Crockpot Meal Prep: Carnitas

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I miss Southern-California style carnitas and am so glad to have perfected this easy way to have carnitas any time. After a long day of school and work, every one in my house loves walking in and smelling homemade carnitas! I like to put pinto beans in a small crockpot the same day.

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
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Crockpot Meal Prep: Adobo Chicken

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INGREDIENTS

1 small sweet onion, sliced
16 cloves garlic, minced (I prefer to use the minced in the jar)
1½ cups of soy sauce
1 cup of white vinegar
4 chicken breast
4 skinless chicken thighs

FREEZER PREP

Divide chicken breasts and thighs into two separate Ziploc Freezer Gallon bags. Place 8 cloves of minced garlic into each bag.

In a small bowl mix the onion, soy sauce, and vinegar. Pour half into each bag. Seal and place in freezer.

COOK

Remove bag from freezer the night before and let defrost in the refrigerator. Or, my preference, place bag in crockpot and fill crockpot with cold water for 30 minutes in the morning. Rinse crockpot out and empty bag into crockpot.

Cook 6 hours on high, or 8-10 hours on low.

Serve with white rice and/or fresh bread.

#RnRNOLA 2015 New Orleans Marathon Recap

I am so grateful for mother-in-law for accompanying me on this trip, for taking great care of me and my girls and making wonderful memories. It would not have been possible without her.

I am so, so, so very glad I decided to a Rock ‘n’ Roll event and it only took me two years of talking about it before I actually did one.

I picked the Rock ‘n’ New Orleans Marathon (#RnRNOLA) for a few reasons. It was close to home (5 hrs driving distance), it was in January, the city is amazing, flat, and full of history, and most importantly it was the week before my birthday. Yes, it is one of my birthday presents to myself.

The trip ended up being a girls trip: my mother-in-law, two munchkins, and me! The Thursday before the trip I had all the symptoms of catching the cold that was making it’s way through my house; no wonder my taper week felt terrible. Continue reading

What it Really Takes to Prep 28 Crockpot Meals!

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After following several blogs and pinning many ideas via Pinterest, I finally decided to take on the task of prepping 28 crockpot meals. I have to admit, I was lured in by catchy pins that promised I could prep 8 crockpot meals in 75 minutes, or 8 meals in an hour, and my favorite… 28 meals in ONLY 3 hours!

Images courtesy of Pinterest

Images courtesy of Pinterest

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10 Things Every Daughter Needs to Know Before Joining the Military

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“In the U.S., 24% of Men, 2% of Women Are Veterans” – Gallup

I am honored to be among that 2%. I enlisted in the military for selfish reasons – for the physical and mental challenge and for college money. Serving my country taught me selflessness, strength, perseverance, and courage. During my service, I made lifelong friends, met the man who would later become my husband, and developed a deeper appreciation for people and a true sense of gratitude for each and every day of my life. Continue reading

$100 Athleta/Old Navy/GAP Giftcard Giveaway! (CLOSED)

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Congrats to the winner – BirdieBee52  on winning the giftcard! Take a moment to hop on over to Pinterest and follower her too!

Last week, the Fall 2014 Athleta catalog arrived in the mail. It was intercepted by my husband (who happens to love workout gear). I was surprised to see him flipping through the pages when I walked in the house after work. The commentary that proceeded went a little like this…

Husband: “What is Athleta?”

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October Stridebox Review

 “StrideBox is a fun and exciting way to discover running products and accessories. Each month, as a member, you will receive a curated box of apparel, accessories, and nutrition products to fuel your training sessions, workouts, and races.” – Stridebox

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Box of October goodies:

-Skratch – Matcha Green Tea & Lemons by SkratchLabs
-HoneyMaxx – Sports Hydration – Orange by HoneyMaxx
-Bonk Breaker – Cookies n Cream by Bonk Breaker
-Barnana – Organic Coconut Vegan snack by Barnana
-Honey Stinger – Organic Energy Gel – Chocolate by HoneyStinger
-ProBar – BOLT Energy Chew – Berry Blast by ProBar
-BottleBand – Blue by BottleBand
-Sticker – Don’t be Average, BE AWESOME!”

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