Under the Sea Lunch Idea


I’m always looking for easy, frugal, and FUN ways to help the kiddos eat healthier. And, actually eat – you know what I mean? It’s hard enough staying on a budget. It’s worse when the kids don’t like what you serve, and you end up throwing things away. So, I decided to take a few minutes each day – honestly, it only takes a few more minutes prep to make fun lunches, I promise! – to create meals that entertain the kids enough to actually eat…..

Under the Sea lunch - #BumbleBeeB2S [Read more...]

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The Best Way to Buy Chicken

This post includes a referral link. But I’m sharing because I am totally in love with this company!

I don’t eat a lot of red meat – but I do LOVE me some chicken. We’re trying to cut down our expenses, and also trying to eat healthier this year. {The Mister quit drinking soda around Christmas, and has lost a ton of weight from just that change alone!} We buy our beef from a local farmer – we bought half a cow, and he portioned it just how we wanted it, and it was a great deal. We just ordered half a pig, which will be coming soon too. I love knowing that the meat I’m buying is free of yucky hormones and artificial junk.  But, I hadn’t found anywhere local to buy good quality chicken, in bulk, at a great price. Until we found Zaycon Foods. Seriously – I cannot believe I didn’t find out about them sooner!

Healthier kickin chicken recipe

{This is my Healthier Homemade Kickin’ Chicken Recipe, using Zaycon Foods chicken breasts!} [Read more...]

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Low-Cal Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

This week I made a super awesome Sweet’N Low Low-Cal Lemon Drop Martini as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. Big thanks to them for allowing me to a part of the #SweetNLowStars – hope you enjoy!

I’ve been posting a few back to school giveaway posts this week. And I know a ton of other bloggy moms around the country who have kids going back to school in the next week. But – here in Central Washington, we’re still in the upper 90′s to 100′s, and have almost a month left of summer vacation left. Which means, I’m still in a summer state of mind :) We just got back from an awesome camping trip at Rimrock Lake {have you seen the pics on Instagram? It was so gorgeous.} And I just can’t feel the whole fall mindset yet. Which is why I’m still in the mood for light, simple, and easy food and drink recipes. Check out a new fave of mine – it’s even low-cal. Which is mucho important when it’s still swimsuit season here.

Low cal Lemon Drop Recipe - #SweetNLowStars [Read more...]

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Skinny Blueberry Mojito Recipe

Super excited to share my Sweet’N Low Blueberry Mojito Recipe as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #SweetNLowStars. Because you know, I love sharing cool stuff with you guys. :)

A few of my favorite things…. Summertime. Drinks with friends. Swimming in the pool. Fresh fruit. Relaxing – which I get waaaay to little of. So, taking some time to create a seriously yumm-tastic new low-cal drink recipe fits perfectly into my summer. {Because, time by the pool involves a swimsuit. So, low-cal, you know? :)}

Skinny Blueberry Mojito Recipe - #PartyDrinks #SweetNLowStars

This Skinny Blueberry Mojito is made with delicious fresh blueberries, Sweet’N Low, my fave rum, fresh mint, is low-calorie like I mentioned, and is even diabetic friendly. Perfect for summer entertaining.

How to make a skinny blueberry mojito - party drinks, how to make a mojito #sweetnlowstars [Read more...]

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Turkey, Bacon & Guacamole Sandwich Recipe – #15MinuteSuppers

Every week my group of bloggy buddies posts a bunch of 15 Minute Suppers – a collection of recipes that busy moms can make in 15 minutes start to finish. Awesome, right? I jump in as often as possible to add a recipe, but with all of my conference travel this time of year, I’m kind of slacking. So be sure to search the #15MinuteSuppers hashtag on your fave social media sites every Friday morning for the newest recipe ideas. Because…. Yum in 15 minutes? Count me in :)

Turkey Bacon and Guacamole Sandwich recipe

Turkey Bacon and Guacamole Sandwich recipe

This week, my recipe is very simple and “cool” – it’s finally turning into spring weather here in central Washington, which means warm afternoons, lots of sun, and much later sunsets. When the weather gets nice, I crave a dinner that is simple and clean – this sandwich paired with fresh fruit and veggies is a perfect fit!

