Archives for August 2013

Bacon, Spinach & Feta (Un) Stuffed Chicken Recipe

Today, I’m sharing my Bacon, Spinach & Feta Stuffed Chicken. This recipe is definitely worth trying out, trust me. Jason’s asked for it three times in three weeks. The kids even like it, which is strange because they don’t usually like things all mixed together and ingredients that aren’t easily identifiable. It’s that good.

And here’s a secret: this stuffed chicken recipe isn’t really stuffed at all, so it is much easier to make than traditional stuffed chicken recipes. Maybe I better title would be un-stuffed chicken!

Bacon, Spinach & Feta (Un) Stuffed Chicken

I originally found this stuffed chicken recipe while perusing Rachael Ray’s magazine. I thought it sounded amazingly good, but like a whole lot of work. So I thought I’d try to make it a bit simpler to suit my family’s needs.

Who has time to stuff chicken for dinner? This stuffed chicken recipe takes from time consuming to quick by simply layering ingredients instead of stuffing.

Bacon, Spinach & Feta Stuffed Chicken (Except It's Not Stuffed!)
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup thawed frozen chopped spinach, squeezed dry
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees .
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the first 6 ingredients.
  3. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange half of the chicken pieces on the bottom of the pan. Spoon the spinach mixture over the chicken pieces. Top the spinach mixture with the remaining chicken pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
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Need an easy way to cook bacon for this recipe? Check out my post How To Cook Bacon Quickly With No Mess. Looking for more chicken recipes? I have lots of them including my super simple Baked Chicken recipe and my Buffalo Chicken Casserole.
Have a favorite chicken recipe? Share your link in the comment section below.

My Love/Hate Relationship With Project Runway

project-runway-logoI LOVE Project Runway. I’ve watched it every season for at least the last six years or so, and probably have seen all of the other seasons via reruns. Tim Gunn is one of my favorite TV stars (he plays the voice of Baileywick on Sofia The First, did you know that?) and I would watch the show even if he was the only judge.

Now what’s funny about me liking (loving) Project Runway so much is that I have no fashion sense or sense of style. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl. Getting dressed up to me is wearing heels with my jeans. Seriously.

I don’t normally blog about pop culture. I don’t know why, it’s just not my thing. I have actually thought about writing about Project Runway before but then thought, what the hell would I say? I obviously have no taste if I compare my notes to the judges’ notes. People can look at me and know that I am not a fashionista, and probably wouldn’t understand my fascination with Project Runway. I mean after watching for so long, you would think I would have learned a thing or two and stepped up my wardrobe. Not so much.

But after last week’s show, I can no longer keep quiet about this. I swore that if this look I’m going to show you won, I would blog about it. Because it is entirely clear to me now that not only do I not have a lick of fashion sense, but apparently I don’t understand fashion either…at all.

A lot of times (read: most of the time) the looks I love on the show are the ones the judges hate. Or the ones I think are absolutely horrendous are the ones the judges love. Take this one for example.

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project-runway-winner2This look was last week’s winning look. The top is kinda cool, but it’s the drop crotch pants (or is that a saggy diaper?) that gets me. What the hell are those things? And who the hell would wear them? If I saw somebody wearing them, I would laugh. This was the winning look?! The one the judges couldn’t say enough positive things about. They raved about it! Loved it! Were blown away by even the styling!

I see a saggy diaper. Anybody else?

People, this is why I will never understand fashion. This is why you’ll never see me starting trends or wearing fashion-forward looks. Because to me? This is a joke. Nobody I know would EVER be caught dead wearing those pants. They are terrible to my no-fashion-sense-mind. Somebody, please, help me understand.

Are you a fan of Project Runway? Do you “get” fashion? Maybe you can explain it to me…

Psst! Speaking of fashion…Kohl’s (you know how much I love shopping at Kohl’s!) reached out to me to offer a special savings to my readers! Use BTSMOMTEN and get 10% off all of your Kohl’s online purchases! You can even combine this with other department specific codes (but not other site-wide codes). You’re welcome.

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My Unmentionables Are Barely There And They Are Comfy!

Disclaimer: I received free items from Barely There to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Let’s talk bras and undies. For me, these are items of clothing you don’t skimp on. That doesn’t mean you have to buy super expensive undergarments, but you don’t buy them cheap either or you will be regretting it all day long. The goal is to find a brand that is super comfy, meets your expectations for the job it needs to do, and that you can afford. For me, that is Barely There.

