleasantly surprised by how awesome this “chemical free” window cleaner works!

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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There are a few meals that just taste like “home” to me. Mashed potatoes are one of those meals. One of my favorite “homey” recipes is this Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Although it’s very simple to make, it tastes like fine dining garlic mashed potatoes. Serve with a juicy steak or some fried chicken and enjoy!

Ingredients

4-5 large Russet Potatoes
1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Sour Cream
1 TBSP Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper

Directions

  1. Cut Russet Potatoes into large 2 x 2 inch pieces. Fill a large stockpot with water and add cut potatoes. Place on stove top and boil until tender (about 10 minutes).
  2. Strain water. Add all ingredients and mash with a hand immersion blender until smooth.
  3. Add more seasoning to taste.
  4. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and serve!

Tomato Vegetable & Beef Stew – Crockpot Recipe

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Nothing warms you up on a cold day like a yummy bowl of soup.  What makes it better is when it cooks all day in the crockpot!  Check out this easy Tomato Vegetable & Beef Stew recipe!!!

Here is another one of my favorite recipes – Tomato Vegetable & Beef Stew. It’s perfect on a cold Fall or Winter day, it takes only a few minutes of prep work and always tastes perfect! Honestly you can’t mess this recipe up….it’s that simple. Oh and did I mention the best part – it’s a crockpot soup which means you can put it together in the morning (in about 5-10 minutes) and it will be ready to eat when you get home!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Beef Stew Meat
  • 2 Large Russet Potatoes, cubed 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 Cup Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Cup Celery, chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Can Chicken Broth
  • 1 Can Italian Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sour Cream (optional)

Directions

  1. In a crockpot add all ingredients, except for corn all together. Let cook on high for 6-8 hours or on low for 10-12 hours. (I use a Ninja cooking system and can have my stew done in 4-6 hours on high).
  2. The stew is done when the meat is melt in your mouth tender. When the stew is done cooking taste and add more seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, Tabasco or Worcestershire) as needed. Add corn and let cook for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Serve with a dollop on sour cream.

 

Homemade Raspberry Poptarts

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This recipe for Pop Tarts is so easy -- and a much better option than the store bought ones (as you know what is going into yours)

My kids absolutely LOVE poptarts but I am really not a big fan of all the additives and sugar they contain. Plus they seem so expensive for something so simple. Well check out this awesome recipe for Homemade Raspberry Poptarts. They are so easy to make your kids can help you. Plus you can swap out the ingredients to make whatever flavor you want – raspberry, strawberry, smore’s, Nutella, the options are limitless!

Ingredients

  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1/2 cup Raspberry Jam
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon milk (or water)
  • White Icing and Sprinkles (for topping)

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut pie dough into 6 evenly sized rectangles. Repeat with the second pie crust.
  3. Lay parchment paper out onto a baking sheet and carefully place 6 of the rectangles 2 inches apart. With a fork gently poke 3-4 sets of small holes into rectangle pieces.
  4. Spread 1 tablespoon of Raspberry Jam onto each rectangle.
  5. Place a second rectangle over top each Raspberry filled rectangle. Using a fork lightly press the edges of the rectangles together to make pretty crimped edges.
  6. Using that same fork poke 3-4 sets of holes on the top rectangle pieces.
  7. In a small bowl whisk the yolk of one egg and milk together. Lightly brush each poptart with mixture.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and immediately drizzle icing and top with sprinkles.
  10. Let cool and serve!

The Ultimate Bacon & Cheese Dip Recipe

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This dip is the ULTIMATE combo of bacon and cheese - and is perfect for any get together or party!!!

Get ready to be BLOWN AWAY with this undeniably amazing Ultimate Bacon & Cheese Chip Dip!!! Once you try this dip you will be hooked. Just make sure to have an entire bag of chips for yourself because you aren’t going to want to share.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • Pepper to taste
  • Chips

Directions

Allow cream cheese to sit out for about 20 minutes to soften. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Top with bacon, green onions and cheese. Serve with your choice of chips and try to have some self control. If you are not careful you may eat all of the dip before you get a chance to serve it to your guests!

This is the ULTIMATE dip!  Bacon AND Cheese?  Together?  Does it really get much better than that?!

Nutella Croissants – 4 Ingredients or less!

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Two favorites come together in this dish -- Nutella and Croissants!  Find out how to turn a roll of croissants into a decadent treat!

Get cozy and cuddle up with a warm cup of coffee, a blanket and one of these scrumptious Nutella Croissants. These easy to make croissants come together in less than 15 minutes and will simply melt in your mouth.

Ingredients

  • Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TBSP butter, melted

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Open up the packages of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Unroll and layout flat on counter. Cut into 8 triangular pieces (lines are already perforated).
  3. Scoop about 1 TBSP of Nutella on each triangular piece. Roll up crescent triangle piece with nutella starting from the largest side.
  4. Place croissant roll ups on a lightly greased baking sheet. Lightly brush melted butter overtop each croissant roll and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Let sit for about 5 minutes to cool. Lightly dust with powdered sugar. Eat while warm!

***Beware you will not be able to eat just one! They are simply delicious!