Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pioneer Woman: Chicken Piccata



The recipe I chose for February from my new Pioneer Woman cook book [Come and Get It], was Chicken Piccata

This has been something I have wanted to try but the capers always kept me away! 
While looking for a recipe to try this month, I was happy to find that PW's recipe omits the capers while still sticking to the original creamy, lemony sauce for the chicken piccata.
It was easy to make and very tasty! I served it over pasta, but mashed potatoes was also suggested.



4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup flour
4 T butter
4 T olive oil
1 cup white wine or chicken broth (I used broth)
3/4 cup chicken broth
juice of 2 lemons 
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 - 2 tsp parsley

Cooking instructions:

1) If chicken breasts are overly thick, pound until slightly flattened. Season with salt & pepper on both sides, then dredge them in the flour.

2) Shake off excess flour and set aside.

3) In a large skillet, heat 2 T oil and 2 T butter, cooking 2 breasts at a time. 

4) Cook until golden brown and cooked through. Repeat with the remains two. Transfer to plate and set aside.

5) Pour in the wine, chicken broth, and lemon juice. Whisk the sauce, scanning the bottom of the pan to loosen up all the flavorful bits. Let the sauce cook and bubble and thicken until reduced by half.

6) Add the cream, salt and pepper, and whisk the sauce, letting it cook for a few minutes to thicken.

7) Stir in parsley, taste to adjust seasoning. It will be very lemony so you can add a little more cream (which I did, along with thickening my sauce a little more with a tsp. of corn starch).

8) Plate & Enjoy!


Monday, February 19, 2018

[photo shoot: derek]


Mom has been wanting an updated picture of Derek, so I pulled out my Canon yesterday and took advantage of the gorgeous, sunny weather! While I am NOT the best at photography, I really tried hard to capture a few shots of Derek that were frame worthy. 

The next two are my faves......

a little washed out, but I like this one....

and because those glasses were important to him....
this one too!!! <3

Having his picture taken is not his most favorite thing to do, but he played along (well kinda sorta) so       we all had a grown-up pic to display! What a sweet, handsome guy!! :O)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

magic bands!

You know it's getting real when the Magic Bands arrive!! 
Best "happy" mail ever!!

If you are not familiar with Disney's Magic Bands, you wear these during your stay at Walt Disney World to access your room at the resort, get into the parks, get Fast Passes, and pay for meals and snacks. These will be automatically activated on our arrival day so we don't even have to go to the concierge desk at the resort to start using them. :O) 

The trip is quickly approaching and is really coming together. I pretty much have things planned but not too planned because we like to keep things laid back and relaxed. 

Peter crew changes on Wednesday March 14th, and we will meet up and start our road trip. We check in the following day, with no set plans other than getting dinner that night. I didn't make an ADR as I'm not sure what time we will get there. I have some ideas on where we might go though!

We'll have 5 full days after that to enjoy the parks, resort hop, try some new restaurants, spend some time at the pool, check out the night life at Disney Springs, and maybe fit in some extra fun things too! We will do the four parks on Friday 3/16, Saturday 3/17, Sunday 3/18, and Monday 3/19. Tuesday 3/20 is my birthday!!! I've made extra special plans for that day!! :O) :O)

We check out on Wednesday March 21st and will start our drive back home. :O( 

I am very excited about our trip and look forward to seeing/doing some new things in Disney, enjoying some of our favorite things again and making some new special memories in our favorite place!! 

25 days until DISNEY!!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

[life lately]

Valentine Sweeteness......

acting all shy.....don't let her fool you....
Sweet Giggles!!!!!! I Love it!!!

Rowen LOVES bath time 
and thinks it's funny when Weasley shows up!

waiting patiently for Daddy to get home from work on Valentine's Day!! 
<3 <3 <3 

Date Night!!
{our Valentine's Day Dinner}

February Coffee Center <3


Psalm 93:4 "Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you."

I have that verse hanging in the guest room. 

also in the guest room....
thrift store frames + etsy printables = cheap wall art

Dad made pies! yummmmmmm.......
We enjoyed them on Monday before Nathan headed back to work.

Peanut Butter & Double Chocolate
(I'll take a slice of each please!)

Nathan usually stays at Bub's house the night before crew change...

these two.....
:O) :O) :O) 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Instant Pot BBQ Baby Back Ribs

[Instant Pot Recipe]

1. remove the membrane from the back of the ribs by grabbing with a paper towel and pulling down, then cut the ribs in half.

2. pour 4 cups apple juice + 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar into instant pot and press "saute". The cooker will turn on and after a few minutes start to steam.

3. add ribs to pot, meat side down. Seal cooker and close steam valve. 

4. press cancel, then manual, then press +/- to set time to 30 minutes. 

5. when the pressure cooker is done, do slow release for steam (let sit 10 minutes before opening valve).

6. have a rimmed sheet pan ready to put ribs on (meat side up). Baste with bbq sauce (bottled or homemade), and put in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes (I also broiled 5 more minutes to char).

For sides, I did roasted potato rounds and asparagus.

What a delicious Valentine's Day dinner!!


~our little valentines~

~our little valentines~

lots of hugs & kisses to these two special little valentines!
Nana & Pop Pop love you so very much!!

Kamry ~ 22 months old...loves all things Peppa and jumping in muddy puddles!
She is the happiest, smartest, sweetest, girl you'll ever meet and is just so much fun!
For Valentine's Day this year, we gave her this cute outfit, (a book) and took her and mommy out to lunch!

Rowen - 4.5 months old....and is at the sweetest stage...he is a happy boy, loves when you sing and talk to him and just being around people. He's obsessed with Puppy Dog Pals, loves bath time and taking naps when you cover his head with a blankie! :O) 
We gave him Valentine's Day books, bibs, and a cute outfit.

Happy Valentine's Day to our sweet little valentines!!!! 
<3 <3 <3

Monday, February 12, 2018

money saving monday: coffee coffee coffee

I'm doing Rachel Cruze's 14-Day Money Finder.....and I'm incorporating little money savers into my daily routine.

This month, I'm cutting out the pricey k-cups and using my refillable pod. I bought this bag of Starbucks ground coffee for $5.99 at Home Goods and if I can stretch it out the entire month I'll save $15 bucks just on my morning cup of coffee.

Another money saver ---> CopyCat Starbucks Iced Coffee

[we don't have a Starbucks nearby but if it's your morning splurge here's a recipe you should try]

Add some Sweetened Condensed Milk to your Tervis...

1 cup cold coffee


1 cup ice

For extra flavor add just a splash of this.....

A large iced coffee at a fraction of the cost!!

This CopyCat version is another way to save some $$ each week on your morning coffee fix! Instead of getting coffee out every morning, make your own and maybe splurge one day a week instead! You'll be surprised how just by doing these easy money-saving tips it can really add a little more cash to your monthly budget! :O)


Pioneer Woman: Chicken Piccata

02.19.18 CHICKEN PICCATA The recipe I chose for February from my new Pioneer Woman cook book [Come and Get It], was Chicken P...