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Power Salad

Power Salad

My birthday was Wednesday. Having a birthday while being so far in a pregnancy is kind of strange. When family asked me what I wanted, I could barely think of anything. My mind isn’t on anything for myself so ummm…diaper bag? Money to buy more baby stuff? Now that I am 31 weeks, I have finally started feeling the nesting thing. The fact that the baby’s room is not cleaned up and organized is freaking me out! So if one isn’t super excited about presents, what was the best part of this birthday? Cupcakes. Duh. Oh, and there was also fondue with an embarrassing amount of bread and cheese for just two people.

Cupcakes and fondue are why I feel the needed to post this salad today. It’s pretty much everything a salad should be: Light and healthy, but packed with flavor! You start with a bed of vitamin-packed greens. I used a package that contained spinach, kale, and chard. This combo of greens contain a ton of iron, Vitamins A,C, and K, and folic acid. Then I tossed in some cooked quinoa and sliced almonds for added protein and fiber, and blueberries and green apple for antioxidants! For the dressing, I just mixed up a nice honey lemon dressing. This salad is perfect for when you want to detox and cleanse your body. If you want to make it a little more hearty, adding some chicken is a great idea!

Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

I am incredibly honored to be participating in the OXO Bake a Difference campaign for Cookies for Cancer again this year. OXO will be donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for each blog post dedicated to this campaign in the month of September. In addition to these donations, OXO will also be donating 25 cents to pediatric cancer research when you all buy specially marked products as a part of their goal of raising up to $100,000 to Cookies’ for Kids Cancer! So after you guys read this post, it would be wonderful if you could click over the OXO website and purchase some of these special products. Just look for products with this green sticker:

Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

This year, I chose to make spritz cookies. I’ve never made them, but have always wanted to try them because of all of the fun shapes! My friends at OXO were so kind to send a fun little package to get me started including their fancy cookie press and some great spatulas!

Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

I’m a big fan of chai anything. Chai tea lattes are a definitely favorite drink of mine! I recently realized that I have only had about two chai recipes on this blog! What’s up with that? This had to be fixed so I decided to make some chai spice spritz cookies! I was actually surprised how easy these were to make. The cookie press made it so simple and I could definitely see myself making more spritz cookies for the upcoming holiday season. These little chai spiced cookies are perfect for the fall with a cup of coffee or tea. I know a lot of people like to decorate their spritz cookies, but I decided to leave these plain because I thought they were plenty cute on their own! You could certainly do some icing if you wanted to though!

Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

Flashback Friday: Mexican Chicken Bake

Mexican Chicken Bake

I call this dish Mexican Chicken Bake, but I also like to call it “Single Lady Dinner” because that’s what I used to call it. Back in the day before my now-husband and I moved in together, I made this at least once a week. First, the ingredients are not very expensive. And second, it gave me a hearty and healthy meal with lots of leftovers so I didn’t have to cook every night! And then I completely forgot it even existed until I was flipping through some old posts and was all like, “Ohhhhh mannnn, I gotta make that one again!”. This is another one of those recipes that I can make on a Sunday and then pack into individual containers for work lunches during the week.

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

A couple of weekends ago, I woke up really wishing we had a big batch of cinnamon rolls for breakfast. But I didn’t feel like putting in all of the work to prepare them so instead I mixed up a batch of cinnamon roll oatmeal! Surprisingly enough, it totally satisfied my craving and it was like heaven in a bowl. I wasn’t sure how oatmeal could satisfy a craving for a cinnamon roll, but this definitely did the trick and best of all, I had it all done in about 15 minutes!

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Flashback Friday: Chicken Pepperoni-Marinara

Chicken Pepperoni-Marinara

We eat a lot of chicken in this house. I’m a big fan of the organic packs at Costco. Having a lot of chicken in the freezer means we typically have chicken 2-3 times a week. This also means that chicken can get reallllly boring. We tend to fall back on just grilling it. And that’s when Flashback Fridays really step in to save the day because I can look through the blog and rediscover some really yummy recipes that I have completely forgotten about to change things up a bit!

Nibblies

1. When I wake up in the morning these days, I am usually starving. So for breakfast, I have an epic bowl of cereal. And I mean embarrassingly epic. My husband makes fun of me every morning for this. The bowl is pretty much filled to the top and then there is a pile of blueberries on top. I mostly just eat plain Special K so it could be worse, right?!

2. I am really looking forward to fall tv starting back up. We’ve been in a tv rut. We tried watching Doctor Who on Netflix, but just aren’t feeling it. Too many robots. We got to the middle of season 2 (starting from 2005) and just can’t get into it. I know so many people rave about it, but am I missing something?