Barbacoa is braised beef in a chili sauce and a total family favorite over here.
You will need:
2 ancho chilis
5 California chilis
3 wahoo chilis
Small stick of cinnamon
Bay leaves, onion, garlic, salt and pepper (to taste)
You will start off by putting the chuck roast in a pot with water. You will add half an onion, a couple teeth of garlic, a couple bay leaves on high heat until boiling and then lower the heat to low/medium and cover.
While that is cooking, you will open up the chilis and take the seeds out, and put the chilis in the pot with the beef for five minutes (or until they soften up a bit.
Take the chilis out, put them in the blender with a couple teeth of garlic, a quarter of an onion, cumin, the ground up cloves, salt, pepper and some of the broth from the beef and blend!
You will then pour it back in to the pot with the beef and let simmer for 3-4 hours or until you are able to shred the beef with the tongs.
Now that your star of the show is finished eat it with rice and beans, tortillas, homemade salsa or your own yummy choice of side!
We will be enjoying this with our weekly Taco meal!
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Well hello strangers, I’m just so happy to be back! As I’m sure you’re feeling it, life is crazy. Things have been rough, to say the least. So, I’m really excited to share a fun lighthearted blog post inspired by National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!
So follow along (below) for my peanut butter & chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches!
· 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
· 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
· 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
· 1 large egg
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
· 1 cup peanut butter chips
· 1 scoop of ice cream (I used Vanilla bean)
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.. (To get best results, use parchment paper)
2. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt together.
3. In another large bowl, beat together the butter, and sugars until smooth and mixed together well.
4. Add the egg and vanilla and mix just until mixed in.
5. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix in until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
6. Add Peanut butter chips and chocolate chips then stir, again no overmixing, just until incorporated.
7. Use an ice cream scoop or tablespoon to drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. (Note: For chocolate chip cookies, the dough needs to be chilled for best results, so stick the cookie mix in the fridge for about 30 minutes before baking).
8. Bake cookies until bottoms and edges are lightly browned and the tops feel firm when lightly touched, This is 8-10 for smaller cookies and 10-13 minutes for larger cookies.
9. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
10. Once cookies are completely cooled, lay one cookies down and scoop 1 spoonful of ice cream onto cookie. Then close the sandwich with another cookie on top & enjoy!
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Hi everyone! It feels SO GOOD to publish a new blog post! I’ve really missed it!
This is one that (as you can see below) we’re pretty stoked about hehe. I hope you enjoy it too!
You’ll only need three ingredients!
Snyder’s Butter Snap pretzels
2. Ghirardelli’s White Chocolate Baking Bar (I have seen others use the baking drops or even white chocolate chips.)
First you will need to lay your pretzels out on a tray or plate. After, break two of your white chocolate bar pieces off and place in a microwave safe bowl.
Put the bowl in the microwave for about 15 seconds and check. Depending on the wattage of your microwave the time will vary. Mine was ready in 25 seconds, You will know it’s ready when you stir it and it’s melted.
Next, you will take a spoon and spread the melted chocolate evenly on each pretzel. Immediately after, place an M&M in the center of the pretzel. You’ll then put six more M&M’s around the outside of the middle M&M. Let stand 15-20 minutes.
That’s it! I told you it was an easy one!
The kids absolutely loved helping. I recommend this one for smaller children, since it’s quick and easy. It will keep them focused for a little while and let them be creative with their colors! We took the opportunity to work on colors and counting with the ones below.
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Well if you didn’t already know, crafting and DIY projects are something I usually let the ladies of Etsy handle for me! So I was very excited and nervous when my awesome group of mama blogger friends decided we should all create a Valentine’s Day craft! It was so much fun, and a new tradition I’ll keep up for years to come. So here it is!
I bought all of these items for under $20! I wanted each of my kids to have a jar to decorate for their teacher’s (even though the twins share a teacher!)
Valentines Day foam stickers
valentines day heart stickers
disposanle gloves (optional)
Rust-Oleum glitter Gold spray Paint
First, the kids placed their foam stickers on all the spots of the mason jar they wanted to ”see through” (as the foam stickers will just be peeled off, in order to see inside the jar)
Second, the jars were spray painted outside on the patio. I recommend also purchasing disposable gloves, as this part can get messy. If you don’t have a set place to spray paint, I would also recommend putting a plastic trash bag down, or an old towel to set the jars on once you get to this step.
The jars will then need to dry for a minimum of two hours (so set that time aside as well.)
Once the jars are dry, peel off the foam stickers.
