Four days into June, I’m having a hard time remembering what I even did in May! But nonetheless, I did have some May Favorites to share with you.
Reading books like The Last Mile by David Baldacci, makes it pretty darn easy to read. As I have said before, Baldacci is a special author. Between his memorable, likable characters and the way he details each scene, his books are absorbing. As many Baldacci books as I read, I have to resist from choosing one of his for each of my favorites posts.
The Last Mile is the second in the series featuring Amos Decker. The first Memory Man, caught me off guard with how much I appreciated his character. Different from Will Robie and John Puller, the characters in the other two Baldacci series I have read, Amos Decker has no military background. Rather, he was former detective who has an interesting story and skills that lead him to be in the investigative field.
If you appreciate suspense, mystery and feeling like you are right there with the character, read this book. Well, read Memory Man first, but then this one. Looking forward to number three in this series!
Favorite TV Show
In drafting my list of May Favorites, I knew I had to include Quick Pitch. This is a show on the MLB Network channel (#213 if you have DirectTV). If you love baseball, you would love love this show. Unlike Sports Center, Quick Pitch is all highlights and very little fluff. In the morning as I get ready for work, I just about always flip it to 213 and catch up on all of the games I went to sleep too early on. I especially love it when they show replay after replay of the Astros kicking butt!
Favorite Picture Taken
I mean, it just doesn’t get cuter.
Favorite Meal Cooked
Drumroll please, I’m about to share one of my favorite crock pot meals to make.
First, I start with a package of HEB’s skinless, boneless chicken thighs. It’s like Christmas time for my mom and I when HEB is nice enough to run these packages on sale for $0.99/lb. I need to dedicate a whole post to all of the different things you can do with a package of these. This time around when we were up at the lake one day, I decided to make shredded chicken tacos. Get a pen out, this is a complicated.
Take a package of chicken thighs, 3-4 pounds, and place in crock pot. I use my 6 quart Crockpot Mom had given me when I went off on my own. I’m not sure there is a more useful gift you could give someone. Ok once you have the chicken placed, pour a jar of picante sauce or salsa over top. Naturally, my favorite is the HEB brand mild picante sauce. Then fill empty jar with water. Pour water over chicken and picante sauce. Place lid back on your crock pot and turn on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 4 hours.
Sounds tough right? I stir every so often just to make sure all of the chicken stays submerged in liquid. Shredding the chicken is easy. I either throw it all in the blender a pulse a few times or use two handy forks and spend a little time admiring the yummy goodness. Once chicken has been removed from broth, either discard or save by pouring in ice-cube trays or recycled sour cream containers and freezing to use to make a soup on a rainy day.
Top the shredded chicken with smashed avocado, a little shredded cheese and maybe a tiny dollop of greek yogurt seasoned with smoked paprika. Yum. Dang, I’m hungry now.
Favorite Amazon Buy
If you have a stand mixer, I couldn’t recommend this paddle more. This Flex Edge Beater is so good that I rarely use the paddle that came with the mixer, because this one is so easy to use and clean. Stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of whatever you are mixing up may not take much time out of your day, but not having to do that so often, allows you to be multitasking even more than you already do. This would make a great gift too!
I have to share two with you. Out of the eight posts I shared last month, I had a favorite and clearly y’all had a favorite by the number of views.
First y’alls favorite:
Now my favorite:
I’m especially looking forward to these next couple of months. I have spent some extra time on brainstorming what next I can share with y’all. As always if you have any ideas or feedback, comment below! I always enjoy hearing from y’all!
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