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At Lisa Lou’s we believe no table is complete without a decorative charger! These underplates, along with napkin rings, are the go-to accessory every tablescape needs. They can dress up, or dress down, the simplest of dinner plates. Just as we can change the look of a black dress by the accessories we choose, we can do the same to basic pottery with the chargers and napkin rings we use.

What is a charger plate and why are they used? Drop into any boutique that sells place settings, and you will see tables decorated with, what appears to be, exceptionally large dinner plates. Chargers, sometimes called an underplate or service plate, can set the tone for your entire look. This is the one piece in your setting that will stay on your table throughout most of the meal, and it is the item that will be most visible to your guests once they are seated.

“I don’t know what to say when I enter a room full of strangers!” I hear this quite often from people, including some you would never suspect had any type of social anxiety. Knowing how to engage in small talk is an essential tool we need to increase our soft skills. But before we learn a few tips, we need to change our psychology.

A duck on water. On top, it appears to glide gracefully over the pond, but underneath you see webbed feet paddling energetically towards its destination. When hosting a party, we may feel more like the duck under the water than the duck on top of the water. Throwing a gathering takes time and can be stressful, but our goal should be to reduce as much of these feelings as possible. Is this realistic? It can be if we get our priorities right.

When I read the words, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” I am reminded that as a spouse and a parent, our homes and families come under our leadership. We cannot control whether those under our roof accept Christ, but we can control how we act within those four walls.

Have you attended a party where you were enjoying (or maybe not enjoying) a conversation with the people around you, but you needed to remove yourself to speak to someone else? How do we graciously extricate ourselves without seeming rude. Here are a few tips to help you exit a conversation with style.

4. No one wants to hear your conversation. When you must speak on the phone in public, remove yourself and take your call in private. If you cannot find privacy, step at least ten feet away so you minimize the chance of disturbing others. No matter how private we try to make our call, our body language speaks volumes. Patrons enjoying a dinner out do not want to be disturbed watching someone throw their arms around while arguing on their phone.

​I am convinced we need to start thinking of our phones as a human persona. I do not care if you make it look like your spouse, mother, or college roommate. If we were to add eyes, a nose, hair, and a big smile to the front of our phones, we might begin making the connection that every time we converse with someone via text or email, we are allowing them to become a part of whatever we are doing.

  • Prostrate on the ground praying earnestly for those in his life.

  • Living on 3 hours sleep for months to build something special to improve the lives of thousands.

  • In all his busyness, never making me feel I come in second. Even when it means sacrificing himself.

  • Alina Gersib

Chicken Tinga Tacos with Avacado Lime Sauce

Updated: Jul 5

One of my favorite go to recipes, these Instapot chicken tacos are a breeze to throw together. Flavor profiles of all of the ingredients dance perfectly in this dish. The smokiness of the chipotle plays off of the limey avocado sauce to create an absolutely delicious meal.

After making the Tinga sauce, give your blender a quick rinse and the avocado lime sauce will come together quickly; trust me, it's worth the extra step. I separate the avacado lime sauce into two bowls after blending and add some fresh chopped red onion and extra lime to one and serve it with chips as an appetizer before dinner. Enjoy!

Chicken Tinga Tacos with Avacado Lime Sauce
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Makes 6 servings

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Tinga Sauce Ingredients:

*1 1/2 tablespoons diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

*1/2 teaspoon salt

*1/2 teaspoon pepper

*1/2 cup of chicken broth

*1/2 can of diced tomatoes

*1/3 cup of fire roasted red peppers

*3 cloves of garlic

Chicken Tinga Ingredients:

*3 tablespoons olive oil

*1 medium sweet onion, diced

*1 teaspoon dried oregano

*1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

*2 pounds of chicken breast

Avacado Sauce Ingredients:

*1/4 cup sour cream

*1/3 cup fresh cilantro

*3 avocados, diced

*2 limes

*Salt to taste

For Serving:

*1 package corn tortillas

*1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

*Cotija cheese

*1 lime

*Red cabbage, thinly sliced

*1/2 cup diced red onion


*Combine all of the Tinga sauce ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

*Set your instapot to sauté and add in the diced onion. Cook for 2 minutes then add in the oregano and cumin powder, cooking for an additional minute.

*Pour the Tinga sauce and chicken into your instant pot. Set the pot to pressure cook for 8 minutes. Once finished let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.

*While the chicken is cooking combine all of the avacado sauce ingredients in the blender. Process until it is a creamy consistency and set in the fridge to chill.

*Char the tortillas in a cast iron skillet until they are crispy. Placing under a slightly damp towel to keep warm.

*Remove chicken from instapot and shred.

*Set instant pot to sauté and add shredded chicken back in, letting it simmer in sauce for an additional 5 minutes.

*Plate by adding the chicken, then sauce, red onion, cilantro, red cabbage, and cotija cheese onto a charred tortilla.


Recipe and Taste Tester - Alina Gersib