At this point you are done, unless you want to jazz up your jars a little more and add the stickers. The kids had a lot of fun with this step, making their jars unique! We put some candy in each one, and will continue to fill them up with goodies for our teachers we just love!
As a mom of three kids (and twins) I need quick, easy, fun crafts and this was definitely one! If you’re really crafty you could add ribbons, or find other ways to make it your own. I hope you enjoyed this DIY blog and come back soon for many more!
Disclosure: PinkBlush has gifted these items in exhange for honest reviews on the products. All opinions on these items are my own.
When the conversation came about on publishing a blog post for PinkBlush, I have to admit I almost said no. The thought of myself giving fashion advice or tips to other women sounded almost comical.
Here I am a mother of three, who rarely has time to get ready and go out, let alone shop. How could I give fashion advice? Not to mention I’m constantly struggling to find cute clothes that I like at my new size.
Weeks went by and after considering it awhile, it started to make alot more sense. I ordered a few items and decided to just see how I felt in them. When they arrived, I half expected to hate them. Spoiler: I alsolutely loved them.
Insecurity is a real issue and it doesn’t disappear when you become a mother. In fact, for me it got a whole lot worse. I know I talk alot about self- love but that is so much easier said than done. The fact that I ordered these items and loved the way I felt in them was so huge. I knew I had to publish a blog post, and so here we are! (All items listed will be linked but you can also find them at Shop Pink Blush)
The first item I received was the Burgundy Waffle Knit Button Front top. This waffle knit v neck is so soft and light it’s the perfect everyday item. I love the placement of the buttons as it is modest enough for work, but can also be dressed u0p with a pair of heels and leggings for a fun night out! I wore this around the holidays, but it will be so cute for Valentine’s Day coming soon too. My absolute favorite way to style this top is with medium wash jeans and leopard flats!
The second item I received was theburgundy puff sleeve popcorn knit sweater which is honestly my new favorite sweater! The fit is great, the material is so warm and comfortable, and the sleeves are so fun! I wear this to the office with a pair of slacks and booties (shown below) but it’s so easy to also dress this item up! I’m planning on wearing it with skinny dark jeans and ankle heeled boots to the next night out with my girlfriends this month!
Another issue we face as busy mothers is finding the time to shop. So the thought of shopping in a brick and mortar mall, department store, etc. has lost all of its appeal to me. It’s either find a sitter (good luck) or bring the kids along (also a hard pass.) So being confident in shopping online and knowing the price, styles, and quality are great is the most amazing thing.
PinkBlush is that brand and I am so excited to share it with all of you. You can check out my Instagram post to shop these styles!
Well, it’s taken forever but here it is. My first blog post of 2020! It seems fitting that it’s going to be a life update! We’ve officially been in our new state for one month and we are loving it. God is continuously blessing us and showing us little signs that we are exactly where he wants us to be.
Now, it isn’t all peachy. We miss our families so much and the holidays are a TOUGH time to be away, but it really has given us a deeper appreciation for our loved ones, and helped us rely on each other so much more.
Raine has started at a Christian school here, and he is really thriving. His classmates made a welcome sign for him the first day and his teacher is amazing. The office staff, principal, and school are wonderful. I’m so happy his transition into a new school here has been an easy one, and that he can continue to learn about Jesus in his place of education. It’s just so important.
Jax and Rowen are loving their new playmates here (our bestfriends son and niece) and they will be starting preschool at Raine’s school in January, after winter break. They are so ready and excited!
Daniel has landed a morning job with another catering company similar to the one he worked with in LA. It’s at a University, so he works 6 am to 3 pm and has evenings and weekends off, as well as paid holdays off. He also has all the same breaks as the kids so it’s going to be a fun winter and summer break! California friends and family, expect visits from us then!
I just landed a position with the state and I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s part- time, so I can still focus on my writing and blogging, and have extra time to spend with the kids and Daniel. It’s a dream come true for us to all be on the same schedule and one we have fought so hard to have. Family time is so important to us and it’s all thanks to Jesus of course that we finally have it!
This move was a total walk of faith and i’m so happy to share the good news and our journey with you! A huge thank you to our bestfriends as well, for letting us stay with them until we settled in. As well as the emotional and spiritual support we’ve received. We are so grateful to have you both!
We moved into our new place last week and though we still have so much to do, it’s just so nice to have a place we can call our own. There are just so many things to be thankful for! I”ll be doing a blog next month showing you around our home (which is just a couple weeks away, eek!)
I have to say Nebraska has been very good to us, the people are so nice and friendly, and we are so excited for all the adventures and memories we will be making here. As always, thank you for joining us on here and have a wonderful holiday season!
