Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DIY REINDEER HEAD CANVAS


Don't ask why but Kevin and I watched the horror movie Annabelle just before bed last night. I spent most of the night tossing and turning thinking some murderer was going to bust into our bedroom with a kitchen knife. Just as I was closing my eyes my 125lb German Shepherd-Rottweiler let out 3 extremely deep barks and just stared into the hallway from the bedside. I FREAKED. Turns out he heard an airplane (what a baby) but that's about the last of the horror movies for me. I think it's time to spread some holiday cheer instead.

FA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LAAA

To the Reindeer Canvas...




Our mantel has been missing something since I first put up our Christmas decorations earlier this month. We have an outlet and cable connection above the fireplace (as if to mount a TV and avoid cords being seen), but instead we decided to mount the TV on another wall and put our second TV on a stand below the first for dual viewing. I mean, what else are you supposed to do when the Steelers and Panthers play at the same time? 

Needless to say, I had to come up with something that would look festive but also cover up that ugly outlet. 

A few months ago I purchased a 5-pack of 16" x 20" canvases from Michael's (only $10 after a 50% off coupon!) and thought this might be the perfect opportunity to use canvas 3 of 5. In a few easy steps, you can make this DIY Reindeer Head Canvas too! 

You might also like to see what I did with Canvas #1








Copy the Reindeer head image into Microsoft Excel. It's one of the only programs that let's you print in a tiled format (ie: prints the image on multiple sheets) so you can piece it together like a puzzle for the end result. You're welcome to use the image above or you can search for your own on Google.

Then adjust the size/layout. Since my canvas was 16" x 20" I made my Reindeer head image ~13" x 16" (keeping the proportions locked).

Optional: You can have your image printed at Staples for ~$2 on one sheet of paper instead but I'm frugal and used my printer at work. Don't tell!





Gather your materials; Canvas, Reindeer head image, paintbrush(es), paint, plate or cup for paint, scissors (or paper cutter), tape and pencil.







Trim off the borders of your 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper so that the edge of the paper is now even with the start of the image. I used a Fiskars SureCut Scrapbook Paper Trimmer, but you could just as easily use standard scissors.

Discard the excess border and arrange your sheets so it makes one complete image.







Tape your image pieces together, making sure you do not put tape anywhere on the outline of the Reindeer (both the front and back). You're going to be tracing over the outline and the tape will interfere.




On the back of the image with your pencil, shade heavily over the outline of your image. You want to make sure the entire outline is covered, including antlers and empty spaces between.  






Flip your image back over so the side you just shaded is against the canvas. Center your Reindeer and secure to the canvas with tape. 

Important: I place a large, hard book under the canvas before tracing. If you don't put a hard surface under the canvas, you may end up pressing too hard and tearing it since the frame makes it raised off whatever surface you are working on.

With pressure, trace over the entire outline of your Reindeer with your pencil. Then remove your printed Reindeer image to reveal it on the canvas. 




Begin painting your Reindeer in the color of your choice. I used craft smart Holiday Red, but green, gold or silver would all turn out well for the Holidays. It might help to use a smaller paintbrush for the antlers if you are new to painting with foam brushes like I am. I scooped a cheap multi-pack from the Dollar Store.

Allow to air dry overnight and display in your desired location!


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DIY REINDEER HEAD CANVAS



Materials 


1 16" x 20" Canvas
Printed Reindeer Head
#2 Pencil 
Foam Paintbrush + Smaller Paintbrush
Paper Plate or Disposable Cup
Tape
Scissors
craft smart Metallic Paint in Holiday Red



Instructions


Copy your Reindeer head image into Microsoft Excel and adjust the size/layout. Since my canvas was 16" x 20" I made my Reindeer head image 13" x 16". 

Print out your Reindeer onto regular computer paper (I used 8 1/2" x 11"). Your image will print in a tiled format (6 pages) so you will need to trim your pages and piece the image together as if putting together a puzzle. Tap the pieces of paper together to complete the full image.

