I can never really seem to keep up with the holidays.
AKA if I actually write a holiday-themed post before said holiday actually occurs, I’m pretty on top of my game.
Unfortunately, that oftentimes does not happen, and I lay in bed drinking caffeinated tea on a Thursday night at 11:30 p.m. writing a post on chicken. (In other words: Happy Cinco de Mayo).
Plus, it’s finals week(s). Also known as the week where I actually think that my brain is going to shut down in a quite literal sense and I will have to spend the rest of my life lying in bed petting a dog.
But that remains to be seen…
It’s weeks like this that make me have an actual mental breakdown including, but not limited to: crying, hyperventilation, having weird dreams about people, and panic attacks with symptoms that make me think I’m having a heart attack.
(And regardless of your age or health status, having a heart attack is a total logical solution when you’re in the midst of a stress-induced episode).
Really, it’s charming.
Luckily, I have been doing fairly well at keeping my shit together considering I always spend a good two weeks stressing about finals/studying until my eyes sting from exhaustion only to ace my exams and realize I could have slept at least twice as long as I did.
SOS. Please tell me you all do this too. (If you tell me you’re one of those people that can just pass a test without studying or trying, I’ll scream).
It’s these weeks where I really have to find my happiness in the little ways. Luckily for me, I find very great joy in small things like good coffee, hearing an old song I haven’t heard in a long time, and coming home to a crockpot filled with cilantro lime shredded chicken (because let me tell you…it smells amazing).
I’ve made this chicken two weeks in a row, so you know it’s good. I’ve used it for tacos and burrito bowls, but you could also do enchiladas, tostadas, nachos, etc. Whatever shredded chicken treat your little heart desires <3
1 lb. chicken breasts
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. ceyenne pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste
Spray a crockpot with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil. Place chicken breasts in crockpot. Add remaining ingredients. Stir to cover chicken with spices. Cook for 7-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
If you need me, I’ll be stuffing my face with chicken tacos to ease my worries. So far, it has seemed to work.
Except for the weird dreams about people. Those are (apparently) here to stay. On a side note: many people get uncomfortable when you tell them the details of your strange dreams involving them.
So maybe that’s something I’ll work on next.
But probably not.
Song of the Day: The Moon Song–Karen O and Ezra Koenig
(seriously though, best musical combo ever)
I’m writing this post late in the night purely because there’s a good chance I’ll be on a small hiatus for the next few weeks.
Because I’m moving! Yep, the past week all I’ve been doing is packing away. We even got a 26 foot trailer to pack it all in. Crazy!
So, about these tacos. I’ve been craving Mexican food so badly the past few weeks but have yet to get it. And even though what I’m really craving is deep fried chips with salsa, and globs of gooey cheese over shredded beef, this was a pretty good sub for a healthy dinner.
And just in case you’re wondering, my brother (and I quote) said these were “the best tacos he ever had”. A nice compliment if I do say so myself.
The best part? They’re sooo easy! They only took me about 1 hour to make from prep to dish-washing, and some of it can be made in advance if needed.
Keep reading for the best tacos ever 😉
XOXO Sara Lynn
*Song of the day: Beach Demon by Wavves