Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Paleo Stuffed Chicken

Got another Paleo recipe for you! This is one looks much more difficult than it is. In fact, I think producing these meals has made me feel like I can actually cook. Maybe. We like topping ours with our favorite spice blend.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts - slice open butterfly style
  • 1 slice of deli “honey baked” ham
  • 3 asparagus stalks, hold each end and bend until it breaks, use only the top half
  • 1 slice of brie cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Your favorite spice blend

 Directions:
  1. Stuff chicken with ham, asparagus and brie. Hold together with a toothpick.
  1. Sprinkle olive oil, kosher salt and black cracked pepper over the chicken or use your favorite spice blend. We use Minorcan Datil Pepper Spice and it's perfect!

  1. Bake on 400 degrees for 15 minutes. If your breasts are really thick, you may need more time.

YUMMY!
 This is a great way to not serve chicken the same old way.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Countdown to Christmas

Oh my goodness. It's November.

I'm stalling. I admit it. The days keep ticking away and all I can do is look at patterns. I can't seem to come up with a real plan.

What do I give my mom? What would my husband's aunt like? 
It all just gives me a headache. I hate just giving gift cards. It seems so impersonal. My kids, however, love the idea of shopping for what they want. It's a losing battle. I tend to make most of my gifts because I like to put thought and time into it. I also like the idea of buying from other crafters. Maybe I can find some fairs to go to before Christmas?

Where do you go for inspiration? Magazines? TV? Blogs? Pinterest? Etsy? It doesn't help that I don't like shopping. Maybe it's time for a trip to my local library. I found some really great books for crochet patterns when I was hunting for baby gift inspiration. There's nothing worse than buying a book and then not liking what's inside.

What's worse is that we live in another state from all of our family. I don't get to see any of them on a daily basis to see what would be of interest or need to them. And who the heck needs more crap to dust?

I'm literally still working on gifts from last year. Ok, the gift was an ongoing craft project, but still. It's a huge Barbie house that K2 and I have been putting together. We're doing all the decorating and making all the furnishings (mostly). I hope to post it here eventually. 

Back to this year.

Last year when I had this dilemma, I created a board on Pinterest to start gathering ideas for gifts throughout the year. Not just for Christmas, but all gift giving holidays. Click on the link under the image to see what I have so far.
Gifts to Give Board
Not much, right? Do you Pinterest? Yes? How would you like to help add to my board? As group we could create a huge "database" of gift ideas! Sound exciting?

Here are the rules:
  1. Post your Pinterest ID in the comments below (or you can message me privately). I'll send you an invitation to pin to the board.
  2. As you run across something you think would make a great give - for any occasion - pin it! It can be something you buy in a store, on a website, or a craft to make yourself.
  3. Include what age group/holiday you think it would be appropriate for in the comments section of the pin.
  4. Is there something YOU want? Pin it! If you want it, chances are someone I know (maybe you?) would want it, too.
  5.  Have fun and share!
Ready? Set? Let's Pin!