Try it Out Thursday: Baked Chicken With Spinach & Artichokes


Try It Out Thursday is dedicated to recipes, products or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes and craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

Food prep for the week has become VERY important in our household. If I don’t prep food for our lunches throughout the week, our checkbook really pays for it and so does our health because we are eating out all the time.

I found this recipe on pinterest for Baked Chicken with Spinach & Artichokes from Katerina at Diethood and thought it would make for some great lunches.

It did take some time to prepare. The recipes calls for you to par-cook the chicken so it gets some nice color and it also calls for you to saute the veggies before you even put it all in the oven. 

I did do one thing different and that was that I added zucchini. I love zucchini and there were a couple shouting at me from the refrigerator begging to be used. I added two small ones.

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Regardless, it is a delicious recipe and it will be added to repertoire of food to choose from.

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I paired it with a salad or some brown rice & quinoa. It really worked out during the week and it was so filling!

This recipe is definitely worth making ahead of time and it reheats well too.

~Mrs Galvan~

 

 

Try It Out Thursday: Pajun Korean Pancakes


Try It Out Thursday is dedicated to recipes, products or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes and craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

I like to try new things especially when it comes to food. While on Facebook the other day I saw this recipe for Pajun Korean Pancakes by Sommer at A Spicy Perspective and decided that I definitely had to try making them and eating them.

This recipe is basically for a pancake with veggies in it.

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You dip the pancake in the amazing, kind of spicy and sweet dipping sauce and close your eyes and taste all the awesome flavors.

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I made my pancakes with Whole Wheat Flour and I found that I had to add a little more liquid to the batter to make it “ladeling” consistency. So, if you do Whole Wheat just eyeball the amount of liquid you use.

Until I made these I had never had them but now, I will continue to make them. The Mister really enjoyed them as well. The recipe makes four nice sized pancakes. We were only able to eat two. So I ended up cutting the pancake into fours and storing it in a ziploc with parchment paper. They are great as leftover the next day. I just put mine in the toaster oven for a little bit and it was just as fresh as when I made it.

I ate my leftover with a pretty, fresh salad on the side.

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It’s an easy recipe and makes for a fun, different and meatless meal for one day out of the week.

Try it out!

~Mrs Galvan~

 

Thirteen Days In


Thirteen days into 2015 and I’m doing pretty good with the stress, YAY! I think the only thing that has been on my mind is getting Christmas decorations down. The Christmas lawn decorations are down thanks to The Mister and tonight I will be taking down Christmas on the inside of the house.

Yesterday I decided I didn’t need to stress about it or stress anyone else out about it and my words to The Mister were, “Tomorrow I will be taking down Christmas. The only thing I need for you to do is take down all the stuff I can’t reach.” It was that EASY my friends. Last night, he started taking down all the stuff I couldn’t reach. It was a fantastic moment!

I’ve also been looking at some new recipes for the year and have found some pretty delicious looking, easy, full of veggies recipes that I can’t wait to try.

I know I’ve been really silent lately but as I’ve decided that I would stress less this year, that may mean less blogging for awhile too. I’m not quitting or giving up this blog I’m just gonna blog as it comes. I will continue to be active on the My Kitchen Is Open Facebook Page though.

As I’ve looked over the past year, I’ve realized that there is A LOT going on in my life and even though food blogging is stress reliever for me I can’t be worried if I don’t blog everyday. I know you miss me:-)

The Mister brought me roses last week and I decided to bring a few to work. Every so often I pick them up, hold them to my nose and inhale that rosy smell and I smile.

This morning I brought the rest of them into work because they remind me to…

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I guess I’ll be needing roses ALL year long! Lol!

I’m also counting down the days til I get to see this cutie!

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~Mrs Galvan~

 

Less Stress in 2015


This year, my phrase or theme is going to be LESS STRESS and my theme verses will be:

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”                                                                    Isaiah 26:3 (New Living Translation)

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”                                             Jeremiah 31:25 (New International Version)

I was stressed at home A LOT this year but only because I brought that stress on myself :

1. I didn’t spend enough time with God daily.

2. I didn’t spend enough time with God, and then the control freak in me emerged daily.

3. Then I would beat myself up about being a control freak and not do ANYTHING.

4. All that lead to being lazy and then the cycle continued.

So, this year will be about all the things I can do to make my life less stressful, first and foremost beginning with MAKING time to spend with God, even when I have a million things to do or I’m super tired.

