Celebrate with Fajitas and ‘Ritas

I’m dying for Mexican food right now, you guys. My hope is that Brian and I will be going out for tacos and stuff (mostly margaritas, but whatever) if he agrees to it, of course. Otherwise it might be blender ‘ritas and tacos at home for this girl. Either way, it’s fiesta time, my friends. And what good is a fiesta without food that leaves you ready for a siesta (I know. Bad joke. Don’t care)?

Brian: May the 5th be with you!
Me: Huh?
Brian: Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Me: Oh. Yeah. You too. Wait. We should get tacos and margaritas for dinner tonight.
Brian: …
Me: I mean, it’s the only logical thing to do.
Brian: I guess…
Me: Or we could skip the tacos and just get margaritas.
Brian: I’d rather have the tacos.
Me: Okay, we’ll compromise. You can get tacos, and I’ll get margaritas.
Posted by Quirky Chrissy on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

So, if you’re sitting at home thinking about restaurant-quality fajitas for dinner tonight, I’ve got the perfect recipe (although, maybe not quite a full recipe as I’m a big fan of throwing shit in a pan and hoping it turns out). Allow me to light the path to Cinco de Happiness. Taco night and fajita night are both really big deals in our house. Brian loves pico de gallo the way I love cheese. It’s a staple. So any meal that includes his favorite staple is a win in Brian’s book. And I just love stuff with lots of ingredients. So there’s that.

I’ll warn you now, that this recipe isn’t for those who want everything homemade from scratch. That’s a rare occurrence around here, what with our crazy busy schedules. This is designed to be easy. Feel free to substitute the cooking part of the chicken with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. I’m not saying we’ve never done that in order to save 30 minutes. (Spoiler alert – we do it all the time).

STORIES

Easy Fully Loaded Fajitas

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Bell Peppers – I use red, orange, or yellow, but you can rock any color combo you like
  • 1 Red Onion – feel free to use your favorite onion – I like red best
  • 3 Tbs Olive Oil – to cook veggies and chicken
  • 1 lb Chicken – you could do steak too, but I’ve always been partial to chicken fajitas
  • Fajita Seasoning – you can cheat and buy a packet from the grocery store or if you’re experimental, sprinkle in a teaspoon or so of each of these (Pro-tip: use the cayenne pepper to preferred heat):
    • Paprika
    • Cumin
    • Chili Powder
    • Onion Powder
    • Garlic Powder
    • Cayenne Pepper
    • Black Pepper
    • Salt
  • 8 Flour Tortillas – Brian prefers corn always, but I prefer flour for loaded fajitas because they hold together better
  • Guacamole – homemade recipe below
  • Pico de Gallo – we usually get ours from Trader Joe’s
  • Tomato Salsa – because sometimes you want more than just pico, amiright?
  • Trader Joe’s Corn Salsa – this stuff is fucking amazing
  • Sour Cream – I feel like it brings all the flavors together

Step 1: Slice peppers and onions into strips

Step 2: Saute peppers and onions in 1 Tbs of olive oil 

Step 3: Slice chicken into thin strips

Step 4: Saute chicken in 2 Tbs of olive oil

Step 5: Once the chicken is cooked all the way through, add the fajita seasoning

Step 6: Combine the veggies and chicken in one pan, allowing the seasoning to cover the chicken, peppers and onions

Step 7: Heat the tortillas in the microwave (wrap them in a damp paper towel and heat on high for 20-30 seconds)

Serve and enjoy.

I love guacamole. I love homemade guacamole even more. And when it all comes down to it, this easy recipe is DELICIOUS!

Homemade Guacamole

We’re big advocates for the simplest recipes. Guacamole is easy when you’ve got fresh avocados and a few key ingredients (lime and pico). I used to get all crafty and creative with the guac recipes, but then we tried this, and it was easy. And fucking magical.

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 Lime (zest and juice) or 2 Packets True Lime
  • 1/4 Cup Pico de Gallo
  • Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

Step 1: Cut avocados in slices or cubes

Step 2: Mash avocados

Step 3: Add the other ingredients and mix well

BOOM.Fully Loaded Fajitas

What are some of your favorite go-to recipes for Cinco de Mayo? Have you tried making homemade guacamole? Will you be drinking margaritas with me tonight?

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My Brother’s Menagerie: In Which my Little Brother Flexes his Creative Muscles (and Something About Pets that aren’t Dogs or Cats)

My brother is a crafty, creative genius. Long before Etsy was a thing, my brother was hand-making jewelry, whipping up delicious creations in the kitchen and helping me build the most elaborate indoor forts known to man.

Most recently, he’s been found hand-making hamster cages.

Hamstervision: Homemade Hamster Cages and Other Pet Palaces

My hamster spent his entire life trying to create his own condo in my dresser. My brother turned an old television into a hamster apartment so his didn’t have to. He called it “Hamstervision.”

We grew up with hamsters. We started with a gerbil named Axel Rose, followed by a hamster named Jon Bon Jovi. The string of hamsters in our lives ended with my little furry lover, Romeo, who ironically ended his own life by trying to escape his cage, Houdini-style.

My brother’s menagerie was always a little more exotic than mine, though.

  • The chameleon that I may have terrified into losing it’s tail… (Seriously, this was the most horrifying thing on the planet. My brother told me to hold the damn thing by its tail…so I did…and the next thing I knew, I was holding a tail…but no chameleon).
  • The sickly turtle that couldn’t get used to living in a terrarium, even under a heat lamp. It was part rescue mission/part lost cause.
  • The hamster that we mated with our cousin Rachel’s hamster…who proceeded to eat all of the babies (Rachel’s hamster, not my brother’s hamster…or Rachel.)
  • The cannibalistic snail that ate my snail…and my replacement snail – jerk.
  • The pair of hermit crabs that lived in various seashells in the short time we had them.
  • The spunky dalmatian that was born in a thunderstorm and captured all of our hearts (including the old-man dog and old-man cat that dominated our household zoo).
  • The frogs that I apparently have zero recollection of whatsoever (but my brother assures me that they existed).

You can see, he’s always been quite the animal lover. Me?

Okay, fine. I loved animals too.

I haven’t had my own pet since Sammy Fish (my finned college bestie, who hated car-travel but had to suck it up at least four times a year). And according to Brian, I won’t have one for quite some time. Sad face Although we have discussed our very own exotic menagerie…and maybe a bunny named Bunnicula.

My brother, on the other hand, has had a string of delightful pets, including several hamsters and my newest little furry nephew, Biscuit the Hedgehog.

Biscuit the Hedgehog

Biscuit the Hedgehog – My spiky nephew currently lives in a cage built out of storage cubes

Whenever my brother gets a new pet, he feels the need to really create a home for it. But those store-bought cages just don’t do it for him. So he BUILDS HIS OWN PET PALACES. He builds cool toys for them to play with. He basically does some crazy juju magic to create these genius inspired homes for his fur babies. I absolutely adore him.

homemade hamster cages

Roxxi the Hamster lives in this china-cabinet-turned-hamster-palace. Note the details…like the cork cabin and the cork bridge.

So there you have it, my friends.

My brother is a creative genius and has the coolest pets around. With the coolest pet palaces around.

Would you build unique homes for your pets? Do you have any cool pets? Do you have any ridiculously crazy pet stories? Am I the only person in the world who de-tailed a chameleon?

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