Thursday, October 27, 2016

Brussels & Bacon Creamy Spaghetti

Guys! Guys!! I made this recipe the other night and it was out of this world delcious. If you like cheesy pasta, you must make this! I promise you won't be disappointed.


Recipe is adapted from Delish.com

Ingredients:

1 lb of gluten free spaghetti
6 slices of already cooked bacon, chopped (I used the precooked)
2 shallots, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb of brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
kosher salt & black pepper to taste
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 stick of butter
2 Tbsp of olive oil
2 Tbsp of all-purpose flour
1 cup of light whipping cream
1 cup of chicken broth
1 cup of shredded mozzarella
1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook spaghetti until al dente.

In a large dutch oven, melt butter and add olive oil.

Cook shallots, garlic and brussels on medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper and lemon juice.

Add flour and cook for about a minute.

Add chopped bacon.

Add cream and chicken broth and a pinch more salt and pepper. Let simmer 2-3 minutes until thickened.

Stir in mozzarella and parmesan until melted.

Add cooked spaghetti right into sauce mixture.

Add additional seasoning and parmesan to taste.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Tis Wednesday and this is what's up ...


What we're eating this week:

Lately, I've been into sheet pan suppers. All the ingredients in one pan makes me a happy girl. Less mess is always a good thing.

I found these two recipes online. One I found on Instagram and one I found on Facebook. Gotta love social media. :)

I made this one last night:

HONEY BALSAMIC SHEET PAN CHICKEN
Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
6 tablespoons honey
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
¾ teaspoon dried rosemary
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds chicken breasts (4 each), trimmed
1­½ pounds baby red potatoes, quartered
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 pound green beans, trimmed
DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, a tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary, chili flakes, salt and pepper. Stir well to mix.
Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over the top. Seal and toss the chicken to evenly coat. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
While the chicken marinates, place the potatoes and cherry tomatoes on a sheet pan. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and stir to coat. Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove the sheet pan from the oven and toss the green beans with the potatoes and tomatoes.
Remove the marinated chicken breasts from the plastic bag, reserving the remaining marinade in the bag. Place the marinated chicken, evenly spaced, on top of the vegetables. Pour the marinade from the bag over the top of the chicken and vegetables.
Return the sheet pan to the oven. Bake for 30 to ­40 minutes, periodically basting the chicken breasts with the pan juices, until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
Allow the chicken to rest for 5 to ­10 minutes. Spoon the pan juices over the top of each chicken breast before serving.

And, this one has been in heavy rotation since I discovered it last month. FYI: I doubled the recipe. :)





What I'm reminiscing about...

Well, since it is not supposed to make it out of the 40's tomorrow and the dreaded "S" word is in the forecast for Thursday morning here in New York, I'm reminiscing about THE BEACH!


What I'm loving...

These Kevita drinks. If you haven't tried one, you should. This is my favorite flavor. Yum!


What I've been up to...

In the famous words of Rhianna...work, work, work or should I say werk, werk, werk. LOL!!!

What I'm dreading ...

the freezing cold winter temps. I was not meant to live in this climate. I need warmth. I crave the warm sun all.the.time!

What I'm working on...

Believe it or not, my Christmas cards. I think I'm going with a family photo again this year instead of one of just the teens. There are so many coupon codes right now if you use shutterfly or tiny prints. I have to take advantage. Oh, and I'm also working on printing the photos from my phone. A few months ago, my phone died and took all my photos along with it. I was devastated. Crushed. Literally, in mourning over the lost memories that weren't captured. So, I've been so good about getting those photos off my phone and printed. But, I tend to wait too long to print that I have to do it in stages or I get overwhelmed. I am proud to report that I only have about 300 more photos to sort through and print. Yay! If you are looking to print your photos and are unhappy with your processing, I use mpix. They are THE BEST!!! They often have coupon codes too.

I'm excited about Thanksgiving and having my son home from college!!


What I'm watching/reading...

THE WORLD SERIES BABY!

