Oh Hey, Snow!

Oh Hey Snow

It’s snowing today in Boston.

I love/hate it. I think it’s wonderful but such a mess at the same time. It’s 2007 Britney.

We are currently predicted to get between 5-8″ of snow. Not too shabby.

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After last year’s record setting snow fall I’m glad this winter had been pretty easy on us.

With 9 days left in Boston I can’t complain. I’ll take what snow comes our way. I will miss it to some degree, but I don’t miss having to clear off the car or shovel.

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In fact, I really hate cleaning off the car, I have a “funny” story  about snow and my soft-top Jeep Wrangler from when I was in high school. My mom was out cleaning off her car after it had snowed and was lecturing me that I needed to properly clean off my car before going to school while I sat inside it as it warmed off. I said “nah, look at this. I do this all the time.” I turned around grabbed a gym shoe in the back and tossed it against the back plastic to knock off the snow. “See, it knocks it off!” I grabbed the other shoe, tossed it back there again and my shoe sailed right through ripping the plastic. WTF!?!?!?! I guess the cold, rigid plastic had had enough of shoes bouncing off of it and RIP!!!!!

Needless to say I was in trouble and really cold in my car that day. Lesson learned, don’t through shoes at your Jeep Wrangler’s windows.

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Anyway, I snapped these photos on my birthday, Jan 18th, as it snowed a bit that morning. Autumn gave it 10 minutes outside before calling it enough. Or maybe, that was me. Doesn’t matter really…

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Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

There are so many things going on right now, I don’t even know where to begin!

“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.”

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I have just 9 days left at work before moving. It’s scary and wonderful at the same time. I’ve been here for over 9 years and I love where I am and what I do, but it’s time for some change.

The tickets for Autumn and I to move on 2/15 are booked.

My dad is flying up tomorrow to get our loaded up car to drive to CT to stay at my sister’s, then he will take the Auto Train from VA to FL arriving on Friday. And then my brother and dad will unload the car and assemble Autumn’s crib while my brother is on vacation. My family just effing rocks!

And that bag of poop with a spray tan, wearing a toupee didn’t win in Iowa. So that’s pretty awesome.

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Plus, I have these bangin’ Buffalo Chicken Tacos for you today!

And I didn’t purposefully make them for the ‘Big Game’! I just made them because I was really craving some buffalo chicken and ta-da, I made some tacos. Duh! It’s Taco Tuesday! Double duh!

Did you know that the NFL owns the rights to “Super Bowl” and retailers and TV shows reference it as “The Big Game”, “Game Day”, etc so they don’t have to pay the NFL? I find it silly and awesome. There should be a drinking game for how many times the hosts of Food Network’s The Kitchen day “The Big Game”. Love it!

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Anyway, these took about 15 minutes to whip up, which is perfect for a lunch or quick dinner. Or to even throw together for your friends while you watch “The Big Game!!!”

I made my own blue cheese dressing since I really like to make most of my own dressings, but you can make things even easier for yourself and just grab your favorite blue cheese dressing.

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You can’t go wrong with buffalo chicken!

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Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Makes 4-6 Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tablespoon oil (just enough to coat the surface of the pan)
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 Cup cayenne pepper hot sauce,  such as Frank’s
  • 4-6 flour tortillas
  • greens
  • pickled onions (make at least 1 hour ahead of time!)

For the Blue Cheese Dressing

  • 1/3 Cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 Cup mayo
  • 1/4 Cup sour cream
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Process

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering, add the chicken. Stir occasionally to brown on all sides. When chicken is almost cooked through, add the butter and the hot sauce. Simmer for 1 minute.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, make the blue cheese dressing. Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Serve tacos by filling a tortilla with some greens, chicken, blue cheese dressing, and pickled onions.

 

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Meet Brinkley!!!!!!

Meet Brinkley

This is Brinkley!!!

We got a puppy this weekend!!

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She is a 7 month old puppy from the same breeder from where we got Kemper. She is his younger half sister as they have the same father. Love it!

This was a sudden/long time in the works sort of thing. And kinda crazy/awesome considering we’re moving. Eeek!

