My husband is one of those who has to have meat at every meal. In fact he eats leftovers for breakfast. He doesn't really like many breakfast foods, but loves dinner food so leftovers for breakfast is his usual fare.
Since we have been so busy and my husband really likes/craves/must have meat to live, I made a crock pot of slow cooked chicken breast last week which we enjoyed in many things all week. We had these taco salads, chicken salad sandwiches, panini's, and burrito bowls which were all fantastic and fairly simple.
I know a plate of shredded chicken isn't much to look at, but this is just to give you an idea of how much chicken I made. I slow cooked 5 chicken breasts all day with fresh ground salt, pepper, and garlic powder sprinkled over it (no measuring, just eyeball it). No need to add water, the chicken bastes itself in the slow cooker. Once the chicken is done, simply shred it and pour any juices left in the slow cooker over it for added flavor and moisture.
Our boys ate dinner at Vacation Bible School every night last week so we were able to get 4+ meals out of 5 chicken breasts. If the boys had been home for dinner, we would probably have only gotten 2 to 3 meals from this much chicken.
In case you are wondering how busy we have been, we have been incredibly busy around here. First, we have four children, including a nine month old who crawls everywhere and has decided he has outgrown naps. He is tired and falls asleep on little car trips around town or when he is nursing, but as soon as I try to lay him down in his crib, the crying starts. It is more like crying/screaming and he sits up the whole time. I have tried to leave him a while to see if he will give up and lay down for a nap, but he is persistent. He literally sits up and cries forever until I pick him up. Luckily he sleeps really well at night, but naps are hit or miss right now. I know this isn't a parenting post, but I will solicit your advice on this one.
In addition to being busy parents, we have done some traveling this summer and have more travels in our future. Packing for 4 kids (including a baby) is no small task. I am a list maker and my to to-do list is looking a little crazy right now. We are road tripping it and I am trying to be prepared for all of the things we will need to travel with kids. We'll see how it goes, maybe I will post our packing/traveling adventure with tips on what worked and didn't work. Any travel/packing tips are also much appreciated.
Making a taco salad is like painting on an empty canvas. You can make it however you like. I started with sweet potato and blue corn tortilla chips then added black beans, shredded chicken, fresh corn, lettuce, and diced tomatoes. We drizzled salsa verde on top before serving. You could also add guacamole, sour cream, fresh squeezed lime juice, shredded or crumbled cheese and of course salsa. So many delicious possibilities.
(To make shredded chicken)
Chicken breasts (desired amount)
Fresh ground salt and pepper
If you want to throw in anything extra, go for it...maybe cumin or cajun seasoning...the possibilities are endless.
Slow cook chicken breasts all day (until done) on low with fresh ground salt, pepper, and garlic powder sprinkled over it (no measuring, just eyeball it). No need to add water, the chicken bastes itself in the slow cooker. Once the chicken is done, simply shred it and pour any juices left in the slow cooker over it for added flavor and moisture. If you make extra, you can refrigerate leftovers and use for several days in all kinds of delicious meals.
(For Taco Salad)
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 to 2 ears of fresh sweet corn, cut from the cob (can microwave a couple of minutes if you want it warm)
Shredded lettuce (I use Romaine)
Diced fresh tomatoes
Shredded chicken (recipe above)
For added flavor you may like:
Salsa or salsa verde
Fresh squeezed lime
Shredded or crumbled cheese
Simply arrange ingredients on plates to make taco salads.
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I know it's July and around 90 degrees everyday, but I had to turn on the oven for these delectable, chocolaty, amazingly delicious cookies with perfectly tender crisped edges and just right centers. I know, so modest, but cookies (and often their bakers, LOL) are not humble.
I like my cookies a little crispy on the edges, but tender in the center and these are spot on. I think about 10 minutes in the oven produced what I think of as the perfect cookie.
