• Chicken Fried Rice

    I love this Chicken Fried Rice because it is so easy to make, and it is 21 Day Fix approved! And it makes 2 servings. So I typically make this once a week and eat it for lunch the day I make it and then again the next day.

    Chicken Fried Rice

    Recipe:
    2 RED containers of cooked chicken breast
    2 Whole eggs (= 1 RED)
    2 YELLOW containers of cooked brown rice
    2 GREEN containers of mixed veggies (I do the bag of corn, carrots and peas and technically the corn is a yellow)
    1 ORANGE of Braggs Liquid Aminos

    Cook chicken and set aside
    Scramble two eggs then add in veggies, rice and cooked chicken and cook until veggies are heated through.
    Pour liquid aminos over and mix
    Divide into two equal portions

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    Sorry for the visually unpleasing pictures! But it is what I’ve got! This is really delicious and I don’t ever get tired of it! And whether you are doing 21 Day Fix or not, this is a great meal choice for your family!

    So the per serving breakdown is:
    1.5 Red
    1 Yellow
    1 Green
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  • 2015 Year In Review

    Hey now friends! Welcome to the Blogging Besties’ 2015: A Year in Review Link-Up Party!

    We are ready to show 2o16 who’s the boss, but before we do, we want to give 2015 a proper send-off. The highs, the lows, the smiles, the tears, the trips, the holidays, the birthdays, the anniversaries, the babies…whatever it is that made 2015 special, we want to know about it! Grab a button, visit the hosts, and link up your post about what 2015 meant to you!

    Hosts: Kristine: The Foley Fam // Megan: Absolute Mommy // Kate: The Colbert Clan // Lena: Lena B, Actually // Renee: coffee-n-ink // Kara: Chasing Zoie // Laura: Bits of Sweetness // Kassi and Kayli: Kassarie & Kayliray

    2015 was a very interesting year for my family. It was a year where we still had many firsts without my mom and adjusting to this new world without her.

    But it was also a year full of love, laughter, lots of recipes and DIY/craft projects and spending time with my family. I feel like I let 2014 slip away and I wasn’t going to do the same with 2015.

    January was a long cold month. We spent a lot of time inside, which meant playing, movies and cuddling. It is also when I got some projects done. I shared these DIY Coffee Sleeves, which I made a ton of them and gave to my sisters, girlfriends, and all of Travis’ female coworkers. I also made the most delicious Vegetable Beef Soup that my family is probably getting sick of because I make it so often. But it is delicious!

    janFebruary I shared my bedroom makeover, almost a year late. I also shared some of my favorite fonts I use when I create things for my blog, and these delicious Valentine’s Day Whoopie Pies. As the weather warmed slightly, we started spending a little time outside when we could! I also turned 32 and had dinner with my little family and my dad then came home where more family and friends joined us for cake.

    FebSummer and I had a few girls days where we got pedicures, shopped and dressed like princesses.

    IMG_20150214_100435March we were sick. Like, all.month.long. We actually were sick more times that I’d like to say during the entire year of 2015… but March really kicked our bums! We tried making our first gummy worms, we played outside in the backyard, getting fresh air whenever we could, and we played at the park.

    MarchI also shared these awesome DIY Canvas’ that I whipped up pretty quick! And I made these amazing Pizza Rolls, that are seriously delicious! And I finally shared this DIY Quilt I made for Summer the year before! And Travis turned 31.

    April we had park playdates with friends, the kids finally got to meet their new baby cousin, Oliver. Celebrated my MOM by having ice cream and sent some balloon messages to her in Heaven. And Zachary became a TEENAGER!

    AprilI also shared these DIY Coffee Mugs I made, DIY Makeup Remover Pads, and this delicious Sliced Baked Potato. Travis and I took our first “real” vacation for our 5th anniversary and headed to MAUI! Check out Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4!!

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    May was a lot warmer outside and we spent a lot of time outside at the park, with friends and at Papa’s house. We also took on a big project by ripping out the shrubs in the back yard and putting down sod.

