Spring Break! and…(gasp!)…a RECIPE!

Last week was spring break here, and we enjoyed EVERY minute of it!  The weather was gorgeous and we had no major plans and the week was a welcome break from our busy schedules.  Lawson started the week on a camping trip with Kade and his grandparents!  He was super excited to get to ride in the motor home, and told us three times how he didn’t have to wear a seat belt on the drive to the campground!  They seem to have gotten along really well, and I’m so proud to report that Grandma said Lawson was very well behaved and had great manners (which made me wonder if we were talking about the same Lawson, honestly)…

So right about the time Lawson came home, Mike took off for a well deserved 4-day trip to Myrtle Beach to go golfing with a college buddy.  Although I’ve always appreciated my amazing hubby for all that he does for our little family, I learned that it takes a lot of hard work to keep up with all the dishes and to keep the kitchen looking as nice as he does.  And I now understand his aversion to cooking and the resulting new pile of dirty dishes.  I never did actually have to turn on the dishwasher (whew – all those buttons confused me), but I did wash loads and loads of them in the sink.   And we baked brownies and cupcakes, and whipped up some pretty good crock pot dinners.

Which reminds me to share my FAVORITE crock pot meal discovery ever:  shredded chicken tacos.


  • 6-7 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 jar of good salsa (if you use the small jars, use two)


Place the ingredients in the slow cooker in the order listed above, and turn it on low for about 6 hours.  Voila. Done.  The chicken is done when it is so tender that you can shred it easily with a fork.  I froze half of this and we still had enough to eat it twice:)

I bought fresh, warm flour tortillas and a side of rice and refried beans from Taco Cabana…added a little sour cream…and within 5 minutes we whipped up the best tacos I’ve ever had.  Everyone in our house loved it, even Lawson, who typically isn’t a taco kind of guy.

Piper (waitress Piper, that is) served me hot tea and toast on a tray every morning with her roller blades:)

While Mike was gone the kids and I had a “sleepover” in my room.  Two nights I got kicked in the ribs constantly by got to snuggle with Lawson, and two nights with Piper.  The other kid was on the floor in a sleeping bag.  Lovee slept on our pillows the entire time, so needless to say, I got my best night of sleep once Mike returned:)

The week went much too quickly, but I think we’re all recharged enough to make it through the rest of the school year.  Lawson said just yesterday that he needs to hurry up and learn to read because there’s only 9 weeks of school left. :)

Nina Pugh - March 23, 2013 - 8:53 am

Sounds like a great Spring Break!! When you are so busy all the time, a great vacation is to stay home and relax.

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