Okay, I know the title of this blog post is actually a rip off of a Lady Gaga verse (Can you name the song?) Anyway, it’s also a great segue into OUR NEBRASKA MOVE!
Yes, California friends and family: We are moving to Nebraska. I say that because whenever I’ve brought this topic up to anyone where we live now, it’s as if I said we were moving to Mars. There are tons of reasons for us to move out of California right now, and although I know I don’t have to share them, I feel most people would like to know. So here are 5 major reasons why we are going:
God is guiding us there
Our best friends live there.
The kids are young
Cost of living
So number one: Daniel and I pray about ALL major decisions we make for our family. It’s just something we do, and aren’t going to change anytime soon. God guides our family, and Daniel and I are having faith in the signs he has given us! It’s really that simple!
Onto number two: Our best friends live there, I mean come on! It’s very hard to find friends who are married and have kids when you are young parents yourself. Statistics say that Daniel and I shouldn’t even still be together (teen mom and all) let alone, know another married couple (with a child) who we have so much in common with. We are so fortunate to move somewhere where we have love, support, and our friends who went through the same thing; Leaving all they know in CA for a simpler life in NE. Thanks so much Mel and Ced, we love you!
Number three might offend some people, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. Family time is so important to Daniel and I. We’ve both hustled HARD for our family. Five years of straight school for me, missing dinner and bedtime routines with my kids and sometimes days off with Daniel. He has worked two jobs at times to support us during all this and missed out on a lot of the early things with Raine too. Now I know it isn’t going to just magically happen, us having more family time. Unfortunately where we are now, those old fashioned family values are just not here. I can’t wait for Daniel, myself, and the kids to have the same schedule, and being able to enjoy quality family time. These kiddos of ours are only going to be young for a short time, and I’m not willing to sacrifice time with them for the “rat race” lifestyle expected of us here, sorry not sorry.
Number four is a no brainer for me. The kids are still young enough that a move like this will be sad, but not completely miserable. They are young enough that they can make friends quickly, and the other kids haven’t necessarily found their cliques yet (yes they exist, and I’m not going to be naive about it.) I moved A LOT growing up, (in all stages) and my elementary school moves were a lot easier. I made friends a lot quicker than I did when I moved in middle school or high school. We’ve also explained to the kids about our big adventure coming up, and they are looking forward to a bigger house, and our first white Christmas the most!
For number five, I just know someone will argue with me about, but here it goes. The cost of living is way less out there in NE. Yes the cost of living is based on lots of things, but for us: a kitchen manager and recent B.A. graduate, the fact that we can’t afford a quality lifestyle out here is pretty ridiculous. My brother jokes the reason it’s so cheap is because it’s a “flyover state.” But in all honesty, having kids has totally changed both of our mindsets on what we truly need in this life. We are looking forward to a quieter, cheaper, simpler life. Plus with three kids, and full time jobs, we aren’t exactly going to clubs in Hollywood every night, so our daily life won’t be too interrupted by not living here in So Cal. We will miss the beach, but can always visit (and our wallets will be a little bigger when we do!)
I hope this blog post puts some of you questioning our judgement at ease. When you are a family truly working together and looking to God for guidance, it doesn’t always make much sense to others. But that’s what faith is I guess, huh? Trusting that our plan isn’t always his plan, and being okay with that.
In my last post I talked about finding differences between our twins and letting their individuality shine. One thing we’ve noticed is that Jax loves dinosaurs. So naturally, we had to have a dinosaur adventure for him!
If you live in the South Bay Area of Southern California, you may be familiar with two new awesome dinosaur places! The first one is called Wonder of Dinosaurs, located inside the Galleria mall in Redondo Beach. This place is definitely designed for ages 10 and under, as most of the activities are jumpers, mini golf, coloring and definitely fun- sized!
The pricing is Monday- Friday $16 per child ages 2-12 and $8 for ages 12 to adult. Saturday and Sunday the prices are $18 for children 2-12 and $10 for 12- adult.
Of course I have a deal for you though! Mom of three here (I’m always looking for a good deal!) If you visit during Happy- O- Saurus hour (which we did) the price is $10 per child and only $3 per adult. This is Monday- Friday from 6 to 8 pm. The two hours of play was a perfect time frame for our kids.
For those of you with younger kids, they have a Tot- A- saurus hour deal offered Monday- Thursday from 10- 12 pm for the same pricing too! This one is for kids ages 2-5 so those little ones have a chance to have fun too and not be out past bedtime!
All three kids had a blast! Here are some pictures of what you can expect when you go:
Overall, this was a great experience and our kids (ages 4-8) had a blast!
