Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May Recipe Club

I'm linking up with Andrea over at www.momfessionals.com for Recipe Club - May Edition.

I'm sharing a recipe I adapted from www.therecipecritic.com. It's delicious and gluten free.

Chicken Fried Rice


Whenever, I buy a rotisserie chicken or make a whole roasted chicken, I always have a ton left over. Usually, I make chicken enchiladas with them. But a few months ago, I decided to try something else. That's when I discovered this recipe. I changed a couple of things to suit our tastes and dietary needs. Judging by the amount of times my family went back for seconds and thirds, it's most definitely a winner.

Ingredients:

3 cups of brown rice
1/2 rotisserie chicken, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 scallions, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 cups of peas and carrots
2 Tbsp sesame oil
3 Tbsp of gluten free soy sauce or tamari




Directions:

-Preheat a wok or cast iron skillet on medium heat
-Pour sesame oil on the bottom of the pan & cook onion and peas and carrots until onion is translucent and vegetables are tender
-Move the veggies to the side and add beaten eggs to other side


-Scramble eggs & mix together with veggies
-Add rice & chicken and pour soy sauce on top
-Stir together and heat until everything is heated through
-Top with scallions

For the gluten free soy sauce I use either of these:



The possibilities are pretty endless with this recipe. You can mix ingredients and use what veggies you have on hand.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I used sliced leftover chicken breast and broccoli and it was so good.



I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we did!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Weekly Wednesday Wants

Over on Pens and Pencil Skirts, we are starting a new series called Weekly Wednesday Wants. This week I shared a few items that I want for summer. I have a thing for accessories. I love the way you can elevate an outfit from basic to bam with just the right necklace or pair of earrings.

Here are the four items that I really want right now! LOL!


First up, is this fun colorful summer tote from Macbeth Collection. I love orange and blue together. Put a couple of seahorses on it and voila you have the perfect carryall tote for summer. And, bonus, it's on sale for 40% off until May 31, 2015. Just use code MDSALE40.


Next on my wishlist are these Wedges by Dolce Vita. These are the Shady wedge in taupe. They are available at Nordstrom and several other online retailers. I absolutely love wedges. Talk about taking an outfit up a notch. These would definitely do it. They sell out so fast but come back in stock just as quickly. I have tried to order them in the past and have never been quick enough. Grrr. Maybe third time is a charm LOL


While perusing the Nordstrom website, I stumbled across these Kate Spade studs. I own the square ones in pink and the round ones in blue but I really love the rectangle shape. And white and gold would go with absolutely every thing for summer. LOVE them!!!!


Finally, I have been on the hunt for a necklace that I could wear every day in the summer but still be an eye catcher. I think this Kendra Scott gold necklace fits the bill just perfectly.


So, there you have what I want this week. I would love to hear your opinions. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Such a Wonderful Weekend

It was a great weekend. It had a little bit of everything...good food, a little bit of shopping and magnificent weather.

On Saturday, we took a ride to the mall. The weather was threatening and the husband needed a new suit for work. My daughter never to miss an opportunity to shop joined us but the boy had a party so he stayed back.

I went with an agenda. I wanted camo shorts. I hit Banana Republic first but struck out. They only had one style and it was made of pretty thick material so I passed even though they were on sale for $16.99!

So, then we went to Gap and I found thee perfect pair! They were light and comfortable and on sale! Plus, I had an extra 15% off for answering an online survey. So, they ended up being just $14.00!


I also picked up my favorite shorts from J Crew. I have them in a few different colors and picked up the hot pink pair to add to my collection. I love the 5 inch seam. I'm not into the short shorts. LOL

I also got this necklace from J Crew. I may never take it off. I wore it Sunday and I am wearing it today too. It's art deco and blue and I love it!!!!


Speaking of Sunday, we made our first trip of the season to Down The Hatch. It's a great local seafood restaurant on a lake. It's also crowded and fun. The weather was incredible...84 and sunny!



I got a mani/pedi with the girl. I got Fancy Delancey from Essie.


As Sunday came to an end, I relaxed on the deck with two new mags...Cooking with Paula and Southern Living. It was pretty perfect.


I can't wait to make Key Lime Pie!!!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend Recap

I could not have asked for a nicer weekend. It was sunny and warm. Our days were filled but not over scheduled. It was perfect.

Saturday started off with an early morning hair appointment for my girl. She had the second step in her balayage hair treatment. This is after the first step...


With the second step, it went a bit lighter. More like her natural color. No more black hair for her! LOL

Then we had lunch at our favorite Chinese buffet. Picked up a birthday present and dropped the boy off at his friend's party. I stayed home and caught up on laundry while Stew and Natalie ran errands. I hate grocery shopping with a passion. I was just glad not to have to go so laundry seemed like the lesser of two evils. ;)

I wore my cute gladiator sandals from Target for an Instagram style challenge. :)


After laundry was under control, I tried painting my own nails with an at home gel. All I can say is that the girls that do my nails deserve every penny they get. I stink at it. But I like the color. Ha!


On Mother's Day, we stayed local. I got to wear my Shop Cissie Spanglish dress for the first time. I love it!!! I can already tell, its going to be in heavy rotation this summer.


We had brunch at Ihop!! I had the 2x2x2. YUM!!! Dylan had blueberry pancakes, Stew had a huge omelet and Natalie had strawberry and banana pancakes. YUM-O!



