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Machaca Beef

Faith Smeets from FAITH CHRISTIANSEN SMEETS joins us today for a hilarious episode packed full of tips for hosting overnight guests. You'll learn how to create a relaxing space full of home comforts that will make your guests feel loved and welcomed. Faith delves into the topic of pillows, especially those carried through an airport. This is an episode you don't want to miss! (Visit for the recipes, a guest checklist, product links, and more!)

Machaca Beef

Beef: Chuck/pot roast 3 bay leaves Peppercorns, small handful placed in tied off cheesecloth 5 cloves of garlic Lots of salt, (and then salt to taste after cooking) Water or beef stock Shallots, cut into large pieces, optional Fresh salsa: 8-10 tomatoes on vine or 5 large tomatoes 1 lemon, juiced 2 limes (not Key limes), juiced 1 bunch cilantro, chopped 1 jalapeño (substitute Serrano for more heat), diced 1 white onion, diced Hand cut/dice and mix everything together for best taste. Salt to taste (usually a tablespoon or more will do it). Serve with: Large flour tortillas (or corn), heated Fresh salsa Purple or green cabbage or iceberg lettuce Refried beans with cheese Black beans Roasted corn on the cob, rolled in butter, sprinkled with Cojita cheese, salt, pepper, and Tajin (optional) Shredded cheese Cojita cheese Tortilla Chips Sour cream, optional


1. Place roast in crockpot. Cover with water or beef stock. Cook for several hours till tender (approximately 8 hours on low is best, but high for 4 hours can work too). When falling apart, pull apart beef with forks.

2. Heat beans in crockpot or on stovetop.

3. Serve with fresh salsa and sliced cabbage in tortillas (corn or flour). Serve refried or black beans on the side if desired. (See list above for more topping or side dish ideas.)

Machaca Beef
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Recipe discussed in episode:

One Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper - The Salty Marshmallow

All things overnight guests and pillows:

Multi Purpose – Snooztime

My SnoozTime pillow (full-size) is no longer in stock that I can find, but it is a microbead pillow that can be washed and dried regularly! The above link is to their travel pillow.

This is the pillow I was talking about on the episode that would be excellent for carrying with you in your luggage.

Anytime – Snooztime (The company page says they plan to re-stock.)

Overnight Guests
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