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Moving Tips!

17 Apr

Now that I have been packing the house for DAYS and listened to some seriously helpful tips on here I’ve decided to share my process of moving with you all in hopes that it helps someone else stay organized!

First things first – I made a list! I I planned out my weeks on which days I was going to pack what and in what order. I decided to pack items from least used to most used. So items in the storage, closet, and pushed back in cabinets that we weren’t touching were packed or given to the thrift store.

After going through the whole house and getting that out of the way I decided to pack room by room of all the things that we wont’ be using except for the next two weeks we are here. That means all of my clothes – minus two weeks. All my books except for the one I’m ready, all my desk things except the stuff I’ll be using for packing and last minute things.

Having an organized list and timeline has made this process so much easier! The best part is I’ve left myself two days off each week to do other things like errands or just plain relax after packing for days!

Next I got colored labels! This was my favorite idea. I bought rolls of colored labels and each color represents which area it goes in. Yellow for the kitchen, Orange for the craft room, Green for the storage and so on! Now I don’t have to waste time labeling boxes for which room it goes in and just quick write plates, paint, or xmas things! Saves me time and headaches. Another reason I decided to do this was because we are having a lot of extra hands help us move. I plan on printing out which color label goes where with little signs around the house so no one will have to ask where things go – they’ll follow the color like candy land! <3

Another useful tip I got from friends and family was to not spend money on boxes. Local ABC stores, grocery stores, and retail stores will gladly give you their boxes if you just call and ask to come pick them up! I’ve avoided spending any money buying boxes and the best part is 99% of them are very heavy duty boxes which is great for moving! (Don’t forget to purchase packing tape – that YOU WILL NEED!)

So far I’ve gotten half of the house packed up. One more weeks and we’ll be living in a house full of boxes – two more weeks and we’ll be moving!!

I think the hardest part I’ve noticed so far is getting it through to Emma that we are moving. She’s walked through the house during our inspection, seen pictures online a thousand times, she watches me pack things and asks if they are going to the new house and if we are going too – but I don’t think she’s quite gotten it yet. I’m wondering how she is going to take it!

Have you moved with young kids before? Any tips for me?

A Rotel Wrap!

20 Mar

This is for that moment when you are sick of the usual foods you are eating, just a plain chicken wrap is driving you insane, and you don’t mind a little bit of kick. And by kick I mean, you don’t mind a little green pepper bite!

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Marinate Time (if preferred): about 3-4 hours

Makes: Two – Three Wraps

Ingredients:

1 large piece of boneless chicken breast

Tortilla Shells

2-3 cups of Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing (Kraft)

1/2 of a small can of Rotel (I used diced tomatoes with green peppers but there’s a ton of choices!)

Chopped Lettuce

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Ranch Dressing

Instructions:

To Marinate -

Put chicken in a zip lock bag with the vinaigrette dressing, seal, and lay in the refrigerator to marinate for 3-4 hours or longer.

Cooking -

Defrost chicken if not thawed completely.

Put a skillet on medium heat and spray Pam or dab a little oil in the skillet.

Dice chicken into cube size pieces.

Throw the chicken in the pan and let it cook for about ten minutes making sure it’s cooked all the way through.

Turn the skillet down to low or warm and add 1/2 small can of Rotel in the skillet.

While it’s simmering chop lettuce and put in a small container with a lid.

Add shredded cheese to the container.

Add Ranch dressing to the container (your preference on how much).

Close the container and shake it up really good so it’s all mixed up and there is a little ranch on every piece!

Pull out your tortilla shell, add chicken & tomatoes, add lettuce mixture, wrap it up & eat!!

If you are anything like me this is what you’re wrap will look like in seconds! <3 I love a nice change of pace when it comes to food!

This is the kind of meal I always look forward to during lunch. I’ll marinate the chicken in the morning and know it won’t take that long to make – which when you have a toddler is a must! It’s also fantastic for when you are really hungry but don’t want something that heavy to eat. If you aren’t a green pepper fan, you can always do just diced tomatoes or any of the other rotel’s if you are feeling brave!

Hope you enjoy!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Balsamic Chicken

14 Mar

Balsamic Marinated Chicken

I just love an easy recipe that looks fancy but takes no work!

