Stuffed Peppers and Chicken

dsc_0113 Meal prepping has been my life for a while now and I have to admit, I enjoy it much more than I ever thought I would. The menu planning leaves a lot to be desired because I typically fall back on the same basic meals or ingredients but I’m really trying to expand. Here is something so simple anyone can make with ease!dsc_0112I’m a big component of aluminum foil ( try not to slice it, otherwise it’s pointless )

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Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a pan with foil. Cook 1lb ground turkey with a sprinkle of salt, pepper, cayenne, cumin, curry and/or any spices you like. In a separate pot, cook rice or quinoa ( I also like frozen brown rice – it takes 2 minutes to cook ). While everything is cooking, cut the top off of the peppers and remove the seeds. Once the meat is cooked through, mix it with the drained rice. Spoon the meat and rice mixture into the peppers and top with half a slice of cheese or a pinch of shredded cheese. Cook for 30 minutes or until the peppers are tender.

Prepping Protein ( chicken )

While cooking one meal, I like to prep some protein for the week either for lunch or dinner. Chicken is the easiest thing to prep and can be eaten SO many different ways; topped on salad, in wraps, tacos, sandwiches or mixed with pasta. I make a thin layer of olive oil in the bottle of a foil lined pan. I sprinkle whatever spice is appealing at the time ( this is my favorite lately ) onto my chicken breasts, cover both sides of the chicken and bake with the peppers for 35-45 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken.

Once the chicken is done, you can shred it, cube it, slice it or leave it whole for meals later in the week!

 

 

Halloween & Fall Books

Raise your hand if Fall is your least favorite season….anybody…no?…just me? It’s true, I’m not a lover of Fall, or Apple Cider, or Flannel shirts or Halloween but I am a fan of reading good ( and new ) books to Brandon every few months. His current fascination of all things Monster, Dragon and “things that say roar”, what a better time to change up our reading than right now! Here’s what we’ve been loving!

Room on the Broom // B Is for Boo // There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! // Little Blue Truck’s Halloween // The Spooky Wheels on the Bus // cat pillow hiding in background

We love any of the ‘tiger tales’ books, ( Cats, Ghosts and Pumpkins ) Goodnight Goon is always a fun read and Sandra Boynton can do no wrong! Brandon loves anything bus, so I got this book at the end of last year and we have all of the “Night Before” books as well: Halloween & Thanksgiving. Any of The Spooky Express books are great gifts because they can be state specific, love that.

I could not pass up that cat pillow at the Target dollar spot since it looks like Zoe ( others here and here ) and my Mom got Brandon the sweetest Trick-or-Treating tote ( use code ACORN to make this tote $6, Pumpkin, Black Cat and Monster ones )

What books are you loving this season? Brandon is pretty much all about illustrations and not SO much about the story line which makes these all winners! I know there are so, so many books for this month of spooks and thrills but I think Santa will be bringing all the Monsters!

Hi, I’m new here…

Well, not new but it feels like I haven’t been on here in AGES! Two posts in the last year is not like me and I really want to get back on track with my blogging; sharing life, recipes and what’s new in our life!

This year has brought some changes to our life. WE MOVED!!! It was a long time coming and finally found a house we fell in love with after only a couple months of searching. We made the house our home at the end of April and have spent the last few months settling in and enjoying the space. We loved our condo ( and still have it ) but it was definitely getting a little tight and we needed our own space….away from neighbors! We couldn’t be happier.

Brandon is now 2.5 years old and has been so much fun. He is still at daycare full-time, learning his ABCs, counts to 12 by himself, eats any and everything, knows what he wants and doesn’t want, loves choo-choos, swimming lessons and most importantly, he’s potty trained.

We haven’t done much this year but at the same time we’ve been busy every week since the beginning of the year looking at houses, going on vacation, having friends and family over, going to the beach, checking out our new town, decorating and relaxing! I’ve been meal planning this whole time and trying to change up meals so I hope to share more recipes in the coming months!

In the meantime, here are some shots from our trip to the Pumpkin Patch over the weekend!

Happy Fall Friends!

 

Columbus Day Sale

Holidays always bring the best sales! Columbus weekend is really the last BIG sale until Black Friday / Cyber Monday. American Eagle has some really great finds but the best are the Bralettes that are all $14.92 ( creative, ey?) with free shipping and free returns. I rounded up a few goodies that are currently in my shopping cart! I’m thinking Sale Sunday should be a thing here on the blog…who doesn’t love a good sale while the hubby watches Football? Let me know what you got! ( super bummed that so many of the $19.99 jeans are sold out of realistic sizes )

Camo Sweatshirt / Tee / Tank / Flannel / Bralette / Lace Bralette / Jegging Crop / Dress / Racerback Bralette / Halter Bralette

Brandon’s 2nd Birthday

How did we end up back here already? I feel like we just cleaned up from Brandon’s first birthday and just like that he turned two! It’s incredible and sad all at the same time. My little baby is really becoming a little boy and I want time to stand still…just for a little while longer.