Then, position the image (printed side up) onto your canvas to ensure the whole image will fit and using your #2 pencil, shade over the Reindeer head outline on the backside of the computer paper. 

Flip your computer paper back over so that the printed side is up and gently place your image as you want it to appear on your canvas. Optional: Tape it onto the canvas to secure.

Pushing hard, start tracing over the Reindeer head outline using your pencil. Once you've traced the whole thing, remove the printer paper to reveal your image in pencil on the canvas. 

Begin filling in your image with the Holiday Red craft smart paint and the foam brush. Apply two coats or more if you feel necessary.


Allow to completely dry overnight and display in desired location. 

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Total Project Cost: ~$4
$10 for all 5 canvases (regularly $19.99, but with 50% off coupon at Michaels), $0.79 Paint, $0.49 Foam Paintbrush



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My Materials

Paint; Craftsmart │ Foam Brush; ArtMinds │ Canvas; Artist Loft 



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I'm obsessed with how our mantel turned out with this canvas addition! It not only covers up those ugly outlets, but it really pulls the whole room together too. If you make this, I'd love to see how they turned out! Happy crafting! 



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CATCH UP + CHRISTMAS PREP

So I've been pretty MIA lately and totally slacking on my weekly meal posts/craft ideas/any posts in general really. But that doesn't mean I've been sitting around binge watching Netflix... as nice as that sounds. The past few weeks have been full of crafts, outdoor activities, football, Christmas shopping, eating and more eating. Did I mention eating? I'm still in a food coma from the THREE Thanksgivings we had last week. 

All play and no sleep is probably one of the reasons I'm hacking up my lungs this week. Being sick sucks!


CATCH UP 


THANKSGIVING 


As mentioned above, I spent most of the Thanksgiving holiday (and the day before) with a full plate and full glass. Wednesday night was with Mom devouring the world's best homemade stuffing (it's a recipe passed from my grandmother) and flutes of champagne. Thursday lunch-ish was at my Dad and Step Mom's, complete with pumpkin pie martinis. Thursday evening was spent with Kevin's parents, a fried turkey and IPAs.

OH! and a Pittsburgh Steelers win! 

As exhausted and full as we were, we are so thankful that our families live this close and that we can spend time with everyone during this holiday season. Including my giant of a 'little' brother as seen below. 



CRAFTING  


You guys, Kevin is such a trooper. He loves to be involved in most things I do (cooking, crafting, not so much cleaning) and whenever I bust out a new project he dives in head first. Nothing changed when the next project on my list was Christmas Tile Coasters. 

Since this is a super inexpensive project (think, like, $4) I had no problem letting him make these on his own. He still has a bit to learn about Mod Podge techniques, and how to not smear newspaper ink all over the coasters, but overall he did a great job and the coasters are proudly on display on our coffee table.

I'll be sharing a post soon with a full tutorial and links for the images but for now I'll leave you with this pic of my handsome guy getting all crafty. 



FRIENDS


It's been a couple super exciting weeks not just for us but for friends too! We celebrated the beautiful marriage of our good friends Danielle and Joe in Hilton Head Island, SC on November 19th. Also, my best friend's husband, Mackenzie Hughes, just won his first ever PGA Tour event at the RSM Classic last weekend!! No big deal. We celebrated his win with a bottle of Dom Perignon (thanks to his sponsors) and homemade sushi when he and Jenna got back to Charlotte.

Oh, by the way, totally bought the Facebook-raved-about Sushi Bazooka. Unfortunately it didn't come in on time for our DIY sushi night but you betcha that baby will be used like twice a week once it does arrive. I see a sushi themed party in my near future because #ThatsHowWeRoll. 


OTHER 


On Black Friday, Kevin, the pup and I decided to #OptOutside by hiking the Pinnacle Trail on Crowders Mountain in Kings Mountain, NC. The outdoor company REI is behind the #OptOutside trend and encourages people to get out and explore instead of standing in line and shopping. Judging by the traffic around the Charlotte Premium Outlets (and our neighborhood) we wanted nothing to do with shopping anyway. 

