January 15, 2019

Recent Favorite Recipes

My goodness! I haven't posted on this blog since May! It is hard to believe that I used to post at least once a week. I had my best year yet in Real Estate in 2018, I sold 23 homes which was double my goal for year! I am very grateful for all my friends, family and clients! I hope I can do it again this year! 

As a wife, mom and Realtor, blogging ended up falling last in place. As things are ramping up for 2019, I had some time and thought I would share some of our new favorite go-to recipes! Dinner is a such a pain isn't it? Half the time kids don't like it, the other half you are too tired to make it!

These were some hits for us in 2018!

Hibachi Chicken
We have made this quite a few times. Camille loves the chicken and is coming around to fried rice and veggies! Michael and I love too! Clyde won't touch but that's nothing new. 😔

Black Bean Soup
This was delicious! Love the addition of bacon! We serve with Chicken Quesadillas! 

Really yummy! I use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs. 

Philly Cheesesteak
 We renovated our kitchen this year! 9.5 weeks in a mudroom "kitchen" without a stove. This is a recipe I discovered during the renovation and one that I will definitely make again. 

I found this recipe on the Trader Joe's website. It was easy and tasty. I used the carnitas but I think it would also be good with chicken or ground beef!

I found this in the Allrecipes Magazine. I served with Rice and Pinto Beans. 

Real Simple
This was great and easy to throw together. I left out the peas and used Chicken Sausage and Pesto from Trader Joe's. 

Barefoot Contessa
This is perfect for these cold, snowy days we have been having in RVA! 

Genius Kitchen
These were really tasty and made a lot. We froze half and reheated on another night! They were great even after freezing. 

Any new recipes that you loved this year!?  Send them my way...we are always up for something new!

May 18, 2018

Tupelo Style!

Today I am partnering with some fabulous local RVA ladies! Have you heard of Tupelo Style? Their motto is "consignment meets convenience". I recently cleaned out my closet and passed over a few things to Tupelo Style. It's a very easy process. I left the items out and Tupelo picked them up from me and then photographed and loaded to Instagram for sale. They have several options...

The Closet Purge: Tupelo Style picks up your unwanted items and categorizes into Consign or Donate. You receive a percentage of the items sold through Tupelo.

The Closet Consignment: Leave ready to sell items (freshly laundered or dry cleaned) on your doorstep. You receive a percentage of the items sold through Tupelo.

The Closet Edit: Hourly fee for reviewing and editing your closet.

I went with The Closet Consignment. The below photo is of my dress and straw bag styled and ready to load to Instagram. Doesn't it look great?

Tupelo styled my items in conjunction with another local blogger, Sarah's Book Shelves! I follow Sarah's blog and have gotten tons of great book recommendations and she just released her 2018 Summer Reading List. I love nothing more than laying in the summer sun by the water reading a book. It may be favorite past time...well that and drinking wine 🍷! Definitely check out Sarah's blog, I just added a bunch of books to my Goodreads account from her Summer Reading List.

Also, check out Tupelo's Instagram page for a chance to win the book, The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer and the earrings in the picture above. To enter, be sure you follow Tupelo Style, Sarah's Book Shelves and myself on Instagram. Good luck!

May 17, 2018

A Menu Planner

I have definitely fallen out of rhythm with my menu planner blog post routine! I had some time this afternoon and decided to share some new recipes that we have recently tried and are definitely worth repeating!

Photo Courtesy: Skinnytaste
This was definitely tasty and easy to make. I used this tzatziki recipe. We had leftovers that worked great for lunch the next day.

Photo Courtesy Weight Watchers
We have made these twice now! Very easy and tasty and healthy since they are Weight Watchers. 

Photo Courtesy: Skinnytaste.com
I am trying these tonight since they call for red cabbage that I had leftover from fish tacos earlier in the week. And who doesn't love a crock pot meal? 

Photo Courtesy: I Heart Naptime
Pasta Salad season is upon us...perfect companion for grilling chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs etc! This one is delicious and not too hard to make. 

Photo Courtesy: Weight Watchers
These pita pockets were really good. Nice light summer dinner option! I used regular thin sliced chicken breasts not the Weight Watchers Chicken Tenders.

