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Summer is in full swing and my Insta feed is crammed full of people posting adorably cute photos of themselves doing things that everyone else wishes they could do in the summer. I know sooo many of you (haha) will be sad to hear that I am not one of those people… I’m not the photogenic girl that can post an “instagram worthy” selfie every hour with a clever, cute or sassy caption, and to be honest, even if I COULD, it’s really not me.

As the few people that read these posts know, I am not even a blogger. Meaning, I can go 6 months without posting anything. The reality of all of this is that I can’t just flap my metaphorical jaw once a week to produce a blog post. I prefer to write something I feel has a little substance. Yet, I don’t write anything for the public eye (except when I do post some recipes or how-to’s), either. I started this blog as a way to write my own thoughts down because I am much stronger at voicing my opinions in written form than I am verbalizing it, and my husband and parents can easily atest to that fact.  I decided to share these thoughts because I thought that maybe someone else out there can relate, or at least I hope I’m not the only crazy one out there who thinks like me 🙂 So for those of you who read, just know that I had to vomit my thoughts out 🙂 Sometimes I can only go for so long with this stuff jumbled in my head before I start to go crazy.

I think some of my favorite people in the public eye right now are the 2 women off of #IMOMSOHARD. Why? Because I love that they tell it how it is.  Life is tough and really not that “instagram picture worthy”.  I saw their post today on instagram where one of them had tried on one of those smoothing tank tops that is supposed to kind of suck everthing in and smooth out all of the unwanted curves women tend to get.  I loved the post because it was so real, so honest.  Lets just say the tank did nothing to smooth this lady’s curves out.  I don’t know why, but it hit me hard as I continued to scroll through and saw people posting pictures of them basically being models as they surfed in Hawaii and posed in their brand new $130 swim suits (WHAT?! Sorry, no matter how cute, I’m way too cheap for that!) that I realized how hard it is to truly want to show who you TRULY are, at least on Social Media. And really, if you are one of these super talented and lucky people who do get to travel and are able to take beautiful pictures, keep going! Honestly, all I’m saying is BE YOU.  I would say the mass majority of people aren’t able to take the pics that are really “Insta Worthy” as we see every day of our lives.

I’m definitely not saying that those people who posted the perfect pics with the clever captions are not being true to themselves, but after seeing their posts about their seemingly perfect lives, its hard to want to post anything about my own life. I don’t get to travel all that often like my absolute favorite Hailey and Brad Devine, and aren’t their kids the cutest? I dream of having an occupation that lets me do exactly what they do! However, my life is spent working hard to help people find pieces they love to adorn their blank walls and decorate their homes.  I don’t get to take pictures of that sort of thing at work (or have the skill to make any of what I do look beautiful like others can). Then, when I come home, I make dinner and do the laundry and clean up dinner and half the time, I forget to go an check my garden before I am worn out and ready to sleep or veg out.  The only pictures I post, as most of you know are of the food creations I make.  The reason I post those is not because I get paid to do it, or because I created a super awesome new receipe everyone should try, but rather because I wanted to show that you can make a home cooked meal 🙂 Because if we are honest, if I can do it, I promise you can do it.

Now, I love my life. I love pretty much everything about it including all of it’s ups and downs.  That roller coaster is what makes life that much more exciting to me.  The lows in life make all of the triumphs even more thrilling and joyous.  I love that right now I am stressing about making sure I have enough food to feed 30 women and girls within our budget.  I love the growth that comes from trying hard things and how rewarding it will be when I am able to help someone else do the same thing and teach them how to do things better than I ever did.  The joy is always in the journey.  I don’t get to travel like many of the instagrammers I follow do, but I do get to see my handsome husband every day. I get to see my family once a week and we get to see Nate’s at least once a month.  I feel soo many immeasurable blessings in my life, but I can’t take a picture of them.

