Sunday, February 28, 2010

Teaser alert!

Here are a few teasers for my upcoming weekend. This weekend the women in my family are getting together for our annual "Bunny Weekend" in honor of my Great-Grandma Bunny Clapper.

The cookies are just for fun to share with all the girls. I really just needed an excuse to practice my decorating skills!

As I have mentioned before I am trying my hand at quilting this year and these are the cute fabrics I picked out. I just hope it all turns out as good as it looks in my mind :)

I will share more next week with the finished product!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday Carter!

This precious little boy has been bringing joy to our lives for 3 years. The time really does go by so fast. He had a shaky start in the world when he got RSV and was hospitalized for 14 days. Now he's a rough and tumble little man who makes us laugh and smile every day. I'm so excited to see what God has in store for our little guy. Happy birthday buddy! We love you!

Monday, February 1, 2010

What's For Dinner?

In an effort to try to eat healthier I've been on the look out for new recipes to try. There have been a few road bumps along the way... we are picky eaters, I wouldn't call myself a very good cook and I hate to buy a bunch of groceries for 1 meal that you can't use to cook anything else. I found a recipe that looked good so I tried it out and we had it for dinner tonight. I found it in the February issue of Oxygen Magazine. Here it is!
Chicken Tenders with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
The Cast of Characters:

Olive Oil to coat the pan
12 oz Chicken Tenders
Ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp minced Garlic
3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Fresh Parsley (optional) I opt'd out :)

Step 1:
Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken tenders and season with pepper. Cook, turning pieces halfway through, until cooked. Approx 7 minutes. remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
Step 2:
Reduce the heat to low-medium, add garlic and saute. Then add vinegar, honey and chicken broth. Simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan for 1 minute.
Step 3:
Return chicken to pan. Mix all ingredients together and heat through. Garnish and serve.

This makes 4 servings and it's 250 calories per serving. Not bad at all!

Our side dish was another recipe I found in the same magazine issue
Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

1lb frozen fresh cut green beans
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
Juice of half a lemon
Sea salt to taste

Step 1: Steam beans until tender- set aside
Step 2: Heat oil in pan and saute garlic for 5 minutes. remove from heat
Step 3: Add lemon juice to pan and stir. pour garlic-lemon sauce over green beans and serve

This makes 6 servings and is 40 calories per serving!

Here's the final product. It doesn't look quite like the magazine picture and it would probably look nicer if it wasn't on a tupperware plate. Oh well, just keepin' it real. It was all very easy and didn't take me longer than 30 minutes. That's my kind of meal! Let me know if you try it out and what you think!