Brandon’s birthday fell on a Thursday this year ( St. Patrick’s Day Eve in case you forgot! ), so we celebrated with balloons, a couple gifts and dinner out. I am typically out of the house before Brandon wakes up, but I wanted to be sure I saw him on his birthday so I went to work a little later. Little man came downstairs to a small basketball hoop and a Music Mat. I’m not sure he’s overly thrilled with either one!

Sunday was his party with some family and friends. We had a simple day with pot luck style food and good fun with everyone.

Brandon’s Sports themed party was a lot of fun to plan! I made paper bags into footballs and baseballs, got sports plates and napkins for the kids, sports stickers and a roll of easel paper for the kids to color on and stick their stickers. Everyone was able to take a ball home with them at the end of the day!

Happy 2nd Birthday to our sweet little man!

2 Year Update

Age: 2 Years

Stats: Height 36″ (92%), Weight 30lb 6.0oz (80%).

Clothes/Size: Pretty much 24 months or 2T. Pajamas I always say a size or two bigger because they shrink and are SO tight to begin with and shoes he’s into an 8.

Favorite Foods: Favorites would be fruit of any kind, macaroni salad, anything he can dip in ketchup, anything pickled or with salad dressing on it, goldfish, cookies, cheese & crackers, yogurt….and anything else we give him. He’s still a really good eater and has the same thing at meals as we do. Once in a while he’ll have a bad night but bribery works everytime.

Diaper size: Praise the Potty Gods…we are potty trained. It was no easy feat, but I think we have officially made it. We started in November during Thanksgiving weekend when we would be home for an extended period of time. Brandon was showing a lot of interest in the potty so we decided to give it a go ( we also changed his crib into a toddler bed at the same time) – he was about 20 months old at the time. He had his ups and downs and accidents at Daycare…but we never turned back and we have a potty trained 2 year old! I’ll share more on that later.

How much am I eating: Not a relevant question anymore! He’s not the garbage disposal he once was; however, he still loves to eat!

Words: Brandon says new things everyday and it’s so awesome. He can communicate with us and let us know what he wants. He can decide what to drink and what toy he wants. I love that he can talk ( except when it’s “wus dat mama?” about 385 times a minute.

Activities: Helping do any and everything. He is still very much independent and wants to throw things away, climb in his chair, brush his own teeth and wash his own hands. He wants less and less help doing things which is nice and terrible at the same time because if we try to help it’s a disaster. He loves playing in the sink full of water, taking showers with us and watching Wheels on the Bus ALL DAY LONG!

Sleep: This kid has been sick since January so sleep has been all over the place. When he’s feeling good, he sleeps a solid 8pm-6am or thereabouts. We have been putting him to bed a little later recently because his mornings were starting earlier and earlier by climbing into out bed at 530….which was NOT happening. So he goes to bed anywhere between 8-9pm and wakes up closer to 7am.

Favorite Things: Nursery Rhymes on YouTube, any remote control, bottles of medicine, his thermometer ( see a trend here? )…anything he shouldn’t have, he has. He still loves to just carry around one specific item and as of lately it’s his thermometer. He loves buses and matchbox cars.

Signature Moves: Running around naked….he goes to his door and tells us “buh bye”, whipping his head back and forth, sliding down the stairs on his butt and falling on the floor when someone walks in the door as his defense mechanism.

Mom’s Proudest Moment: Just everything. He is an extremely smart little man, picks up things the first time he sees it done, using his words to express what he wants or doesn’t want. I am beyond proud of Kevin and I for sticking with potty training and not giving up. It’s harder on the parents than on the kid for sure. One day he would pee no problem and the next he would have 8 accidents in an hour. A few months of accidents is worth a potty trained 2-year old.

Dad’s Proudest Moment: Dad is also proud of the potty training as difficult as it was in the beginning we made a decision to go for it and we never turned back. The accidents were minor in the long run.

Surprise!!

Such a delayed post here – but like I said life has been moving and I had to get on board. Blogging is not my job, it’s my hobby and something I enjoy doing but sometimes I need to step back and just live!

It’s been almost a month now since we surprised my Mom for her birthday! It was so fun planning and getting ready for the big day and unfortunately there are not a ton of pictures to show of it, but she was kind of surprised…doesn’t make it any less special though!

dsc_0140Huge, huge, huge thanks to friends and family for coming, to my husband and brother for setting up and Dad for going along for the ride!

dsc_0157 dsc_0170Nap time was postponed a little but well worth it since this little man is so cute.

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I’m all about party favors (ALL ABOUT THEM!). We had the party at a wine bar and the invitations were “wine/vintage” themed so we originally wanted to go that route and give Kevin’s Homebrew Beer as a favor (check out his Facebook Page: Sound Brewing); however, the morning we planned to head to NY the keg kicked and we were left with nothing. Not a single bottle of beer. I love doing homemade items as gifts and favors and we now had hours to think of something else to make for a gift! I’ve done granola, beer was out of the question, too late to infuse oil…the next best thing was BBQ Sauce! Kevin makes this stuff regularly. It’s cheap. Easy. And delicious. It was a scramble to get the ingredients and jars but we made it work!

dsc_0155Happy Birthday Mom!!! We all love you. Hope you had a great **th birthday!