Our luck, by trying to avoid the lines we ended up stuck in line waiting to park at Crowders. Ironic, isn't it?






CHRISTMAS PREP


CONFESSION


Our Christmas decorations have been up since, like, November 11th. In our defense though, for all you Judgey McJudgers, they were only up that early because we were taking Christmas card pictures by our wonderfully talented friend, Alex. We can't wait to see how they all turned out but she sent me a few unedited sneak peaks this morning and I literally can't stop looking at them (insert all the heart eye emojis). 

Check out Alex's skills @FollyGirlPhotography on Insta!

Also check out my fur child's modeling skills. That's his good side and he knows it.





OUR FIRST TREE


Our decorations may have been up since November 11th but it was definitely an artificial tree. Since moving in together, Kevin and I have had a blast planning and starting new traditions and this season we decided that a day trip to the mountains to hand pick a real Christmas tree was a no-brainer. We also decided to leave the hand saw and ropes at home because watching Kevin saw down a tree with a 125lb dog pulling me down the hill because he's gotta be all up in Kevin's grill just didn't sound ideal.

Kevin and his Googling skills found a tree farm about 2.5 hours away from Charlotte called Little Switzerland Fraser Firs where you simply pick your tree, they cut it down and even secure it to your car for you. I'm all about that simplicity! 

Our tree came back in one piece, needles still full and ready to be decorated! 






I'm so excited about some upcoming posts I have to share with you all and even more excited about getting into the Christmas spirit. I'm pretty sure Kevin's just excited about the 7 kinds of Christmas cookies I make each year but to each his own, right?

'Tis the season! 


Monday, November 14, 2016

WEEKLY FOOD ROUND-UP │ WEEK OF NOV 7

I just want everyone to know that I ran a 5k on Friday night. I also head-first penguin slid into a dirt pile after tripping on a root in the woods. 

The 5k was a nighttime trail run at the Whitewater Center here in Charlotte. The course was on one of the mountain bike paths with a pretty rough terrain and zero lighting. We were running with headlamps and flashlights and let me just tell you that sweaty foreheads and headlamps are not an ideal combo. 

It was my first 5k since probably college (I'm not admitting how long ago that was) and will probably be my last. At least until my old lady hips recover. We I finished in just under 45 min - Kevin would have finished in like 20 if it wasn't for me - and finished 188th & 189th out of 254 people. He even let me cross the finish line first, what a guy!

Thankfully my culinary skills are better than my coordination.



Check out; 
Week 1 │ Week 2 │ Week 3 │ Week 4 │ Week 5 │ Week 6





Week 7


Monday│ Cabo Fish Taco



Cabo Fish Taco Menu

We were playing hooky on Monday since Kevin had a few guy friends in town and had stopped by Cabo for an early dinner. The 3pm weather was just perfect for the covered patio. We were happily & immediately seated (usually it's a 30+ min wait during busy times) and ordered IPAs.

Cabo Fish Taco is dubbed a Charlotte staple but I was a little under-impressed with the food this time around. Don't get me wrong, it's totally delicious, but the amount of sauce and spice really masked the flavors of the meat itself. I couldn't tell if I was eating shrimp or tuna! I'm definitely more of a simple kinda girl when it comes to taste, so maybe this was just something I wasn't used to eating. Next time I go I'll definitely order the sauce on the side! 

The IPAs were great...

Ordered; Pictured; BBQ Mahi Taco, Lemon Grilled Shrimp Taco, Slaw. Not Pictured; Tavarua Tuna TacoHoney Soy Glazed Salmon Taco, Avocado Pasta Salad, Queso. Triple C Brewery IPA.


Tuesday │ Homemade Primanti Bros



Recipe inspiration from Primanti Bros.

