James- “Hey can you do me a big favor?”
Me-“Yeah, sure what?”
James-“Can you be able to start packing to move by these next three months?
I got the job.”
I still am in total shock, but I am so happy to say: We are moving to Colorado!
James had applied to this job back in about May, and it has been a pretty slow process from there. We felt pretty confident that he got the job, but now knowing for sure is just so surreal! Just looking around our house now, I am so glad I have three months to pack everything. It is just so different from the first time we moved up here. James already had all of his stuff from his house packed thanks to the help of his amazing parents, and I only had to worry about packing up my bedroom and even then it wasn’t any furniture. So this will definitely be an experience for us!
When we were making our Texas/Colorado trip this past August we did a little bit of apartment browsing just in case he did get the job. We fell in love with a particular complex and it is just everything we wanted! I am so excited for the many changes that will ensue, new apartment, hopefully finding our dream job, possibly expanding our family, and just making so many more memories with my best friend. Nonetheless, it is really bittersweet leaving Utah. I mean, I knew moving here we would only be living here while he was finishing school. But after living here, spending time with his (I guess technically mine too!) amazing family, getting married to James here, and all of the great friends I have made through the church it is so sad to be moving away from here. I mean, this is where I truly found God and was baptized and it’s sad I won’t be in the same close-knit, comforting environment that Utah has to offer. What is great about the apartments in Colorado though, is we have our church literally behind the complex which will make for a nice walk in the warmer months!
As you can see from my scrambled post, this is a very bittersweet announcement for us! I know that God has blessed us tremendously and us moving is only going to open up more doors for us.
This post is my first all text one (I think?) but it seriously is just me writing on a whim here. This news was not expected today + I love that it did! I do plan on blogging during the move, it will help me keep everything as a memory because this will hopefully be where we settle down and raise our family, fingers crossed!
Anywho, I know that with great confidence God helped us with this. This move is truly going to be a blessing + I cannot wait to share it all with y’all!
If you are a lover of crockpots and chicken like I am, this is the recipe for you. My mom started making this a few years ago, and I have just loved it ever since! What's even better, is that so does my husband! He is such a picky eater (okay, I am too!) so when I finally find a meal we both love, it is a great day! I think crockpots are a godsend and this meal is great for the fall time when you just need something to warm you up! This is our salsa chicken recipe so I hope I explain everything well, and I hope you try it out for yourself!
Now you can cook it to different ways. You can put it on low and it will take 6-8 hours, which makes it great for if you are at work. If you are going to be home and just cannot wait, put it on high for 4-6 hours.
After it has cooked for whatever time span you chose, it is time to shred, shred, shred! Pull all the chicken out and use two forks to start pulling it apart.
When you are finished shredding you now can add in the sour cream. Again, we only use half of the tub.
Next, you will need to mix in the cornstarch. I do this in a separate little Tupperware cup. I get 2 tbs of cornstarch and 2 tbs of water and stir it together. This helps thicken up the liquids and I think it helps with keeping it fresh longer for your leftovers.
I like to give everything one last big stir and make sure all the sour cream is mixed in. I try to take the chicken out at the last second, just so everything cooks in well. Now, we usually eat these as chicken tacos, but I also like eating it just as is. So, if you want to make tacos, quickly heat up some tortillas on the stove with a touch of olive oil in the pan. Or, if you want to be lazy like me put them on a plate in the microwave and you can warm up about three or four for about 15-20 seconds.
We like to put cheese on top because it seriously brings this meal full circle.
And that is it! It is such an easy meal to make + oh my word it just tastes out of this world. The salsa chicken also does great as a leftover, I usually put it in for about a minute in the microwave and it is just delicious! I hope y'all enjoyed this recipe, I am not a super amazing cook so it is probably rare you'll get a recipe from me haha. Thanks for reading + God Bless!
Hello everyone! So today I decided to switch things up and do a YouTube video. A lot has been going on lately and I am glad I have time to finally sit down and talk/type. I hope you enjoy the video, the quality went a bit fuzzy during editing, so I'll try and work on that! Also, I completely forgot to mention her, but Al Fox Carraway has been a huge inspiration to me. I love reading her blog + just posts on her instagram. On my first day of Institute class, she posted this quote and I cannot express how much this spoke to me!
It is just so spot on and even though taking this semester off and taking Institute instead was not my plan, I know it will bring many, many blessings into my life. I feel like at this point in my life, I am exactly where I need to be. I love learning about our savior + learning more and more about the church I am now a part of. Nonetheless, I hope you guys enjoy my youtube video, I look forward to making more! Take care + God Bless!
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