Tag Archives: Snacks

A New Best Friend

31 Aug

I made a new best friend tonight.

I’d like to introduce you; readers, meet Nutella.

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Ok, ok, most of you have already met before. I read about Julie enjoying Nutella throughout Europe. I was intrigued by Gabriela’s Nutella fudge. But I had yet to try the stuff myself.

You see, I’m cheap. And this stuff usually runs about $4/$5+ where I live. So when I saw it on sale tonight for $2.99, I scooped it up & now I’ll never look back!

Questions #1: Have you ever tried Nutella? What’s your favorite way to enjoy it?

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Moving on… I’ve got a super simple dinner recipe to share with you all tonight.

This one comes compliments of another Campbell’s Kitchen e-mail (seriously, sign up for these!).

You can find the original recipe for cheeseburger pasta here!

All you need is: lean ground beef, cheddar cheese soup, tomato soup, & pasta – that’s it!

First, cook up the ground beef. Then add the two soups & the uncooked pasta.

It’s not the prettiest thing to look at, but it was tasty!

I enjoyed my portion topped with some parmesan cheese & alongside of a salad!

And there were even leftovers for lunch the next day! Yes.

What’s your favorite type of pasta? I love a good lobster ravioli!

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Farmers Market Finds

26 Aug

Today is my last official weekday off before school starts. (Although we have next Friday & the following Monday off for Labor Day, so I can’t complain!)

So on my last carefree day, I decided to do a little back-to-school clothing shopping, then hit up a local farmers market. I had been to the Shillington Farmers Market once before, but on that visit I was there strictly for cupcakes. Today, I wanted to stock up on fresh fruit!

I was able to purchase 6 oranges, 4 Fuji apples, strawberries, 2 lemons (to use in a dinner recipe next week) & 1 avocado for $15.00!

I was a little shocked to arrive home from my errands & find this:

That would be a rather well-stocked fruit drawer! Chris usually eats a ton of fruit during the week, so I was surprised to see that we were actually good to go for a while yet.

What to do, what to do? I had recently won a giveaway on Chelsey’s blog for Clearly Fresh produce storage bags. According to the website…

“Clearly Fresh® bags are large clear zip bags (12” X 14”), with a breathable 3 inch square membrane on one side. Each pack contains 10 bags. These bags enable you to keep your fruits and vegetables fresher longer for less waste and more savings. Its large size, allows you to store an entire bunch of bananas or a whole head of lettuce with room to spare. PLUS the bags are re-closeable and recyclable.”

I packed up 2 Clearly Fresh bags with my extra apples & oranges, & I guess we’ll see what happens! 😉

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Backtracking to last night, Chris & I enjoyed another crock pot chicken meal that I’d like to share.

I modeled this dinner off of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Chicken in Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce, but made quite a few changes (sun-dried tomatoes are kind of expensive, in case you didn’t know!).

Slow Cooker Tomato Artichoke Chicken

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can Campbell’s condensed cream of chicken soup
  • About 1 cup white wine (I just “eyeballed” the amount I added)
  • Sprinkle of garlic powder
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts (drained & chopped)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Brown rice
  • Basil

Directions:

  • Combine the soup, wine, garlic powder, artichoke hearts, & tomatoes in a slow cooker.
  • Add the chicken, & turn to coat the chicken with the soup mixture.

  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours (I did 8, but 7 would be plenty).
  • Serve chicken on a bed of brown rice, & top with extra soup mixture & basil.

This was a delicious & very filling meal. I actually couldn’t finish my portion, even though I really wanted to! (Stew wanted in as well!)

And I can’t forget to make mention of dessert – a peanut butter cup Blizzard from Dairy Queen!!! Heavenly.

What’s your favorite ice cream “treat”? Blizzards are pretty high on my list, but I love a good sundae too!

Easy Eats

20 Jul

We’re half-way through the week (& 17 days from the wedding, in case you’re wondering ;-))!

I’m going to share with you two different “easy eats” I enjoyed today!

First thing this morning, I headed to the gym & completed 45 minutes on the elliptical that looked very similar to Monday’s workout.

When I came home, it was time to get crackin’ on breakfast. I decided to whip up some chocolate chip oatmeal! First, I cooked the oatmeal in milk.

Cooking After about 5 minutes, I added in the following mix-ins:

  • Chopped walnuts
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chia seeds

Ingredients Toppings

The mini chocolate chips started melting into the oatmeal & tasted delicious!

Close-up I want more!

After getting ready to run some errands (what I do pretty much every day!) I decided to blend up a quick smoothie to take with me on the road.

I blended together:

  • 1/2 a banana
  • About 3/4 c. frozen pineapples
  • About 1/2-3/4 c. plain Chobani
  • Splash of milk

Pineapples Blended Smoothie time

I loved the banana/pineapple flavor combo; very refreshing in the oppressive heat we’ve been experiencing here in PA!

My first errand was to pick up our ceremony program covers from our graphic designer, Kristin! Kristin has put together beautiful invitations & other extras for our wedding, & I’ll definitely be showing off some of her work after the big day!

Next, it was over to the apartment to continue the never-ending set-up! I think I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! Next up is to start moving some of my clothes there. Look! I finally got some of those decorations hung:

Decor And with that, it’s off to relax for a bit & get ready for my second dress fitting at Kleinfelds tomorrow afternoon! Have a great night! 🙂

What’s your favorite oatmeal mix-in? OR What’s your favorite breakfast?