The moving process has gone fairly smoothly (knock on wood) except for one small mishap; forgetting to call the gas company. Oops….
The past few days have been filled with cold water and no working oven, which is accurately reflected in today’s recipe. If it doesn’t require a stove (or a microwave) to make, that’s what I’ve been eating. These chocolate and banana energy bites were the perfect snack to throw together yesterday afternoon. They are so so good and are a great solution for the 3 pm slump or a sweets craving!
Chocolate Banana Energy Bites
via the ny melrose family
1 ripe banana
1 cup pitted dates
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
3/4 c uncooked rolled oats
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 c chopped walnuts
2 oz. dark chocolate, broken into pieces
Combine all ingredients except the walnuts and chocolate in a food processor and process until it forms a paste, adding more oats if the mixture is too soft. Add the walnuts and chocolate and pulse a few times to incorporate and slightly break up the chocolate and walnuts without chopping them too fine. Using about a tablespoon of the mixture at a time, roll into balls. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
[Serving platter found on sale here]
Even though the holiday weekend is almost over, it’s not too late to shop the Memorial Day sales that’re happening everywhere! I’ve rounded up a few favorite sales and the items I’m eyeing below. Happy shopping friends!
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Happy three day weekend friends!
This is my first weekend back in Atlanta since March and I couldn’t be more pumped for a few days at home. I spent this week moving into Brian and I’s new place and will be sifting through the boxes for days. The type-A person that I am wants (needs) to have all the boxes unpacked and the house in order within days of moving in. I’m crazy, I know.
favorite links from around the web….
+ 86 meals for $5 or less
+ So many good sale items at Nordstrom’s half-yearly sale!
+ I’m a little late to the game, but I finally read this book and loved it.
+ 5 solid tips on personal branding
This is a prime example of trying to quickly take a picture of dinner before Brian dives in. These buffalo chicken lettuce wraps are so good and they’re perfect when you’re trying to balance tasty and healthy. The chicken is cooked in the crockpot all day and then topped with carrots, celery and cheese. Only thing missing this time was a side of ranch. Leftover chicken would be great tossed on a salad, burrito bowl or in a wrap for lunch.
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Wraps
24 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 celery stalk
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic
16 oz. fat free low sodium chicken broth
1/2 c. cayenne pepper sauce
6 large lettuce leaves, Bibb or Iceberg
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
2 large celery stalks, cut into 2 inch matchsticks
In a crock pot, combine chicken, onions, celery stalk, garlic and broth (enough to cover your chicken, use water if the can of broth isn’t enough). Cover and cook on high 4 hours.
Remove the chicken from pot, reserve 1/2 cup broth and discard the rest. Shred the chicken with two forks, return to the slow cooker with the 1/2 cup broth and the hot sauce and set to on high for an additional 30 minutes. Makes 3 cups chicken.
To prepare lettuce cups, place 1/2 cup buffalo chicken in each leaf, top with 1/4 cup shredded carrots, celery and dressing of your choice.
Work conventions in Las Vegas always leave me exhausted yet re-inspired at the same time. What made it extra special was having my younger brother and dad over here with me. Working with my family is something I feel so blessed to do. Tradeshows are always more fun with them! Since I’m already over here for work, this morning I’m taking a short little flight to San Diego to spend the weekend with one of my girlfriends! I can’t wait to explore a new (to me) city, grab some delicious mexican food and catch up over bottle(s) of wine.
favorite links from around the web…
+ Can’t wait to make these for dinner soon!
+ One of my favorite articles lately: ‘Why I Gave Up a $95,000 to Move to an Island and Scoop Ice Cream“
+ 13 diy projects for spring
+ I can’t get enough embroidered clothes for spring. This skirt would be perfect for warm weather.
Happy happy weekend friends!
I seem to get my best recipe making done when I’m back in St. Louis. It just isn’t as fun cooking for one back in Atlanta. It also doesn’t hurt that Brian will eat anything. This cheesy corn dip couldn’t be easier and involves only one mixing bowl and a baking dish. Less dishes to dirty and clean is always a win. I love the fresh toppings of green onions and tomatoes on this one. Since we’re fiends for anything spicy, next time I’m gong to add fresh diced jalapeños to the mix! Can we also take a minute to appreciate that it calls for more greek yogurt than mayo (least favorite condiment ever – gross)?
Cheesy Corn Dip
via damn delicious
3 cups corn kernels, frozen or canned
1 (4.5 oz) can chopped green chiles, drained
1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 c plain greek yogurt
1/4 c mayonnaise
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
salt & pepper, to taste
1 Roma tomato, diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine corn, chiles, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread corn mixture into the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Place into oven and bake until bubbly around the edges, about 20-25 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with tomato, green onion and cilantro.
This week seemed to fly by and I can’t wait for the weekend ahead! One of my good friends is getting married tomorrow and we’re currently in full on celebration mode. Do I sound like a broken record yet? Swear my friends and I do more than just get married and go on bachelorette parties! I’m sad to be missing celebrating my beautiful mother on Sunday, but my sweet dad and brother have promised to make her feel extra special in Charleston. It’s off to Las Vegas for work next week, so I’m trying my best to unpack and re-pack before Tuesday. From Vegas I’m hopping on a quick flight to stay with one of my close friends in San Diego! I’m practically bouncing with excitement for my first trip to SD. If you’ve been, send me any favorite spots!
favorite links from around the web…
+ This brunch option, I mean, does it get any better??
+ Did you catch Mandy’s one room challenge reveal? Good, good stuff my friends.
+ A top that screams summer. #mustorder
+ ‘45 Life Lessons’ that made me smile