Monday, April 20, 2015

Recipe // Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake (With Green Peas)

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Happy Monday guys! We got off to a rainy start (crazy rain and winds last night!), but the sun is peeking out and I'm excited for what this week will bring. Actually, I'm looking forward to having a quiet, normal week. Last week was crazy thrilling and totally out of the ordinary with the Pottery Barn live video streams that Caitlin and I were shooting, but I have to say that I'm really looking forward to a quiet week. If you had told me over a decade ago that I'd become a creature of habit, I'd laugh in your face and say it was nonsense, but nowadays I'm all about having a routine.

Completely overdue and as promised, here is the first of many recipes that I have been meaning to share with you guys. First up is this Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake that I tried my hand at. I've actually never made anything with artichokes so I was a bit nervous as to how it would come out, but it turned out better than okay because Steve and Cora gobbled it down! I know that Chicken Florentine is usually made with spinach, but seeing as how that wasn't going to fly with Cora (and myself - tsk tsk to me for setting a bad example for Cora), I switched out the spinach with frozen green peas and it worked out perfectly.

I found this recipe at Better Homes and Gardens through Pinterest (check out my I'm Hungry board to get more recipe ideas since I'm constantly finding new recipes to try out!) and will be adding this to my repertoire.


Makes 6 - 8 servings.

8 ounces dried bow tie pasta
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 oz.)
1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1 10 ounce frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained (we replaced this with frozen green peas)
1/2 cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon butter, melted


- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
- In medium skillet cook onion in 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; set aside.
- In bowl whisk together eggs, milk, seasoning, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, and crushed red pepper.
- Stir in chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, artichokes, spinach, tomatoes, half of the Parmesan, cooked pasta, and onion. - Transfer to a 13x9x2-inch baking dish or 3-quart rectangular casserole.
- Bake, covered, 20 minutes.
- In small bowl combine remaining Parmesan, bread crumbs, paprika, and melted butter. Sprinkle mixture over pasta.
- Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes more or until golden.
- Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

TGIF // Live Video with Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids

Regram from Pottery Barn from yesterday's live video on Mother's Day and Father's Day gift ideas at Caitlin's studio.

Hi guys! I need to apologize to you all because I didn't share any recipes yesterday. But I promise I had a really good reason. Yesterday, I was over at Caitlin's studio shooting a live video with Pottery Barn!! I've never done video before so you can imagine how nervous I was about it. Very nervous, to the point where my knees were shaking while we were streaming live! Luckily, it all went well (anyone here watch it??) despite my shaky legs and I am SO excited for today's live video segment. Caitlin and I will be talking about baby registries and the amazing design services (which are free btw!) offered by Pottery Barn Kids, but the reason you'll want to tune is to see Caitlin's nursery reveal! She hasn't shared it anywhere yet so you won't want to miss it at 3pm EST right here.

Wish us luck and I promise to share recipes as soon as the live video segment is over!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cora's Closet // Mixing Prints

Old Navy Striped Linen Blend Top & Gap Pleated Jogger Pants

Dressing Cora has been one of my favorite things to do because well, she's like my little doll that I can play dress up with. Or it used to be that way, but nowadays she's got strong opinions of her own when it comes to her outfits. In fact, just in the past 2 weeks, she's insisted that she pick out her clothes. I, of course, will give my two cents whenever she creates an outfit, which she'll either agree or disagree with, but mostly disagreeing with. So you can imagine how happy I was when she agreed to wear this top & pants combo I suggested and then wear it again on another day! I really think it's cause its an extremely comfy outfit, so I guess I'm not all that surprised she likes it because she does choose her outfits based on comfort more than anything. She's definitely her mother's daughter when it comes to comfort being a top priority. Makes me so proud.

The other day when she was wearing this outfit, I was just taking some pictures of her, not really thinking that it would be an outfit post of hers but after looking at the photos and realizing that I hadn't shared a Cora's Closet post in a looong time, I figured why not share these pics?


She heard our neighbors out back and decided to spy on them.

She's obsessed with the Mojito Mint plant we have. I don't blame her. It smells amazing.

Dr. Cora in the house.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Wishlist // Cheap Thrills Under $30

1. Floppy Sun Hat / 2. Tassel T-Strap Sandal / 3. Leaf print romper playsuit / 4. Retro Sunglasses / 5. Vintage Lionshead Necklace / 6. Striped Panel Shirt Dress / 7. Electric Hexagon Stud Earrings / 8. Fringe Shoulder Bag / 9. Striped Espadrille Sandals / 10. Burberry Nude Glow Nail Polish / 11. Women's Straw Tote

Yesterday, I popped into Old Navy to return something and I walked out with a big bag full of clothes! They were (and still are!) having such an amazing sale that it was kind of like I had to pick up a few things. The sale being that if you are a cardholder, you get $20 off $50 in-stores. Or, if you'd rather shop online, they'll take 30% off your order with code ENJOY or you can get $30 off when you spend $75 or more if you're a cardholder.

Well that got me thinking, you can totally find some great pieces without having to spend a fortune. Which brings me to share with you this roundup of my cheap thrills all under $30! The nail polish might not be what you consider a cheap thrill, but I really love the color so I kind of had to include it here. And those espadrilles at under $18 are just too good not to get. I can see myself wearing those all the time. Ordering them as I type this...

TGIF! Happy shopping!

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