Like most kids growing up a main food group for me was chicken fingers. Dipped in ranch or honey mustard and my cousins and I were perfectly content. While I was back home in South Caroline a few weeks ago my brother and I decided to test out an adult version of the recipe. We traded in crushed crackers for the coating and baked them instead of frying. I think we both were surprised at how good they turned out. These would be perfect for kid friendly meals, tailgating or when a chicken finger craving strikes. I chopped up leftovers the next day and used them on a salad.
Baked Cheddar Dijon Chicken Tenders
via just a taste
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups cheddar crackers (cheez-its or the trader joe’s cheddar rockets work great!)
1/4 tsp paprika
1 1/4 lbs. uncooked chicken tenders
3 large eggs
2 tsp. dijon mustard
1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray or brush it with olive oil. Pulse the cheddar crackers in a food processor until finely crushed. Or, place in a ziploc bag, seal and use a rolling pin (or wine bottle!) to crush the crackers. Place the crackers in a wide, shallow bowl and stir in the paprika. In another wide, shallow bowl whisk together the eggs with the dijon mustard. Place the flour in a third wide, shallow bowl.
Bread each tender by coating it first in the flour and then dipping it in the eggs. Transfer the chicken from the eggs to the crackers, pressing the crackers into the chicken to make sure it’s coated. Then, place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining tenders. Bake until golden, turning over once half way through, about 15 minutes.
I’m kicking off this week sharing a few of my summer beauty favorites! These are the tried and true products that I’ll be re-purchasing in the future and have stood the test of southern heat and humidity.
1/ Botanics All Bright Night Cream: Finding a great night cream that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is harder than it should be. During the winter months I use oils (love this one) since my skin is combination/oily. In the summer I gravitate towards brightening products that are hydrating without being heavy. The Botanics line continues to impress me and this night cream is one I will definitely be purchasing again.
2/ COOLA Mineral Face Sunscreen: I’m embarrassed to admit how bad I used to be at wearing sunscreen every.single.day. Slathering on thick white lotion that felt like it clogged my pores and made me greasy within hours didn’t sound the least bit appealing. I’ve preached my love for Coola Sport Spray before, but this is the best face sunscreen I’ve found yet. You gently squeeze the tube while pressing the dispenser and out comes the lightest cream. All you need is a little bit for your neck/face and as soon as you put it on your skin it instantly sinks in. I put this on after my moisturizer and before my makeup (either this or this).
3/ Kiehl’s Recovery Eye Cream: Kiehl’s makes some of my favorite eye creams. In the winter I rely on this one to combat dry weather, but like the night cream I switch it up with the seasons. A tiny bit of this patted gently under each eye helps prevent puffiness and dark circles with a more lightweight consistency.
4/ Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion: Normally I grab any lotion that I have around the house for post-sun hydration. When I received a sample of this last month I tossed it in my bag and headed to Charleston for the 4th of July. After a littleeee too much time in the sun I smothered this on after the shower and have been hooked ever since. Unlike most sticky aloe, this lotion goes on smooth and has a cooling effect. Not to mention the smell. The coconut papaya smells amazing! Since it’s a blend of silk protein and shea butter it makes a great everyday lotion too.
5/ Younique 3D Fiber Lash: After hearing my friend Sarah rave about this mascara I could’t wait to try test it out. Over the past month I’ve loved using this and am amazed at the results it gives. The bigger and longer the lashes the better! You still use your current mascara as a base, but once it dries you use the transplant gel and then the fibers. It makes my lashes appear fuller and pops against the rest of my makeup.
Easily my favorite part of a conference, whether it’s for my job or for blogging, is the opportunity to be around inspiring people. Last weekend was no different. The entire time I had hundreds of ideas swirling around in my head of fun things I wanted to do for T&T and where I wanted to take it. Each of these ladies were incredibly friendly, smart and had a passion for their blog and brand. Being in this setting makes you want to push the limits and simply do more.
Let’s back track and start from the beginning. My two fabulous roomies for the weekend were Emily & Ashlyn and we had a blast! The weekend kicked off at True Food Kitchen (it’s my new favorite place; we went twice) and a session at Dry Bar Atlanta.
Saturday we spent the morning at a ‘coffee talk’ hearing from a few companies and brands. Lunch was hosted by Asos at South City Kitchen where we had the cutest place settings by Flower Child Weddings and personalized social media necklaces made by Taudrey.
Winding down the weekend was a pool party at the W Hotel hosted by Southern Living Magazine. Complete with dj, champagne cocktails, sunshine and the cutest tote bags by Ban.do.
The biggest thank you to Jessica and Cathy for putting on this amazing weekend! I’m already looking forward to next year’s fun. If you’re not a member of the Southern Blog Society join here so you can be there in 2015!
professional photos by rebekah carson
These types of sales always make me feel stressed out at first. There’s so much to navigate through, your heart is racing because you feel like everyone else always is after the same pieces you are and you just don’t know where to even begin. Sit back, relax and draw inspiration from the picks below. There are some seriously awesome deals in this year’s sale and I can’t wait to make a few purchases. These pants are the best (better than lululemon), these need to come home with me and if you’re looking for the perfect hostess gifts I like this and this.
Share with me what y’all are getting!
What’s better than a breezy, white maxi dress on a hot summer day? This version from Lulu’s instantly caught my eye and I ended up wearing it Saturday for the SBS conference. It’s super comfortable and I love that the back is a T strap. How fun is that? The print is even prettier in person and would make an adorable bridal shower or rehearsal dinner dress. Pair with a simple sandal, or heels if you’re dressing it up, and you’re set!
images by mallory meggit
Simple, ready to go meals are what I’m all about this summer. On your next stir fry craving, instead of ordering takeout whip up this super easy recipe in under 30 minutes. It’s also the perfect dish for one if you’re riding solo for dinner. You could easily substitute the chicken for tofu or shrimp depending on your diet and preference. I’ve been looking for a go to stir fry recipe and this one fits the bill perfectly!
30 Minute Vegetable Stir Fry
via beauty still remains
Stir fry sauce
1 piece of chicken per person
Bag of steamable vegetables, asian mix
Cut the chicken up into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl with soy sauce. Cook the steamable vegetables according to package directions. Place the chicken into a hot wok or skillet with a small amount of olive oil (don’t include the soy sauce marinade). Cook the chicken until done and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Once the vegetables are done, place the bag of rice in the microwave and cook according to directions. Add the vegetables to the chicken and add stir fry sauce to your liking. Place the rice in a bowl and top with vegetables and chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!
How was everyone’s weekend?
I spent the past three days at the Southern Blog Society’s conference in Atlanta and I can’t wait to recap the event later this week. Such a fun weekend with the most inspiring group of ladies. It’s been a little while since I’ve shared some of my recent favorites, so today we’re breaking it down with a little bit of everything.
[ If you’re ever in Charleston be sure and stop into Indaco for dinner. The pizza is fabulous and the charcuterie board is the best way to start the meal.]
[ A navy and white (with fringe) combination that includes all of my current favorite accessories
pants/ top / necklace / ring/ bracelet]
Jewelry is one of my favorite things to wear, like most girls, but one thing I’m missing seems to be a collection of great layering pieces. When I’m out shopping I’m instantly drawn to the large, chunky statement designs. I love the way they pair with an outfit and bam you’re done. On the other hand, they aren’t the easiest or most comfortable to wear stacked. Meet your new Etsy favorite: dAnn designs. The designer, Donna Ann, makes each piece in San Diego, CA and creates the type of pieces that just beg to be stacked and worn non-stop. Get ready to fall in love with these pieces!
all images via dAnn designs