27 April, 2017

Copy-Cat Cafe Rio Chicken Salad Recipe

Cilantro Lime Rice:

Cook in about a tablespoon of olive oil a spoonful of minced garlic. When you can smell it, add in the water and cook the rice according to the recipe. When rice is done, stir in 1/4 chopped cilantro, 2 tbsp sugar, juice from 2 limes, and salt to taste.

Pico de Gallo:

4 tomatoes
1/2 onion
handful chopped cilantro
lime juice to taste
salt to taste

Pulse in a food processor till the right consistency

Cafe Rio Shredded chicken:

4 chicken breasts
1/2 container of Italian salad dressing
1/2 packet of ranch dressing
1/4 C water
juice from one lime

Cook for about 2 hours on high, or until you can shred it

Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

2 tomatillos
juice from 2 limes
1/2 C mayo
1/4 buttermilk (optional.. I only add it if I already have it)
salt to taste
handful of chopped cilantro

Process in food processor until a smooth consistency

We also do black or pinto beans, avocados, or guacamole.

 Just layer ingredients over chopped romaine, and it's delicious! I don't do the tortillas, but I'm sure they'd be yummy. Pour dressing on top.

22 April, 2017

Kid Date

I loved taking my two "middles" out for a quick date to a garden center down the street from our house. 

We looked and smelled the deliciously springy flowers and plants, admired the tiny ceramic dogs and cats (the closest these kids will ever get to having a real pet), and then got kid ice cream cones in the corner of the store. Super fun. :) 

Will chose a tiny potted primrose to bring home and HELD IT ALL AFTERNOON, affectionately calling it, "Mine Fwower". Kjel picked out a tall purple tulip plant that I just repotted outside (shh, she doesn't know yet and will be sad that it's not in her room anymore).

I wish I'd learned earlier on how important it is to get fun time in with the kids individually (or in twos). But now I know and I'll keep it up. Being a mom is SO FUN!!!

19 April, 2017

Easter Weekend

Easter weekend started for us on Friday. No school, and Steven closed down the office. Loved having him home! We went on a long hike, ate pizza, and went to the Boy Scout spaghetti dinner. We came home early and got the monkeys to bed. It was such a great, exhausting day.

Saturday was also really great. We had some good friends over for dinner and an Easter egg hunt in the afternoon. In the morning, our good friend Paige got baptized and we loved being there to support her.

And before we knew it, it was Sunday! Beautiful weather! We painted our Easter eggs this year. I loved it. So much more fun than dying them! It was extra fun on Sunday because Steven didn't have any morning meetings, so we rode bikes to church! Which was my special Easter present from the family, because they know it is my dream to bike to church, ha. But really. It is a dream of mine. And it happened! And it was lovely!!! The breeze was perfect, and the ride was so good. Gage was on the baby seat on the back of my bike (pretty hilarious looking to have this enormous child in that baby seat) and then we stuffed the other three in the carrier behind Steven's bike. We got to church in record time!

I am the choir director for our ward and I LOVE IT. The choir sang SO beautifully. I felt so honored to be up there with them! The speakers were wonderful, and there was just a sweet, happy feeling.

We came home and played outside, rested a bit, and ate yummy copy-cat cafe rio for dinner. I'm SO happy that I didn't plan a big, fancy dinner this year. I was exhausted by like 3 and it would have been super annoying to have to cook a ton. Sometime I'll post my cafe rio recipes on here - they are delicious.

We kept it really simple this year with gifts - the Easter bunny brought Kjel the Easter hat she really wanted, and Gage got a sweater to wear to church (but it was too big), but beyond that, they just got a chocolate bunny each and a few little candies, a small journal and some markers. And they were just as excited as they would be if they'd had a basket full of expensive things! Kids are so wonderful that way.

Hope you had a sweet and springy Easter!
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