Bod 4 God has also begun at my house again, YAY! I hate that it even ended but here we are again. My health is important and I need to continue to be able to function so that I can continue to do the things God has planned for me to do.

So, get ready for some healthy recipes my friends!

Love you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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~Mrs Galvan~

Christmas Adam 2014


For the past 6 years, the Mister and I have celebrated Christmas Adam. (Some call it Christmas Eve, Eve) Christmas Adam helps us be able to celebrate Christmas together with friends. Christmas Eve is usually spent doing last minute things and time with The Mister’s family. Christmas Day is spent with my family.

For the past couple of years I have made either Lasagna or Enchiladas but this year we made Thai food!

I’m not sure whether our guests were excited or concerned. I tried and found some great recipes recently and I was excited to share them with our friends and with you!

We had:

Thai Chicken Meatballs from Jo Cooks

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Wonton Salad Cups from The Other Side of 50

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Easy Pad Thai from Just a Taste

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HEB Spring Rolls (which I didn’t get a picture of nor could I find one anywhere)

We also had a Honey Bee Cake that one of my girlfriends brought over. It was still warm when it reached my house and it was absolutely delicious!

Another Christmas Adam marked off the calendar of life, with many more to come!

~Mrs Galvan~

All About The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014


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This year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap was way more fun for me than the past couple of years because I already knew what to expect and how to get things done.

I had my recipe for Biscoff Dark Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies ready to go in August!

Being that I felt so ahead of the game, I didn’t worry too much about it until November and then I started wondering if my recipe was good enough.

It’s way hard to not be a perfectionist when you are sending a food item to another food blogger.  I liked my cookies and so did my co-workers. I hope those I swapped with like my cookies.

My “swappees” this year were:

Renee from Kudos Kitchen

Heidi from Awesome With Sprinkles

Rebecca from Bake N’Quilt

I sent them each a dozen of my Biscoff Dark Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies.

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I received cookies from:

Melissa at CupCake Friday Project

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Sarah at The Chef Next Door

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Tammy from Tammy Circeo Photography

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They were all really delicious! Make sure and check out their blogs for the recipes to the above cookies!

Thanks to Lindsay and Julie for hosting this again! It was awesome!

Enjoy!

~Mrs Galvan~

P.S. Want to participate next year? Sign up here to receive notifications about when the 2015 swap will start to  and do your part to share some cookie love over the holidays.

You’ll also be helping Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in the process!

 ~Mrs Galvan~

Biscoff Dark Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies


For this years Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, I made Biscoff Dark Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies.

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I love me some Biscoff–My favorite is Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter. During my vacation in November, I picked up 10 jars because I knew this cookie was going to be the Christmas Cookie of the year for my family food gifts. Yes, 10 jars. Each jar makes 6 dozen, LOL!

Here’s the recipe!

Biscoff Dark Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (real butter)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (Or other biscoff spread)
  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Combine the butter and sugars in a large bowl or in your Kitchen Aid Mixer and cream until the ingredients are fluffy.

2. Add the egg, vanilla and cookie butter (Biscoff) and mix until well combined.

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3. In a separate bowl add your dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda and mix with a fork.

4. Add dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix til it’s just combined.

5. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans.

6. Drop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper as ablespoon-sized balls of dough.

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7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Influenster Blogstar


Have you ever heard of Influenster?

If you haven’t, let me tell you a little about it but first, a couple of questions:

Are you one of the first people you know to try new products?

Do your friends ask your opinion about certain products or how to use them?

Do you like blogging/reviewing products on the internet?

If you do, then you will really like Influenster.

“Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.

Influensters meet here to learn about new products from our favorite brands as well as review the products they already use in their day-to-day lives!

We invite our most active and social media savvy members to participate in exclusive rewards campaigns, such as:

  • - VoxBox campaigns where members receive complimentary full-size products to test and review!
  • - Interactive Twitter chats with celebrities and in-the-know experts
  • - Fun contests where members can earn sweet giveaways
  • - Special discounts on featured brands, services, and more!

In return, all we ask of our members is to do what they already love to do: share their opinions with their friends & followers on social media!”

I absolutely LOVE Influenster. I love getting that survey in my email that asks me to answer some questions to see if I qualify for a campaign and then getting that email that says I qualified.

I have received some really awesome VoxBoxes too!

