My family and I try to have a lot of little celebrations all summer long because let’s face it, we live in Minnesota and we need to celebrate every second that snow isn’t covering the ground. Summer doesn’t last long and little celebrations help us savor these precious days when the sun is warm, babies are slathered in sunscreen and the kiddie pool is filled to the brim.

Being parents of two, our summers sure aren’t what they used to be.

But I wouldn’t trade those days for what we have now for anything. I’m so glad we had that time in our twenties and early thirties to be carefree but I love what we have now with our little ones even more. Life is a different kind of fun. The splash pad and zoo and playdates kind of fun. Little ones love being outdoors so in the summer that’s where we spend our time. When evening rolls around we are tired and happy. We celebrate another wonderful weekend coming to a close by opening a bottle of wine on Sunday evening  and taking an extra hour to make a really good dinner.


For our Sunday dinner, I decided to make shredded turkey tacos with queso fresco, farmers’ market tomatoes, queso fresco, cilantro and lettuce. It was HOT on Sunday and I didn’t want to be working in the kitchen with the oven or stove on so I made the turkey in the crockpot, which was easy and makes a very flavorful, moist, shredded turkey.

We paired the tacos with Middle Sister Wines Pinot Grigio. In the summer I switch exclusively to white wine, because it’s hot and I like my beverages chilled. Pinot Grigio paired well with these turkey tacos, especially with their spicy flavor against the crisp and light notes of the wine.


I was hoping my sister Katie and her husband Drew would join us for dinner, but they had other plans. So yes Erik and I drank the whole bottle to ourselves. After the girls went to bed, of course.

A little about Middle Sister Wines

– Did you know that birth order is commonly believed to have a profound and lasting effect on psychological development? WE DID!!! And that is why we have dedicated a wine to the sister in the middle – the one who always seems to have a personality of her own, and steals the show. Not everyone has a wine named especially just for her…some people are just born lucky! Enjoy these sassy wines with your favorite family meals.
– Crafted by award-winning winemaker Nancy Walker (a middle sister herself), the portfolio includes a wide variety of delicious red, white and sparkling wines from California and Argentina.
– The Middle Sister brand is based on a series of quirky “middle sister” characters who each claim their own varietal and personality. – The various sisters are engaging and entertaining.
– Middle Sister just received a brand makeover and now features “Drops of Wisdom” which are a dose of inspiration right on the front label.

I’ve talked about my sister A LOT on the blog over the years. She and I are really close. I basically tell her everything. She lives a mile down the road from me. I am so grateful to have a sister. It makes me so happy that my girls have each other. Of course, when we were younger, we weren’t always the best of friends. She is 5 years younger than me and I always found her to be quite annoying. She was always stealing my diary and spying on my boyfriend and I (in high school). We actually didn’t become friends until we were well into our twenties. That’s just how it goes with sisters.

We are also both middle sisters. We have an older brother and a younger brother. Judging from the description of the middle sister above, I’m not sure it really describes either my sister or I, but definitely not my sister. Maybe me a little bit.


Katie is notorious for buying wine based on how cute the label is, so it wouldn’t surprise me if she has picked up a bottle of Middle Sister Wines in the past. And this Drama Queen Pinot Grigio couldn’t be more relevant because when Katie was younger she demanded that everyone call her Queenie. No I’m not joking.


A bottle of wine that would entice gals like my sister who purchase based on how cute the label is


I was pretty proud of myself with this dinner. It was really freaking good. And now we have leftovers for days.


Queso fresco brings tacos to a whole other level. Just trust me.

IMG_5574Are you hungry yet? And probably thirsty, too.

IMG_5575Middle Sister Wine can be found at many liquor stores as well as in most Targets (where alcohol is sold). As if you needed another reason to love Target, right? You can also go to their website and type in your zip code and find a retailer near you.

shredded turkey tacos with queso fresco and radishes
  • 1 package turkey breast tenderloin (I used Jennie-O, came with 2 breasts)
  • 1 bottle of beer (any kind, I used Corona Light, you can also use 2 cups of chicken broth)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning 1 bunch of radishes, sliced
  • 1-2 medium sized ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch of radishes, sliced
  • 1 package of queso fresco, (you will only need about ⅓ of it), crumbled
  • 1 bag of shredded lettuce
  • 1 bunch cilantro, minced
  • 1 package of corn tortillas
  • Optional: sour cream, hot sauce, salsa
  1. Add the turkey breast tenderloin, bottle of beer (or chicken stock) and packet of taco seasoning to the crockpot. Stir to incorporate. Turn to low, cover and cook for about 5 hours, or until tender and done (should shred easily with a fork.)
  2. Transfer turkey to a large bowl and shred with two forks
  3. Warm the corn tortillas for about 30-45 seconds in the microwave.
  4. Assemble the tacos with the turkey, lettuce, radishes, queso fresco, tomatoes and cilantro.
  5. Enjoy!


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