BBQ Beef Brisket Nachos

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Maybe someday I'll share healthy recipes, but today is not that day. Jordan smoked a 17 lb brisket this weekend, and I think we all died and went to meat heaven. Our freezer is stocked, to say the least. I've been dreaming up creative ways to use some of that brisket, and came up with an easy weeknight meal for the crew. Since nachos are my husband's love language, this seemed like a dinner I just had to make.

I feel a little silly writing out instructions for nachos, but we've perfected our method, so I'm sharing some tips below along with an ingredient list. You can also totally sub out the brisket for grilled and then shredded BBQ chicken, if that's more your style!

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Ingredients

Tortilla chips
Chopped brisket
Shredded Mexican-style cheese
Can of black beans, drained
Queso (optional)
BBQ sauce
Sour cream
Chopped tomato
Salsa of choice
Avocado or Guacamole (for an easy guac, mash avocado and mix with a dash of lime, salt to taste, cumin to taste, and diced tomato)
Cilantro

Instructions

Lay out your chips in one layer on a plate or platter. I do separate plates for Jordan and I, but if we were doing them as an appetizer, a cookie sheet or platter would be best! Layer ingredients in this order: meat, beans, cheese. Heat for 1-1.5 min in the microwave. Add another layer of chips, and repeat. I microwave my nachos, but if this was on a cookie sheet, I'd throw it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 5 min per layer, checking periodically. 

When the cheese is melted, top with tomatoes, salsa, heated queso, sour cream, BBQ sauce, and avocado/guac. Sprinkle cilantro on top.

To get that drizzled effect, put sour cream and BBQ sauce in separate Ziploc bags, snip off the corner, and squeeze over nachos. 

 

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Seriously, this combo of BBQ, brisket, and nacho toppings is everything. It's like Tex Mex heaven - my kind of weeknight meal!

Becoming a "Tea Person" with Total Tea

 a tumbler of iced tea is my latest staple for summer mornings

a tumbler of iced tea is my latest staple for summer mornings

Well, okay. Confession time: I love, love coffee, but have always secretly wanted to be more of a tea person. Since the weather's been heating up (practically overnight!) I've been craving more iced tea than normal, and have been finding different teas that help boost energy throughout my day. Total Tea sent me a box of their Pure Line of organic teas to try, and I have to share a few of my favorites and the ways I've been enjoying them!

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Organic Black Tea

This one has become my morning tea, since it's delicious hot or cold. Typically, I brew a cup, drink half of it, chase a toddler around, and pour the rest on ice (and if we're being honest, brew a little more for another boost!) Black tea is naturally caffeinated, and since Total Tea's Pure Line is organic, it's even better for me because it contains more beneficial nutrients, like antioxidants.

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Organic Green Tea

I had a professor in college who drank a LOT of green tea, and he was probably one of the healthiest people I've known. He would be so proud of my new love for green tea! According to Web MD, "Studies on green tea’s impact on cancer have been mixed. But green tea is known to aid healthy cells in all stages of growth. There are some clues that green tea may help destroy cancer cells, but that research is still in its early stages." The way I look at it? It's much better for me than many other things I drink throughout the day. I've been making a cup after B goes down for her nap, while I tackle my graphic design work. It's also great if you add a little lemon in, which I do whenever we have it on hand, not only because of the taste but because Vitamin C helps you absorb all those nutrients!

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Pure Boost Tea

Mmkay, I saved the best for last. This one is by far my favorite, and not just because of all the caffeine. The flavor is a bit fruity, and it reminds me of a certain pink iced tea drink from a well-known chain (that shall remain nameless). It's absolutely amazing on ice, and I'll admit to brewing it a little stronger for those busy summer mornings we've been having lately. I usually brew a concentrated amount, and add it to my giant tumbler on ice so I have it on the go. I'm grabbing lemonade at the store this week to mix with the iced tea version of this for something a little different! I love how it's naturally caffeinated - so I can get my fix of something iced and fruity for summer, without feeling like I'm filling my body with artificial junk.

Total Tea has some fantastic teas in their Pure Line, as well as a Gentle Detox Tea that's great for kickstarting a healthier diet and exercise routine! I used it the week before my brother got married, and it was great for energy and all-around feeling better in my skin. If you're looking for some new teas to incorporate into your routine, look no further!

This post was sponsored by Total Tea. All opinions are my own.

Backyard Hangs with Kortni Jeane

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In typical Kansas fashion, our weather has been all over the place this spring. We've lucked out recently with temps in the 80's, which is amazing except for the fact that none of the pools around here open until Memorial Day weekend. So we've been taking advantage with our little wading pool, and B has just been loving all the time outside. Obviously, I'm also super stoked we'll be twinning this summer in our Kortni Jeane swimmers!

I would be lying if I said I ever enjoyed swimsuit shopping. It was always a struggle finding something that was modest (let's just be frank here - I've never been a flat-chested gal) without losing out on style. I'm not against skin in a swimsuit, by any means, but the older I've gotten, the more I appreciate a suit that makes me feel comfortable and classy in front of anyone. You feel me?

And while we're at it, let's talk about the other side of this... trying on swimsuits in a poorly-lit dressing room when you're coming off those harsh, freezing winter months is like a special kind of torture. It puts every insecurity you have on blast (with 360 mirrors - thanks!) while you try to figure out how the heck to tie/strap/fight your way into a suit. It's gloriously horrible, and so many of us struggle through it regardless of our age and number on the scale.

I won't lie, I think about this stuff a lot in relation to B - how it applies to my parenting and the ways B will tackle these things for herself someday. As a mom to a daughter, I'm already praying that I put the right messages out there for B (like simply teaching/reminding her how to eat healthy without making it about how she looks.) It's tricky because I'm still making sense of it myself; learning how to set a good example while I'm already a living, imperfect example. It's important though to remember that my goal here isn't to raise the prettiest, fittest, smartest, most well-rounded girl on the block. The goal is to raise a woman who knows that her worth lies in Jesus, beyond her physical appearance, health status, and any other gifts she has (I'm banking on Harvard because she knows the color "yellow" soooo...) 

Let's be real though. Knowing your worth lies in Jesus can be hard to remember when your clothes aren't doing you any favors in a dimly-lit dressing room. One of the things my mom taught me early on was that it's a great idea to invest in pieces that make you look and feel your best, especially when it's something like a swimsuit. We're not asked to be examples wearing ugly paper bags over our bodies, after all. It's important to find that balance between comfortable (for me, that means coverage!) and stylish. I love how Kortni Jeane combines those two things perfectly for each of their designs, plus the fit and quality is ridiculously good. I'm basically a customer for life at this point, and the fact that B can match me is the cherry on top of my sundae (eaten in a wading pool in May.)

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You can shop our suits here at Kortni Jeane! The pool floatie is also available on their site for purchase. 

P.S. Kortni Jeane notes under each top and bottom if it works especially well for certain body types. For examples, the swing top has extra support for larger busts, and the ruched bottoms help tuck you in a little more. They just added tons of new patterns, as well! Happy shopping!

This post was sponsored by Kortni Jeane. All opinions are my own.