Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sun Dried Tomato Bake

Sun Dried Tomato Bake

-  2lbs skinless chicken breast
-  2tbsp crushed garlic 
-  2 tbsp dried basil, garlic powder, onion powder, & pepper
-  8.5oz jar julienne cut sun dried tomatoes 

•Preheat oven to 375
•In a glass baking dish, add chicken.
•Sprinkle with dry spices
•Add garlic and sun dried  tomatoes on top
•Cover tightly with foil bake 10 minutes
•Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes or until juices run clear (165 degrees if using a insta-read thermometer)

Sautéd Brussel sprouts 

-  1lb (or more) Brussel sprouts, trimmed, quartered, & rinsed.  
-  4 slices of bacon
-  1/2 onion, chopped 
-  1tbsp crushed garlic

•cook bacon over med-low heat in large sauté pan
•remove bacon, set aside
•raise temp to medium- add rinsed sprouts to pan, cover and cook for about 2 minutes 
•uncover and cook until tender (3-5 minutes)
•remove from heat, crush bacon, sprinkle on top (like candy) & enjoy!

Jasmine Rice

- directions are on the bag... lol

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chicken breast with balsamic vinegar and garlic

Chicken breast with balsamic vinegar and garlic 

I found this keeper from "Food on the Table" and although their recipe sounded delish~ I put my own spin to it so...

-  4 (large) boneless skinless chicken breasts (cubed)
-  1 (tablespoon) arrowroot 
-  2 (tablespoon) olive oil
-  6 (clove) garlic 
-  1/2 cup chopped onion
-  1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper 
-  1/4 (cup) balsamic vinegar
-  3/4 (cup) chicken broth
-  1/4 (teaspoon) dried thyme, pepper, garlic powder, & onion powder 
-  1 (tablespoon) grass-fed butter
Season the chicken with pepper, garlic & onion powder, heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat and saute the chicken until it is nicely browned (about 3 minutes). 
Add the garlic, onion, and bell peppers. Stir the chicken breasts then add the vinegar, broth, butter,  and thyme. Cover tightly and simmer over medium low heat for 5 minutes, turning occasionally.
Add 1 tbsp of arrowroot to 1/4 cup of cold water, stir to mix then pour into chicken mixture. Continue simmering the sauce, uncovered, over medium heat for about 5 minutes or to desired sauce thickness. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Fish Tacos!!

I made fish tacos and...
They were freaking yummy!!

I did not use a sauce for my tacos (only fresh tomatoes and lime juice)

- 4-5 tilapia fillets
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 onion (I used red) thinly sliced 
- Olive oil
- fresh ground black pepper 
- corn tortillas 
- jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 tomatoe (cubed- is that what you do to tomatoes??)
- Sliced lime wedges 
- Sliced avocado wedges

• Sauté onions, jalapeño, bell peppers and set aside.

• Sprinkle fish evenly with black pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with olive oil, add fish to pan, and cook for 3 minutes on each side (fish should flake easily when tested with a fork).

• Warm tortillas, divide fish, add sautéd vegetables, and jalapeño slices evenly among tortillas. Serve with lime & avocado wedges.

If you would like to use a sauce I recommend using one that goes well with fish tacos.

 I am not sure of the amounts for one that can be used (below) but you do want to make sure your sour cream has a creamy- almost pourable consistency! Spices can be added to suit your taste:

 Sour cream, lime, cilantro, cumin, coriander, salt, & cheyenne pepper..

As said before, I did not use a sauce  so...

Friday, February 13, 2015

Spinach juice wake me up

What's in this cup!

1 scoop of Truenutriction Whey protein 
1 cup of spinach
1/2 cup of shredded carrots
Small squirt of lime
Bottled water

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Strawberries with homemade whipped honey

Need a quick and healthy snack in a pinch?

How about strawberries and cream?

4 strawberries rinsed and sliced in half.

For the whipped cream:
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 tsp honey 
Metal mixing bowl / metal whisk

Place your metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer for about 10 minutes.
Remove your bowl and add the heavy cream. Whisk just until the cream starts to stiffen, add honey and continue to whisk until the cream reaches stiff peaks. 
Place your strawberries on a plate with your cream in a bowl, enjoy!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Easy Curry Chicken

Now here's a quick one to enjoy!

just in case you did not know~  I try to make all of my recipe's easy!  for this one, the only real time comes from the prep (I think all meals do!).

I like to top this dish over a bed of jasmine rice but you can pair it with whatever you feel!
This recipe comes from Bri over at Our Savory Life which is a Paleo web site.  Although we do many things Paleo I must remind you we are NOT 100%!! (hence the jasmine rice I use vice the Paleo rice!!) I have also omitted a few ingredients to work for me and my taste buds~


1/2 stick of unsalted butter
1 medium onion (finely chopped)
2 large garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1 tbsp. finely minced peeled fresh ginger
3 tablespoons curry powder (I ALWAYS double this!!)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper (add more/less for spiciness)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup of fresh diced tomatoes (or 1 14.5-oz can of tomatoes)
3/4 cup of full fat canned, coconut cream
handful of fresh chopped cilantro.


-Heat butter in a large saute pan over moderately low heat until it is melted and slightly bubbling.

-Add onions, garlic, and ginger, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.
-Add curry powder, salt, cumin, and cayenne and cook, fully coating the onion mixture with the spices.
-Add chicken and cook, stirring to coat, 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, including juice, and bring to a simmer. Then cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
-After 20 minutes uncover and add the full fat, canned coconut milk (the cream skimmed from the top). Stir and cover for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
OPTIONAL: Note:  I usually add about a tbsp. of arrowroot to my pot to thicken the sauce a touch
-Pour over rice and enjoy!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Zucchini pasta sauce

As I searched for a new way to make my pasta sauce without all the added extra sugar and junk, I stopped by my favorite site, Paleo Cupboard, although they have an awesome recipe, it is written for a slow cooker.  My family stays hungry and my work day is not long enough for a me to do this in a slow cooker so~  I improvised...

