Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Crispy Roasted Chickpeas


Happy Tuesday friends!  I hope you are all having a great week.  In an effort to eat healthier and to curb my cravings for salty snacks, I decided to try this healthy alternative...Crispy Roasted Chickpeas.

I have seen this recipe pop up in my Pinterest feed a lot lately and it certainly had me intrigued.  I certainly love chickpeas in all fashions...served cold on my salad or mixed up as a hummus...eating them as a crispy and healthy snack just seemed like a win win situation! 

Ingredients:
  • 1 can Garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
How to Make It:

Preheat over to 400 degrees.  Spread chickpeas on a paper towel and let dry for 30 minutes.  In a bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  (I chose these seasons, the options are truly endless to what you can season them with.  Pick your favorite!) Toss until fully coated.  Spread mixture onto a metal baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes until crispy.  Enjoy!

I hope you all have an amazing week!



XOXO,
Karen

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Instagram Weekend Round Up #3


Hello friends!!!  I hope you all had a fun filled weekend with your family.  Ours was filled with kids activities and a fun outing to the Great Lakes Science Center.  

I kicked off a new series a few months ago "Weekend Instagram Round Up" and excited to start it back up again.  It was the perfect way to recap our weekend via my crazy love of Instagram.  I would love for you to follow along to see our updates in real time.  I have a crazy obsession to Instagram stories and love sharing our everyday moments.  

We kicked off our weekend with absolutely no plans for Friday and I wanted to keep it that way.  Saturday's lately are a little on the busy side with kids sports and I love using that time to prepare for our crazy Saturday mornings.  Nicholas had both baseball practice and Soccer on the calendar, however due to the rainy weather, baseball ended up getting cancelled. 




 After Soccer we headed downtown to spend the afternoon at the Cleveland Great Lakes Science Center with my side of the family.  It was the perfect rainy day to spend indoors and to explore.  


I absolutely love this view of the Lake Erie harbor from the top of the Science Center.  How amazing is this Cleveland Cliffs freighter?  


The Great Lakes Science Center currently has an interactive Lego display which occupied a lot of our day.  My kids just can't seem to get enough to legos these days!


We wrapped up our day in the kids play area in which was basically one big ball pit.  This boy and balls...he is never far from one...no matter where we are.  This ball pit to him is pure heaven on Earth.  He absolutely loved it!

On Sunday, Jillian wrapped up her last day of PSR for the year in the morning and then spent the rest of the day enjoying the warm weather.  I love spending my Sundays planning and making goals for the week.  I always try to spend at least one hour preparing my planner so I am ready to tackle the week.


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, have a great week friends!

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello friends!!  Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week!!  


Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for another Friday Favorites.  It's a fun way that I like to recap a few of my favorites of the week!


ONE
This week we decided not to renew our Sam's Club membership and signed up for Costco instead.   We have heard so many great things about Costco lately that we decided to give it a try.  I am loving it so far!  



I purchased this Cowboy Caviar on our first trip and I fell in love.  So yummy!!!  I have actually been using it on my salads this week instead of dressing and it's amazing.  Salads just got that more exciting!

TWO

Thursday evening was gorgeous out so we ventured off after dinner on one of our first neighborhood family walks of the Spring.  This sweet girl is SO into gymnastics lately even though she hasn't taken a class in 2 years.  I am thinking I may need to sign her up again.  #inmyfreetime


She has come home from school every day this week and immediately changed into her gymnastics outfit.  She insisted on wearing her gymnastics outfit on our walk and spent the entire time trying to perform the perfect cartwheel.  I just love being this sweet girls Mom!

THREE

Also on our walk, we discovered our neighborhood pool officially had the tarp off of it and the chairs and tables had returned.  Knowing that we are getting SO close to spending our days back at the pool is probably my biggest favorite of the week.  If you need me this Summer, you know where to find me! #bringwine  



FOUR



I posted on Instagram this week that I officially busted out the white jeans.  Nothing says Summer fashion to me like a good pair of white jeans.  I personally love Old Navy's Rockstar skinnies.