I love the combination of dark, milk, and white chocolate chips. I found bags of Nestle triple chocolate chips on clearance at Walmart and knew exactly what I was going to do with them. TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CHIP MACADAMIA NUT COOKIES!!!!!! Need I say more? My son actually made a batch of these without nuts for a 4-H food-a-rama. They were a hit and he is 9, so yes even if you don't have much baking experience, you can make these and they are so much better than store bought.
Look at that perfect crumb. I actually started craving these cookies when editing the photos late one night and raided my frozen stash. Did you know you can freeze baked cookies and they will taste as good as the day they were made? This way they are always fresh. Actually it's a bit of cookie control in our house or the boys would eat them all in one day. I froze several in containers in the freezer so that we can have fresh cookies again and again without having to go to any trouble or heat up the house. Although it doesn't help the waistline when late night photo editing cookie cravings strike.
2 ¼ C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c butter (2 sticks softened)
¾ C. sugar
¾ C. brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 C. triple chocolate chips (mix of dark, milk, and white chocolate chips)
1/2 C. chopped macadamia nuts
1. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
2. Combine in your mixer bowl:
3. Beat at low speed until creamy.
4. Slowly add flour mixture and continue to beat until combined.
5. Stir in chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
6. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
7. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
8. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls (or use cookie scoop) onto cookie sheet.
9. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Remove cookie sheet from oven and let cookies rest on cookie sheet for 1 to 2 minutes. Then remove cookies to a cooling rack.
Recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies. Adapted from my favorite White and Milk Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies.
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This was my first time using Restore. In fact I wasn't really even sure what it was before receiving the package in the mail. Restore is a liquid supplement used to help boost gut biome diversity. You may have heard of the term "gut health". It seems to be a popular buzz word these days. Restore was created to help people "restore" their gut health.
Restore creates an optimal environment in the gut membrane for good gut bacteria to flourish.
Good gut bacteria protect our immune system, because about 60-70% of our immune system is in the gut membrane system, the gastrointestinal-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), and the GALT produces 80% of the body’s antibodies.
Restore strengthens the gut lining, which keeps chemicals and fiber from escaping through that lining and getting out into the bloodstream, which the immune system would have to deal with. Unfortunately, the chemicals in our modern world, including the chemicals in processed foods and in agriculture, such as pesticides, weed killers, and the antibiotics fed to farm animals, have invaded our food supply.
Restore has been shown (in lab studies and as reported in peer reviewed journal articles) to protect the gut lining against the effects of both gluten and glyphosate.
Since I am nursing our 9 month old son, I only take about a teaspoon of Restore a day. It is recommended that you check with your doctor if you are nursing or pregnant. I just took a smaller dose. I was surprised that it doesn't really taste like anything. I guess this makes it easy if you have trouble with flavored medicines.
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I've never been one for working out. I played some sports growing up and occasionally get on an exercise kick, but it has never stuck. Once I was in a 6 week yogalates class that I loved, but for some reason I didn't take it again. Maybe it was too hard with the kids or maybe it no longer fit my schedule. Whatever the reason, I wasn't consistent with my exercise routine.
Because of my history with sticking with an exercise routine (or lack thereof), I don't want to set myself up to fail with unrealistic expectations. Instead, I want to celebrate the moments that make me feel strong. I came up with this idea a couple of weeks ago while pushing a stroller up steep inclines on a mile long hike on an animal adventure trail at a birthday party. I felt inspired by the hard work I was doing pushing through rough terrane and came up with the idea of using #summerofstrong to celebrate and document these moments that make us feel STRONG, like we can do anything.
I hope that I can inspire you too, to share your strong moments on instagram, facebook, or twitter with the #summerofstrong. I'll look for your posts and like or share them too. I'll share mine too which will help me celebrate my strength too and maybe even motivate me to do a little more.
The best part of celebrating our strong moments is these are just moments. No pressure to do anything complicated. Do one plank, or ten sit-ups, or race your child to the nearest tree in your yard. Another bonus to these little spurts of activity is encouraging your kids to be more active and spending more time with your kids.
My nine month old loves it when I lift him up in the air so we have been doing these baby lifts for a while. I have actually noticed my arms getting stronger from all of the lifting. Since we have been doing it for so long, as he gets heavier I can still lift him up because I have built up strength over time.
