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I love Pinterest! I pin recipes, home décor ideas, inspiration quotes, workouts, healthy goodies, and DIY’s. My favorite boards is  “Lovely DIY’s,” which provides endless inspirations for arts and crafts projects.

I’D like to share a few projects that I’ve been day dreaming about:

Upcycle Wine Bottles: Twine or colored yarn is a simple solution to covering up old wine bottles without much effort. For this project, all you’ll need is the yarn of your choice and a strong adhesive like fabric or craft glue. - See more .

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Starbust Mirror:  Starburst mirrors are so chic in metallics and I’m really loving gold accents lately. I wanted to create something for our bedroom that replaced an old art piece that wasn’t really working and that also added more light to a dark corner in that space.  See more.

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DIY Headboard: Super cute and chic! See more.

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Don’t these Lovely DIY’s look fun? I think so.

What are some your favorite Pinterest boards, let me know. To view my DIY’s board, click here.

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Great reminder to take little adventures…

Originally posted on The Hashtag Generation:

Happy Monday! Don’t forget to take a little adventure this week. :)

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The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”  
―     Julia Child

Well, Julia sums it up!

Last week I had one of those “what-the-hell” kind of moments. I didn’t know what to make for dinner and all I had was four chicken breast. I wanted something with basil, so instead of making a pesto marinade and slandering on the chicken – I stuffed it!

The filling included ingredients I had in my refrigerator needing to be used such as cooked quinoa.

Ingredients for filling:

  • Basil (1 cup)
  • Spinach (1 cup)
  • Quinoa (1/2 cup)
  • Jalapeno pepper jack cheese (1/2 cup)
  • Green onions (1)
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

Finely slice the basil, spinach and green onions. Then mince the garlic and shred the cheese. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

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To prepare the chicken for stuffing make a slit on the thicker side of the breast creating a pocket. Next, open the pocket and stuff with the filling mixture. Stuff each breast and lay on a cookie rack lined with parchment paper. Once all the breast are stuffed, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil.

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Once all your chicken breasts are stuffed, wrap the poultry with the parchment paper to create a large air-tight packet.

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Cook for 35 to 40 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

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The packet will “steam cook” the chicken which will produce juicy and tender breast. It’s tough to burn food when cooked this way. I am a big fan of this method.

Serve the breast with a side salad or veggies.

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This “what-the-hell” recipe turned out to be super delicious! I just had to share it with you.

Hope you’ll enjoy it too.

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Move over Popeye and make room for the “queen of greens,” kale. Gaining in popularity, kale is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor.

Eating a variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables can do wonders for your health, but choosing super-nutritious kale on a regular basis may provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.

To read more about the Truth About Kale, click here.

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One of my favorite ways to eat kale is to bake it and make chips. Lucky for me, my garden is doing great and producing a lot of kale. Other ways I use kale is to sautéed, juiced, or steamed. I try to incorporate kale in my dishes because of its high nutritious value.

An easy way to eat this hearty green vegetable is to make kale chips. I got the recipe from Mimi of Everything Luxy on YouTube, but I added lemon juice to give a bit of tang. This recipe makes delicious, healthy, guilt-free snack that will not disappoint.

Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • Lemon juice (to taste)
  • Sesame Seeds (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash the kale, remove the stem, and tear into small pieces.
  3. Be sure to dry the kale really well by using a salad spinner (or paper towels).
  4. In a large bowl place kale and massage the oil into it. Gently toss the kale with the olive oil, be sure all the leafs are covered with oil.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl of kale, and mix well.
  6. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Pour the kale on to cookie sheet, be sure to arrange in a single layer.
  8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Check the oven toward the last 5 or 10 minutes to prevent burning. Bake until all pieces are crispy.
  9. After kale chips are done, remove cookie sheet from oven and let them cool.

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Hope you like and enjoy!

Yup, that’s right, a 30 Day Challenge.

No, it does not require a strict exercise routine, or an all liquid diet, and it doesn’t even mean you should put your credit (or debit) card away. No need to panic, this is a fun activity. The “30 Day Challenge With Friends” is just that – a 30 day challenge you do with your friends. In our case, with each other.

A week or so ago, Cristy suggested we do this thing she found on a really cute blog she follows. Here’s how our (text) conversation went down, read on:

Cristy: We should do this (she text me a screenshot of the 30 day challenge prompts).

Cat: How do we do it?

Cristy: We just write about it :-) one topic a day.

Cat:  I see. Okay. Like a blog post or to each other?

Cristy: To each other :-) .

Cat: Okay. I’m in!!! Starting March 1st?

Cristy: Yay, I’m excited. I think it will be fun!

As you can tell, Cristy had to work super hard at convincing me to do the challenge. So now we challenge you, do the 30 day challenge with your friends and see what you learn about each other.

Here are the questions:

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Thanks for visiting.

P.s. we’re both a little stressed about Day 06 – 30 interesting facts about yourself. Really, 30?!

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