So ladies and gents.  Know that you are doing okay in life.  So what if you have a slightly messy house with laundry piling your bedroom floor waiting to be folded or washed.  If you hear your little ones laughing and see their smiling faces beaming at you when you come home from work or when you place dinner on the table, I think you are doing pretty great.  As Carrian from Oh, Sweet Basil said in her last instagram post, we are definitely not all Pinterest “Wonder Women” moms or women who have everything “Pinterest Perfect”, but if we are being kind to those around us, teaching our kids to support each other and get some of the chores or errands done we had on our to-do-list, we are winning.

Love God, love yourself, love your family and love your life.  It is only as good as you make it.

XOXO,

Madi

Weekly Menu: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

So I’ve been having a lot of requests for the recipes I use.  I don’t always make up recipes, so most of the time I use the recipes I find on Pinterest 🙂 But, I will try to make a compilation of all the recipes I use for those of you that like to follow my posts, especially on Instagram. I don’t repeat recipes too often, so if you are looking for recipe inspiration that is tried and true for your little family, I hope I can help!

Here we go!

This weeks menu is as follows:

  • Monday: Hawaiian Meatballs from Fake Ginger.  This is a recipe I do actually repeat a lot! Nate absolutely love it.  It is sweet with a little kick at the end of each bite. Not to mention way, way easy!  I use frozen meatballs from Costco to make it even simpler. Just remember to not add the cornstarch and water until 30 minutes before you will serve it. I’ve tried to put it in when everything else goes in, but it never thickens the sauce as well as it does when it’s done at the end.
  • Tuesday: Low Carb Tacos. This is a simple ground beef taco with all the normal toppings you’d normally put on a taco, such as shredded cheese, guacamole, salsa and olives. However, the taco shell is actually Butter Lettuce which makes for the perfect shell!
  • Wednesday: Chipotle Burrito Bowl from What’s Gaby Cooking.  I’ve made these once before and they are delicious!  If you like Chipotle’s burrito bowls, you’ll love this recipe. It has that smoky adobo flavor that I absolutely love. Another plus: cheaper than actually going out to eat 🙂
  • Thursday: Open Faced Chicken Caprese Sandwich from Cooking and Cooking. This is a new recipe we’re going to try this week. It’s a sandwich on a French baguette with tomato, mozzarella and basil so not sure how this could go wrong! I think we may add some fresh avocado to it as well.
  • Friday: Chicken Thighs with Red Potatoes and Asparagus. This is one I will make up on the fly. I love recipes like this because it all goes on a sheet pan and cooks together. Very little prep and hardly any dishes! Just simply flavor your chicken however you like (e.g. lemon pepper, Raspberry Chipotle sauce from Costco, Italian Seasoning and garlic, Season All) and toss your potatoes and asparagus (separately) in olive oil, salt and pepper. I think I’ll add a little lemon juice to my asparagus.  Cook until chicken juices run clear or internal temperature is at 165.

Below is my grocery list for the week. I’ll bet on about $50 for this menu. Oh, did I mention we are having people over for dinner twice this week? Yep, $50 bucks for a full week of food, and 2 nights of entertaining 🙂 That’s money well spent my friends!

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Questions?  Let me know how I can help! These are all pretty quick recipes that will fill your mouth with all kinds of happy flavors.  The best part is that most are customizable. Make it work for your own little family 🙂 I hope this is helpful and makes you all as happy as it does me 🙂

xoxo, Madi

You Can’t Always Do it Yourself

I don’t know why, but this is has been on my mind for the last few days. Maybe it’s the #womensmarch that spurred it… (Not a fan of it or the thought process behind it, but that’s another topic for another day). I think it spurred it because it seems like this whole “feminism” thing that has been going on lately is more about how to be completely independent rather than have the courage to lean on others for help and support. We don’t need help from anyone else, right? Wrong.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand, I have been thinking about how feminism seems to be centered around the thought that all women have to be fiercely independent and not need any help from anyone- especially from men #manhatters  Personally, I think this is crazy! I think of everything that I am involved in from “Homemaking” Activities, to dinner parties, to keeping up our home and planning meals, and there is almost nothing that I am entirely able to do on my own. Sure, it technically can be done by me, myself and I, but it is so much easier and faster to have other help.