If you haven't been to Pittsburgh, PA for a classic roast beef sandwich from Primantis, GO NOW. BYE. I won't even be mad at you for not reading the rest of this post. In fact, if I could eat this deliciousness every day of my life and not gain 100 lbs, I totally would. 

Surprise though, it's Tuesday and I'd make it to Pittsburgh and back just in time for it to be Wednesday. And some of us work on Wednesday's which is why I'm eternally grateful that my mom created a near perfect replica only 15 miles away from my front door. 

There are french fries on this sandwich. And coleslaw. And cheese. And rare roast beef. And ah, I'm drooling just thinking about it. And that's a lot of and's.

We don't make these as often as I wish but it was fun celebrating my older brother's birthday (early) and being glutenous for a night. As much as I want to share this recipe with everyone, I literally think my mother might kill me. And I don't want to die because then I can't eat any more of these sandwiches.


WednesdayThai Chicken Lettuce Wraps



Original Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

Somehow I made this dinner AND cleaned up in a total of 30 minutes. It might have been because it's been a really rough week for me and I was on auto-pilot, but it might also mean I will be breaking my "don't repeat meals" rule. I like to call it a "time-efficient yum".

I used the leftover romaine leaves from the Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps and the green onions from the Skinny Burrito Bowl I made last week. I purchased 1lb of ground chicken from Food Lion for $2.99 on sale and scooped another pound to stick in the freezer for another meal later. Red pepper, matchstick carrots and peanuts (already on hand) added to the crunch. 

We scarfed these down in less time than it took to make them. Somehow Kevin lucked out and got the leftovers for lunch...


Thursday│ Charcuterie Meat & Cheese Plates



Cocktails & Creatives Original Recipe

Kevin and I have been wanting to make this dinner - is it safe to say this is dinner? - since forever. I also haven't been able to pronounce Charcuterie since, well, forever. I probably spent about $50 total on just this meal (including wine), but it was 100% worth it. 

As Kevin says; "You can't put a price tag on memories!"   

On our plates were; 

Meats - Prosciutto, Hard Salami, local salami from the Farmer's Market
Cheese - Manchego, Brie, Sharp Cheddar, Goat, Chipotle Havarti
Miscellaneous - Grapes, Almonds, Apples, Sweet Gherkin Pickles
Toppings - Hot Honey, Red Raspberry Jam, Stone Ground Mustard, Red Pepper Hummus, Regular Honey
Breads - Multi-Grain Crackers, Toasted Garlic Bagel Crisps, Honey Brown Bread, Honey Graham Crackers
Wine - Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon, Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon



Friday 1/2 Banana, Hershey's Chocolate & Jam Sessions



Post race recovery at it's finest. Since the 5k was a nighttime run, the Whitewater Center had some cool evening festivities planned for afterwards. Glow sticks, music, s'mores and NoDa Jam Session beers were all provided after finishing. 

Kevin and I snagged a piece of chocolate, 1/2 banana and nearly chugged the first half of our beers. Don't they always taste better after you did something to earn it? With temperatures dropping into the mid-30s that night our sweat quickly turned cold and we ran stiffly walked to the car. Side note: I'm so thankful for butt-warmers #ToastedBuns

We also popped a frozen pizza into the oven later and may or may not have set up our Christmas decorations. Don't judge. At least I haven't started playing the music yet.

Onto the weekend! 


Although it was a pretty tough week - work/home balance, getting back into the swing of things, having company over during a weekday and dreading the 5k, we still managed to still eat like pros. Can't wait to share next week... and hopefully by then my legs will have returned to normal.




Thursday, November 10, 2016

STYLING GUEST BATHROOM #1

I've had this idea in my head since we moved into the house for the main guest bathroom (bathroom 1 of 4) to be navy blue and silver. I really wanted a masculine look for this space and quite honestly felt pretty bad for girly-ing up the rest of the house with decorative flowers, purples, mushy framed pictures and everything else that keeps a house from turning into one big man cave. 