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Barely There Keeps You Looking & Feeling Great All Day Long

I’ve been working with Barely There for over a year now. I tweet and write Facebook posts about how wonderful they are, and now I’m sharing it here on my blog. All of the Barely There bras, panties, and shapewear are bras, panties and shapewear that are ruffle, wrinkle, crinkle, line, tag and seam free. To say it feels like their products are barely there when you wear them is 100% true!

Barely There bras have a beautiful smooth shape that never pulls or rides up. You’ll find flexible underwires that are cushioned against your skin so they won’t pinch or bind and the straps and lace are microfiber-backed, so you won’t itch throughout the day. The panties are super-soft, made from materials that don’t ride up, and have a non-binding waist and leg bands that won’t dig in.

Barely There products are quality, comfort, and affordability at their finest.

barely-there Check out Barely There’s We’ve Got You Covered bra. This bra offers fuller coverage with a customized lift. Customized lift? You choose the bra based on your cup size, and the bra will have the lift you need. If you wear an A cup, you will find lots of lift. A B cup has moderate lift, a C cup has everyday lift, and a D cup offers light lift.

What I love about this bra is that it looks smooth under t-shirts and dresses. You don’t even know it’s there. The straps don’t slip, material doesn’t bulge, and I don’t feel like I’m spilling out of the top of the cups or sides.

This is like a custom made bra just for me! Although it offers lift, it doesn’t look or feel big and bulky.

You probably want to know where you can find one of these amazing bras, right? You can find them at Kohl’s (as you all know, my favorite!), JCPenney’s, and Macys. Or shop online using this list of Barely There online retailers.

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Listen To Your Gut: It Always Seems To Be Right

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Have you ever gotten that nagging feeling that continues to tell you to reach out to a friend? Do you listen to it? I did last week, and I’m glad I did.

I almost didn’t reach out to my friend because I hadn’t talked to her in months, and thought she was probably thinking I was a bad friend. But hell, I thought, I haven’t talked to some of my family in that long and it doesn’t make them love me any less.

I kept thinking I need to reach out to her, text her, call her, send her a Facebook message. I’m on the computer and phone all the time so I really have no excuse for not doing it. But that nagging feeling – my gut – kept popping into my head throughout the day saying to reach out to her.

Finally on Thursday of last week, I sent her a text. I just told her I was thinking about her and hoped that she was doing good. She responded that she was, and after a few more texts back and forth, she told me she was going through chemo.

And that people, is why you should listen to your gut. It was like I knew something was up and that I needed her to know I was thinking about her. I know that I can’t fix or change her situation, or do anything about it. And to be honest, the last thing she would want is sympathy or for me to act as her fixer.

But when things are really shitty, sometimes just knowing that your friends are thinking of you is more than enough. That’s what connects us to people. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t talked to a friend in a few day, few months, or even a few years. I know I have never been angry to hear from a friend out of the blue just to say hello and that they were thinking of me. That’s what friendship is all about, right?

Sometimes your gut is trying to put things into perspective for you. The most important things in the world are the people you choose to surround yourself with…your family and friends. I love that picture at the beginning of this post because it is so true. Friends do become your family, and I feel like my gut was trying to remind how important my friends are to me…even if I’ve been neglecting the friendships.

So if you have had that feeling, that nagging voice in your head telling you to just reach out to someone and say hello, do it. If you do? Then you will make a friend’s day and catch up with them. The line of communication reopens. But if you don’t, you might end up regretting it.

Happy 4th Birthday, Girls (Even Though It’s A Little Late)

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The birthday girls at their birthday dinner.

I’m a horrible mom. Last week, the girls turned four years old and I didn’t even write their birthday post. I don’t know how I forgot about it…I did one last year when the girls turned three and I planned on doing it, it just didn’t happen. I did Ethan’s happy birthday post when he turned six last week; why didn’t I forget that one too? Mom of the Year right here.

But we did celebrate the girls’ birthday! Their birthday actually fell on the weekend, so we decided to take them to the beach. We all had a lot of fun, and then came home to have dinner with our extended family. We sang happy birthday and they loved all of the attention.

So even though it’s late (better late than never), I want to wish my ladies a very happy fourth birthday!

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Happy Birthday Lila!

Smart

Little Mommy

Sweet

Brave (You have no fear!)

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Mia!

Loving

Girly

Stubborn

Imaginative (You LOVE to play dress up!)