Posted at 1:48 PM on May 01, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Mark
Have you ever made Grilled Chicken Fajitas? I mean, where you grill literally EVERY ingredient?
- Grilled chicken? Yup.
- Grilled peppers and onions? Yup… and slightly charred. SO. GOOD.
- Grilled flour tortillas? Yup.
- Grilled sour cream? Wait – let’s not get too crazy.
I don’t know why it took me so long to do it this way, but man these are good. This recipe will give you everything – the spice rub, how to grill the vegetables… trust me, tonight is chicken fajitas night.
First, chop up the peppers and onions. Green peppers will work, but the sweetness of red/yellow/orange peppers works better. Slice one onion and 1-2 peppers. Season them with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and then mix them well.
You will want to start grilling these before the chicken as they will take longer to cook (20 – 30 minutes), and a grilling platter for this.
Now for the chicken. First, pound the chicken to about 1/2 inch thickness, or slice the chicken breast lengthwise. This will help the chicken to be seasoned better and to cook more quickly and evenly.
Combine all the spices in a small bowl and mix them well. Then add the lime juice and about 1 Tbsp of olive oil to the spices and then rub it into the chicken.
Then toss them on the grill next to the vegetables (which you should be stirring often so that they get evenly charred, but not burned). The chicken will probably take about 10 minutes to cook on high. Make sure to flip them at least once.
Once the chicken and the vegetables are done, throw on a few flour tortillas and grill them for about 2 minutes per side. Keep your eye on them though, once they start to burn, they will turn black pretty quickly. You just want some nice grill marks and a little bit of crispiness, but they should be soft enough to fold.
Grab your favorite toppings and enjoy!
- 1½ lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 - 2 red, orange and/or yellow bell peppers
- 1½ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 6-8 flour tortillas
- Pound the chicken to about ½ inch thickness, or slice the chicken breast lengthwise.
- Combine all the spices in a small bowl and mix them well.
- Add the lime juice and about 1 Tbsp of olive oil to the spices and then rub it into the chicken.
- Preheat grill on high.
- Thinly slice peppers and onions.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss the vegetables with 2 Tbsp olive oil and some salt and pepper.
- Add vegetables to a grill tray and cook until soft and just a little charred, stirring often.
- Add the chicken to the grill and cook until done, flipping at least once.
- Remove meat and vegetables from the grill.
- Grill flour tortillas for just a few minutes being careful not to burn them.
- Slice the chicken into strips.
- Serve with your favorite toppings
Posted at 8:00 AM on Apr 30, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
There are several easy steps that you should take if you want to successfully learn How to Clean Your Dishwasher.
1.) Sometimes there’s just gunk in your dishwasher.
Your dishwasher has a drain in the bottom. It can get clogged with chunks of food and miscellaneous other junk if you’re not careful. To clean the dishwasher drain, remove the bottom rack so you can reach all the way around the drain easily. Clear any debris.
This is a crucial step that cannot only keep your dishwasher from draining correctly, but it can also damage your machine if it’s ignored. Check your dishwasher drain each time you unload the dishes to make sure it’s clear.
2.) Empty your garbage disposal before you run the dishwasher.
Did you know that your dishwasher shares its drain with your kitchen sink? If you have a garbage disposal, you should always run it (with the water running, of course) to clear any food from the shared drain.
You should make sure to clear your garbage disposal before every dishwasher cycle to make sure that the water drains correctly.
3.) Hard water is not hard to fix.
If you have hard water, this can leave residue and mineral buildup that keeps your dishwasher from running smoothly.
When your dishwasher is empty, pour 2 cups of white vinegar into the bottom. Run a short/quick cycle and turn off the heated dry.
Okay, yes, the vinegar scent is VERY strong. But it goes away. No, really, it does.
This will not only remove hard water deposits, but it can deodorize your machine by killing germs that cause odor.
4.) It’s easy to remove stains.
I don’t know how a dishwasher gets stained, since all it does is clean stuff. Thankfully, it’s easy to remove stains without scrubbing or chemicals.
Pour one cup of baking soda into the bottom of your dishwasher. Run a hot water cycle. Your stains will be washed away and you’ll get the added benefit of a deodorized dishwasher!
Now that you know How to Clean Your Dishwasher, head on over and learn how to clean your washing machine!
You can also check out my easy homemade cleaning recipes!
Posted at 11:35 AM on Apr 28, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
Baseball season is in full swing at our house. My son Andrew loves baseball and his first practice is happening tomorrow! We just went and got his head measured for a new helmet, measured his pants again, and we should be good to go. I was asked to create an activity surrounding Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and thought of something so fun that I just had to share it – but a bit more about Andrew before I go onto that.
Last year he was the oldest on his team, but this year he will be the youngest – and he is a little small for his age. I am a bit nervous about this, but I know it will be a great learning experience for him. As a mom, I am always reminded that hard things are good for my kids. I want to swoop in and make them feel better in whatever they do, but sometimes learning from older kids and being pushed to do better is the best thing for them.
So – the activity that I came up with to use Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® was Rice Krispies Treats Baseball Pops. We made them last night and the kids had so much fun!
When I was looking at the box of Rice Krispies Treats, I noticed that they have a MLB Play Catch with Cal Online Instant Win Game. You just have to submit the code found in specially marked packages of Rice Krispies Treats. If you are at the store, make sure that you look for the specially marked packages (see below). Until April 30, 2015, Kellogg’s will be looking for another fan to hang out with Cal Ripken, Jr. during All-Star Week. Enter to win by tweeting a photo of you and your family enjoying Rice Krispies Treats using hashtag #GetKreativeSweeps and Kellogg’s will select a winner. Just make sure that you enter your codes in here and then you will be entered to win.