Price and I had been talking about getting another dog for about 6 months now. We had reached out to the breeder but he didn’t have any puppies available. It was a big bummer as we wanted to get another dog before we moved, and ideally from the same breeder as we had such a great experience with Kemper.

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Then I saw a FB post 2 weeks ago saying he had 7 month old female available! YES! I immediately messaged him. I didn’t even ask Price, I just jumped at the opportunity. It worked out since I was the first person to reach out to him. He explained that he had originally kept her from one of his litters for his breeding program. But, she just ended up being too small, it would not have healthy for her to have liters of puppies.

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So last Tuesday night we visited her and, thankfully, things went really well!

Gucci, as what she was originally named, was very affectionate with us and got along with Kemper. Kemper was a wee bit too distracted with the cats in the house as well. “Cats! CATS!! CATS!!!!!! Oh, hey, other dog, whatever.” Thankfully, Kemper is pretty cool with other dogs, except for standard poodles and greyhounds. Weirdo.

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Our biggest hurdle was how she would do with Autumn and how Autumn would do with her. That was key in all of this.

We picked up Brinkley on Friday night so we could supervise everyone for the weekend. Friday night was great with us hanging out, but the real test was Saturday morning when Autumn was added to the mix since we got her after she went to bed on Friday night.

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We had been telling her we would be getting a puppy so she wasn’t exactly surprised but she was excited. They took to each other right away. Autumn got jumped on and got knocked over 2x and then I think Brinkley learned who is boss and let Autumn give her tons of hugs and cuddles.

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The rest of the weekend was pretty laid back as we let Brinkley figure the new routine out and get settled. We’ve had a few accidents but nothing major. She is super mellow, playful, and sleepy. It’s been great!

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So the name change?

While Gucci is cute, I have wanted to name a dog Brinkley for the loooongest time. Price wanted a boy dog and to name him Kemper so we went with that when we were selecting out our first dog together. So I got to pick this time around. I picked Brinkley because it’s the name of the dog in You’ve Got Mail- my fav movie!

But we are so happy with our teeny tiny Brinkley. Gotta love her and her funny underbite!

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Be sure to follow along to Kemper and Brinkley’s grant adventures on Instagram by following: Kemper.and.Brinkley

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1.29-31: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

get package on the way home | take Kemper out | get Autumn from daycare | Price gets home from work | house clean up | Price puts Autumn down | Kellie comes over | Pick up Brinkley!!! | go to PetSmart | hang out with Kellie, make nachos, &  watch some TV | Kellie goes homes | get the dogs settled | go to bed by 10.30

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{Saturday}

Price gets up with Autumn at 5.30 | get up at 6.30 | Price goes to 8.30 spin class and to the post office | make  breakfast | play around & watch The Kitchen | make banana bread with Autumn | kitchen clean up |Autumn has lunch then naps starting from 12.30 | watch DVR’d Undateable Live | shower | watch Grimm & do blog stuff | doggy naps | Autumn gets up at 3.15 | Price leaves with Autumn and dogs | meet potential buyer | mac and cheese for Autumn’s dinner | bath time and then bed time | watch DVR’d shows | take out dinner from Fusion Food | watch DVR’d shows | bed

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{Sunday}

get up with Autumn at 5am | lots of FB /blog stuffs | Price up at 6.45 | make breakfast bowls | go to Trader Joe’s, Costco, then Stop and Shop with Autumn | Price breaks down Autumn’s crib | Autumn takes nap (in Breeze) | make 3 recipes for the blog | house clean up | Autumn has dinner | Price goes out to wash car, run errands | Autumn has bath, paint nails, and goes to bed | start to load up Indy with stuff to go to FL | watch DVR’d shows and Grease Live! | take dogs out again | bed

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Chipotle Tofu Tacos with Jalapeno Cashew Crema

Chipotle Tofu Tacos with Jalapeno Cashew Crema

How ready are you for the Super Bowl????

I’m so totally stoked since The Pats are out. #sorrynotsorry

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The Super Bowl is happening on my last weekend in Boston so I am ready to enjoy it with Price. And that means with plenty of food and beer. And we’ll probably be packing in the basement while it’s on the wall from the ceiling projector.