Currently, I am the head of our Activities Committee for Relief Society in my ward. We have a meeting at least once a month to plan our next activity and I always come with my head and my notebook full to the brim of ideas. It think that I have everything planned out perfectly until my committee starts to have a discussion. They bring up things that I never thought of, they come up with ideas and activities that never even crossed my mind as a possibility. These women on my committee come from all different backgrounds and bring a lot to the table. If it were just me on the committee, it would be a failed attempt nearly every time.

Saturday, I was planning our menu for this week. I had planned to do a Cafe Rio style salad for dinner tonight and use the rest of the pork to have enchiladas one night and baked potatoes another evening. When I had originally planned this, I was thinking I would be saving money by having the meat carry on through the rest of the week, but my grocery list was longer than it has been in probably 3 months. My husband called me today and asked if I had gone grocery shopping yet. He then suggested getting some pizza from Riggatti’s tonight during their $6 pizza deal, use some of our frozen meatballs and Raspberry Chipotle sauce for another meal, and find a recipe to use some of our Cream of Chicken soup in our pantry.

This may seem super basic, and probably not significant in the least, but it really hit me how much I need others in my life. Nate was smart enough to use what we already have on hand, and while I often do try to do this anyways, sometimes, I don’t see what is right in front of me.  With Nate having the same goal as I do- to save as much money as we can- we have been able to do so much better than if I just did it on my own. That partnership and teamwork is one of my absolute favorite things about marriage. We each lift where the other may falter, we work together to make a complete picture.

Just food for thought. Just something I had to get off of my chest and out of my mind. Life isn’t about doing things on your own. It’s about learning how to work together to make life better. Coming together as a collective group that are all individual parts with completely different roles, but together makes a whole, functioning body.

 

Looking Back to Face Forward

We all have bad days.  My bad days usually consist of me looking at all the “bad” things I see in myself or telling myself I’m not doing very well because of things I haven’t done. Call it a “sin of omission”.  A few days ago, I had one of those days. 2016 was coming to a close and as I reflected on the year, I started to feel bad for myself because of the things I hadn’t done… I didn’t write a blog post every month, I didn’t meet my weight loss goal, I didn’t… I didn’t.. I didn’t.

How horrible is it to look back on a year of your life like that?!  It is sad and disrespectful to yourself. I realized I was starting to go down a bad hole real quickly and had to work at pulling myself out. But, it became easier as I remembered how great my life actually is.  So, instead of focusing on the things I didn’t do, I want to reminisce a little about the things I DID do so I can make 2017 even better 🙂

January

  • Spent a weekend in Downtown Salt Lake with some of our best friends for a free night at the Little America Hotel. Included a stroll around City Creek, card games in the hotel rooms until 2 o’clock a.m., Sunday morning rehearsal of Music and the Spoken Word, and the best buttermilk pancakes EVER at the Park Cafe.

February

  • Parade of Homes.  My favorite thing… I love seeing all the creativity and different design elements of each home.
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Parade of Homes… one of my favorite homes
  • February, one of my best friends also came home from her mission.  Crazy how much changed in 18 months!
  • We also went out to Kanab for their Hot Air Balloon Festival.  I have always had a love for hot air balloons. Being able to see all of these lit up in one place was a dream.  Not only was it cool when we got to let off paper lanterns together as well.  It was so very… Disney 🙂

March

  • My 2 best friends from high school got hitched!  It was so much fun to be a part of their special day.  I was also blessed to be able to assist them and their awesome photographer as we hiked through Snow Canyon for their bridals they took that day. You know you are awesome when you hike (and I mean literally) with high heels and a skirt 🙂
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This is what I hiked in, heels and all… But isn’t Randy BEAUTIFUL!!!
  • March also brought flowers into the Southern Utah world. my love for daisies (especially African Daisies) was rekindled.
  • Went to a Caucus for the first time. Thankful for my dad who set the example to not only me, but many others in the room to stand up and speak up when something seems wrong. I loved seeing him stand up for what he believes in instead of just letting something happen.
  • Spent Easter with Nate’s family. We tie-dyed eggs this year.

