9.23.2016

Healthy Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges & Cashews

I don't know about you, but I am always looking for quick & healthy ideas for my lunches!
Most of the time I make an egg scramble or a turkey sandwich.
Every once in a while I will make a batch of Chicken Salad for the week so that Kevin and I both have lunches for the week.
This is my favorite Chicken Salad recipe...and it's HEALTHY!!!!
 Spoiler alert....I don't use mayo...I use greek yogurt!
Here is what you need:
- 2 or 3 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded (I use my Life Changing Quick & Easy Shredded Chicken Method for this)
- 2 or 3 ribs of celery, diced 
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 cup of cashews, chopped 
- 1 can mandarin oranges, drained (I save about 1/4 cup of the juice in case I need to add more liquid to the chicken salad. It also gives it a more citrus-y flavor)
 - Salt & pepper, to taste
- 1.5 cups of Plain Greek Yogurt (you can use 0% or 2% fat)
You can't even tell that greek yogurt is used in place of mayo.
Just like Jimmy Fallon, I feel this way about mayo:
Mayo is so Ewwww!
 
Directions:
 Cook & shred your chicken using  Life Changing Quick & Easy Shredded Chicken Method
This is seriously the best way to cook & shred chicken!!!
After you put your shredded chicken in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients....plain greek yogurt, diced celery, chopped onions, chopped cashews, mandarian oranges & pepper:
Stir it all together.....
Then I cover & keep in the fridge until I am ready to serve it. I usually make a batch of this on a Sunday night & use it for lunches for the week.

Kevin loves this Chicken Salad on croissants with tomatoes from our garden:
Yum!
I like this Chicken Salad as a salad with lettuce & tomatoes.
 You can add a drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette to the salad to give it some tangy-ness.
Now you can enjoy Chicken Salad without the guilt!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

I have also made this for baby showers/wedding showers. It is the PERFECT make ahead dish for a shower. You can double it if necessary if you are making it for a party.

Have a great weekend!

9.20.2016

Show + Tell Tuesday {Favorite Blog Posts}

Today I'm excited about the topic of Show & Tell Tuesday...we are sharing our favorite blog posts!
Thanks for the fun link up Andrea
I have had fun going back and looking through some of my blog posts.
There are a few I knew I wanted to share.
In no particular order, here are 10 of my favorite blog posts:

{ONE}
I think sharing my most embarrassing moment EVER has to be on this list.
I mean....it was EPIC.
Can you guess what happened......
 I am glad I can laugh about it now. 
Read about it HERE
 
{TWO}
 I loved  my post "Yes, I am one of those Moms"
 I actually got nominated as one of Blogher's Voice of the Year for that post. Crazy!
I wrote about how I am one of "THOSE" moms who likes to make holidays/birthdays/etc special for their kids.

{THREE}
Birth Stories!!! 
I am OBSESSED with birth stories!
We didn't find out what we were having until they were born, so it was extra fun!
 Here are my kids birth stories:
 Kate (HERE)
 Claire (HERE)
 Luke (HERE)


{FOUR}
I am also obsessed with baby names, so here is my post on why we chose our kids names:
Kate & Claire (HERE)
Luke (HERE)

{FIVE}
I think this might be my all time favorite post.
It's called "Relish Your Role"
I wrote it after hearing a sermon at church.
At that time in my life I had A LOT of working mom guilt, so the sermon was perfect timing for me to hear and on that post I wrote from my heart & it felt so good to write about it.

{SIX}
When I confessed that I HATE Pumpkin Spice Latte's. 
Yes, it's true.
I love all things Fall & all things pumpkin except that nasty PSL. 
#sorrynotsorry
You can read about it HERE


{SEVEN}
 I loved writing about How I was the BEST MOM EVER....and then I had kids.
 Read about it HERE
  
{EIGHT}
As you know, I love posting recipes, so here is the most viewed post on my blog "Easiest Dinner Ever"

 This recipe has been viewed almost 2 million times. WHAT?!?!?
And, it is my most controversial post....it is the post I have gotten the most negative comments on. You either love this recipe or you hate it. 
We love it...It's one of my go-to recipes. And, it's the easiest!

Basically, I love my slow cooker & use it at least once a week during the school year.
Here are a few more of my favorites....
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas (HERE)



Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef (HERE
 Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili (HERE)

And, of course 2 of my FAVORITE cookie recipes:

Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies (HERE)

Best Snickerdoodles Ever (HERE)

In the past 8 years since I started blogging, I have posted over 150 recipes (!!!!)
You can see all my recipes in my Recipe Box tab or click HERE

{NINE}
You know I love throwing parties.
The most "popular" party & most viewed party that I have thrown is Claire's Cowgirl Party.
    I must say, that is probably my favorite party I have thrown also.
It's been almost 5 years since I threw that party and I think there is still some hay in our backyard from all those hay bales....Sorry Kevin ;)

Some of my other favorite parties have been:

Luke's 1st Nautical Birthday Party (HERE)

 Kate's Pizzeria Party (HERE)
I also really loved her Pancakes & Pajamas Party (HERE)


 You can see all my party posts HERE on the party tab!