Turkey Bacon and Guacamole Sandwich recipe

Create a fab dinner with Wholly Guacamole

I used my fave guac brand – Wholly Guacamole – for this dinnertime sandwich. I used store-bought croissants, split in half, covering one half with the guacamole, and the other half with a dab of mayo. Then I piled in the toppings – peppered turkey lunch meat, colby-jack cheese slices, lettuce, bacon from Zaycon foods {trust me, once you try it you will NEVER buy anything else, so be sure to see if you have any events locally!}, plus some sprouts. I paired it with a handful of baby carrots for crunch, and a bowl of fresh berries – strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries – for a sweet treat. Totally fresh and light, but still filling, and packed with vitamins and fiber. Awesome, right?

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Disclosure: This is sponsored recipe for Wholly Guacamole through 15 Minute Suppers. Recipe & opinions are my own.

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Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine – #15MinuteSuppers

Disclosure: This is sponsored recipe for Gourmet Garden through 15 Minute Suppers. Recipe & opinions are my own.

You know what I hate? I hate when the family asks, “What’s for dinner??” You know…. Because you’ve totally been planning it and working on it all day right? Not at work, or running errands, or picking up and dropping off and picking up again and…. Why shouldn’t you have dinner ready, right? It’s ok super-moms, with our #15MinuteSuppers club, you’ll always have an answer ready to go, trust me. Life changing, :)

Chicken and Italian Herb Fettuccine Recipe - #15MinuteSuppers

Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine

I’m a big fan of pasta. More often than not I do a pasta-bake. But there are plenty of nights that I need to get dinner on the table in a hurry, and a baked dish would take WAAAAY too long. So, since pasta is my specialty, and I recently came up with an awesome new recipe using Gourmet Gardens products, I thought I’d share my 15 minute supper recipe so you guys could do dinner in a flash too. Because I totally love you guys. :)

How to Make Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine - #15MinuteSuppers

How to Make 15 Minute Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine

The ingredients for this are super simple – mostly things you have on hand. Unless maybe you’re the type who haven’t yet heard about the amazingness of Gourmet Gardens. They make it so easy to have fresh herbs/spices on hand even when you can’t grow them yourself, or can’t get ‘em fresh locally. And speaking of local – I try to buy locally made foods as often as I can. We bought half a cow from a farmer here, I love these breadsticks from Seattle International Baking Company, and I am the BIGGEST fan of Tillamook, which is made over in Oregon. {Also, if you can’t buy meat locally, do NOT miss the sales from Zaycon Foods. Best quality and price you’ll find. Awesomesauce, seriously.}

Gourmet Gardens Fresh Herbs make amazing pasta recipes! #15MinuteSuppers

Fresh Made Easy – Gourmet Gardens

Just to give you a little info on these Gourmet Gardens ingredients: They are fresh as all heck, and stay good in your fridge for months, versus actual herbs that will die quickly, which = waste of money. They’re gluten-free {At least all of the ones I’ve tried are – there may be some that aren’t, be sure to check labels if this is important to you.} They’re all made from fully organic ingredients. And they taste amazing. As close to fresh as you can get without picking ‘em in the garden. Also – see in this pic that the pasta doesn’t have chicken on it? That’s because I make up a big batch of the pasta, then have toppings in separate bowls. I love it with chicken, obviously. But if you could eat it as is, or add veggies like steamed broccoli, peppers, peas, asparagus, or whatever you have on hand. Top it with different types of cheese. Serve it with breadsticks or garlic bread, or maybe a salad? Mix it up and enjoy it however you want – it’s a great base to add anything to!

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The Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine Recipe

This recipe takes just 15 minutes from start to finish – maybe slightly longer when you have kids running around, a UPS guy at the door, little ones who want to “help,” or other distractions. But the actual meal prep is just 15 minutes. And it is gooooood. It’s got a little zing to it – in a good way. Wakes up the taste buds. I think it’s because the fact that the Gourmet Gardens Italian Herb paste is just so darn fresh – almost unexpectedly so. Love it.

Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine – #15MinuteSuppers

Ingredients

  • 1 box fettuccine noodles
  • 1/2 cup sour cream - {I seriously recommend Tillamook!}
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese - I used an Italian blend
  • 2 Tbs Gourmet Gardens Italian Herbs
  • 1 Tbs Gourmet Gardens Garlic
  • 1 package pre-cooked grilled chicken, or veggies of choice, or any other leftovers as desired for toppings

Instructions

  1. First, start your noodles cooking in boiling water - cook for about 12 minutes.
  2. Hint: At this point you can also put breadsticks or garlic bread in the oven, or toss together a quick salad.
  3. While you wait, mix up your sauce - add sour cream, olive oil, cheese, and Gourmet Garden seasonings to a bowl. Stir until well mixed. It won't look like a lot - but it is more than enough, trust me :)
  4. Yes, I just put a smiley face in my recipe.
  5. Your noodles are now ready - drain, and mix the sauce into the noodles. Mix well.
  6. Now you can top with the pre-cooked grilled chicken strips, or veggies.
  7. Be sure to sprinkle with more cheese - Italian blend, Parmesan, or Mozzarella are all good choices.
  8. Eat it up and enjoy!
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More 15 Minute Suppers & More Info on Gourmet Gardens

We are so excited to be partnering with Gourmet Garden this week for our #15MinuteSuppers party. As I mentioned, Gourmet Garden offers convenient herbs and spices in tubes that make creating #15MinuteSuppers a breeze. No washing or chopping required…just squeeze in some herbs to quickly flavor your suppers! Need more quick 15 minute recipe ideas? Check out these other great #15MinuteSuppers from some of my friends:


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Head over to our #15MinuteSuppers Pinterest Board to see all the past recipes and more delicious goodness!

15 Minute Suppers

BLOGGERS: Would you like to join us at #15MinuteSuppers? We’d love to have you! Please check out the 15 Minute Suppers website or ask to join the Facebook group (for bloggers) to participate on Fridays…we’d love to have you join us.

{Disclosure: This is sponsored recipe for Gourmet Garden through 15 Minute Suppers. Recipe & opinions are my own.}

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Losing Weight is Easy with a Simple Start…

I was given a free one month subscription to Weight Watchers to try their new #SimpleStart plan and write about my experience.Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own, as always.

“Happiness is a choice. Why not be happy all the time? Being unhappy doesn’t get you anywhere.” – Jerry Bruckner If you’ve ever met me in real life, know me just  from social media, or have read more than a couple of posts on this site, then you’ve probably noticed that I’m one of those annoyingly optimistic “glass is half full” type of people. I don’t let obstacles get me down or discouraged, I use them as motivation for finding new solutions to challenges. I haven’t always been this way, but since becoming a mom a few years ago, I swear I was changed with some type of “post-partum optimism” or something. {So far as I know, that’s not a real thing. But a post describing my experience with it is coming up one of these days… :)} And, as I get started with the new adventures of 2014, I’ve been excited to see how small changes are adding up to make me feel even happier, healthier, and more in balance {my word of the year.}

Super healthy, super loaded, stuffed baked potato recipe from weight watchers

One big change already this year has been diving into the Simple Start plan from Weight Watchers. I’ve talked about it a TON the past two weeks, as I’ve followed this plan to jump-start my goals of getting healthier – from sharing super yummy recipes ideas like this Stuffed Baked Potato, to the awesome motivational quotes I tweet out after seeing them each day when I log in – I’ve definitely shared a million updates on my personal Facebook and Instagram encouraging my friends to try this out too. It’s pretty clear that I’m a believer. {Not to be confused with the term “Belieber“, which I am emphatically not. Lol.} And I’ve been really excited to see how many of my friends have now joined me in the Simple Start plan too!

Partial #SimpleStart Grocery Shopping List [Read more...]

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