25.7.14

Skinny Jeans Mediterranean Baked Lemon Chicken with Artichoke Hearts,Olives and Grape Tomatoes






Raise your hand if your sick and tired of chicken for dinner. Or is it just me? We hardly ever eat chicken anymore because of the humanitarian thing which correlates with the whole added hormones and who knows what else not good for you factor (yeah, I'm one of those sorts of weirdos). Sufficed to say, When I buy chicken it's the Organic, free range sort and I make sure I make a flavorful meal out of it like these Red Chile Shredded Chicken Tacos.


22.7.14

Brussels and Shitake Mushrooms in Mirin and Sake with Gingered Broiled Salmon


Cooking with spirits is this months theme for RecipeRedux. Choosing just one recipe for this post was a tough one. Then I remembered the first time I tasted mirin, just a dash used in some Jasmin rice  and the choice was easy. Just a tablespoon or two of this special Japanese cooking wine transforms boring foods into a slightly sweet and complex creation.








11.7.14

An Entire Summer's Worth of Giveaway's! #giveaway



I've got a few fun giveaways for you today! This summer has been a whirlwind of activities with the kids shoved into my days off from work. Living in Phoenix means it's way too hot to spend more than a few minutes outside unless you're in the pool. We've been hitting up some museums and indoor play parks that are scattered around the valley as well as morning KID movies at Harkins {popcorn and jelly bellies for breakfast anyone?}.



6.7.14

Blackberry and Peach Sparkling {Camping} Sangria #SundaySupper



It's July (in case you didn't know) which means it's really. freaking. hot. here in Phoenix (in case the obvious eludes you) which means it is officially time to get the heck out of the desert (duh). I'm counting the days until we can go up north and watch the temperature gage in the car drop down into the 70's. Ahhhhhh...... Luckily, "up north" is only about 3 hours away so coolness is within our grasp and I'm not one to not grasp at opportunities when they are shoved in my face.


perfect to take camping, on a picnic or to the beach!



3.7.14

Banana Split Popsicles {sugar free & healthy}








Inspiration for today's post comes from the fact that is 113F out and getting. even. hotter. The fact that it doesn't rain here in Phoenix makes me wonder how the hell so many idiots people decided to make this their home. It's a mystery..... and I'm Native..... idiot.



29.6.14

Melon and Prosciutto Arugula Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar #SundaySupper



Do you like my new blog design? I'm so excited! I've been on the fence for ever about upgrading my old school template that I've had for years. Yet something nagged me every time I went to purchase a professional design about spending money on a hobby. Also, I have spent countless hours designing and editing and re editing and redesigning my {old}  blog. It was kind of my baby, granted it had the face only a mother could truly love.
























Alas, I came across an amazingly talented graphics and web designer named Dana Fox of Envye. Her multitude of web designs and graphics were just what I was looking for and at a price that wouldn't take money away from my children's college fund (although child number 1 kind of ruined the whole ride on my parents shoulders through his freshmen year of college while I slack off more than fungus on a rock deal for the rest of the darlings) but we won't talk about that.


There are still a few fun features that I am working on like a Photo Recipe Page and cuter side titles and organization but I'm pretty thrilled with my clean, updated look, however simple and late to the game it may be. Simple is exactly how I roll. Name of the blog Yo  {missing Breaking Bad......}


Onto picnicky goodness. I have to say this is probably without a doubt the crazy easiest and also most surprisingly delicious recipes I've ever made. I got up at an un-Godly hour this morning to go to work and saved a life via a total knee replacement and yet another by assisting in the removal of a bum gall bladder. Afterwards, I managed to drag myself to the grocery store in the 110F disgusting heat, talk myself out of going Cost Plus Market to purchase a melon baller, picked up a couple of melons and some prosciutto and then came home to take a 2 hour nap (don't judge) and still throw together this salad.



It's that simple.








25.6.14

The Ultimate Summer { #fourthofJuly } Roundup.




from beach totes and sunglasses to picnic treats and beach games, I gotcha covered.