There was a long wait. So while we waited, we did what every other normal family does ... we took photos outside the restaurant. LOL!!!




After brunch, we hit up the mall so the boys could get haircuts. While they got trimmed, the girl and I shopped. I picked up this cute little number in Forever 21. :)


Then we did our usual Sunday things ... fro yo and a nature walk with Tilly.



And to cap off a terrific weekend I stayed up way too late finishing this book..I loved it. It totally lived up to its hype. I highly recommend it if you like suspense novels. I love that I didn't figure it out until the author was ready to reveal it. It was the perfect end to the weekend!


Friday, May 08, 2015

Friday Faves!

WooHoo! It's Friday!! It's Mother's Day weekend. And the weather is fabulous right now in New York. Which leads me to my first Friday fave...


Now that is what I consider a magnificent forecast. If I have my way, I will be sitting on the beach on Sunday as the forecast has now changed to sunny and 84! And I should have my way. Afterall, it is Mother's Day.

This right here is my new favorite breakfast...


Light multigrain English muffin, spread with a little bit of peanut butter and topped with fresh sliced strawberries and a drizzle of honey! I am not a breakfast food fan. I know. The horror! I usually have toast with some peanut butter and maybe a half of a sliced banana. But my friend suggested a different fruit and then add the honey It takes it to another level. She was right!

Since we are talking about food, my next fave is dinner from this week. I made sausage and kale pasta bake and it was over the top! The original recipe is from Gimme Some Oven. I changed, added and adapted it to suit my tastes. My version will be coming soon to the blog.


One of my most favorite things to do is to buy spring/summer clothes. I hardly ever buy winter clothes. I can't remember the last time I bought a sweater that wasn't a cardigan or wrap. But, all bets are off when the stores start with the warmer styles. These two pieces I picked up at Forever21. I love them!!!



And last but not least, is what am I reading now. I am always striving to be better. I want to learn to be better at being thankful for my gifts and blessings. I also want people to think of me as kind and gracious. But, I have my good days and my bad days. I am a work in progress. I guess we all are to some degree. I went to my local Christian bookstore to pick up 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp and right next to it was this book...Becoming a Woman of Grace. I do not believe in coincidence so I picked it up as well. I am enjoying both immensely If you haven't read 1000 Gifts, its a must read. I had people tell me it changed their lives! I have to agree!


And there you have my Friday Faves this week.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ground Turkey Stroganoff

I'm linking up with Andrea at www.momfessionals.com for the Wednesday Recipe Club. This may not be the prettiest looking recipe but it sure is tasty.


I don't eat beef but love the taste of stroganoff so I created this little recipe to suit me. It's easy and delicious. I hope you like it! My family loves it.


Ingredients:

1 lb of ground turkey
1 Tbsp of evoo
1 10-1/2 ounce can of Cream of Mushroom Soup (You can substitute healthier versions if you like)
1 container of plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup of reduced fat milk
1 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp of worchestershire sauce
1 tsp of paprika
1/2 tsp of ground black pepper
1 small can of mushrooms, drained
1/2 bag of frozen peas
A handful of chopped fresh parsley or 1 Tbsp of dried parsley

Directions:

Heat oil in nonstick skillet and add ground turkey and onion
Sprinkle with paprika and black pepper.
Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
In a small bowl, stir soup, milk, yogurt and worchestershire sauce and add to turkey mixture.
Mix well.
Add mushrooms and peas and heat through about 5 minutes.

Serve over cooked egg noodles and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekends Around Here

Lately consist of SAT tutor, Target runs, lunch on Saturday and baseball, errands and baking on Sunday.

Every Saturday for the past 10 weeks, Dylan had his SAT tutoring session from 10-1. We always pick up McDonald's drive through on the way there.


After I drop him off, I usually make a run to Target. I recently picked up this adorable Maxi dress. I cannot wait for it to get warm enough to be able to wear it!



This weekend, Natalie and I had bagels at a local bagel shop after we dropped him off. It was fun to spend some alone time with my girl.


We stayed local after Dylan was done with his class. We had lunch at a wood fired pizza place called 850 Degrees. Natalie and I shared a prosciutto, buratta and arugla pizza. OH MY YUM! It was so good. It was drizzled with a balsamic glaze. I practically inhaled it! Hence no photo. LOL

We hit up Peachwave for a little sweet treat. I love that it's warm enough to sit outside and enjoy fro yo.


Sunday means baseball practice for Dylan. He's at the park from 10-12. This weekend he won a little hitting contest among his teammates. He has been having a lot of fun. I cannot wait for the season to start. I love going to his games and cheering him and his teammates on.

After practice, we headed up to the opening weekend of the Stormville Flea Market. I scored this fabulous find for only $3.00. I cannot wait to make tons of things from it.


And Sunday night usually means, Stew grills while I get ready for the week. I iron and prepare snacks and he cooks dinner. We have great system going. He cooks the meat and I make the sides. Tonight was ribs, baked beans and collard greens.


I also love to bake from scratch on Sunday. I recently picked up the Back In The Day Bakery cookbook and could not wait to make their brown sugar banana bread. It tastes as good as it looks!



And there you have another weekend in the books. I hope to get these all onto a Project Life page as soon as summer vacation gets here. Only 6 more weeks of school to go!!!