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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Earrings I'm Eyeing

Wearing fun statement earrings can really spice up an outfit and can be a total mood booster in my opinion. It's similar to that feeling when you just get your hair done and you immediately feel more confident and pulled together. Pre-pandemiv, I would often find myself throwing on something quickly like a simple dress or a plain top and jeans in an effort to get out the door on time. Adding fun earrings helped distract from the lack of effort I put into the rest of the outfit. I also love to gift earrings to girlfriends for birthdays and Christmas.They are one size fits all and you can never have too many. Below are some that I've been eyeing and would love to add to my existing collection and they all have really great price points!

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Monday, May 4, 2020

12 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

What’s a Cinco de Mayo celebration without chips, salsa, queso and guacamole?! It's one of my favorite holidays because everything is so colorful and festive and it’s also a good excuse to indulge in Mexican food. 

To be honest, I will most likely order some sort of takeout because I haven't been to the grocery store lately. But for those of you that have a stocked fridge, I’ve rounded up a few recipes that are perfect for a stay at home celebration. The good news, these recipes are great for any occasion...perfect for those future gatherings we are all dying to host. Step your guacamole game up a notch with a unique spin on the classic dip. Or give some of these cheese covered dishes a try. And don't forget the cervezas! 

What are some of your favorite Mexican inspired recipes?

via The Cookie Rookie
This MEXICAN STREET CORN DIP RECIPE is our favorite Hot Corn Dip! This Mexican Street Corn Recipe is a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Everything you love about spicy Mexican Dip with a cheesy baked street corn twist . BEST PARTY DIP EVER.

via Kristine's Kitchen
Easy Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos, filled with a creamy mixture of chicken, cheese, cream cheese, and homemade BBQ sauce! This baked chicken taquito recipe is made easier with the help of your crock pot!

via Skinnytaste
These easy Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos are made with flaky white fish, tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro and lime topped with avocado.

via What's Gaby Cooking
Loaded Guacamole from (@whatsgabycookin)

via The Girl Who Ate Everything

via The Baking Fairy
5-ingredient white queso | The Baking Fairy

via Cooking Classy
Cilantro Lime Rice in a cream ceramic serving bowl set over a brown matte plate. Rice is garnished with cilantro, lime, avocado and orchid flower.

via Carlsbad Cravings
side view of chicken burrito topped with avocados and tomatoes

via Fit Foodie Finds
mango guacamole with chip

via Little Broken
Overhead best homemade fresh tomato salsa

Last but not least, a little something sweet. How good do these look?
via The Domestic Rebel

Friday, April 3, 2020

Grilled Pork Chops with Chile & Pineapple

Staying at home these days has its challenges but there are also some advantages. I've found myself spending a lot more time in the kitchen and I'm not mad about it. I've also found time to do things I haven't done in a while like sitting on my back porch during the gold hour and reading a magazine from cover to cover. I came across this pork chop recipe in the EatingWell magazine a few days ago and was immediately drawn to the idea of cooking something with fresh pineapple. Pork chops are rarely ever on our dinner lineup so this seemed like a good time to branch out and try something new. If you're looking for something refreshing and flavorful to cook this weekend, I highly recommend firing up the grill and giving this recipe a try!

Grilled Pork Chops with Chile & Pineapple
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
½ cup pineapple juice
1 serrano or jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
1 pound boneless thin-cut pork chops, trimmed
1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings
1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
Lime wedges for serving

Step 1
Preheat grill to medium-high or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Step 2
Combine cilantro, pineapple juice, serrano (or jalapeño), honey, lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a blender; puree until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup for serving. Transfer the remaining mixture to a medium bowl and add pork chops. Turn to coat and let marinate for 5 minutes.

Step 3
 Brush pineapple and onion slices with oil. Remove the pork from the marinade and sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Grill, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a chop registers 145 degrees F, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Grill the pineapple and onions, flipping once, until lightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Step 4
Serve the pork, pineapple and onions drizzled with the reserved sauce. 
Serve with more cilantro and lime wedges, if desired.

Recipe credit: EatingWell Magazine

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