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Friday, December 27, 2013

One Pot Kielbasa Sausage Skillet Pasta

 So I came across this recipe on Facebook. Someone had posted it and said they had made it and they really liked it. And I LOVE when something is recommended instead of trying it first and hating it. SO I decided it looked super easy being a one pot recipe that I had to try it. I did change up some of the ingredients but I think mine is better of course ;} You could definitely customize it to you or your families likings as well. Next time I might get a little crazy and add mushrooms. Because I truly believe mushrooms make everything better lol I know that's strange to say, and I don't care ;]

This incredibly cheesy pasta dish easily comes together in less than 30 minutes in one skillet - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked Kielbasa sausage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or milk 
  • 8 ounces penne pasta or any favorite pasta [uncooked]
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded colby and monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and sausage, and cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, milk, peas and pasta; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 12-14 minutes.
  •  Turn off the heat and add 1/2 cup of cheese and stir until all melted and well blended top with remainder of the cheese. Cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.or longer to thicken sauce. 
Even my month old daughter loved it 
 This was so good, my husband literally told me 6 times while eating it how much he loved it ;} 
This would be such an easy recipe, even for my non cookers out there ;}

Live, Laugh And Love,

Friday, December 20, 2013

Chicken salad

My mom started making this within the last few years. But seeing that I lived all the way in FL I had never tried it. Until I moved back to VA and lived with my parents while my husband and I were looking for our house to buy. My mom and I were seriously eating this daily for a few weeks lol I know this is probably a typical chicken salad. But I always thought I wasn't going to be a fan of a "sweet" chicken salad. I have always loved my savory Chicken salad. But after trying this I fell in love ;] So I would definitely say to try it if you have never had a chicken salad this way before. I love that it is so different than my usual chicken salad ;} So here are the few ingredients needed

Grapes cut in half 

Sliced Almonds 

Roasted chicken


Salt and Pepper

Add ingredients together and mix. Use whatever amounts you prefer, there is no science behind it ;]
Viola that's it....

Now I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hawaiian bread, so I have mine on a Hawaiian roll if available. My mom prefers hers plain, just eats it with a fork. It is also really good on crackers ;]

Y'all Enjoy

Live, Laugh and Love,

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

This Lemon Sugar scrub is so simple. When I was trying to come up with something homemade to put in these adorable little glass containers I thought of this. I had these containers left over from Christmas gifts two years ago that I used to put hot cocoa in and a chocolate dipped spoon attached, It was super cute!!  Well this year I wanted to make something for my Sister in laws. So I made these for them with super cute wrapping and sent them to Pensacola, FL for their Christmas!! So here is what you will need.....

3/4 cup            White Sugar                
1/4 cup            Extra Virgin Olive oil  
1 tablespoon    Lemon juice
10-12 drops      Lemon Essential oil   

Mix all ingredients together and you have a simple, cheap and yummy smelling hand scrub

Live, Laugh and Love,

Natural Teeth Whitening

I know this picture can look a little crazy...< So Here me out..... lol Yes, you will be putting activated charcoal on your teeth to whiten them. But, trust me. It works!! I will post a few of my close friends and family members before and after pictures below. All of these are just after a 5 minute scrub! 

First step is to buy activate charcoal, any brand is fine. This is what I found on amazon.  

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Break the capsule in the bowl and use your wet toothbrush to scoop the powder up and start brushing. :}
 Swoosh it around in your mouth to also help with bad breath.

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It leaves your teeth feeling extra clean white. Activated charcoal removes staining caused from coffee, teas and cigarettes. This will work better, cost less, and is all natural in comparison to store bought whitening strips. It wont have any extra chemicals that are found in your store bought strips.

Here are some before and after pictures of me and my friends ......

So far everyone that has used it has seen a difference after the 5 minute scrub. But I recommend making this a weekly habit to get your teeth whiter and to maintain the whiteness once achieved. I hope y'all will try it out.. 

Essential Oils that everyone is asking about! Link Here! 

Every one keeps asking where to get the Young living essential oil starter kits. Here is the link ^ Just sign up as wholesale and you will always get 24% off!! Enjoy!

