Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos + Goodbye iPhone, Hello Lumia!

I’m not sure if you can tell by the picture size and overall quality, but I got a new phone.  It’s beautiful and is hands down the best camera in a phone I’ve ever seen.  The ability to shoot with practically no light, but magically doesn’t appear it was ever shot that way, always amazes me.   With that, I had to give up my iPhone.. and all the pretty apps that came with it!  But that’s ok, Windows Phone marketplace has equally great apps, including a allrecipes app that defeats the iphone version.  So while spinning the dinner wheel on my phone a few days ago looking for slow cooker recipes I came across cilantro lime chicken taco recipe that I had to try.  Off to the store I went with my phone and checked off each ingredient.  Then off I walked home.. straight to our crockpot!

I followed the recipe almost exactly, but a few things:
This is going to make ALOT.  You could feed 8 people burritos pretty easily.
This is REALLY GOOD.  You might only be able to feed 4 people because everyone needs seconds..
I cooked it on low for 6 hours.
With 30 minutes left, I took the chicken breasts out from the crockpot, put on a cutting board, shred up, then I put it back in the crockpot to mix in with the juices. This guarantees all your chicken will be moist and full of flavor, and not just the outside of the chicken.
Full recipe here.
This was my first full meal I made with my new phone/camera, and I tried to take pictures of everything in the worst light possible, we’re talking about a kitchen with no light on at all at times.  Pretty impressive camera, if you’re thinking about making the change.. check out the Lumia 920.  Not a sponsored post, just loving mine!
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Simple ingredients.  Don’t you love the smell of cilantro?
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This is 3 pounds of boneless chicken breasts. 
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I practically shot these pictures in the dark. 
Now let them cook for 5 hours, 30 minutes on low…
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Take the chicken out, shred it up.
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Mix it around with the sauce.. make sure everything is wet.  Cook for 30 minutes more.
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Oh sweet mother.. look at that.  Just look at it!
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I like to put some homemade pico on top…..
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Then roll it up.. serve with some refried (black!) beans and chips on the side.  Enjoy!

Friday Food + Whiskers

Today is Friday! I’m excited for Saturday sleeping in.
Some more food finds that I wanted to share..
I caved and got the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter made by Peanut Butter & Co.  It’s so good, it’s exactly how you would hope. I thought it was going to be more sweet but there’s still a firm peanut butter taste here.  You can throw this on a piece of low calorie bread every night for dessert and be happy.  Or you can have it for a afternoon snack which I’m going to do very soon…
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Now this.. this might be the food find of the year.  Would you believe by looking at the picture this is frozen food?  I wouldn’t!  Let me introduce you to Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers.  If you go to their website you will see they have lots of choices, but they don’t list the one I have pictured here, also the only one I ever tried, also the one I’m obsessed with: Lemongrass Chicken & Shrimp.   This is 280 calories, and the chicken and shrimp portions aren’t huge, but this is a super tasty meal.  The whole point of these meals is they are steamed vegetables and come with a built in plastic steamer.  You can just throw this in the microwave for 4 minutes, it steams itself, then you take the food out of the steamer, dump in the sauce which is at the bottom of the tray, mix and eat.    This picture here shows the steamer.  My local grocery has these on sale for $2.50 a piece.  I wouldn’t spend $5 on any frozen food to be honest, but if you see them on sale.. try them!
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Now on to cats.. it’s a cold day today so there’s lots of loitering in front of the heater:
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There’s lots of hanging out next to each.. or just Xanadu harassing Essy.
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Amazon is the love of my life.  I love seeing this walking down the hallway.
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Cats love boxes too.  If only they could help lift them…
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New Food Loves

In love with 2 new supermarket finds..
Cilantro Green Olive Salsa – a new salsa idea which is so yummy.  Bonus, put it in the refrigerator, it’s even more amazing chilled. Ingredients: Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Water, Onion, Manzanillo Olives (Olives, Water, Salt, Lactic Acid), Cilantro, Serrano Chiles, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sugar, Red Bell Pepper. All natural. No Preservatives. Product is 100% gluten-free.
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Peanut Butter & Co Smooth Operator Peanut Butter – I will never buy JIF again.  Decided to try it and am glad I did, this is as creamy as it gets.  If you’re feeling down, skip the bread and just take a big spoonful out of the jar – it’s that good.  They also have cinnamon raisin swirl, white chocolate, dark chocolate, maple….. must try them all!  Peanut butter is kosher, gluten-free and vegan.
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End of November Garden

Well it’s coming to be the end of November and it’s officially cold out.  Don’t you hate it when it’s so hot in the summer you wish for winter, then all of a sudden it’s winter and you’re outside crying because your legs are so cold you can’t walk.  Even though we’re feeling the cold here, the broccoli and cauliflower are doing well under  the greenhouse.  We picked a few more today to have for dinner.  We are anxiously waiting for
when we can pick more cauliflower, the first batch we steamed and it was hands down ~the best cauliflower ever~.”
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Cauliflower.. we’re waiting for you.  Such amazing looking plants…
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Leaves are changing.. season is ending.. and in less than 2 months we will start our Spring seeds already!
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Matching garden attire is never planned, but always acknowledged.
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Holiday Time

