Recipe: The Perfect Breakfast Solution; Overnight Oats

Monday, April 27, 2015

Overnight oats, I’m sure you’ve heard of them, as they are currently all the rage, but have you tried them? I’ve been reading about overnight oats on every blog, in every magazine and all over cooking shows for the past 6 months, so I knew I had to try them! I know what you're thinking... Kristen, these aren't paleo! I know, I know, but they're healthy and delicious and I couldn't resist! 

I made these last Friday to make breakfast on Saturday a little easier and let me tell you, they were fantastic. I looked around online for all types of recipes and after finding tons of different recipes, I mixed and matched the recipes I liked the best to come up with this one! Because it was Saturday, I made two bowls, since apparently I was going for fiancé-of-the-year that day. Based on my fiancé's reaction when I served them, I think I’m going to win! I hope you all enjoy these oats as much as I did. 

  • 1/3 cup Steel cut oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • ½ banana
  • 2 handfulls of bananas
  • handful of cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
How to Make: 
  1. Mix together all the ingredients. 
  2. Cover and place in the fridge overnight (or at least for 2 hours).
  3. In the am, top with sliced strawberries, some extra blueberries and maybe, if you're feeling frisky, some warmed up almond butter.
  4. Don't forget the delicious coffee! 
  5. Enjoy! 
I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats
And... I used Bob's Red Mill Chia Seeds! 
And, almond milk. You could use coconut milk if you prefer. 
 The finished product!
Yum... and the coffee was delish too! :) 

Fried Plantains

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I've told you I love Lexi's Clean Kitchen... but did I tell you how much? Well I think recipe #2 in one week from her blog has to be some indication. Introducing fried plantains. I've never made these before so I was kind of hesitant. Everyone just kept telling me they're like bananas, so I thought, why would I want to make fried "bananas." Well, Adam has officially burned out on sweet potatoes, so I needed something else to make as a "carby" side. News flash, fried plantains are delicious and I'll totally be making them again! Plus, they're super easy to make. Enjoy everyone! 

  • 2 yellow plantains
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Sea salt
  • Cinnamon 
How to Make: 
  1. Cut plantains into desired pieces. (Next time I'll be cutting mine thinner) 
  2. Heat oil in your skillet until hot. 
  3. Place cut plantains into the skillet
  4. Flip after 4-5 minutes
  5. Remove, transfer to plate with paper towels and pat dry.
  6. Add salt. (I kept the cinnamon on the side, Adam wasn't too interested it in)
  7. Enjoy! 
so, you're right... it totally looks like a banana. 
the thicker cut plantains took longer to fry so next time I'll totally cut them thinner. 
on their way to deliciousness. 
fried and delicious. enjoy!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It's our One Year Denver Anniversary! One year since we moved away from family, friends, jobs and a town we know and loved. This last year has been up and down and all over the place, but it's been such a good year. In one year we've moved, gotten engaged, started planning a wedding, tore an ACL, met new friends, revisited with old friends, got promotions, new jobs, lost jobs and we built a home and a life together.

Denver has really taught us how to be be there for each other when none else is. Not to say our friends and family weren't there... I'm talking physically there. Don't you worry, we FaceTime and text-stalk our families :) But when we first moved to Denver we knew no-one else. We had no family in town and very few friends. Denver was our chance to build our lives together, just the two of us.  I think this last year has really prepared us for marriage. After all, while the wedding may only be one (amazing) day, I want our marriage to be the most amazing part and the most amazing 90+ years (hopeful thinking for an extra long life!). What I've learned in this past year is that a relationship really is give and take. There have been days where I'm struggling and need Adam and vice versa. We've learned how to really lean on each other and trust each other. Yes, we've been together for 4+ years and we've learned those lessons in the past 4 years. But there's something about being "alone" where you really learn how to trust and rely on that other person.