Fortunately Kevin is pretty go-with-the-flow when it comes to decorating. Neither one of us are interior designers, like not even close, but I think it's fair to say I'm one teeny, tiny, level above him. And that's mostly because I wouldn't let him hang the Carolina Panthers flag off the Venetian blinds in the dining room.


Back to the bathroom...

We found an inexpensive navy blue and gray chevron fabric shower curtain for the tub almost immediately after moving in. Styling the rest of the bathroom? Not so much. In time came coordinating towel sets and a soap dispenser but that's about as far as we got.

I attacked Pinterest for some inspiration and starting making a list of things to buy.  

This might be the first and last time I ever make a moodboard but I wanted to visualize my idea. It kind of looks like a kindergartner cut out some magazine clippings and stuck it on a piece of construction paper with Elmer's Glue, but I'm rolling with it. 




Basket │ Shelf │ Topiary Towels  Soap Dispenser




I am ridiculously frugal when it comes to decorating. I just can't bring myself to spend $20+ on some fake plant that's impossible to dust because it has a zillion leaves. I also don't want to spend $50 on a sign that my guests will see maybe once a month. I price check, budget shop and coupon clip to make sure that I'm getting the best deals, but it also has to be practical for our living style. 

WAIT! Do they make fake plants that are dishwasher safe?! If not, you heard it here first! 


Inspiration 


via My Fabuless Life

The space above the toilet is just SO weird. Do I leave it empty? (previous situation). Do I put extra toilet paper in some fancy pyramid? (current situation). Or should I spend some time decorating so people aren't sitting in a white-walled room that looks like it should be padded? Probably the latter. 

I loved the inspo from the bathroom on My Fabuless Life but just couldn't embrace the "hello gorgeous!" sign. Remember that whole whole masculine bathroom idea? Can't see this one going over well.


via AR Workshop


I wrote a post a few weeks ago on a DIY Handlettered Quote Canvas sign and knew that there must be a more fitting saying for the shelf... lightbulb! I was going to make something similar to this sign from AR Workshop but on one of the extra canvases I had from the previous project.

While I still have a LOT of work to do - making the sign, installing the shelf (buying the shelf - minor detail), etc -  I couldn't wait to share my inspiration and ideas. 



Can't wait to see how it turns out! Stay tuned ...




Wednesday, November 09, 2016

CHARLOTTE FALL FUN

Fall is easily my favorite season. I'm not obsessed per say but definitely enthralled. It's like a whole new world and the excitement of cooler weather, changing colors, holidays and fire pit hangin' kicks in. 

So today I'm sharing some of our Fall fun plus 10 links to easy Fall crafts that can help you celebrate the season! 






Our Fall Fun



Johnny Simpson Pumpkin Lot │ Highway 51



A last minute "I'm so hangry" lunch date at Zoes Kitchen in Carmel Commons in South Charlotte a few weeks ago turned into a full-fledged #Basic Fall day. 

We ate our Tossed Greek Salads (hold the olives) on the porch in hoodies and ball caps. We walked to Amelies French Bakery (3 macaroons, 2 almond milk vanilla lattes and 1 salted caramel brownie, you HAVE to try one). Then we picked out "baby boo" pumpkins at the cutest little temporary pumpkin lot. Yes, that's the name of them, I couldn't make that up if I tried. They had some of the craziest looking pumpkin options - not sure some of them were even considered pumpkins? - and we were nothing short of big little kids trying to find our favorite to bring home. We picked two small ones and styled them on our front porch.

Johnny Simpson Pumpkin Lot is located just off 485, about 5 minutes from Ballantyne. Somehow, in almost 3 years of living nearly next door, I had never been. It's a great spot to bring families and not overly crowded. 







Hall Family Farm │ Providence Road West



This is one of the more popular pumpkin patches in Charlotte and the crowds reflect it. Located just South of Ballantyne, it's a quick 20 minute drive from our house. Parking situations can get tricky but might be worth it if you make a day of visiting.

