Flank Steak Taco Crock Pot Recipe

Do you have that ONE recipe that you know you can make perfectly and it'll be a crowd-pleaser every time?! I sure do. It's my flank steak tacos. And when I say "my recipe" I mean my mom gave me the recipe and she originally got it from my aunt ;) It's tried and true, friends! I've mentioned it here on the blog before but never shared the recipe, so I thought I would being that it's Memorial Day weekend and this is the perfect thing to cook for a large amount of people.

Picture from this very similar recipe

1.5lbs of flank steak for 6 people (I was going to make 3lbs for 10 people this weekend)
1 can Mexican Stewed Tomatoes (for MI locals, I've only ever found these at Meijer)
1 small can mild green chilis
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp minced garlic
salt and pepper

Taco sides:
Spanish / Mexican rice
shredded cheese

Score the Flank Steak on both sides. Salt and pepper both sides of steak. Put in the crockpot. Dump all ingredients on top of the stead. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8. .Usually I do low for 4 then high for 1 or two. Stir every so often, making sure the juices are on top of the meat. An hour before serving, shred your flank steak with two forks. This should happen easily (that's how you know it's almost done!) 

We serve this just like any other tacos by topping them with rice, avocado, cheese, lettuce, etc. The only thing I wouldn't do is beans. 

They are so delicious and any time I make them, everyone always wants the recipe! Maybe this will help your Memorial Day meal planning. Oh! And leftovers are almost better than the first time you eat them...so juicy ;) 

Let me know if you try them!

Before I sign off for the day, I wanted to let you know I'll be back with Memorial Day Sales tomorrow, but in case you want a head start, here are a couple already going on!

Nordstrom: Half Yearly Sale! Up to 40% off!
Bloomingdales: up to 40% off Designer Handbags
LOFT: 40% off everything
J.Crew: 40% off everything with code GETAWAY
J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything with code WINWIN
West Elm: Buy more, save more with code SAVEMORE 
Anthropologie: 20% off home decor and furniture
ASOS: 20% off with code SUNNYDAYS
Madewell: 20% off dresses with code PRETTYPLEASE
Target: sale on home decor and patio
World Market: save 20% + FREE shipping!


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Kauai Open House Tour

When we were in Kauai about a month ago, my parents set up a couple tours of open houses nearby, since it's their dream to live there one day! It was raining outside, so it was a great pastime. There was a house in particular that I just LOVED so I thought I'd show it to you here. The owner had quite the eye for design. It was a sea of blue, turquoise and pops of other hues to brighten it up. Perfectly coastal and beachy, but without being cheesy!

Here's the living room:

I loved the coral prints framed around the TV. It helps distract from the TV, which is a great eye-trick!

This coffee table was incredible! I also loved this gorgeous coffee table book. I think I want it for myself one day :)

The one thing I felt was too much was the rug. I could have done with a neutral rug, myself ;)

The kitchen had been newly redone with quartz counters, marble subway backsplash, and a really cute shell chandelier over the breakfast nook.

I loved this little wall with fish plates. I'm not a fan of fish normally but this was so fun and appropriate for Hawaii!

This is the half bath. Is this not the craziest mirror you've ever seen? I found it online and linked to it below incase anyone wants to drop $3,300 on a mirror ;) Ha! I couldn't believe it. It does make a big impact!

This is the master bedroom upstairs.

The Master Bath had this pretty waterfall feature over the tub.

This was the second bedroom. It's hard to pull off complimentary color palettes (colors across the color wheel from one another, like orange and blue, green and red or yellow and purple) but this homeowner made it work!!

The bathroom off this room was sweet, too. Coastal and chic.
Get the look: 

Not the first thing I'd want to do in Hawaii, but definitely a great rainy-day (more like tropical storm...) activity!

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The Perfect Summer Romper + Wedges

Last week I was in Nashville teaching The Bloom Workshop and it was a lot hotter there than we've yet to experience in Michigan this year! I was SO glad I found this romper a couple days before our trip, because it made the perfect outfit to wear to teach during the first day of the two-day workshop. I'm pretty picky about rompers and have a little checklist in my head when trying them on.
Things I look for in rompers: 
- Not too short
- Not too long ;)
- Comfortable fabric
- Fun pattern
- Somewhat fitted (to give some shape. Also, I try to sit in them in the dressing room to make sure they don't create an unwanted bulge you-know-where ;))
- Washable (nothing worse than only being able to take something to the dry cleaner...so many of my tops are like this, so I'm trying to be more careful about what I buy!)
I just fell in love with this one and it was on sale, so double win! It's 50% off now!!

The sleeves are flowy and so sweet. The top is sort of a wrap look, but has a snap to make sure you don't fall out of it ;) The back has a zipper so it's fitted and gives me a little shape.

These wedges arrived a couple days before my trip so I thought I'd break them in by wearing them every day before I left. I was so surprised that even the first day I wore them, they were already so comfortable! I didn't get any sores on my ankles or by the toe. Woohoo! The leather truly feels like butter. They feel pretty luxurious for being under $80! I got them in gray but they come in 4 colors.

Photos: Ashley Slater Photography
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After 8 hours in this outfit, I can honestly say it was all comfy enough I'd do it again! I'm always on the hunt for cute sale pieces, so the Loft is a go-to for me (not sponsored, just sharing!) I also just learned f you buy something full price, you can have your receipt adjusted up to 14 days after your original purchase. So great! 
Hope you have a great day!
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When Memories & Art Collide

A couple months ago I showed you a new piece of custom art we got for our bedroom from my friend Rachel Wadlow Art. It's an abstract painting of one of our wedding pictures and I adore it. Rachel's an incredible painter and I just love how she can take real-life moments or photographs and preserve them in abstract paintings! She is truly talented!
Rachel just came up with a new product she offers in her etsy shop. Basically, you send her a photo and she will paint you a custom piece inspired by that photo, then frame the two pieces in this new frame she designed where the small framed photograph actually sits on top of the abstract art. You can see what I mean below! This is a totally new kind of framing style.  Isn't it cool?!

I sent her my favorite sunset of all time-- the first sunset we saw on our honeymoon in Maui. It was a cotton candy sky, that's for sure (and in the colors of our wedding!!) My husband and I both love sunsets, so we wanted to preserve this memory in a painting. Rachel's painting arrived to me a couple weeks ago and I love it! It's so fun to see how she interprets the photo in her paintings.

She also incorporates some pencil lines in her work which I love. It just adds to the uniqueness of the piece!
I actually like mine unframed as well, sitting on my bookcase. So different and fun, right?!

Thanks for the gorgeous painting, Rachel! Check out her Etsy shop here (she has tons of custom options available and even paints stunning backdrops for a wedding or photoshoot!) Use code GALLERYWALL for 10% off any Instant Gallery Wall Print + Painting Duo.

Happy Wednesday!
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(Note: I received this painting as a gift from the artist, but opinions are all 100% my own as always. Thank you for supporting shops and artists we love!)

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