A car fire is not the type of fireworks I was expecting to see on the 4th of July. My husband and I were coming home from Salt Lake City on Thursday when we saw the Santos family trying to pull all of their luggage out of their vehicle. 


As we got closer we saw the front of the car on fire. We quickly pulled over and my husband grabbed the fire extinguisher out of the back of our car and ran to help. He kept the fire down until they could get all of their stuff out. Then the extinguisher ran out. 


The flames grew very fast and soon windows and tires were popping and spreading the fire to the grass on the side of the freeway. The wind just started to pick up when fire crews showed up.


They got the fire out just before it jumped the fence to the fields of grass. It was crazy how much the car melted in on itself and how much sound it made doing it. It's not like in the movies at all. Slower but still mesmerizing. 


We were in Millard County between Fillmore and Dog Valley/Beaver.  The family was traveling to Las Vegas for a family vacation and now had no way to get there. So We piled them and their stuff in our car and it actually all fit!


We drove them to Cedar City where miraculously there was a car rental place open on the holiday with one car that needed to be taken back to Las Vegas. Awesome. Despite the crazy incident, everyone was safe, only a few tears were shed and everyone made it to their destinations to celebrate Independence Day. Not all stories end this well, but we are glad this one did. 



Use Your Leftovers To Make AMAZING Meals- Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can take leftovers and turn them into a whole new meal that no one complains about. Eating leftovers for several days can only happen with a finite amount of recipes at my house, so I learned to reuse the leftover dish in a new way. 

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This recipe is for any leftover beef, pork, turkey or chicken. It would be amazing with any of it. When we have a big meal, I usually freeze some of the meat immediately so that it doesn't go bad while I am thinking about what I can use it for. 


This is perfect for all of the leftover turkey at Thanksgiving time too! Plus you can pull it right out of the freezer and throw it in the crockpot. All you need to do is start thinking about different spices that you didn't necessarily use the first time you used the meat. 


Then you add in the other ingredients to fill out the meal. Then top it with amazing fresh options and give plenty of options and suddenly everyone is happy. 

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2 cups of meat of choice
5 cans of drained beans- I like to mix it up but I always make sure there are at least 2 cans of pinto beans in the mix
2 cans of corn
1 cup of salsa
2 cups of water
4 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste (It's more than you think.)
Top with:
Fresh onion, tomato, jalapeno, radish, avocado, cilantro, lime, sour cream, shredded cheese and chives and serve with Fritos Scoops!

This is the easy part! I use powdered onions and garlic so I can throw this together fast and leave for the day.
Throw everything in the crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours. Then chop and put out all of your toppings so everyone can make their own bowl of goodness, and serve with Fritos Scoops.
*Remember, this is YOUR meal. Add whatever you like! If you want more meat, add it. If you like something different to top it with, use it! You can also very easily make this vegan, so if that's your thing, do it.

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