{TEN}
Anytime I make a free printable, I get excited to share it with you guys!
It's one of my FAVORITE things to blog....I love being creative & sharing ideas with you!
I have  over 30 free printables on my blog.
The most popular downloaded ones have been my Christmas Cookie in a Jar Printable  
A close 2nd to my most downloaded free printable is my Thankful for You Pumpkin Bread Printable:
So, there you have it....some of my favorite blog posts that I have written over the past 8(!!!!) years.


I am sure I missed a few of my favorite posts, but I didn't have time to look through ALL my posts over the years.

Edited to add:
I can't believe I forgot 10 on 10!!

ten on ten button

This is one of my VERY favorite things to blog about.
You take 10 pictures on the 10th of the month
One photo every hour for 10 hours:
Documenting a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!
 
I have been participating in this since October 2008....so for the past 8 years, I have done 10 on 10 posts....Those are by far some of my Favorite posts!
You can see all my 10 on 10 posts HERE


I will say, that I miss really sitting down and writing like I did in some of those posts like "Relish Your Role",  "Yes, I am one of those moms" and "I was the BEST MOM EVER. Then I had kids" 
I love writing those types of posts....I really want to start writing like that every once in a while.

If you made it through this post...Thank You!
Can't wait to read some of your FAVORITE blog posts!

9.19.2016

2016 Fall TV Line Up!

One of my favorite things about the Fall is the new Fall TV schedule comes out!
Shows have their season premiers and we find out what new shows are premiering.
No more re-runs.
We get to find out what happened in our favorite shows after months since the Season Finales!

I get so excited when they announce the new shows & the Fall TV Premiere dates...this week is when most of the new shows are premiering!

What I love to do at the end of the day is just sit down with a glass of wine & zone out in front of the TV.
How about you?
Get ready.....Let's talk TV! 

Monday:
Monday Night Football
I LOVE Monday Night Football!

2 Broke Girls is also on Monday nights, but I broke up with that show last year, I just couldn't get into anymore.

Of course, in January I will be watching The Bachelor. Not thrilled that Nick is the bachelor, but of course I will still watch :)

New Shows on Mondays that I will check out:
Kevin can Wait...I like Kevin James, so I think this will be funny. It's about a  newly retired cop who is supporting his daughter & her fiance.

I also want to see Conviction...it is about a lawyer investigating people who were wrongly convicted.

 I  play on a co-ed indoor soccer team on Monday nights, so anything I want to watch on Monday goes on the DVR. Plus, we have Monday Night Football to watch!

Tuesday:
New Girl is on Tuesdays, this show started off really funny....I hope this season redeems itself from previous seasons.

New Shows I want to watch on Tuesdays:
THIS IS US!!!!
AHHHHHH!!!!!
They have been showing clips of this show since May...it has the Parenthood vibe...I have very high hopes for this show....I hope it doesn't let me down.

Wednesday:
We love Goldbergs! 
New shows on Wednesdays I will check out:
Speechless
This is airing right after Goldbergs, so I will for sure try it out.
It stars Minnie Driver (who kind of bugs me) but this show looks good, it's about a family with a special needs son who has cerebral palsy (the actor has it in real life as well)
The trailer looks good, so I am going it give it a try!

Thursdays:
Thursday night  is PACKED with AMAZING shows!!
TGIT is for real!
Last Fall, I started watching Grey's Anatomy on Netfllx for the first time ever. (Several of you also recommended Grey's to me....Thank you!!!!) I binge watched all the seasons over several months & I am all caught up for this season to start.

We started watching How to get away with Murder last year. We liked Season 1. Season 2 was weird, but it got better toward the end, so we will give Season 3 a shot!
Last year, based on recommendations from many of you, we started watching Scandal.
Scandal isn't premiering until mid-season, so we will have to wait to watch!

New Shows I am watching on Thursdays:
The Good Place
The reason I can't wait to watch is because my friend from high school Darcy, it one of the actresses in it! (She is the one in the green dress in between Ted Danson & Kristen Bell)
I am SO excited for her. She has been working so hard in NY and LA since high school. And, she is hysterical. So happy to see her dreams come true. I hope the show is good! 

***The Good Place is premiering tonight (Monday) but it's regular spot will be on Thursdays***

Friday:
 Friday is for catching up on all the shows we have on our DVR (or Netflix)
But, I have been totally into watching Shark Tank on Friday nights for the past year.

I love that show! I love seeing people's new ideas.
And, I must confess, I have totally gone online and bought things from people after seeing them on Shark Tank!

Saturday:
College Football
SNL
Or, Saturday nights we go on a Date Night or hang out with family/friends/neighbors, watch a movie, etc.

Sunday:
Sunday Night Football (we love Football in our house!)

*All images from google images*

This post makes me sound like a TV junkie.....because I am!!!
We mostly just DVR everything and watch it on Friday nights. We are SO exciting. Ha!
And, as the months go on, we cut out shows that we don't like or they just stay un watched on the DVR in what I call "DVR Suburgatory" and then I delete them or just start watching new shows on Netflix. 

What are your favorite TV shows?
What new shows are you excited to try out?
Any shows you broke up with after last season?
Any Netflix shows you would recommend?
Any new shows I need to start watching?
Are you excited about Fall TV? 

TV Junkies UNITE :)

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