In honor of Lizzy’s Birthday we celebrated Cinco De Mayo a couple of days late along with family and friends.

Lizzy, Dave and Sheldon celebrate Lizzy's birthday

We served lots of appetizers and frozen margaritas along with a taco bar.

My friend, Babs Richardson has a new family cookbook out.  I found this Crock Pot Chicken Tacos recipe in her new book, “Gracious Living II”.  It is delicious and so easy to make.  I let it cook on low for 8 hours and the house smelled wonderful.

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos photo by Kathy Miller



  • 16 ounce bag frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1  24 ounce jar salsa
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning


  1. In crock pot, layer corn, beans and chicken.
  2. Sprinkle with seasoning.
  3. Pour salsa over top.
  4. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  5. After cooking, remove chicken and shred.  Mix chicken back into crock pot.
  6. Serve over Tortilla chips or corn or wheat street tacos.
  7. Serve with desired toppings, lettuce, tomatoes, mexican cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and  lime.


This recipe makes quite a bit and Babs suggests using left over chicken taco mixture in enchiladas.

By KathyMillerTime via Babs Richardson, "Gracious Living II"


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I also served a regular ground beef mixture using a smaller crock pot.  If I were using the larger crock pot I would make this one.  It is delicious and the recipe came from my sister-in-law, Jane.

Crock Pot Beef Carnitas Tacos



  • 2 pounds flank steak, trimmed
  • 2 videlia onions, diced
  • 2 green peppers, diced
  • 2 red peppesr, diced
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and diced

Spice Rub

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For Serving

  • tortillas
  • chopped lettuce
  • avocado or guacamole
  • onions green or yellow
  • mexican cheeses
  • jalapeños, chopped
  • sour cream
  • limes


  1. Mix together all spices.  Rub the spices all over flank steak.  Place steak on bottom of crock pot.
  2. Cover the steak with chopped onions, bell peppers and jalapeno.  Turn heat on low and cook for 8 straight hours.  Do not lift lid to check.
  3. After 8 hours, remove meat from crock pot and shred with a fork.  Place the shredded meat back into the crock pot for another hour, or serve right away with peppers
  4. To serve spoon some carnitas on thour tortilla and top with any or all of the toppings. Be sure to end with a squeeze of lime.

Kathy's Comments

My sister-in-law who is a great cook found this recipe.  The initial recipe calls for 1 each of the onion, green pepper, red pepper and jalapeno.  She thinks it is so much moister doubling these veggies.  I agree!    

By KathyMillerTime via Jane MacDonald


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Frozen Margaritas, Clara Mexican Beer, Assorted wines

Black Bean & Corn Salsa,


Black Bean & Corn Salsa photo by Kathy Miller


  • 2 cans white shoe peg corn, drained
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ c. chopped onion
  • ¾ c. chopped red pepper
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • ½ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 1 ½ T. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ c. chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients.  
  2. Whisk together dressing, pour over salsa and chill

By KathyMillerTime


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Hot Artichoke Dip with Tomatoes & Green Chilis, Click for recipe.

Beer Cheese Spread with Jalapeño. (I buy this from Trader Joe’s)

Pub Cheese with Jalapeno Spread

Cheese Bean Dip made by sister Lucy

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Crock Pot Beef Caritas Tacos

Friend Cathy made a wonderful Tres Leche Cake and Flourless Chocolate Cake, and French Cream Puffs.

Lucy and I had fun setting colorful tables.

Lucy and Kathy getting ready for Cinco De Mayo party

Cinco De Mayo Table

Table II Cinco De Mayo party

Matching table and outfit!  How about those orange shoes?

Kathy matching table and outfit

Kathy Sheldon and Dave at sunset

Hope you enjoy the recipes!  Come celebrate with me.

I’ll save you a seat at the table.


  • Robin says:

    What a beautiful celebration for Lizzy’s birthday! I wish I could have been there. Happy early birthday Liz!! 🎉🎂💐❤️

  • Clara Miller says:

    As always Kathy and Dave did a wonderful job serving as hosts for a great celebration. Especially like the “Clara” beer!

  • Joanne Astor says:

    It was a great celebration with friends. The setting was gorgeous and the weather was perfect for an outdoor dinner. Thank you Kathy and Dave!

  • Kay Fillingim says:

    What a wonderful birthday celebration for Lizzy! Thinking about our Kern’ s merry-go-round birthday party for Sarah, Katie, and Liz back in 1987😊🎂💕🎠
    Happy Birthday, Lizzy!
    We love you…

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