Taco Tuesday

Time for a recipe!

Taco Tuesday has sparked quite the buzz lately- I know it certainly has in our home and for good reason. Who doesn’t love tacos? They are easy to make and with the surplus of taco shops and trucks popping up around the area concocting unique, but delicious creations I have realized the possibilities are endless.

Although we haven’t tried anything too adventurous in the Harris casa, we have taken the tortilla out of the picture. I know, I know that sounds absurd, but look at it this way- with the tortillas gone, you can enjoy more of the good stuff, like guacamole 🙂 !

We recently discovered the joy that sweet potatoes can bring to your life, sort of a superfood nirvana. Slice them up, pop those puppies in the oven and in as little as twenty minutes you can be tantalizing your taste buds.

Sweet potatoes and Taco Tuesday may not sound like the dream pair, but I swear together they are like heaven on earth.

My take on Taco Tuesday- replace tortillas with slices of baked sweet potatoes and make a delicious taco bowl!

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Recipe:

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Fiesta brand fajita seasoning

1 lime

½ of a bell pepper (your choice in color)

¼ of an onion (your choice in color- I tend to use white)

½ a serrano pepper

1 sweet potato

½ a cup of diced tomatoes

Guacamole- we love Wholly Guacamole!

Salsa- if you have ever mentioned salsa in front of my husband he has most likely oohed and ahhed about the deliciousness that is Happy Tomato salsa– and he couldn’t speak truer words.

1. Preheat the oven to 350.

2. Slice the sweet potato to your liking. We use one of our favorite toys, the professional chopper from Williams-Sonoma, to cut the potato into “fries.”

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3. Place the fries in a pan and lightly coat with olive oil, then dash on some of your favorite seasoning- we love Fiesta brand Cajun All-Seasoning.

4. Season chicken tenders with fajita seasoning and lime juice and place in a casserole dish.

5. Bake the chicken and potatoes for 30 minutes, stirring the potatoes occasionally to ensure even cooking and to prevent them from burning.

6. Slice the bell pepper, onion, and serrano pepper into bite size pieces.

7. Sauté the veggies in olive oil on medium heat until they brown to your liking.IMG_1980

8. While the chicken and veggies are cooking, dice the tomatoes.

9. Once all elements are finished cooking, it is time to assemble your taco bowl.

10. Layer the sweet potatoes, sautéed veggies, chicken, tomatoes, salsa, and guacamole.

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Mix up an ice, cold margarita and you are ready for the perfect Taco Tuesday!

What are your favorite kinds of tacos? Have you created any unique tacos lately?

 

Enjoy!

 

Love,

AH

Our Wedding

Here it is! I couldn’t be more excited for this first post! It only seems fitting for the first post on Home, Heart, and Harris to be about the greatest and most special day of my life- our wedding. Leading up to the big day, people repeatedly told me that “the wedding would be a blur” and “to soak in every last moment and detail because you won’t remember anything.” Unfortunately, our big day came and went and these warnings were proven true. Lucky for us, our photographer, Tracy Autem, took absolutely stunning photographs capturing the emotions and excitement of our wedding day.

The preparation leading up to a wedding is par-none and our planning experience was no exception. After eighteen months of planning together, with family, and with the most extraordinary team of professionals we executed our dream celebration- a day of pure bliss- an absolute fairy tale.

Our ceremony was held at St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown Fort Worth. The first time I walked into St. Patrick’s I was taken-aback by the sheer beauty of the cathedral and I knew there was no other place I would rather celebrate the spiritual covenant of marriage. The vibrant stained glass featuring our Savior upon the cross and the immense vaulted ceilings are truly breathtaking. We were even lucky enough to have  Theo, one of Andrew’s groomsmen, sing a beautiful rendition of Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring as the mothers and grandmothers were escorted down the aisle. So many special moments stand out in my mind from our ceremony- Andrew’s reaction when I walked down the aisle, our handwritten vows, and a surprise kiss when I arrived at the altar are just a few.Tracy Autem & Lightly Photography 2014Tracy Autem & Lightly Photography 2014Tracy Autem & Lightly Photography 2014Tracy Autem & Lightly Photography 2014

Our wedding party was comprised of truly remarkable friends- the kind you know without a doubt you will have forever. The bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids looked stunning in mint gowns by Donna Morgan and the groomsmen charmed the crowd in gray, Calvin Klein tuxes.

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As for the reception- we wanted the affair to be whimsical with the perfect amount of vintage touches- think Secret Garden. Lush florals of peonies, roses, dusty miller, succulents- the whole gamut- amidst classic antiques and rich gold accents. Our color palette incorporated soft hues of pink and peach, the signature vintage color- mint, gold, and pops of yellow (Andrew’s favorite color 🙂 ).

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Andrew and I both have very laid back personalities and styles and we really wanted our reception to emit those vibes, but most importantly we wanted it to be quite the party. The City Club of Fort Worth was our dream venue- featuring gorgeous antique chandeliers and a panoramic view of the city- City Club aided in the development of our vintage theme while providing somewhat of a blank canvas for us to build upon.

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The tables were dressed in ivory linens with contrasting, white lace overlays. Antique birdcages in gold and deep browns bursting with fresh blooms and succulents and embellished with halos of garden roses covered select table tops. Other table tops were adorned with crystal vases overflowing with the aforementioned flowers or eclectic clusters of petite vases and gold mercury glass filled with the like. Moss table numbers provided guests with unexpected, yet romantic direction to their seat.

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Our love of sweets was definitely  not overlooked. A candy bar draped with a “Love is Sweet” banner and featuring all of our favorite treats from M&Ms and Bunch-a-Crunch to Reese’s and miniature cupcakes was both aesthetic and delicious! Andrew’s charming style was reflected in the groom’s cake- a replica of the yellow and white seersucker bow-tie he wore for the wedding. The bridal cake was a four-tier masterpiece- Creme de la Creme makes the most delicious cakes in a wide variety of flavors. Upon departure guests were asked to take a package of cookies from a bakery near and dear to our hearts- Sweet Sammie’s.

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As mentioned, Andrew and I sought for the evening to be a true celebration and that it was. Guests danced the night away to entertainment provided by William Ryan of It’s Your Night Entertainment– from old school hip-hop to present day hits, William knew just how to keep the party going. We will forever be grateful to our friend Brett for performing our first dance and reflection dance songs to Ben Rector’s Forever like That and Dave Barnes’ Love will be Enough for Us respectively. These special moments will forever be ingrained in our minds. The celebration came to an end as we exited the City Club to a shower of ivory rose petals.

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In perfect, vintage style we left sitting atop the seats of a Cadillac Eldorado, complete with a “just married” sign. We are still dumbfounded by the outpouring of love we  received on our special day and the pure  beauty and mystery of marriage. Here’s to the lifelong celebration that lay ahead!

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What are the design elements of your dream wedding? I would love to hear your ideas!

Love,

AH

Mom, Dad, and Ms. Harris- thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It was perfect!!

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Thank you again to our incredible team of vendors- we couldn’t have done it without you!