Semi-G-Free Meal: Chicken in a Hurry

About a month ago, I started reducing my gluten intake in efforts to help with some minor health concerns I’ve been having. The process has been an elective thing as I do not have celiac, etc. However, I do feel healthier and have more energy since I’ve been cutting down on my gluten intake.
As you may remember, J and I subscribe to e-meals for meal planning and we were thrilled to learn that they have a Gluten Free Meal Plan! Honestly, even on the days we add bread to our meals, we have found that this meal plan is perfect for our little family. 

We fell in love with their Chicken in a Hurry Recipe and thought it would be a perfect meal for sharing with you! 

1.5+ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
(salt & pepper to taste)
1/2 lb sliced mushrooms
2 zucchini, sliced
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
(1 1/2 t Italian seasoning)

Preheat oven to 450.
Place onions, chicken & garlic in a greased 9 x 13″ baking dish
Sprinkle with salt & pepper
Layer mushrooms & zucchini over chicken
Pour diced tomatoes over vegetables
Sprinkle with Italian seasoning
Cover tightly with foil
Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through
We used carrots instead of zucchini and added a slice of garlic bread. It was delicious!

Good Reads: Everything Romance

(Source: Amazon)
This sweet book came to the house on February 13th which was perfect for Valentine’s Day!
It has love stories, recipes, love buster thoughts, love booster thoughts, quotes, date ideas etc. It’s chalked full of fun things little tidbits and truly embraces everything romance.
I love the book because it can be used as a reference for creative ideas and conversation starters. We placed ours on the coffee table and have flipped through it several times over the past couple of weeks.
On Valentine’s J and I were talking and decided to do the “Here’s What I Love About You” conversation starter exercise in the book. It gives the couple prompts and allows them to tell each other how truly special the other one is in a creative way. Such as, “If we were a dinner-combo entree, we’d be the…” We both agreed it would be spaghetti and meatballs because he’s tall and slender and I’m short and delicious! The exercise had us laughing and talking about love in a new way which was the perfect way to spend an evening. 
I have added this book to my wedding gift list and think it is suitable for all couples! 
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own. 

Greeting Card Savings

I’m sharing this post over at The Grant Life too so check out Miss Kelley’s super cool blog! She’s a very sweet bloggy friend and her blog is filled with fun! Her new series labor of love is PRECIOUS!

Each year the average household purchases 30 greeting cards and helps support a 7 billion dollar industry. I’ve often found myself stuck in the greeting card aisle searching for the “perfect card” and paying $5 a card to show the card recipient how much I care. 

I realized that the best way to show someone you care is by telling them and guess what?!? I can tell my loved ones how I feel with a blank heartfelt note all while saving myself quite a bit of money! (HOORAY!)
I purchased 50 double-sided cards (envelopes included) at Hobby Lobby for $6 (that’s .12 a card friends!) and found some supplies at the house (free!) to create a simple handmade cards for my loved ones. 

Aren’t they sweet? I’m not a natural photographer but I think you can see the precious details! 
I am now ready to celebrate upcoming festivities with a sweet card that cost me a fraction of the price!
What do you think?

Brief Intermission & Easy Handmade Valentine’s

If you frequent this little blog, you may have noticed that last week we had a brief intermission. 
During the intermission, J and I took some time to take care of our home and health.
The storyline of the week was like this: I am sick. He is sick. I am sick AGAIN!
And then the background story of the week looked like this: our hot water heater broke. work was crazy. school mid-terms. my mama’s birthday.
As you can see, this little bitty brain could not handle any more responsibility and as a result my fun lovin’ blog had to suffer. Sorry guys! Thanks for being so forgiving! 
I am hopeful that this week we are able to rebound from sickness and continue on with our normal 
routine. So now that the dust has settled and we’ve had a chance to catch our breath, I’d like to share some V-Day sweetness with you! 
I made these Valentine’s for my co-workers because EVERYONE deserves a valentine. 
And since it’s Monday, there is still time to make these dudes while you are watching TV tonight!
Here’s how:
Buy Mini-Cards
Add Scrapbook Stickers or Glue Silhouette Cutouts 
(I used a little bit of both)
Write a love note inside.
I’m not necessarily off the charts creative but I do think these cards are the perfect way to show that you care! 
Have a great Monday! 

Good Reads: Restless in Carolina

(Source: Amazon)
I read Restless in Carolina during the holidays and I must admit I was very impressed. The story describes the struggle of Bridget Pickwick, a young widow. Ms. Pickwick (Buchanan) is full of sass and marches to her own drum. Before her husband died, she was full of life and adventure. After her husband’s untimely death, she turned away from the things that brought her happiness including God. 
Tamara Leigh really does an excellent job of developing the characters of this book all while ridding Bridget of her “widow weeds”. Bridget’s family and love interests, really will keep any reader engaged. I loved reading Restless in Carolina and would recommend the book to anyone that might like a fun read.