Summer clothing inspiration

So I kinda laugh as I’m writing this since those that know me know full well I have no real “style”.  We have quite a few trips this summer that I need easy pieces that look pulled together quickly.  I’ve been really drawn to stripes lately (check out my Pinterest posts and you can tell) but they look so polished with jeans and white!  Easy!  Add some cute shoes in there (the espadrilles are Tory Burch and the others are Tom’s) and even I can look like I know what I’m doing!  I loved the cuffed jeans(little ankle length-not capri length…no one looks good in pants that hit at the largest point of your calf!-pants are so cute too!) and although I have a pair I think I need to go find a cuter pair.  Anyone else have any inspiration for their summer looks?

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Chicken for tacos

I’m smitten with the chicken meat that our neighbor made us a couple of times now for dinner.  I know she makes it in a crock pot but I have yet to remember to ask for the recipe when I see her!  When I found this recipe on Pinterest I thought that it sounded pretty yummy AND maybe it would be close to Annie’s.  While it was scrumptious…it still plays second fiddle.  I substituted normal salsa for some mango/cilantro salsa that I found at the store.  I loved the added kick that the fruit gave it.

In a slow cooker, mix together:

One 24-ounce jar medium or mild salsa

Juice from one lime

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

One 1.25-oz. package taco seasoning

2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (optional)

Add 4-6 boneless chicken breast halves (completely defrosted) to the slow cooker and coat with the salsa mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours.

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Baking supplies-colored “sanding” sugars

One of my fellow Kappa’s tried a recipe for King Cake Cupcakes we found. Her’s turned out yummy BUT she mentioned that she didn’t have the right colors (green, yellow, purple) for the sprinkles on the top. So I went a-hunting.

India Tree makes a lot of different shades of sanding sugars including a range of pastel ones (they can be found at Sur la Table online in the pastel or darker colors):

I also found online that a place called Copper Gifts has a three-piece set of Mardi Gras colors for $6.50. At 4oz each, it’s a stupendous deal. The India Tree ones are $5.25 each and they’re only 3.5oz!:

C, I hope this helps! I still think Target may have them too 🙂

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Orange chicken in a crock pot

I found this recipe from Pinterest posted from the Six Sisters’ Stuff blog.  So easy to make and it was super yummy and neither of us found it at all overly orangey.  Only takes a bit of prep with the browning/flouring of the chicken too!

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
(Recipe from Team T Adventures)

• boneless chicken breasts, chopped into small chunks (I used about 4)
• 1/3 cup flour
• olive oil
• 1/2 Tbl. salt
• 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
• 3 Tbl. ketchup
• 6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate (thaw or throw it in the microwave for 45 seconds)
• 4 Tbl.  brown sugar

In a bowl, mix the orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and ketchup.  Pour the flour in a small bowl.  Cover the chicken breast chunks in flour and shake off the excess.

Pour a small amount of olive oil in a skillet and brown the flour-covered chicken.
The chicken doesn’t need to be fully cooked since it’s going in the crock pot.

After the chicken is done cooking, pour the pieces into the crock pot. Then cover the chicken with your sauce mixture and give the pot a stir.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3.

Serve over rice and even add veggies if you want a healthier meal.

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