Saturday, June 9, 2012

Fajita Marinade Recipe

I got this amazing recipe from my sweet friend Ruth. I've always loved the idea of fajitas, but never knew how to make them taste good. This recipe solved my problem instantly! I made this recipe the other night with beef and our whole family loved it! 

Fajita Marinade Recipe 

For 6-8 chicken breasts or beef

1/4 cup sesame oil (I didn't have any so I used olive oil and it tasted great)
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup lime or lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped onion (or powder-just 1 or 2 tsp)
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1 tsp oregano (optional)
1/2 tsp salt or more
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced

Bell peppers (Green, Red, etc)


Mix and marinade the meat for a few hours or overnight. Cook.

Sauté onions and peppers and add to sliced, cooked meat.

Spoon onto tortillas and serve with fresh cilantro, avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, olives or tomatoes. 

Here are the kiddos enjoying their fajitas!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A new start for a new year

Well, It's my first post of the New Year. I think we all look forward to the new year because it promises a new start. It gives us hope that maybe this time we'll beat that bad habit, or start that new routine we need so badly. We all hope that turning a new page on the calendar will turn a new page in our lives.
And yet weeks later there we are again, in the same place we were last year. Wishing that it could be New Years again and we could try it just one more time. 
Well, this year I'm determined. My days are dangerously unorganized and my meal plans are scarce and non existent. I stumbled into marriage without even knowing the definition of a homemaker, and that has to change NOW. 

So some of my goals for the new year:
- Create a home planning binder (full of recipes, menu plans, resources etc)
- Establish a good list of recipes we eat often and use it to effectively plan our meals
- Make a habit of keeping the kitchen cleaner (wash dishes right away, put food away better, etc)
- Make a habit of waking up BEFORE the kids (establish a morning routine)
- Come up with a good plan for homeschooling our daughter in preschool
- Set aside time every day to read with the children
These are just a few of my goals for the new year, and  I've found a few resources to help me accomplish these. 

Kat @  Inspired to Action has an amazing FREE ebook encouraging moms to "maximize your mornings".  

Here also is a link to her winter Hello Mornings Challenge Bible study. I just started it this week, and I'm excited for the focused time in the Word! 

Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home just released a great ebook Plan it, Don't Panic . I just purchased this super affordable ebook and I plan on using it to crack down on this meal planning!

Hope for a new start
Well, no matter how many awesome resources I have, we all know there will be days when I fail miserably. That's why this year I'm clinging to God's promise:
"This I recall to my mind, & therefore I have hope. The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His Compassions never fail. They are new every morning, Great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:21-23

So no matter how badly one day may go, there is hope. For every single day we get a new start. A new chance to make that day right. A new chance to put our hope in God and trust that He will teach us how to become homemakers to His Glory!

What are some of your goals for the new year? And have you found any resources to help you reach them? Are you trusting in God's faithfulness?