10 Must Reads

Happy Monday! What a relaxing weekend, I have spent some time this past weekend researching books & today, I am sharing some of the books that I have added to my must-read list right now: 12 Books To Read this Year. These are based off reader reviews, friend recommendations, & my own interest. I would love to hear what other books you would recommend & make sure to check out some of my previous recommended books in the links at the end of the post!

What’s on your reading list this year?

| Book Clubs | 2015 Reading List |

Sundried Tomato Stir Fry

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Here’s a stir-fried dish for you all today! You can never have too many easy chicken recipes for a quick weeknight meal! The great thing about this stir fry is that it’s simple enough for a weeknight meal yet it’s fancy enough to serve to guests on a weekend. The combination of flavors here – the sun dried tomatoes, garlic, spinach, parmesan and basil is simply divine!

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2 skinless chicken breast

1/2 medium red onion

1 red pepper

1 cup spinach

Olive Oil

Parmeson

Garlic

Sun dried tomatoes

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Cut chicken into small cubes.

Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

Add chicken and cook about 4 – 5 minutes per side until cooked throughout. Add red onion and red pepper saute until nearly soft, about 3 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Stir in sun dried tomatoes, spinach & basil. Add in parmesan, stirring until parmesan has melted.

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There’s an app for that: Ink Cards

I absolutely love sending and receiving mail! I don’t know how it took me so long to discover the app, Ink Cards but last month I downloaded the app and I haven’t been hooked ever since. This app lets you mail chic and personalized greeting cards directly from your IPhone to your recipient’s doorstep. How easy and convenient is that?

It’s cheap too, only $1.99 a card!

Start by choosing from over a hundred customizable designs and add any photo you would like depending on the layout of the design you choose. Next, select the quantity you need and pay for postage. That’s it! Your unique card is mailed out in 3-7 business days. This will be super convenient for Birthdays, Holidays and around Christmas time.

Below are some of the ones I have already sent:

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More of my favorite apps:

| Snapstagram | TinyBooks | Liketoknowit.com |

Instant Pot: Pulled Pork

Happy Friday, well Instant Pot is new in my life and I am addicted. I was skeptical at first when Jake ordered the Instant Pot during Amazon Prime Day. The Instant Pot is a completely programmable Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer! It’s pretty fabulous. I mostly use my Instant Pot as an electric pressure cooker and slow cooker. Sometimes I use it to sauté or warm food, depending on the recipe, and occasionally I use it as a rice cooker. I have yet to attempt the yogurt option.

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The first meal we tried in the Instant Pot was a wing recipe Jake had found online. I couldn’t believe how tender this chicken turned out! It was falling apart as I tried to remove it with a fork.

1 bag chicken wings (frozen)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup chicken stock
Spices and brown sugar

I set the pressure cooker on the poultry setting for 20 min  and that was it. I cook a similar recipe in my slow-cooker which takes about 5-6 HOURS on low. This meal was done in less than half an hour. Wow!!

Another great recipe we tried last night was a pork loin and it was delicious! This meal takes about 5 to prep meat, 50 minutes to cook, 10 minutes to natural release, then 5 more minutes if you want to add BBQ sauce and heat it up. I can tell you this is a heck of a lot faster to do and while it cooks, I do other stuff.

Instant Pot Recipe 
Pork Loin
Any spices you’d like. (salt, pepper, chives, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire)
1/4 cup of Vegetable oil
2 cups of chicken stock or water
BBQ(optional)

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Instructions
Start by spicing up the pork loin with spices or a marinade of your choice (I chose to use cayenne pepper, salt & pepper. Now Get your pressure cooker and turn on the sauté button, let it warm up with the vegetable oil inside it. When it’s hot, add your pork. Sear each side for 3 minutes.
Next add 2 cups of liquid (Chicken stock or water).
Close the lid choose the manual button, high pressure and add 50 minutes to the time. Make sure your seal is closed.
Once it is done, let is naturally release for 10 minutes.
Put onto a plate and shred.

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As the weather gets cooler, I will definitely be using the Instant Pot for soups and chili. The fantastic thing is that you can sauté veggies or meat right in the pot before switching it to slow-cooker mode. (That was always my gripe with my crock pot: I hated dirtying an extra pan and having that additional step.) In the upcoming weeks I will be sharing with you more dishes you can make in the instant pot.. stay tuned.

Check out more of my favorite recipes HERE!

Currently Craving: Wallpaper

I adore a fabulous wallpaper, the modern prints are a fantastic way to add texture, glamour, or drama with a colorful or metallic pattern to any room in your house. Compared to stenciling, wallpaper is more expensive but can really change the entire look of a room. I cannot wait to get a house next Spring and start decorating each room.

I fell in love with the floral wall papers after seeing it on Monika Hibb’s Oh So Sweet Nursery tour, is that not the cutest nursery you have ever seen? Those pink and peach tones are insanely cute! I would love to do a floral patterned print somewhere in our house whether it’s an office, a bathroom or a spare bedroom.

Check out some of my favorite wallpaper decorating from around the web for each room in your home:

office wallpaper

| Office Wallpaper |

laundry room

| Laundry Room Wallpaper |

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| Nursery Wallpaper |

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| Living Room Wallpaper |

wallpaper bathroom

| Bathroom Wallpaper |

little girl room

| Girl’s Room wallpaper |

entry way

| Entry Way Wallpaper |

My favorite wallpaper textiles:

Caitlin Wilson, Etsy, Spoonflower

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Burrito

Breakfast: Frozen bacon, egg & cheese burritos

16 oz of bacon (cooked)- $3.00
Dozen large eggs- $1.29
10 Tortilla Shells- $2.39
1 package Shredded Cheese- $2.39
Total= $9.07
Made 10 meals- $.90 per breakfast

Tips for Great Frozen Burritos

If you haven’t tried making your own, well, now’s the time. Here are some helpful tips for making great frozen burritos:

  • Use fresh, room temperature burrito-size tortillas. Cold tortillas tend to crack when rolled.
  • Choose any fillings you love as long as they aren’t too wet.
  • Assemble burritos with room temperature ingredients.
  • Roll a tight, neat package. The beauty of a well-made burrito is that all the filling stays inside.
  • Wrap them well. I usually make dozens of burritos at a time. As soon as they are rolled, I stack them in zip-top freezer bags.

Great Fillings for Frozen Burritos

Chances are as long as the filling item is one you would normally see in a frozen dish, it should be fine. Favorite fillings of ours include:

  • Shredded cheese
  • eggs
  • spinach
  • onions
  • feta
  • peppers
  • potatoes
  • salsa
  • hot sauce
  • jalepeno
  • Cooked sausage, ham or bacon