Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Recipes All Around

Hi there friends!  Happy Tuesday! All ready for Thanksgiving?  I can hardly believe it's only two short days away.  I'm looking forward to celebrating with my family and also having a few much needed days off of work.  The Thanksgiving festivities actually started last weekend when our friends hosted Friendsgiving!  We had a great time catching up with everyone and enjoying the delicious food.  Did any of you participate in Friendsgiving?  It's one of my favorite traditions, I've been to one every year for the past 5 years. I highly recommend it!  

On the home front, our Thanksgiving will be a little different this year.  My side of the family celebrates at my grandma's home, but this year she's currently in a skilled nursing facility gaining some strength after a hospital stay.  The silver lining is that my great aunt happens to be living there two rooms down!  She used to come to our Thanksgiving every year, but aging has changed a lot of things for everyone, so it will be exciting to have a reunion this year.  Our family will visit her and take food, so in a way, it won't make a difference because all that matters is we're together.

I'll also be throwing together something last minute to take I'm sure.  If you're in the same boat that I am,  check out my guest post on Calio for all the gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes you need. Whether you're in charge of appetizers, a side dish, dessert or the main affair, I've got you covered!

What are you making for Thanksgiving? 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Buffalo Lovin

Hi there! Happy Sunday! Hopefully, it's the start of a short week for you.  Any sales associates out there?  I totally feel your pain if you have to work on Black Friday.  My previous jobs were all in retail and I always remember working those crazy winter holidays.  Anyone going shopping?  It's debatable, but I feel like I'd rather stay at home in the comfort of my own pajamas.

Speaking of pajamas, this is the perfect weeknight recipe when you want to curl up on the couch and break the rules by eating dinner there.  It's healthy and easy.  I blogged about our trip to a nearby restaurant and the buffalo lettuce wraps that we devoured.  Of course, I had to make my own!

If my kitchen walls could talk: These wraps would be delicious with the addition of chopped celery or tomato!  Feel free to add shredded cheese as well, it's a fantastic addition.  Serve straight up or to really take this dish over the top, serve with your favorite homemade ranch or blue cheese for dipping.

Buffalo Lettuce Wraps


2 chicken breasts, large
3/4 C Frank's hot sauce
1 tbsp organic butter
1 tsp minced garlic
1/8 cup green onions, chopped
1 bunch living lettuce

1. Cut chicken breasts in strips, place in slow cooker with Frank's hot sauce, minced garlic and butter.  Cook on high for 2 hours, stir, change heat to low and cook for 1-2 more hours until chicken shreds easily. Shred chicken, change heat setting to warm.
2.  Meanwhile, rinse and dry lettuce leaves, cutting from bottom of step.  Place two leaves together to make lettuce cup, making about 8 cups total.
3. Fill cups with shredded chicken and green onions.  Drizzle with 1-2 tbsp of reserved sauce.

Do you like using lettuce as a wrap? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

See ya real soon....

Hi there!  I'm blogging from a different spot today.  Check out my guest post on Calio for all the gluten free Thanksgiving tips you'll ever need. Whether your the host or the hostess, I've got you covered!