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I’ve received full size products, tried them and reviewed them, either on my blog, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

I just recently started using the Influenster App (#InfluensterApp) and I LOVE it too! It makes it easy to read and review products from wherever I am so I don’t miss out on anything. I love that Influenster HELPS me be a better INFLUENSTER!(#Influenster)

If you haven’t joined, you REALLY should!

~Mrs Galvan~

 

Recap of Vacation


For the past week I have been on a lovely vacation. This is kind of a long post but totally worth scrolling through :-D

It started with a burger & nachos at Chris Madrid’s in San Antonio:

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Some of our friends recommended this place and it was a WIN!

 

Then a LOVELY Fiesta Wedding:

With Maracas,

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A beautiful kiss,

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 and awesome wedding decor!

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The next morning we ate at The Guenther House:

We had the Chicken & Waffles and Guenther’s Favorite Breakfast Platter.

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We had already kind of started eating when I realized that I needed a picture of the deliciousness that we were consuming. This is as good as it gets!

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That biscuit there is like 2 inches thick! It was so good!

For lunch we ate at The Dough Pizzeria. This was probably my most favorite meal of our time in San Antonio.

FIOR DI LATTE BURRATA

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The creaminess of this was just unexplainable!

BUFALA MARGHERITA PIZZA

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They only use San Marzano Tomatoes and their cheese is made in house.

TIRAMISU

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This was the best Tiramisu I have ever had and I’ve had a lot of Tiramisu in my life. Now if only I could get to where it originated, lol!

I got to visit The Container Store and Sur La Table. Those are not local stores for me so it was very nice.

We also made our annual trip to Trader Joe’s. I had to stock up on cookie butter and other goodies!

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The next morning we ate at The Magnolia Pancake Haus.

We have eaten here a few times whenever we are in San Antonio. It’s always so hard to choose what we are going to eat because there are so many amazing choices.

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The Mister had The Crab Cake Louie’s Benedict.

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I had The Stonewall Ranch Breakfast.

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After all that eating of food, later that evening we decided that we would like salad for dinner.

We had an early dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.

Asian Lettuce Wraps for The Mister

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Skinnylicious Asian Grilled Chicken Salad for me

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Our last night in San Antonio we got to eat at The County Line BBQ but I didn’t get any pictures. I can tell you that the food was good and that the servings were HUGE! If you’re hungry, this definitely a place to EAT.

Before we headed home,we stopped at TEAVANA. Yea, I won’t ever go in that store again. LOL! Just kidding but we left with $136 worth of tea stuff. Luckily we drink a lot of tea!

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On our way home Tuesday, we stopped to visit my sister and her family. I got to see my beautiful niece and hold her in my arms.

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She even hugged me when we left.

I have been home for a few days now and it has been nice to be in my own bed, on my own couch and watching my own TV. It’s been a great vacation from my vacation. Tomorrow that vacation is officially over.

I’m grateful to have had the time away to spend with The Mister and relax with family and friends.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

~Mrs Galvan~

 

 

Try It Out Thursday: Homemade Pad Thai


Try It Out Thursday is dedicated to recipes, products or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes and craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

I am a fan of Pad Thai.

There is a little local restaurant where I tried Thai food for the first time last year and I fell in love.

This little restaurant is run by a husband and wife and the wife does all the cooking. The husband is the front end guy and he just makes you want to eat there all the time. I wish I could eat there all the time but that would get pricey.

I found this great recipe by Kelly over at Just A Taste. I totally recommend this Homemade Pad Thai recipe. It didn’t take long to make once I had everything prepped and it was absolutely delicious. The recipe says that it makes around 4 servings. We liked it so much that we both had 2 servings each. 

The picture below is of the homemade Pad Thai in these awesome chinese soup bowls that a friend gave to me. They are my favorite bowls in the whole world!

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The flavor profile of this dish is explosive! It may look like JUST cabbage, cilantro, peanuts, carrots and lime thrown over chicken and noodles but oh my foodie goodness! 

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You have got to try it!

The only ingredient that I had to really go looking for was Tamarind Paste but I found it at our local Spices & Grains store. It was super inexpensive too! 

If you can’t find Tamarind Paste you can substitute lime juice  mixed with an equal quantity of light brown sugar. This will give you the sweet and sour effect that the tamarind flavor is being used for.

Just a reminder to go and enter my 3rd Blogiversary Giveaway! It ends on midnight, Nov 21st so there is still plenty of time!

I’m giving away a $40 e-gift card to Target and a Pioneer Woman Cookbook.

It’s cold here so stay warm!

~Mrs Galvan~