Monday, August 26, 2013

Crockpot Chicken Tacos


My husband and I usually make tacos with ground beef. He’s been trying to eat healthier, though, so he can lose a few pounds before we take our vacation to Orlando this fall. So, I’ve been trying to cook healthier! I saw this recipe for Cool Ranch Crockpot Chicken on Family Fresh Meals and thought it looked super easy. I decided to jazz it up a bit with a can of Ro-tel and a can of black beans. It turned out soooo good! I never imagined chicken tacos would be so yummy. We both loved them!

DSC00083 Mix  everything except chicken in the slow cooker. Add the chicken.


Cook on low for 3-5 hours.


Shred the chicken. Then, cook 30 more minutes.

DSC00090 DSC00091Use a slotted spoon to fill your shells.

DSC00092   We like to top ours with lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, black olives, and sour cream.


The chicken is so juicy. It softens up the shell just a bit.


So yummy!


Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Recipe adapted from Family Fresh Meals


  • 4 chicken breast (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 14 oz chicken broth
  • 10 oz can Ro-tel
  • 15 oz can black beans


Mix taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, chicken broth, Ro-tel, and black beans in slow cooker. Place chicken in slow cooker. Set on low and cook for 3-5 hours.

Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred with two forks. Replace in slow cooker and cook for 30 more minutes.

Serve in taco shells with your favorite toppings.

Randi's Little Man Baby Shower

This is my beautiful cousin Randi! Two of her friends, Crystal and Richelle, and I threw her a "Little Man" themed baby shower in March.

The Invites

Randis baby shower invite blurred for blog 
I made the invitations on Picmonkey and printed them at Walmart.


The tables at the shower
Crystal made the awesome centerpieces!
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How cute are these mini diaper cakes topped with cake pops?!
Appliquéd onesies, diaper notes, baby name suggestion box, blanket cupcakes, and chocolates
I appliquéd the onesies  using Heat n' Bold Ultrahold and my Cricut Expression. I found the tutorial on everyday celebrations. I am so happy with how they turned out!
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And I can’t resist throwing in a picture of Baby K, age 3 months, rocking my favorite one:
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A photo booth backdrop doubles as decor.
Gift and guest book table.
We had guests sign this children's book. 
The poem reads: 
“In honor of Randi and little Baby K, 
Please find a spot to sign this book, 
A keepsake from their special day!”


On the Menu:
  • BBQ Chicken “MAN”wiches
  • Bow Tie Pasta Salad
  • Apple of Mom’s Eye Fruit Salad
  • Snips & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails (Tortilla Pinwheels, Veggie tray, Pickle Wraps)
We also served Lime Sherbet Punch
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Fun & Games

We had several activities for the shower.
The Clothespin Game: Each guest starts out wearing 2 clothes pins on their sleeve. Throughout the shower, no one is allowed to say “hospital” or “baby.”  If a guest hears another person say one of the taboo words, they can steal a clothespin from that person. The guest with the most clothespins at the end of the shower wins the game.
Name That ‘Stache: In keeping with the theme of our party, guests had to identify the owners of the 10 mustaches pictured above. This was a fun game! (After testing the game out on my husband and my brother, I was afraid the game would be too easy, so I included a picture of Randi’s dad’s mustache to throw people off. It worked :] )
Name Suggestion Box: At the time of the shower, the soon-to-be parents hadn’t decided on a name yet. Each guest was asked to fill out a card with name suggestions for Randi to name Baby K. Richelle brought the cutest box for guests to drop the cards into.
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My Water Broke!: Each guest receives one ice cube with a plastic baby inside to put in their drink. Whoever’s baby floats first and yells, “My water broke!” wins the game.
Encouraging Diaper Notes: We asked each guest to write an encouraging or funny note on a diaper with sharpie marker. Something entertaining for the new parents while on diaper duty!
Photo Booth: After Randi finished opening gifts, guests had fun getting their photo taken with fake mustaches and other manly props. Crystal brought her camera and tripod and took pictures.


We asked guests to bring a book instead of a card to get Baby K’s book collection started.
Dad-to-be is Irish :)
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Randi’s mom made these bibs and burp rags:
My mom, grandma, and I put all our gifts for Randi in a “Welcome Wagon”:

Photo Booth Fun

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Randi and Dave!

Everyone had so much fun with the photo booth, and I think the whole shower was a success. Special thanks to the other hosts, Crystal and Richelle, my mom for making the BBQ chicken, my husband for helping transport everything and set up tables, everyone else who helped out, and the guests for coming of course!
*Photo credit: Crystal took most of the photos in this post!