Up there... That's my pasta sauce...

quick and easy to make and enjoy~ Lot's of flavor and full of meaty goodness.
I usually add it to a bowl of jasmine rice but you can also toss it over a bit of pasta or eat it as a meal (or snack!)

Ingredients:- 1 pd. ground beef
- 1 Tbsp. bacon fat
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
-1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 3 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1 tsp.sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. dried ground thyme
- Dash red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbsp. raw honey

Directions:1. Prepare vegetables. 
2. Melt bacon fat in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and saute for about 3 minutes. Add ground beef and brown . Drain any excess fat.
3.  Add remaining ingredients to your pan and stir to combine.
4. Cook the sauce on low heat for 30-45 minutes.  Remove from heat, add chopped zucchini and enjoy!! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Anatomy of a diaper cake


The anatomy of MY diaper cake. 

Why do I put it that way? Because each diaper cake designer (yes I said Diaper Cake Designer) has her/his own way of constructing a basket for the recipient to remember!

This cake is constructed in 3 tiers. 

Items used to construct this gift include:

47 diapers rolled and banded together with clear rubber bands
poster board
2 baby blankets
3 Onsies
1 tub of baby wipes
sample sized bottles of baby soap/lotions
1 (or more) yards of satin blue fabric
1/2 yard of sheer blue fabric
choice of flowers (I chose blue ones)
1 ceramic bear (this is a bank)
silver cake doilies in 3 different sizes (cardboard style)
Glue gun

Before starting my gift basket, I roll all of the diapers and cut the poster board in strips the width of the diapers. Then I form the circumference of each tier using my poster board and taping the edges, once my prep is complete I start on the bottom tier.

Each tier should be placed on the cardboard doily to give support on the bottom.

Tier 1 holds all of the weight to help anchor the diaper cake.  I placed the wipes in the center and then added about 23 (or more) diapers around the container. Add in a few of the travel size bottles of soap and lotion.  Shape and wrap with the poster board, cut a circle to place on the top to finish off the first tier.

Tier 2 contains two baby blankets (rolled), 13 diapers, travel size baby soap/lotion/powder, nose aspirator, and nail clippers.  Cut a circle to place over the top of this tier.

Tier 3 contains 12 diapers and 3 onsies.  Cut a circle to place over the top of this tier.  This is where your bear will sit on top of the cake.

Picture 4 shows each of the tiers stuffed with diapers, wrapped with the blue satin fabric.

Picture 4 shows each of the tiers laid out waiting to be stacked.  Using your glue gun, place a dab of glue on top of each circle (that was placed on top of the tier) then place the middle tier on top of the bottom.  do the same for the top tier.

Once all of the tiers are stacked.  I added ribbon of choice around each tier (using my glue gun) and then draped the flowers in a flowing pattern from top to bottom.  This cake was completed by adding the bear to the top.

and THAT!

is the anatomy of MY diaper cake design. 

I apologize for not having a complete set of pictures to show each step, but I was in complete design mode when I started this cake only to want to kick myself later for not documenting the steps for constructing such a beautiful design...

oh, next time..

Please! comment, ask questions, let me know your thoughts!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Decoupage 101

Yep... 101... 

And I say that because the most I ever do with mod podge is... 
Well, now that I think about it~ nothing!!

As promised, a tutorial on how to decoupage on wood.  As you see, I have used the wood block that I did the wood transfer on.  so..... here ya go!


*  Wood block (or canvas)
NOTE:  I used a 8X8X2 board I had them cut at Lowes so that I could sit it on my mantle.
*  Mod Podge
*  Foam brush 
*  Scrapbook paper of choice (I chose 5 different designs of coordinated papers)
*  Skeleton Key
*  Twine
*  Liquitex (optional) to give a clear protective coat to your work/Glossy Mod Podge works for this step)
*  Glue gun (not pictured)

STEP 1:  tear (or cut) your scrapbook papers and lay them out in a design that you want to use for your project.

For a clean look, I recommend tearing your strips long enough to cover the side and about a 1/4" area on the back of your board (pictured below)

See how the paper wraps around the side and back? Another option is painting the sides. If you use a canvas for this project, you can frame your finished work for hanging!

STEP 2:  Once you have decided on a pattern, spread a layer of glue onto your project

STEP 3:  Lay the first layer of paper onto your wood/canvas and apply a layer of glue (modge podge) on top of the paper.  If you did not paint your sides of your wood/canvas, make sure to cover the sides for a clean continuous look.

Use your fingers or a rolling tool to lay the paper flat.  I rippled the paper a little to give some texture to my work.

STEP 4:  Continue to glue and layer your papers until you are satisfied with your design.

STEP 5:  Once you are happy with your design, add a layer of glue to cover the whole project.

STEP 6:  Cut two pieces of twine, long enough to wrap around your wood/canvas and tie into a bow.  Unfortunately, I did not measure the length of my 8x8x2 wood board so i can not provide you with an estimated length... 

STEP 7:  Wrap your twine to the front of the board, make the first loop, slide on your key, then make your bow.

STEP 8:  When your key and bow are arranged just the way you like, add a dab of glue from your glue gun to the underside of the bow to hold it in place (optional)

STEP 9:  If you used canvas for this project, it can be hung on your wall with no special hangers.

If you used a wood block (any size) I would recommend you use a picture hanger to hang your work on the wall.  

If your project has a 2" border, it can sit on a table, mantle or desk!!

Have fun and try this craft before wine is added!! (if you are up to it...)  Good luck and have fun!!!