Italian Chicken Skillet

Packing a whole lotta veggies into our dinners makes my heart happy.

As does the fact that my toddlers would, hands down, rather eat veggies than any meat they’ve ever met (aside from hotdogs; those kids LIVE for hotdogs…which I’m not even sure count as ‘meat’….yuck!).

So when I stumbled upon this recipe from Clean Food Crush I knew it was just what we needed in our weekly grind.

I did things just a touch differently but the inspiration came entirely from Clean Food Crush…so all the credit that direction (and check it out – LOTS of clean eating recipes, encouragement and motivation going on over there).


This is another recipe where veggies can easily be swapped out for whatever you have on hand, is on sale at the store, or tickles your taste buds.

It’s recipes like this that make me eager for my garden (which is not even yet planted) to start cranking out goodies. A yummy recipe as is goes to a whole new level when home-grown gets involved.

-H

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Italian Chicken Skillet
A quick veggie and protein packed meal that will leave you with few dishes to wash, time on your hands and peace of mind that you've fed your family well.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Warm 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat, add chicken and cook through. Remove from pan.
  2. Warm 1 Tbsp olive oil and melt 1 Tbsp butter in pan. Add onions. Drop the heat down a couple notches and allow onions to caramelize (stir them around to coat with oil/butter then let cook for 5'ish min undisturbed. Stir and let go another 5'ish min).
  3. Add last (1) Tbsp olive oil and remainder of veggies. Cook to desired doneness (I prefer a little crunch on my peppers and asparagus, personally).
  4. Return chicken to the pan and add dry Italian Seasoning and balsamic vinegar. Stir to mix it all together.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste and serve alongside some fresh French bread (If your diet tolerates gluten, of course).

Bereaved Mother’s Day

Yesterday, May 5th, was Bereaved Mother’s Day.

And I missed it.

Kind of.

I missed it in the sense that I didn’t blog about it, or at all, yesterday. I figured a day late wouldn’t make it any less meaningful.

But it’s important to me.

It’s important because I know this kind of pain.

I know it many times over.

I know the aching in your heart, and the tears that won’t stop. I know the pleading with God to ‘just please not’.

Not now. Not again.

And then….

I know that time passes and wounds heal, but painful scars forever remain.

And I know that people forget and move on and in some sense, mammas with babies in heaven are expected to also.

Until you’ve really ‘been there’ you just don’t know. You couldn’t possibly know. And I know this first hand, because I’ve been there.

Bereaved Mother’s Day, recognized internationally, began in 2010 and is ‘celebrated’ the first Sunday in May. I’ve yet to find a calendar that notes this important date of remembrance…but maybe someday…

In honor of mine who were taken too soon I spent part of my day basking in the glorious warm Colorado weather. Pushing my body to work in a way it hasn’t since going on bedrest all those months ago.

<hey sore legs and core this morning>

Covered in sunscreen, filthy from dirt and sweat, all the while with my miracle by my side.

Being outside and working in the yard/gardens is part of my self care. Getting to do so with the babe chatting at me from his stroller on this exceptionally beautiful and MEANINGFUL day was over the top.

And he boycotted any real naps so we spent extra time together…snuggling, and playing. Chatting and laughing.

Thanking God for this gift I never thought I’d receive.

Thinking about my fellow friends and family who’ve walked this tough road as well.

Wondering about how many more have experienced the journey and I don’t even know (and if your heart aches and you want me to know…for support, to love on you, to pray with or for you…reach out!)

Girls, I SEE you. I LOVE you. My heart BREAKS for you. I PRAY for you and your little angels.

But maybe even more significantly, I REMEMBER.

-H

Photo Credit: Photo by Artem Kovalev on Unsplash

Spring Cleaning Living Spaces

Have you gotten started on your Spring Cleaning 2019? How’s it coming along?

As I mentioned in this post, I won’t be tackling my spring cleaning quite as in depth this year but I also promised to finish up the series of posts that I left hanging last year…

Ugh. I know. I’m still shaking my head.

Today I come to you with a plan for addressing living spaces (and hallways). The plan is much the same as I discussed in spring cleaning bedrooms, with a few modifications.

