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All About Tacos For Sunday Night Dinner!

Tonight, for Sunday night dinner, I made some seriously yummy tacos! The best part about them were the taco shells that were made of cheese!! My boyfriend is on the keto diet, which is basically no carbs and high fat, so we decided to try out some cheese shells instead of tortilla. They were delicious! I started with provolone rounds seasoned with chili powder and garlic salt and then tried out shredded taco cheese blend. While the provolone was very good, the taco cheese blend had more spice and flavor, so I preferred that cheese more. I placed the cheese on a greased baking sheet and baked at 357 degrees for 8-9 minutes, until it was golden brown. I then placed them over the side of a bread baking dish to form them into taco shells. 

For the chicken, I placed almost 3 lbs. of chicken breast into the crockpot, covered it with the juice of two limes (put the whole limes in there too), a packet of taco seasoning and a jar of salsa. I put the crockpot on low for about 5-6 hours. Then took the chicken breast out and shredded the chicken, note* I put the chicken back into the crock pot which I don't recommend, it was way to juicy! 

I garnished with some avocado, pico de gallo and sour cream! 

 

June 12, 2017 by Victoria Gray

Gardening Season Has Begun!

I am so excited that after a VERY long winter, gardening season has finally begun! It might sound so boring, but I love to garden! I think for the same reason why I like hunting, you supply yourself with food you have harvested yourself; you know where it came from and how it was treated. Something about going outside to your garden and picking the vegetables, fruits etc. that you want to eat for your breakfast, lunch or dinner is so special. We live in a world where virtually anything we want is available at our finger tips, at any time.  One might think it's easier to go to the grocery store and get what you want, but having the patience for something to grow or stalking an animal while hunting, makes it much more worth the experience and to me, makes the food taste that much better! Gardening is a pretty easy activity, that really anyone of any age can do! But the best of all is that it gets you outside and enjoying nature. 

Parker digging holes for me! Such a good little helper!

Violet guarding her jalapeño plant. 

 

This year we planted:

* We are in Zone 4- makes sure to check your zone before planting :) 

  • Tomatoes- red and yellow cherry, beefsteak and black prince
  • Yellow squash 
  • Zucchini 
  • Rhubarb 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Mammoth Jalapeno peppers 
  • Sweet green pepper 
  • Herbs: mint ,basil and thyme 
  • Flowers: 
    • Marigolds 
    • Impatients 
    • Dahlias 

Comment with what you are planting or any tips! 

June 05, 2017 by Victoria Gray

Spot Prawns with Avocado Salsa!

 

This Sunday I made grilled spot prawns with avocado salsa and let me tell you it was delicious!! The spot prawns still have their shells on, so they won't dry out on the grill and the avocado salsa has the perfect amount of heat, crunch and flavor!

Here's what I did! 

Ingredients: 

  • 12 spot prawns ( enough for 2 people) with skin on 
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil 
  • Salt & pepper to season 
  • Salsa: 
    • 1 green pepper diced 
    • 1 jalapeno diced and seeds removed 
    • 1/2 red onion diced 
    • 1 bunch of cilantro chopped 
    • Juice of 2 limes- plus one more lime for garnish
    • Handful of cherry tomatoes quartered 
    • 2 avocados sliced into small chunks 
    • salt and pepper to taste 

How to: 

  • Start charcoal is a charcoal chimney to heat up the coals
  • Skewer the prawns, tails up to head 
  • drizzle with olive oil and coat using hands 
  • Season with salt and pepper 
  • Make the salsa: add all salsa ingredients to a bowl and gently toss with a spoon, let sit for at least 10 minutes. 
  • Once the charcoal is ready ( make sure they aren't too hot) add the shrimp. 
  • Cook for about 2.5 minutes each side, or until it looks opaque and cooked through. 
  • Take off grill and top with the salsa! Use the remaining lime wedges to garnish the plate. 
  • ENJOY! 

 * I am wearing my gold pebble drop earrings, shotgun shell bracelet, gold knot bangle, and using the Chace & Co. dish towel! 

May 22, 2017 by Victoria Gray

Weekend Picks with New Arrivals!

