This is a post about chicken fajitas. But it's also a post about a girl and her footwear needs. Can you see the awesomeness in this photo? Besides the awesomeness that is my friend Ash of course.
Pink. Pop. Hunter.
I always get asked if I'm glad I got my employee discount back when I returned to current company. That's not even a real question--there are absolutely perks to working for a high end retailer. I swear I don't know how those who actually work in the stores come out of there with their paychecks intact. I work in an office building far, far removed from any of our stores and I still manage to do a little bit of damage.
I've been drooling over Hunter boots for ages. I live in a city that gets more annual hours of sunshine than San Diego or Miami. You may not think immediately "sunny" when you think of Denver but we almost never get those awesome dreary cloudy days--this is definitely a "you'll go blind if you don't have sunglasses" kind of place. When we do have a bit of rain, I turn on my fireplace, make some tea and do a little "it's dark and gloomy outside" dance. A little bit dramatic.
So in a state that is bursting into forest fires because of the dryness, you can see how a fun pair of Hunter boots are probably not the most practical...unless you think of camping. Yes, I was mocked by my coworkers when I told them one of our reps were able to find these "pink camping boots" in one of our Connecticut stores. I was mocked even more when I changed their name from "camping boots" to "snake repelling boots." Then I was mocked yet again when I insisted I really was going camping. That's what happens when you are not perceived as being so outdoorsy--people don't take you and your pink camping boots seriously.
But who had the last laugh?
Yep, ATV gets stuck in snow and mud and you step right off and sink immediately into deep thick mud. Huh, mud? No worries, I'm wearing my ultra rugged mud-deflecting pink boots. Want to clean them? Walk right into a mountain stream. They are surprisingly super comfortable since they are bendy and hey if they are good enough for the queen (of England, not America), then they are good enough for me. Hunter boots are ESSENTIAL camping gear says me. If I could pull off wearing them like Angeline Jolie wore them in Mr & Mrs Smith, I'd wear them that way too.
Why pink? How often do you get to wear pink footwear? Rainboots kind of call out for color and this color just happened to be on sale... with my discount, I paid $40. I love my job.
There's also a fantastic aqua color and a yummy looking tangerine color. If I lived in Seattle, I might have an entire Hunter centric wardrobe.
BTW, these boots paired with a nice pair of toasty socks keep your feet pretty warm. Nice perk for when you wake up in the high country and see icicles hanging and water bowls frozen over. We even got a little snow. Gotta love those mountains.
Teeny tiny bit chilly.
So the fajitas. Not really a recipe because I have a confession. I didn't have any fajita seasoning made so I used a packet of seasoning. Mmmm-hmmmm. As fun as camping can be, it's a lot of work to get ready, especially when you don't get home until 7:00 to prep. I tried the Simply Organic brand of seasoning mix and it was pretty darned tasty and super fast.
To make it for camping start at least 2 nights before you are going camping so you have one night to let marinate, and one night to freeze. Slice 1 lb chicken into strips (I bought Redbird Farms pre-sliced chicken-love that they sell it that way) and throw it into a ziploc with the packet of seasoning and required amount of water. Let marinate overnight and then move to freezer. The night before you leave, slice 1 large red bell pepper, 1 large green bell and one medium onion into slices and place in another ziploc. When you leave for camping, pack items in cooler--frozen chicken helps keep the cooler cool and is perfectly defrosted for the second night.
Throw chicken on grill. Spray a large sheet of foil with oil, add veggies to half, fold foil in half and then fold edges to make a packet. Cook in campfire until cooked but still a bit crisp. If you don't have a grill, you can toss the chicken in with the veggies, halve the mixture and cook them each half in a foil packet.
Top a tortilla with chicken, pepper and onions and serve with sour cream, salsa and hot sauce.