POST AUTHOR: RACHEL
Over the weekend, my husband and I participated in our first ever chili cook off as contestants! We had a lot of fun tasting all kinds of unique and delicious chilis. The competition was fierce, but in the end, WE WON!!
We made some scrumptious White Chicken Chili and it was a hit. There were 12 entries in total, each judged on presentation, aroma and taste. I still can't believe we took home the winner's plaque!
So, I wanted to share with you this (now) award winning chili recipe.
As I've mentioned before, I enjoy experimenting with recipes and throwing together new and creative meals. I took a little of this and a little of that from a few different chili recipes ... my mother-in-law's recipe and a few from Pinterest too.
We like our chili with a kick, so feel free to adjust the amount of jalapeños and peppers.
1. Combine the chicken, onions, celery, red pepper, green chili peppers, garlic, cumin, salt, coriander, oregano, cayenne pepper, Tony's, bay leaf, and jalapeños in the crockpot. Pour the chicken broth over the top, covering the chicken and the vegetables.
2. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 6 hours.
3. About 30 minutes before the timer is up, shred the chicken by pulling apart with two forks (it will easily fall apart). Place back in the crockpot and add the corn, beans and a sprinkle some cilantro on top. Taste and add any other seasonings as desired.
4. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes.
5. Serve topped with more cilantro, jalapeños and sour cream.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Grace is sharing the dress she wore for her baby shower! It's currently sold out but there are other beautiful options at ASOS.com! ASOS has such a great maternity line that it has been her go-to for so many clothes during this season of life.
Rachel is showing off her favorite fall outfit as the temperatures have dropped in Kansas City!
Have a great weekend!
Post AUTHOR: GRACE
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Autumn and the State Fair of Texas! If you have never been, you truly are missing out.
What could be better than a trip home to Dallas during October to enjoy family AND an afternoon at the fair?
Rach and I were both in town for my baby shower, the weather finally cleared up (it’s been raining for weeks in Texas!) and so it was the perfect day for strolling around the fair.
There is SO much to see and do! From the farm animals, to the shows, to the food, to the rides...you really can't go wrong. There is definitely something for everyone, young and old! And, did you know, it’s the longest running fair in the nation as well as one of the largest? Everything’s bigger in Texas!
Our first stop was to get a Fletcher's Corny Dog. It’s a once a year treat and, you guys, this is hands down my favorite food at the fair. It is SO good! Pregnant Grace was in absolute heaven. I paired that with fresh squeezed lemonade (also a must) and it was pure bliss.
There are some wild food and drink choices at the fair. The 2018 Big Tex Choice Award winners were Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce, Arroz con Leche (Sweet Crispy Rice) and Cotton Candy Taco. New drinks to try this year were Corn Dog Ale, Orange Julia’s Beermosa, Frosty’s Frozen Hot Chocolate, Cherish Erbert Champagne and Kool-Aid Pickle-Dilly Sangria.
For me, I’ll stick with the tried and true favorites!
It's always a blast to try your hand at the various games on the midway and they have SO many to choose from. I don’t even need to play, I have as much fun watching other people spend a ton of tickets just to try their luck at winning an oversized teddy bear. And sometimes, they do!
Your day at the fair will NOT be complete if you don't treat yourself to a good old fashioned funnel cake! I could eat an entire one by myself, but since fried food doesn't always make me feel great after, we all decided to share one. It was perfect! They are so light and delicious, I have to have one at least once a year!
The barns! One of my favorite places to stop. From the farm animals, to the crunch of the of hay underfoot, to the pride on the 4-H kids’ faces as they show off their livestock. I love it!
We couldn't get over the size of the cattle. They were HUGE! And they cannot be bothered, trust me, I tried to pet them. Not my best idea. 😉
There are multiple stages around the fairgrounds with live music everyday - something for everyone. There’s also hundreds of daily activities, exhibits and shows for the whole family.
I love getting to be with family as much as possible, so this was a special day for me. My feet may have been killing me by the end of the day, but my heart and belly were full of good food and wonderful family memories made!
If you have never been to the State Fair of Texas, mark your calendar now and plan a weekend trip to Dallas next year.
The fair runs for just over 3 weeks (usually opens the last Friday of September) and is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 9 pm Sunday thru Thursday and 10 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday.
Some interesting things to now before you head out to the fairgrounds -
* Children under age 3 are free
* Admission for children under 48” is $14
* Admission for seniors (60+) is $14
* There are various discounts available for general admission, so check online before you go
* Strollers are available for rent
* You can bring wagons, coolers and food
* State Fair coupons are $.50 each and can be used for midway rides and food
* Coupons can be purchased at the coupon booths throughout the fairgrounds
* The Red River Showdown football game between the University Of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Texas Longhorns takes place at the Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park during this time - a ticket to the game includes admission to the fair, making it an exceptionally busy day at the fairgrounds!