April

  • Tried my hand at onion rings. They ended up tasting really good, the only problem was there was way too much batter for the two of us 🙂 Dinner was garlic butter steak, roasted red potatoes and onion rings
  • Hiked the hills behind our house with my mom a lot. One rainy day, we saw a desert tortoise! It was awesome, even though little Zo wanted to play with it
  • Blogged more this month than any other in 2016
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G “Wreath”

 

May

  • Started doing watercolors of the Temples. First was the St. George.  I am a little too much of a perfectionist so it took me over a month to do.
  • Planned my best friends birthday party. This was a first, but super fun. Designed the invite, planned the food and made a cake and cupcakes from scratch!

June

  • Watched Zoey while my family went on a cruise.

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  • Attempted to find the Summit Rock… Clearly not very good at deciphering clues.
  • Dad bought a boat, so we were out on the lake all the time! Better than the camper, I guess 😉
  • Went to the Strawberry Days Rodeo.  Bulls, Mutton Ridin’, Motorcross, and my personal favorite: Strawberries and Cream.  Can I have some now?!

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  • Nate’s buddies attempted making us all chicken wings. I don’t think the recipe we chose was the best, but it was fun watching these guys work hard for food 🙂 BDubs next time, k?
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There they are… making us some wings 🙂
  • Went to Vegas for Convention

July

  • Spent time at the Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim) and at Jacobs Lake.  This is such a beautiful place. Love it

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  • The Fourth was spent with friends. We barbecued, played lawn games, and found the perfect seats for the fireworks right outside of the temple
  • This month was full of goodbye’s as we said farewell to Nate’s high school buddies who were going off to Dental school in Arizona and Oregon.
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Farewell dinner at the Bombay House, Provo
  • I tried my hand at finishing furniture.  Not to toot my own horn, but all my pieces turned out pretty great 😉
  • Cut about 9 inches off of my hair!

August

  • This was a fun month. We got to send off my cousin on his mission. He will be an AMAZING missionary in the south.
  • We packed up our rental and deep cleaned so the homeowners would come home to a welcoming place. Then…
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Packed and ready to move
  • WE BOUGHT A HOUSE. What a way to celebrate our first anniversary.  We purchased this cute little 1100 square foot house that is a blank slate, so I have plenty of room to make changes 😉  This is truly a dream come true.
  • This is also the time that I finally realized my dream to be an interior designer.  As Nate and I were house hunting, I was designing every house we went to in my head.  Our home was no exception. The more and more I thought about what I could do, the more and more excited I got. I realized deep down this was something that I would love.  So starts my exciting career.

September

  • Hurricane’s Peach Days! Best peaches we’ve ever had
  • BYU vs. Utah game. Rivalry at it’s finest, and the time of year I feel like the biggest outcast… Ute surrounded by BYU fans= Trouble

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  • Getaway to Arizona! Spent 3 days with Nate’s favorite mission companion’s family.
  • Got to watch my brother “compete” for Homecoming King.
  • Cha Cha’d through the middle of a high school orchestra class and delivered a Taco Bouquet. (yes- a bouquet of tacos)
  • BYU game! I’ll watch football all day if it’s in person. Thank goodness this one was!

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October

  •  Taped up my body for a ghost mold 🙂
  • Cheered Matt on at the Region and State Cross Country Meets. No worries, they took first in both, thanks to Matt’s incredible runs both days.
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Power Stance!

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  • Spent a few extra days with Mom up north to spend with families. If you live in Salt Lake, go to Mountain City for the best Chinese food ever.
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Come and try this place. You wont be dissapointed

 

  • We had our Annual Halloween Chili Party as well. We had the best turnout to date for this awesome dinner party we had!  Thank you, again, to all of you that came!

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November

  • Full of travel. (But so was September and October) We went up North every other weekend to attend a class for work.  As much as I love going to see family, I don’t like that we have to travel so much to do so… 😦
  • We got to spend Thanksgiving at home this year, which Nate LOVED!  If he can help it, we will probably host Thanksgiving a lot in the future.

