Food: OMG Chicken w. Italian Red Potatoes

I won’t claim to be the creator of either of these recipes, but I will share them with you because I am a good person. If you haven’t had either of these dishes, you’re missing out on a couple of things in life. I stumbled across OMG Chicken in efforts to lessen our red meat intake during the week and was getting a little tired of my old chicken recipes. I tried it one time and was hooked. Though my husband likes the flavor, it’s not his favorite…but it’s all about me sometimes, so he’s got to put up with my mouth drooling in front of the oven when it’s baking every now and then.

So let’s start with the chicken. Let me just warn you that this is going to be one of the easiest chicken preparations you’ll ever do…aside from a love bowl meal. Are you ready? Okay lets go:

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2 chicken breasts
2 heaping spoonfuls of mayonnaise {like 4 Tbsp}
2 big pinches of shredded parmesan cheese {about 6 Tbsp}
Salt & Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

First things first, stir together mayonnaise & shredded parmesan cheese. Set aside.
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Next, sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt & pepper to give it some flavor. Place them on a cookie sheet. Then smear the mayo/parm spread over the tops of the chicken.
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You’re going to bake these breasts for 20-25 minutes. I usually let mine cook the whole 25 minutes because I hate the thought of undercooked chicken. Just watch it; you know your oven and how it yields results for your meals!

When it’s done, the spread on top is going to be golden brown & bubbling all over the place like this:
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Get in my mouth!!!

Okay, now if you’re making this meal, you’ll probably do the potatoes first because they take longer & then just share the oven for the last 20 minutes with the chicken. But if you’re making it separately, follow these instructions:

Italian Red Potatoes

1 bag red potatoes
1 packet Italian Dressing seasoning
3 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

I fill the sink with water and dump in the potatoes to get all the debris off the tops of them. I roughly scrub the skins and then quarter them. For larger potatoes, I cut them into smaller chunks than quarters…you know how you’ll want them to look.

Transfer the sliced taters into a bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes & shake in the Italian seasoning. Using a wooden spoon, stir around the potatoes making sure that they all get evenly coated.
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Transfer the seasoned potatoes onto a cooking sheet.

Bake for 45 minutes!

Once finished baking, use a potato masher to slightly smash the potatoes open. While still hot & exposed, sprinkle over the parmesan cheese so it melts on top. Salt & pepper to taste or add ketchup like my husband does & they’re ready to serve!
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When you’re ready to marry the two of these dishes together, it’s going to look something like this:
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01/23/2014 · 8:51 am

The ‘Nothing to Wear’ Effect

It was another one of those days this weekend where I stood there in my closet, staring at all of my clothes, thinking ‘I have nothing to wear’. It wasn’t because I was pregnant, it wasn’t because I literally had nothing to wear…it’s that thing that happens to all of us girls where we are ‘over’ our wardrobe.

For me, I’ve been feeling myself changing recently in the way that I look. I’m getting my hair done this week for a new look and I’m feeling the same way about my wardrobe. Sometimes we get these urges to do a self-makeover. Is it all of those reality shows that we watch that make us want to change? Is it magazines or Pinterest posts? I think it’s something instilled in us…the urge to try something new, the desire to have a fresh start on ones self + ‘start over‘ without having to go anywhere. How simple to change ones look like changing into a costume. Color your hair, replace your clothes, wear your makeup differently, shape your nails a different way, + take up a new hobby. Though you’re the same person, you feel invincible in  your new skin. If you have never experienced this, I encourage you to do so. It’s invigorating!

So as I stood there, thumbing through my color-coordinated attire; hanging from lights to darks, short-sleeved to long-sleeved; considering what would best match my mood. That was when I started to believe that it was really time for my change. Change is expensive + I’m not made of money, so it would be a slow transition, but so worth it. I started thinking about the clothes I would get to replace my current ones + so I threw something on + headed out the door into town.

Right now is kind of the best and kind of the worst time to go shopping. You see, stores are in transition between their overstocked, leftover winter clothes + spring line. This means sales…knock-you-off-your-feet sales sometimes, too! My mom scored big time getting clothes for my little brother at Hollister, so I figured I’d find something! However, this is also a horrible time to be shopping because all of the stores are practically bare. Their clearing out their shelves + their racks to make way for new clothes. The leftovers usually aren’t in your size or way to ‘winter-y’ to be purchasing just a month or two before the new season. Ugh…so hard! I found nothing. Yep…nothing! The stores in my town didn’t carry those perfect clothes I was looking for. What else to do than cyber shop!? Guess I’ll be hitting up some sales online to score some major finds + slowly but surely start replacing my closet with my new skin.