FIVE



Last night we attended the official NFL Draft party of Mitch Trubisky.  He was the 2nd overall pick of the draft yesterday and played High School football right here in Mentor, Ohio.  My husband who also played football for Mentor is a HUGE football and Browns fan and thought it would be fun to attend this exciting event.  I had to agree!!  Although the Cleveland Browns didn't end up selecting him with the first pick of the draft, it was so much fun cheering him on.  The whole city has been buzzing about it all week, we wish him and his family the best of luck in the NFL!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!!

XOXO,

Karen

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello friends!!  Happy Good Friday! I hope you all had a great week!!  


Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for another Friday Favorites.  It's a fun way that I like to recap a few of my favorites of the week!


ONE



This sweet boy had Spring Break this week so there was a lot of Mommy and Nicholas time spent together.  



On Thursday, he and I enjoyed a fun day out.  We hit the library, had lunch at Chick Fil A and then ended our day with a quick trip to Target before heading home to pick up Jillian.  



This little guy is definitely one of my favs, I still can't believe he is headed to Kindergarten in the Fall!


TWO




I blogged this week about how we have been loving Shrimp lately and trying to incorporate it more into our weekly meals.  If you are looking for a quick and easy pasta and shrimp meal, I highly recommend my Garlic and Parmesan Shrimp Pasta.  It has been a huge hit, especially for Nicholas!!

THREE



I posted this week on Instagram this adorable graphic tee from Kohls.  I love their graphic tee section, these tops are perfect for "Momming" around the town and are long enough to wear with leggings which is certainly a win in my book!


FOUR



This sweet girl had a bonus day off on Monday so we spent some quality time together putting together a Fairy Garden while Nicholas napped.  It was so easy to put together, you place the two trays on top of each other, add the dirt and watering mushroom and then plant your seeds.  By the second day, our flowers already started to sprout.  Jillian was beside herself she was so excited when she started to see those little green shoots popping up.  If you are looking for a cute, Springtime activity with your daughter, I highly recommend this fairy garden.


FIVE

If you follow me on Instagram, I did a fun tutorial this week on how to use Limelight's Come Clean product to clean my Blenderful.  


It was all kinds of nasty and it came out squeaky clean.  

This was my actual before and after.  I am so in love with this product and can't wait to use it to clean all of my makeup brushes!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!!

XOXO,
Karen

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Garlic and Parmesan Shrimp Pasta


Happy Thursday friends!  I hope you are all having a great week.  Last Friday, I mentioned in my favorites post that I had been trying a lot of shrimp meals in our home.  Our favorite one so far is my Garlic and Parmesan Shrimp Pasta.  It is crazy delicious and is now a permanent fixture in our rotation of meal staples in our home.  The one person in our home who is particularly happy about this latest addition is Nicholas.  This boy LOVES him some shrimp.  Who knew?  He literally asks me everyday if I am cooking shrimp for dinner.  I love that we have found something new for him to love as well.  Jillian?  Not so much, girlfriend is not a fan of shrimp or pretty much any food that is not in the chicken nugget food group. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 1b of Spaghetti or Angel Hair Pasta
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Shrimp
  • 4 Cloves Garlic (pressed)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 Cup White wine
  • Pinch of Red Pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley
  • 4 tablespoons butter

How to Make It:

I start out making this meal by placing the frozen shrimp in a corning ware dish and placing it in the oven at 350.  I have found this slowly defrosts your shrimp without drying it out as opposed to the microwave.  Once defrosted, sprinkle with 1 oz of olive oil, parsley and salt.  Put the shrimp back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes periodically checking on it.  While your shrimp is in the oven, cook your pasta on the stove top.  

In a large skillet over medium heat, add butter, remaining olive oil and pressed garlic.  Once garlic is soft, add in cooked shrimp.  Add wine and pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (the first time I made this, Jeff was not a fan of the spice from the red pepper flakes so I now leave this step out.  It's entirely up to you and what your family loves.)  Simmer for a minute or so to thicken.  I then will add the cooked pasta.  Evenly stir everything together in the skillet.  I then gradually add the Parmesan stirring everything again.  Enjoy!

I hope you all have an amazing week!


XOXO,
Karen

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