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    May15 collageI shared my Mom’s Night In, this delicious Pesto Chicken Ciabatta, Chicken Spinach Lasagna, and How you can make your own butter!

    I also got my first business cards made for my first Blog Conference, and I had my first In-N-Out burger. maycollage 20150530_103727

    June really started off our water play! We spent time at several different lakes and rivers. Some with friends, some with family, but all fun!

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    I made a pennant banner and curtains for Summer’s big girl room, Super Moist Stuffed Peppers

    July brought much more water days to our future. I became a BeachBody Coach, I made my own vinyl signs, and this delicious S’mores Frappuccino.

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    August started with a Seattle trip with friends to the Aquarium and Zoo. Lots of water dates and lounging in the house because it was a scorcher! I also saw Rascal Flatts for my THIRTEENTH time! And it was Zach’s 3rd time seeing them! And I had a sister date, which that like, never happens!

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    I also shared these mouth watering Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, and this healthy alternative to a Chicken Salad Sandwich.

    September is always a busy month. Getting kids back to school and in a normal routine, open houses, Summer’s birthday… We started off with going to Pig Out in the Park where we did just that! We also fed the garbage goat, slid down the slide at the Big Red Wagon, rode the carousel and enjoyed the sights of our own town.

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    Summer bdayI had to take Summer to the ER a couple of days after her birthday and the poor girl had croup! Tyler and Zach went back to school and my sister, niece and I went to Gavin DeGraw and Shania Twain! Plus we traded in my swagger wagon for my awesome new Tahoe, which I love! Can I just say that butt warmers are one of the coolest inventions?

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    Delicious Monkey bread, Zucchini Lasagna and Summer’s big girl bedroom were shared on the blog.

    October finally slowed down a little. We had a joint birthday party for Tyler and Summer. It was carnival themed, and you might have read about it HERE. We celebrated Tyler’s Birthday, Halloween, and a clean up day at my dad’s house to get all the leaves cleaned up. But first we played in them! Plus, Tyler is learning that it is no fun to lose! Love my little Minnie Mouse and Power ranger!

    October

    One the blog I shared BBQ Chicken Nachos, my Tips for doing 21 Day Fix and Pumpkin Waffles.

    November was reasonably quiet. Except on days the Seahawks play! We enjoyed the days where we could get some things done, and spending time with family for Thanksgiving. Travis got a new truck and also got his first bull elk on his annual hunting trip. We also heard that the city was tearing down my Grandma’s old house, so we went over to check it out.

    November

    On the blog I shared Pull apart Pizza Bites, this delicious Chicken and Spinach Bake, and an amazing Pecan Pie Milkshake…. You don’t want to miss that one!

    December was busy again with Christmas parties and programs, friend get-togethers and snow play. Lots and lots of snow play. We got well over a foot the week of Christmas and we headed to Papa’s on several occasions to go sledding. Plus you’ll find snowmen in our own back yard as well. The kids got too spoiled at Christmas and I did too. I even got Justin Bieber’s new cd and there is #noshameinmygame !

    December

    On the blog I shared some Oohey-Gooey Peanut Butter Cookies, and some One Pan Mexican Quinoa!

    Whew! If you made it through all of that…. Thank you! It has been a pretty great year and I’m looking forward to next year! Now go check out everyone else who linked up and be sure to link up your own year in review!


  • Slow Cooked Creamy Mexican Chicken

    One of the biggest tasks I’ve faced since starting 21 Day Fix is making meals that not only I will eat, but that my family will eat as well.

    I typically do my own thing for breakfast, lunch and snacks, but dinner I try to make just one thing rather than something for my family and a separate meal for me.

    This Creamy Mexican Chicken is one of those meals that my family will also eat, luckily!

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    Another thing I love about it is cooking it on the crockpot. Anything I can put in a forget about for hours is awesome because it frees up the afternoon or evening for cuddles, reading stories or playing. Or dishes and laundry, whatever.

    But not having to spend an hour in the kitchen cooking a meal every night it great. And this makes enough that I have leftovers for lunch the next day. I win again!