Though I’ll have to pump the breaks on my new closet the bigger my pregnant stomach gets, I know that I’ll be back to the sales racks when baby is out + I’m deflating. For now, though, I’m blessed to be able to still fit into my ‘normal’ sized clothes, so I’ll take advantage of that time to get some new threads. Watch out cyber sales…I’m coming for you! 

Palettes I love for my new wardrobe plans:
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Style: Tea Time

Tea Time

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There are days where I feel conflicted in my fashions. This outfit is a mixture between northwestern roots + Asian art. Top off your go-to tank with a kimono, but keep it simple with fringed booties. Brew up some tea, use essential oil fragrances, + enjoy the simplicity of the day.

Top: Black single strap woven V neck $20.00usd at Fashion Union {link}
Outerwear: Lipsy Floral print kimono $82.00 from Lipsy London {link}
Bottom
: Women’s A&F skinny Jeans. $39.00 {link}
Shoes: Women’s Mossimo Karmi fringe ankle boots. $24.48 at Target {link}
Purse: Melie Bianco Katharina Studded Hobo $49.94 from DSW {link}
Sunglasses: Walker Large Circle Frame sunglasses from 80sPurple {link}
Necklace: Triangle drop necklaces brass by Accessory Foundry {link}

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01/16/2014 · 12:39 pm

Food: Mesquite Meatloaf

Mesquite Meatloaf

I was about 16 years old when my parents gave me the option to no longer be a vegetarian. They said I was old enough to make the decision for myself whether or not I wanted to eat meat. I started slow. When I started dating my {now} husband, however, I had tried EVERYTHING! I’m serious; everything. He would feed me duck + rabbit and tell me that it was something else. Ha. I had meatloaf for the first time at his parents house and was instantly hooked. What a serious comfort food!

I found a simple, classic recipe online + then slowly made it my own. I’m sharing it with you at this time…which you should know is so special since I covet this recipe + don’t share them with anyone. So, if you follow me, this is my ‘thank you’ to you.

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Yields: 1 small meatloaf
Feeds: 2-3 people {double for larger groups}

Meatloaf:
2 slices of bread {crusts off}
1/4 cup milk
1lb ground beef
1/4 onion {chopped finely}
1 egg
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 green pepper {chopped finely}
Salt + pepper
Garlic powder
Onion powder

Basting Sauce:
Mix together in a small bowl the following until you have desired amount of basting sauce:
Ketchup
Worcestershire Sauce
Smoky Mesquite
Garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Place bread in a food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in milk. Set aside about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine beef, onion, egg, pepper + seasonings. Add bread-milk mixture, and mix very gently with a fork (do not over mix)
4. Place meat mixture on prepared baking sheet, and form into a loaf.
5. Bake, brushing twice with basting sauce {at 15 minutes + 30 minutes} for 45-55 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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01/16/2014 · 9:23 am

Style: Picture Day

Picture Day

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I was really in the mood for this today, so instead of posting today’s outfit, I posted what I wanted to be wearing & doing today. Even though it’s still chilly outside, I love grabbing my camera + sketchpad to head out + about to grab inspiration from nature. Some skinny, distressed jeans are always a go-to for me when I’m wanting to wear something a little frumpy on top like this baggy grey boyfriend sweater. I have the NIKON D3000 which has been a great starter camera for me, but I hope to upgrade within the next year.

Top: Toast Aphra Boyfriend Pullover for $230, but you can find a great comparison for $24.80 at Forever 21 {link}
Bottoms: American Eagle Patchwork Skinny Jeans for $59.95 {link}
Shoes: Minnetonka Boat Mocassin Flats for $49.95 available at Macy’s {link}
Journal: Plan Leather Journal. $25.14 on Etsy {link}

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01/16/2014 · 8:28 am

Style: Bare the Cold

Bare the Cold

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You know that awkward transition between winter + spring? Of course you do if you live anywhere in the great Northwest like I do right now. It’s still frigid with fog, but the only snow visible is on the tippy-tops of the mountains. Getting cabin fever happens with our closets, too. I’m tired of wearing the same thing every day + ready to bust out my slouchy tanks + lacy bras. Without looking like an idiot, though, I pair it with warm leggings + a boyfriend sweater…a beanie too if my hair is curled. Love my rain boots, but slippery as hell when you don’t watch out for those icy patches on the sidewalk *ouch*.

