Month: January 2013

York Photo ~ My Little Secret

York Photo ~ My Little Secret

I completely love York Photo! I first found out about them from my wedding photographer, actually! She was great but just getting started out so she shot the pictures then put them on a CD for us to print. She recommended York Photo because she […]

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Sneak peek behind the scenes Planning Scheming Pondering Dreaming Pinning Organizing Learning Reading Deciding Big Plans in the works for this blog this year. Pardon the days of silence and the dust in the meantime Nicole Elliott

Italian Chicken In the Oven Recipe

Italian Chicken In the Oven Recipe

My Grandma is 100% Italian. Both of her parents were from Italy but met in the United States. She’s the best cook in the world and is one of those delightful old school ladies who cooked by memory, not recipe, with a “pinch of this and a dash of that”. So copying or passing on her recipes can get a little tricky at times–sometimes they don’t even have names!

Take this recipe, for example. Growing up we always called it “Rosemary Chicken”. My mom mentioned it to my grandma the other day and she said, “Oh I’ve never eaten that.” My mom replied, “It’s *you’re* recipe, what do you call it?” After she described it my Grandma replies, “Oh! That’s just ‘Chicken in the Oven’.” Haha! I love it! So my new name for this recipe is Italian Chicken in the Oven. It’s been a favorite ever since I was little and now my family loves it–it was also the very first meal I ever made while learning to cook!
 

Since she’s a “pinch of this-dash of that” there is a distinct flavor of that to this recipe, however that is nice because then you just make as much or as little as your family needs. I usually use 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and about 4 or 5 good size potatoes and I always put in a lot of seasoning to punch up the flavor!

 Italian Chicken In the Oven Recipe

 2 TBSP Oil
2 TBSP Butter
1/2 tube Jimmy Dean Sausage (or you can substitute turkey sausage)
Chicken cut into small pieces
Potatoes skinned & cut into small pieces
Salt & Pepper
Garlic Powder or Salt
Italian Seasoning
Chicken Bullion Cube
1/2-1 Cup Water

Preheat oven to 325-350 degrees

Start to heat 2 TBSP of oil (like canola) and 2 TBSP of butter in a roast pan. Add 1/2 Tube Jimmy Dean Sausage and brown. After the sausage is cooked add cut up potatoes & chicken. Then add a little salt and pepper, some garlic & Italian seasoning to taste. Add 1/2-1 cup water and a chicken boulion cube. Stir all together.

Cook at 325-350 degrees for 1 – 1 1/2 hours (checking a few times, when potatoes are fork tender and chicken is cooked through it’s done)

Crockpot: cook on high 3-4 hours (doesn’t taste as good as the oven in my personal opinion!)

Enjoy!

 Do you have an Italian Grandma? Even if not do you have a childhood favorite recipe that you still love to cook?

Nicole Elliott

Dealing With Hair Damage

Dealing With Hair Damage

I started highlighting my hair when I was 16 and it’s been all downhill from there. When it comes to hair damage I’m shocked my poor hair has never had more! Highlights, dyes, cuts, blowdrying, flat irons, curling irons, hair product and more-my hair has […]

Wordless Wednesday ~ Sunset Splendor

Wordless Wednesday ~ Sunset Splendor

On the way to my brother’s wedding I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets of all time, here are a few of the highlights! Nicole Elliott

Mamavation Monday ~ Here We Go Again

Mamavation Monday ~ Here We Go Again

At the wedding before losing 6 lbs-I’m pretty happy with where I am but would love to lose my chunky arms!

 Hello there! It’s been (quite) awhile since I posted a Mamavation Monday! Between the holidays, the wedding, traveling, and catching back to back nasty bugs that I’m still recovering from it’s been quite the up and down on the scale adventure since I last checked in!

The *good* news is that the one good thing that came out of being sick over Christmas was that I finally broke that blasted 135 mark and as of yesterday I weighed in at 134.2 At once point I was down to 132 but now that we’re back in Texas I’ve gained back a few of the lost-while-sicker-than-a-dog pounds. I’m hoping to jump back into running again tomorrow, though, so that I will be back on track once again!

 My “get healthy” plan for 2013 looks the same as it has since we got down here–less snacking on treats at night and swapping them out with either gum or fruit, keeping a food journal, and running 3 times a week.

I’ll give you an update next week on how the rest of this week goes–here’s to staying *underneath* my 135 lb mark!!!

How is your fitness/weightloss/wellness plan for 2013 going?

Nicole Elliott

Borax

Borax

 Have you heard of Borax? It’s only some of the coolest stuff ever. Well–ok that might be just a *slight* exaggeration, but it’s super useful, super diverse, and super “green”! If you’re like me, however, you might not have known a whole lot about it. […]

Commissary Coupons

Commissary Coupons

You might remember from How to Survive Shopping with Two Kids that we did all of our shopping at the Commissary when we lived near D.C. and Boston. I was always amazed at just how much I saved by shopping there, even if it was a little bit of a drive! Even compared to other discounted stores like Super Wal*Mart we always came away with big savings! I also loved the experience of shopping at the commissary. There was just something fun about shopping alongside other military wives and guys in uniform! (Amber was always the biggest flirt with all the cute young soliders, Marines, saliors, and Coasties!)

One of the things that I really loved about shopping at the Commissary was that in addition to all the already reduced prices there were often coupon tear pads near items so that I didn’t have to do any clipping-I’d just grab them at the store! These were super popular, however, especially for the big name brands like General Mills. Because of this I thought that the new General Mills Military Region savings program is a super cool idea!

The program is really simple to sign up for just Text* the keyword GMSAVE to 82857 to opt-in and receive a bunch of cool things like  exclusive military only General Mills coupons sent monthly right to your email, current product sales, upcoming commissary events, and new General Mills products!

*Message and data rates may apply. 4 alerts per month. Reply STOP to end or HELP for help.
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You’ll be asked to give your email address but don’t worry–the people at General Mills realize that you’re busy so they just send highlights of the best things that they know will benefit you and save you time and money-something as military members and spouses we can definitely use!

Be sure to check out their Facebook Page to learn more about this great program!

Happy Saving!

Nicole Elliott

Candle Bible for Kids, Toddler Edition

Candle Bible for Kids, Toddler Edition

 There are a huge variety of baby, toddler, and children’s Bibles to choose from-and we have about 7 of them! I have to say that the Candle Bible for Kids Toddler Edition is now one of my favorites! It is absolutely perfect for toddlers and […]