Unfortunately for us, Charlotte weather was feelin' sassy and cooked up a 90 degree day. I could definitely see this pumpkin patch being way more fun in cooler weather, but instead we walked in, walked to the very back of the patch, scooped our pumpkins, checked out and immediately turned the A/C on in the car. We went about a week before Halloween but there was already bare minimum pickings for pumpkins. 

Aside from the pumpkin patch, the farm had a corn maze, hay rides, kids activities, bonfires and refreshments available. We just didn't get to enjoy them because we were literally getting sunburn. Thanks, Charlotte.

We did find two perfectly carvable pumpkins though. Every year since I was little my family has used Pumpkin Masters Carving Kits to make our masterpieces. This was Kevin's first year and as we're perusing Target for our templates, he stumbled across a Star Wars kit instead and it was immediately game over, cue Boba Fett. 

We had a blast cleaning out pumpkins and saving the seeds (anyone else not bothered by the "guts"?). 

Of course there was wine. Not sure why you even asked.




Links to: 
Johnny Simpson Facebook │ Hall Family Farm Facebook 




Fall Crafting 




I couldn't agree more with this comment a follower on my Instagram left. So, below I've rounded up 10 of my top picks for fun Fall crafts that will help you enjoy every bit of this season! Everything from kid friendly to more advanced, I hope something ruffles your leaves ... see what I did there?





I don't know about you guys, but I'm trying to soak in every bit of this gorgeous season and weather before Christmas completely takes over. Soon, we'll skip over Thanksgiving and head straight into December and gift giving! Slow doowwwnn, 2016!


Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Weekly Food Round-up │ Week of Oct 31

I can't believe it's been 6 weeks since I started this series! 

So far I've learned that, yes, you can make it 6 weeks without repeating the same meal twice, it's not hard to make two completely different meals from the same ingredients, and also that we eat out probably way more than we should. I mean, Charlotte does have a huge restaurant scene sooo we can blame it on that. 


You might also be interested in; 
Week 1 │ Week 2 │ Week 3 │ Week 4 │ Week 5







What's hilarious (other than McDonald's listed on this) is the notepad notes that Kevin has kept since we started trying to remember our homemade meals. It was an idea that I jokingly came up with about 3 months ago (before creating this series) because neither of us could remember our "favorite meal". We might have it all documented now, but we still can't pick just one favorite! 






This Week


Monday│ Skinny Burrito Bowl Skillet



Original Recipe found at FitFluential

Any excuse to eat Tex-Mex, especially a healthy version, is an automatic W in my book. Speaking of W's ... how about that Carolina Panthers game against the Cardinals?! Other than the fact that it was 84 degrees on October 30th and I reapplied sunscreen twice and spent $30 on bottled water, it was GREAT.

Back to food. This burrito bowl skillet was ridiculously easy and affordable, And affordable was clutch because I'm not sure if you heard me, but we spent THIRTY DOLLARS on 6 bottles of water at the game. SIX.

I had a pound of ground turkey (94% lean) in the freezer from when it was on sale 2 weeks ago at Food Lion (I always stock up during sale weeks). The rest was just miscellaneous toppings - diced onion, salsa, shredded cheese, green onions, and plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I completely forgot to put the diced avocado on top but I can only imagine it would have made it that much better. The only thing I really purchased for this meal was the usual weekly veggies (which will be used in other meals) and a can of red kidney beans.

This recipe made enough for dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day. Although it was definitely more filling with the soft wheat tortilla strips mixed in, I might actually leave them off next time. Or just make actual soft tacos if i'm going to eat them anyway. Does that count as not repeating a meal?


Tuesday │ Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps



Original Recipe adapted from Ella Claire

ALL THE NOMS. I'm a sucker for buffalo chicken wraps. Like 90% likely to order one if it's on a menu. Now normally it's deep fried and wrapped snug in a tortilla with a tub of ranch, but this definitely cured the craving and left out the guilt. I think the chopped celery and crisp lettuce gave it the crunch that the fried chicken usually does and I didn't feel terrible for eating 2 wraps for dinner and 2 more for lunch the next day. 