This weekend I finally got a taste of that time of the year… it’s holiday time!  From snowmen to peppermint bark to hot cocoa to decorated brownstones, New York is starting to light up with it’s colorful holiday cheer.  Hopefully we will be getting our tree mid week, have you gotten yours yet?
A quick trip to Target for milk left me in the Christmas aisles..
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Which  meant as soon as got outside, open up the peppermint bark and inhale it!
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We walked by this house while the owner was setting up and he had such a proud look on his face. I told him his decorations were beautiful and he beamed with happiness.
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One of my top 5 things I love: snowmen.  I should count the number of snowmen we have one day..
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If you see this hot cocoa at the store, please buy it.  The Arctic White is hard to find, so when I saw this in Target I basically bought every pack.  The Mint is delicious too! 
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As soon we got home (with freezing hands), I heated up some milk and got the cocoa going.  Hot chocolate should be part of everyone’s daily diet!
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Twinings London

If you know me then you know I am tea obsessed.  If you come over, I will serve you tea.  If you see me, I am probably drinking tea. I dream of tea at night, dark english breakfast tea.  I have started lovely friendships with tea exchanges.  It all started as a young girl where everyday before school my mother would make me toast and tea.  Let’s not discuss if this is ok for a 8 year old to have, but I fell in love with it immediately.  So when we were in London, Twinings headquarters was my number one spot.  When I went in I told the employees how excited I was and I’m not sure if I freaked them out or they thought I was sweet. Either way, they did throw some free samples my way.  If you’re ever in London, go here.  Go have afternoon tea too.  Drink tea all day.  It’s totally ok!
Let’s go in!
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Magical fairy land..
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Of tea! Every kind!
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Bags, loose, pots – have your pick…
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I happily skipped down the aisles filling up my bag with tea.  Matthew asked me “Really, you need that much?”
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Why, yes I do!
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Matthew doesn’t like tea, I’m not sure how this relationship has survived this.  One day I talked him into having tea with me and I thought I would serve him a dessert tea, something chocolate and mint, it would be delightful and he would fall in love with tea! Then we would go on daily tea dates!  Unfortunately Matthew burned his lips on the hot tea and cried.  So I drank his tea. He never has tried it again.  He was curious on the smells though…
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What a fun time!
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Some of my loot!  I would highly recommend the Queen’s Jubilee tea
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Married and Chocolate

I don’t think I made a formal post about this, but Matthew and I made it official and got married in August.  
After 10 years, we did it.
We have been together for almost 10 years, so decided to finally do it.  We did it at Borough Hall in Brooklyn, which I honestly wouldn’t have done any other way (besides the standing in line for hours).
This was before we got married,  panic all around!
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His and Hers Shoes:
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Flowers from our lovely witness, and good good friend William:
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Matthew + William.  They look like a cute couple here.
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William signing us away…
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Saying our “I do’s”.
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Then we celebrated at Shake Shack afterwards.  It was a good custard day too.
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This past week we saw our good gal pal Layla and she surprised us with these lovely dolls.  Bonus is that she colored the brides hair blue.. oh I miss those days!
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Inside my body (I wish) was delicious chocolates.  I ate them all today.
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Mid Week Garden Update + Turkey Day

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Hope everyone who is celebrating has a great meal with some of your best friends.  This year we’ll be eating turkey at some friends home, which I find ok considering we had it here last year, as well as a bonus Thanksgiving in August celebration.  I will admit though for dinner tonight we had stuffing.. couldn’t resist getting in the spirit.
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Since returning from London, we haven’t had much garden time as we had to jump right into a job, but today we opened up the green house and find some beautiful broccoli and cauliflower surprises.
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Also the onions are looking very strong and should be making magic under the soil very soon…
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Missing In Action: London!

Hello Friends – I’ve been missing in action for a short bit.  Matthew and I took a work trip to London where had our first UK solo gallery show – it went great, everyone was so encouraging.  In the next few days I will share our trip.  Hope everyone is well!  Can’t believe Thanksgiving is in a few days already.. and then Christmas.. the holidays are here!    After a job on Monday, I’m hoping for a slower December to enjoy this time of the year!
First up, the traveling….
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Waiting in line. I learned that the United States always has the longest lines for everything airport related. 
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Before we left JFK I already bought a frog neck pillow to add to the family.  This guy is amazing.  On the way home he saved my neck.  On the way to London while sleeping, I must have been dreaming because I threw my pillow in the aisle – thankfully I did not throw Mr. Frog.
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We flew out in the morning…
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And then I got confused with what time it was somewhere over the Atlantic. 
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When we arrived at Heathrow they weren’t sure if Matthew was suspicious or not.  I had to come save him and tell them he’s ok.
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In London.
The Grandpas had to be searched at the airport, but then security realized they really are just frogs.
On the way back, Heathrow also deemed the Grandpas who are stuffed frogs suspicious.  They had to be escorted to a separate area to search.  I was worried they were going to cut them open, especially since Grandpa has a heavy foot (its where his stuffing has gone over the years) that could be used to carry “stuff”.   After explaining we just love stuffed animals, and these are the Grandpas, and digging deeper in our bag they found another frog named Sylvester who wears a bow-tie, they just thought we were weird and let us go.  The security lady kept saying we were frog mom and dad, it’s pretty true.
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747’s are massive.
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Home Sweet Home!

Cauliflower Success!

Well there was some good news growing under the green house when we opened it.  For the first time, our cauliflower grew successfully!  It made us both dance.
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We ate it tonight, man it was delicious. 
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In the green house you can see a few more cauliflower heads growing…
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A post Sandy harvest, picking up green tomatoes thrown all over.  Into a paper bag they go and hopefully they’ll be red soon enough..
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