October baseball is so bittersweet. It's exciting but it's also sad since it's the end until spring training. :( I watch basbeall every day all day during the season. I have the mlb package on my tv so I don't miss a game. :D Go Cubbies!!!!!


I'm reading tons of cute cozy mysteries lately after recently having read a bunch of chick lit books. I found this new author while at Barnes & Noble and I picked up the first in the series. I love it so much that I am going back to get the rest in the series. It's about a food critic and it's set in Key West, Florida. Food and Florida, my two loves. LOL!!


What I'm listening to...

Lots of sports talk radio. I love listening to Mike and Mike on ESPN radio on the way to work/school in the morning.

What I'm wearing...

This Loft top! I cannot stop wearing it. LOL!!



And, here is a round up of what I wore all last month...


What we're doing this weekend...

NO PLANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I desperately need to catch up on laundry and house stuff so I'm good with that!

What I'm looking forward to next month...

Eating all the Thanksgiving sides. Oh my! They are my favorite. Stuffing. Green bean casserole. Cornbread. Brussel Sprouts in butter sauce. Who needs turkey when you have all those delicious sides!?

What else is new...

Not much else. ;)

And, there ya have it all!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Favorites - Summer In Sunny Isles Edition


Good Morning and Happy Friday! I love Fridays even in the summer when I don't have to report for school/work. I look forward to not cooking at all, having my husband take on my early morning dog walking duties and seeing what everyone's favorites are for the week. So, I am linking up with 3 of my favorite bloggers, Andrea, Narci and Erika, to list my favorites for this week.


Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.


My favorite place in the world. Yes, I mean it. ;) It's my home away from home. I have been visiting here every year, multiple times a year, without fail since I was a baby. I even lived here when I went to grad school. If I have my way, I will end up living here full-time again. :) I am a beach person. 100%! Without a doubt. I would rather live in a one bedroom apartment on the beach than a sprawling mansion in the burbs.


This is the view you see as you walk onto the beach from the park. Heaven.


My two favorite words in the English language are Beach Access. ;) Here is a picture of my favorite college boy with those exact words. :D


I read this quote this morning on Instagram and I knew it was instantly going to be a favorite of mine. I might have even said Amen! :)


I thought this picture was perfect for that quote ...


We spend most of our time sitting in the sand near the ocean reading and relaxing and taking in this view. Is there any doubt as to why it is my favorite?




My two standing at the water's edge ... absolutely a favorite. I might even put this one on a canvas. :D


Our lifeguard tower 174 is my favorite. Always swim near a lifeguard. ;)


Taking photos of the daily board under the lifeguard tower is a favorite of mine. I like that it has the date and the water stats and temperature. It's a great way to remember the little details.




And finally, our pre-dinner nightly walks on the beach are most definitely a favorite of mine. The weather has cooled down a bit by then. I get great photos of the scenery at the golden hour. and I usually come back with a pocket full of pretty shells. Pretty perfect.

Seeing the sea turtle nesting areas on our walks is truly a favorite. One day, I hope to actually see them emerging from their nests. How special would that be?!


I leave you with this shot...my favorite sunset beach shot. Happy Friday!!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Life Lately

Life Lately has been crazy busy. We have had birthdays, graduations, parties, orientations ... all good stuff. So this post is a little bit of this and a little bit of that to kind of catch up on what's been going on the past couple of months in my neck of the woods. ;)

First up, my "little" girl turned 16!!!!


She loves whales so we had a whale themed party. These cookies were made by my local bakery. Aren't they cute?!


We had a cute little candy bar set up. It was a great day celebrating with family. I promise to share more photos in a separate post. :)

And, she did not waste any time taking her learner's permit test. This girl is dying to drive a car. She passed!!! :O


And...this boy turned 18 and graduated high school. Dang! Do I feel old. LOL!!