How cool would that be to win this prize! Families don’t need to win it all to enjoy exciting experiences together. Rice Krispies Treats® is sharing inspiration to help families’ #GetKreative with unique treat creations that spark imagination year-round.
Here are the step by step instructions on how to make these easy baseball pops. They took us only about 10 minutes to create. They had to dry overnight and then decorate, but it was a fun and easy treat to create with my kids.
Step 1: Grab a box of specially marked Rice Krispies Treats®.
Step 2: Take off the packaging and cut in half.
Step 3: Roll into round balls. Your hands will be sticky, but if you spray your hands with a cooking spray, they are much easier to roll into balls.
Step 4: Put a cake pop stick inside the round treat. Make sure that you only stick the stick into the treat about half way, if they go too far through the pops will fall off when drying. If you have a problem getting them to stay on the sticks, you can keep them on a plate and insert the sticks the next day.
Step 5: Roll in melted white chocolate. Any kind will do. Make sure you coat the entire outside. If your pops are not staying on the sticks, roll in chocolate and place on a plate until they are dry the next day.
Step 6: Decorate with red icing to resemble a baseball
Step 7: Eat and enjoy!
These would be the perfect treat to bring to a game, have at a baseball themed party, or just make for fun! Since they are so easy to make, the kids can help make them, and it is something fun to do together as a family.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®. All opinions are my own.
Posted at 8:00 AM on Apr 27, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
Bulk food stores like BJ’s, Coscto, and SAMS club are known for their great low prices on bulk items. What you may not know is that many of their prices are not actually that great of a deal.
You will want to stay away from boxed items like cereal. You also want to keep in mind that fresh produce can typically be a great deal, but you need to make sure that you can eat it before it goes bad. A 10 lb bag of oranges for $2.00 is not a great deal if you don’t eat oranges.
If you are looking to join a discount club, there are a few ways that you can try them out for free.
If you want to shop at BJ’s without a membership, you can download a free 60-day membership here.
There is a trick for shopping at Costco without a membership – have a friend who has a membership buy you a Costco gift card. You can shop at Costco with a gift card without a Costco Membership! The amount on the gift card doesn’t matter, it can be as little as you want, but as long as you have the gift card you can shop there.
To shop at SAMS Club without a membership, go directly to customer service and ask for a one day pass. You should be able to shop there, but will have to pay 10% above the SAMS Club prices.
Getting a wholesale membership can save you a lot of money, but only if you are buying the right things. Here is a list of the 19 best foods to buy at wholesale clubs.
To help you navigate Here are 19 things that you can find GREAT deals on at your wholesale club:
1.) Meat – Chicken, Beef, and Pork are usually a great deal. Make sure that you are staying away from the pre-marinated cuts because they tend to cost more money.
2.) Milk – Their milk prices rival my local Aldi grocery store, definitely worth picking up!
3.) Butter – A great deal, a must have for anyone who has a bulk store membership. It is typically sold in packages of 4 boxes or more. Freeze the ones that you don’t need for later.
4.) Cheese – Large blocks of cheddar cheese are always on my list when I go to a bulk store. Usually at least 30% off what I would pay in a grocery store. Tip: If you shred the cheese that you don’t need, you can freeze it for up to 3 months.
5.) Canned Tomatoes – A FANTASTIC deal! One huge can of canned tomatoes and you can make two batches of my homemade spaghetti sauce.
6.) Condiments – Ketchup, Hot Sauce, and Mustard are all great things to pick up at a bulk store as opposed to your grocery store, but be aware these items DO have expiration dates!
7.) Juice – I can usually find a great deal on juice at bulk stores. I can typically save around 30% off by buying a double pack of juice.
8.) Garbage Bags – You can probably find garbage bags at a lower price, BUT you can get the good kind for so much less money!
9.) Rice – Buying Rice in bulk from a discount store can save you a lot of money. Make sure that you have the proper dry place to store your rice though.
10.) Baking supplies (Baking Soda, Sugar, etc) – You may have to buy them in bulk to get the best deal. Make sure that if you find a great deal on flour, you have a place to store it so it doesn’t go bad.
11.) Canned Fruit – Large cans of mandarin oranges or pineapple chunks can be a steal! I like to come home and ration them into canning jars. That makes it easier for me to manage.
12.) Dried or Canned Beans – Either way you want to purchase is fine. I prefer to buy canned beans, but I know many others who prefer dried beans. Whatever your preference is, you can still find a good deal.
13.) Oatmeal – Oatmeal has a long shelf life, so buying oatmeal in bulk is always a great idea. You can save a lot by buying it at a bulk store.
14.) Peanut Butter – Large jars of peanut butter can save you a lot of money – especially if you have kids who love PB&J sandwiches.
15.) Syrup – Save almost 50% off syrup by buying it in bulk at these types of stores.
16.) Spices – This one is probably a no-brainer, but bulk stores can offer you a crazy, good deal on spices!
17.) Nuts – Bags of whole peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc are some of the great deals to stock up on when in a discount store.
18.) Coffee – Coffee is a great find at bulk stores. You can typically get some very nice brands of coffee for the same price as cheap coffee in the grocery store.
19.) Diapers – You have to be careful about this one because sometimes they are actually more per diaper. BJ’s typically has store coupons that are sent out with diaper coupons
Keep in mind the price per ounce of the product you are looking at purchasing. If the price per ounce is more at the wholesale club, skip it, or know that you are paying for convenience and ease.
What did I forget? What is one thing that you always buy in bulk and find a good deal on?