Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tasty Thursday {Steak Tacos}

In my house, it doesn't get any better than Mexican food.  I could honestly eat Mexican every single day and be totally happy with that.  The hubs would request a change every once in a while, I do believe:)  These steak tacos are Fabulous and will  feed a army so they make a great entertainment food.  I got the basic recipe here on Tasty Kitchen.  I 'll note my changes.

What you need:
  • 1 whole Boneless Chuck Roast, 2 1/2 To 3 Pounds
  • 3 Tablespoons Pure Olive Oil, Divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Plus 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin {I love cumin, I doubled this}
  • 1 pinch Salt And Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 can (4.5 Ounces Each) Chopped Green Chiles {I also added jalepenos!}
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 4 whole Large Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth {I only used 1 cup}
  • 2 whole Medium-large Onions, Ends Left Intact, Peeled And Each Onion Cut Into 8 Wedges
  • 2 whole Medium Multi-colored Peppers, Each Cut Into 8 Wedges
  • 12 whole Medium Flour Tortillas
  • 1 container (8 Ounces) Light Or Regular Sour Cream {we don't do sour cream}
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 whole Lime, Cut Into Wedges
How to do it:
Heat oven to 450 degrees.

Heat a 5 to 6-quart heavy Dutch oven {I used a large skillet and a glass casserole dish} over low heat.

Meanwhile, place roast in a large bowl; coat with 1 tablespoon of oil and season with 1 tablespoon of the cumin and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Mix chiles, chili powder, remaining 1 teaspoon of cumin, and oregano in a small bowl.

A few minutes before searing, increase heat to a strong medium-high until wisps of smoke start to rise from the pan. Add roast; sear, turning only once, until both sides form an impressive brown crust, about 8 minutes total. Transfer roast to a plate; set aside.

Add garlic to the now empty pot; sauté until fragrant and golden, about 30 seconds. Add chili mixture; sauté to intensify flavor, another 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, bring to a simmer; return roast to the pot.

{Here I just poured the chicken broth mixture over the roast, which I had placed in the casserole dish}  Using 2 potholders to protect hands, place a sheet of heavy-duty foil over the pot, pressing on the foil so that it touches the stew. Seal foil around the edges; repeat with a second sheet of foil to completely seal. Turn burner on medium-high until you hear juices bubble. Set pot on middle oven rack; cook for a total of 1 1/2 hours. {2 hours is better.  The meat gets super tender!}  Remove roast from oven, cool to room temperature, and shred into bite size pieces. About 30 minutes before roast is done, toss onions and peppers with remaining 2 tablespoon of oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper on a baking sheet large enough for vegetables to fit in a single layer. Place pan on bottom oven rack; cook until tender-crisp, about 30 minutes.  {I have done the veggies 2 ways.  The way above and I have sauteed them on the stove top & just pop 'em in with the steak when it is about half way done.  This way the veggies soak up the delicious juices from the steak and the chiles.}

{Here it is all shredded and juicy!}

Serve with warm tortillas, bowls of sour cream, cilantro sprigs, and lime wedges. {Whatever tacos toppings your crowd prefers! We use avocado, tomatoes, and lettuce.  We also always have rice, black beans, or both with ours.}

Enjoy! This is a great crowd pleasing meal & the boys love it too:)

Monday, July 26, 2010

what I did this weekend

Here's one of the projects I did this weekend.  Pillows!
I got the basic tutorial here on V and Co.   I modified it slightly to fit the pillows I already had and made my flowers slightly smaller.  My petals are tighter as well, which looks better since I used a heavy cotton canvas rather than the felt.  I used vintage buttons for the center.

I made these with the intention of putting them in one of the guest rooms, but I love them so much they may go in the living room!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cilantro Lime Shrimp {tasty thursday}

cat is applauding with you that Tasty Thursdays in back.  Sorry for the hiatus!  But I have some really delicious things lined up for the next few weeks.

This recipe is particularly tasty and summery.  See the original recipe here on Tasty Kitchen.  The only change I made was to use seasoned salt instead of the plain stuff.

What you need:
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 2 pounds Medium Shrimp, Shelled And Deveined
  • 1 dash Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 6 cloves Garlic, Crushed
  • 1 whole Lime, Juiced
  • ½ cups Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
Here's what to do:

Heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add olive oil to the pan; when hot, add the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper.

When the shrimp is cooked on one side (about 2 minutes), turn over and add garlic.

Sauté another minute or two until shrimp is cooked. Shrimp should have just turned pink; do not overcook, or your shrimp will be chewy and tough!

Remove from the heat. Squeeze lime all over the shrimp and toss with cilantro.

