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Monday, July 25, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
The other day I was tickled when I noticed the lock-screen photos my husband and I had chosen. There were a few similarities:
1. We both chose pictures from our trip to Sesame Place which has been one of the highlights of our summer (read that story here.)
2. We both chose pictures of each other with our daughter.
3. We both chose very unmanicured photos. In mine he's wet and BabyCakes isn't looking at the camera. In his BabyCakes is in motion and there's a bunch of stuff in the background/foreground.
4. In both pictures we are smiling ear to ear. Real genuine smiles. Not "I'm taking this for Instagram" smiles.
This is why we go so well together. Our photo choices are a reflection of what is important to us; our family. Our lives aren't perfect but they don't have to be for us to be enjoying them.
Imperfect moments make the best memories.
Monday, June 27, 2016
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Who doesn't love buffalo chicken wings? Sometimes the wing format can get old but you still want that buffalo chicken flavor. Enter crock-pot buffalo chicken sandwiches. This is a really easy crock-pot recipe that makes a tasty dinner with no fuss over the stove.
Crock-pot cooking is easy, but crock-pot cleanup can be a drag. For this job I picked up the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth 2-pack available for $4.99 at Target. They're available in gray, mint, coral, and navy. I picked up gray. The Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth is washable, reusable and sturdy. It works really well because it gives you the versatility of a dish cloth but has Scotch-Brite scrubbing dots to scrub stuck on food bits which crock-pot recipes often create.
CROCK-POT BUFFALO CHICKEN SANDWICHES
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
A bottle of buffalo wing sauce1 packet dry/powder ranch salad dressing mix
Blue cheese crumbles
In your crock-pot place the chicken breasts, 3/4 cups of the buffalo wing sauce, and the packet of dry ranch salad dressing mix.
Set your crock pot either to high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours, depending on your hunger time frame. ;-)
Once the chicken is cooked, use two forks to pull/shred your chicken in the crock pot. Allow the pulled chicken to sit in the sauce for an additional 30 minutes to soak up all the flavor.
Serve on a potato roll, with additional buffalo wing sauce to taste, and blue cheese crumbles on top.
I served mine with celery slices to keep with the buffalo wing theme.
Make your crock-pot cleanup easy with Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth. Non-scratch scrubbing power with the wiping and drying functions of a dish cloth.
Note: you won't find these with the other dish cloths, but in the kitchen tool area.
Using the Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths is just one of the tips I have for sink/counter organization. Here are a few others:
Put everything in a bucket. I keep my under-sink space tidy by placing all my cleaners together in a bucket. This keeps them easily reachable and also makes it simple to take them to other parts of the house if need be.
Over the cabinet dish cloth bar/rack. Using a dish cloth rack allows for dish cloths to dry between uses and is a much more convenient way to store them than hanging them over the faucet. This can hang either inside or outside the cabinet. I choose inside so my toddler doesn't grab them.
Washable dish drying mat. The plastic trays that go under the dish drying rack can get pretty gunky really fast. Opt for a washable dish drying mat and you can wash it weekly with your laundry along with your dish towel so you don't have your clean dishes sitting above a moldy dish rack tray.
Save now on Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths at Target with this Cartwheel offer good 6/26-7/2. You can also check out other great recipes and cleaning tutorials here.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Snapple. The opinions and text are all mine. #TrueTeaTaste
I’m so excited summer is finally here! With summer comes more opportunities to entertain and more time outdoors enjoying good food and beverages. Having a good pasta salad under your belt is imperative for both entertaining and being a good summer guest who brings a dish. If you’re looking to step your game up from the average pasta salad I have a great recipe for you: BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad.
2 cups Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
2 cups dry tri-color rotini or pasta of choice
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 small red onion, diced
1 small green pepper, diced
3 stalks of celery, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
Shred your rotisserie chicken and set aside. To shred simple take your chicken off the bone and use two forks to separate the meat until you have nicely shredded pieces. You could also make your own chicken breasts and shred them, but for summer entertaining I like to take any opportunity to cut time and keep the oven off.
