A few things that have been on my mind and have been loving the past month.

 

New workout clothes. A girl can never have too many workout clothes (although my husband may disagree). I’ve been an ambassador for Eleven by Venus for a little over a year and really love their clothes. They just released a new collection and I have a top on order (it’s backordered) and got these stylish capris. I love the back of the leg detailing and the charcoal color. Changing it up a bit from basic black.

 

 

Salty snacks. I am not a huge sweets person but put some chips or popcorn in front of me and I am a happy girl. I’ve been loving the GH Cretors popcorn for years (hello Chicago mix) but I’ve been working my way through a big shipment of the organic simply salted and extra virgin olive oil. It’s addicting!

 

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Van’s Gluten Free snacks and pasta. While I don’t eat gluten free we have quite a few people in our lives that do. They have a new line of pasta and granola that is delicious and addicting.

Blueberry Walnut is delicious and only lasted me a few days as a work snack:

 

And for those craving comfort food like macaroni and cheese. Now in a gluten free version. I promise it tastes just as good.

 

I have a serious love of gadgets. Phones, tablets, fitness trackers, my Roku and now this new HP X360. Obsessed! Amazing battery life and it goes from laptop to tent to stand to tablet. All in one. It’s super thin, light weight and has amazing battery life. If you are in the market for a new computer I highly recommend this. And being the tech geek that I am, I have all the computer in our house on a network and could easily pull files, settings, programs right from that network. This went from box to set-up in less than few hours. One Friday evening was all it took!

 

HP Pavilion x360 with AMD processor

 

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Collectively on behalf of HP. HP is currently on tour with Meghan Trainor and will be creating a documentary with a sneak peek behind the scenes using the new HP X360. They’re bringing camera crews from Vancouver to Nashville and you can follow along by watching episodes or searching the hashtags #bendtherules #ThatBassTour. Thank you again for your continued support!!

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I am traveling for work this week but Scott and I had a chance to have a nice Sunday dinner with roast chicken, salad and this delicious zinfandel. This is a 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi and it was delicious!

 

A nice bite of pepper, deep berries and a smooth finish. And I happen to love the label. The wax seal style stamp and old style paper. Kudos to the graphic designer. Around $20 a bottle this is good for a special Sunday night dinner. We got a chance to relax and enjoy delicious chicken that is coming up next week on the blog.

 

Van Ruiten Old Vine Zin (1 of 1)

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Greek Chicken with Orzo

March 3, 2015

Every time I think about our trip to Greece a few years ago I remember how incredible the food was. Delicious wine, feta cheese, amazing seasonings like oregano and all of the history. With my serious case of wanderlust I have so many places I want to see but we will visit Greece again! One of the things that I brought back with us was a delicious seasoning mix. I know it has oregano and marjoram but since it’s written in Greek I can’t tell everything that’s in it. I have rationed it out and am down to my last few tablespoons but it was worth it for this dish. Since you probably don’t have a super special seasoning blend from Greece I highly recommend finding a good Greek mixture from Penzey’s or a high quality spice shop.

 

Bridget, Ben, and their kids Alex and Grace were over for dinner and games one night and Alex is turning into quite the little chef. We helped me make this delicious dish, Brussels sprouts and a big salad. Any way to get the kids in the kitchen helping you  make delicious and healthy meals is a good thing in my mind.

 

Juicy pieces of chicken served over orzo filled with black olives, tomatoes and feta. It really did take me right back to Greece. It’s full of flavor and seriously tasty. I enjoyed the leftovers for my lunches and would make just the orzo as a side. It would be perfect for entertaining!

 

This was a big hit with everyone and I know I will be making variations of it again. I’m thinking grilled chicken would be perfect in the summer.

 

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Greek Chicken with Orzo
 
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Ingredients
  • 1lb chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1tbsp Greek seasoning blend (or oregano)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 glove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 14 ounce cans diced tomatoes (fire roasted is great in this)
  • 1½ cups orzo (whole wheat if you can find it)
  • ¼ cup black olives, diced
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 2 ounces feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium to high heat.
  2. Top chicken with seasoning blend and salt/pepper. Cook chicken 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  3. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. In that same skillet, bring 2 cups water and tomatoes to a boil. Add in red pepper flakes, garlic and orzo.
  5. Cook for 8-12 minutes or until orzo is cooked through and all the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Add in olives, salt/pepper and feta cheese. Top with the cooked chicken and serve.

 

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Ah March. Usually the snowiest month in MN but since this has been the strangest winter ever I highly doubt that will happen. We have very little snow on the ground and it has been anywhere from -15 up to 35 within a week. My blog for the Secret Recipe Club this month, Cook Lisa Cook seems to have had a much more enjoyable winter. Lisa lives in the South with her husband and daughter.

 

She had some delicious look soups but the Nutella Brownie Bites sounded amazing. And with only three ingredients. Makes it even easier! These are so easy to make and it was hard to not just lick the bowl instead of baking them. I used a muffin tin for these but next time I will break out the mini muffin pan to have them truly be bite sized.

 

These are the perfect sweet treat, you can have one or three. But I promise these will be gone quickly. Easy and delicious!

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Secret Recipe Club Nutella Brownie's
 
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Serves: 1 dozen
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup plus 2 TBS. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the Nutella until slightly warm and runny.
  3. Stir in the eggs, flour and salt until fully combined. Portion the batter between 12 full sized muffin tins lined with cupcake liners or use a silicon cupcake pan sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes, just until the tops of the Brownie Bites are just cooked.and dry. Do not over cook as you want the centers to be slightly undercooked and gooey.

 

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Fitness Friday and Evolution Fresh Giveaway

February 27, 2015

Happy Friday! This week seriously flew by. It felt like I blinked and it was Friday. Busy week but I still managed to get a few workouts in. Despite the fact that I have a cold that will not go away. Seriously. What is up this darn cold? Runny nose, cough, all sorts of fun. […]

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Wine Wednesday PopCrush White

February 25, 2015

Happy Wine Wednesday! This past Friday I was out with my friends Ben and Bridget at one of my favorite wine bars; Swirl. I just so happen to be a member of their wine club and on Friday night’s they do complimentary tastings of of their wines of the week.   We bellied up to […]

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Lemon Artichoke Chicken

February 24, 2015

Chicken. It’s one of those easy things to make for dinner but it can get boring pretty quickly. Not this Lemon Artichoke Chicken that I adapted from Performance Paleo. A cookbook that I have been loving lately. Don’t let that word paleo scare you off. This just happens to be lower in carbs and full […]

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French Toast Bake

February 23, 2015

Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things! It feels like a change up in a normal routine and it’s nice to have something just a little sweet for dinner, that feels like a fantastic treat. French toast is one of those things that I love and often order out at those rare times […]

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Fitness Friday Keeping Workouts Flexible

February 20, 2015

The theme of my workouts this week was being flexible. Scott has been out of town all week on a snowmobiling trip so it has been just me, the dogs and Henry the pig. Which means I can’t hit up the gym or yoga before work. The animals well being comes first and having them […]

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Wine Wednesday Forefront Pinot Gris

February 18, 2015

It’s been a winter filled with red wine and I just wanted a glass of cool, crisp and refreshing white to go with the broccoli and cauliflower soup that I made earlier this week. Spicy flavors and a nice white like pinot gris go so well together.   This Pinot Gris is from the Willamette […]

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