Slice of…Chicken Burrito Bowls

We had lots of fun with our friends Caleb and Maya for dinner this week. Sharing a meal with friends is one of our very favorite things to do. I made burrito bowls and we enjoyed them with salad, chips and guac, and beer.

The key to a good burrito bowl, in my opinion, is good chicken. I marinated my chicken in lime juice for about an hour and then rubbed it with spices before cooking. I had bowls with the toppings of: of sautéed peppers and onions, pico de gallo (that I bought from Lowe’s foods), black beans (see recipe below), and cheese. We put everything over Spanish rice. I think it was a hit!

Henry had green beans. Things got messy 🙂

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Here are my recipes for the chicken and the black beans:

Burrito Bowl Chicken

Ingredients:

Chicken Breasts

Limes

2 Tbsp Chili Powder

1 Tbsp Garlic Salt

1 Tbsp Cumin

Dash Crushed Red Pepper (or more if you want to add a bit more heat to the chicken)

Directions:

  1. Marinate Chicken in limejuice for about an hour.
  2. Cut chicken into strips. You can use whole chicken breasts if you want to cook on the grill (this chicken is deeeelicious on the grill!)
  3. Combine spices and cover chicken.
  4. Sautee over medium heat in skillet until cooked (about 8-10 minutes).
  5. Enjoy!

 

Easy Black Beans

Ingredients:

15 ounce can Black Beans (undrained)

1 onion, diced

1 clove garlic

Dash Crushed Red Pepper

 Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes (or until onion is cooked).
  3. Enjoy!

 

We are headed out of town today for a week of relaxing and together-ness at the beach. I can’t wait!

This guy will officially be 5 months this week! I can’t believe it!

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Time Flies

Whew! I can’t believe it has been two weeks since my last post. Time really flies! The past couple of weeks have been a mixed bag. We have had some super fantastic days and some tough days. Henry got sick for the first time-no fun. Thankfully, he is on the mend. Instead of dwelling on the tough stuff, I’m going to focus on all the fun things we have been doing lately!

  • We have had some quality time with John! As I have said many times, Henry loves his  Dad so much. This month John will be on consults (aka he gets weekends off) AND he has his one week vacation coming up in March. Can I get a round of applause?!

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    It may time for bed, but Daddy’s home so let’s play!
  • I have been jogging more consistently. What a difference regular exercise/endorphins can make! I have joined a training group for a race this in Chapel Hill. It has been fun to have accountability and other people to run with.
  • We had fun taking some mirror selfies before church 🙂mirror
  • I have been intentionally taking some time to relax. One way I have been doing this lately is to try to have D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) time during one of Henry’s naps. I am currently reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. It is a really fun book and is one that totally takes me away each time I read it. An added bonus is that the cover glows in the dark!
  • Henry is now big enough to be front-facing in our ergo carrier. He stays entertained for longer, meaning I can get more done around the house. Victory!facing front
  • I have been enjoying Lucy. Since having Henry, Lucy has sometimes been an added stressor. I have felt guilty for being easily annoyed by her. But taking care of Henry has felt so overwhelming at times that I have not had any energy left to play with Lucy. Lately, however, Henry has been absolutely obsessed with her. He watches her every move and LOVES it when she licks his face and hands. His love for her has helped me remember all the great things about our sweet pup. Thanks Henry!
    Please notice the tummy time occurring in each of these pictures. Way to go Henry!

Sometimes taking a moment to focus on (and write down) the positive things in life can help us maintain a good attitude. Isn’t that wonderful? Today, we have Kindermusik, we are hoping to go for a jog if the rain will hold out, and tonight we have small group. I’m thinking about making Skinnytaste’s Minestrone soup for dinner.

4 Months Old

Twins
Twins!

Henry is officially 4 months as of Monday! He just keeps getting more and more fun. His little personality is shining through even more than it was just a month ago. He is one cool kid!

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Some things I am loving about Henry lately:

Henry is curious. Henry has awakened to the world around him. I love watching him get excited around other babies or when we go outside. He loves looking at new things.

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Henry’s happy squeals make my heart burst. When he gets really excited he lets out a shrill squeal of delight. It makes me SO happy!

Henry snuggles are the best. I just love it when he is in a snuggly mood. This usually happens around bedtime 🙂

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Henry puts everything in his mouth. It seems like only yesterday that we were excited because he was looking at and tracking dangling toys. Now he is grabbing them so he can chew on them.

 

Some things Henry is loving lately:

Henry loves his toys. Within the past month he has learned how to hold, play with, and chew on his toys. It is so fun to watch him entertain himself. He loves his Nuby Keys and Stella the bunny!

Henry loves the changing table. He is always so playful and happy on the changing table.

Henry loves playing “airplane.”

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Henry loves his high chair. He is so entertained by playing with his toys on the tray, and being up high so he can look around!

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Henry loves his dad. There is nothing better than watching Henry’s face light up when John walks through the door.

 

Works in progress:

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Tummy time. Will this boy ever find tummy-time enjoyable?

Naps without being swaddled. We are currently one arm swaddled, one arm free. Hopefully we will be completely unswaddled by next month!

Eating with a spoon. We are having so much fun practicing eating. Right now, Henry is just eating rice cereal, but it will be fun to introduce him to different foods over the next month! Currently, most food ends up on his bib.

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Hair. The boy is balding. But he is also growing tiny, blonde, new hair. Someday he will have a nice full head of blonde hair.

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A Big Day

Yesterday, my 15 pound, 1 ounce, 25 inch long boy:FullSizeRender

Had his four month appointment at the pediatrician.

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Sat in his high chair for the first time.

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Practiced with his new red spoon.

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“I’m not so sure about this thing!”

Had his first taste of rice cereal. He liked it (I think)!DSC_0800_2

Had lots of snuggles and TLC after those yucky four month shots.

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Needless to say, we were tired (and maybe a bit grumpy) after so much excitement. All three of us slept like babies last night 🙂

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Hurry Up Spring!

Talk about crazy- last week we had snow and ice; this week we have 70 degree days. We are certainly enjoying this warmer weather and sunshine!

We had lots of fun this weekend!
  • We walked on the trails in our neighborhood. One of my favorite things about our neighborhood is the great trails. Lucy and I walked on the trails most every day when I was pregnant. I’m looking forward to getting back into that habit as spring approaches.
  • We went to church as a family. I love it when John’s day off falls on a Sunday so we can spend this time together!
  • We napped. We took our Sunday nap with the windows open in our room. I loved listening to our neighbors’ wind chimes and smelling the fresh air. Hurry up spring and permanent warm weather!
  • We had Sunday lunch at the Root Cellar. This is one of my favorite places to eat in Chapel Hill. Their sandwiches, wraps, and salads are so good. And whenever we splurge and get dessert it is unbelievable! My favorite is the French silk pie I split with my mom a few weeks ago 🙂
This was how a lot of yesterday was spent.
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Look at those bald spots 🙂
For some reason that boy just wouldn’t nap in his crib. I spent a lot of time reflecting on this poem:
Cleaning and scrubbing can wait ’til tomorrow
For babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow,
So quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep
I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.
I must admit cuddling with Henry is far superior to cleaning and laundry!