Okay so the second place we visited on our dinosaur adventure was called Sweetosaur, a dinosaur themed ice cream shop! This place was located inside the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, CA. About a 10 minute drive from the first place.
They have lots of yummy flavors, dinosaur shaped waffle cones, a dinosaur ride, and a section of toys and gifts that can be purchased. It was the perfect ending to our adventure! Q2
I would definitely recommend these two places if your kids are as dinosaur obsessed as mine are, and if not, both of these places are still great new additions to the South Bay and worth checking out!
Having kids is kind of like being on a rollercoaster, where you are equally excited and terrified. Having twins is kind of like being on that same rollercoaster, but you’re blindfolded and the person in charge of the controls decided to go home early; While you’re still riding. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
As I’ve mentioned in past blog posts, parenting is hard work because once you master a stage, they move on to the next one. At this point, you’re left confused, trying to understand this new phase they’re in and feel like you’re back to square one. Well, twins are tricky because there are two personalities from two different people who just happen to be the same age. So finding what works for both children is twice as hard.
The biggest challenge I face with having twins is remembering to give them their own identities. It’s a lot easier for parents to do this, when they have children who are different ages. Distinguishing between my oldest Raine, and one of the twins is easy. The age difference allows the natural separation of tasks, rewards, discipline, and overall expectations of the children. It’s harder to do this when there are twins because since birth, they’ve been seen as a pair..
The ultrasound shows baby A and baby B, together in one picture. When they are babies you do tasks in a row one: change one babies diaper, then the next, feed one baby, then the next. It’s almost like a survival mechanism. Our brains have us doing things as if we’re on an assembly line. Then, they start walking, talking, eating solids. etc. and you continue doing things one after the next, like clock work. They share birthday parties, toys, snacks, and then one day.. The mombie routine stops working. This happened for us around the age of two.
Those terrible two’s as they call them. They weren’t so terrible quite honestly. it was really a lot of fun, but this is when “NO.” became a frequent word in our home, and they stopped doing things just because we wanted them to. This was just the beginning. The next tricky phase was when they turned three, and boy did we have Threenagers. They questioned EVERYTHING, started having attitudes, started disagreeing with the other purely because they could. For example: I used to be able to put on a tv show or movie and they both liked it. At three, they would both pick different shows and wouldn’t agree on anything. This was the beginning of their cry for individualism. Behold: The three year old teenagers.
So, you’re probably wondering… what come’s after a threenager? Yes, I wondered too. Well for us, the twins changed two major things.
They started fighting. Not just arguing, like full on WWE fighting.
2. They stopped wanting to nap. So mamas be prepared for them to fight you HARD on this one.
What else comes after a threenager? I wish it was as simple as making a list but truly each child is different and I’m slowly realizing there is no preparing for this motherhood thing. There are no magic hacks that make it all easy (sorry probably weren’t expecting that!) We all are walking our individual paths with children who are unlike the one before them or after them.
Now, I’m not a total airhead when it comes to parenting, but my social work/ psychology skills only get me so far with my own kids. It’s like all the courses and real- life experiences just weren’t enough. I had to really look inward for this answer and this is what I came up with.
I needed to stop two things:
Lumping them into the same category: “The babies” or “The twins” wasn’t cutting in anymore.
2. Fighting their differences instead of embracing them. They are such amazing little humans.
After doing these two things, (pretty recently, I must add) I have really come to know my own children on a much deeper level, and it’s so much easier navigating our way through the day.
Jax is headstrong, but when you get on his level, make eye contact, joke around, and just love on him, he tends to respond better. He’s so silly and loves to dance and sing. He’s very talkative but also picks up on stuff really quick. He has a huge heart.
Rowen is adventurous, brave, will try anything once, loves to help, is relatively quiet, but takes in everything you say, and she’s so smart. She also loves her brothers very much and is always around when they need her.
It was so unfair to just assume because they’re twins, they would always do things together, or always want the same things. Though this journey is still in the beginning stages, I just love seeing what has come after one, two, and three, with twins. Now that they are four, and are no longer threenagers. Now that we’ve entered into yet another unknown territory, I can tell you with certainty what comes after a threenager: more doubt, more tears, more anger, more frustration, a whole lot of love, and tons of grace. As with each stage before these are the only things that are certain, these are the only things we can prepare for.
Whether you’re a mother to triplets, twins, multiple children of different ages, or just one child, never try to fit them into your box. Always let them grow as much as they can, in every way that they can. Even if it makes you uncomfortable, even if you don’t understand, or even if it isn’t easy. Allow them to be whoever they want to be, because believe me, it will be absolutely amazing.