The decision to move to Denver was a hard one. A decision the two of us thought long and hard about. We cried over it, debated over it, wrote pro and con lists. But in the end, Denver was such a great decision for us. I'm so excited to see where the next year takes us. This one has been quite...eventful and I have no doubt our second year in Denver will be just as great, if not better. Here's to year two and 18 more days until we're married!

Recipe: Hawaiian Chicken with Pineapple.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Happy Monday everyone! This past week I've been trying to look for new delicious recipes to spice up this paleo lifestyle. Sometimes it can get kind of boring. Life gets busy and I find myself cooking plain chicken and veggies too many nights in a row. If you've never been to Lexi's Clean Kitchen, you must go and dig through her recipes. They're delicious and fairly easy to make! I knew I wanted to make this one when I read pineapple in the title. I love it, Adam loves it, it's fresh and so delish. Enjoy! 

  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
How to Make
  1. In a pot, heat ingredients (minus chicken) 
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. 
  3. Remove from heat and let marinade cool. 
  4. Cut chicken into desired cubes or strips. Place chicken into a bowl and cover with the marinade. Let marinade for up to 24 hours, as few as 2. 
  5. Preheat oven to 350. 
  6. Place entire contents, chicken and marinade into a baking dish. 
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is entirely cook. 
  8. While the chicken was cooking, I made cauliflower rice. 
  9. Once done, serve together and enjoy! 
I let the chicken marinade for about 2 hours, next time I'm going for 24. 
the finished product fresh out of the love, try not to eat it all right now... 
Topping it with fresh pineapple made it even better. 

Weekend Recap + Some of my Favs.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Remember how I told you I left my computer in Arizona, we'll it's back and ready for action! So, please excuse my late weekend recap. But what's better than preparing for a new weekend while remembering the last one?

And Friday favorites? I don't know about you, but I love these posts. I love sharing with you, my amazing readers, all the amazing things I found, read, heard and saw this week. Plus I love stalking all my favorite blogs for their favorites too!

Oh, last weekend, how wonderful you were. Last weekend was my best friend/MOH's bachelorette party. We ventured up to Sedona and had the most magical girls weekend. We drank wine, relaxed at the spa, mastered the 5-person selfie, told secrets and shared our lives. For some of us it had been years since we'd seen each other, for others it had been mere weeks but when we all got together it was like it had been no more than hours. Being in the presence of smart, kind, hilarious woman is so wonderful. I walked away feeling encouraged, happy, relaxed and so happy to have such wonderful friends in my life. Whitney gets married in 36 days from today and last weekend was a perfect chance to spend time together before she becomes a wife! Here's some of the fabulous pictures (including the 5-person selfie) to commemorate an amazing 3 days in Sedona.

1. The five girls. 2. The beautiful bachelorette, Whitney. 
3. My best friends, the place my heart feels safe. 4. Coti. 
5. Whitney. 6. Us. 7. Photo-bombing. 

the 5-person selfie, because how else are you going to get pictures of the group? 

Now after that mushy post about how much I love my friends... it's time for Friday Favorites! 
Happy Friday people, enjoy your weekends! 

New day, new jams.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's Wednesday so you know what that means right? More music I'm loving. This one is from my amazing brother, he's always keeping me current on jams. Remember how last Wednesday I told you how much I love John Legend. Well this week the spotlight is on Sam Smith. I love him too. Enjoy peeps!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I must apologize for my lack of blogging. I spent an incredible weekend in Scottsdale celebrating my best friends bachelorette party and as a result left my computer sitting on my parents kitchen table. Let me tell you, having your computer in Phoenix when you're in Denver makes blogging really hard. I promise I didn't forget about this little space of mine. The computer is in the mail and I promise I'll be back soon! Blogging on my iPhone is so not ideal. But to hold you over until recipes, weekend recaps and jams are back, here's a good quote from Paul Walker (RIP).
All that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae. -Paul Walker

