My Favorite Things….

Lots of things I’m loving right now and as always I’m all over the place. I hope you try or visit these things/places and love them as much as I do.

1) Cocalico Creek Home – https://cocalicocreek.com/. I recently refreshed my home decor which was much needed. I still prefer shopping in a store and this was the perfect place to do it. It’s locally owned and operated and is located across from the outlets on route 30 in Lancaster. I highly recommend checking this place out! Very reasonable prices. Target is also on point with their home decor.

2) Nespresso- I can’t wait to wake up and have my triple shot oat milk latte. My husband and I both have one every morning. It makes us happy ☕️☺️. I’ve ordered a reusable capsule but is taking awhile to arrive. I also love my Bodum milk frother.

3) Bose Revolve Speaker- We listen to a lot of music in our house. We’ve had a portable Bose speaker for many years and it needed replaced. Currently jamming to some 90s punk while I clean and write this post.

4) Gap Ribbed Pants in Modal- on sale for $35. I also have them in black and put them on as shown as I get home. Ladies, breathable pants are so much better to wear than leggings. https://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=5393120020002&vid=1&tid=gppl000001&kwid=1&ap=7&gclid=Cj0KCQiA7YyCBhD_ARIsALkj54q87Jl5ebcCNSDCCgT5ZTSJk4WNX-7GImFfafpqhEtcydFclmv3VHoaAm7JEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds#pdp-page-content

5) Leopard sandals by Freedom Moses- great company and very high quality sandals. You can get them at various stores. I got mine from ShopBop.

Crockpot Pot Roast

The crockpot is my best friend weeknights in the winter. One of my favorite comfort foods is pot roast. I usually do mine in a Dutch oven and add a few more vegetables but children and time don’t always allow for that.

2-3 lbs chuck or sirloin

3-4 carrots sliced into 1-2 inch pieces

3 pieces of celery cut the same way

1 large onion cut into large chunks

Small can of crushed tomatoes

1/2 a beef or chicken bouillon cubed crumbled.

3/4 cup of chicken or beef broth

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

S&P

Thyme

Garlic powder

Pat beef with a paper towel and season with S&P, thyme and garlic powder.

Cook on high for 15 minutes on each side.

Add chopped carrots, celery and onions. Add can of crushed tomatoes, broth mixed with bouillon and vinegar. Turn to low and cook 6-8 hours.

Spoon half of the vegetables and sauce to a bowl and purée with an immersion blender. Pull beef and mix with vegetables, puréed sauce and some of the liquid.

Serve with peas and mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Greek Pasta Salad

1/2 box of gemelli pasta

1 bunch of asparagus- trimmed and sliced on a diagonal a about an inch long

1 small jar of sun dried tomatoes- sliced

1/2 cup of good quality crumbled feta

Lite Gazebo room dressing or any Greek salad dressing- I don’t measure I just keep adding until I get to the amount I desire

Cook pasta according to box and let cool. Add asparagus to boiling water. Cook one minute then move to a bowl of ice water. Drain and add to a bowl. Then add sun dried tomatoes, feta and cooled pasta. Add desired amount of dressing.

Enjoy!

Lightened Rotisserie Chicken Salad…

This is so simple and can be eaten over mixed greens, with crackers, raw vegetables, in a pita, or as a wrap.

1 rotisserie chicken with all the meat pulled from it.

1 stem of celery- finely diced

1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt

Start with 2 tablespoons of high quality Mayo- you made need more but a try and get away with as little as possible

1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard

S&P

Mix all together- depending on how large your bird is you made need to add more yogurt or Mayo. Use just enough to get to the consistency you desire.

I love mine in a wheat wrap or with carrot sticks.

I add lettuce, tomato, and pickles to my wrap.
Enjoy!

Kung Pao Chicken

2 tablespoons of avocado or vegetable oil

1 small onion- diced

2 cloves of garlic- minced

1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch pieces.

3/4 cup of water or broth

A few dashes of sesame oil

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

2 teaspoons of cornstarch

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

A little minced ginger

1 of crushed red pepper

1 cup of thinly sliced red or orange pepper

1 cup of snow peas

1/4 cup of dry roasted peanuts, smashed in a bag

Heat oil on medium to high heat in a wok or large skillet. Add onion and cook 3 minutes. Add garlic for 30 seconds. Add chicken and cook 3-4 more minutes.

Combine broth with next 6 ingredients and stir with a whisk. Add to pan and bring to a boil. Add peppers, peas and mushrooms and cook 3 minutes.

Sprinkle with crushed nuts and serve with rice.

Enjoy!