Serve over salad, rice, in tacos, or all by its lonesome.

The instructions and directions are from the Tasty Kitchen post.  The pictures are from me:)  I served it over rice, obvi.  The lime and cilantro flavor infused the rice and it was super yummy.  But these shrimp would be divine served cold over a simple salad or with gnocci.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

the tastiest way to save $150/month

Get yourself a coffee grinder, a mason jar, and a french press.  We have this one:

It works great! Grind one cup of Espresso beans on the coarse setting.  Put in the french press and fill with water.  Put the top on (but don't press yet!) and let the whole sh'bang sit on the counter for about 12 hours.  Now you can press!  Press the grinds down and pour your Espresso into your mason jar for storing in the fridge.

Now you're ready to make your Latte.  Pour in a little of your favorite syrup.  (You may have to experiment with the amount - start small and add more later I always say!)  Add one part espresso and one part milk to make whatever size latte your heart desires.

There ya go! You've just increased your clothing/crafting/shoe budget:)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

scrap busting {flowers & headbands}

Y'all, I have so much scrap fabric.  Like, a ton.  
See? That's box #1.

And here's box #2. Ridiculous, right?

I am lucky enough to have a smallish walk-in closet to store all my fabric and right now my scrap boxes are taken up half of it! I decided that it is time to take action without adding to the trash can.

So here's scrapbusting project #1:

A Fabric Flower Headband.  This flowers are fun and easy to make and could be used on headbands (like here!), hairpins, or as a brooch to attach to most anything.  It is also sewn by hand so I can work on this and watch TV at the same time. (p.s. who saw the bachelorette? Frank is such a d-bag!)

Expect to see many of these in the future!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Etsy Revamp

I am in the process of re-vamping/re-branding my Etsy Store. I feel like it needs a name lift & a face lift. When I started this venture of being my own boss, I did not envision creating and selling stuff. I thought it would be more of an Event Planning business. But now I love the creating/selling and definitely spend most of my time doing that and the Perfect Chance Memories name is a little confusing for what I am doing the most of currently. Here's three Etsy banner choices I whipped up this morning. Which do you lovelies like best?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

What projects would you like to see?

So a little mini poll here on PCM. What projects would you lovely readers like to see in the future?

I have a few things lined up regarding how to use up all those fabric scraps (and I do have a lot of scraps!) and I plan to bring back Tasty Thursdays. But are there other things y'all are interested in seeing here on this blog? Give-aways, paper crafts, tutorials, local hot spots?!?

Thanks in advance for your imput!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Home Tours {hallways}

I believe I should have started the home tour here in the entry hallway, but I was so darn excited about my dining table that I skipped ahead to the dining room. So skip back a minute and imagine you are starting the tour at the beginning :) This is the entry hallway.
Those of you that know me know that I am not a beige person. Like, at all. I think it looks great in other people's homes, but in my home it makes me feel like I am not living in my own space. Like I'm an impostor. Or like I'm renting someone else's house.
Gray, on the other hand, makes me feel alive, happy, and at home. It also matches swimmingly with the bright colors I tend to gravitate to. And with the large windows, tall ceilings, and bright white beadboard in our house, the gray does not overwhelm the space or make it feel to dark.
Above is the hallway coming in from the garage. It leads to the kitchen (you can see one kitchen wall in this picture), the master bedroom, the laundry room, and the bonus room. We're replacing the floor & some of the trim in the kitchen, which is why those things are missing from this picture. I painted this small section between the doors with chalkboard paint & love it! It goes great with the gray and has become the perfect place to keep track of our wish list:) I keep chalk in a handled mason jar on one of the hooks for easy handling.
My 6 year old nephew studied the wish list and said "I think I'll get them the mulch, its probably the cheapest." HA! Too cute. Although we need nearly a dump truck size load of mulch.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy Weekend! We're off to a couple wedding showers (yay!) and to visit my husband's family. See you Monday!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Studio Updates

There's been beautiful weather and lots of custom orders around these parts recently, but I did find time to make a new set of bags for my self. A beach bag, a small tote, and a clutch. The beach bag will get monogrammed soon!




Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What I did today

Dining Room Update....I finished the project I was telling y'all about for the dining room. I love love love the curtains we had hanging in the dining room at our old house but the windows here are MUCH larger so a) the curtains won't fit and b) I'm not sure I want to cover the gorgeous windows anyway. The canvases were 50% at Micheal's last week and I bought two 24 x 48 wrapped ones. I cut the old curtains to fit, wrapped it around the canvas and used a staple gun to secure to the back. and voila!


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