Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chicken and Two Bean Skillet

I love one pan skillet meals. You don't have to worry about side dishes, cause your veggies, meat and everything are all combined. Clean up is easy. But most importantly, it's colorful, which means that my toddler is more willing to eat it since it's visually appealing. I was a little hesitant to make this because it's pretty healthy, which is typically game over for my husband, but he actually liked it and had not two, but three portions. 

3/4 lb green beans, trimmed, cut into bite size pieces
salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
1 14oz can white beans

Combine green beans and one cup of lightly salted water in microwave safe bowl; cover. Microwave on high until beans are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain.

In a bowl, whisk 2 tbsp oil along with mustard, vinegar, and 1/2 tsp salt. Add green beans, white beans, and tomatoes. Toss to coat.

Preheat 2 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. While pan is heating, chop raw chicken into bite size chunks. Cook chicken in pan until cooked all the way through. Once chicken is cooked, add the shallot and cook until softened. About 3 minutes. Add the tomato and bean mixture and cook until all is heated through, about 7 minutes. Then serve. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Red Shift Dress

Last Friday night I went grocery shopping for the first time in like... 5 weeks. And by grocery shopping I mean I did an online order with Harris Teeter and paid someone $5 to do my shopping for me, and then I just drove up to the store and they put it in my car. I don't know what I'm going to do if Derek gets a new job in a city/state that doesn't offer that luxury. Anyways, Harris Teeter told me that they didn't have the pesto I ordered, so then when I got my groceries I drove over to Target real quick to grab some, and then I looked on the cartwheel app to see if there was a coupon for it, and then I saw there was a coupon for 20% off all dresses, "today only", and then I saw this dress, and then the rest was history. So Harris Teeter is to blame for this weeks Target impulse purchase. BUT... this dress is perfect for fall and can easily be dressed up for church, or dressed down for running errands (I'll show a dressed down look later...) Then I got home and saw there was in fact a jar of pesto in my bag of groceries from Harris Teeter #wompwomp

Dress: Target| Necklace: Nordstrom| Shoes: Old Navy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Creamy Tomato Soup

I've finally made my way into the kitchen to cook dinner for the family over the last few days. That place seems like new territory. Up until this last Saturday, I don't think I've cooked a meal in there for about five entire weeks. And then all of a sudden in one weekend I cooked dinner for us twice, and took dinner over to a family from church, which happened to feed 17 people... so my kitchen and I have gotten very reacquainted with each other real quick. For Sunday dinner this week I pmade a homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese. It was a slow cooker meal, which was perfect since it could cook and do it's thing, while I made this Corn Tortilla Chicken Lasagna to feed said army of 17. 

2 tbsp butter
1 yellow onion
1 tbsp flour
(2) 28oz cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, about 3-5 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring 1 minute. Transfer to slow cooker.

Add tomatoes with juice, broth, and water into the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours, until tomatoes are very soft. Puree with an immersion blender and then stir in cayenne, salt, pepper, heavy cream, and serve.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Denim on Denim

Fall is here! Maybe that's a bold statement to make since I live in NC but, the high was only 70 on Sunday so we're making improvements. Fall is hands down my favorite season of the year. I love wearing warm clothes (which is why I wear long sleeves and jeans through most of the summer), baking a million pumpkin recipes (sorry Derek), and sipping hot cocoa. Turns out you can put me in the south, but the New Yorker in me will always be there.

Chambray shirts are a pretty big wardrobe staple for the fall. They can easily be layered with almost anything, and they can be worn on their own pretty easily too. Over the summer Old Navy had an in store only one day sale that made this chambray $10! That was more than half off, and my old one from Old Navy that I had (still have in my closet), has been worn and washed so much that it almost isn't blue anymore, so I jumped on the sale when I had the chance since I knew it wasn't a piece of clothing that was going to go to waste!

Shirt: Old Navy| Jeans: Forever 21| Shoes: Old Navy| Necklace: Nordstrom

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Florals with eShakti

I'm told that floral prints are going to be a pretty big deal this fall. So naturally when eShakti approached me to do a collaboration with them over here on the blog, I was all about this navy floral print dress. When this came in the mail last night I was super impressed! I ran to the bathroom to try it on, and when I came out Kyle said, "Pretty!", that coming from a two year old says something right? 

The main thing that I love about eShakti is that you can customize any dress to make it exactly the way you want. As many of  you know, I choose to dress modestly, so I like to wear dresses with sleeves, and that are knee length. At eShakti, there is no longer the problem of, "Oh I like that dress, but it's too short...", or "Man, I wish that had sleeves..." eShakti can adjust any dress to fit your sleeve preferences, necklines, and dress length. 

For this dress I chose to go with an elbow length sleeve, knee length for the dress, and a boat neck cut, for the neckline. You can even send them your exact measurements if you want the perfect custom fit. But, if you're lazy like me, you can just choose from their normal selection of sizes as well. Consider me completely on board with eShakti! You can get 10% off your purchase from eShakti now through 10/12/14 using promo code, "thehappyflammily", this code can be used with other offers (unless otherwise noted), so stack it to get a great deal!

Dress: c/o eShakti| Necklace: Nordstrom| Heels: Forever 21