May 3, 2018

The Dinner Daily

What is it about dinner that is so hard? I have written on this blog a million times about meal planning, the struggles with meal planning, picky eaters etc, etc.

My mother-in-law gave me a subscription to Rachael Ray magazine for my birthday and in one of the issues, I came across The Dinner Daily.This is a brilliant concept. For as little as $4 a month, The Dinner Daily emails you weekly menus that features products that are ON SALE from your local grocery store.

The Dinner Daily

I selected Kroger as my store but there are many options that range from Wegmans to Aldi. You are also able to select how many red meat or chicken or pork dishes you would like in a week. Would you like all vegetarian, gluten-free or stick to the basics for picky eaters?

Food Preferences Screen

Once you receive your menus, you can selects all of them or only a couple. Switching sides and customizing each meal is an option. I also sometimes view the menus from other stores because I often go to Kroger but I may shop somewhere else that week. When you have finalized your meal plan, a shopping list is created. If you do online groceries, it is super easy to add all these items to your online shopping cart or do it the old fashion way and print out the list and take it to the store. 😉 I also just noticed now the the menus can be put into your google calendar! The meals are easy to make and have been very tasty! I definitely recommend giving it a try! Click here to get two weeks free!

*I was gifted a three month subscription to The Dinner Daily. All opinions in this blog post are my own. 

March 6, 2018

DIY Project: Mudroom Update

I am so delayed in posting this project that we completed right at the first of the year. Michael wanted a DIY project for his Christmas work vacation. I think it might have been a little bigger job then we expected but it is definitely an improvement. Here is the before picture taken right after we moved in....

And after....

We pulled up the old peel and stick tiles and put down new peel and stick grout-able tiles. The tiles were very reasonably priced and look really close to ceramic tile. I probably wouldn't use it in a bathroom but it is perfect for this basement mudroom.

Since taking the original pictures, I have added a few baskets and bottles of wine 🍷 to the shelf.  😉Excuse the kitty litter box but this is real life here!
Michael also gave the walls a fresh coat of paint and replaced the florescent lighting with this new fixture. We still need to do some patch work to the ceiling and relocate a couple of the hooks but we are definitely happy with the changes!

Peel & Stick Vinyl Tile: Home Depot
Simple Grout in Linen: Home Depot
Light Fixture: Lowes
Lamp: Walmart
Baskets & Candle: Marshalls

January 28, 2018

Menu Planner

Happy Sunday! I have an open today and this awesome home! If you are local, come check it out!

Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Sunday....Paula Deen's Gumbo served over Rice

Monday....Spaghetti Carbonara, Salad, Bread

Tuesday...Kickin' Chicken (recipe below), Bean & Rice, Corn

Wednesday...Bratwurst, French Fries

Thursday...Ina Garden's Weeknight Bolognese, Salad, Bread

Kickin' Chicken with Crunch
6 pieces of white bread for breadcrumbs
2 tbsp olive oil
4 medium chicken breast, boneless skinless
1 cup plain yogurt, low-fat
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups tortilla chips, crushed
1 tbsp thyme
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup jarred jalapenos, chopped
1 medium lime

Make breadcrumbs by tearing about 6 pieces of white bread into 2 inch squares. Blend in flood processor. Toss breadcrumbs with 2 tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt. Heat in a skillet for 5 minutes or until slightly brown. (I sometimes use store bought breadcrumbs and they work fine.)

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Flatten chicken breast with meat mallet to even out thickness.

In a large bowl, mix yogurt, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add chicken breast to mixture. You can marinate in mixture up to 24 hours or proceed.

In a shallow bowl, mix breadcrumbs, tortilla chips, thyme, cheddar and jalapenos. Coat marinated chicken with breadcrumb mixture. Using your hands, press the mixture into the chicken.

Transfer chicken on to foil lined baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve immediately with lime wedges for squeezing over the chicken.

January 21, 2018

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Yesterday, was a beautiful day here in Richmond! We met Michael's parents and sister's children at Bottom's Up Pizza then spent the afternoon near Brown Island on the T-Pot bridge and Buttermilk Trail! It was a little muddy but we all survived. It felt nice to be outside after all the snow days! ⛄

I have been trying to step up my menu planner presentation. I created this graphic and was hoping to have links in the graphic. I think that is pretty varsity skill but it is good to have goals. 😉 Links below the graphic.