Healthy Chicken Tacos

 

Traditions are sacred in our family, and many of them center around food. From preparing the meal to sitting down at the table together and eating, talking and laughing, these are the times that we cherish and will hopefully be long remembered by our boys. Whether a weeknight dinner or special Sunday brunch, meals are when everyone can slow down and spend quality time as a family.

For us, every Friday is homemade pizza night (keep an eye out for that post soon!) and every Tuesday we of course have tacos. The type of tacos has varied over the years, however right now we are loving chipotle chicken tacos. I originally found the recipe from one of my favorite food blogs, The Defined Dish, and we just slightly adapted it by reducing it in half. Her recipes are phenomenal, and this one is a favorite in our family. Super easy to whip up on a Tuesday night, this recipe is sure to make it into your weekly rotation!

Chipotle Chicken Tacos (serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1 1/2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Serve with:

Directions

Heat a skilled over medium-high heat, and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Next, add the ground chicken or turkey and season it generously with salt and pepper. Brown the meat until it’s fully cooked through, breaking it up with the back of a spoon. Next, reduce the heat to medium, and add the cumin, chili powder, oregano, and tomato paste and stir until combined. Pour in the chicken broth and let it simmer about five minutes. Serve the meat in Siete crispy taco shells and garnish with guacamole, salsa, shredded purple cabbage, cheese and lime wedges. 

Festive Flower Arranging

 

Happy holidays! As you might have seen on my Instagram account, I recently had the pleasure of attending a holiday floral arranging class at Avant Garden with some girl friends. We had such a fabulous night celebrating this wonderful time of year and creating festive florals for our homes. As we encircled the magnificent “floral bar” at AG, we each chose our own flowers and color palates, and I loved seeing everyone’s visions come to life. One my favorite aspects of the AG classes is that every person’s arrangement is unique! Some chose traditional Christmas hues, while others opted for creamy pastels, and others used corals and blues.

I wanted to design something unexpected and whimsical, and so I opted for a rainbow of pinks, and then incorporated gold painted pears and green pine sprigs as a nod to the season. Pale pink hydrangea, peachy pink expression roses, fuchsia peonies, white hyacinth, and prickly thistle came together to create one of my favorite arrangements yet. As for the vase, I used a gorgeous forest green glass one. After the class, we displayed the arrangement on our library table atop of stack of coffee table books in our den, and it was the perfect finishing piece to our holiday decor.

If you’re hosting any family or friends for New Year’s next week or you’re in the mood to be a bit creative, I encourage you to think outside of the box with your florals. Yes, traditional colors are gorgeous and timeless, however sometimes it’s fun to do something extraordinary! And in case you don’t have any colored or metallic vases on hand, this, this, or this would be fun to add to your stash.

Paper vs. Online Party Invitations

 

We are celebrating our younger son’s birthday in several weeks, and while planning the party I found myself questioning – paper vs. online invitations. Every year for both children I have chosen paper invitations, because let’s face it, few things in life are as charming and time-honored as receiving something in the mail. Whether it’s a card from a friend or an invitation, it’s so wonderful to see a brightly colored envelope amidst a stack of letters and bills. However, this year has been pretty busy and our go-to stationery designer is on hiatus, so I decided to turn to my favorite online invitation and stationery source, Paperless Post.

G loves all things animals, especially jungle, and so we chose Meri Meri’s “Go Wild” theme for party decorations. A precious collection fit for a jungle loving little one, it features oversized palm leaf napkins, adorable orange tiger plates, a toucan studded bannerbright green alligator platter, snake noise makers, and matching party favor bags. You can imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Paperless Post’s invitation designed by Meri Meri that coordinates with the decor – too perfect for words!

I’m sure many of you are ahead of the curve when it comes to sending online invites, but if you’ve never done it, let me tell you Paperless Post makes it a piece of cake. You pick your design (they have countless, beautiful options), customize the invite, upload your guest list and hit send. Easy peasy my friends! A big bonus for me was the immediate RSVPs, as with paper invites I’m always chasing down responses from a few guests. Plus, being able to tally the headcount on the tracking page has made planning that more organized.

Cheers to party planning in the digital age and I encourage you to give Paperless Post a try!

*This post has been sponsored by Paperless Post