February 2016 archive

Art I Heart – Barbra Ignatiev

I’m loving the work of watercolor artist Barbra Ignatiev, artist behind the Barbarian brand.  I love her bright, fun colors and playful patterns.  Take a look at a few of my favorites from her Society6 shop below:

Red Anemone by Barbra Ignatiev

Bird of Hey - Indigo by Barbra Ignatiev

This tribal pattern is so fun!

Dash Aztec by Barbra Ignatiev

And how cute is this bright diamond pattern as a fun throw blanket?

Bright Like a Diamond Blanket by Barbra Ignatiev

Also, if you go to her website and subscribe to her newsletter, she sends you a new, lovely phone background each week.  I have mine set to one of my favorite florals:

Barbra Ignatiev Phone Wallpaper

Watercolors are one of my favorite mediums lately, and I find so many lovely, inspiring watercolor art.  You can be assured that there will be more watercolor artists making an appearance in my little ongoing Art I Heart series.

Easy Winter Dinner – Taco Soup in the Slow Cooker

Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Taco Soup RecipeWe make this taco soup recipe all the time, it’s huge family favorite.  And it’s super easy to throw together, with lots of variations.  It’s delicious and quick slow cooker recipe for cold winter evenings!

For the Soup

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz can kidney beans, undrained
  • 14 oz can black beans, undrained
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • taco seasoning to taste
  • water, to taste

For Serving

  • grated cheddar cheese
  • tortilla chips

Brown ground beef or turkey with onions, drain if needed.  Combine all soup ingredients in slow cooker, cook on low 6 hours.  Serve with grated cheese on top and tortilla chips.

Again, lots of options with this soup – plus it’s so easy, and basically impossible to mess up, which is probably why it’s a favorite in our house.  We like quick, easy, and hard to mess up.

These recipe is easily substituted based on what you have in the pantry.  Omit the meat to make it vegetarian.  Or use chicken, or really any leftover meat you have on hand.  I’ve thrown in leftover rotisserie chicken, leftover taco meat, shredded chicken, ground turkey, and all have turned out great. Use diced tomatoes with green chiles or mexican seasoning for added flavor.  My husband loves cumin, so he adds extra cumin and garlic (on top of the taco seasoning) when he makes it.  If we don’t have tomato sauce, I’ll throw in some tomato paste instead, or even just another small can of diced tomatoes.  If we are out of onion, I’ll add minced dried onion or just skip it completely.

This is a good recipe to sneak in extra veggies for your family.  We add an undrained can of corn occasionally, or chopped bell peppers, and I’ve even thrown in some chopped spinach to sneak extra vitamins into my kids diet.

No need to drain any of the cans of beans/corn, just dump them all into the slow cooker, juice and all.  Then just eyeball the amount of water, to make it more or less soupy.  Top with cheese, cilantro, sour cream, salsa …I personally prefer a heaping mound of cheddar cheese and then I eat it with tortilla chips.

**And of course, since I take pictures of everything, this soup photo is available to license from Creative Market.

Art I Heart – Charlotte Winter

Lately I’ve been finding tons and tons of fabulous artists to admire while browsing one of my favorite art spots on the internet, Society6.  I think I’ll start a regular feature of favorite artists so that I can share the love!

My first artist to share is Charlotte Winter, discovered through her Society6 profile, of course.  My favorite works of hers are the abstracts – I would love to have some of these hanging on my walls or on pillows for my living room.  They would also be great for a stylish teen bedroom or dorm room!

Sloane Abstract Painting by Charlotte Winter

Michel Abstract Art by Charlotte Winter

Eisley Abstract Painting by Charlotte Winter

I also love some of her fun repeat patterns too … these ice cream cones would make a super adorbs beach bag!

Ice Cream Tote Bag by Charlotte Winter

and this peach/navy/gold tribal pattern would be great on your walls or on your phone case!

Jacs Print by Charlotte Winter

I did a little internet stalking and found that Charlotte sells many of her patterns on Spoonflower, so you can buy her designs on fabric for all of your crafting needs!