9.18.2014

15 Minute White Chicken Chili + Anthropologie Giveaway

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Every day, right around four-thirty, everything seems to fall apart at our house. Snacks get spilled, toys are strewn everywhere (even if we just cleaned them up!), tantrums are thrown, and dinner seems to be the last thing on my mind. Brian usually gets home around five, and as much as I’d like to be the wife that has dinner on the table when he gets home, it rarely happens. Then my mom gave me her white chicken chili recipe. Life changed! This dinner is incredibly simple and takes less than fifteen minutes to make. Plus, it tastes like you spent all afternoon in the kitchen. Shh, don’t tell anyone otherwise. ;)


Amy’s White Chicken Chili
In a large pot add:
3 cans drained Great Northern White beans
2 cans Swanson's Chicken Broth
2 cans diced chiles
1 can Costco canned chicken with juices or Rotisserie chicken
1 TBSP dried onion
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt

Heat on stove and then add 2 cups frozen super sweet white corn. Corn should only take a few minutes to cook and warm.
When it’s done, scoop into bowls and top with shredded cheese and diced avocado. Serve with tortilla chips.

Want another easy, 15 minute dinner? Hop on over to my mom’s blog for easy Swiss, grilled chicken and bacon sandwich. Mmm!


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And now, let’s just take a moment to talk about these bowls. I’ve been in LOVE with these latte bowls at Anthropolgie for forever now. They come in all different colors and sizes and just scream ADORABLE. My friend Corina gave me the genius idea to buy one large bowl and one small bowl every time I stop by the store. That way, I walk out spending less than $10, but still grow my bowl collection, albeit slowly. I love pulling these bowls out for an extra pop of color at the dinner table or for parties.

If you’ve had your eye on these bowls for awhile, or anything else at Anthro for that matter, today’s your lucky day! These darling ladies and I have teamed up to offer you a chance to win a $120 gift card to Anthropologie. You can use the Rafflecopter below to enter. The giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on September 18th until 11:59 pm EST on September 25th. All entries will be verified. Good luck!



9.17.2014

Saturday Adventure

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About once or twice a year, we get together with the Smith’s for a day in the mountains. I’m not sure why we don’t do it more often, it’s one of our favorite weekends of the year. We spend the day rock climbing digging in the dirt, and chatting for hours, and we all return home covered in dirt from head to toe. We ventured up to Big Cottonwood Canyon and boy, was it the perfect day. The weather was fabulous, minus a few sprinkles here and there that quickly passed, and being up in the mountains was glorious. I always forget how much I love rock climbing. I have a slight fear of heights (don’t look down!) but when I make it to the top and see the view, it’s a rush!


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This girl belongs outside. She had dirt caked to her eyebrows and ripped a hole right through her pants, but couldn’t have cared less. She was wild and free! Later, when we gave her a bath, I about died. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen bathwater so brown! ;)


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I struggle keeping headbands in my hair, they always slide and pull and I end up attempting to fix my hair all day long. I tried out Coco Bands for the first time while rock climbing, and I’m hooked! They’re non-slip headbands, they don’t leave an indent in your head, and they actually stay in all day. And I mean ALL DAY. Not to mention, they’re adorable and come with mommy & me sets. Can’t beat that! For the next three days you can get 15% off with code HEANDI15.

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My camera was near dead when we arrived, so I opted for a few video clips. I wished I could have captured more before it died, but alas, this quick video will have to do. Here’s a little one minute snippet of our Saturday adventure. XO
 

9.16.2014

Peach Crisp and Homemade Ice Cream

Peach Crisp and Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

Am I the only one that prefers to eat dessert for breakfast? I swear it tastes better. Peach crisp and ice cream? It’s like eating fruit, oatmeal, and milk, right? ;) Brian and I have been on a homemade ice cream kick this summer. We have this ice cream maker and let me tell you, it is ahhh-mazing. It makes ice cream making incredibly easy and fast. So fast! Pair it with fresh peach crisp and you’ve got the perfect end of summer dessert.

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
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1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
pinch salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight. Turn on the Cuisinart® ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.


Peach Crisp

Filling:
6-8 peaches
1/3 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon

Topping:
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
6 tablespoons cold butter
Pinch or two of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Peel, pit and slice peaches into wedges and place in medium sized bowl. Add sugar, salt and cinnamon. Place into an 8x8 greased pan. Cut butter into small slices. Stir butter with topping ingredients and crumble over peaches in pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm with ice cream.

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Do you have a favorite summer/fall treat? As soon as the weather starts cooling down slightly, I always find myself in a major baking mood. I’d love to hear some of your favorites!

9.15.2014

My “Momiform” + a Giveaway!

Momiform.
As in, Mom Uniform.
Have you heard of them?
I used to think I didn’t really have one, but I totally do!

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My momiform used to consist of sweats and a t-shirt. Every single day. After I had Ellie, I started having a hard time finding clothes that fit my style and my new post-baby body. I didn’t have a lot of time to get ready in the morning and let's face it, yoga pants and a baggy t-shirt were the most convenient items to throw on. They were less than flattering and didn’t do much for my self confidence. I’m a big believer in dressing the way you want to feel, and wearing sweats everyday wasn’t helping. So after a few months, I decided something needed to change.

