Crockpot Chicken Tacos

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Being dairy free isn’t always easy, or appetizing for that matter, so when I find a tasty recipe that my family loves I get excited!

While browsing Pinterest, I found a recipe for crockpot chicken tacos. It was so easy! You can find the recipe here.

I’m a fan because it only called for four to six chicken breasts, one sixteen ounce jar of salsa, and one pouch of taco seasoning. I went with four chicken breasts, Ortega reduced sodium taco seasoning, and Newman’s Own medium pineapple salsa. After seven hours cooked on low, it looked like this…

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It appeared to be a little soupy. I then shredded the chicken which was so easy. It basically fell apart when I stirred it with a fork. It soaked up all the yummy juices and looked like this…

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We used the chicken in soft taco shells and garnished them with Daiya’s dairy free cheddar style shreds, shredded lettuce, and guacamole. They were absolutely delicious! I’m always excited when I make something for dinner that my son likes and he ate an entire taco! Although, come to think of it, he’s never met a food he doesn’t like!

Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think!

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Organize It! Link Party

My favorite blog, along with other organizing blogs, is hosting a month long organizing link party! I was so excited to see this because I’ve wanted to share my favorite organized space in my home!

Introducing my “Command Station”!

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When we built our home, we decided to choose the floorplan we wanted and keep the upgrades to a minimum in order to control the cost. One of the few upgrades I was adamant about getting was the desk space in the kitchen since we wouldn’t be choosing a floorplan with a den or office.

This space has been a life saver. In the upper cabinets we keep all of our cookbooks and Scentsy supplies. On the shelf below I have two rectangular baskets from Thirty One. In these we keep chargers, my labeler, and planner supplies. We also keep our change jar here too.

In the slots below the large shelf from left to right I keep my couponing and shopping supplies, mailing supplies, magazines, bills that are paid, and finally bills that need paid. On the desk itself we keep our home management binder, budgeting binder with printables from A Bowl Full of Lemons, my husband’s home brewing binder, writing utensils, our tearaway calendar, my toddler’s arts and craft supplies, and the printer. The drawers contain our office supplies and the large drawer holds hanging file folders with important documents.

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Next to the desk we have a hanging organizer from Thirty One. It holds a calendar, our weekly cleaning checklist, event tickets and gift cards, a dry erase space, and a pocket for each family member to keep items we may need.

I’m very proud of this space and how it has helped us to remain organized and in control of our clutter.

Head over and check out all the linked up projects!

Organize It!

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Tuesday Morning Link Party at A Bowl Full of Lemons

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Good morning! Today A Bowl Full of Lemons is hosting a link party. If you are a blogger, head on over and link up to your favorite project. While you’re there, check out link #141. It’s for my most recent Mason jar project. Happy linking!

An Easy Mason Jar Project

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I love Mason jars and I knew I wanted to use them in the decor for my mantel, but I wanted to incorporate more of the orange and turquoise color scheme we’ve been using. I’ve seen painted Mason jars before, but wasn’t fond of the matte look. I wanted to paint them and maintain the glassy exterior.

This project was so easy! I have a collection of Mason jars of various sizes and ages. I picked three different deigns and used acrylic paint to paint the INSIDE of the jars. I poured the paint into the jars and turned them upside down to allow the paint to run down the sides. I then placed them upside down on a piece of cardboard to dry. They dried quickly and turned out beautifully!

When i bought the paint, i also bought some decorative grass, succulents, and Spanish moss from Michael’s to put in the jars. The whole process was so easy and I think they look lovely on the mantel.

Master of the dairy-free cheese sauce!

I love cheese!

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The picture says it all. I love cheese. That’s the main reason having to go dairy free has been difficult. Well, that and chocolate, but that’s another story.

Luckily both my husband and toddler are on this journey with me. Sure every once in a while they’ll get a pizza and I’ll have to order something much less exciting, without cheese. But it’s nice for us all to share a meal so we’ve come up with some of our own tricks along the way.

I have good news for all of your cheese lovers who cannot eat dairy; I have mastered the dairy-free cheese sauce! It’s so easy too! It reminds me of Velveeta and we use it on everything. I make a dairy-free chili mac with it as well as a Mexican beans and rice casserole. Although it’s not real cheese, it’s as close as I can get right now.

Dairy-Free Cheese Sauce

-1 cup chicken stock

-1 bag Daiya cheddar style shreds

-1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Heat the chicken stock in saucepan until hot, not boiling.

2. Add the bag of Daiya and stir until melted and blended.

3. Add the salt and stir.

4. Pour over your favorite noodles, casserole, or mix with salsa and enjoy with dairy-free tortilla chips!

Congratulations to the winner of the giveaway!

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Today a winner was chosen! Congratulations to Sonya Mink! I’m so excited that such a wonderful friend was chosen as the winner.

My first giveaway was a total success with more than 200 entries! Thank you to all who entered and stay tuned for the blog’s next giveaway in July!

Get your financial act together!

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It’s about time! I have been wanting to put a budget system in place for our family for some time now, but never knew where to begin. I want to make sure bills are paid, spending is in check, and debts are paid down.

I’ve mentioned my favorite blog before, and right now A Bowl Full of Lemons is running a budgeting series. She uses a zero based system similar to Dave Ramsey’s system.

Head here to check it out. I would recommend downloading her printables as well. The $10 you’ll shell out is well worth it because she uses those same pages when leading you through her system.

Happy budgeting everyone! Here’s to our financial freedom!