Etsy Store

Etsy Store

I’ve decided to create an Etsy store selling my handmade crochet infinity scarves! I just love them because they are SO soft, warm, and adorable!

Check them out! 🙂

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Blueberry and Kale Smoothie

Ever since we switched over to Organic groceries, we’ve been trying to make smoothies with the extra produce in our fridge. This morning, we thought we’d try this Blueberry and Kale Smoothie recipe – it was delicious!

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Ingredients:
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup packed roughly chopped kale, stems removed
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ice cubes

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Nutritional information: Serving size, 2 1/2 cups; 243 calories; 6g protein; 47g carbohydrates; 4g fat (2g saturated); 12mg cholesterol; 4g fiber; 89mg sodium.

Happy blending!

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P90X3

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Now that the closest gym is a minimum of $30/month, Ryan and I have decided to give P90X3 a shot. I did P90X a few years ago and had amazing results but couldn’t maintain the workout regimen. Each workout was at least 45-minutes and it was a lot to keep up with everyday after 3 months. P90X3 is made up of 16 different 30-minute workouts ranging from Yoga to Martial Arts to Plyometrics. We just did Day 1 which was “Total Synergistics” and really enjoyed it! I had knee surgery this past June and was worried about being able to do some of the plyometric movements that I remember from the original P90X. Luckily, today’s workout wasn’t too strenuous on the joints! Looking forward to the next week of workouts 🙂

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Frugal Grocery Shopping

Living in Bethesda has taught me two things about grocery shopping: (1) Don’t go to Giant on Sunday and (2) groceries are EXPENSIVE. It’s amazing how quickly the price adds up with each item you throw in the cart. Ryan and I spent Saturday morning flipping through the newspaper for manufacturers coupons, but found more coupons for razors and shampoo than anything else. As an extremely frugal shopper, the idea of couponing is exciting to me, but I always seem to end up dissatisfied with the selection of coupons and give up. If anyone has any couponing tops please feel free to share! 🙂
I found this site while browsing Pinterest earlier and thought it was pretty cool.

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This blogger, Shari, posted about “Sales Cycles,” which are the times that certain products will be on sale in supermarkets. It’s a great list to have when budgeting for groceries each month! She even included adorable (and FREE) printables to help you with budgeting!
Happy shopping!

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CrockPot Curried Chicken

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Another great CrockPot recipe!! I’ve been trying to find recipes that are 5-6 ingredients or less but still flavorful. This recipe hit the nail on the head. It was featured in the cookbook “Six Ingredients of Less: Slow Cooker” by Carlean Johnson which is on Amazon for $13.49. I’m excited to try more of her recipes because of how great this one was.

Image from Amazon.com

Curried Chicken

Ingredients:
4 chicken breast halves
3tbsp melted butter
2tbsp honey
2tbsp mustard (yellow or dijon)
1/2tsp curry powder
1/2tsp salt

Directions:
1) Place chicken in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.

2) Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours.

That’s IT! So easy and delicious! We served it over brown rice but Basmati or Jasmine rice would be delicious too. The original recipe called for 1/4cup of butter and 1/4 cup of butter, but we cut it back to make the dish a bit healthier.

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First meal in Bethesda!

First meal in Bethesda!

We are wrapping up our first week in Bethesda and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by! We absolutely love our apartment and the location – there’s so much to do here!
I’m starting to explore some easy, affordable recipes to make for dinner. I can’t stand the recipes that call for random ingredients you’ll probably never use again. I found this particular recipe for Crock Pot Salsa Chicken on SkinnyTaste.com and it was delicious (not to mention easy and HEALTHY!)

Embarrassingly Easy Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6 • Size: scant 1/2 cup • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 187 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 3 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 30 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 315 mg • Cholesterol: 127 mg

Ingredients:
1-1/2 lbs lean skinless chicken thigh filets (I used chicken breast)
1 cup chunks salsa
adobo seasoning (or salt) to taste
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp ground cumin
salt, to taste

Directions:
1) Season the chicken with adobo (or salt), then place in the crock pot and top with salsa, garlic powder and 1/2 tsp cumin.

2) Cover and cook LOW for 4 hours (If you make it with chicken breast, you can reduce the cook time to about 2 to 3 hours on low.) When cooked, remove the chicken and set on a large plate; shred with two forks.

3) Place the shredded chicken back into the crock pot, adjust salt to taste and add remaining 1/4 tsp cumin.

I made a few changes to her recipe, but nothing major. Seriously delicious! We put it on top of some romaine lettuce and topped it with shredded pepper jack cheese and ranch dressing.

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