Pulled Pork Enchiladas

I shared my homemade enchilada sauce with you a little while back and here are the enchiladas to go with it!

These enchiladas are a bit different in that they have a sweeter pulled pork recipe inside them. You can add and subtract as many ingredients as you want in order to make them just the way you like!

DSC_0027I thought this was a fun change on a typical enchilada but I will be honest and say that I prefer a classic flavor to this. I work in the BBQ sauce industry so these reminded me a bit more of a sweet BBQ than the typical smoky/spicy kind. I sometimes love to mix up the normal recipes we make and this was definitely a fun experiment. The meat was sooooo good, and could have easily been used to make a pulled pork sandwich!

The other thing that is so fun about this recipe is, as I mentioned, how you can add and subtract ingredients to fit it to your needs. I added black beans but you could add any type of bean or rice to the inside of these enchiladas. You can sub pork for beef or chicken if you like that better as well.

The best part about Mexican food is definitely the toppings. Here are just a few ideas…Hot sauce/salsa, onions (yellow, white, red or green), olives, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, different types of cheese…the list goes on!

Here is the recipe for my go-to, super easy Chicken Enchiladas

I hope this recipe helps you get through your hump day! I am looking SO FORWARD to the long, Holiday weekend!

I have a super exciting announcement to share with you next week and I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU!

I know, the anticipation is killing you…guess you’ll have to wait :)

Have a great week and good luck staying cool in this scorching weather that showed up here in the Midwest!

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Lately

Remember how I was having too much fun last weekend to even think about my blog post that I had all set and ready to go? Yeah, I barely do either…

But I posted it for you on Monday because I didn’t want it to feel inauthentic if I posted it any later. That’s the thing about these lately post’s. They vary greatly depending on the day and my mood. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad/depressed. I’ve realized the more honest I am/show my inner (yikes) Bethany, the better of a response I get from all you great folks.

Thank you all for being my therapist and my journal entry. I have been living the most hectic life for the past 4 months since becoming a yoga teacher and even though I forget what it’s like to have a free night or weekend I wouldn’t trade it for the world. This journey has been incredible and the friends and yogi’s I’ve met along the way have surpassed any wish I could have had about chasing this dream.

Yes, I wish I had more time in the day to spend on my blog, connecting with friends/family or going to the grocery store to wander (Whole Foods, I’m lookin’ at you). But I know that this is just a season and I thank God for Mikey and his calm to my storm. If he has taught me anything over the past for months it is PATIENCE.

“Patience young grasshopper.”

I don’t like being patient. I’m a Millennial, I’m not supposed to be patient. I’m supposed to do everything all at once and get what I want when I want it in return, right?  As Omarion so wisely put it, “That’s how it post to be”.

SO cheers to a summer that has been the best, although it ain’t over yet. Cheers to learning to be patient and enjoying the world around me. And cheersssss TO THE FREAKIN’ WEEKEND!

My plan for the weekend is to bake, cook, eat and sleep. This is a weekend of relaxing and prepping for next weekend up in WI with my besties. My 3 best’s from high school and their mate’s are all heading up for our 10 year high school (ew, gross, how has it been 10 years) reunion/some fun in the sun. I hope you have some plans to relax over the Holiday weekend before the craziness of back to school/fall events begin.

I must be hungry because I’m sharing a lot of food in this lately post…but life is about sharing food together, right? Food like this beautiful polenta from my new favorite FAVORITE website. If I could live in a website/kitchen/blog it would be Sunday Suppers. They have cookbooks. I want to buy them all and be a part of their team. It is literally everything I have inside my brain. Karen Mordechai (the founder) is my spirit animal (so is Kristen Wiig).
b4362b28d23f58eb7085da60fd7f361f Moving right along. Obviously donuts with coconut. And who is surprised that they are from a blog in any language other than English. I have a knack for finding favorite posts in a foreign tongue. But if you ask me, food speaks all languages and we don’t have to understand each other to appreciate and stuff our faces full of great things together! 708cbf0eb516a0113fe2270142c3ed27 I don’t know where this picture came from…but when I found it the link took me to a website about buying a home in Spain. Mikey and I fell in love in Spain so that can only mean one thing, it’s a sign and we need to buy a house there. And if living in Spain means lying in a boat by the sea with beautifully manicured toes…sign. me. UP. 2aed5d90445155b72a9da19a29f352f8 Yes, another breakfast food. IT’S ALL I WANT. I want breakfast carbs for all my meals every day. Add a bagel, muffin, baguette or waffle to everything I ever eat, please. 72431c47cb199e2b6b186f98e174a8b5 My hair is a hot mess.

It’s an afro of knots due to the fact that I went platinum in the winter and it is now fried to oblivion. Top knots are one of my only options and I am thanking my lucky stars that my hair style of choice is actually trendy right now. I know it won’t last forever and I’ll be the woman who is stuck in her hair generation forever (like the women with the 80’s bangs/layers like Farrah Fawcett that they just can’t seem to shake). I have been rocking a high bun since Jr. High and I don’t plan on stopping. I love the site Honestly WTF and I know I share things from there often (like, maybe even this same post) and I hope they keep it up because the inspiration they are throwing off is magical. 4058357ef4a95e54ef198ea5110dda63

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

I made some homemade enchiladas for a good friend of mine who had twins a few weeks back.