Don't be deceived and think that I do yoga all of the time. It's actually pretty rare that I do anything this structured, but I do really enjoy it when I take the time to do it. Getting started is always the hard part. I did a 10 minute yoga segment from a video a couple of weeks ago and thought this picture was cute with my 9 month old. I love how his fingers are spread out like he is going into a yoga pose.
So let's work together on this. Join me with #summerofstrong and show me your strong smiling faces. And don't worry about having perfect pictures. My photographers are kids as I'm sure many of yours will be too. This is real life and I want to celebrate you hardworking moms, dads, grandparents, and anyone who wants to get stronger. Let's do this together! Show me your STRONG!
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I follow another foodie blog, Our Best Bites, who occasionally posts flashback friday posts when they update photos on old posts. Since I have some old posts in need of updating, I thought it would be fun to do the same thing.
You may have seen my recent post, Turkey Avocado Wraps, well here is another yummy dish made from leftover turkey. Enjoy this delicious Turkey Noodle Soup!
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This might be hard to believe since it is now getting into the low 90's in these parts, but I roasted a turkey the other day. We have had one in our freezer for a while taking up lots of valuable real estate so I decided it was time. I gave it a nice dry brine rub-down and let it marinate overnight (recipe on the way) and roasted it the next day. It was amazing! I made it the same way last Thanksgiving and will never go back to a liquid brine again. It tastes so much better when dry brined. We're talking juicy moist and perfectly seasoned plus it is much easier to handle (than a heavy liquid brine).
Of course the bonus of roasting a turkey in warm weather is all of the delicious leftover cold turkey. Sandwiches, salads, wraps...YUM! And of course the carcass can be saved for a hearty and healthy turkey noodle soup. But if you're not feeling the soup vibes in June, you can always freeze the carcass for fall. Although that throws our making room in the freezer reason for making the turkey in the first place out the window doesn't it? Good thing we have a deep freezer!
Don't these look delicious? I could eat turkey avocado wraps every day in this weather. Cool, crisp, with tender roasted turkey and creamy guacamole spread = YUM!
First I get everything ready. If you happen to have leftover roast turkey... Awesome! If not, you can find some good turkey in the deli or in the lunch meat section of your grocery store. I have been on a romaine kick lately, but you could use any lettuce you like. Romaine does have a nice crisp to it which works well for these wraps. I also bought some nice cucumbers at the farmer's market last weekend and they added a lovely fresh crisp to the wraps. I cut the cucumber in half then cut the half lengthwise into thin strips so that they would lay nicely. My wraps were small, but if you have large wraps, you may not need to halve your cucumber. I also cut some lime into wedges to add lime juice to the avocado.
Next make some guacamole. I like it really simple...mashed avocado, fresh squeezed lime juice, and fresh ground salt (pink himalayan salt is my fave). I use a potato masher, but you can also just use a fork. For more detailed instructions for making guacamole go here.
Then spread some guacamole on the tortilla.
Next press a big romaine leaf onto the guacamole. I tore mine in half since my tortillas were small.
Next layer on cucumber and turkey. Then roll it up to make a wrap. If you like, cut the wraps in half or keep them long.
avocado (1-2 depending on how many wraps you make)
1. Prepare ingredients; wash vegetables, slice cucumbers etc.
2. Mash avocado and add lime juice and salt to taste to make guacamole.
3. Spread guacamole on tortilla.
4. Press lettuce leaf into guacamole.
5. Add turkey and cucumber slices
6. Roll up to form wrap and slice in half to serve.
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What are your kids doing this Summer? For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine and if you're lucky the ocean.
As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a challenging! If you've not got the luxury of a Summer camp then it's up to you as parent to find things to keep them busy.
Failing that, your kids might spend all their time in front of a computer, tablet, phone or other screen and research has shown that spending too much time in front of a screen can have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of children.
Studies have shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering with mental health problems and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has shown decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.
