Crockpot Ranch Chicken Tacos

If you have a crockpot that you’ve ignored or have yet to touch, I’m guaranteeing that you’re missing out. I’m guilty of this myself. My Pinterest is currently loaded with plenty of crockpot/slow cooker recipes that I really need to take advantage of. Crockpot recipes are great when you’re working long days and just don’t want to spend time cooking dinner at the end of it, even if you’re only feeding yourself.

Now, I loooooove Mexican food. Growing up Milwaukee, there’s plenty of places to find some good authentic Mexican food. And, as a good ol’ Midwestern girl, I loooooove ranch. It is wonderful on a multitude of things. Now, when I found this recipe that combined the two? I knew I had to try it.

Recipe originally found here.

Crockpot Ranch Chicken Tacos
Ingredients:
– 3-4 chicken breasts
– 1 packet taco seasoning
– 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
– 2 cups chicken broth
– All the taco fixings you want
– Your preferred tortillas

Combine the two cups chicken broth, packet of taco seasoning (I used a mild seasoning for this recipe) and packet of ranch seasoning mix into the crockpot. Place your thawed chicken breasts into the mix. Turn your crockpot to low and let everything cook for 4-6 hours. I chose to leave it for 6 hours for maximum tenderness.

After you’ve let it cook for your preferred amount of time, shred the chicken in the crockpot. The chicken came apart so easily, it barely took me any effort to shred it apart. I then let the chicken cook for an additional 15-20 min so that the newly shredded chicken could soak up more of the juices.

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After that, serve it up! There will be plenty of juiciness so be prepared, but the taco-ranch seasoning brothy mix is so good. I personally prefer corn tortillas to flour, and these are super susceptible to falling apart. Pro-tip for corn tortillas: Please lettuce on top of the tortilla before placing the filling. I prefer spinach to lettuce, so that’s what I use.

This is definitely one of my new favorite recipes. The first time I made it was Labor Day Weekend, which was busy because it was the weekend my boyfriend and I were celebrating our first dating anniversary, I had work and I had family coming into town. Come Monday, the last day my boyfriend was in town, I wanted to spend my time with him and not stuck in the kitchen cooking. I threw this all together around 11, it was ready shortly after five, and we both loved it. How can I tell? My boyfriend made up his tacos first, and in the time it took to make mine then run upstairs and get my camera for photos (in total less than 5 minutes) he had already eaten his first two tacos. If that’s not a sign of approval, I don’t know what is.

What are some of your favorite crockpot recipes? I’m on the hunt for more so please leave them in the comments below!

Until next time, stay well, stay beautiful xx

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Update: Walmart Beauty Box

The Packers vs Seahawks game is on (GO PACK GO!) but I have to take a quick moment to post a follow-up to the post I made about the Walmart Beauty Box this morning.

Concerns have been expressed that the beauty box sign-up page is not noticeably encrypted/the URL is not an “https” URL. This can raise a red flag when you’re asked to give away something like your credit card info, as you do for payment for this. Nouveau Cheap has put out this great post regarding her phone correspondence and the email correspondence of one of her readers with the Walmart BrandShare* Sample Box Team.

*BrandShare is the third party company that is handling the distribution and fulfillment of Walmart’s beauty boxes, as well as their baby boxes.

I went a little further and Googled BrandShare for myself and discovered their website. I grabbed this bit from their Company page:

BrandShare™ is an integrated solution for national brands seeking to share their brand sample, premium, digital content, offer, literature or invitation to try with a very precise target consumer in order to reach mass-scale trial, drive immediate purchase conversion and create authentic word of mouth conversations online and offline.

Led by CPG, direct marketing, and internet industry veterans, BrandShare™ offers the most efficient and highest ROI campaigns for your brands — an industry leading cost-per-sample-tried by target consumers.

Founded in 1984, BrandShare™ is headquartered in New York, NYC and has offices in New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago.

They also list their clients on the website, which includes many major brand names.

Based on this quick search, I am personally going to proceed with my Walmart beauty box subscription. I’ve also checked my bank statement and only see the $5 charge, which comes from BrandShare. However, I will be sure to keep a closer eye on it in the next few days to see if I experience any fraudulent charges, and will be sure to follow-up with another update if that is the case. From what I can tell, though, this is a reputable, trusted third-party company and we should have nothing to fear.

Any other questions or concerns should be directed to Walmart either by phone or email.

Now if you excuse me, I’ve taken a long enough break from football. Until next time, stay well, stay beautiful! xx

Walmart Beauty Box

Source: beautybox.walmart.com

Thanks to MUA, I was tipped off on another beauty box to hit the market. Walmart isn’t the first superstore to release its own beauty box. Target releases boxes a couple times of year, and it’s not a subscription; sales are first come, first serve, and once it’s sold out, it’s gone.

Source: beautybox.walmart.com

While the boxes will be similar in that they both contain products that can be found at the respective stores, Walmart will work on a subscription basis.

Source: beautybox.walmart.com

Every three months, or every “season” (living in the Midwest, we have endless winter, 5 minutes of spring, construction season aka. summer, and then 30 seconds of fall before we’re plunged back into winter), you will be charged $5 for a box that contains products suited for the appropriate season. Based on the picture above, these samples will be of cosmetics, skincare, hair care and personal care (there’s deodorant, and also looks like there might be a fragrance?). The box itself is free and the $5 fee covers the shipping and handling, much like the Target beauty box that costs $5 + tax and ships free. You won’t be charged the $5 until your box ships. I know in the Target beauty box I received, they included coupons either for the specific products found in the box or just a general $5 off of however much of a beauty purchase. I would expect Walmart will do the same, and I’ll be sure to let you know once I receive mine! My order is currently being processed, and I should receive it in a week or less once it ships out, so expect a review soon.

As a fan of Target’s beauty box and drugstore products in general, I’m excited for this. And $20 for the entire year? I could easily drop $20 or more in one shopping trip to a superstore!

The signup process is straight forward and simple, doesn’t take long at all. Like any subscription service, you set up an account, that way you can change any information such as address or payment info later if needed. If you’d like to signup, click here to be sent to the signup page. The Target beauty boxes always sell out quickly, and it’s yet unclear when Walmart will close their signup, so if you’re interested I suggest going to their site ASAP!

What do you think of stores like Target and Walmart creating their own beauty boxes? Do you like this? Will you signup for this? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, stay well, stay beautiful! xx