A Genius Idea (91 Dinner Parties Too Late): Tape Napkin Rings

I literally cannot believe I didn’t think of this sooner.  All this craft tape, all these dinner parties, all these years.  But my new motto is “Be Here Now” and no time like the present, right?  It all started when I was hosting my girlfriend’s baby shower a few weekends ago.  I knew I wanted to use this tape that my sister-in-law had given over a year ago, but I wasn’t sure how to incorporate into my chic-gold-and-pink-nonbaby-baby theme.

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But as I was setting the table I realized I really needed a little pop of color.  And the heavens opened up and it came to me:  tape + napkins= napkin rings.
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So I wrapped it around each napkin and secured it with a tiny piece of clear tape on the back and voila!  Napkin rings.

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Use any tape you want and any color/pattern napkins.  You can find it at Target, Michael’s, Paper Source, and Amazon.  It’s cheap and pretty.  What a great way to add a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to your table.

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NBD.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Kind of a true story:  My sister and her husband had my parents over for dinner the other night.  The next day I talked to my mom and she was literally raving about the chicken dish they served.  I know my mom would argue otherwise, but trust me, it’s kind of not that often (like, ever) that my mom compliments her children’s cooking, much less raves about it.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s glad we cook, she’s especially grateful when we cook for her, but at the end of the day she could always have done it better.  And we don’t disagree.

Obviously I needed this recipe immediately if not sooner.  I was actually kind of annoyed that this was the first I was hearing of it. Our family sibling code mandates that you share good recipes, especially ones that impress our Swedish, gourmet mother.  So I called my sister and asked what the eff was up with this chicken.

“Oh…that,” she said, “I can’t tell you.”  [Followed by maniacal laughter.]

Now that I’ve finally gotten it out of her (nothing wrong with blackmailing an older sister), I know why she was so reluctant to share.  She could have spent many more years blissfully serving this dish, purporting to have slaved away in the kitchen after working all day while my mom thinks to herself, “I don’t know how she does it????”   Well guess what, I do.

So, that’s not exactly how it went down, but it definitely makes for a better story and what do you care?  I’m sharing the damn recipe with you, aren’t I?

You’ll only need a few ingredients.  To be specific, four:  2 lbs chicken breasts, 1 packet taco seasoning, 1 packet ranch dressing, 1 can diced tomatoes.

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Who knew ranch dressing was still legal?

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Rinse chicken breasts and place in the bottom of the slow cooker.

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Cover with a packet of taco seasoning.

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Dump a can of diced tomatoes on top.

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Sprinkle the ranch. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours (if you want to expedite, cook on high for 5-6 hours).

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The chicken will be so tender and flavorful it will literally fall apart with a fork.

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Serve it with whatever you like.   We decided on tacos, but it would be excellent with rice and beans or on a salad.  I could literally eat it in a bowl by itself, like cereal.  It’s insanely flavorful and delicious.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 packet taco seasoning

1 packet ranch dressing

1 can diced tomates

Put all in a slow cooker and simmer for 8-10 hours on low (5-6 on high).  Serve in tacos or with rice and beans or over a salad.

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