the new normal and kitchen talk

Since school started, it feels we’ve been running full speed in 100 directions.
It has not, by any stretch of the imagination, been easy for any of us.

To put it into perspective, I keep thinking of this little gem from the book Loving the Little Years:

“You know those pain scales at the hospital, where they rate your pain from one to ten? Well, pretend you are screaming, “Thirteen, thirteen! Fifteen!” What that should tell you is that it is time to restart the whole thing, stop screaming, and just deal with the fact that this is now the new “one”. Start over, and accept the new “normal.”

I promise that this little mental change will actually change how you feel, and by extension, how your children feel. Growing is, after all, what God wants them to do. -Rachel Jankovic

Honestly, that little shift of mindset has helped me immensely…

…as has a go-to easy, delicious crock pot meal. :)


Crock Pot Mexican Chicken
(adapted slightly from my friend Kelly’s original recipe to suit what we typically have stocked in our house)

You will need:
Two frozen chicken breasts
1 jar Medium Salsa (the Greenwise one is my fave)
16 ounce bag of frozen corn
1 can of black beans, drained
Optional: cream cheese to add right before serving
Yellow rice
Tortilla chips

Mix the corn, beans, and 1/2 cup of salsa on the bottom of the crock pot. Add two frozen chicken breasts on top. Pour remaining salsa over top of chicken. Cook on high for 6 hours. Shred chicken after 4.5 hours. Additionally, we stir a few spoonfuls of cream cheese into the crockpot right before serving….Mmmmmm!!!

Serve over yellow rice and with tortilla chips.

Soooo good. We all gobble it up.
And it makes the house smell amazing.



One more thing: This week I learned how to make brownies healthier with no trade on taste:
Puree one can of black beans (do not drain) and add them to already-mixed brownie batter before baking.
That’s it!! It adds nearly 25 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber.
You CANNOT taste the beans.
(Thanks, Jaimie!)


  1. Amy H says:

    Oooh fun! We love mexican too ( our comfort food!) So I’m excited to try this! Thx for all your fun thoughts :)

  2. Chanda says:

    Sounds like a great recipe…I’ll have to try it gluten-free style. Great quote from Loving the Little Years! Hope you feel more settled soon into the new normal…

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