Lemon Garlic Chicken

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Recently my husband was preparing for his pt test for work so he was really watching what he ate. I was doing the best I could to prep all of his meals and calculate his macros for him. I was getting tired of the same old recipes so I picked up a clean eating cook book from Barnes & Noble.

One of the first recipes we tried from this book was the Lemon Garlic Chicken. My husband was literally picking the bones clean. I’ve made it several other times and added in more seasonings to accommodate my husband’s over seasoning tastes.

These are all of the seasonings that I use for what I know call my husband’s favorite chicken.

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Ingredients
1 whole chicken (about 4-5 lbs.)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon pepper
2 tsp herbes de Provence
1 tbsp adobo seasoning
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/4 c lemon juice
2 garlic heads, peeled and tops removed
2 lemons, halved

Directions
Preheat oven to 425°. In a small bowl, combine salt, lemon pepper, herbes de Provence, adobo seasoning, and garlic powder. Loosen the skin from the chicken. Rub the seasoning mixture under and on top of the skin.

Place the chicken breast side up on a roasting pan and pour lemon juice over the top. Arrange the lemon halves and garlic around the chicken in the pan.

Roast the chicken for about 90 minutes, basting the chicken half way through. Remove the chicken from the pan and let rest for 15 minutes before carving.

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101 in 1001 ~March Recap

My 101 in 1001

Let me just be honest, I kind of forgot about my 101 Things in 1,001 Days. I’ve had the opportunity to accomplish several things on this list in the last several months but chose not to. However, I was able to mark off 2 things this past month. The first one was to make a new recipe. I’ve actually made several new recipes with my Wildtree products and I’ve loved all but 1 of them. Here’s a few pictures of the recipes I loved.

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

 

Chicken Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Chicken Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

 

Asian Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet and Spicy Thai Carrot Soup

Asian Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet and Spicy Thai Carrot Soup

The second item that I was able to mark off was preparing two weeks worth of freezer meals. I’ve always loved making freezer meals, and they actually came in hand when our house flooded back in January. We stayed in a hotel with a little kitchen so I was able to take all of my freezer meals with us. We ended up with a week’s worth of homemade dinners with no effort. So when I started with Wildtree I was excited to see that we had freezer meal workshops. I have only tried one so far but I’m in love! I got 10 meals from the kit, with plenty of Wildtree products left over to use in other meals.

 Wildtree Comfort Foods Freezer Meal Workshop

Comfort Foods Freezer Meal Workshop: Spanish Style Garlic Shrimp, Italian Marinated Flank Steak, Best Burgers, Hearty Meatloaf, Chipotle Lime Fajitas, Italian Medallions, Honey Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks, Chipotle Line Chicken, Adobo Chicken, and Mozzarella & Tomato Chicken Pasta.

 

