Crockpot Mexican Steak Recipe for Tacos, Fajitas, Salads and More
March 20, 2016
It’s no secret I love my crockpot. I may even love my crockpot more than my KitchenAid (shhhh! Don’t tell my stand mixer!). But let’s face it: sometimes, crockpots become vessels for mushy casseroles that lack texture.
Enter the crockpot Mexican steak. It will change the way you make Mexican food and steak forever.
Even better? This recipe is affordable and great for leftovers.
Start with a London broil, otherwise known as a flank or top round steak.
My husband found a 2 pound London broil at the store for less than $4. Considering we had leftovers for 4 more servings, that is a bargain!
Here’s the recipe for an amazing, delicious crockpot Mexican steak:
1 can (16oz) tomato sauce, plain
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1 tablespoon Garlic powder
1 tablespoon Cumin
1 teaspoon smoked Chipotle powder
Salt & pepper (as much as you like)
1 London broil
Whisk together the sauce and spices. Pour into the crockpot, then add London Broil. The mixture should cover the London broil. If it doesn’t, spoon some sauce over the top of the meat. Put the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. The longer it cooks, the more flavorful. This recipe yields a spicy, authentic Mexican taste. If you don’t like your food with a kick, reduce the amount of Cumin and Chipotle. However, these spices give it the Mexican flavor, so I don’t advise removing the spices entirely. Otherwise, you’ll have an Italian spiced London broil. Which, could be good if you’re into that. IF you try that – please let me know!
You can serve the meat right away or stick it in the fridge for an easy meal during the busy weekdays.
I put mine in the fridge overnight, then made fajita/quesadillas for lunch the next day. I used flour tortillas, Mexican shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, and sliced London broil. Pressed tortillas in a medium-high heat pan until golden brown with melty cheese and warm steak. It was perfection. I plan to make it again next week!
Be sure to check out these other easy recipes for busy parents on the go:
5 Ingredient Crockpot Pulled Pork
Southwestern Chicken & Quinoa Crockpot Bowls
Crockpot Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Angel Hair Pasta
5 Amazing, Affordable Ways to Elevate Boxed Mac and Cheese
Surprize by Stride Rite Review
March 17, 2016
I’d like to start this post off by letting you know I was not paid, sponsored, otherwise compensated or even contacted by Stride Rite about this review. However, this post (like many others on my blog) may contain affiliate links. I found Surprize by Stride Rite as a happy accident during my latest trip to Target, and when I looked online for reviews and more info, I didn’t find much so I decided to share my experience with you!
My daughter recently turned 1 and started walking. I realized I hadn’t purchased a pair of sneakers/outdoor shoes for her when we got to the park and I couldn’t let her run through the grass. So, naturally, I hit up the (outlet) mall in search of a great deal on baby’s first kicks.
I tried the Nike outlet and Stride Rite’s store before working my way to Target. Initially, Target had been my last choice for sneakers because they’re usually character-centric and not necessarily the best quality for a first sneaker. Nike and Stride Rite’s selection had baby sneakers starting at $30 but averaging $50.
I’m not a cheap person. In fact, most people would say I have pretty expensive taste. But when it comes to children’s clothing and shoes, I like to get high quality at a reasonable price. Kids grow so fast that $50 on a pair of shoes they might wear for 3-4 weeks is a little outrageous.
Target is currently having a sale buy one get one 50% off children’s shoes. So, I was able to snag 2 pairs of shoes for $40, which is about the retail price for the average Stride Rite sneakers.
The Surprize by Stride Rite line is amazing quality. The shoes are durable and comfortable for baby’s first steps.
Have an amazing toddler shoe bargain to share? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading. 🙂
The Formula for Happiness with Gerber Soothe (Sponsored)
March 5, 2016
Bringing home your baby is a monumental occasion. There’s lots of excitement and stress to go around, but the profound peacefulness of watching your sleeping newborn is some kind of magic. Raising any infant is a balancing act of time, patience, and planning. Some babies require a little extra help in their journey to toddlerhood. This is especially true of babies with colic.
When I was a baby, I had colic. To this day, a quarter century later, I’m pretty sure my mom still hasn’t forgiven me for the stress and anxiety I gave her as a newborn. If you ask my mom right now, she’ll monologue for an hour about how high maintenance I was. Always crying. Always fussy. Always needing to be held.
With my daughter, there was a lot of stress, too. Although visitors always remarked on how calm and quiet she was, it felt like the second people left she turned into a different baby. She was fussy. She was (well, still is) clingy. She spit up often. It felt like nothing would soothe her. Then I found Gerber® Soothe Colic Drops. It was life changing. So, when Gerber and Linqia approached me about sharing my story, I gladly accepted.
My now happy, colic-free baby. 🙂
It’s important that parents of a colic, fussy baby understand what their baby is going through. Don’t take it personally. Crying is a way for babies to express how they feel. All babies cry. It’s natural. In their first year of life, babies are learning to communicate, and crying is a way for them to express themselves. However, some babies can cry for long periods of time without responding to your usual comforting methods. This can happen even if they are not hungry, too cold or warm and everything seems well. Among the reasons for excessive crying is digestive discomfort, and Infantile colic is a symptom of digestive discomfort.