Spring Clean Living Spaces Supplies Needed:

  • Glass cleaner
  • All purpose cleaner (a concentrated formula, without bleach, for the living spaces is my preference)
  • Mr Clean magic eraser
  • Rags (either disposable or those that can be washed and re-used. Old cut-up t-shirts, wash cloths or small towels darner my collection)
  • Small bucket for water/cleaning solution
  • Furniture polish
  • Paper towels
  • Broom
  • Basket for items not belonging in living spaces
  • Trash bag
  • Step-stool
  • Washing Machine/Detergent/White Vinegar
  • Ironing Board/Iron

Spring Cleaning Living Spaces Plan of Attack

  1. Start by taking down the curtains. Also remove globes from light fixture(s).
  2. Fire up the washing machine with the above items (double check that your curtains can be washed at home vs dry cleaned).
  3. Fill small bucket with warm water and all purpose cleaner.
  4. Fill kitchen sink with hot, soapy water and allow globes from light fixture to soak.
  5. Run broom across all 90 degree angles in room (i.e. where walls meet ceiling, corners of walls) to knock down any cobwebs
  6. Using a dry rag, knock down gathered dust from ceiling fan(s).
  7. Using a damp rag, wipe down ceiling fan blades. Hit the light fixture and any décor that can be wiped down while you’re at it. Don’t forget the tops of door jams, window trim, and baseboards. Set bucket and rags aside when done.
    Tips/Tricks: Work from ceiling to floor with dust removal so you aren’t dirtying areas already cleaned.
  8. Address any lingering marks on walls with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser.
  9. Plug in vacuum and using attachment with brush, vacuum off blinds and lampshades.
    Tips/Tricks: our blinds are fabric, if yours aren’t you will want to give them a wipe down with a wet rag.
  10. Use glass cleaner to wash any windows and mirrors.
  11. Return to laundry room and hang curtains outside to dry (or toss into dryer). Start another load, if needed.
  12. Stop by kitchen sink and wash light fixture globes. Set aside to dry.
  13. Vacuum carpet, including any furniture that doesn’t sit flush with the floor.
    Tips/Tricks: if your living spaces allow for re-arranging of furniture, this is an excellent time to do so, vacuuming all areas of carpet as you go
  14. Polish furniture with furniture polish and clean rag
  15. Iron curtains (if needed)
  16. Re-hang curtains
  17. Return light fixture globes to light fixture(s).
  18. Gather cleaning supplies and put away in their storage spot. Run trash outside (if you had any).
    Tips/Tricks: rags that I will be laundering gather in a basket once they have dried in the laundry room and once I complete all Spring cleaning I wash one load – with bleach. Yes, that’s a LOT of rags.
  19. Address items in “other room” basket.
    Tips/Tricks: I put away items that belong somewhere else IF that ‘somewhere else’ is where the item actually lives. If it doesn’t yet have a permanent home I leave it in the basket until a permanent home can be created — otherwise clutter is created elsewhere in the house and the item(s) are likely to end up back in that basket as I’m Spring Cleaning through the house

Pending how many living spaces you have in your house (we have three plus two stair cases and a hallway) and how much time and stamina you have this could be a one day project. Or you can split into several days.

Just be sure that when you do it – you do it right! Otherwise, what’s the point?

Hope your weather is holding up and leaving you motivated for whatever cleaning projects you have front of you.

We enjoyed a ridiculously beautiful weekend – complete with sunburns for mama and the two toddlers. I managed to do a Spring Clean of the covered porch (which was a mess two years in the making because I didn’t get to it last year).

It felt great to cross that one off the list AND to be in the sunshine and fresh air.

Yesterday the temps dropped 30-something degrees while moisture threatened to roll in off the mountains all day long.

This morning I woke to a blanket of snow covering the ground. So there you have it!

While I’d much rather have had another nice day of mild temps, the chill in the air forced me back inside to address folding the mountain of laundry I washed Sunday and other inside chores that went undone while we took advantage of a good thing all weekend long.

More to come on Garden 2019 here soon — soil was tilled this past weekend! I feel planting coming on!!

~H

Photo Credit: Photo by Outsite Co on Unsplash