 Wildtree Cheddar and Tomato Chicken Pasta

Cheddar and Tomato Chicken Pasta

  1. Pay off all my debt, excluding our mortgage.
  2. Build our emergency fund to 3-6 months of expenses.
  3. Start a Christmas savings account. Jan 2016
  4. Start my kids college funds.
  5. Gain 100 followers on my blog.
  6. Post 2 videos to my YouTube channel a week for a month.
  7. Have 3 blog posts published a week for a month.
  8. Start an Etsy shop, or a shop on my blog June 2015
  9. Make my daughter a toy box.
  10. Grow a herb garden. April 2016
  11. Make (and can) my own spaghetti sauce.
  12. Read 40 books completely and not half way through. ~Made book list
  13. Go 1 entire week (including the weekend) without eating out.
  14. Take my husband away without the kids for a weekend.
  15. Learn a new craftJuly 2015
  16. Make at new recipe. March 2017
  17. Lose 20 pounds.
  18. Take a yoga class a few times.
  19. Go a full day with no technology.
  20. Take the Canadian road trip I planned.
  21. Take the kids on a Disney cruise.
  22. Join the local VFW.
  23. Attend a photography workshop.
  24. Host a cooking class.
  25. Make a memory jar on Jan 1 and read everything in it on Dec 31.
  26. Learn to quilt.
  27. Take a weekend trip to Vegas.
  28. Write a cookbook.
  29. Go zip lining.
  30. Make a jar full of rocks with my favorite Bible verses written on them.
  31. Go on a road trip with some of my girlfriends.
  32. Host a huge Halloween masquerade party.
  33. Rent a beach house for a week.
  34. Swim with dolphins.
  35. Go camping with my kids.
  36. Have a picnic in the park.
  37. Make yogurt popsicle with my kids.
  38. Pay a strangers restaurant bill.
  39. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  40. Learn to ice skate.
  41. Attend the Kentucky Derby.
  42. Take a pin-up photo shoot.
  43. Prepare a care package for a homeless person.
  44. Build a blanket fort.  August 2015
  45. Go to Country Concert.
  46. Make every recipe from 1 of my cookbooks.
  47. Take a Segway tour of a city.
  48. Go to a monster truck rally.
  49. Take a self-defense class.
  50. Make pasta from scratch.
  51. Go one month without shopping except for necessities.
  52. Read 5 biographies. ~Made List
  53. Learn how to tie a tie.
  54. Start a new blog series. May 2015
  55. Give 5 “Just Because Gifts” 1~July 2015; 1~August 2015
  56. Visit Chicago.
  57. Make sushi with my new kit.
  58. Run in a color run.
  59. Have a spa day.
  60. Host a Vision Board party.
  61. Attend a blog conference.
  62. Establish a family tradition. May 2015
  63. Write a guest post for another blogger.
  64. Have a guest post on my blog.
  65. Attend an Alabama home football game.
  66. Host a blog giveaway.
  67. Put $20 in savings for every goal accomplished.
  68. Visit 5 new museums. AF Museum~July 2015
  69. Go on another marriage retreat.
  70. Stop drinking soda for 1 week.
  71. Learn to make a burlap wreath.
  72. Determine my MBA major. Nov 2015
  73. Take a photo booth picture with my hubs.
  74. Go snowboarding.
  75. Have family photos taken every year.
  76. Visit a new stateAugust 2015
  77. Go geocaching.
  78. Go to 3 new festivals.
  79. Be able to do 10 pullups.
  80. Create a business plan.
  81. Make an editorial calendar. May 2015
  82. Order business cardsJuly 2015
  83. Create a media kit.
  84. Have 5 photos accepted to FoodGawker.
  85. Attend a women’s bible retreat.
  86. Make a list of 101 positive things about myself. ~Started on
  87. Make my bed every single day for a month.
  88. Put aside $50 a month for 6 months and go on a shopping spree.
  89. Write a letter for each of my children and place it with my will.
  90. Send a message in a bottle.
  91. Host a favorites party.
  92. Do a craft show.  August 2015
  93. Go golfing with my hubs.
  94. Take each kid on a mom date.
  95. Plan 12 dates (1 for each month) for the hubs and I.
  96. Buy a silhouette cameo.
  97. Make 2 weeks worth of freezer meals. March 2017
  98. Leave a 100% tip. Feb 2016
  99. Have poker night.
  100. Journal every night for a month.
  101. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.

Green Juice

green-juice

I was first introduced to juicing by the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead with Joe Cross. I loved the idea of being able to get more servings of fruits and vegetables through juicing. If you haven’t seen this documentary and you are a fitness and/or health enthusiast, then I would highly recommend watching it.

This is the very first juice recipe I tried, and now it’s my all time favorite. It took a few tries to really enjoy it, but that was more because it was completely new to me. Before then, the only green juice I enjoyed was Mountain Dew. Not too high on the nutritious side. I hope you give this a recipe a try and let me know what you think!

Green Juice

Ingredients
1/4 pineapple
1 green apple
1/2 medium cucumber
3-4 kale leaves

Peel pineapple and dice. Core apple. Run all ingredients through juicer. If desired, pour juice through mesh sieve.