December

  • Even more traveling. We went up north EVERY. SINGLE. WEEKEND.  The first weekend was with my parents for our family Christmas Party up in Huntsville, UT (aka Frigid north pole) and got to spend time watching Matt’s Chamber Choir sing all over downtown.
  • We got to go celebrate the wedding of my best friend from Elementary and Jr. High.  It was amazing seeing all of my friends from the #1 Ward in the World 🙂  It was so much fun reminiscing of the fun times I had with all of those people. I’ve never had a better or closer ward family than back then.  Miss you ALL so so much
  • Christmastime! What a great one, too. I went up a few days early with my family to spend it with my grandparents and aunt’s family.  Then we finished up the weekend with Nate’s family.  We were so blessed this year.  Being with family was the best gift of all. It was also nice to have Christmas on a Sunday.  It brought the reason of the season to the forefront of all our minds. How grateful I am for the birth of our Savior, so long ago.
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Day after Christmas Shooting
  • To finish out the year, we helped my parents tile their living room, master bedroom and closet. I have to say, I actually like laying tile 🙂 Painful and painstaking, but it is satisfactory to look at the finished product and realize you actually did that. You created it!

 

So now that I’ve lost 99% of the people who may have read this, (which to be honest, this was more for me than anyone else). It’s time to look forward. Nate and I like to make goals in 5 different categories: Faith, Family, Finance, Fitness and Fun.  I’d like to share with you some of my goals so I am actually accountable 🙂

Faith

  • Put more into my callings: give them each my ALL
  • Go to the temple at least 1x/month
  • Read scriptures daily

Family

  • Have weekly family home evening
  • Have family prayer daily
  • Write my personal history

Finance

  • Save enough money to be able to make improvements on home
  • Have 3 months savings put away
  • Start Interior design school (March) finish by July
  • Design house in Sketchup

Fitness

  • Lose my butt/leg fat
  • Workout at least 3x/week
  • Forget the treats- rewarded on Saturdays 😉

Fun

  • Have Quarterly “retreats” with my hubby
  • Go on 1 bigger trip this year
  • Have monthly dinner parties
  • Have monthly girls nights
  • Live with no regrets

So there you go.  I know everyone (haha) wanted to see my life and see my goals for this next year. This is for you Nate. Hold me accountable, don’t let me slack off.

xoxo- Madi

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Once you get hitched, everything changes. Your world all of the sudden has another person permanently a part of it, and everyone else is in second place. Obviously, this is magical and amazing, and it how it is meant to be; it does create some challenges though.  The hardest for me was the challenge of keeping your friends close.

At one of my bridal showers, a few of my married friends said how they don’t have much of a social life anymore. Their life is all about school, work, and spending time with their spouse. Now, I remembered being extremely concerned and confused about that. Being social is and was such a big part of who I am, that I couldn’t imagine not having a social life outside of marriage. When my husband and I would go to visit his family, we would ALWAYS get together with his friends (almost all of whom are married) which to me proved that there is no reason NOT to have a social life.

Just then, I remembered my Great-grandma’s couple’s club. They got together once a month and went to dinner or gathered to play games and play music together. They did that for probably about 50 years, if not more. I remember being babysat by grandma when they had these get-togethers, and recognizing the special bond that that group had. They had grown together, supported each other through the years, and had such great memories!

Upon remembering this, I set into motion monthly dinner parties with my married friends and close single friends. It started out with 5 consistently coming, then as more people got married or moved in around us, grew to an amazing group of people. We had about 15 couples show up to our 2nd Annual Halloween Party this year.

As we were driving home from a family Christmas Party this weekend, we listened to “For All Eternity,” John L. Lund, a series of talks about the differences between men and women and how we can communicate better. (I’d highly recommend this to anyone- married or single- it has AMAZING insight, is entertaining, and really gets you thinking! Love it!) Anyways, in this, he talks about how women tend to need other people to talk to and generally have multiple people with whom they share intimate life experiences with (including their spouse). Men, however, usually have their spouse and MAYBE one other person. I have found this to be very true.

