So…I’ve never been to Mexico. Sad, I know. It’s totally on my bucket list though! This Mexican Street Corn is so sinfully delicious! Grilled corn smothered in a creamy sauce made from mayo, sour cream, feta cheese, lime, cilantro and chili powder. Heavenly! Okay…I guess it can’t really be heavenly and sinful at the same time…or can it?! If it can be…it totally is.
We lived in the panhandle of Texas for a few years and loved to eat at a Mexican restaurant called Abuelos in Amarillo. They have DELICIOUS charro beans! Since we no longer live there we decided to search for a similar recipe to make at home. We customized this recipe to be made in our beloved Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) but you could definitely make them in a crock pot. So…what the heck are Charro beans? I went to Wikipedia for help in explaining. 🙂 “Frijoles charros (cowboy beans) is a traditional Mexican dish. It is named after the traditional Mexican cowboy horsemen, or charros. The dish is characterized by pinto beans stewed with onion, garlic, and bacon. Other common ingredients include chili peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, ham, sausage, pork and chorizo. It is served warm, and is usually of a soupy consistency.” Beans, onion, garlic and BACON? I’m feeling pretty good about that.
When we made this for the first time our little boy…who LOVES beans…kept saying, “Who made the beans? Thanks for the beans!” He had seconds and loved every bit. The rest of our family loves them as well. Not too spicy. You can make them hotter with more jalapeno…or more mild with less. This heat is just right for us.
You guys! I have been DYING to share this baby shower with you. When we lived in Texas I had some AMAZING and VERY TALENTED friends. Several of us worked together on this shower. It’s always amazing to me what we can accomplish when we work together…and it is SO MUCH MORE FUN!
So much eye candy! This shower was for our friend, Camilla. Her baby boy is named Bear! This was the perfect theme for his baby shower and she was even able to use some of the things we made in his nursery.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR! It is less than a week until Valentines 2017 but the LOVE festivities began in our house over a week ago. I am doing 14 Days of Valentines for my guy. I got this idea many years ago from my amazing cousin, Carrie. She would plan out super fun and creative things to show her love each day for 14 days…ending on Valentines Day with a special, fancy dinner for two at home. I thought it was such a great idea so I gave it a shot. Ivan LOVED getting a fun surprise each day and I loved making him feel loved! It’s funny how little acts of service or sweet gestures can enhance your relationship so much. It’s so so so important for us to show those we love that WE LOVE THEM! I haven’t done the 14 Days of Valentines the past couple years but decided this year I really needed to. My hubby has been out of work for seven months and could really use a boost! GREAT NEWS though…he accepted a new position this past Friday and starts on the 20th. So grateful for that!
This was such a fun craft to make! I am sorry to say that I didn’t take many photos…or I did and can’t find them! hehe Anyhoo….I will just explain how I did it and y’all can ask if you have any questions! I have made these button canvases a few times with a friend of mine in Texas. I made a small one with navy and white stripes and a yellow button heart that is super cute. This canvas is a 16×20 so it’s pretty big! I started out by using blue painters tape and I just taped stripes across the canvas. I just used a little piece of tape between each stripe on each side to make sure they were evenly spaced…I just took them off each time as I moved along. After I got the tape on there nice and even I used a card…like a credit card or gift card…and went over the tape so it was secure and smooth. One tip for working with canvas is to put a book or something about the same height as the canvas underneath it so it doesn’t stretch out! This was especially important when I put the vinyl on. You don’t want to push on it and end up with a saggy canvas at the end. I used spray paint for this project and it was easy peasy. The paint is less likely to bleed under the tape when using spray paint.
Last year my husband and I put these love notes on our kids’ doors and for each other for 14 days until Valentines Day. It was so dang fun! The kids felt so loved and it really created a sweet spirit in our home for those couple weeks. The kids would grin ear to ear each morning as they read the new notes on their door. Levi, my six year old, has been asking me for weeks if I am going to do this again this year. The answer is YES! We decided to increase the fun this year and let the kids write notes too. They are way excited!
I LOVE photography! I am a total amateur but I think that’s okay. As a Mom it is super important to me to capture those memories to keep forever! I have studied a bit and practiced using my camera. Because I’m sure I’ll get asked…I shoot with a Nikon D5100 and used my prime 50mm lens for this shoot. Although I wish I could do so much more and be so much better at it, I love the images I have captured and the feelings that they invoke. We recently had our third baby. My husband is currently out of a job and money is very tight. I would have loved to go to a professional photographer and have his pictures taken just to save me the stress. But…I also LOVE coming up with ideas for photos and tracking down props and outfits for the shoot. When he was less than a week old and still super sleepy and so sweet, I took a day and spent a couple hours just enjoying him and taking his picture. I believe that whether you have a super fancy camera that you know how to navigate or just a simple phone camera, it is so important to take those photos and keep them. I know that I have such a poor memory and I absolutely love being able to look back over photos I’ve taken and REMEMBER! I will look back on these photos and remember his perfect, soft baby skin and wrinkles. I will remember the SMELL….oh how I love that new baby smell. I will see his HAIR…so much hair…and remember how soft it was and how funny it was to all of us that no matter what it would stick straight up. I will remember that it was just the two of us that day in a very warm, quiet house capturing a moment in time.
This is a super simple, DELICIOUS, recipe. If you’ve never tried a poke cake before you should give this a whirl! The cake is so moist and sticky and amazing.