    Creamy Mexican Chicken

    So it’s pretty straight forward. Mix everything except the yogurt and pico into the crockpot. And let it cook!

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    Creamy Mexican Chicken

    I did a purple of pico on the side so you could see it there, but then I mixed it all together before I started eating!

    Creamy Mexican Chicken

    Creamy Mexican Chicken

    • 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I use frozen)
    • 15 oz. can black beans, drained
    • 7 oz. canned chopped green chilies
    • 1 cup frozen corn
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 3 bell peppers, chopped
    • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 2 tbsp. chili powder
    • 1/2 tbsp. onion powder
    • 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. paprika
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1 red container plain Greek yogurt
    • Pico de Gallo (You can find my recipe here)
    1. Add all ingredients to crockpot except the yogurt and pico de gallo.
    2. Cook on low for 8 hours
    3. Using two forks, shred chicken
    4. Add yogurt and cook for 30 more minutes, mixing well.
    5. Serve over rice or with a tortilla
    6. Top with a blue container of shredded cheese.

    This makes 6 large servings and each serving is 1 red, 1 green, 1/2 purple and 1 yellow.
    Tortilla/rice is an additional yellow and Pico de gallo is an additional purple

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    YUM! A delicious WIN!

    If you aren’t a rice person, you could easily skip the rice and wrap it in two corn tortillas. You could also take two corn tortillas and slice them up, bake them and scoop it up with your {home made tortilla chips}!

  • 10 Tips for 21 Day Fix

    Back in July I started 21 Day Fix. I’ve tried many diets in the past, and ya, they might work for the time being. But unless you actually change your habits your life is not going to change for good. You have to learn to make better choices if you want to continue. I wanted to share what I’ve taken away from my time so far, doing 21 Day Fix.

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    Take before and afters– I know that you really might not want to. And you probably think it is not even a big deal. But please, take a before and after picture. Actually, take several. Take one from the front, one from the side and one from the back. Make sure you wear something that will actually show results. So no baggy shirts and sweatpants. I took mine in a bikini. (Ya, I know. Not a pretty picture.) You might think you don’t ever want to remember this time again, but believe me, down the road it will feel good to look at those to see how far you have come. To compare with the now and see how much you have changed.

    Take your measurements- Just like with the pictures, it might seem silly. You might think you don’t need them. But I’ll tell you what- When the scale shows that you have lost ZERO weight and then you take your measurements and see that you have lost inches from every part of your body, that makes it all worth it. I have had rounds where I have lost nothing, or next to nothing and then I see a 3 inch loss from my waist and that feels pretty darn good.

    Have ice ready to add to your water- This might seem silly, but for me, it is important. I have never been an ice person. If I go somewhere and get a drink I ask for light ice. Or if the old me grabbed a can of soda, I wanted it room temperature. If I fill up a glass of water I never put ice in it. But the new me, the me that drinks 90 oz of water every day, wants a big glass of water that is ice cold. Nothing is better than a glass of ice water right after you finish working out. And it is so important that you are getting enough water! Make sure you are drinking half of your body weight in oz. (So if you weigh 200lbs, you need to drink 100 oz each day!)

    Meal plan and prep- Those days that you have nothing prepared to eat, nothing ready when dinner time is coming around, those are the days that you try to justify running to the Drive-thru, or grabbing a pizza. But DON’T do it! Instead spend a little while browsing Pinterest to find recipes and check out the ones I’ve tried and shared HERE. Write down your grocery list and stick to it! (And stick to the outer limits of the store) Then take the time to prep your food. I notice that I eat a lot better when I take the time to wash all of my veggies, have them cut up if needed and put into a container, ready for me to grab out and eat.

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    Follow the eating plan- I can’t stress this enough. If you don’t follow the meal plan, you are not going to get the best results possible! I know this first hand! After a couple of rounds I felt like I had a pretty good handle on the portions. I started to eye things a little more than I measured and it was not in my best interest. Especially when I finished my next round and not only did the scale barely moved, my measurements didn’t either. It was a total bummer!