Do you have a projector? If not, you should get one. It makes watching everything from the news to movies to sporting events that much more awesome. I mean, how can you not love watching Al Roker broadcast the weather in life size form on your wall?!?!?

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Anyway, since I’m all about tacos with my Taco Tuesday posts I am making them left and right. I think they are great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And snacks in between. ha! So, I have the best arsenal of taco recipes right now. Just you wait!

Honestly, one of my favorite taco, or taco bowl, options is tofu. I sometimes just get bored with ground meat or chicken. And there are days when I have not planned out in advance properly to slow cook some carnitas. So tofu to the rescue.

It takes on so much flavor that it’s the perfect sponge for fun spicy flavors. But what if your toddler has yet another cold, you have something that has been lingering for 2 weeks now, and you just can’t even… You turn to Nasoya’s TofuBaked tofu.

 

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I was able to whip up these tacos in practically no time by using the Chipotle seasoned tofu. It made me think that these would be perfect to serve for a party, especially a Super Bowl party as they are easy to assemble, are affordable, and everyone loves tacos.

I served the tacos with the most delicious jalapeno cashew crema and quick pickled onions. Both will change your life. Don’t be scared off with the cashew crema. It is legit awesome. You won’t miss typical sour cream from the consistency and flavor from it. It’s my new dip and dressing for everything in life.

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Now, you absolutely can make these delicious tacos with ‘regular’ extra firm tofu. BUT, I swear by this TofuBaked from Nasoya. Seriously. Save yourself the effort and time of draining, drying, and seasoning up that tofu for these tacos.  Yes, you can totally do that. It’s really not that hard, but I am at the point in my life when I take logical shortcuts when I can. #momlife

And this totally is one of them!!!

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Besides these tacos, you can make awesome salads with this Chipotle Nasoya TofuBaked tofu, or any of their other varieties. In fact, I am going to have a salad topped off with the tofu today at lunch. I swear! I’ll even IG it. It just makes things easier at work when I don’t need to worry about how I will be adding protein.

I swear you’ll be adding tofu to your tacos all the time now!

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Chipotle Tofu Tacos with Jalapeno Cashew Crema

Makes 8 tacos, Crema Recipe makes 2 Cups

For the Tacos

  • 2 8oz packages of Nasoya TofuBaked Chipotle Tofu
  • 16 corn tortillas
  • olive oil
  • Serve with argula, torn cilantro leaves, sliced grape tomatoes

For the Crema

  • 2 cups raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for 3 hours, drained
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed & seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the quick pickled onions

  • 1 red onion
  • 1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Process

  1. Begin by making the crema as this needs 3 hours to prep. In a bowl, cover the cashews with water and let soak for at least 3 hours. Drain. Combine the drained cashews and jalapeno in a food processor or blender and pulse until a paste forms, scraping down the sides as needed. With the machine running, slowly, add in the lime and 3/4 – 1 Cups water until creamy, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside and store in a sir tight container for up to 1 week.
  2. Make the pickled onions at least 1 hour prior to serving. Peel, then halve the onion, then slice into 1/4″ thick (max) slices. Combine the sugar and vinegar together in a bowl or in a large mason jar until the sugar is dissolved. Add the onion slices, stir as needed to completely cover. Set aside and store in a sir tight container for up to 1 week.
  3. To make the tacos, slice each piece of TofuBaked into 4 long strips. Quickly heat in lightly oiled pan over medium heat. (The tofu is already prepared so you are just warming through.)
  4. Over high heat, warm the tortillas in a skillet until warm, soft, and there is some slight char on the tortillas. I suggest using a cast iron grill pan. Or warm directly over a gas burner flame. Spray or lightly coat with oil.
  5. Assemble the tacos by layering 2 warm tortillas together, lay down some arugula, then the warmed tofu, add a few slices of the pickled onion, and sprinkle with the tomatoes and cilantro. Then drizzle the crema over it all.

Crema adapted from Chef Marcela Valladolid, Quick Pickled Onions sourced from Bon Apetite

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This post is sponsored by Nasoya, but all opinions are expressly my own.

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