Top: Cheap Monday Macy Tank. $28.00 on ShopBop {link}
Leggings: Grey Marl Ponte Leggings. $30.00 at Top Shop {link}
Sweater: Women’s Boyfriend Cardigan by Mossimo. Only $17.48 at Target {link}
Bra: Shape Lace Top in black (or coral) by Cheap Monday. $26.99 at NeedSupply {link}
Beanie: Pictured is a Stella McCartney beanie priced at $99, but you can get an affordable version for only $4.99 at Bare Bones Workwear {link}
Rain Boots: Pictured is a pair of Hunter Rain boots priced at $220, but you can get stylish ones for $49.95 by Dirty Laundry at DSW {link}
Necklace: Wishbone Necklace available for only $11.11 at ASOS {link}
Ring: LEX Vintage Wishbone Ring. Sold online in the UK at RockNRose for $16usd {link}

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01/15/2014 · 11:48 am

Style: Wake Up Slow

Wake Up Slow

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What better way to wake up than slowly? No need to rush into our all-day clothes when your morning attire feels so good. Close to naked in nothing but cotton & perfume, start blogging with only the morning light.

Top: Cheap Monday Mercedes Tank is no longer available. Pictured is the Cheap Monday Tank {white} $22.22 on ASOS.com {link}
Bra: Pictured bra is $590 available on net-a-porter.com, but a cheaper version is available for only $38.00 by Free People {link}
Perfume: La Vie est Belle by Lancôme $58.00 {link}
Primer: Two Faced Primer available for $20.00 through Sephora {link}

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01/15/2014 · 11:44 am

Food: Love Bowl Chili w. Cornbread + Honey

Love Bowl Chili with Cornbread & Honey

Crock Pot“…”Slow Cooker“…whatever you call it, for those of us who truly understand the magic behind this glorious kitchen accessory, it may as well be called “The Love Bowl“.

I enjoy cooking! I do, I love it! So don’t get me wrong when I say that I also love ‘set it & forget it’ meals. I pride myself on loving to take the time to throw together large dinners, but there are just some days {usually Mondays} where all you want to do is nothing…and that’s why God created ‘someone’ to create the slow cooker.

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite “Love Bowl” meals. Since it’s just Bryce & I {and wee one in da belly}, I have broken it down into a two-person-sized meal, but I usually make it in a larger batch so I can eat it for lunch the next day. I’m going to share with you the two-person-sized ingredients, so all you need to do it double it for more.

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1 can white beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can green chilies
1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
1lb ground beef
2 Tbsp Cumin
1.5 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Brown sugar
1/2 Tbsp Garlic salt
2 tsp Paprika

1. Brown the ground beef in the morning while you’re getting ready (can be a little pink since it will be slow-cooking throughout the day, but roughly brown it)
2. Throw together all canned items (beans, corn, chilies, tomatoes) into the slow cooker
3. Add browned beef & stir together
4. Add seasonings & stir. I don’t measure my seasonings; I just know how to eyeball it at this point…to get the desired taste, though, you’ll want to add more cumin & chili powder than any other seasoning. The cumin really makes this dish amazing!! I promise. After you stir it around, just taste the juices really quick. If you aren’t picking up the seasonings, add more. Remember…the ground beef especially is going to be picking up all these seasonings so go kind of cray!
5. Slow cook LOW for 8 hours
6. Bake cornbread {I will only ever recommend Marie Calendars cornbread}
7. For ultimate perfection, spoon your chili into a bowl, top with some cheese + sour cream, add the cornbread on top with butter & honey and eat it all together….*salivating*

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01/15/2014 · 11:41 am

Trend Setter

Happy Tuesday!

You survived Monday, so you ultimately kick ass. It’s one of those mornings where you sit with a warm mug filled with jubilations & consider your options for the day ahead. It was this morning where I decided I was going to start a new adventure this year that touches base on the topic of {life}style, food + drink, & more. Since it’s a trend these days, blogs like mine aren’t too hard to find, but none-the-less, mine will strive to be intriguing (ahem…I hope).

I can’t think of anything else I would rather highlight for blog#1 than a lesson. Snore. No, seriously…the lesson all girls want to know about…fashion. Gasp…attention ahoy!

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Someone once said “clothes are about manners…about honoring the occasion“. That person was a genius! You don’t wear black to a funeral because you follow the rules {clearly you’re a rebel in every way}, but you wear black to a funeral to honor the occasion out of respect, remorse, & honor to the family suffering the loss. You don’t wear a frumpy frock to a celebration. You wear a flattering number to honor the occasion. You get where I’m going with this? Sure you are.

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We all play dress up starting around age 5 and it never really ends. We’re always chasing after our own style; whether you totally mean to go against the grain of fashion trends or hop on board the wagon of the runway. Regardless of your intentions, you’re creating style so get over it if you think you’re being a snob to it.

I hope that anything in this blog will spark an interest for you to find your own passions; whether you’re drawing inspiration, enabling curiosity, or searching for some motivation…life is so beautiful in its endless ability to create whatever your heart desires. So chase away, gorgeous…there’s so much waiting for us.

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