Here are some facts about baby colic and Gerber Soothe…
- It’s common: 3 out of every 10 babies may suffer from it at some point.
- Symptoms usually start in the first 6 weeks of life and may continue for 3 to 4 months – and even longer in some cases.
- Colic sometimes is defined as crying for more than 3 hours a day, for more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks a month. Excessive crying generally happens around evening and night time.
- Research indicates that the type of bacteria in the infant’s intestine may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants. In particular, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has been clinically shown in multiple studies to reducing crying time in colicky infants.
It’s important to know that GERBER® Soothe products (Drops and powder formula) contain L. reuteri is a probiotic that is safe for infants and naturally found in breastmilk. If you’re nursing (like me) you can use the soothe drops.
Gerber’s promise is: “Less crying for babies More smiling for all.” And that’s a great idea. That’s why you should check out the social shares with #formulaforhappiness to hear other success stories. With a colic infant, you’re not alone.
If you’re breastfeeding, get specific information on GERBER® Soothe products designed for breastfed babies here.
If your baby is fussy and formula fed, check out GERBER® Soothe Colic Infant Formula.
If you have general concerns about colic and feeding your fussy baby, visit this resource for more information.
Tiny Living Solutions: Stackable Mugs
February 23, 2016
As promised, here’s the start of my tiny living series. We’ll be discussing stackable mugs as a space-saving solution. I decided to start of slow. We’ll ease into the idea of downsizing and living small. (Because I’m pretty sure if I shared how I recently got rid of my entire wardrobe and replaced it with 3 pairs of pants, 2 dresses, 5 shirts, and 3 pairs of shoes, you might run for the hills.)
For me, simplifying my life by living small is not a headache. It’s empowering. It’s inspiring. It’s exciting. Being a minimalist frees up my time to focus on things that matter. It also saves you a ton of money. So, in theory, by downsizing and sticking to staples, you’ll free up your finances for better, more rewarding things. Like paying off your student loans. (Ugh).
Ok, let’s get to it: stackable mugs. What are they and why will they help you downsize?
Stackable mugs seem pretty self explanatory. They’re coffee/tea/multipurpose mugs that stack and stay stacked in your cabinets. Why will stackable mugs help you? Because in my cabinets, I can fit 3 mugs in the amount of space that 1 mug used to take up. So, if I keep 12 mugs in my cabinet, I’m only using the space of 4 traditional mugs. Yay for easy space-saving solutions, right?
There are so many styles of stackable mugs. You can find these almost anywhere. A lot of stackable mugs come with a metal cylinder container. This is unnecessary and takes up valuable space.
Unless of course you don’t have cabinet space to spare, then this is actually a good use of counter space because the footprint is very small.
The stackable mugs I love are from the Starbucks You Are Here collection. You can get them at many Starbucks locations or find them online at Amazon or eBay. Unfortunately, Starbucks does not sell these online. The point of the collection is that you should physically be collecting them from their locations. However, they are cute and functional. You can always get a set of 6 New York mugs or wherever your home location may be.
Or you can get these adorable Disney stackable mugs from Amazon.
Thanks for reading and feel free to share your tiny living tips in the comments. My next tiny living piece will also be kitchen-focused. I’m thinking spices? Let me know!
KidloLand Educational App Review
February 15, 2016
In a recent godsend to parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics finally admitted that avoiding screen time completely is unrealistic. The AAP has provided new tips for parents regarding children and the media. What does this mean for you? Well, it means you can allow your kids to plan with educational apps guilt-free.
So, brace yourselves for KidloLand, an addictive and educational app for toddlers. I had the opportunity to try out the tech, and by that I mean my toddler has taken my iPhone for the foreseeable future.
KidloLand provides engaging, educational activities for kids. They’ve thought of parents, too, as the in-app settings are protected from being changed by the littles. I liked the fun colors, playful themes, and adorable songs. Overall, a great learning app for children.
There are a lot of free features, but the best parts of the app are accessed with a subscription.
Free features include:
- Nursery Rhymes
- ABC songs
Paid features include:
- Months of the Year
- Water Animals
- Animal Sounds
- Christmas Songs
- Additional Nursery Rhymes
I’m personally thankful to the KidloLand educational app for allowing me 10 minutes of sanity last night. I was able to make a pot of tea and read my emails uninterrupted. And, for moms with small children, you know how difficult “free time” is to come by.
The best part about the KidloLand app, though? It reinforces the learning time you have with your children. I treat the educational app as a supplement for my toddler’s learning. In the morning, we sing the ABCs, count, and review colors before breakfast. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my son’s recollection and vocabulary since he began using an educational app in lieu of watching a video.
Here are a few more screenshots of the KidloLand app. Consider it a “sneak peek” 🙂 and share your educational app experiences in the comments. Happy parenting!