This is one of my favorite eats, with lots of flavor and pizzaz but almost no kitchen time.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

1 tsp Oregano

5 leaves Fresh Basil

1 tsp Thyme

1 tsp Honey

1 tsp Lemon Juice

1 lb. of Chicken breasts

7 cherry tomatoes, whole

3 White Mushrooms, sliced

Instructions:

Mix everything EXCEPT for the chicken, tomatoes, and mushrooms in a bowl.

Put the chicken into a big ziplock bag.

Take the mixture, pour it into the bag, shake around, and refrigerate for 1-12 hours.

After the marinade is set, put the chicken into a baking dish, Add chopped mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, and cover with remaining marinade.

Pre-heat oven to 350 and bake for about 30 minutes.

Voila!

Yummy, scrumptious, healthy, simple :)

Bon Apetite,

Leslie

Pinteresting Recipes!

8 Mar

Check out these great finds I found on Pinterest! My food interest are right in the middle of summer and winter foods – so I decided to mix it up with a little of both!

I’ve grown up in a house where sausage gravy is a weekend ritual! Pairing that with a cheese & egg roll sounds pretty interesting to me!

Now that the weather is getting warmer (after that huge snowstorm we had to finale winter) All I can think about is some summer pasta – this one looks delicious!

Mmmmm. A new way to celebrate the banana split by turning it into a pie! YES PLEASE!

A margarita to finish off the day? Sounds good to me!

Anything you’d like to try?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Pinteresting Recipes!

22 Feb

Some Pinteresting Recipes I found – going to see if I can try one out and post it for you soon ;)

 

Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip – we eat apples in this house like most people eat chips. I LOVE finding new dips :)

 

Eggplant Panini with Pesto – eggplant has become a new favorite in this house and I loooooove panini’s!

 

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Loaf – whoever was the brilliant person who put lemon and blueberry together deserves an award. YUM!

 

Dirty Shirley: cherry vodka, grenadine, sprite – now I am not a big drinker. In fact one of these tiny glasses would get me drunk – but this drink is delicious :D

 

Which recipe should I try?! Do you have a great recipe to share with us?

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Love Always,

Jennifer

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

11 Feb

Chicken Cacciatore is a staple in this house because we have probably once every two weeks and all the ingredients are constantly in the house so I don’t have to wonder if we are missing anything ;)

Ingredients:

Chicken (I buy pre-cooked frozen grilled chicken)

Two cans of tomato sauce

One can of tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Two cups of Rice

Two cups of Water

Makes enough for four people!

My mother used to make this meal all the time and I remember thinking it was weird when I was growing up but now I understand why she made it, and love eating it as much as she does too!!

Directions:

Heat up a pan and throw in the chicken, let it cook for 3-5 minutes.

I take the chicken out and cut it into bite size pieces, this is completely optional it just makes my life and Emma’s life easier so we can eat faster ;)

I throw it back in the pot to let it warm up while I open up the cans of tomato sauce and paste

Add two cans of tomato sauce and one can of tomato paste and mix it well!

Add the garlic and pepper. I gave you measurements above but I tend to not measure. I shake the pepper and garlic around in a circle once or twice! Stir it all up and let it cook on low.

Then put two cups of water in a pot and let it sit until it starts boiling.

Once the water is boiling add two cups of rice and mix well. Immediately take it off the stove!

Put a cover on the top and let it sit for about 10 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the rice is almost completely dry!

Then it’s ready to serve! This meal has a little bit of a bite but it’s delicious!! If you’d like it with a little less or more bite just adjust the pepper and garlic more or less until you are satisfied!

I hope you enjoy! Does your have a family meal that’s always in the house and easy to make?

Love Always,

Jennifer

A Little Help Never Hurts!

6 Feb

For those of you with little ones around the house – you know how difficult it is to cook and keep a child entertained! Lately Emma has been wanting to be by my side while I’m cooking. I love the idea but it terrifies me that she might get hurt in the process so this week we have been playing around with different ideas on how to let her do a little cooking of her own (more like prepping ;) but that’s okay!)

