mini chicken tacos

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It’s likely that there will be a theme for the shower and we have to admit, we are big fans of a little fiesta! The flavors are so fun and beg to be served family style! Just like the theme, these mini chicken tacos are sure to be a hit! They’re cute and not to mention, oh so tasty. Can’t find mini tortillas? Try making your own using large tortillas and a biscuit or cookie cutter!

Mini Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema

Makes: 16-24 mini tacos
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
1 ½ pounds skinless chicken breasts
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
½ red onion, finely diced
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
16-24 mini tortillas, flour or corn
4 ounces queso fresco cheese, crumbled
1 avocado, sliced
sliced lettuce or cabbage
extra limes for garnish

chipotle lime crema
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
¾ cup half and half
1 tablespoon adobo sauce
juice of half a lime
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°F.

Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the olive oil to the skillet and let it get really hot. Once it’s hot, add in the chicken. Brown the chicken on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Cover the skillet and place it in the oven, roasting for 20 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine cumin, paprika, chili powders, garlic powder and onion powder. Set aside.

While the chicken is cooking, combine the diced onion, tomatoes, lime juice and cilantro in a small bowl. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper and set aside.

Once chicken is cooked, transfer chicken and pan juices to a bowl and add mixed spices. Use forks to shred the chicken and mix in the spices.

To assemble, place chicken in a tortilla and top with salsa, crumbled cheese and a drizzle of crema. Serve with avocado, sliced cabbage (or lettuce) and a squeeze of lime.

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bridal shower favors

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homemade baked donuts

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Raise your hand if you’re drooling! *both hands up here* We absolutely love these homemade baked donuts and think they should be at every celebration. Baking instead of frying definitely takes a bit of complication out of the recipe (and makes them a little healthier!) and the glaze provides a great way to add pops of customized color!

Homemade Baked Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

Makes: 8 Donuts
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
¼ cup milk
¼ cup yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
vanilla glaze½
cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1-2 tablespoons milk
optional: food coloring and sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a donut pan with a nonstick spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg, milk, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until no clumps of flour remain and everything is well combined. Be careful not to overmix.

Spoon the batter into the donut pan or use a large Ziploc bag to pipe into each cavity, filling ¾ of the way full.

Place the pan in the oven and bake 8-10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool 5-10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Add 1 tablespoon of milk, and whisk to combine. If it’s too thick, add additional milk, about ½ teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Add food coloring as desired.

Once the donuts are completely cool, dip them into the glaze. Return to the wire rack and add sprinkles. Allow the glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.

bridal showers 101

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Hosting, or even just helping plan a bridal shower can be so exciting but it certainly comes with a bit of pressure! After you’ve figured out the necessities – like your budget, location and date, you can start diving into some of the more fun aspects of planning! From creating a delicious menu, to selecting the perfect theme, we have the tips you need to pull off a fabulous bridal shower without a hitch and make for one happy bride! Here’s a sneak peek at this week and some inspiration…

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blueberry brown butter waffles

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Can you think of any better way to wake mom up than with homemade breakfast in bed? Because we can’t! These yummy waffles provide the wow factor when it comes to presentation AND taste. The best part? They are SO simple to throw together and great for making with kids! We recommend placing on a tray with additional bowls of toppings, her favorite morning cup and some fresh flowers.

Blueberry Brown Butter Waffles

Makes: 8 servings
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups blueberries
2 ½ cups buttermilk
4 eggs
1 stick butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla

for topping
whipped cream
extra berries
syrup
butter
sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 200°F and have a rimmed baking sheet ready. This is where you’ll place
cooked waffles to keep them warm.

Preheat your waffle iron.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly as the butter begins to bubble and foam. After several minutes, small brown flecks will appear at the bottom of the saucepan. Continue whisking until it turns brown and is giving off a nutty aroma. Transfer immediately to a large bowl to cool.

Whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl. Toss in the blueberries and coat well with the flour mixture.

Add the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla to the bowl of butter. Whisk until combined. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and fold until just combined and no dry lumps remain.

Generously coat your waffle iron with non-stick spray or butter. Then cook waffles according to the machine instructions. Once cooked, transfer to rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.

Serve immediately with your favorite toppings: syrup, whipped cream, berries, sprinkles – whatever makes you happy!

How to Host Mother’s Day Brunch

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There’s nothing we love more than a day that celebrates the special women in our lives – and guess what? It’s coming up! This Mother’s Day we  hope you spoil all of the lovely ladies in your life (or you’re the one getting spoiled!), because they (you!) most certainly deserve it. Stumped on what to do? We highly recommend making one of these fabulous recipes and giving her the most relaxing day possible. Hosting a get together? You won’t want to miss our features this week! Starting with Tips for Hosting…

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outdoor entertaining

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Those long summer days are here and we can’t stop dreaming about fresh squeezed lemonade and backyard twinkly lights. Preparing our favorite hot weather dishes, inviting over some great company and enjoying the beautiful weather are among our favorite things! This week I’ll feature some of those favorite simple, backyard foods as well as some great ideas for preparing and simplifying your next backyard get together… starting with how to throw an outdoor party!

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keepin’ it local: So Proud!!!

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I don’t like to talk about my husband too much on here, mainly because he doesn’t want to become part of my blog posts, so that everyone who reads it suddenly knows what’s going on in our personal life, but frankly… I don’t care!

So, if you can imagine, me, super excited like a six year old, jumping up and down, but I’m keeping it all inside… that’s exactly my state of mind right now. I am SO PROUD of my husband and all of his hard work these last few months getting his new little company off the ground (Custom Design RVA), but the most exciting bit of press thus far came through today in Richmond Magazine. They wrote a nice article about his great custom designed reclaimed wood furniture that he builds and how his tables and benches are now the focal point at Mekong Restaurant, which for all of you who have been under a rock for the last 24 hours, was just voted the Best Beer Bar in America for the second year in a row!

Ok that’s it! I just wanted to share (a tiny little bit) about my husband! So if you have time, head over and check out his website here and be sure to show him some love on Twitter and Facebook!