Three Things.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

There's something you should know about me... there are three things I'm passionate about (well lots more, but for this post...lets say just three things).
  1. I'm super loyal to my TV shows. 
  2. I LOVE music, new music, old music, mashups... I love it all. 
  3. I love American Idol (see #1). 
I've ben watching American Idol since 8th grade when it started. Yes, I just dated myself, I'm 27 and proud. I bought Kelly Clarkson's first CD, I even voted for her. Well, last night Adam and I were catching up on American Idol on the DVR. I should say I was catching up while Adam read the WSJ. But Kelly Clarkson was the mentor. She was bomb, the contestants were fine and JLO looked gorg. But while watching American Idol I started looking for Kelly Clarkson songs (she has a new album out... I'll give you my thoughts on that later). But I found a song by Kelly Clarkson & John Legend. If you're new to this blog, you should know that I LOVE John Legend (see #2). 

So, if you skipped all that above because you don't like American Idol, poo on you, but here's what you've been waiting for. "Run Run Run" by Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. Enjoy! Happy Wednesday! 

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you're enjoying the day, celebrating, eating great food, going on Easter egg hunts and spending the day with family and friends. Easter is always one of my favorite holidays. It always feels like a fresh start, the real beginning of Spring. The weather is beautiful, the flowers and blooming and it's a great day to spend with family. Here's a little throwback with my darling cousin Kelsey. Happy Easter everyone! Have a great day!
John 11:25-26, "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.'" 

Friday Favorites!

Friday, April 3, 2015

These are a few of my favorite things. Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend! If not, maybe try some of my favorite things. I promise you'll enjoy every last one.
  • This Ellie Goulding cover (see below!) She is incredible. I'm currently fan-girling on her. Enjoy, enjoy. 
  • These Roni-Sue Dark Chocolate Pretzels. Is there anything better than sweet and salty? 
  • These beach bags I'm craving for my honeymoon. 
  • These delicious champagne cocktails.
  • This salad. If your mouth isn't watering looking at it... well, sors.  
  • This baby room. Don't worry this isn't an announcement, this is a cute baby room. Friends "trying," take note. 
  • This quote. 

Touring Denver: Union Station!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

This past weekend, Denver graced us with 80 degree weather. Blue skies, bright sun and cold beer was on tap for our Saturday. Because it was so nice, Adam and I decided to explore Denver a little bit and we headed down to Union Station. If you live in Denver and haven't been, or are visiting Denver, you must go. Union Station still has its original purpose, used as a station for Amtrack, but now it's been upgraded and has a hotel, tons of restaurants, bars, bookstores and the cutest flower shop. We spent the afternoon wandering around, looking in shops, sipping beer and enjoying our blast from the past.
Our first stop was at the Terminal Bar to get some of that cold beer I was talking about. It felt like we stepped back into time as we chatted with the bartender, sipped our beer and watched people venture in and out of Union Station. The Terminal Bar doesn't have food, but it offers the menu from Acme Burger and Brat. Just do it, order everything.
Isn't that lit up sign incredible? 
The adorable flower shop. 

We spent about 2 hours wandering Union Station and soaking in all the sounds, smell and beer it had to offer. Next time, we're going to eat brunch at Snooze. We've been to the Snooze in downtown, but I cannot wait to sit outside Union Station sipping mimosas and eating eggs Benedict next time!
And make sure, the next time you're in Denver, you go to Union Station. It's worth all the time and energy it takes to park downtown :) I hope you fall in love with this city like I have.

Happy April!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's April!! Hooray! I hope wherever you are, the sun in shining, the flowers are blooming and you're enjoying every little moment of spring! Make sure you don't miss my recap on my trip to Union Station this past weekend...coming tomorrow! We're going to Omaha for Easter, my bachelorette is this month, last dress fitting and then (drum roll please), one more month before the WEDDING!! This is going to be a great month of adventures AND blog posts... stay tuned! 

This month Helene, over at Helene in Between is doing an April Instagram Challenge! I'm not the best instagramer around, but I'm going to try! I hope you join Helene and me (& I'm sure plenty others!!) in this challenge. The hashtag is #30photosinbetween  -  I can't wait to see what you all come up with! 

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