One of my favorite lazy meals is to make chicken cacciatore because the prepping is so easy. I thought this would be a good meal for Emma to help out. I let her put the chicken strips (pre-cooked & frozen) into the pan (cold – before I put it on the stove).

 

She had a blast picking out which pieces fit where in the pan and loved finding the big pieces! This was a good 10 minutes of entertainment and since it didn’t matter how long it took to make it I just let her have fun with it.

While I was cooking the chicken and making the sauce (since that’s not so child friendly) I let her scoop the rice into a measuring cup. Laying down a paper towel or napkin is a great idea in order to not have a mess of extra rice pieces to clean up!

Letting her pick out the scoop was exciting for her and I think she was pretty proud of herself when she finished!

Waiting for the food to be ready is the time when Emma is wanting my attention the most. In order to keep us both sane I found an easy project she could do since she wanted to keep helping Mommy!

 

I let her put the spoons and forks away. She loves helping me unload the dishwasher – which really means handing me the clean things and saying, “I DID IT!!” so instead of her handing me each utensil I let her do it all by herself. Not only did the time fly by but dinner was ready as soon as she finished :D

Do you have fun ideas to keep your kids entertained while your cooking? I’d love to hear them!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Pumpkin French Toast

29 Jan

Emma and I make Pumpkin French Toast about once a week! It’s one of the things Emma loves to help me with the most!

Ingredients:

4 Pieces of Bread

3 Eggs

2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin

1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Put all of these items in a bowl and mix, after it looks fairly mixed in pour onto a plate for dipping bread in! Turn on a burner to medium/high and get the skillet hot and ready.

Lay a piece of bread flat for 30 seconds to a minute, turn it over a do it again.

I like to spray a little pam on the skillet before reach piece of bread. Place the french toast on the skillet and let it cook until it’s toasty brown.

Flip and do the same on the other side & repeat!

Add whatever toppings you’d like! Syrup is a staple in this house ;)

If you are using a can of pumpkin and want to save some for later, use an ice tray and fill each section with pumpkin. Let it freeze for a few hours then pop them out and put them in a container in the freezer. We use about two cubes of pumpkin (almost two tablespoons) each time. It’s a money saver!!

I hope you enjoy! Do you have weekly breakfast treat like we do?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Shredded BBQ Chicken

16 Jan

Shredded BBQ Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

Chicken

Chicken Broth

Italian Dressing

BBQ Sauce

Rolls

Turn the crock pot on low and add frozen chicken

Add enough chicken broth to cover the bottom of the crock pot

Add a quarter to a half container of italian dressing

Cook on low for 4 hours

Add bbq sauce to your liking! I use about 2 cups

Let it cook on low for one hour

Dump the bbq into a strainer to get rid of the loose juices.

Put it on a roll with your favorite toppings!

Enjoy your juicy tangy spicy shredded bbq sandwich :)

What’s your favorite BBQ recipe?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Scallops with Orange Marmalade Sauce

I grew up on the eastern coast of the Atlantic in a small town known for fishing, crabbing, and any kind of seafood.  As a child, I REFUSED to eat scallops.  As an adult I really appreciate the rich, buttery flavor of those juicy morsels.  If my parents had tried this recipe during my childhood, I’m sure scallops would have been my favorite dish!

For those of you who have been to Outback Steakhouse and tried the orange marmalade sauce, I have a replica my Dad taught me that tastes wonderful with seared scallops.

Scallops with Orange Marmalade Sauce

Sauce:

1/2 cup orange marmalade

1/4 cup Grey Poupon Country Mustard

1/4 cup honey

Tobasco to taste

Simply mix it all together in no particular order!

Other:

Scallops

1/8 Stick of Butter

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Salt to taste

Cooking Instructions: 

  1. Line a non-stick skillet with the butter and olive oil (I use unsalted butter since the sauce is sweet and I like to add salt to taste)
  2. Add the Orange Marmalade sauce and add  a pinch of salt while stirring for a couple of seconds making sure it doesn’t burn in the pan!
  3. Drop the scallops in at medium-high heat.  Sear for about 3  minutes per side.

I hope you all enjoy this lovely recipe that both adults and children can enjoy!

Bon appetite,

Leslie

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