My must have summer {4th of July} Picks!






These colorful Wow Rackets are just the thing for outdoor fun! They make a   booming  noise whenever they hit the included ball or birdie, they're just the thing for noisy, far-flung fun.

 







18.6.14

PICOBLAT : What you need to bring to your next picnic! #PicnicGame






Somebody told me that today was the halfway marker of summer on the calendar. That someone has also has only lived in The Valley of the Sun for exactly 3.5 months. Ummm,  did the nickname "The Valley of the Sun" not clue you in? I was sorry to burst his shiny, happy yet clueless bubble but summer unofficially or not starts in mid April and ends at the very tail end of October here in Phoenix. Prepare yourself.


15.6.14

Red Chile Shredded Chicken Tacos. How to win over your man's stomachand steal his heart #SundaySupper








I had all intentions of writing a mushy gushy, what a great guy my husband is post for Father's Day. That is until I calmly excused myself from the dinner table and stated that I needed to make sure my Sunday Suppers Father's Day post was up to par and ready to post and said dear husband stated, "You still need to finish it? What have you been doing in there all afternoon?"  The nerve.


I suppose I'll forgive him (shhh, don't tell him that ;) seeing as that he's a pretty amazing guy and an even more amazing dad to our 4 rug rats (teenager included). I'll skip all the mushy gushy and just post 2 of my favorite pictures/moments of my love being the wonderful father that he is.



14.6.14

Shitake, Crimini and Shrimp Spring Rolls




“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Mushroom Council and am  eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”



























Have you ever wanted to eat more veggies and less meat but didn't know how or maybe thought it would be bland and boring? Swap it or Top it!  can help you with tons of ways to incorporate mushrooms in place of meat. It's my favorite way, next to beans to add substance and flavor to any meal. Simply swap at least half or more of the meat called for in your recipe, whether it be ground beef, chicken or seafood and substitute it with chopped or minced mushrooms. The great thing about mushrooms is there are dozens of varieties with a wide range of flavors to compliment any dish! From Asian foods to South Western I add mushrooms for flavor, moisture and vitamin content, not to mention that they drastically reduce the amount of saturated fats and calories when compared to meat.




13.6.14

DIY Mini Magnet Terrarium


Happy Friday friends! I wish I could say that I have the weekend off but alas I'm headed in to work tomorrow to save lives one icky gallbladder at a time. Not a very glamorous job but at least it's near freezing in the operating room. Next week I have 5 days off starting on Wednesday and we are headed up to Northern Arizona to stay in my in-laws cabin. I can't wait to get out of this stinking heat! I seriously don't think I can make it to August, actually it doesn't really cool down until the very end of October here, ughh.


I wanted to share this lovely DIY mini magnet terrarium with you. Easy to put together and a super cute and unique accent on your fridge. I know I would love to have these arranged on my fridge instead of clippings and doodles for a change.  Not that I don't love the kids doodles ;)





DIY Mini Magnet Terrarium (via http://cladandcloth.com/)
I’ve got some cool news!  I’ve been selected to create a DIY kit for Darby Smart!  I’m still working with them to create the kit but I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.  In the meantime, I got a box just to see how it felt to open…

5.6.14

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Spring Veggies and Chives




Weekday dinner just got exciting in a big way. If you like Chinese food you are going to love this healthy version of Fried Rice. It has all of the yummy components of traditional Fried Rice minus the rice. 






Rice is most likely a pantry staple in most homes used as a starchy side next to or with veggies and meat of some sort or as a 'filler' for a vegetarian meal. Debatably, rice, especially processed white rice really isn't a healthy food to eat and has several downfalls to it's few qualities. For instance, and I'll keep it super short so I don't bore you (more than I already am?) white rice has been waaaay over processed and completely stripped of any nutritional value, enough so that the FDA requires that it be "enriched" or "fortified" with vitamins and minerals.




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