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Simple yet satisfying dinner

The end of the week is always a struggle when it comes to meal planning. I had planned on making turkey chili with black beans and sweet potatoes, but since I made white chicken chili last night we did a quick switch. We ended up having turkey burgers and roasted vegetables. I love vegetables, but roasted is definitely my favorite way to prepare them. A little olive oil and some spices and throw them in the oven. Tonight I roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and onions and then coined up some white potatoes for Aaron and sweet for me. I wish he liked sweet potatoes! I seasoned the veggies with rosemary, onion and garlic powders, oregano, salt and pepper. I like them almost burnt, and they did not disappoint! Aaron threw the turkey burgers on the grill and dinner was ready! I seasoned the extra lean ground turkey with onion, garlic, 21 season salute, salt and pepper. They were super flavorful and Aaron cooked them just right. He added cheese to his, but since I’m dairy free I topped mine with half an avocado.

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Lemon Thyme Chicken

Remember how I told you I love lemon??  The other night, I wanted to make a healthy but romantic dinner for Aaron and I.  You know what I mean, a meal that takes a little more time and love to create. ;o)  I had bought a huge pack of chicken breasts on sale to use for a few meals and thought of the whole roasted chicken that I like to cook for special meals.  It’s kind of a version of Ina Garten’s engagement chicken.  Ok, it IS Ina Garten’s recipe and it DID work.  For real, I made Aaron engagement chicken one Valentine’s day and we were engaged on March 23.  That shit works!

Anyway, I subbed Thyme for Rosemary, but most of the elements were the same.

Lemon Thyme Chicken

1 lb Chicken breast

2 lemons, juiced, zested and quartered

6 cloves of garlic

3/4c chicken broth

bunch of thyme

1 small onion, thinly sliced

1 tsp oregano

Preheat oven to 400*.  Sautee onions in olive oil and add garlic for the last few minutes.  Add broth, seasonings and lemon juice and zest to saucepan and then pour into baking dish.  Top with chicken and a few extra sprigs of thyme, add the quartered lemons and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken juices run clear. (I use a meat thermometer to tell me when it’s done).  Serve with roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts for a wholesome meal.  Bon Appetit!

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You probably have learned by now that my photography skills suck. This picture was taken after my husband had already served himself, and it’s not especially pretty, but it tasted damn good!

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Vacation Blues

Do you get the blues when vacation is over?  I returned to work on Monday, and that also meant the return of my headaches.  Coincidence?  I think not!  I love my job, I really do, but I love vacation more!

Our trip to Jamaica was everything I could have dreamed of and more.  The weather was good, the food was great, the staff was attentive and my time with Aaron was perfect.  Our already strong bond was strengthened even more.  It’s amazing what time away can do for your soul and your marriage!!

I don’t think I could ever stay in another resort brand again.  Secrets St. James in Montego Bay was truly amazing.  We had the greatest view from our amazing suite.

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Even before landing, you could see how clear blue the ocean was

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We were greeted by staff when we arrived to the resort and taken to our suite.  I wish I had taken actual pics, because it was gorgeous.  I loved the soaking tub and the bed was so comfortable!

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We had a nice little surprise waiting for us when we entered the room.  Aaron had told them that we were celebrating our honeymoon, which we were…a year and a half after we wed!

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We were also gifted with a romantic in suite breakfast, which was totally yummy!

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We woke early every morning, usually by 5:30-6am.  We took a walk every morning to watch the sunrise and then headed to the coffee shop.  This peacock was there to greet us every morning.  We were constantly trying to get good pictures of her!

We lazily laid by the ocean every day and floated around all afternoon.  I enjoyed my daily mimosas.

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We would check out the pool scene in the afternoon.  The pool bar bartenders were really funny and livened up the day.  This view from what we called the quiet pool was spectacular!

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The food was incredible.  I thought my favorite was the French restaurant, until I tried the Italian food.  Crazy, right?  Those Jamaicans can surely cook a mean steak, too!  Seriously perfect!  We enjoyed our dinners every night and dressing up.

It was truly a magical vacation and I’m already looking forward to our next trip away!  For now, the memories we made and the pictures we took will be at the forefront of my mind.

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xo, Lori

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Updated Studio!

At the beginning of the year, Aaron and I moved my studio/home office downstairs to the basement to make the room into a nursery.  It was a lot of work, with big heavy furniture and TONS of supplies and files, etc.  I created an adorable nursery, painted the walls a pretty gray and adored the new space.  As I said in another blog, we decided to end our foster to adoption journey a few months ago.  So this past weekend, while Aaron was working, I took apart the crib and moved all of the baby stuff downstairs to await it’s new owner.  I bought new, lighter furniture, and am absolutely LOVING my new space!  I’m working on a gallery wall and more space for displaying my jewelry.  I kept the nursery sign that I had made and the adventure rug, since my business is an adventure that I’m working on!  Plus it’s really soft, and sometimes I like to lay on the floor to create.  Aaron tried to snap a picture of that this weekend, but I threatened him.  LOL!  Tell me what you think!

 

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