One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental health problems and it's on the rise. Prescription medications of antidepressants are also at a record high level and the demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health officials are examining different options for cost effective services for mental health sufferers and one of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. Let's go back to a time when children got excited to spend their time climbing trees and building forts rather than spending hours in front of the tv.
Joe at Nature Rated understands this all too well and has put together an infographic of 15 Summer activities to get your kids outside enjoying nature.
This is what it looks like:
From baking a blackberry pie to constructing a pond or insect hotel, there's plenty for the youngsters to do. Head on over to his site for step by step instructions to get your kids outside and into nature.
Thank you Joe for guest posting.
An outdoor enthusiast, Joe is the lead editor at Nature Rated; a website which rates and reviews the best outdoor gear for people who quickly want to know what to buy. He believes in no fluff, to the point reviews, which help you choose the right gear for your next adventure. Whenever daily life gets him down he heads to the nearest lake or river with his kayak and camera spending time recharging his batteries.
We are trying to raise our boys to explore, create, and use their imaginations so their screen time is very limited. I love these ideas to get kids outside. We also want our kids to have a good work ethic and a great way to instill this is to let them help with outside chores and projects.
The boys helped clean the overgrown mint out the flower beds to make room for perennials. They have also been working hard in the community garden this summer.
Watch this cute video of the boys showing off their catch, which we did cook for dinner.
The boys love to go fishing and have already been twice this summer. Luckily we live close to the lakes and their Dad likes taking them. Fishing is fun, but just being outside at the lake is fun too. They could spend hours looking at rocks, shells, and exploring trails.
What are your favorite ways to get your kids outside?
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As a busy mother of four I rely heavily on simple meals, especially during t-ball season. Most of our games are at night which makes getting dinner on the table quickly a must. We love brats and sauteed mushrooms and onions so I put the two together for a delicious, quick, and easy meal.
We enjoy these brats without buns, cutting them up and eating them with the yummy caramelized onions and mushrooms. The boys love applesauce so I serve this meal with store bought unsweetened applesauce or this yummy homemade version.
Since brats are not pre-cooked, I simmer them in beer for about 12 minutes to let them cook through. I used non-alcoholic beer which I purchased since it is less expensive and we aren't beer drinkers. I just like to have it on hand for cooking. You can also use water instead of beer.
While the brats are cooking, I saute the onions and mushrooms in a little oil in a skillet. I used a large package of whole mushrooms and sliced them myself. I always feel like they are fresher if I slice them myself. I recently found some walnut oil on sale at the grocery store and thought it would be fun to try. It worked well for this recipe. Walnut oil is also a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. You can also use olive oil, coconut oil, or another favorite oil.
While cooking the vegetables, I add a pat or two of butter for flavor and salt and pepper to taste. I love fresh ground pink himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper and use them in most of my cooking. Once the vegetables are tender and lightly browned, I scoot them over to the side of the skillet and brown the sausages on each side until they have a beautiful golden brown sear. I then redistribute the veggies and place the sausages on top for a beautiful presentation.
1 lb. brats
1 sweet onion, cut into thin wedges
8 oz. or more fresh mushrooms, sliced
Walnut, olive, or another oil of choice
1 bottle or can of beer, optional
Fresh ground salt and pepper
1. Simmer brats in beer or water for about 12 minutes to cook through.
2. Meanwhile, saute onions and mushrooms in a drizzle of walnut or olive oil in another skillet. Add a little butter, salt and pepper to taste.
3. Once the vegetables are tender and lightly browned, scoot them over to the side of the skillet and brown the sausages on each side until they have a beautiful golden brown sear. Then redistribute the veggies and place the sausages on top for a beautiful presentation.
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So I'm still very new to video editing. Last night I stayed up way too late learning how to do some basic editing on youtube. It took longer than it should have, but I learned some things and finished a cute baby video to add to my recent sponsored Huggies Family Dollar post. (video has been added to the end of the post)
I was so excited to share it with you that I wrote a post just to show you. If you have already seen it on instagram, you get to enjoy the cuteness all over again :)
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