Stock Your Kitchen + a Giveaway

There a few items that I, without-a-doubt, recommend people keeping on hand in their kitchen. Chia seeds, ground flaxseed, protein powder, almond meal/flour, and shredded coconut, are all items that if you peeked into our refrigerator and pantry at any time of the year, you would see. They are always stocked in our kitchen and I use at least one of them every single day! Not only do they add a different element to recipes, the health benefits are great for you! Chia seeds and ground flaxseed alone, (I could go on about the others as well but I’ll spare you!) are high in omega-3 fatty acids, loaded with fiber, and provide protein in such a simple way! Having them accessible (a.k.a in your kitchen!) will increase the likelihood of you using them more often than not. Wink-wink.

To make that happen, Bob’s Red Mill is offering one winner a $50 gift card for you to stock your kitchen! They are one of my favorite brands and I love their products!
Still need some convincing for why you should enter? I compiled a list of where I use Bob’s Red Mill products throughout my blog for you below to show you just how easy it to incorporate them into all different types of recipes! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter the rafflecopter and be sure to check out the recipes below in the meantime!



Recipes:


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The giveaway will end next Monday and the winner will be announced on here next Tuesday! Spread the word and good luck! xx

Friday Favorites

Happy, happy Friday everyone! This week has been hooooot and beautiful! I hope (the beautiful part) is the same where you are!

One.I picked this up at Target the other day because I have friends who rave about it. It’s been so nice to put on right before I go to the pool since it has SPF in it.

Two.In the last two weeks, I have made two big bowls of this chicken salad, just for Eric and I. We love it! We’ve had it by itself, on croissants, and on salads. It is so tasty!

Three.

I had a hair appointment this week and told her to go extra blonde. I felt like I was at home all over again. 😉

Four.Speaking of getting my hair done…this spray is magical. I have talked about it before but stopped using it for  a little bit because I just forgot to reorder it. I bought some again yesterday and love it even more. It gets rid of so many tangles and works like a charm!

Five.Brittany completely convinced me to buy this dress and I’m so excited for it to arrive today!  I’m thinking of wearing it in Italy or any summer night? I ordered it in the navy blue. 🙂

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Keeping Busy

I know I don’t have kids that I need to keep busy this summer but I have spent the last 10 years doing just that. This is actually the first summer I am kid-free. However, I thought compiling a small list of some things I’ve done over the years might be fun to add to yours!

1. Go for ice cream (or make it together!) Recipe: here and here.

2. Go for a bike ride.

3. Go to an amusement or water park.

4. Join and visit a local library.

5. Crafts: Paint, color, etc.

6. Play any sport together

7. Talent shows

8. Movie day: Sleeping bags, popcorn, and fort included.

9. Go to the pool

10. Bake or cook together.

I hope everyone is having the BEST summer and loving every second of it! 🙂


 

 

Doing It All

Today I’m linking up with Andrea and we’re sharing our struggles. This one I’m hoping I’m not alone in but also something I struggle with on a daily basis: Wanting to do it all.I’m a teacher, wife, friend, daughter, blogger, volunteer at church, and free-lance writer. I cook, clean, go to the gym, and so on. I’m not saying this because I want you see all the hats I wear because I know there are a lot of people who wear many more than I do and less as well. But I think as women, we generally struggle with the to-do list in our mind that never stops. Throw in my Type-A, perfectionist personality and some days some tears just have to be shed.Although the shadows I identify with are all really great things, it doesn’t change the fact that it can be overwhelming when they are all pulling for your attention. (And we don’t even have kids yet, I know!) Throughout the craziness I lean on the verse above and remember that my identity really needs to be found from above, in Christ. My sole purpose as I encounter all the situations and people who I am with each day is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Is it easy? Far from it. Am I grateful that I lean on that and my relationship with Christ? More than words can say, yes. I love gaining wisdom from others on what helps them manage it all.

My question for you is: How do you manage and continue to ground yourself each morning and moment when you feel like you are being spread thin and wanting to do it all?

My Favorite Chicken Salad

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The other week, I had some extra chicken left over and threw it in the Crock-pot with no plan of what I was going to do with it. Until…I started craving something chicken salad. 🙂 I love that while the chicken cooks away, I can prep all the other ingredients without having to keep an eye on it. Plus, I feel like everyone is always trying to find an excuse to use their Crock-pot more. It’s simple, tasty, and can be catered to exactly how you like it! This is my personal favorite combo, (hence the name) 😉 but add more of this and that if you need to! 🙂My Favorite Chicken Salad--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com My Favorite Chicken Salad--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com My Favorite Chicken Salad--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com



Ingredients:

  • 2.5 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breast
  • 2. Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup cup mayo or veganaise (if you add veganaise, you may need to add just a smidge more!)
  • 1.5 cups red seedless grapes
  • 1 and 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup organic spicy brown mustard
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • S & P to taste
  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Croissants


What to do:

Place the chicken breasts and coconut in the Crock-pot on high for 2-3 hours (or until chicken is fully cooked). Shred and cool. Once the chicken is completely cool, in a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix until all remaining ingredients are combined. Cut open the croissant and add one leaf of lettuce. Scoop chicken salad into lettuce and dig in!

The combination of the red leaf lettuce and croissant make it one of my favorites and complete the dish! Give it a try. 😉

*Make one large bowl*