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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Lemon Moringa Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Bacon & Feta

Butternut squash is one of those Fall favorites that a lot of people can't wait to get their hands on.  It's full of beta carotene as you can tell by it's bright orange color.  I bought one a couple weeks ago when they were on sale for 99 cents.  That's a great deal, especially considering you can do so much with them.  I never had butternut squash for the first time until about two years ago.  Hard to believe, I know!  How did I ever live without them before?

I personally love making butternut squash soup.  In our house we prefer to not make it sweet.  The first recipe we ever used called for a little cinnamon and nutmeg, I think.  My hubby didn't like it that way at all.  Since then we usually try to make our butternut squash as savory as possible.

I love combining ingredients you might not normally think about putting together. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

DIY Ripped & Ragged Boyfriend Jeans & Pops of Color

I love denim.  I've always been such a denim girl.  And truthfully, I don't mind destroying a pair of jeans.  It used to be a joke. . . . 25 years ago. . . . that I cut more clothes than a lot of people owned.   I remember when jeans with holes were around in the 80s and 90s.  Back then, we used to like to wear lace tights under our hole-y jeans.  Now, I wear them with colored tights or printed athleisure leggings.  This pair of Ripped & Ragged jeans came about because I'm just not that comfortable wearing my comfy printed leggings without a shirt that's long enough to cover my stuff, but I still like my leggings.  I decided to make peek-a-boo holes in my jeans so that the cute prints would still show.  Of course today, I did them with some colorful tights. 

These are boyfriend jeans.  I mean, they're actually seriously guy jeans.  I bought them several years ago way cheap on a clearance rack at Penney's.   I've never worn them though because the waist is high and the legs are wider than I'd like.  So, they were the perfect pair for a DIY transformation.

I cut a little hole in one knee and then ripped so that the fabric ripped all the way from one seam to the other.

Then, on the other leg, I didn't want the hole exactly at the knee.  I decided to do two holes in that leg.  I made one hole a couple inches above the knee and one hole a couple inches below the knee.  Being symmetrical is so overrated. BUT. . . . then I decided I'd make a hole in the knee anyway.

Then, I cut the edge off the pockets and I cut the seams on the bottom to expose the raw edge.

A trip through the washer and dryer finished this pair up.

I like pairing them with bright colored tights underneath for a bright pop of color. You can tell I was having a pop of color, casual tee, half-pulled scraggly pony-tail, pearl earrings, bright fuschia lip with a bare face kind of day.  And of course I'm not your typical "fashion" blogger. I don't have a fancy DSL camera set up with perfect lighting. I have a tablet and a floor or a night stand or whatever I can prop that thing on. I have ceiling fans and dirty floors and bedroom doors. One should never take themselves too seriously!!!!  You can tell I don't. 

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Quick & Healthy One Pan Cooking | 10+ Sheet Pan Recipes to Try

Who doesn't love one-pot, one-dish or one pan-cooking? I have seen several very yummy looking sheet pan meals in my social media streams the last few days.  The ease of this type of cooking appeals to me right now.  Less dishes to wash??? I'm in!  And I LOVE that every recipe uses whole foods.  What a wonderful way to quickly and easily get a healthy meal on the table.  All of these recipes left me scrambling to find and buy a sheet pan ASAP!  From Steak, Chicken & Salmon, to Sausage, Veggies & Potatoes, here are 10 recipes that look awesome to try! (Plus 4 Incr-edible Sheet Pan Inspiration pics from Instagram!!!)

Check out some of the photos of sheet pan cooking I found on Instagram.  I think I just found some great new Instagram accounts to follow!  And then, check out the 10 great recipe links I found for you!

    10 Sheet Pan Recipes to Try for Quick, Easy & Healthy Meals 
  1. Sheet Pan with Moroccan Steak with Carrot Top Chimichurri.  What could be better than to have a one-pan meal???  Steak.  Steak can add to the overall better-ness of that scenario.  And carrots and potatoes and cumin!  Count me ALL in!
  2. Balsamic Chicken and Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner.   Honestly, we just can't eat steak every day.  I would LOVE to, but my arteries probably wouldn't like me very much.  We need to throw some chicken in there every now and then.  This Balsamic Chicken with veggies in the one-pan format looks wonderful!  My mouth is watering right now!
  3.  Sheet Pan Chicken Legs.  I'm not a huge fan of fennel, which this recipe has in it.  That's the beauty of sheet pan cooking, though. . . . you can put what YOU want on the sheet pan.  I just like that this recipe includes bone-in chicken pieces.  Let's face it, boneless is convenient.  But, when you want something less expensive AND more flavorful, bone-in is the way to go.  Plus, you can save the bones to make homemade chicken stock!
  4. Sheet Pan Roast Chicken and Cabbage.  Here's another one that uses bone-in chicken, which of course, means this meal is economical!   I love that Alexandra breaks the whole process down for you, including the timing of how to get perfect crispy-skinned chicken and flavorful, tender cabbage.  Yum!
  5. Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Crusted Salmon.  We are always looking for new ways to cook salmon.  This recipe looks yummy with red potatoes, green beans and salmon.  My hubby is a fan of honey mustard.  If yours is too, give this recipe a try!
  6. Sheet Pan Chili Lime Salmon.  Here's another salmon recipe for you.  I love chili and lime. Her photos in this post look ah.maz.ing.  I want to jump through my computer screen and eat it. Now.   Seriously, Chili Lime Salmon. Get in my belly now!
  7. Sheet Pan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Hash.  Oh. My. Yum!  They had me at paprika and cilantro.  The photos of this dish at the site listed will make your mouth water.  The one dish meal will make you want breakfast for dinner every night. Every. Single. Night.
  8. Loaded Baked Potato Sheet Pan Dinner.  Who doesn't love a loaded baked potato every now and then?  Put all your ingredients on one pan and bake.  Yummo!
  9. Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts.  I have bone-in pork chops on my shopping list this week.  This delish one-dish meal sounds wonderful.  I think I'm going to be getting a lot of use out of my brand new sheet pan!  
  10. 30 Minute Sheet Potatoes and Chicken Sausage.  I'd have to agree with the kitchn website.  I love any kind of crispy potato, too.  Throw pre-cooked chicken sausage into the mix and my taste buds are very happy!  I would add a green veggie to this pan as well, to round out the meal.  

More Instagram Sheet Pan Inspiration 

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Have you tried Sheet Pan Cooking yet?  Do you have a favorite recipe?  You can leave a link in the comments below if you wish.  

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DISCLOSURE: I am not a doctor, nutritionist or chemist. The things that I post to this site are usually experiments I do that may or may not work for me (I will always let you know which way) . Nothing I post is meant to treat any condition that you may have. You should always ask your own doctor's opinion on any condition that you may have. If you try anything from my site, you do so at your own risk. I'm an experimenter, always trying to make my own way. That's my thing. I'm happy if you find inspiration here. Life for me is always about creativity.