Monday, October 29, 2012

Week in Review

On Tuesday, our sweet friends, Caitlyn and Chris, became parents to the most precious little girl- Evie Claire Joiner :)

On Thursday, Matt and I got to attend an event at the new Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom thanks to a little luck and a Buckhaven Magazine sweepstakes!

On Friday, we had a date night at Cinebistro in Brookhaven and saw Argo. I highly recommend it!

On Saturday, we watched our sweet nephews, Noah and Maddox, while my sister and Jeremy headed to a Halloween party. We ate pizza and popcorn and watched Madagascar 3- another recommendation for sure. ;)

Both my sister and Jeremy and mom and Charles had costume parties on the same night. I for one was thrilled that we got to watch the boys and NOT go to a costume party... but I had to share these two pictures: "The Replacement Refs" and "Spaghetti and Meatballs". Awesome.

On Sunday, we took a short road trip up to Rome, GA with our friends Kemble and Ashley to visit another friend's new coffee shop that she opened 6 months ago. If Rome was not an hour away, I would be there EVERY day! It is SO so cute... I'm still so impressed by Ellie's vision and hard work. I see her and Dave on the Today show in the future talking about "how it all started"... :)

Swift & Finch- if you're ever in Rome, GA- GO!

And today- I started decorating for Fall. And about three minutes later, I finished. :) If it weren't for gifts from my school kiddos, that pumpkin is all you would see. I'm usually just a Christmas decorator- but I do like a little festivity for other seasons I suppose!

Hope you all are staying warm... it is officially FALL in Georgia! Here's to better luck waking up than I've had the last few days. A warm bed is just too inviting on cold mornings!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken & Agave Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
Sesame Seed Chicken is my favorite Chinese dish, so I was excited to test out this recipe. 

Found on Pinterest- original recipe from Chef in Training

1 package of chicken tenderloins (I buy Publix Greenwise or Trader Joe's Organic)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons diced onion
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds
  1. Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. 
  3. Pour mixture over chicken.
  4. Cook on low for 3 hours, or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. 
  6. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce.
  7. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
  8. Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.
  9. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.

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Step 6-7

I had to used a modified corn starch, so I transferred the sauce to a pan to simmer.

Steps 8-9

Serve on rice with broccoli and roasted carrots (see recipe below for carrots).

Agave Rosemary Roasted Carrots

  • 1 package of Trader Joe's Organic carrots
  • 2T Agave Nectar
  • 2T EVOO
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary

  1. Peel Carrots
  2. Mix Agave Nectar, EVOO, and rosemary in a bowl
  3. Pour over carrots
  4. Marinate for at least two hours
  5. Roast of 400 for 30-40 minutes.


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Monday, October 15, 2012

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Monday, October 8, 2012

My Happy Place...

Ahhh.... I'm sitting here on this glorious day off from school (have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE being a stay-at-home wife?! Oh... a million-and-one times, you say?  hmmm... guess it's a true statement then), looking back at the pictures from what we have coined as the Best. Weekend. Ever. 

...Until we repeat it next year, of course. 

Clemson is a little slice of heaven. And while that may sound like a biased statement, it happens to be entirely true.

FCA Thursday Night
3,000 college kids worshiping together on Thursday nights- see? Slice of heaven.

What I believe to be another, slightly less-spiritual, slice of heaven- Groucho's 

Teagan's first trip to Clemson! She was naturally glowing with excitement all weekend.

We ran into Josh Watson, at dinner! This massive man is only 18. Seriously?! With his help, we pulled out another win on Saturday! 

Could we have asked for a better weekend?! Nope. Don't think so.