Be sure to mark your calendar for next year so you can join the fun and spend a day exploring the great State Fair of Texas!
pOST Author: Rachel
Tribe Street Kitchen opened earlier this year as a new addition to the River Market area near downtown Kansas City. It is a trendy spot with a small corner bar feel that features a variety of unique foods and flavors. It hosts an incredible outdoor patio shaded by trees and filled with twinkling string lights. Often you'll find a live band that creates an upbeat and relaxing ambiance. This place has quickly become one of our favorite stops for brunch!
Each item has a unique twist; common food put together in an uncommon way creating distinguishing flavors. It's an extremely varied menu, so be prepared to try something new. Here are a few of our top choices from their brunch menu.
Biscuits and Gravy with chipotle sausage...mmm mmm mmm! Two fluffy, warm buttermilk biscuits covered in a chipotle gravy with chunks of sausage and served with a side of potatoes. We always ask for their unique version of ketchup because it's more like a sweet and spicy salsa. So good!
Another winning pick is the Fried Chicken Pancake Tacos. It is the perfect combination of flavors and we order it almost every time we visit. Initially, I was hesitant about trying it, but it is mouthwatering delicious! The menu describes it as "Hat Yai chicken, crispy shallot, tamarind syrup, mango on a basil pancake." The syrup is lightly drizzled over the top and combined with the chicken, it marries the perfect amount of sweet with salty and you won't be disappointed. However, I will say that I expected the chicken to have a spicy heat to it and was surprised when it didn't. Don't get me wrong, it was delicious, but I love HOT fried chicken.
A few of their other taco options are A la Mexicana, Chorizo and the Huevo Frito tacos. We had the Huevo Frito tacos recently (pictured below), which is "fried egg, feijoada, queso cotija, avocado and cilantro hollandaise." It was savory and tasty and the avocados were incredibly fresh.
Of course, we also enjoy their pitchers of refreshing mimosas. Cost is $14 and pours about four or five servings per pitcher. Or, if you're a Bloody Mary lover like myself, they have plenty of choices.
There's a Backyard Bloody, Wanderlust Bloody, or a Bird's Eye Bloody.
The last one is my favorite and has changed the way I make and order this drink anywhere else! The Bird's Eye Bloody is, "Thai chili vodka, lime and house-made pickles" and wow, it is phenomenal! Now, I always use a Thai chili Sriracha or request that kind of vodka to add a wonderful spice and twist to the typical ingredients.
We love taking friends to this spot, because their made from scratch menu items are unique, flavorful and diverse. The unique space is really warm and inviting as well. We've only been to Tribe for brunch and I can say we've enjoyed it every single time.
We've never had to wait for a table, but they have a $4 "Wait Drink" on the menu that changes daily and is only available to guests waiting for seats. Cool idea, don't you think? Wish every place had this deal.
If you give Tribe a try, let me know what you ordered and how you like it!
Happy happy Friday!
We are both headed to Dallas this weekend to celebrate Grace's baby shower and Rachel's birthday!
Check out our fashion picks for this week.
Rachel recently purchased this romper from Target on clearance! Here are some similar items linked below.
Happy Friday y'all! Hope you all have fun plans for this weekend!
Last weekend, Rachel emceed Kansas City Fashion Week and wore a beautiful Rachel Roy jumpsuit. It's linked here!
post author: rachel
Over the weekend I whipped up some really tasty chocolate cinnamon protein pancakes. It was a very simple recipe, plus they are gluten and dairy free! They ended up being pretty thin but once you stack two or three up they're just fine and they taste wonderful.
- 1 1/3 pancake mix
- 1 egg
- 1 scoop protein powder (I use chocolate, thus the chocolate flavor)
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 cup almond milk (I like vanilla for extra flavor)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Lite or sugar free syrup to top
Not pictured but, I would also recommend adding a scoop of Further Food Collagen. I use it in just about everything. If you'd like to order some, use the discount code "RACHELSANTSCHI"
Another note, I think next time I make these, I'll add some cocoa powder or dark chocolate chips for a boost of chocolate flavor. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and stir until throughly mixed.
I recommend warming the coconut oil so it's soft
and easier to stir into the batter.
2. Pour 1/3 cup of batter onto a greased skillet.
3. Once pancakes are fully cooked, top with a dash of cinnamon and lite or sugar free syrup.
Makes for a delicious breakfast! Enjoy!