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Saturday, October 22, 2016

25 Minute Week Night Meal - Pesto Chicken and Roasted Tomatoes

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This is by far one of the easiest weeknight dinner recipes on my rotation list. It takes only 5 minutes max to prep, and the chicken and tomatoes take 20 minutes or less to cook. Yes, I have to admit that I use jarred pre-made pesto sauce. That is why this recipe is so fast and easy. If you have pesto ingredients and are feeling like an over achiever, by all means make your own pesto. Either way, it will taste delicious!

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of pesto
  • parmesan cheese
  • cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Spray a baking dish with cooking spray
  • Season chicken with pepper, and spoon pesto over top of chicken
  • Sprinkle the top of chicken with parmesan cheese
  • Bake chicken for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through
  • Place cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet
  • Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  • Roast tomatoes in oven for about 10-12 minutes

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pumpkin Picking at Sweet Berry Farm

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There is nothing like fall in New England. A couple weekends ago, we took a day to drive around to different farm stands. I wanted to find some pumpkins and fall directions to decorate the house.

We ended up finding Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, Rhode Island. It was the perfect place for everything fall! They had apple picking, pumpkin picking, as well as a small market and cafe. It was adorable. We ended up getting a wheel barrel and picking some great pumpkins. It was my first time  pumpkin picking EVER so I was very enthusiastic!! I picked up the wheel barrel and was ready to get to work.
I ended up getting six pumpkins but I wanted even more! There were so many unique pumpkins to choose from. I especially wanted some white pumpkins and some heirloom pumpkins. No regular old orange pumpkins for me!! lol!
We came home and decorated the porch with the pumpkins we picked. We also got some hay and mums from a couple other farm stands near by. I think it makes home feel so cozy.
So far, my fall bucket list is going well. There are so many fun fall things to do. Next, is Halloween activities, and I can't wait.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

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  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups cilantro
  • 1 1/2 cups parsley
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne 
  • salt and pepper
  • Stir together cumin, coriander, and some salt and pepper in a bowl. Rub mixture on both sides of steak. 
  • Place steak on hot grill. Grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • Transfer steak to cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes. 
  • Add garlic, cilantro, parsley, vinegar, cayenne, olive oil, and some salt to a food processor. Pulse and blend until sauce is made. 
  • Thinly slice steak, against the grain, and serve with sauce. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall 2016 Wishlist - Erin Condren Planner [Plan with me]

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So I heard this rumor that tomorrow is the first day of fall. WHAT?! When did fall get here?!

Even though I have to say a tearful goodbye to summer, I'm VERY excited for fall. I love the cooler weather. Snuggling up with hot tea, leggings, and flannels just sounds amazing right now.

To celebrate the new season, I decided to write down my fall wishlist. I usually do this at the beginning of every season to keep track of all the fun things I'd like to do. I love to look back on my wishlists to see all the amazing things that I got to experience.

My wishlist stays in my Erin Condren planner, which I am completely in love with!! I've had an Erin Condren planner for about 3-4 years now. I am a planner and list maker at heart, so a planner is a must for me. I LOVE watching plan with me videos on youtube and seeing how other people decorate their planner. I decided to share my wish list to inspire my fellow planner addicts out there lol. Making a wish list is a great way to utilize the blank lined pages in the Erin Condren planner.  I usually write out my wishlist, then I use stickers, washi tape, and fun pictures to make it festive.
I'm so excited to get started on my list. I can already see a few things that I'll be able to check off soon!!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

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Here is a recipe in honor of National Cheeseburger Day. Yes, there is such a day and yes, it is in fact today! I have no idea who makes up these days, but I'm not complaining because I get to share this amazing recipe with you. You might be thinking that there is no way pickles on a pizza would taste good. In fact, it is probably one of the most amazing combos ever. And of course, I had to turn it up a notch by adding bacon and making it a BACON cheeseburger pizza. So delicious!!
  • 1 can of Pillsbury pizza crust
  • 1/2 lb of ground beef
  • 1/3 cup diced white onion
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lb of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp relish 
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • dill pickle slices
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Press the pizza dough in the pan and bake crust for 8 minutes. 
  • In a large skillet, brown the beef and onion. Drain. Add Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a small bowl, add the ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and relish.
  • Remove crust from the oven and spread the sauce on evenly. Sprinkle on half of the cheese.
  • Sprinkle on the beef mixture and bacon. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 6-10 minutes or until cheese has melted and crust is golden brown.
  • Top with pickle slices  and serve.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Mango Salsa

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Summer completely flashed before my eyes, and I'm trying to get all my last summer recipes in before the cold weather hits. I'm not sure if you got the memo, but today was in fact national guacamole day. I was so excited to make guacamole! I went to the store to get all the ingredients and low and behold the avocados were hard! I went to two different grocery stores and I couldn't find ONE ripe avocado. SO I improvised, and made the next best thing, salsa. I spruced it up a bit by adding some mango (my fave!) and it was DELICIOUS.
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1/2 of 1 red onion, diced
  • handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 of a lime
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix all ingredients together, and serve with chips!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Our Camping Trip

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Before it gets to be too late, I wanted to share with you some pictures from our camping trip over labor day weekend. We had the most amazing time. It was great to go up north for a few days and experience some of that cooler weather. We got to snuggle up in flannels next to the fire, and it was amazing. I am so ready for fall!
While we were there, we cooked the most DELICIOUS food. That smoky flavor from the fire pit just can't be beat. I also realized that I am missing something from my life, a castiron skillet. I know I've been saying that for a while, but I think its finally time to bite the bullet and do it. We basically cooked all our food in Ericka's cast iron skillet, from bacon and eggs to nachos, and of course my FAVORITE beer brats with a cheddar sauce. Unfortunately, it was too dark to get a picture of the brats so you'll just have to take my word on it that it was delicious.
The views while we were camping were unbeat. It was so great to just relax by the river or go hiking through the woods. It was such a nice and relaxing weekend. 
We also made this simple but delicious salmon. We simply wrapped it up in tin foil with some salt, pepper, butter, and a squirt of lemon. It cooked right on top of the fire pit grate, and turned out beautiful!

I'm hoping we can get out another camping trip before it gets TOO cold, but even if we can't, this trip was certainly one for the books.
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