Flying to Cali + Bacon Quinoa Chili

Bacon Quinoa Chili I’m jet setting to California today, and writing from 10,000+ miles in the sky! I’m heading to an “Almond Orchard Experience” with California Almonds. Can I just say I’m beyond excited about the trip and I’m pretty sure they are totally pampering us while we are there. YAHOO!! Follow my IG feed for picture updates. Eric is a single parent this week. I’ll be gone for 4 days, and it will be one of the longest times I’ve been away from Pearl since we adopted her, so sad. Yesterday, I spent the day meal prepping and packing. We went out for a nice run in the morning and met up with our CFO friends to do a quick track workout. Eric has a big trial coming up and I know he’ll be busy, so I didn’t want him to be completely fending for himself since he’s use to home cooked meals. Bacon Quinoa Chili Here’s what I prepped:

  • Enchilada Casserole
  • Italian Meatballs w Herbed Brown Rice & Veggies {we had leftovers in the freezer}
  • Bacon & Quinoa Chili
  • Southern Cheddar Corn Muffins

As you can tell, all the meals this week are extra manly and comforting with lots of bacon; center cut of course. Center cut bacon is as lean as turkey bacon, and … 

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Beach & Birthdays

It was a weekend of birthdays. We spent the weekend in Indian Rocks Beach at Eric’s family beach house for Eric’s dad’s birthday. We headed out on Friday evening, it’s about 2.5 hours from Orlando. We got there just in time to go to bed. And woke up early enough for a cool morning on… 

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Friday Favorites

It’s Friday! What’s in store for the weekend? We are hitting the beach after work today. It’s been forever since we took a weekend to the beach but we wanted to make sure to get over there before summer ends. It’s going to be Pearl’s first beach trip too. Here’s are some things I’m loving this week…. 

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Dark Chocolate Cherry & Chia Bark

Dark Chocolate Cherry & Chia Bark

I’ve been snacking on this bark for a few weeks now.. it makes a lot! I took it to a dinner party last week and it was a smashing hit– even with a 2 year old! The combo of tartness, crunch, sweet and salty rocks! This recipe is really simple to put together and calls for… 

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Superfoods

What is a superfood?

I had an interview first thing Monday morning on Fox 35 Orlando talking all about “Superfoods”. FYI, I’m being very vulnerable right now by sharing this video with you. But first, two things… Why do I take on a southern accent when I’m on TV? And why do I always make the craziest faces? See what I’m… 

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Sundried Tomato & Kale Pasta Bake

Sun-dried Tomato, Kale, & Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

Happy #MealPrepMonday! We had another low key weekend which gives me lots of time to go grocery shopping and prep our meals during the week. Yesterday I prepped our veggies for omelets, egg bowls and salads… and made this yummy pasta bake for lunches. While I love salads for lunch (especially tuna!!), Eric requests a hearty lunch… 

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Ways to Use Kale

oh kale yes! 8 ways with kale

I didn’t realize how much of a kale-aholic I was until I started writing this post and looking though all the recipes that have kale listed as an ingredient. I know, some of you are probably like WTH is kale? I boast of kale’s goodness almost daily. Aside from it being a down right fun food… 

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Butternut, Beet, & Quinoa Salad-7035

Butternut Squash, Beet, & Quinoa Salad

I drank the Trader Joe’s juice this weekend. I’ve almost been protesting making a stop in because people around here are going nuts about it, I mean so crazy there was a cop sitting in the parking lot opening weekend directing traffic. People are literally parking a mile away to walk to this place. Because it’s… 

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