Maple Bacon Muffins

Savory Saturdays Blog Series

I posted a picture of my Maple Bacon Muffins on my personal Facebook page the other day, and it was requested that I share the recipe with everyone. I made these muffins for a bake sale that my husband’s work was hosting to raise money. It was first thing in the morning so I wanted to make something different from the normal cookies and cupcakes. So I dug through my recipes and found this one. It was perfect for anyone who would have been looking for something to snack on for breakfast. Needless to say, as soon as my husband put the muffins on the table another gentleman walked up and bought all 2 dozen of them.

Maple Bacon Muffins

Ingredients

2 c. all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. Canola oil
2/3 c. Maple syrup
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, combine the egg, milk, oil, and syrup. Slowly stir liquid ingredients into dry ingredients until moistened. Fold in bacon.

Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack.

Chicken and Dumplings

Savory Saturdays Blog Series

It has been a very long time since I’ve been able to share a new recipe with you. I’ve either been entirely too busy to cook, or I’ve been plain ole uninspired. I’m not sure why I have such a love/hate relationship with my kitchen right now, but I’m going to try to force myself to overcome it. We shall see how this one goes over! The other night I decided to whip up a small pot of chicken and dumplings. You see, not only am I trying to force myself to cook more, but I’m trying to cook more from scratch as well. It tastes better and quite frankly, it’s a lot cheaper. (Oh by the way, I have to give a shout out to my friend for my new Blog Series logos!! They’re perfect! You should definitely go check her out at Simple Kara!)

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

A lot of the different recipes I have on hand called for canned biscuits for the dumplings. While I’ve had that before and enjoyed it, I don’t always keep canned biscuits on hand. I do however always have baking supplies for breads, cakes, cookies, etc. So I finally took bits and pieces from about 3-4 different recipes and made it work for what I was looking for.

Easiest Way to Shred Chicken

Another kitchen tip that I live by is prepping extra meat for the next few nights. I got this 3 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts at Kroger. It was on sale for $5.99 and I had a $2 off coupon. Talk about a good deal! I like to boil the entire bag of chicken breasts and then throw them in my food processor to shred them up. You can also use a stand mixer with a hook attachment if you have that. I went a little crazy the other night and shred my chicken up a little too much. But it’ll still work in my casseroles.

Prep Chicken Ahead for Multiple Dinners

I used a few handfuls of the chicken and put the rest in Ziploc bags. I put one if the fridge to use in the next night or so, and put the rest in the freezer. These will help me on those nights when I’m tired and really struggling to get dinner on the table. I hope you give this recipe a try and I would love to hear about some of your time savers in the kitchen.
Simple Homemade Dumplings

Ingredients
2-3 chicken breasts
32 oz. chicken broth
1 10.5 oz cream of chicken soup
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp butter
1 c. milk
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions
Boil the chicken breasts in a large pot of water until fork-tender, about 35-40 minutes. Drain and shred chicken, set aside.

In another medium pot, bring the chicken broth to a low boil. Stir in cream of chicken soup and add salt and pepper to your taste. Let simmer about 5  minutes.

Meanwhile, in small saucepan bring butter and milk to a slow simmer. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add milk mixture to dry ingredients. Stir with fork or knead with hands until the mixture just comes together. Divide the dough into 18-20 dumplings.

Add the chicken back to the broth mixture. Gently place your dumplings on top of chicken, cover, and simmer 10-15 minutes. The dumplings are done when they are firm and a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean. Serve immediately.

Summer Schedule

Toddler Thursday Blog SeriesWelcome to my first Toddler Thursday series! As a stay at home mom, my day pretty much revolves around my children. Sure I get the thrill of the occasional house chore or blog post or maybe even some quiet craft time. But I’ll be honest that those are far and few between. And if I thought I was busy during the school year, I didn’t know what awaited me during the summer break.

