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!
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.
HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS
“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE THOUGHTFUL DETAILS WHEN ENTERTAINING, SO CONSIDER LITTLE EXTRAS SUCH AS CUSTOM NAPKINS OR UNIQUE PARTY FAVORS.”
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn.
I love this quote for so many reasons, especially about Audrey’s message of kindness. Etiquette at its core is kindness – being kind for the sake of being kind. To me, kindness is the epitome of good manners. Whether you’re holding the door open for someone or simply smiling and cheerfully waving to a neighbor, these small yet hugely impactful acts of kindness are what modern etiquette is all about. Ask yourself, what does etiquette mean to you?
Certainly good manners equates to table manners, hand written thank you notes, and general politeness, however what we can all strive for this year and beyond is to have beautiful manners by being kinder. Baking cookies for a friend who is having a hard time, giving a compliment to the barista for brewing a fabulous cup of coffee, or making a dinner party guest feel welcome can brighten their entire day. And how amazing does it feel to do something nice for someone else! And so, I’ve created a list of 10 ways to be kinder this new year, and I promise it will impact you just as much as it will impact those around you.