This got me thinking about who those people are for me… while I have my parents and in-laws, it has been increasingly hard to continue a strong relationship with some of my closest friends. Either they have moved, gotten married and are hard to get together with, or seem to have “moved on”. It’s almost heartbreaking to think about. I love all of these people dearly, and thankfully, it is easy to talk to them no matter how long it is between visits, but it is sad when you only get to see them when there are 20 other people around.

I am making it my goal- and you who read this are my witnesses- that I will make efforts to get with my friends either one-on-one or in smaller, intimate groups to spend time with them at least once a month. This is outside of our already planned dinner parties and game nights. Maybe this will become monthly girls nights! Whose in?!

I believe friendships are a very important part of our lives, but like many other things, if you don’t work on them constantly, they fizzle out and become weak. I will not be the reason that happens. I love my friends far too much to allow myself to do that. Thankfully, we have moved into a great ward where we have many other people our age and we keep making more and more friends. I am THRILLED with this! There are many that we already love and adore.

So to all of my friends, old and new, I promise I will make you a priority. I believe we need each other. We need some girl time, we need to reconnect!

XOXO

Madi

 

Chicken Saltimbocca (Bucca di Beppo Copy Cat)

For most of my childhood, my family, my aunt’s family and grandparents went to Bucca di Beppo on Halloween.  While this meant we didn’t trick or treat, it was easily one of our favorite nights of the year. We would all dress up and eat at the Pope’s table.  It was quite the event. This tradition was made even better because of the amazing food we got to eat! While a lot of the food at Bucca has changed and isn’t as good as it once was, there are still a few menu items that remain amazing! Here is what we got every time:

  • Chopped Antipasti Salad- This salad is loaded with pepperoni, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, Kalamata and green olives, provolone, feta and Gorgonzola with mixed lettuce in Italian vinaigrette. The flavors are perfect together!
  • Cheesy Mozzarella Garlic Bread- This has changed in the last 5 years. It used to have large chunks of garlic on it, which was a lot, but there is something beautiful about actually seeing the garlic on the melted mozzarella.
  • Chicken Saltimbocca- Probably my most favorite (hence the recipe today). It is perfectly cooked chicken with prosciutto, artichokes and capers in a buttery, lemon sauce. I LOVE lemon.
  • Linguine Frutti di Mare-  this is easily the boys absolute favorite. My little brother and cousins would gobble up the mussels that surround the pasta bowl. They would also try to pick out as much of the calamari (especially the “squid”). It has shrimp, baby clams, mussels and calamari in spicy red clam sauce. SOO good… if you like seafood.

Gosh, this makes me hungry just thinking about it… (drool)!  So since I crave this kind of food all the time, I finally decided to attempt the Chicken Saltimbocca.  Saltimbocca is Italian for “jumps in the mouth” and I promise, it does. So please, enjoy this recipe. Let me know what you think!  I promise, you will not be disappointed.

Chicken Saltimbocca

Time: Prep: 15 minutes    Cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 4 slices prosciutto (my package came in 6 slices)
  • 1 Tbsp. sage
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • flour for dusting
  • 1 can arichoke hearts, quartered
  • 2 Tbsp. capers
  • ⅓ cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Pound chicken breasts to about 1/2 inch thick. It is easiest to place wax paper to keep everything clean.  Once chicken is at the right thickness, lightly dust with flour. (Make sure it is very lightly- not enough for it to act as breading as the prosciutto needs to be able to stick to the chicken.) Sprinkle with sage and top with prosciutto. Pound the chicken a little more to help the prosciutto stick.
  2. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, and when heated, place chicken in pan with prosciutto side down. Brown, then flip over to cook the rest of the way. When chicken is done, drain any excess oil from pan.
  3. Add to the pan the chicken broth to deglaze the pan. Once liquid has reduced by about half, add artichoke hearts, heavy cream, lemon juice and butter. Let simmer until sauce has thickened. During the last 30 second of simmering, add capers. I like to do this so they get a little warm.
  4. To serve, plate chicken and top with artichoke hearts and capers with some sauce poured on top.
  5. I served with a simple salad of red leaf lettuce and Parmesan cheese lightly drizzled with peppery olive oil and lemon juice.