He got to wear a special tassel as part of the French National Honor Society. So proud. Lots more pictures to come in another post. ;)

Next up, my sweet niece Mia turned 6!! She had a rainbow themed pool party. The weather was perfect for it! Here are a few shots from the day. :)




To round up the festivities, we just returned home from attending Dylan's freshman orientation. It was a jam packed two days of more information than I could process. Seriously. I felt like I was back in college with all the notes I took. LOL. But, after being back a few days, I *think* we have a handle on it all. Wish us Luck!!! Dylan will be attending Binghamton University in the fall. He is so excited and I am too...for him. I'm sure I will miss him like crazy but this is the next step in this crazy thing called life. I was talking to a friend and I told her I think I will feel it most at dinner time. We eat dinner as a family without fail every night so it is definitely going to feel a bit "weird" without him there.

Here are the cutest little cupcakes they served us for dessert:


And here's Dylan right before we left to come home:


See?! I told you it's been a crazy couple of months. Next week we leave for the beach! I CANNOT WAIT! This mama needs it. :D

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stranded! Famous People Edition


Today I am linking up with Shay and Erika for their stranded series. This month it's all about three famous people you would pick to be stranded with on a deserted island. This was tricky...much trickier than I thought.

So, here goes...

The first famous person I would pick to be stranded with on a deserted island would be Tim McGraw. I think it would be fun to have him sing to me on a daily basis. And, lets face it, he's not bad to look at either. ;)




Next up would have to be someone who can make me laugh. Being stranded on a deserted island, one would most certainly need a sense of humor. Am I right?! And, for that reason I choose Ray Romano. I think he is hilarious. Plus, I go to bed with him every night...watching Everybody Loves Raymond reruns on tv. :D


Finally, I think I need someone who is motivational and uplifting. This selection was a bit harder to narrow down to just one person. My family would disagree and be able to tell you right off the bat who it would be for this category. I guess I watch and listen to him quite a bit. LOL! Joel Osteen. I find him to be so motivating without being too preachy. I always get something out of his sermons or talks. So, yes. He would be my third and final choice. :) This was FUN!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday! I tell ya. The last couple of weeks of school seem to drag on and on. I've got exactly 14 more school days left and then my little preschoolers and I are out for the summer! WooHoo! So, if anytime during this Friday Favorites post I might seem overly excited over nothing too exciting, now you know why. ;)

First up for me is this turquoise necklace that Cameran Eubanks wore on a past episode of Southern Charm. Goodness gracious I love this show along with The Real Housewives of Dallas. I am a Bravo TV junkie. But, I digress. LOL! I love this necklace. I need this necklace. But I cannot find it anywhere. I have scoured the internet. I found one that I like almost as much but not quite as much. She needs to have a rstyle account so she can link all of her fabulous pieces that she wears on the show.

Here is Cameran's necklace:


And here is one I found on HSN:


See what I mean? Cute but not quite right. If anyone knows where I can find it, just holler. :)

Next up is this Free People dress. It is fantastic. It's comfortable. It has pockets. And the fringe and stitching detail on top is so fun! I predict lots of wear outta this one. ;) Here I paired it with my new favorite necklace from Forever 21 and my wedges I bought for $15.00 at Nordstrom Rack. WooHoo!


My next favorite thing is crafting. I love to craft with my preschoolers and for myself. I scrapbook and make cards all the time. Last Saturday just happened to be National Scrapbook Day. There were quite a few challenges and things going on on Facebook and I was so happy that I got to actually create a few things before we went out to enjoy the weekend as a family.

Here are my cards:




And here are a couple of scrapbook layouts as well:




And last week we spent lots of time in class making sweet crafts for Mamas Day! Here is one of my favorites...


And, finally, over the weekend I hit up two of my favorite stores...Williams Sonoma and Bath & Body Works. I got a new bundt pan and lemon cake mix. I'm a sucker for anything lemon. It's my absolute favorite flavor!


While I was at it, I picked up lemon soap too and a couple of other sweet smelling scents. :)


I hope y'all enjoyed my Friday Favorites. :)