Mustard Chicken

Mustard Chicken
Martha Stewart’s Sauteed Chicken in Mustard Cream Sauce is one of mine and my mom’s all time favorite dishes. We have both made it countless times.  During one period of time my mom made it twice a week for months.  It’s always a hit in my family. This recipe is easy to make often because it’s absolutely delicious and effortless! The mustard cream is amazing, so if you’re a saucy person like me, it’s a good idea to double the sauce recipe.

Recipe notes: For the sauce I substituted half and half for heavy cream (to make it a little lighter) and basil for tarragon, because I didn’t have tarragon on hand.  Chicken broth or white wine are both great in the sauce.  The white wine lightens it a little while adding great flavor.

Mustard Chicken
Mustard Chicken
Mustard Chicken
Mustard Chicken

Cozy & Casual

Casual
A cozy and casual outfit is a must for a day of errands.  Tight clothes or high heals are not my ideal for an afternoon running around.  I am in love with this Coach bag; it’s very versatile in both style and function.  It can easily be dressed up or down and has a crossbody strap for hands free shopping.  Besides being comfy, this outfit was still cute enough to grab brunch with a close friend. The rose gold accents and low healed boots dress up my basic baseball tee for even the trendiest of eateries.

Forever 21 Baseball Tee | Levi’s High Wasted Skinny Jeans | Steve Madden Neenaa Ankle Boots | Coach Legacy Stud Tanner | Target Sunglasses | Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch

Casual
Casual

Kale: The IT Green

I’ve been trying out different recipes for the oh so famous kale. I recently shared my  Berry Kale Smoothie, which is my favorite way to partake in the kale craze.  This is a another fun (not sure it’s really fun…) way to eat kale.  Kale chips are light and crispy; they almost melt in your mouth.  I refuse to buy packaged kale chips because they are ridiculously expensive for barely anything in a bag. I’ve made several different versions of kale chips and this is my favorite.  Obviously they don’t come close in comparison to real chips, but they are an easy way to satisfy a salt craving and add some excellent nutrition into your diet.

Kale Chips

Soy Kale Chips
Ingredients:
8 oz kale
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame seeds

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Remove inner ribs from the kale leaves and chop kale into smaller pieces. Mix kale, oils and soy sauce in a large bowl. Lay the kale out in a single even layer on a silpat lined baking sheet (or parchment lined baking sheet). You don’t want to crowd the kale so depending on how much you make, you may need two baking sheets. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the kale and bake for about 20 minutes. And voilà you have kale chips!

Kale Chips
Kale Chips
Kale Chips
Kale Chips
Kale Chips

The Little Things

This past week was still pretty lazy with many Scandal episodes.  After many hours of binge watching, we have fully caught up, which is bitter sweet.  I’m excited to watch it live, but it doesn’t start for a month and we’ll have to wait a week in between episodes.  I’m actually glad we’ve caught up, because now we can spend our time being productive instead of being glue to the couch.  There are a few house projects I’ve been wanting to do, so maybe we’ll actually get them done this week. Besides being a couch potato, below are a few pictures that made last week delightful.

Sprinkles Cupcake Heavenly Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake.

Neutrals Shopping in Beverly Hills with my Mama.

Nespresso Cappuccino Cappuccino sample from Nespresso.

Secret MessagesFinding love notes from my hubby.

Hummingbird Nest Mrs. Hummingbird making a nest on our patio cafe lights.

Chocolate Fondue

I love watching award shows and having a viewing party with friends and family makes it so much more fun. Having chocolate fondue makes it an extraordinary night!  Who can resist fruit and cakes dipped in warm gooey chocolate?  Andrew’s mom gave us this beautiful fondue pot for Christmas and the Grammy’s gave me the perfect excuse to test it out.  As expected, the fondue was a hit!  Everyone hovered over the chocolate fondue pot all night!

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue
Ingredients:
24 oz chocolate (I used Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips)
16 oz heavy cream
liquor? (I kept mine simple for my first time, but you could totally get creative)

Directions:
All you do is mix pour the chocolate and cream into the pot, turn on and stir until melted. That’s it! It’s best to not let the chocolate boil, because it may start to separate or burn.

I served the chocolate fondue with bananas, strawberries, raspberries, apples, pound cake, butter cookies, graham crackers, pretzels and marshmallows.  Just dip and enjoy!

Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate Fondue