Author: Tamra

Be Who You Are.. This is Who I Am

Be Who You Are.. This is Who I Am

I love how art and design today is all about expressing who you are and how you feel and no one cares about how other people digest it. I think people are respected more because of it and the fact that people are being true […]

Happy 10th Birthday Birkley!!! My Little Rockstar

Happy 10th Birthday Birkley!!! My Little Rockstar

Today on your 10th birthday, I can’t help but think of all the things you’ve overcome and how much you’ve accomplished over the years. Looking back, I would have never thought you’d be where you are today. You’ve proved so many people wrong including top […]

Instant Pot / Slow Cooker Korean Beef tacos

Instant Pot / Slow Cooker Korean Beef tacos

Because it seems that everyone is hunting for instant pot recipes, I thought I would share this and not too many ingredients which is a plus for me.

I tried this Korean Beef Taco recipe from Pinch of Yum but I did use my slow cooker they suggested you could use as I don’t have the Instant Pot mastered yet and didn’t have time to learn when it was time to start prepping. Have to say, it was pretty tasty and super easy. My picture is definitely not as gorgeous as there’s but after driving my daughter to dance, an interview with a new potential sitter and then feeding Birkley, my middle one who needs help eating, and putting her to bed.. I was starving (wasn’t thinking about a pretty picture). The good thing about waiting though was that by the time we were ready to eat,  about 7:45, the meat was perfectly tender. I put it in at 3:00 so about 4 1/2 hours of cooking made it super yum.

The recipe calls for top sirloin and kimchi. I didn’t want to pay around $20 for 1.5 to 2 lbs of sirloin so I used 1.4 lbs of petite sirloin for under half the price. In a slow cooker or instant pot, if have a little fat on your meat, it’s good as will add to the taste but in this case it was delicious without having a lot of fat.

As far as the kimchi it asks for, they don’t carry anymore at our store so I used a basic slaw and worked great.

When it came to making the yum yum sauce, it honestly sounded a little gross with butter and mayo but it was a perfect sauce with the combination of flavors. I do love some spice too so I used a little Sriracha sauce to top off my tacos. My husband is a huge foody (chef as a hobby) and into trying different sauces so he used another hot chili sauce and also his friends homemade sauce using yellow peppers.

Ooh and most important, these Mission Street Taco flour tortillas are our favorite. I would definitely use these instead of normal flour tortillas. They are super soft and doughy once warmed up.

Mission Street Tacos Tortillas

Hope you try if need a simple recipe all will love. My 7 yr old son isn’t interested in many of our dinners but a 7 yr old could be into this recipe. This isn’t spicy at all so could just eat it with the meat only if wanted.

Thanks Pinch of Yum. Hope to try more of your instant pot recipes in the future once I know how to use the thing.

 

Updates For a Better Special Living Today!

Updates For a Better Special Living Today!

This January, I’m back but with a better blog. I have lived and learned and realize I need this for me and my family. This time though I want to share more of me, who I am, my family, not just special needs challenges. I […]

EZPZ Placemat / Feeding Tray

EZPZ Placemat / Feeding Tray

Our first product review. I need to practice a ton more but hopefully can help some of you in the meantime. If you like, you can purchase here,  ezpz Happy Mat – One-piece silicone placemat + plate (Blue)      Tweet

Special Needs Knee Pads

Special Needs Knee Pads

These knee pads have been the best. Had to make my own as couldn’t find anything. Spandex material, denim, silicon and this rubber spray for the knees. Now just need to create a winter version for over the jeans.

Great Bib for Kids

Great Bib for Kids

Finally found a perfect bib for Birkley and can buy on Amazon.com for $12. I have bought several before and were tiny and only made for babies. This would work until she’s 7 or 8 at least. Tweet

Giant Special Needs Crib for Home and Local Travel

Giant Special Needs Crib for Home and Local Travel

So after probably 60 – 80 hours of researching and purchasing several options that didn’t work, I think I solved our bed issue for Birkley. I have been looking for a twin size crib solution but one that I could use at home and for […]

Why Are School Districts  Against Us?

Why Are School Districts Against Us?

Seriously, enrolled my 7 yr old daughter in school today and all is looking good so far. A good teacher to start and the process to get everything paid for, signed, etc., was super easy. Then it comes to Birkley. I receive a phone call today and her charter school is having difficulty getting help from the school district in regards to getting a para for Birkley and won’t pay for her to ride the bus. Honestly, when does the fighting stop? Why is the school district always against us parents, making our life hard? Why can’t they understand that we are doing the best we can as parents and we need support? Don’t they see how precious our kids are? Ugh, all I’m feeling is.. here we go again but hoping and praying that all gets figured out sooner than later.

Avocado Oil Now at Costco

Avocado Oil Now at Costco

What a great deal! I’m always looking for good fats to add to Birkley’s shakes/meals. Now can buy it at Costco for $8.99 for 1 Liter. Normally around $10 for half this size. Tweet