Chicken salad may not be the first thing you think of when you hear -8 degree weather but I promise this isn’t your usual sad deli-counter salad.This chicken salad has been in the making for quite a few years now. My mom gave me the recipe a couple of years back and I have been addicted ever since.

Ingredients:
•1 pound cooked chicken breast (chopped, diced, or shredded) I just used a can
•1 can crushed pineapple
••2/3 cup grapes, halved
•1/2 cup Greek yogurt or mayonnaise
•1-1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
•1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
•Kosher salt
•Freshly ground black pepper
•Ciabatta bread, crossaint toasted, for serving

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, grapes, pineapple, sliced almonds if you prefer, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.

Note: You can also serve this over baby spinach for a delicious lunch salad!

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By now you have probably realized how obsessed I am with frozen yogurt! I am constantly begging Jake to take me to Orange Leaf and always on the lookout for frozen yogurt groupons! I know….I know….I admit it…I definitely have a frozen yogurt/ ice cream addiction. 🙂 I stumbled across this blueberry frozen yogurt recipe last night and couldn’t resist giving it a shot. It is the most simple recipe that I have made and all you need is two ingredients: blueberries and greek yogurt!

These Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries are such a great, healthy snack recipe idea as an alternative to ice cream. And it’s also a great way to use up any leftover blueberries before they go bad! The yogurt adds some sweetness to the slightly tart blueberries and the creaminess gives it a dessert like feel. I am excited to experiment and use different yogurt flavors and different fruits, there are lots of great flavor options available. But definitely give these Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries a try!

How to get started:

1. Start by washing your blueberries and lining a small baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
2. Using a toothpick, dip each blueberry into the Greek yogurt and swirl until the blueberry is nicely coated with yogurt. Place on baking sheet. Continue this until all blueberries are coated.
3. Place baking sheet into freezer, and let freeze for at least an hour.
4. After about an hour, your Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries can be placed in a ziplock baggie and stored in the freezer. Enjoy! 🙂

What a fun weekend! Saturday night was spent with my cousin Danyelle downtown. We started our night off at Frontpage cheering on the Boilermakers. Neither off us can ever disagree on mexican food, so after the game we had dinner at a trendy-bar restaurant called Bakersfield on Mass Ave in Indianapolis. Saturday was my second time eating at Bakersfield and I had another great experience, they have amazing  guacamole and queso!  

My friend, Ginna at Ginnaandtonic.blogspot.com a friend from college sent me this 15 Things College Friends Teach Us from the thoughtcatalog and it almost brought tears to my eyes. All of these 15 points are so right on and it made me realize how blessed I am to still have such close college friends. Here is a bit of the article:

1. The people you befriend in a mad dash to find companionship during your freshman orientation may not be the people standing beside you in photos during senior week. But they will always be the first people who made you feel accepted and at home, and for that, you’ll always be grateful.

2. The best days are the ones you spend laying on some body of grass drinking/talking/”studying,” and the best nights are the ones when just a few of you stay up into the early hours of the morning drinking and talking. You cross lines of intimacy from which you will never entirely be able to return (but wouldn’t want to).

3. Sometimes you have to leave. For the weekend, for a semester, for good. The most important thing you will carry with you, after the confusion and uncertainty about leaving settles, are the friends who still call you and ask if you’ll come visit.

4. We all have that one friend who drinks too much, works too little, uses being “so busy and stressed” as an excuse for everything, and complains about all of it though their lives aren’t that bad or hectic. You do not want to be that friend.

5. Your way isn’t necessarily the right way. Your values can’t be applied to everyone/everything no matter how you try. You are the product of what your surroundings have cultivated you to be. And that’s not the way you have to carry on if you don’t want. This is what you learn when you live in close quarters with people who are from different states, countries, cultures, backgrounds, and it may be the most important lesson of them all.

6.Having a roommate who’s your best friend is, indeed, probably the best thing ever. But it’s not for everyone. You’d either never leave the room because you don’t want to hang out with anybody but each other or you just don’t want to screw up what’s already so good.

7. Your psyche will likely be shaken at one point or another. In the inevitable stress of college will come the time when all of your issues from the past rise and accumulate and you will be forced to finally deal with them head on. There are some friends who sit next to you and take care of you and there are some who dismiss you and walk away when hell and high water rises. These are the times in which it’s best to pay attention to who does what.

8. There are few greater joys than walking into a classroom, seeing one of your good friends and being like, YES *CLING.* Because group projects are bad enough as it is and they’ll let you peek at the textbook the night before required reading is due and you can text them and ask them all the questions you don’t want to look stupid by asking your professor.

9. Relationships come and go. Some come and linger. If you think you’re going to survive a heartbreak without friends who are ready to be selflessly giving but brutally honest with you, you are sorely mistaken my friend.

10. The people you appreciate most are the ones who eat lunch twice so you don’t have to do so alone, who offer up meal swipes when you’re in need, send you the assignment you lost the night before it’s due, tell you what setting to do your whites on, steal food from the dining hall when you’re sick, and who make you feel like you came to that school, at that time, for a reason, and they’re it.

I love to shop but I can’t stand paying full price for anything.
Don’t get me wrong I’m no extreme coupon-er, but I love finding things on sale! Maybe it comes from having frugal parents or maybe it comes from the satisfaction I get from saving my money.

The first sweater is a navy blue Aztec sweater from Franchescas that I received as a Birthday gift from my friend Morgan! I am obsessed with this gift! It fits perfect, is extremely thick and warm and goes great with jeans and brown boots!

The second and third item are basic sweaters, gray and neon pink, from The Gap. I was skeptical at first but loved the way they fit once I tried them on. Being longer in the back will make them a perfect top to pair with leggings on a comfy day. The original price for these two sweaters were $54.95 each and I purchased them for $17.99 each!

Lastly, this amazing black and white cardigan originally $80.95 and I walked away with it for $20.99! Happy shopping my friends!

Revisiting A Favorite Post: The Sockbun

  • Gently comb your hair back and away from your face
  • Depending on your bun preference, whether it be high or low, create a tight ponytail. 
  • Take a clean sock and cut the tip of it off, where your toes would normally fit in
  • Roll the sock up into a scrunchie
  • Slide the sock scrunchie onto your ponytail so that the entire ponytail is coming out through the hole
  • Press the sock bun scrunchie firmly down your ponytail to your head, fan out your ponytail so that it covers the entire sock and begin folding the hair in your ponytail over the sock scrunchie
  • Carefully tuck in any stray hairs that have not been folded in while rolling your ponytail into the bun; secure with bobby pins

If you have missed my past hair inspiration check them out below:

No Heat Curls | Beach Hair 101 Natural Wave | Bangs | Tousled Knot |

Twenty Days & Counting…

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I have been day dreaming of warm sunny weather all week long.  Winter, you are killing me! I am ready for the cold snowy winter to be over already and it’s just beginning!  On the bright side, Jake and I will be taking a 4 day trip to Las Vegas on February 9th that I couldn’t be more anxious about!

I have only been to Vegas one time and that was back in 2010 when I went with four other girls for my Birthday. I am looking forward to a completely different experience and exploring Sin City in less than twenty days!