I started searching local and online shops to freshen up my new mom wardrobe. I feel like I’m finally starting to redefine my style. Here’s my top five essentials for a mom uniform. And stay tuned for an awesome giveaway at the bottom of this post!

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Black Chiffon Tunic c/o PinkBlush

1: LONG AND LOOSE. After having Ellie, I haven’t been as comfortable wearing really tight shirts. They feel confining and I still feel slightly self conscious about my tummy area. I also don’t like having to pull and tug on my shirts if they’re shorter, so I invested in a few longer, slightly looser shirts. This chiffon black tunic from Pink Blush is one of my weekly favorites. It’s long and flowing, but belts at the waist for a flattering figure.

2: LEGGINGS. That black, flowing shirt above pairs perfectly with a pair of leggings. It feels like I’m wearing a baggy tee and sweats, but it looks ten times better. I picked up a pair of black leggings at Target recently, and I won’t tell you how many days I wear them in a row. :)


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Ivory Lace Gray Blouse c/o Pink Blush

3: NOTHING BUT COMFTY. In the morning, I need something easy and convenient to throw on. I used to wear my baggy, old, workout tees all day, they were so comfy! I tried replacing them with items equally as cozy, but much more cute. This lace shirt from Pink Blush gives the illusion that you actually spent more than ten minutes getting ready, but feels like your favorite oversized sweatshirt.

4: SKINNY JEANS. I’m all about finding that perfect pair of jeans. I resisted wearing skinny jeans for so long, but I seriously live in this pair from American Eagle. They’re are my go-to jeans, anytime of the week (and if we’re being honest, I wear them multiple times a week! Saves on laundry, right?)


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5: MASCARA AND LIPSTICK. I don’t always have time for a full makeup routine, but I can vouch that even a swipe of mascara and lipstick can do wonders for your momiform.  If you have any suggestions for a good lipstick, send them my way. I’ve just been trying out whatever is on sale. ;) I’ve also tried a few fancy, not-so-cheap, brand name mascaras, but I always end up coming back to this one. It’s my favorite (and oh so affordable!)

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Do you have a daily “uniform” and if you’re a mom, momiform? I’d love to hear what you wear! Speaking of uniforms, if you need to update yours, Pink Blush is offering one lucky reader a $25 e-gift card. Be sure to check out all the new arrivals for fall, I can’t wait to order a few new pieces. You can enter the giveaway below, it ends on Saturday, September 20. All entries will be verified. Good luck!

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9.14.2014

Happy Sunday!

Remember Prayer - thomas s monson

“There will be times when you will walk a path strewn with thorns and marked by struggle. There may be times when you feel detached—even isolated—from the Giver of every good gift. You worry that you walk alone. Fear replaces faith. When you find yourself in such circumstances, I plead with you to remember prayer.”

9.12.2014

Mom’s Famous Summer Salad

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The air is getting crisp and some of the trees high up in the mountains are turning bright, bold shades of reds and yellows. With autumn just around the corner, Brian and I are clinging to summer for just a tiny bit longer. Lately we’ve been eating our dinner on the front porch, while Ellie takes a few bites of hers, then runs around and plays. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the last of the summer evenings while simultaneously wearing Ellie out for bed. ;) One of our favorite, and super easy, summer meals has been my mom’s famous spinach salad with poppy seed dressing. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve eaten it in the last few weeks. Delicious! My mom so graciously let me spill her recipe on the blog today. Trust me, you’ll want to try this one!

 

Amy’s Spinach Salad & Dressing

Salad Ingredients: Spinach, Leafy Lettuce, Red Onion, Sliced Mushroom, Shredded Motzerella Cheese, Sliced Strawberries or Maderin Organges, Candied Slivered Almonds, and Bacon or Chicken.

Dressing:
3/4 TBSP Poppy Seeds
1/3 c. white vinegar
1/3 c. sugar
3/4 TBSP onion flakes
3/4 c. oil
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 c. yellow mustard

Shake well before using.

Amy's famous Spinach Strawberry Summer SaladAmy's famous Spinach Strawberry Summer Salad

9.11.2014

Toddler Activity | Rock Painting

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There’s a tiny patch of dirt in our front yard that happens to be Ellie’s favorite. Sure, she loves to paint her nails, dress up, and all things girly, but man, this girl loves the dirt! One rainy, gloomy day, we remembered the forgotten pile of rocks in the yard and decided to give them a little spruce up. My favorite activity growing up was painting “ladybug” rocks and I thought doing something similar would keep Ellie and I entertained for awhile.  After rinsing off all the dirt, we got our our acrylic paints and got to work. Ellie, the rather expressive artist, managed to cover her few rocks in paint, along with the table, chair, her arms and belly. ;)

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After letting all our rocks dry, we delivered them back to Ellie’s favorite dirt patch. I’d thought she’d play with them for a minute or two and forget about them, but no! She loves them! Especially the little dog and mermaid. A few days later we had a slew of neighborhood girls playing in our little dirt pile with all the rock people. It was a hit! I’m now scheming for a village of rock people and mermaids. I think we need just a few more if we are going to share with so many friends! And maybe I just really want to paint a few more. ;)