Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Burrito Bowls

We love Chiptole's burrito bowls so I thought I would try to throw something similar together at home that we could take to work for lunch. It was quick, easy and pretty delicious! 

What You Need:
1.5 cups uncooked rice
1 can black beans
1 can corn
2 chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
1 jar salsa
1 jar salsa con queso
sour cream
shredded cheddar cheese
any other toppings of your choice!

What You Do:
Put the chicken in the crock pot and cover with 1/2 jar of salsa & 1/2 jar of queso. This will keep the juices in while it cooks and make for a nice flavor/sauce. 
Cook on low in crockpot for 4-6 hours until done. Just 2 breasts usually won't take much longer than 4 hours. 
Shred chicken with 2 forks. 
Cook the rice according to the instructions.

I use Pyrex bowls to store this in. Set out bowls/tupperware. (Makes about 5-6 depending on your preference of serving size). Layer bowls with rice, beans, corn and chicken. 

That's all I put in the bowls because they will be microwaved. We take a separate container of cut up onion, tomato, lettuce, cheese and sour cream to top it with once it has been heated but soggy lettuce is disgusting, so don't heat it! 

That's it, super easy and tasty!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Delicious Ham Sandwiches

We made these delicious little ham sandwiches for the stock the bar party and they were a huge hit. The recipe comes from my coworker Stacy. They are amazing, seriously. 

What You Need:
1 package (15 oz each) 24 ct party rolls (Martin’s Potato Rolls)
12 ounces thin sliced ham (Hillshire Farm Ultra Thin Honey Ham)
6 slices Swiss cheese
1 stick butter
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons poppy seed

What You Do:
Cut rolls in half and lay them in a casserole dish. Each roll receives one piece of folded ham (or tear two folded slices of ham in half and place each half on two rolls). Add ¼ of a slice of cheese to rolls and top with roll. Melt butter; add mustard, poppy seed, onion, and Worcestershire sauce. Spread mixture over rolls.  Wrap casserole dish in foil. Bake at 375 ° for about 15 minutes, or until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted.

Side note:after making this, there was WAY too much "sauce" for the top of the sandwiches, the topping part could probably be cut in 1/2.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Stock the Bar Shower for Brenna & Loyd

Brenna & Loyd got engaged a few months ago and aren't planning on having a big typical wedding, so Mariah and I threw them a couples "shower" in the form of a Stock the Bar party. Basically a fun way to get all of their friends and loved ones together but they don't need normal registry items so we stocked their bar! I had a good time making crafts to decorate with. We held it at our house and all had a great time! I pretty 'much only took pictures of the crafts since I poured so much hard work in to those :)

 Mariah made a beer cake!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

4th in Daytona

We went to Daytona for the CocoCola 400 race over the 4th of July holiday. My parents took the RV down, Trey's parents came to Raleigh and drove us to Daytona and we all stayed in the RV in the infield. It was hot but fun and a great time to hang out with both sets of parents!
We stayed in a section right along Lake Lloyd inside the track. Our neighbors won best decorated campsite the last 2 years and really went all out. 

 Chad kept the dogs for us. Vegas enjoyed looking out his front window.

 Thursday we went inside the "FanZone" and got to see the cars going through inspection, take a look at victory lane and watch the cars get worked on in the garages. You can also stand on top of the garages to see pit road and the track.

 Thursday night we drove in to Daytona Beach and had a drink at Joe's crab shack.

 We then discovered a street party going on just off the beach. It was... interesting!

And on the way home we found hot now donuts!

 Friday morning we did the family track walk. The track is 2.5 miles and I was thinking we would be able to stroll around the track at our own pace. While it was a cool thing to do it definitely was not as I expected. There was a "pace truck" with a stage on the back, they threw out t-shirts and had drivers come up to talk, we walked about half a mile behind the truck, turned around and walked back to where we started. It was also crazy to see how steep the track is!
 Ryan Newman talking to the crowd!

 We also went to the Midway to check out all of the vendors and get free stuff. Since CocoCola is the sponsor they were pushing their new "Share a Coke" campaign and you could type your name in and it would produce a coke with your name on it!

 We also got to do a "tour" of the garage area, basically walk around the garages and haulers. They weren't working on the cars in there much because they were already out waiting for qualifying.

 Danica Patrick's garage

 The pace car

 Tires and gas

 The viewing area above the garages

 Inspection station

 We saw Wild Bill from Deadliest Catch

 This man served in the war and has also memorized the names and death dates of all of those who have died in Afghanistan and was writing them on the wall

 Trey's parents went for a walk and came back with awesome new headsets for us!

 Before the race you are able to go out on track and stand on the start/finish line and even sign your name if you want

 Watching the Nationwide race from above the garages

Saturday was rainy pretty much all day. The race ended up getting rained out and delayed to Sunday morning but they still did the fireworks! It was an awesome fireworks show. 

Vegas hung out in Uncle Chad's closet during fireworks in Raleigh, she hates them

 Sunday morning the race started and then about 10 laps in had to be delayed because of the rain again!

 After the race started again we went in to the Fanzone to watch the race from the top of the garages. We were also able to watch them attempt to fix cars that had already been wrecked.

 Jimmie Johnson's car wasn't able to be fixed so they rolled it back to the hauler and put it away

 We got back to the RV right as the huge crash in turn 3 was happening, the white vehicle in the picture above was emergency care driving over to the crash with their sirens on.

 After the big crash they were under caution then it started to rain again and we needed to beat the traffic since it was already 2:00 and we were going to head home, so we went ahead and left. Turns out they called the race since they were already halfway through. We stopped at Chad's on the way home to pick up the dogs and were very happy to see them even though they had a great time at Chad's.