    Stick with your containers- Portion control is something that I have struggled with for the majority of my life. Even if I would make healthy choices, I still overate. When I started 21 Day Fix, I won’t lie, I was worried that I wasn’t going to get enough to eat and that I would still be hungry. But there are actually so many food choices that I’m finishing my meal and feeling full.

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    Do it every day- Do you want to get healthy? Lose weight? Get in shape? Do the exercises every single day. I did 2 rounds before I skipped a day. I thought I’d be fine, but I swear that next day, it felt like a killer. And every now and again I’ll skip and day, then another, then another. Pretty soon you are just starting over again. Are you tired of starting over? Then stop giving up! (Also, share your progress. I love sharing on Instagram, so check me out! —> HERE)

    Do the warm up AND the cool down- You might think that you don’t need to do this, but yes, you do. They give you a warm up and cool down for a reason, and that is so you don’t hurt yourself, or get cramped up. So do them! Plus, it is only just a couple of more minutes and it feels good at the end to wind down a little.

    Have the right equipment- You need two sets of weights, or a resistance band. Also, I use a yoga mat, but you don’t really have to have that. For the weights, it’s okay to start small. I felt silly with my 3 and 5 pounds weights until we started doing the reps and then I was grateful. But pretty soon it felt too easy and I was able to go up a set (to 8’s) and that felt pretty good!

    Don’t get discouraged- I know it is easier said than done. Sometimes you eat something not on the “approved food” list, or sometimes you skip an exercise. Sometimes you work your butt off and don’t see the scale move. I get it, I’ve been there. But you have to just keep going. Sometimes your body plateaus. Sometimes it needs a little extra push. Don’t get discouraged and just keep up your good work!

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    One last little piece of advice. Measure yourself on Day 1 and Day 21, but in the mean time put your scale away. Don’t step on it, don’t check to see how you are doing. Just leave it alone!

    I am not a doctor, a dietician, or a certified fitness expert. My advice and thoughts should not replace that of a Dr. As always, before starting an exercise plan you should consult your physician with any questions.

  • 21 day fix

    Chicken Salad Sandwich

    Ever since I started 21 day fix, I have been determined to help myself in every way. I don’t want to do this half way. Working out sometimes, eating good sometimes. I want to do it all, all the time. So I have been looking for every recipe out there that I will like.

    And to be honest, when I browse Pinterest, sometimes the meals look a little less than appealing. So I decided that I wanted to share some of the things I have been eating, and break it down into what goes in what container. An hopefully these will help someone.

    This chicken salad is pretty much amazing. Since I’m eating a lot of chicken these days I’m trying to mix it up so it doesn’t always get chopped up in a green salad, but instead, I have some variety. I am so glad I found this and I eat it a couple of times a week, at least, for my lunch!

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    I love this 21 day fix approved seasoning! And I put it on everything pretty much, so I used an empty spice container to make a bigger batch this time and as you can see, it’s just about gone, again!

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    I thaw my chicken, sprinkle with my spice and then the hubby grills it up for me. One of these days I’ll probably have to do it myself, but for right now, he helps me out! I BBQ enough to last me at least 2 dinners and a lunch.

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    Then, using a red container to measure out my chicken. and put into the cup to chop up.

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    Then I use a purple container to measure my grapes and apples. I think it is about 5 grapes and 4 apple slices.

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    Be careful not to chop it too much or you’ll end up with a mush.

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    Then I add a squirt of mustard and 1/4 of a red container of plain greek yogurt and I mix it up good.

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    And a tsp. of honey

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    Then mix in the grapes and apples and stir it up until it is all combined.

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    I lined one side of my whole grain pita with baby spinach (1/2 green) then fill up my pitas with my chicken mixture.

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    And I added 5 baby carrots to my lunch for another 1/2 green container.

    So here is my breakdown:

    • Chicken                               1 red
    • grapes/apples                   1 purple
    • plain greek yogurt           1/4 red
    • baby spinach/carrots     1 green
    • 4 inch whole grain pita  1 yellow
    • Honey                                   1 tsp

    So how does it look?