Mix together the barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl to make your dressing. Chop your veggies. For the red onion, after dicing, place the onion in a bowl of cold water until you are ready to add it to the salad. Soaking the red onion helps to take away some of the bite that raw red onion has and give it a milder flavor.
You can use any type of pasta for this recipe but I love to use tri-color rotini because the color makes for a nice visual appeal, and the sauce gets sucked up in the little corkscrews. Cook the pasta in salted, boiling water according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and immediately toss with about 1/4 cup of the dressing to keep the pasta from sticking and to make sure it gets coated with flavor.
In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, chicken, drained red onions, pepper, and celery. Toss with the remaining dressing until evenly coated. Taste the salad and add salt, pepper, more mayonnaise, more barbecue sauce, or more apple cider vinegar to suit your taste.
Serve immediately. This is best at room temperature, but you should refrigerate leftovers.
I cannot tell you how refreshing this salad is with a nice cold glass of iced tea. It really puts you in a summer afternoon mood. I’m currently loving Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea. Made with all-natural ingredients. Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea tastes like fresh brewed iced tea. You can keep everyone happy even if you are working with different tastes as they have three levels of sweetness, plus black, green and rooibos tea varieties. On my last trip to Giant I picked up the Sweet, Sorta Sweet and Rooibos varieties.
Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea has sleek new packaging and was easy to find at my grocery store.
Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea Sorta Sweet Honey Green and Rooibos are new varieties available now so pick yours up soon!
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
After some couples get married they stop celebrating their dating anniversary, but I think the day we first committed to each other is still a pretty important milestone. On this day 10 years ago I agreed to be the girlfriend of the man who I would eventually marry and have a beautiful little girl with.
10 Years of Love:
2006 at the Fourth of July Fireworks in Philadelphia
2007 at the call center where we met.
2008 at my graduation.
2009 at our wedding.
Parasailing Bahamas Cruise 2010
Philly Natural Hair Meetup 2011
San Diego Segwaying 2012
Baby Shower 2014
2015 Fall Family Photos
New Year's Day 2016
Looking forward to many more adventures for many years to come. I love you.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
My excitement turned to disappointment after I checked the weather. Not only was it supposed to be just a cool 65 degrees but the forecast called for thunderstorms and hail! After contemplation we decided to still head to the park, bathing suits on, and hoped for the best. After-all we'd already taken the day off work and the Groupon I purchased for tickets expires at the end of this month. Also we knew the park has a Sunny Day Guarantee (if you are in the park for an hour while it's raining you get free tickets to return).
When we arrived the weather wasn't looking bad at all. It was warm enough for some water play so we spent time in the Teeny Tiny Tidal Wave, Big Bird's Rambling River, and Ernie's Waterworks. BabyCakes LOVES the water. She squealed happily and enjoyed getting splashed. She also loved the freedom of wandering around the park. I purchased a baby leash but I didn't need to use it.
The temperature began to drop so we decided to change back into our warmer clothes so we could enjoy some of the dry rides, but the weather had other plans. What started as a sprinkle turned into a hail-mixed torrential downpour quickly. We decided it would be a good idea to go catch one of the shows and get under cover. On the way to the show we ran into Abby Cadabby and we were able to get pictures with her before we headed to the The Magic of Art Show. Babycakes enjoyed it. I could tell because she was tapping her feet and clapping along.
|See that halo of rain around our feet!?|
After the show was over it was still raining very heavily. They weren't running any of the rides because of the weather so we started our expedition to the car. We got SOAKED with rain, but it was so fun. We stopped at the shop near the exit to grab some dry Sesame Street t-shirts and sweat shirts to change into then made a final very wet dash to our car.
|Our new Abby Cadabby and Elmo Swag|
Even though we didn't get to go on any of the dry rides we had such a great time. Dodging the rain and getting soaked made it even more of an adventure. Our first amusement park trip is in the books.
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