Friday, February 26, 2016

57th day rundown...

so far, we've only spent 57 days in the year 2016, and i have to say... i'm diggin it.

we've had tons of {laughs}

we've experienced {snow}

we've been {plagued with bronchitis} which means lots and lots of {puppy cuddles}

we've been {romanced}

we've had {new experiences}

we've {cooked... and cooked... and cooked}

but most importantly... we've been good.

continue looking up, friends... spring is {hopefully} right around the corner! 


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

tasty tuesday: citrus chicken with rice + beans

i think it comes to no surprise when i tell people that my husband loves food, because really, who doesn't?! what i think i love most about this expression is the fact that he has learned how to not only properly manage a grill + smoker, but produces AMAZING results! 

whether its a pork shoulder, ribs, whole turkeys, beer can chicken, tenderloin... everything he seems to touch seems to be almost magical... honestly. and since he has such a love for the grill, he'll pick up random spices, bbq sauces, rubs, marinades, and hot sauces that he finds all over the country. 

unfortunately, my cupboards are bursting at the seams because of all these wonderful products. eh, well, maybe unfortunately isn't the word... because lets be real here, people... food is everything in this house! so... the more my husband continues to bring home these goodies... the more i have to experiment. {insert double thumbs up here!}

i had a single chicken breast in the fridge that was just waiting on my creativity, and thank goodness, i happened to come across some stubb's citrus and onion chicken marinade. 

now let me tell you... not only do i have a thing for chicken - fried, shredded, broiled, grilled - i am in love with all things citrus and onion. it seems as if no matter what i cook, i'll always add either fresh grown onions or a lemon or lime. not only do they go great together, but that splash of citrus can be so refreshing in the simplest - or spiciest - recipe. 

so, i turned on my itty bitty crock pot (seriously, i love it!), diced up my chicken breast, and threw it into my trusty purple mixing bowl. i then added some himalayan sea salt and pepper, to give it a simple taste... and here's where the fun started. 

after adding my stubb's marinade, i came across a bottle of pineapple curry that always seems to go great with EVERYTHING! alas! the second amendment sauce company is no longer in business, so i tend to use these brilliant sauces sparingly in order to make it last as long as i possibly can... 

because i've been sick for the past week - ugh, bronchitis go away! - i decided that i probably needed to tone the spice down a bit {insert double thumbs down here!}. after realizing that i didn't have any fresh limes or lemons - ugh, sickness go away so i can get to the grocery store! - duh... i have something just as great.

after searching through my essential oil display, i settled on lemon, lime, and orange. not only do they smell so fresh and crisp, but the taste is magnificent! i only added a drop of each since i didn't want to overdo it. 

mmmmm, mmmmm!

i settled on a low temperature and left it in the crock pot for a few hours with a few tablespoons of fresh pineapple juice to saturate the chicken properly. 

i ended up making a mixture of jasmine rice, black beans, corn, kale, avocado, and broccoli to go with my marvelous citrus chicken.

another amazing instance of my husband is the fact that not only does he really get my love of cheese, but he buys me packages upon packages of fresh, natural cheeses.... so of COURSE i had to add some habanero havarti.

i'm never dissapointed with Fair Oaks Farms!

since this dish isn't so "one pan", you can always add it into a tortilla with an avocado crema to soften things up a bit. 


go and eat, friends!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

tasty tuesday: one pot wonders?!

you know how you see those tasty recipe videos on Facebook and think "i'm going to make that!" ... well i do that all the time with the intention of making it but never actually getting around to it. 

this time, though... i did it! and it was so easy. 

prepping took me no longer than five minutes (chopping veges, getting ingredients ready, etc), which is always a plus in my book. even though the portions of ingredients are listed in grams, i was able to use my kitchen scale instead of having to convert numbers over to tablespoons, cups, etc... which is so much easier and saves so much more time!

so, here's what you'll need: 

1/4 finely chopped onion
2 cloves crushed garlic
100g baby plum tomatoes, halved (or regular tomatoes chopped into small bits)
15g chopped fresh basil - plus a few sprigs to decorate
15g chopped fresh parsley
150g linguine (or spaghetti)
Sprinkle of salt
Nice bit of pepper
Pinch of crushed chillies
2 tbsp olive oil
600ml cold water
Parmesan Cheese (to garnish)


1.) place all of the ingredients except for the parmesan into a large pot. cook on a high heat for 2 minutes, submerging the spaghetti into the water once it's softened enough.

2.) lower the temperature to a medium/low heat and toss and stir continuously until the liquid reduces down into a thick sauce. serve with more fresh basil and top with parmesan.

so simple and so delicious! 

this specific recipe serves 2, which i can completely account for. not only did i have plenty for my dinner, i was able to save some for lunch the next day (and i even added bits of bacon!). 

another great thing about this recipe is how easy it would be to change it up. you could always add more veges (eggplant, asparagus, peppers, spinach) or protein (cannellini beans, ground turkey, meatballs)... whatever your tastes are calling for at that specific moment.

enjoy, friends!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

spreading the young living love!

do you know what i loveee about February?!

...the fact that it's closer to spring!

hardy-har-har. no, it's true... as much as i despise winter weather, i am loving the promotions that Young Living has gifted to us this month! 

for the month of February, Young Living's Premium Starter Kits (PSK's) are 10% off! the diffusers included are the Bamboo, Dew Drop, and Aria. <--- yeah, you read that right! whether you're looking for a new starter kit; would like to update your current one; or (like me) would just like to take part of this amazing deal... this is definitely the way to go!

this opportunity will last from the 1st to the 29th of February, and also include the Thieves and NingXia Red Premium Starter Kits. 

i don't know about you, but i loveee deals... so i'll be picking up one of these beauties this month as well! it's always nice to have an extra set of PSK oils, as well as an amazing diffuser - now to only figure out where i'll put it...

interested in ordering? sign up here --->

not only will you receive the PSK from Young Living, but as a special thank you gift for ordering, i'll also include an Essential Oils Pocket Reference and an essential oil bracelet and necklace, so you'll be able to carry your precious oils with you wherever you go!

and as always, i'm always here for any questions.

happy wednesday!

stay dry, friends.

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