Live, Laugh and Love,

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

YUMMMMM!!! That is what I have to say about Brussel sprouts!! I have to admit I had NEVER had a Brussel sprout until I was an adult.....actually last year was the first time lol My mom says she HATED them so she never made us eat them. I always thought "wow they must be horrible" So why on earth did I get a wild hair up my ass and decide to make them I will never know. But BOY AM I GLAD I DID! I love them  and so does my husband! He had actually had them before but never like them! Until I made them... :) SO here is the quick, simple, easy side dish you can pair with almost anything! Oh and PS I made these for my mom and she loves them too! I also make an aioli sauce to go with them so I will share that as well! You're welcome!  :) 

I mean come on, how delicious do they look?! ^^^^

 Buy whole Brussels sprouts from the produce section
 First Cut in half
Then into quarters
 throw them onto a baking sheet and drizzle with EVOO or coconut oil
Season with LOTS of S&P and a little garlic powder! 

Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes flipping half way through 
Thats it! .

How amazing do they look paired with my home made Cole slaw and my husbands ribs?!

If you have never tried them before PLEASE try them!!

Live, Laugh & Love,
~With Lana

Friday, November 1, 2013

Toddler Meal & Snack Ideas

I know most of us struggle with the daily (3-6 times a day) battle of getting our little ones to eat and to eat mostly healthy options! My 20 month old LOVES to eat. If she isn't eating she is asking to eat! So I have had to find and come up with tons of different snack and meal ideas to satisfy her needs! :) She will let me know when she does not agree with something given. But I have to say if I keep giving it to her she will usually warm up to it! She has recently decided to actually try a few new things! And we all know, NOTHING makes us happier than when our child tries a new food.... and likes it! :) This will be a continuing blog, I will be adding pictures as the days go by! I will start with her meals from just the last few days! If you have any questions about any of the meals or what brand or how it is prepared please do not hesitate to ask! :) I do not always buy organic or 100% real food, but I do TRY MY BEST and that is all we can do! :)

 Breakfast ~ Scrambled (organic, free range, brown) eggs, mixed fruit, Organic Stoneyfield yogurt

Lunch ~ Annie's Organic Mac and Cheese with added cauliflower (add raw florets when pasta is half way done cooking) Organic peas with butter, Frozen Blueberries 

Lunch ~ Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sushi and avocado (this is one piece of bread rolled up and sliced, now she eats two, which equals a whole sandwich) 

Snack ~ Frozen organic Peas!!!! Her favorite go to snack! Great for teething toddlers!

Snack~ Veggie "tray"  She mostly ate the carrots, cucumbers and cheese :) Dipped in sour cream with Hidden valley ranch packet mixed it! ~ Because there is no other veggie dip that's better :)

Dinner~ Grilled Chicken cooked in coconut oil, Veggie dip on side, Organic peas with butter, seedless Grapes, Jack cheese chunks!

 Lunch~ 2 Turkey Dogs, Sweet potato chips, Apple sauce, Gouda cheese chunks
 The only "hot dogs" Zoey eats ^
 A special "chip" treat every once in a while

 Snack~ Whole fat Cream cheese on Wheat Ritz Crackers
Sometimes I add raisins on top for fun!

Snack~ Her favorite snack in raisins

Dessert~ Zoey loves these as a special treat! Greek yogurt that taste like vanilla ice cream :)

Breakfast~ A fried egg in coconut oil, grapes, and a Greek yogurt

Dinner~ Roasted chicken chunks, Cabbage and potato, Spinach and cheese quesadilla, diced peaches

Lunch~ 2 Turkey Dogs, Organic Peas in butter, sweet potato chips with sour cream ranch dip, Mozzarella cheese

 Dinner~ NACHOS! Covered in cheese,  Homamade Refried beans, Grilled seasoned chicken, and sour cream!
^^ She loved them! :)

Dinner~ Grilled chicken in coconut oil, organic peas in butter, Caesar salad with Parm cheese, bow tie noodles in Caesar dressing. (we had a blackened chicken, bow tie Caesar salad, this was her version)

Snack/Dessert ~ Zoey loved to have these as a snack We also freeze them for a dessert and they are great frozen for teething babes

 Snack ~ Zoey Loves roasted chicken. I make a honey mustard with mayo, Mustard and honey :] She loves this protein packed snack

Breakfast ~ This girl LOVES pancakes. Also scrambled eggs and a sausage

 Dinner ~ Rasted chicken, Cheese and spinach quesadilla, and steamed organic peas

Dinner~ Steamed organic brocolli with butter, Veggie pasta with Alfredo and peas

Lunch~  Turkey dog, celery and peanut butter, Crackers and cream cheese and grapes :] Super simple

Breakfast~ This has been her breakfast for days. Her egg is either scrambled or over easy. Yogurt she loves to put granola in now. below is the granola she is obsessed with

More to come soon!

Live, Laugh & Love,
~With Lana