Margarita Chicken with Borracho Beans

28 Jul

Last night, Eric came over for dinner. I knew had some chicken in the fridge, and he’s never had my margarita chicken. I was headed to the grocery store anyway, so I picked up the supplies to make the recipe. I also picked up the ingredients to make borracho beans.

The original chicken recipe is based off of Sandra Lee’s Margarita Chicken recipe from her show Semi-Homemade. I’ve changed it up over the years to fit a variety of different occasions. I’ve also changed her Borracho Beans recipe and made it my own.

The original recipe calls for Bacardi Margarita Mix, but that stuff is twice the cost of store-brand limeade. They taste just about the same, so it’s your call. It also calls for tequila. You don’t have to use this if you don’t want to. I’ve also substituted it triple sec, or in last night’s case, left it out completely.

Here are the recipes I made last night. For my chicken, I used the oven, but you can also use the grill. If you use a grill, I’d suggest laying foil down so you can cook in the juices and keep the chicken moist, but it’s up to you.

I made the beans on the stove, but you can also make them in a crockpot. If you use the crockpot, you can actually leave it on the low setting and cook them all day long. It also tastes good if you add left over chicken fajitas to the mix, especially on a cold fall or winter day. You can also add heat by using the pinto beans with jalapenos. I do a mix, one with and one without.

Margarita Chicken… Syd Style
1 lb (approx) chicken breast tenderloins
1/2 can limeade
1 can Mexican Rotel (tomatoes, green chiles and cilantro)
1-2 tbsp. Kickin’ Chicken Seasoning

Sydney’s Borracho Beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can jalapeno pinto beans
1 can Mexican Rotel
1 cup frozen onions (or 1 tbsp dried onion)
1 can beer (Negro Modelo is best, but I use whatever’s in the fridge)
1 package of bacon pieces
1-2 tbsp. Kickin Chicken Seasoning

Start by washing your chicken and place it in a bag. Add half a can of limeade. You can save the rest and freeze it for later, or make some margaritas to go with it. Also add the seasoning. I don’t ever measure when I season things, I just add until it looks good.


Put that in your fridge for about an hour or so. The longer you marinade it, the more lime flavor your chicken will absorb. While that’s marinading, I get my baking dish ready. Spray it with non-stick spray or grease it with butter. Then pour your can of Rotel in the dish. I save the juice for my beans, but you don’t have to.

Speaking of beans, I had to do the quick and dirty version last night. I poured everything I had (which wasn’t everything the recipe called for, but it was close enough) into my trusty pot and turned that sucker on high.


Once they started boiling, I took the lid off and let them boil for about 10-15 minutes. The idea was to get all the flavors to marry together. Once I took the lid off, I also dumped my marinating chicken and limeade into my backing dish and put that into a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes, until the chicken was white in the center.

While everything was cooking away, I pulled out some spanish rice I had in my pantry and started that on the stove also. The Knorr rice and pastas are really easy to throw together in a flash, just fyi.


These recipes are really simple and easy. Everything comes together pretty quickly, so keep an eye on it. When it’s all said and done, serve it with some tortilla and cheese if you’d like.


If you end up trying these recipes, let me know what you think!



Max’s Baby Quilt

27 Jul

For my “nephew’s” first birthday I wanted to make him something special that he could keep forever. What else besides a quilt would qualify? He’s not techinally my nephew, but I’ve very good friends with his parents, so I’m Aunt Syd. Max is one of the coolest and mild-mannered babies I have ever seen. I just hope he stays this way his entire life :P

I set out to find the perfect pattern and fabric, cause let’s face it, you only turn one once, and it has to be special.

I finally settled on the Little Buddy Baby Quilt pattern at¬†Carlene Westberg’s Etsy shop. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect. I used the Pooches & Pickups fat quarter bundle to create the finished product. The family has two German Shepherds and a truck, so it would be perfect.

A close up shot of the fabric

As I was cutting the fat quarters, I reinterated the reason there is a guard on a rotary cutter. I was just casually swinging the cutter around as I was moving fabric and snagged my thumb pretty good. My first thought was, you’re an idiot. My second thought was, don’t bleed on the fabric. Then I realized it actually kinda hurt too. I washes the blood off my hand, put on a bandage and went back to cutting.

I don’t have a lot of room in my apartment, so laying out big quilts is kind of difficult. Luckily, this one was just a crib size :) It took me about three evenings after work from start to finish to get it done. I used a simple black with white polka dot fabric from Hobby Lobby for the backing. I wanted something that would wear easy and hide babyness. :)

I had some left over fabric from my fat quarter bundle, so I appliqued an M on the pillow.

After all was said and done, here’s the finished product

Backing fabric

Up-close shot of the batting

The little pillow

I think Max likes it :D

Green flag!

27 Jul

I’ve decided to start blogging again. It’s been a while since I’ve got behind the keyboard, but it’s been eating at me for a while, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

With that being said, you’re in for a glimpse inside my creative world of photography, quilting, cooking, racing and whatever else I decide to try.

I’m busy trying to make this thing look good, but I’ll get to writing soon enough.