Can dinner get easier than crockpot chicken tacos?

Crock pot chicken tacos

Today I’m sharing with you my favorite crock pot meal of all time!!

We eat Mexican food at least once a week. It’s our go-to food, its ingredients we already keep in the house, and you can mix it up enough to never get tired of it.

Best of all, this dish is absurdly easy. When I need an easy meal to throw together for friends over, or I know we have a busy week ahead, I pull out the slow cooker and make these crock pot chicken tacos.

Can dinner get easier than crockpot chicken tacos?

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Custom handmade gold foil pressed stationery

Teaspoon of Nose stationery

Happy Wednesday, friends!!

I realized the other day that I haven’t shared my latest stationery creations here on the blog. I’m always dreaming up new icons to put on my stationery, but I don’t necessarily publicize them here.

Custom handmade gold foil pressed stationery

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Some of my latest favorites in the DC food scene!

DC food finds

The hardest thing for me about living in a small town is the lack of ethnic food. I could eat Thai food twice and week and never get sick of it. Sushi is my love language. There is nothing quite like great Italian pasta. So when I headed east for a few months this spring, good food was on the top of my list! Luckily, when visiting my friend Catherine in Washington DC, she had a ton of great places to hit up, including several things I’d never had before!

Some of my latest favorites in the DC food scene!

Watching the snow from a coffee shop = perfection.

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US Air Force JAG JASOC graduation festivities!

Military life: JASOC graduation

After a nine week training in Montgomery, Alabama, Logan and his fellow JAG officers graduated!!

JASOC, or Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course, preps JAGs on courts-martial, legal issues and operations law. The course is intended to round out their law school education and teach the differences and  distinctions of military court system.

The graduation festivities consisted of two parts: a banquet followed by a graduation ceremony the following morning. The banquet was a black tie affair, complete with Air Force mess dress, awards, and speeches.

US Air Force JAG JASOC graduation festivities!

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The Newseum is one of my favorite museums in DC! Check my blog post for a few more favorites.

Swapping favorite spots in DC

When visiting my friend Catherine, she and I spent a lot of time comparing our favorite things to do in D.C.. I realized when visiting her that I’ve come to the city at least every year since my sophomore year of college, so I’ve got some serious love for Washington D.C.!

Today, I’m sharing a few of Catherine’s favorites that I’d never explored as well as some of my old standbys I can’t seem to pass on whenever I visit.

The Botanic Gardens is one of my favorite museums in DC! Check my blog post for a few more favorites.

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German shepherd puppy

Our newest addition: Wedge!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed our newest addition to the family! We got a puppy!! He’s a German Shepherd mix and we got him when he was eight weeks old. We wanted to get a young puppy that we could do all the training, and he is so stinkin’ cute that we fell in love immediately.

His name is Wedge. Wedge Antilles Myrick.

German shepherd puppy

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Springtime snow in D.C.

By March of this year, I’d ditched all my cold weather gear in Alabama. Living out of a suitcase meant I wanted to shed as much unnecessary gear as possible, and after a month of unusually warm weather in the south I was ready to get rid of warm layers. So when I visited my husband in sunny Alabama, I ditched the gloves, hat, and snow coat. Because March in the south means daffodils and dogwoods, right?

Apparently not. Days after leaving Alabama, my trip to D.C. came into question because of snow. Not wanting to miss the chance to visit, I headed up a day early to beat the weather. The joy of crashing with my parents means that I borrowed my mom’s snow boots and my lovely host Catherine lent me a coat, but it cracked me up that my winter gear got left in sunny Alabama when I’m snowed in here in the District of Colombia.

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While I’ve been snowed in in D.C. before, it’s never been during the same time the cherry blossoms were predicted. This time, I was visiting my friend Catherine, and she and I spent a few days comparing notes on our favorite D.C. So here’s a few bits of our snow day adventures!

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These mozzarella-stuffed meatballs are a killer dinner option!

Mozzarella-stuffed meatballs

Happy Tuesday folks!! Today I’m sharing a killer meatball recipe that will please even the pickiest eaters.

Is it just me, or do people fall in one of two camps when it comes to spaghetti? Most of my friends are either “marinara and meatball” people or “bolognese” people. I grew up happily in the latter category and never missed meatballs, especially given my addiction to my mom’s spaghetti sauce. But one day, my husband came home on a tear for us to try to make meatballs. He’d seen the idea of stuffed meatballs on the internet and after doing some testing, this is what we created!

For some reason, I always thought of meatballs as being a lot of work. I’m not sure where I picked this us, but this recipe reminded me just how wrong that was! Even with the added step of “stuffing” the meatballs, the prepwork for this dish is only about 20 minutes.

These mozzarella-stuffed meatballs are a killer dinner option!

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If you go to Scotland, don't skip the Highlands! There's so much to see and experience! We took a day trip with The Hairy Coo touring company and it was the best way to see a lot in a day!

One day in the Scottish Highlands

This post is part of our month-long European trip from last August. Check here for our whole trip! 

The whole reason we went to Scotland was for Logan to get a taste of the Highlands. My husband loves the mountains. He’s from the Appalachian Mountains of NC, and something in his soul needs the peaks and vistas. So as we dreamed about our trip, I knew the highlands needed to be part.

Because of time constraints, we ended up only getting one day to explore them. So to maximize our day we signed up for an organized day trip! My travel style is about 70/30 of individually planned trips to pre-booked group tours. Tour groups can get you the best of the area in the most efficient way possible, without having to worry about transportation! My priority in choosing a tour group is the reviews of the guide themselves: they will make or break your trip, every time. One of my favorite memories of my time in Australia was a quick 3 day trip from Sydney to Melbourne, because our guide was so fantastic! At one point he pulled over on the side of the road  & flew out of the van because he’s spotted an echidna and wanted to show us something you don’t get to see every day!

Highlands

If you go to Scotland, don't skip the Highlands! There's so much to see and experience! We took a day trip with The Hairy Coo touring company and it was the best way to see a lot in a day!

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Here are some great not-too-cheesy games for the next bridal shower!

Bridal Shower Games

Bridal shower games get a bad rap.

Yes they can be cheesy and at times dumb, but I want to make the case that when done right, they offer something way more than just a everybody uncomfortable together.

Games are great at showers because they create some space for everyone to interact together. Rather than six or eight clusters of folks rotating through to chat with the bride-to-be, games bring everyone together for a few moments. I love opportunities to offer far-flung parts of communities the chance to interact and share their stories and love of the couple!

Here are some great not-too-cheesy games for the next bridal shower!

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