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 🙂

IMG_3333

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!

hen

Advertisements

Mindfulness Morning

I have been trying to write this post since Monday morning (for a “Mindfulness Monday” post), but this week has been crazy, so instead this is a “Mindfulness Morning” post.

I have always enjoyed having something to look forward to. This is not a bad thing. However, I think it is important to be thankful for the present moment. So often I catch myself placing all my focus on how many hours we have until John gets home or how many days are left until vacation. A slice of the mindfulness pie is living in the present moment. Here are some things I am going to be doing to work on that:

  • Put my phone/technology down and enjoy the beautiful life I am living.
  • Focusing on breathing is another part of mindfulness. Taking a deep, cleansing breath is so important in times of stress. I am going to work on taking that breath and using it to focus on what I am thankful for at that very moment. For example, when Henry has a meltdown in the car: instead of driving like a maniac to get home, I am going to try to remember to take a deep breath and be thankful we got out of the house to have some fun!
  • Having a quiet time each day to focus on thankfulness. This is something I have gotten out of the habit of lately. I am constantly asking the Lord for things. He has given me so much to be thankful for, and I want to remember to take time each day to thank and praise him for that.

I am excited to practice these three small things this week!

We had a great weekend. My dear friend Natalie was in town and we had all sorts of fun! Some Henry highlights were:

  • His new jumperoo. Endless entertainment for every Eick!

    excersaucer
    “This thing is great!”
  • We finally bought and enjoyed Little Blue Truck Leads the Way.
  • His size three diapers arrived. How is time flying by so fast?
    diapers
  • Beeeeeautiful weather here in Chapel Hill meant we spent lots of time outside on walks or just hanging out on the front porch!

Tonight we are having some good friends over for dinner and I am making burrito bowls! They are so easy and are always a crowd pleaser. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.

DSC_0859

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?!

    John
    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!

mommy and Henry.JPG

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.

Curious

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 🙂

Chewy

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.”

airplane

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!

Dad

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

 

Works in progress:

tummy time

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.

IMG_3167

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.

balding.JPG

3 Months

DSC_0639

Wow! The past three months have absolutely flown by. I can’t believe how much our Henry has grown. When he was first born, he was so tiny that we called him our little packet. Yesterday, John looked at me and said, “I don’t think Henry is a packet anymore!” I have to agree. He has gotten so big. His precious personality has also started to come out. He certainly is such a sweet gift to John and me 🙂

present

DSC_0363

 

Here are a few of the many things I have been loving about Henry lately:

Henry has found his voice. He has turned into a Chatty Cathy (or I guess in his case, Chatty Carlos?). He discovers new sounds almost daily. My favorite time of the day is second thing in the morning (first thing is fooood!) when Henry tells me all about his night and what dreams he had and what he needs to accomplish for the day (aka he is goo-ing and coo-ing like crazy).

Henry is a serious soul. I touched on this a bit yesterday. He is definitely a serious guy. I can already tell he is going to be a “thinker.” I love his serious little soul so much.

Serious
“Hmmmmm”

Henry has the BEST smile. Our serious soul definitely has a fun side! He has been smiling like crazy lately. All it takes is a smile from mom or dad and he cracks a big one. Even on the longest of days, his sweet smile warms my heart so much that I sometimes worry it might explode!

smile

 

Here are some things that Henry has really been loving lately:

Henry loves his bouncy seat. Henry is so content to sit in his bouncy seat and watch me in the kitchen. It makes my heart so happy to look over and realize he has been intently watching my every move.

IMG_2649

Henry loves lights. Who needs toys when you can look at lamps or Christmas tree lights?!

Henry loves reaching for toys. He has started grabbing things in order to examine them more closely.

Henry loves naps. This is something I am particularly thankful for. Henry really does love and benefit from nap time. He’s usually a grump if he doesn’t get a good nap or two during the day. We definitely make naps a priority!

IMG_2626
Napping with Grandaddy is the best!

Henry “loves” tummy time. Ok, the word love might be a bit of an exaggeration. He may not absolutely love it yet, but he doesn’t hate it anymore. He has gotten so much stronger and has even rolled a couple of times-victory!

DSC_0620

Henry loves food. The boy loves to eat. He comes by it honestly.

 

Henry you are such a blessing to your Dad and me. You have brought us more joy than we thought was possible. We are so thankful for you and we love you so much!

looking