This summer is going to be a first for me in many aspects. The first summer I won’t be working outside the home. The first summer since I’ve had my daughter that my mother isn’t staying with us. Along with those firsts, my husband will be gone some on business, I have multiple events lined up with a nonprofit organization, and I made myself quite the ambitious editorial calendar. Perhaps I was a little too ambitious.

To help me stay on task and to help keep the kids active and engaged in things other than the tv, I dug through Pinterest and other websites looking for fun summer ideas.

Summer Schedule

Summer Schedule by Somewhat Simple

This is the first summer schedule I found on Pinterest. You can find the original post for it on Somewhat Simple, here.

Summer Schdule

Summer Schedule by Melanie Makes

Here’s the second example I found. It’s from Melanie Makes, here. These spurred a bunch of different theme ideas that I considered doing. But when I went through my schedule I found myself being drawn to the summer schedule from Somewhat Simple. We’ve been on this for 4 weeks now, and while we have missed a few days it has been a lot of fun. Here’s a few things we’ve done.

Nature Bracelets

Make Something Monday – Nature Bracelets

Nature bracelets are extremely easy and my little ones loved it. They love being outside and going for walks and the bracelets allowed us to talk about plants and bugs among other things.

Apple Shakers

What’s Cooking Wednesday – Apple Shakers

For our What’s Cooking Wednesdays I try to get the tasks simple enough that my toddler can do them. These apple shakers are a fun treat. I put a little bit of cinnamon and sugar in a Ziploc bag. I then gave each kid some apple slices to put in their bags. Once the bags were sealed, the kids went crazy shaking their apples up. The kids had a slight sugar high after this, but it wouldn’t be summer break without one!

Museum of Discovery

Museum of Discovery

Museum of Discovery

Museum of Discovery

While we were in Arkansas, the kids’ grandparents took them on a trip to Little Rock to the Museum of Discovery. That day I got a lesson in trying to teach a 5-year-old about science. There’s a reason my degree isn’t in education so hopefully Baby Boy will have some pretty awesome teachers in his life that can more than make up for my short comings!

If you need ideas for your summer schedule, I highly recommend this book.

Toddlers Busy Book

I have found so many great ideas for my both of my children with this book. You can get a copy from Amazon here.

If you want to see more of what I have planned for our summer schedule, please let me know in the comments below. And catch up with me next week for another Manic Monday!!

4th of July Menu Ideas

Tasty Tuesday Blog SeriesWelcome back for another Tasty Tuesday! Independence Day is right around the corner and you know what that means. It’s time for family reunions, tons of bbq, and even more fireworks! Here’s some quick menu ideas to kick start your holiday menu.

Frozen Patio Punch

American Dream Cocktail

American Dream

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 oz black cherry rum
  • 1 1/2 oz POM Wonderful pomegranate cherry juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh sour
  • white fondant stars for garnish
  • blueberries for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Cut mini stars out of white fondant.
  2. Using water, gently wet the back of each star and press into the inside of a cocktail glass.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Fill a mixing glass with all ingredients add ice to tin.
  5. Shake well and strain into the star-studded cocktail glass.
  6. Garnish with blueberries on a pick.

Deviled Eggs

Fruit Tray

BBQ Chicken

Grilled BBQ Chicken

BBQ Ribs

Coleslaw

Macaroni Salad

Baked Beans

Grandma's Baked Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 lg. can pork and beans
  • 1 c. sugar, white or brown
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 bottle of ketchup
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

Preparation:

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp and remove from skillet to drain.
  2. Add onion and bell pepper to same skillet. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add beans, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup to skillet, mix thoroughly.
  4. Cover and cook on low for at least 2 hours.

Rice Krispie Treats

Jello Cups

 I hope you check out some of these recipes and give them a try for your big 4th of July bash! And don’t forget to round out your celebration with some red, white, and blue decorations, a classic game of corn hole, and tons of sparklers for the little ones! And be sure to join me later this week for my first Toddler Thursday series! I’ll be sharing my summer schedule for keeping my little ones active and engaged all summer!

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