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Sephora Stock-up Sale

I know I have been super MIA lately but I’ve just been enjoying soaking in life! I have so much to share from the last few weeks with events and meals but fiiiiiiirst …. if any of you are Sephora VIB/VIB Rouge members you must jump on this sale NOW! With code “20VIB” you can save 20% off your entire order (nov. 11-14). It’s time to stock up on favorites and grab some Christmas gifts – here’s a peak at my shopping cart!

sephoraMakeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation
Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe or Too Faced Christmas in New York
The Estee Edit Inside Track EYeliner
L’Occitane Verbena Shower Gel

Nest Holiday Candle Ornament
Beauty Blender
L’Occitane Hand Cream Set
boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics
Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil
GlamGlow
Chanel Chance Parfume
Lashstash Mascara Favorite

Corn Dog minus the Corn Dog

I didn’t know what else to calls these little nuggets but it’s a spin off of a corn dog, pig in a blanket and sausage & peppers. They look pretty ridiculous and are a little messy, but a change of pace and pretty stinkin’ yummy! Not to mention, they are EASY!

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The recipe is super simple. Cut the tops off of Wax or Poblano Peppers ( any long and skinny pepper will work ) and remove all seeds. Drizzle Olive Oil on peppers and Sausage ( italian or chicken sausage is fine ). Slice some Onions and throw everything on the grill with medium heat. Stuff the pepper with sausage and onion, maybe top with some Spicy Mustard and enjoy!

DSC_0036I love this meal because it’s quick, it’s loaded with protein and veggies and the cleanup is minimal since it’s all done on the grill. It doesn’t even require Sunday Meal Prep!! BONUS!

Happy Hump Day Friends!

Any recipes you want to see? Any tips or tricks you want me to share? Have an ingredient but you just don’t know what to do with it, or you’re getting bored of the “same old”? Leave me a comment.

What’s a good deal on Diapers?

I started this post so many weeks ago but didn’t think it would be of interest to anyone…then I thought about it 645 times since then and decided it would be beneficial! I stocked up on diapers as soon as I knew I was pregnant and it was probably the best decision because those suckers are EXPENSIVE!

Buying diapers. Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor from the mini stroke I just had. Diapers are so disgustingly expensive. I cringe every time I see someone carrying a case of diapers down the sidewalk at our complex because I know exactly how much they just spent and I feel for them! I am by NO means an “extreme couponer”; however, there are some things I refuse to pay full price for. One being diapers, and two being mayonnaise. <– it’s true.

Here is how/when/what I feel is the best price to pay for diapers. I clearly didn’t have time to count the numbers of diapers we used on a daily basis, I did some research and have found an estimate of how many you will need for the first year and how much you could be saving!

Because each size overlaps with the other do to a babies weight, you don’t have to go crazy having a certain size all the time. Depending on the size of your baby, Newborn size diapers may not be necessary for you. We had 2-3 packages as gifts so we used them just because they were there ( Brandon was 7lb3oz when he was born ). Newborn goes up to 10lb and Size 1 fits (on average) 8-14lb. We can see how the two sizes overlap.

Newborn (up to 10lb)
Size 1 (8-14lb)
Size 2 (12-18lb)
Size 3 (16-28lb)
Size 4 (22-37lb)
Size 5 (27+lb)
Size 6 (35+lb)
*information found here

I have found the best place to buy diapers is the Drugstore with the Grocery Store a close second and buying in bulk is not necessarily a better deal. The full price for a small package of diapers is typically $8.99-$12.99 – this is a basic package of any size and contains 20 (size 4) – 35 (size1) diapers (the larger the diaper, the less you get per package). Stocking up on different sizes during sales is a must. The good (in my opinion) sales come around about once a month, so buy a bunch.

I shop the sales, cut coupons and look for deals that I can add onto my store card – here is when you get the best savings. For example, I grocery store soetimes runs a $2-$2.25 coupon on a package of diapers which I can load to my store card, stack that with a $1-$3 manufacturers coupon, on top of sales, clearance or any other promotion they are running and that could be a $5 savings on one basic package of diapers – almost 50% savings. My grocery store also likes to run “save $10 instantly on purchase of two jumbo boxes of diapers”, this can be great savings but I highly, highly suggest you find a manufacturers coupon and savings loaded to your store card.

Costs per size, per diaper
Newborn / 13¢ — 16¢ / not usually necessary
Size 1 / 11¢ — 14¢ / 840 diapers
Size 2 / 14¢ — 16¢ / 560 diapers
Size 3 / 16¢ — 19¢ / 1512 diapers
this will take you through the first year / total 2912
Size 4 / 19¢ — 22¢ Size 5 / 22¢ — 26¢
Size 6 / 26¢ — 30¢

Don’t do the math on how much that will ACTUALLY cost you because you might fall out of your chair. However; if you follow sales and try to clip coupons it’ll save you beau-coup bucks in the long run.

Diaper cost source