The hardest part of making these was cooking & shredding the chicken. Next time I might try a crockpot shredding method instead of a skillet because no joke, after shredding two BIG pieces of chicken, my arms were sore. Guess you gotta earn your meal? 

I mixed the Frank's Buffalo Sauce with about a tablespoon of ranch for the chicken, chopped celery and red onion, garnished and then ate with avocado slices and topped with my favorite Ranch brand, Marzetti's. 

Kevin labeled this meal as one of his favorites when he exclaimed, "OH MAN THESE ARE SO GOOD! GET CHU SOME!"


Wednesday│ Blackened Chicken with Poblano Cream Sauce



Original Recipe adapted from Fit to Savor

For this week's produce portion of my grocery trip I bought fresh zucchini, frozen corn on the cob, limes and cilantro. I also bought fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale at Food Lion. 2 were used for the buffalo chicken wraps and the other 1 (halved) was used for the blackened chicken for dinner. I used the other blackened chicken breast (again, halved) with the leftover veggies and poblano creme sauce over mixed greens for lunch for Kevin and I on Thursday. Thoughts on maybe including my entire grocery list so you can see how I use up all the ingredients without repeating meals?

But basically I made 8 meals out of 4 chicken breasts, making the chicken cost $1/meal #BudgetBoss. I just made that up but I kinda like it.

The Fit to Savor recipe calls for ancho chile powder (what the heck is that?) so instead I made a homemade blackened seasoning from All Recipes. I also subbed out the rice and just did oven roasted zucchini with stove-top-charred corn, cut from the cob.

Overall this meal was fresh, healthy and filling. I could literally put the poblano creme sauce on everything. I had never roasted poblano chilies before - PS. Don't touch your face after cutting one, it BURNS - but I think roasting took the spiciness level down a notch and the flavor level up. Will definitely be making this again!


Thursday│ Honey Lime Sesame Wings



Original Recipe found at My Natural Family

Ever since I found this recipe for crispy chicken wings from The Wicked Noodle I literally can't stop making oven baked wings. Food Lion had their frozen bags on sale a few weeks back. I had scooped two, used one for the Lemon Pepper Wings a few weeks back and thawed the other bag for these babies.

I actually strayed a little from the recipe linked above. I cooked the wings the Wicked Noodle way (toss in olive oil and bake on a wire rack over a cookie sheet at 400). I took the wings out and hand tossed them in the Honey Lime Sesame sauce halfway through cooking time. I took them out again 5 minutes before time was up, tossed them in the remaining sauce and returned them to the oven for a quick broil.
The flavor was incredible from the first bite and the chicken perfectly crispy. They were sticky, sweet and messy... just like wings should be! We'll definitely be making these again for football Sunday's!


Friday BOONETOWN



2 days of non-stop eating and all I managed to take a picture of was a tube of cinnamon rolls. Which were awesome #NoRegrets.

The weekend food line-up was as follows;
  • ACP Fajita │ Los Arcoiris Mexican Restaurant
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip │ Kraft
  • Grilled Hamburgers & Hotdogs w/ Grilled Corn on the Cob & Asapargus
  • Breakfast Casserole │ Gimme Some Oven
  • Cinnamon Rolls Pillsbury
  • Too many munchies (Doritos, Gold Fish, cookies, Chips & Salsa, etc)
  • Scrambled eggs, bacon, mixed fruit & biscuits
  • BEER. A LOT OF BEER.
  • Who the heck knows what else... 




It felt SO great to get back on track with healthy eating and exercising this week (I didn't say weekend. There's a reason I don't include those meals). BUT I still have work to do. I'm running a 5k with Kevin on November 11th and reallllly need to get my butt in shape. Safe to say the weekends snacks, drinks and take out did NOT help my cause. But hey, there's always next week.