I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do. This is such a fresh tasting dish,with great ingredients. It is perfect for those special dinners with your significant other. Take them to Italy in a few mouthfuls. ENJOY!

 

XOXO- Madi

Fast Breakfast Ideas

Hello my friends!

Today, I want to talk to you about breakfast ideas. These are quick, simple, and relatively inexpensive- which is my favorite part 🙂 Plus, they are all filling.

But first, I want to give you guys my menu for the week, grocery list, and what it cost 🙂  I figured doing this weekly might be helpful, if not for steeling my menu, it may be helpful to see how I shop weekly. Also, this week is different in that we will not be here this weekend.

Menu:

  • Monday- Chicken Wings with potatoes
  • Tuesday- Shrimp in Thai Coconut Sauce with Jasmine Rice (yes, this is a repeat from last week. My husband loved it so much he asked for it again this week.)
  • Wednesday- Fajita Quesadillas
  • Thursday- Leftovers
  • Friday- Dinner with Hansen’s
  • Saturday-???
  • Sunday- Dinner with parents

Grocery List:

  • Paprika
  • Shrimp
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Onion
  • Tomato (2)
  • Lime (2)
  • Avocados (2)
  • Oranges
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Coconut milk
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Bittersweet Chocolate
  • Tortillas
  • Total: $60

Again, I just want to point out how amazing it is to have the full grocery list for this week at $60.  I had to buy cheese, paprika flour and sugar which ramped up the price, so I would have been well under which leaves plenty of room for the 2 additional meals I didn’t plan for since we were going out of town. You can do it!

Okay, not onto breakfast ideas. These are way easy!

English Muffin Sandwich

…or maybe you call it a McMuffin? Ya, I’m not about McDonald’s so Its an English Muffin Sandwich. This takes about 5 minutes to make an is pretty filling. Start with a frozen sausage patty and cook it in a non-stick skillet. Once you flip it over, add a little butter to the pan and crack in an egg. My husband likes his egg yolk runny, which apparently is a normal thing… So this goes really fast. As soon as you get the egg in the pan, load it up with salt and pepper, stick the english muffin in the toaster, and top the sausage patty with a slice of cheese.  Once everything is done, assemble and enjoy 🙂

Peaches and Cottage Cheese

Do I really have to explain this one? This is delicious, “carb-free” which one of the many crazes right now (right?) and filling. It’s kind of got that sweet and salty thing goin’ on and takes 30 seconds to assemble.

Bagel Sandwich

This can be made with really anything… The last one I made was with an egg, avocado, cheddar cheese slices, cream cheese spread, and tomato slices with salt and pepper. Make it a whole wheat bagel for added healthiness and you’re golden! Loaded with low-fat protein, fresh flavors of the avocado and tomato, and the best part… its cheap!  I also do this open face on a slice of whole wheat bread a lot. Layer avocado, scrambled eggs, cheese then tomato slices.

Hash Browns, Eggs and Bacon

This probably takes 10 minutes.  Start with a large skillet (non-stick: I use this one on a daily basis) and add a little butter to one side. Lay a layer of frozen hash browns down, and on the other side lay the bacon down. For the two of us, I probably do about 2 cups hash browns and 3 pieces of bacon.  “flip” the hash browns when the bottoms are golden brown, and flip your bacon… when you think it’s ready (people all have varying preferences for their bacon doneness(?) so this will be at your own discretion). Once you flip your bacon, do your eggs.  Put everything on a plate when its done.

Oatmeal

Perhaps more self-explanatory than peaches and cottage cheese. I put my oats in a microwave safe bowl, maybe half cup, add water until it’s just covered, and microwave it until its done. Then I either add raspberry jam or blueberries and brown sugar.

Well there ya have it. Some of my go-to breakfasts.  These are simple, fairly inexpensive, and all delightful. Better than IHOP or Denny’s, and perfect for the work day!

XOXO,

Madi