I wanted to try a new recipe so I scoured the internet until I found a few things that looked good and tried. The enchiladas were a little sweet for what I was used to but this sauce that I made for them is super easy and super delicious. When I buy enchilada sauce in a can I always feel like it is lacking in flavor so I was super happy when this recipe turned out to be great.

It would be a great addition to my old go-to enchilada recipe. They are already sooooo yummy and a great freezer meal if you’re looking to plan ahead or want to whip something up on the fly during the week.

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This sauce has a nice smoky flavor from the fire roasted tomatoes and the different spices really make for a rich, deep flavor. I think when I make this again I’ll saute some onions and garlic to blend in with the tomatoes, but otherwise I was happy with the sauce.

Sometimes it’s the little things about a homemade dish that really deepen the flavor. Buying a can is easy but it never tastes quite as good.

I never really liked Mexican food until I was in college and even then I only liked chimichangas. Like, I remember going to a restaurant with Mikey’s family and they made me a special chimichanga because they weren’t on the menu. Now the literal last thing I would ever order is a chimichanga and I could eat Mexican food for every meal. Although enchiladas are also not my first choice I do love them when I have them. The smoky, spicy flavor that is cooked into the tortilla really can’t be beat (recipe coming soon I promise!!).

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I don’t know what it’s like by you…but the weather has turned here and it’s cold! I am going to make some soup tonight but these warming enchiladas would also make a great warm meal on a day like today!

I hope you’re having a great week. I PROMISE to share this tasty enchilada recipe with you ASAP!

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I meant to post this on Friday…I was at a girls weekend in Lake Geneva and had way too much fun. Totally forgot to post this! So here is a belated “Lately” post for you!

What would you do if someone put you on the spot and said, “sing me your favorite/best rap”?

Think about it…you have 5 seconds. GO.

This happened to me this morning after teaching yoga and luckily I was feeling awake and energized so I was able to think on my feet. My first go to was 1-2 Step by Ciara. You know, “I shake it like Jello make the boys say hello”…that one.

I then proceeded to rap through Lose Yourself by none other than Eminem. It was fun.

I used to take myself so seriously and would get so embarrassed by the dumbest things. I still get embarrassed a lot and nervous in certain situations…but I have learned to embrace it and just see what happens. Chances are I’ll get sweaty, or my face will turn red (probably both) but life is too short to care. I wish I could tell my past self to stop caring and worrying so much. The thing I love most about getting older is that I give considerably less eff’s than I used to and it is marvelous.

I challenge you to stop caring so much about what anyone thinks and be YOU. Because you’re awesome, and you’re quirky, and sometimes you ARE super embarrassing to be around or even look at…and that’s freaking beautiful.

Here are some things I’m inspired by lately and hope you are as well! Keep being beautiful, my friends. I love you, you big freaking weirdo.

I want to turn our rooftop into a giant pillow/blanket fort and spend the night with friends watching a movie under the stars (who am I kidding? there are no stars in the city)…So under the airplanes and satellites).
9807edcd99fd3e4d5ba9a77e66f7096a Summer is still my focus and this sparkling grapefruit cocktail screams summer. Therefore, I’m going to drink them and be outside and work on dat tan doeeeeeeeee (I am way too caffeinated right now). 02d24d2db4000603c71bb46345892925Who loves geometric & chunky rings? I DO. Etsy has all the pretty things and I love supporting artists from around the globe through a stunningly beautiful website. ButterscotchofBK has the most beautiful and seemingly affordable jewelry. Please support this artist and his AMAZING work!
2fc31f9f0264e085a186ed112bda9e43 Chocolate. Almond. Coconut. 

Name, like, 3 more things (avocado, marshmallow, cream cheese) and you have listed my top 7 favorite foods. f7fc7f04772f5e7774a6f6c932b20d1a Since everything above has been an indulgence, lets step back for a moment and take in a small dose of health. Here is a beautiful, seasonal and healthy salad to get you through the week and looking towards the weekend!a80b305020412e1b2b2845646d0b64e4Have an incredible weekend. Be you, because there is no one else who can rap like you, or bake like you, hug like you or list the characters from Star Wars in just the same way as you.

Be authentic, be beautiful and spread the love that only YOU can spread! I Love you guys! Thanks for stopping by yet again :)

Fig, Blue Cheese & Pecan Salad

Sometimes we eat healthy things at our house.

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On the weekends we eat like absolute fat kids. But then Monday rolls around and the detox must begin again before the next weekends retox. It’s a vicious cycle.

This is the best salad I’ve made this summer.

Not only did it look pretty, it tasted amazing. Sweet and salty with a hint of funk from the blue cheese…it’s everything you could ever want in a salad!

I could eat salad for every single meal of my life but living with a man can make that difficult. They require things like meat, red sauce and starches (at least the man I live with does).

Mikey does love to eat healthy and we try to stick to lean meats/proteins and tons of veggies and fruits during the week (which leads to binging on pizza and Chinese foods on the weekends).

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