This week I am showing off some of my new spring arrivals! All my new arrivals are really cute and comfortable! I modeled them all and can tell you they fit true to size, except for the jean skirt, that runs a little small, so be sure to order a size bigger! 
In my weekend picks, I've got on our new light pink and light blue button down shirt. This shirt is 100% cotton, has one pocket on the chest and roll up sleeves with button closure. Perfect to wear with white jeans and either wear it loose or tied in the front! Casual, comfortable and girly- can't go wrong with this shirt. I am accessorizing with the 20 gauge shotgun shell earrings with black stone center, the black enamel twist bracelet, the elephant bracelet, and the 20 gauge shotgun shell bracelet. My boots are Corral cowboy boots with eagle overlay (similar style), and finally my sunglasses are Toms Adeline Sunglasses. You can shop this look by clicking the embedded links! Happy Weekend! 
~ Victoria 

 

May 19, 2017 by Victoria Gray

Weekend Picks! Still at the Ranch.

For this weekend, I have a few friends coming down and we are excited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby! Tonight were barbecuing and making fajita's and tomorrow we are headed to a Kentucky Derby Party. As part of the weekend looks, we are giving a 15% off discount on the horse bit bracelet in honor of the Kentucky Derby!! Enter code DERBY at check out- applies only to the bracelet! 

Outfit Details for my Kentucky Derby style!!
Horse bit bracelet- on sale, today and tomorrow only- Code- DERBY
Gold knot bracelet- goes with every outfit! 
Off The Shoulder Blouse for Cinco de Mayo! 
J. Crew Shoes (similar product) 

 

 

May 05, 2017 by Victoria Gray

Chicken Thighs With Sun-dried Tomatoes and Cream Sauce!

This Sunday I prepared a chicken thigh dish that was AMAZING! In the end I had crispy chicken thighs and a delicious cream sauce! I found this recipe because I was looking around for low carb, high fat, keto diet recipe and thought this was definitely worth a try! 

I added wine to this recipe to add some more flavor and it was so delicious. The only thing I had trouble with was once the chicken was in the oven, you need to stir around the sauce once in a while so it doesn't burn or dry up. Otherwise, super easy and yummy recipe! Highly recommend trying it! 

May 01, 2017 by Victoria Gray

Ranch Weekend Picks! 4-28-17

This week I am down at the ranch taking care of all the animals; 5 dogs, 2 horse, 1 cat, and 4 chickens! Since I've arrived it has not stopped snowing! So that's really no fun, but with our new fire place now working, it has been quite cozy inside. This week I am showing off my ranch weekend look which you can shop on my website! 
Outfit details: Gold pebble drop earrings, blue and white button down, shotgun shell bracelet, the soft knit sweater, belt is from Twin M Designs, jeans are american eagle artist hi-rise, and my shoes which you can't see are Toms sandals
Happy Shopping!
~ Victoria 
April 28, 2017 by Victoria Gray

Turkey Hunting Prep!

         
        
This year will be my first time hunting a turkey for myself! I have been before but only to watch and assist. We have been searching on google earth for good turkey spots and think we have found some great places to check out! For my turkey hunt, I have compiled a checklist for what I will use, so if you get the opportunity to go turkey hunting yourself and want some of the products I wear, just click the link!
April 25, 2017 by Victoria Gray

Lamb & "Rice" Keto Recipe

Ok, for those of you who follow me on snapchat, here is the full recipe for my EASY lamb and keto rice and those of you who don't, here it is so you don't miss out! 

Ingredients: 

1 rack of lamb- mine was from Costco and 1 lbs. 

1 head of cauliflower, blended into "rice" 

2 cloves of garlic, minced 

1 yellow onion, minced 

1 small container of your favorite mushrooms- sliced 

1/4 cup of parmesan... or more ;)

2 tbsp. of olive oil

1/4 cup of butter

How to:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees 

Pat dry the rack of lamb, coat with olive oil salt and pepper

Add lamb to oven and cook for 15 minutes for medium rare- rare (this is for 1 lbs.).... I cooked mine for 20 minutes and it was over done a touch. 

Take out and let rest for 15 minutes 

Rice: 

Blend cauliflower into "rice" in food processor. 

Put into a large pan with olive oil and cook until slightly brown- take out and put into a bowl.

Put more olive oil into the pan add the onion and garlic, cook for 3-5 minutes until translucent. 

Add the mushrooms, cook for another 2-3 minutes. 

Add the cauliflower rice and 1/4 cup of chicken stock or wine :) stir to combine. 

Add the parmesan  and let melt... 

Serve: 

Place cauliflower "rice" under the rack of lamb! YUM, ENJOY! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2017 by Victoria Gray